Your Religion News: Feb. 3, 2018



Friday, February 02, 2018

‘African American Womanist Poetry:’ Sunday at All Souls UU

GREENFIELD — “Major and Minor Keys: African American Womanist Poetry” is the sermon Sunday, Feb. 4, at 10:30 a.m., offered by Rev. Adele Smith-Penniman.

First Sunday of the month Fellowship Potluck and Religious Education.

‘Heart Centered Kirtan’ offered Sunday at First Parish

NORTHFIELD — First Parish of Northfield, Unitarian will welcome Heart Centered Kirtan (Libby Volckening, Thomas Matherly and Amanda Turk) on Sunday at 10 a.m. in the historic sanctuary on the corner of Parker Avenue and Main Street. The practitioners weave Sanskrit hymns, prayers and inspirational texts from ancient India into their own original blend of rock, blues and reggae.

‘60 on Up’ discussion set for Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

BERNARDSTON — Rev. Laurie Bilyeu will join Kathy Hale in a program about “60 on Up: The Truth about Aging in America,” Sunday, at Bernardston Unitarian Church. Hale will lead a discussion on the book by Lillian B. Rubin that is being read by some members of the congregation. You don’t have to read the book to have an opinion on aging in America. All are invited to be part of the discussion at 11:30 a.m. Coffee at 11 a.m. Rev. Laurie Bilyeu will take the discussion into the spiritual aspects of aging in America. The church is at 49 Church St., in the 1739 Meetinghouse.

‘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.

Souper Bowl at First Congregational Church of Shelburne

SHELBURNE — The First Congregational Church of Shelburne 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 sing-along and a profusion of chocolate treats 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.

‘Valentine Cabaret’ stars Boston band: Feb. 10

BERNARDSTON — The Boston/Cambridge-based band “Three at Home” will perform at the 1739 Bernardston Unitarian Meetinghouse on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m., for a Valentine Cabaret. Organizers say, “This is high caliber, high energy live music that you won’t hear every day in Bernardston.” An artful backdrop for the music will be provided by the large-scale oil paintings of Cameron Schmitz of Bernardston.

The “Valentine Cabaret” is a fundraiser for materials and paint to support the restoration work being done by the Franklin Correctional Community Service crew under the supervision of Jason Kelton. The crew is very experienced, having restored many of our priceless and historic buildings in the valley.

Tickets are $15. Reservations at www.bernardstonunitarian.org or text 413-330-0807. The meetinghouse is at 49 Church St. Doors open at 7 p.m. The cost of the band has been underwritten by a generous donor.

‘Christianity Explored’ series starts Feb. 13

NORTHFIELD — Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 6:45 p.m., Community Bible Church will offer an informal six-week “Christianity Explored” course. The series will explore the life of Jesus from the Gospel of Mark and is designed for those who are interested in checking out the claims of Christianity or are seeking to examine their own personal faith. There will be time for questions and a short DVD presentation will accompany each lesson. The group will meet at the home of Bob and Wendy Emberley. For more information, contact Bob Emberley at rwemberley@gmail.com or call 413-498-4404. The course and materials are free.

Church takes Ash Wednesday to the streets: Feb. 14

GREENFIELD — On Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, The Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew will be offering “Ashes to Go” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m., near the corner of Church and Federal streets, in front of the church. During that same time period, we will also be walking around downtown and offering the imposition of ashes to anyone that would like to receive them. For more information, call 413-773-3925.

Ash Wednesday at Saints James and Andrew: Feb. 14

GREENFIELD — Ash Wednesday services at The Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew will be at 9 a.m. in All Saints Chapel and 7 p.m. in our Winter Sanctuary in the Parish Hall. The church is at the corner of Federal and Church streets.

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.

Ecumenical Lenten Discussion Series starts Feb. 21

“Four Visions of Repentance” is the theme of the 21st annual Ecumenical Lenten Discussion Series for 2018. Refreshments will be served after each gathering by the host parish. All are welcome.

Feb. 21

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The first session of the 21st annual Ecumenical Lenten Discussion Series will be offered by the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Crosson-Harrington at Holy Name of Jesus National Catholic Church on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. Session title: “Repentance: Burden or Blessing?” The church is at 15 Thayer St.

Feb. 28

MONTAGUE — The second session will be offered by Rev. Randy Calvo at the Montague Congregational Church on Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. Session title: “Repent and believe in the good news.” The church is at 4 North St.

March 7

HATFIELD — The third session will be offered by Fr. Robert Koerber at the Hatfield Congregational Church on March 7 at 7 p.m. Session title: “The Purpose of Repentance.” The church is at 41 Main St.

March 14

WHATELY — The fourth session will be offered by the Rev. Allen M. Comstock at the Whately Congregational Church on March 14 at 7 p.m. Session title: “Prophetic Repentance: The Repentance of Jesus.” The church is at 177 Chestnut Plain Road.