Your Religion News: Oct. 10, 2020

Published: 10/15/2020 10:09:39 AM
Watch parking lot Communion service on video

SHELBURNE — The First Congregational church of Shelburne has a video of our parking lot Communion service conducted last Sunday, which was Worldwide Communion Sunday. The pastor, Rev. Robert Gormbley, is on vacation this week. The Communion service is accessible via our church’s website at

Ashfield Church fundraiser at farmers market

ASHFIELD — The First Congregational Church (UCC) of Ashfield will hold three fundraisers during October as part of Ashfield’s Farmers Market, said Wendy Prée, clerk and coordinator. “We’ll offer pumpkins and gourds, dried arrangements, and handmade masks with a Halloween or holiday theme. We’ll also be selling apple and pumpkin pies.” These fundraisers will take place on the first three Saturdays in October, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m For more info, contact Prée 413-628-3875 or at

Trinity Church resumes free weekly 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-thru and walk-up. All are welcome and no reservations are needed. For more information, call 413-625-2341.

Oct. 18: ‘400 years’ online gathering

The Interfaith Council of Franklin County is one of the sponsors for “400 Years: Truth and healing for the next seven generations,” 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. Other sponsors include Interfaith Opportunities Network, Nolumbeka Project, RiverCulture and Traprock Center for Peace and Justice. For more information, visit

Oct. 31: 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 Wednesdays through 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.

Episcopal bishop urges faithful to support voter registration

In a letter, the Rt. Rev. Douglas J. Fisher Bishop and a long list of diocesan leaders encourage every eligible voter in the diocese to ensure that they are registered and, if possible, to vote early (in person or by mail), thereby avoiding long lines at polling places.

The call to vote faithfully included an invitation to volunteer from home with two non-partisan organizations working to register voters around the nation. Reclaim Our Vote is a volunteer-driven, nonpartisan voter outreach campaign organized by the Center for Common Ground of Virginia. Faith Climate Justice Voter Campaign, organized by Interfaith Power & Light, mobilizes people of faith to vote with climate and Creation in mind. “This election will set the course on climate change and other critical issues that are central to our faith. Many of us consider it the most significant election of our lifetime.”

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