Your Religion News: Aug. 6, 2022

Published: 8/5/2022 5:33:37 PM
Modified: 8/5/2022 5:30:30 PM

It’s ‘Ridge Sunday’ in Northfield

NORTHFIELD — The historic Rustic Ridge community of East Northfield celebrates its association with the church that evangelist Dwight L. Moody founded — the Trinitarian Congregational Church, UCC — with its 21st annual Ridge Sunday service on Aug. 7. The guest speaker this year is the Rev. Dr. Scott B. Key, co-director of the C.S. Lewis Study Center in Northfield. Dr. Key’s sermon is titled, “Foundational Faith.” A choir composed of singers from Rustic Ridge and the TCC choir will sing, under the direction of Choir Director Heather Tower. A special coffee hour will follow the service. The church is at 147 Main St.

Sunday: Memorial cello concert

ASHFIELD — On Sunday, Aug. 7, at 4 p.m., the First Congregational Church (UCC) of Ashfield will host cellist Ignacy Gaydamovich. Dedicated to the memory of Caroline Murray, who died on July 1, the concert will feature one of Murray’s favorite pieces of music, the first suite for solo cello by J.S. Bach. “Caroline is responsible for our connection with Ignacy and his colleagues at Conway Fine Arts,” said the Rev. David Jones, minister. Tickets are $20/ $10 students and at-need.

Sunday: The Rev. Steve Wilson returns

BERNARDSTON — Bernardston Unitarians welcome back the Rev. Steven Wilson for a mid-summer garden party. Meet at the Meetinghouse on Church St. at 11:15 a.m. for directions to the picnic site. Rev. Wilson will preach in the garden a sermon on “Paganism 101: Brighid to Beltane: A stroll through the Pagan Calendar.” Come for an educational stroll through the Pagan holidays. Picnic lunch to follow the service. In case of rain, we will meet inside at the Meetinghouse.

Sunday at First United Methodist

GREENFIELD — Join us at First United Methodist Church, 10 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 7, to share in Holy Communion and learning to listen to Jesus telling us not to be afraid (Luke 12: 32). We are located at 25 Church St. at the corner of Franklin and Church streets.

Sunday at Sunderland Congregational Church

SUNDERLAND — The Rev. Randy Calvo reports: “Our worship service on Sunday begins at 11 a.m. If it's too hot, you can join us via Zoom. Send an email to for the link. The sermon title is ‘Oh how I love those squirrels.’”

Tuesday evening: Members will be attending the CROP Hunger Walk Rally in Greenfield in preparation for the actual Walk in October.

News from First Congregational of Montague

MONTAGUE CENTER — First Congregational Church of Montague. UCC, will hold in-person worship service held in Fellowship Hall at 10 a.m. The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be observed. Lorraine York-Edberg is deacon for the month of August.

Social hour will be held following the service. Plans are underway for Mug Race and Tag/Clothing Sale on Aug. 20. There will be fiddlers starting at 10 a.m.

Robbins Memorial Church news

GREENFIELD — Robbins Memorial Congregational Church, 55 Munson St., meets for worship every Sunday at 10 a.m. Currently worship is led by lay leaders. All are welcome.

On Sunday, Aug. 7, the worship leader will be Deborah Cory, one of our former pastors. Holy Communion will be celebrated.

Handicap access to the sanctuary is available through the connecting ramp to the right of Munson Street entrance. If any Sunday is very hot, worship will be moved to the air-conditioned Fellowship Hall, entered from the church parking lot.

News from Leyden United Methodist

LEYDEN — Sunday Service at Leyden United Methodist Church is at 9 a.m. Services will be lead by Kurt Pearson, on an ongoing basis.

All are welcome. Contact info: 413-336-6248. Facebook Page: Leyden United Methodist Church

Aug. 11: Ashfield churches ring bells for climate

ASHFIELD — The First Congregational Church and St. John’s Episcopal will once again ring their bells for climate on Thursday, Aug. 11, at 11 a.m. The bells will sound for eleven minutes, and participants are invited to bring noisemakers and signs that express their concern and commitment to our climate’s health. This is part of a national effort of faith communities called, 11th Hour Bell Ringing to Save Our Climate. All are welcome to attend.

For more information, visit St. John’s website ( Or First Congregational Church’s website,

Aug. 14: Marian Celebration

The Franklin County Deanery will hold a Marian Celebration in honor of the Feast of the Assumption, Sunday, Aug. 14, at Blessed Sacrament Church, 221 Federal St., Greenfield. The Deanery Choir will be providing music led by Kathleen Galluzzo

Confessions start at 1 p.m., with 10 priests available. Celebration starts at 2 p.m.

Reflection by Father Michael Pierz. Eucharistic Rosary Procession outside around the Church property. Crowning of Mary inside the Church.

For questions, call Deacon John Leary at 413-219-2734.

Aug. 14: The daily office and daily prayer

GREENFIELD — You are invited to the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew for the next installment in our monthly teaching sermon series. This month’s topic will be the daily office and daily prayer. If you are curious about prayer practices, please join us on Sunday, Aug. 14, at 10 a.m. For more information on our teaching series, or to view the livestream visit: Located at 8 Church St.

Aug. 21: Blessing of the Backpacks

GREENFIELD — Area students, teachers and school staff are invited to the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew for a special blessing of the backpacks before the 2022-2023 school year begins, at our worship on Aug. 21 at 10 a.m. You are invited to bring a backpack, bag or lunchbox. Located at 8 Church St.

Aug. 27-28: Giant tag sale

SHELBURNE FALLS — St. Joseph Parish, 34 Monroe Avenue, in Shelburne Falls will hold an outdoor Giant Tag Sale on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 28, from 9 a.m. to noon. The Tag sale will offer scores of affordable as well as not to be missed bargain items, plus bake sale, furniture, tea cup auction, jewelry and collectibles, book sale and more. A raffle featuring $200 worth of Big Y gift cards, $300 in local restaurant gift cards ($100 each for the West End Pub and Blue Rock Restauarant & Bar, in Shelburne Falls, and the Terrazza Restaurant, in Greenfield) and a 50/50 raffle will round out the offerings. Come explore! You won’t be disappointed! For more information, call 413-625-6405.

Aug. 28: Ringing for Remembrance

GREENFIELD — You are invited to join the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew on the last Sunday of every month for this initiative, which we see as one small step in responding to the public health crisis of gun violence. On the last Sunday of the month, our worship will begin at 10 a.m. with the clergy sharing the number of people who have died from gun violence in the last month. The congregation will then remember, grieve, and pray as the church bell is rung in remembrance of all who have died. Our data is collected from the Gun Violence Archive. We invite other congregations to join in this initiative, and ring your bells with us.


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