Your Religion News: May 19, 2018

  • Rev. Dr. Will Sencabaugh in the first Congregational Church of Shelburne. April 10, 2018 Recorder Staff/Paul Franz


Friday, May 18, 2018
Sodality fetes 60th anniversary Sunday

SOUTH DEERFIELD — St. Anne’s Sodality of Holy Family Parish will be celebration their 60th anniversary on Sunday, May 20, with a Mass at 10:30 a.m., followed by a 60th anniversary celebration in the Parish Hall. The church is at 29 Sugarloaf St.

Shabbat Outdoor Services set for High Ledges today

SHELBURNE — Temple Israel and Maggid David Arfa host Shabbat Services and Kiddush on the Mass Audubon high Ledges Wildlife Sanctuary in Shelburne on today, 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.


GREENFIELD — Participants from many area churches are expected to take part in the March for Jesus Rally. Due to a rainy forecast, the March has been rescheduled for SATURDAY, JUNE 2, when it will start from Greenfield Middle School on Federal Street and proceed to the Energy Park on Miles Street. Free hot dogs will be served following the March. For more info, contact Verne Sund at 413-325-6501.

‘Stepping back to leap forward,’ Sunday

GREENFIELD — Rev. Adele Smith-Penniman will preach at All Souls UU at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 20. Her message will be “Sankofa: Stepping Back to Leap Forward.” Fellowship and coffee follow.

Pentecost & Spring Festival Sunday

GREENFIELD — On Sunday, 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.

Dietz on ‘Prudence’ Sunday

BERNARDSTON — Barry Dietz continues his explorations of the Seven Deadly Sins and Virtues. This Sunday: “Prudence,” at Bernardston Unitarian Church. Lynne Walker, music. Service at 11:30 a.m., coffee at 11.

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. The concert is supported in part by a grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

‘Managing Personal Transitions’ starts June 4

SHELBURNE — The Shelburne Congregational Church will be offering a free, two-part adult series, “Managing Personal Transitions,” led by Rev. Kenneth Downes, a local expert in personal and organization change. His work has helped people understand and cope with the emotional, psychological and spiritual process of adjusting to difficult change. Part One will be held on Monday, June 4 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and will explore our relationship with difficult change(s). Part Two will be Monday, June 11 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and will focus on solutions and strategies. Participants must attend Part One to be eligible to also attend Part Two. Both sessions will be held at the Fellowship Hall, 17 Little Mohawk Road, Shelburne. For more information, call 413-625-8480.