Your Religion News: Sept. 12, 2020

Published: 9/17/2020 12:12:56 PM
Sunday: Kick-off service and art show

BERNARDSTON — On Sunday, Sept. 13, the Bernardston Unitarians will meet at the 1739 Historic Meetinghouse for a socially distanced service to welcome back members and friends of the church. Masks will be required and attendees are asked to text 413-330-0807 to reserve a place, as prescribed seating will be limited. Bring your own travel mug of coffee and enjoy the new art show provided by the “Meetinghouse Artists” group before the service.

The service, beginning at 11:30 a.m., will be led by Barry Deitz with guest storyteller Kevin McVeigh. The topic is: “Heroes.” Live music will be provided by Michael Nix.

The full schedule of services, which will be live-streamed for the rest of the fall, can be found at

Three-church collaboration

The fall Zoom programming is a collaboration of three Franklin County UU churches: Bernardston Unitarian Church, Northfield First Parish and All Souls Church of Greenfield. These joint Zoom services and programs will begin at 10:30 a.m. Contact the individual churches for Zoom links. Services will also be carried on YouTube.

Updates and future services listed at For attending the in-person service at the meetinghouse or future Zoom links, text 413-330-0807.

Sunday: ‘How to give a blessing’

NORTHFIELD — You have everything you need to bestow abundant blessing upon the world, is the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer’s message. Join us this week at First Parish Unitarian to remember (or consider anew) this ancient practice and enduring art. People of all ages are invited to join for this service of gathering-in after the summer months. Bring a small bowl of water to participate in a ritual of blessing. We will meet by Zoom videoconference at 10 a.m.

The online link for the service will be the same as for previous videoconference services. Please send an email to if you would like to receive a copy.

Sunday: Guest speaker coming to
Living Waters Assembly of God

GREENFIELD — Mitch Forman, a representative of Chosen People Ministries, will be speaking at Living Waters Assembly of God, 450 Davis St., in Greenfield, on Sunday, Sept. 13, during the 10 a.m. worship service.

The program being presented is “The Messiah in the Feast of Tabernacles.”

In stressing the Jewish roots of Christian faith, Chosen People Ministries hopes to help make the message of the Messiah more accessible to Jewish people and also to give Christian believers a greater appreciation of the Jewish basis of their own faith traditions.

This meeting is open to the public and Living Waters Assembly of God would like to invite the Christian and Jewish community to attend. For more information, call 413-774-4032.

Fall Festival, 2020 style, in Ashfield

ASHFIELD — The First Congregational Church (UCC) of Ashfield will hold three “PopUps” during October. “This isn’t our usual,” said Wendy Prée, clerk and coordinator for the church’s Fall Festival. “But we’ve decided to offer pumpkins and gourds, fall flowers and dried arrangements, and handmade masks with a Halloween or holiday theme. We’ll also be selling pies, especially apple. All of this will happen on the front lawn under our 10-by-10-foot pop-up tents.”

The Festival PopUps will take place on the first three Saturdays in October, with hours overlapping those of the Ashfield Farmer’s Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, contact Wendy Prée 413-628-3875 or at

Trinity Church resumes free weekly community meals

SHELBURNE FALLS — Trinity Church, 17 Severance St., is once again hosting a free community meal every Friday from 5:30 to 6 p.m., served “to-go” by drive through and walk up. All are welcome and no reservations are needed. For more information, call 413-625-2341.

Oct. 18: ‘400 years’ online gathering

“400 Years: Truth and healing for the next seven generations,” is an online gathering set for Sunday, Oct. 18, at 2 p.m., to mark the anniversary of the 1620 landing of colonists on Native homelands in the Northeast. Indigenous voices on the program are Rhonda Anderson, Larry Spotted Crow Mann, John Peters, Bryan Blanchette and David Brule (program host). The event promises ceremony, prayers, music and acts of solidarity. Sponsors include the Interfaith Council of Franklin County, Interfaith Opportunities Network, Nolumbeka Project, RiverCulture and Traprock Center for Peace and Justice. For more information, visit

Oct. 31: Fall Bazaar to feature Polish foods

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Holy Name of Jesus Church in South Deerfield will hold an annual Fall Bazaar on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be takeout orders of pierogi (cheese, potato and cheese and cabbage), galabki (stuffed cabbage), homemade apple pies and French meat pies. Watch for more information.

Gathering outdoors for prayer

ASHFIELD — The First Congregational Church (UCC) of Ashfield is scheduling outdoor prayer services until November, or as long as weather permits, every other Wednesday afternoon. We welcome others to join us at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 30 and into October.

The Ashfield church continues to meet via Zoom every Sunday at 10 a.m. To receive the Zoom meeting invitation and interactive bulletin, contact Wendy Prée, clerk, at, or call 413-628-3875.

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