Your Religion News: May 12, 2018



Friday, May 11, 2018
Andrew Baker at All Souls Sunday

GREENFIELD — Andrew Baker will offer the sermon, “The Prodigal Son, Part 4,” Sunday, May 13, at 10:30 a.m., at All Souls Church. It is a Mother’s Day meditation on the opioid and addiction epidemic. The church is at Main and Hope streets.

Dan Tinen on ‘Getting high,” Sunday at Bernardston UU

BERNARDSTON — At a time when marijuana is becoming legalized, how shall we handle the balance between artificial and natural alteration of consciousness? Does religion have any role to play in this? The topic is “Getting High,” and the speaker is Dan Tinen. Sunday, May 13, at 11:30 a.m., at Bernardston Unitarian Church, 49 Church St.

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.”

Shabbat Outdoor Services set for May 19 on High Ledges

SHELBURNE — Temple Israel and Maggid David Arfa host Shabbat Services and Kiddush on the Mass Audubon high Ledges Wildlife Sanctuary in Shelburne on Saturday, May 19, at 10 a.m. Meet at the second parking area and explore nature wisdom and textual wisdom during this easy hike to the overlook. Bring your own water and snacks; challah and grape juice provided. RSVP to david@maggiddavid.net if you would like to join in. More information at templeisraelgreenfield.org. Additional hikes will take place June 16, July 21 and Aug. 18.

March for Jesus Rally set for May 19

GREENFIELD — Participants from many area churches are expected to take part in the March for Jesus Rally Saturday, May 19 at 11 a.m., starting from the Greenfield Middle School on Federal Street and proceeding to the Energy Park on Miles Street. Churches are encouraged to bring a banner representing their church or other Christian emphasis. Free hot dogs and refreshments will be served at the Energy Park following the March. For more information, contact Verne Sund at 413-325-6501.

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.

Bid ‘Farewell’ to Rev. Dr. Will Sencabaugh May 27

SHELBURNE — The rev. Dr. Will Sencabaugh will be leading his final church service at 21 Common Road on Sunday, May 27 at 10 a.m., followed by an expanded coffee hour at Fellowship Hall. Come and join our congregation to wish Rev. Will and his family a blessed journey to his next calling in Connecticut.

Through the summer, the congregation is fortunate to have three pastors to lead summer worship services, beginning with Rev. Dr. Kenneth Downes of Shelburne Falls on June 3; Rev. Margaret G. Payne of Shelburne, former Bishop of the NE Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church of American on July 8, and Rev. Dr. Linda Rhinehart Neas of South Deerfield on Sept. 1.

Please come and join us during our summer services.

Interfaith Concert set for June 3 in South Deerfield

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Mak’hela: The Jewish Chorus of Western Mass. will conclude its 15th season with its first-ever concert in the Holy Family Roman Catholic church of South Deerfield. The “Building Bridges Through Music: An Interfaith Concert,” will take place Sunday, June 3, at 3 p.m. and will celebrate both diversity and shared values.

The June 3rd concert will feature sacred and secular music from the repertoires of Mak’hela and the St. Cececlia’s Choir, concluding with the glorious setting of Psalm 150 by the 19th-century Jewish composer Louis Lewandowski.

The concert is free and open to the public, although donations are welcome. Refreshments will be served after the concert.