Your Religion News: Feb. 24, 2018




Sunday, February 25, 2018
Tom Ricardi and his birds of preyat Sunderland church this Sunday

SUNDERLAND — Wildlife rehabilitator Tom Ricardi will visit the Sunderland Congregational Church Sunday, Feb. 25, at 10 a.m. He will share his amazing work rehabilitating birds of prey. All at welcome. The church is at 91 S. Main St.

Temple Israel Greenfield celebrates Purim this week with games, treats

GREENFIELD — Temple Israel, 27 Pierce St., will celebrate Purim with two events this week. Purim is a festive holiday celebrating the Jews’ survival in ancient Persia, especially loved by children as it includes costumes, games, treats and making noise in the synagogue.

On Sunday, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., families are invited for hands-on Purim activities. Free and open to all; supported by a grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

The main Purim celebration will be Wednesday, Feb. 28, with a meal at 5:30 p.m., followed by a Purimshpill and costume parade presented by the Hebrew School Megillah reading at 7 p.m. in Hebrew and English. All are welcome; costumes encouraged.

Ecumenical Lenten Series: Visionsof repentance, continues Wednesday

“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. 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.

Barry Deitz on UU Principle 7: Sunday

BERNARDSTON — Barry Deitz will speak on UU Principle #7, “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part,” 11:30 a.m. at Bernardston Unitarian Meetinghouse. Following will be a reception from 1 to 3 p.m., for artist Cameron Schmitz.

Laurie Bilyeu at All Souls

GREENFIELD — Please join us Sunday at 10:30 a.m., at All Souls Church, UU, when Laurie Bilyeu will lead the service, titled, “The fig tree, its fertilizer and compassion.” The church is at the corner of Hope and Main streets.

Monthly Labyrinth Walk: Sunday

GREENFIELD — Often, walking with intention clears the mind and opens the door to new perspectives. Our monthly labyrinth walks are silent except for soft music and are held at St. James and Andrew’s Episcopal church’s parish hall. Join us Sunday, Feb. 25 from 4 to 5 p.m. All are welcome. The church is at the corner of Main and Church streets.

One of nation’s top young organists to play in Deerfield on March 4

DEERFIELD — “The Brick Church” Music Series at The First Church of Deerfield, 71 Old Main St., will present Monica Czausz, organist, on Sunday, March 4 at 3 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $10 to $20 at the door, a fundraiser for the church. There will be a reception following the concert in the E.H. Williams House at Deerfield Academy.

Recognized as one of the top 20 organists under 30 in the country. Ms. Czausz is currently at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. A native of Chicopee, she has won many organ competitions and is in demand as a soloist throughout the USA and Canada.

For more information, call Jean Pitman Turner, artistic director, at 413-774-2657.