Your Religion News: April 28, 2018



Friday, April 27, 2018
Historic Shutesbury church open today for Valley Gives Day

SHUTESBURY — The Shutesbury Community Church at 6 Town Common Road invites visitors today, April 28, from 10 a.m. to noon for Valley Gives Day, sponsored by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, in order to raise money for handicap-accessibility work at its restored 1827 church building. The event will include a bake sale, tours of the church, displays of historic photos, may baskets for children and live music. It will be held outdoors on the Town Common, if weather permits.

American Harmony concert Sunday in Northfield

NORTHFIELD — Nym Cooke and American Harmony will present “Hail and Farewell,” a concert of early New England Choral Revival, Sunday, April 29, at 3 p.m., at First Parish of Northfield, Unitarian, corner of Main Street and Parker Avenue. American Harmony, under the direction of music historian and author Nym Cooke of New Braintree, is a 16-member chorus of musical re-enactors presenting songs that stirred the soul of early America. Their program includes some of the most popular sacred and secular music of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The performers sing in unaccompanied four-part harmony. One of the composers of the period was Timothy Swan, who lived and is buried in Northfield.

Rabbi Shefa Gold to lead workshop Sunday at Temple Israel

GREENFIELD — Rabbi Shefa Gold, an internationally recognized leader in the Jewish Renewal movement, will teach a workshop titled “Cultivating Spiritual Maturity” on Sunday, April 29, from 1 to 5 p.m. (doors open at 12:30 p.m.), at Temple Israel, 27 Pierce St. $20 to $40 is requested for this workshop. No advance registration or RSVP is necessary. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

‘Walking through Fire’ at All Souls Sunday

GREENFIELD — Christophre Woods will deliver a sermon titled “Walking through Fire: Lessons I learned along the way about human dignity and worth” on Sunday, April 29 at All Souls Church, corner of Main and Hope streets.

Future of Bernardston Center Village: Sunday at Unitarian Meetinghouse

BERNARDSTON — The Arts & Activism Program at the 1739 Bernardston Unitarian Meetinghouse hosts a presentation on the future of the growing Bernardston Center Village swamp. In collaboration with landscape planner John Lepore, Rawn Fulton, an independent filmmaker, has captured the issue in a nine-minute film which will be shown as a jumping off point for discussion. The program begins at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, April 29. Coffee and refreshments begin at 11 a.m. This is a free public event.

Anti-Racism Film Festival set for Sunday, May 6

GREENFIELD — All Souls UU Church at Hope and Main streets will be offering the 16th annual Anti-Racism Film Festival on Sunday, May 6. Admission is free. Films begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall, with entrance on Hope Street. Supper at 6:30 p.m. is a nourishing meal of local foods cooked by our favorite chef, Kirsten Levitt from the Stone Soup Café. Vegan and gluten-free options. Sliding scale donation: $4 to $10. No one will be turned away. For more information: Call 413-773-5018 or 772-0003.

Charlemont Federated Church Annual Meeting: May 6

CHARLEMONT — On Sunday, May 6, following the 9:30 a.m. service, Charlemont Federated Church will hold its annual meeting. Copies of the annual report are available in the Social Room or through the office. Pie will be served.

Prayer and Health: Explore the Connection, May 8

GREENFIELD — Everyone is welcome to attend a lecture, “Finding God, finding health,” on Tuesday, May 8 at 7 p.m., in the Greenfield Community Television building at 393 Main St. The talk is sponsored by First Church of Christ, Scientist, Greenfield, and will be given by Michelle Nanouche, a Christian Science practitioner, teacher and lecturer based in Paris, France. She will speak about how a constantly growing understanding of God is a reliable way to maintain health and bring joy and fullness to one’s life. There will be a Q&A time afterward. For more information, call 413-522-6058. Please join us!

The Master’s Chorale: May 9 at the Moody Auditorium

NORTHFIELD — The Community Bible Church of Northfield presents The Master’s University Chorale on Wednesday, May 9 at 7 p.m. at the Moody Auditorium (36 Winchester Road). The Master’s Chorale is a 63-member auditioned choir under the direction of Dr. Paul Plew. The Chorale represents students from across the United States and around the world. They have performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in NYC and will return to Carnegie Hall on May 13. The Master’s University is in Santa Clarita, Calif. Admission is free; donations are appreciated. For more information, contact Bob Emberley at 413-498-4404 or email rwemberley@gmail.com.

Music and Verse in a Sacred Space: May 13 in Old Deerfield

OLD DEERFIELD — The First Church of Deerfield (“The Brick Church”) will host “Music and Verse in a Sacred Space” by Amy Gordon on Sunday, May 13 at 4 p.m. Dr. Thomas Pousont will be directing choirs from Deerfield Academy and The First Church of Deerfield, accompanied by strings, winds, tympani and organ. The music will include works of Bach, Faure and Handel. This is a benefit concert for “Enlace de Familias” of Holyoke, a resource a triage center for people displaced from Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria. There is no admission fee. People may donate to the charity “Enlace de Familias.”

Pentecost & Spring Festival Sunday: May 20

GREENFIELD — On May 20, the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew will have a combined service at 9 a.m. to celebrate Pentecost. There will be a procession from the Town Common at 8:55 a.m. A special coffee hour will follow the service, honoring the choir and the choral leadership of Parish Musicians Quentin and Mary Murrell Faulkner. Located at 8 Church St. For more information: 413-773-3925 or visit www.saintsjamesandandrew.org.