Your Religion News: May 21, 2022

Published: 5/20/2022 4:08:31 PM
Today: Shabbos walk

GREENFIELD — All are welcome to join Temple Israel’s first “Shabbos Walk” event on Saturday, May 21. This full day of Shabbat gatherings will begin with services offered both at the temple and on Zoom at 10 a.m. The rest of the day will be offered at locations throughout Greenfield and includes lunch, torah study, an afternoon service, and a bonfire for Havdalah, the closing ceremony of Shabbat. Details at, or contact

Today: Blessing of the pollinator garden

GREENFIELD — Join us at Saints James and Andrew on Saturday, May 21, at 3 p.m. for a blessing of our pollinator garden, a conversation about gardens, walking the labyrinth, tea and honey cakes. This special event is being organized by Good News Gardens Massachusetts with support from devoted parish gardeners. Good News Gardens Massachusetts is a collaborative program of the Episcopal Dioceses of Massachusetts and Western Massachusetts that aims to support agricultural ministries in Episcopal parishes across the state through planting gardens, praying for a renewed relationship with the land and our neighbors, and proclaiming God’s renewing action in our midst.

Sunday: ‘The Audacity of Risk’

NORTHFIELD — “The Audacity of Risk” is the theme for Michael Bird’s Chalice Circle service at First Parish of Northfield, Unitarian, at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 22. All are welcome to participate in this service of reflection and discussion, either in person at the church on the corner of Main Street and Parker Avenue in Northfield or online via Zoom. Contact for the link to join online. Masks will be required for those attending in person.

Sunday at First United Methodist

GREENFIELD — Come join our Sunday service at 10 a.m., May 22, and learn more of Lydia, how she listens and is moved to follow the Lord. Can we be like Lydia? First United Methodist Church, 25 Church St., (corner of Franklin and Church Sts.) in Greenfield.

Sunday: ‘Crossing the thresholds’

GREENFIELD — Interfaith Minister Betsy Simmons will explore how we may choose to move out into the world again in “Crossing the Thresholds,” Sunday, May 22, 10:30 a.m., at All Souls UU. This interactive service will give us an opportunity to think about our own beliefs and values regarding safety, responsibility and community.

Annie Hassett and Julia Bady will be offering musical accompaniment.

The service will be held in the sanctuary at 399 Main St., Greenfield and also via Zoom and YouTube (Franklin County UUs). Contact the for the zoom link.

Sunderland Congregational Church news

SUNDERLAND — Worship service at the Sunderland Congregational Church on Sunday, May 22, will begin at 11 a.m., in person and online. If you would like the Zoom login, send an email to All are welcome within our community.

The online Bible study group will meet on Monday from 7 to 8 p.m. We will be reading from the Gospel of Matthew. If you would like to join the discussion, please send an email to the above address.

First Congregational Church of Montague news

MONTAGUE CENTER — Pastor James Koyama of First Congregational Church of Montague, UCC, will offer Sunday worship at 10 a.m.

Janet Andrews is deacon for the month. There will be a special called meeting of the congregation following the service to act on the new bylaws. Please contact the clerk if you need a copy. The Church Council will also meet.

The Memorial Day Service will be held on the Common Sunday, May 29, at 11 a.m.

May 28: Memorial Day service in Athol

ATHOL — In honor of those who have served and lost their lives, Athol Congregational Church will be holding a special Memorial Day Service in the church at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 29, followed by an outdoor commemoration and reading of names.

If you would like your loved one's name read, please contact the church office (978-249-6202) and send your donation to ACC, 1225 Chestnut Street, Athol, MA 01331. Your donation will be used to fund the free Veteran's breakfast we offer in November.

May 28: Memorial Day service in Gill

GILL — The town of Gill’s Memorial Day event will begin at the Gill Church at 9:30 a.m., Sunday, May 29, and will continue across Main Road to the war memorials. In attendance will be Northfield VFW Post 9874 and the Oak Ridge Detatchment Marine Corps League. We invite those in our community to join us in honoring the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice while wearing our countries uniform.

May 28: Psychic Medium Fair at TNSA

LAKE PLEASANT — The National Spiritual Alliance (TNSA) is holding a Psychic Medium Fair on Saturday, May 28, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Our readers use a variety of divination modalities including Tarot, channeling, and mediumship. A 25-minute reading is $30. Vendors will also be on hand offering handmade jewelry, and other arts and crafts. Walk-ins are welcome. To make an appointment for a reading and to view the vendors list go to TNSA is a Spiritualist church located at 2 Montague Ave in Lake Pleasant.

June 5: ‘Beethoven’s Blues’ comes to Ashfield

ASHFIELD — On Sunday, June 5, at 4 p.m., the First Congregational Church (UCC) of Ashfield will host “Beethoven’s Blues,” the third in a series of concerts of the Heirloom Music Festival 2022. Classical string instrumentalists will be joined by a blues guitarist, and together they will explore the blues in string quintets by Beethoven, Schubert and others. Suggested donation is $20; $10, students. The Congregational Church is located at 429 Main St. More information, or contact artistic director Geoffrey Baker at 215-760-0729 or


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