Your Religion News: Jan. 27, 2018



  • Left to right: Christopher Matthews, Donna Matthews (sponsor), Dwight Harrison, Paula Harrison, Father Lunney, Michael Harrison, Robin Harrison, James Harrison. Contributed photo

Friday, January 26, 2018
Economic Justice and Health Care: Sunday at All Souls

GREENFIELD — All Souls Church (399 Main St.) is addressing issues of Economic Justice this year. On Sunday, Jan. 28, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Dr. Stephen Martin will lead a service focused on health care, “The Most Shocking and Inhuman: Health Care Inequality and the Need for Social Justice.” Dr. Martin is a family physician at Barre Family Health Center, associate professor at the UMass. Medical School, and a member of the “Right Care Alliance.” He and his family live in Northfield.

Round Table Discussion

Following the service, at noon in Parish Hall, will be a Health Care Round Table Discussion facilitated by Christophre Woods, on “Elder Health Care: The future of Medicare and Medicaid.” Dr. Martin will be joined by Al Norman, former director and advocate for the Massachusetts Home Care Association. Coffee and snacks will be provided.

The public is invited to both the service and the Round Table Discussion. Parking at public lot next to the library.

‘60 and on, a Prelude’ — Sermon and book read

BERNARDSTON — Rev. Laurie Bilyeu will speak Sunday at Bernardston Unitarian Church at 11:30 a.m. on the topic, “60 and on, a Prelude.” This sermon will lead into next week’s discussion of our latest book read in common, “60 On Up.” The discussion on Feb. 4 will be led by Kathy Hale, an elder care services provided. The book addresses the joys and myths of aging today.

Syrian Refugees: A Talk, set for Feb. 18

GREENFIELD — “Syrian Refugees: Women and Children in Lebanon,” is the subject of a talk by Patricia Hynes of the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice, Sunday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m., at Second Congregational Church, 16 Court Square. Sponsored by The Interfaith Council of Franklin County.

Chalice Circle Sunday at First Parish

NORTHFIELD — First Parish of Northfield, Unitarian will hold a Chalice Circle Sunday at 10 a.m., facilitated by Paul Bocko and Terry McKeon. The church is on the corner of Parker Avenue and Main Street.

St. Joseph student receives Sacrament of Confirmation

SHELBURNE FALLS — Michael Vincent Harrison, a student in the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) program at St. Joseph Parish received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Jan. 21.

Harrison has chosen St. John the Apostle as his new Christian name. This is the patron saint chosen by him to be his protector and guide. The celebration was officiated by the Rev. William H. Lunney.

‘Brick Church Music’ returns Feb. 4 with Eclectic Arts Trio

DEERFIELD — “The Brick Church” Music Series at The First Church of Deerfield, 71 Old Main St., will present its third concert of the season on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 3 p.m. The Eclectic Arts Trio with Jean Jeffries, French horn, Aaron Lakota, oboe and English horn, and Clifton J. Noble Jr., piano and organ, will be performing music across the centuries and genres. Interspersed with classical fare will be arrangements from The American Songbook. Suggested donation: $10 to $20. A reception will follow. For more information, call 413-774-2657.

Notes from First Congregational Church of Shelburne

SHELBURNE — The First Congregational Church of Shelburne is holding its Sunday services at Fellowship Hall (Little Mohawk Road, opposite the fire station) in January, February and March. Service and Sunday School are at 10 a.m.

The congregation is working on a challenge to accumulate 100 yards of food before Feb. 4, Super Bowl Sunday. The food will be donated to the Hilltown Food Pantry.

On Feb. 4, the church will hold a “Souper” Bowl which will include a potluck “Tail Gate Party” following the service. Wear apparel for your favorite team.

Feb. 10: Love & Chocolate concert

NORTHFIELD — Enjoy love songs, a singalong and a profusion of chocolate treate at the third annual Love and Chocolate concert, Saturday, Feb. 10 at 3 p.m., at Trinitarian Congregational Church, 147 Main St., Northfield. Concert features Jeff Olmsted and the a cappella group “On That Note,” Patter Field and Ted Thornton, plus special guest Grace Olmsted. Suggested donation: $12.