Your Religion News: May 26, 2018

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


Friday, May 25, 2018
Bishop Rozanski to visit Holy Trinity

GREENFIELD — On Sunday, May 27, his Excellency, Bishop Mitchell Rozanski will be principal celebrant at the 10:30 a.m. Mass at Holy Trinity Church, 133 Main St. A reception will be held in the Father Casey Hall following the Mass.

Holy Trinity Church was founded in 1868 and is “the Mother Church of Franklin County.” To commemorate this event, the Holy Trinity Rosary Society has published a 150th Anniversary Cookbook, “A Taste of Heaven.” Recipes were submitted by parish members as well as friends and family of Holy Trinity Church. Cookbooks are available after weekend Masses or by calling 413-772-6983.

Labyrinth walk set for Sunday at 4 p.m.

GREENFIELD — This month’s labyrinth walk at the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew will explore our relationship to water and renew our commitment to its protection: Sunday, May 27, from 4 to 5 p.m., in the parish hall. The walks are silent except for soft music. The church is at 8 Church St.

Memorial Day Sunday at All Souls

GREENFIELD — The Memorial Day Sunday service at All Souls UU celebrates Legacy. The sweet music of Eventide Singers, led by Joe Toritto, will weave together a service of prose and poems led by Kate Mason. The service starts at 10:30 a.m. and will be followed by coffee and fellowship. All Souls is at the corner of Main and Hope streets.

Death Café set for Sunday at 3

GREENFIELD — “Death Café Greenfield” will be held on Sunday, May 27, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., at All Souls Church. There are no motives, objectives or themes, just compassionate and thoughtful, even funny conversations about the end of life, plus tea and cake to die for! All Souls is at the corner of Main and Hope streets.

Bid ‘Farewell’ to Rev. Dr. Sencabaugh

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.

Rev. Kate Stevens to present “The Road Home,” Thursday at 7 p.m.

CHARLEMONT — The Rev. Kate Stevens will present a program on Thursday, May 31, at 7 p.m., at the Charlemont Federated Church, 175 Main St., “The Road Home: A spiritual journey to the south,” about her three-month, 6,000-mile pilgrimage to better learn about our racial history. Her trip took her to museums, churches and conversing with many people throughout the southern U.S. Please come and hear about it.

March for Jesus Rally set for June 2

GREENFIELD — Participants from many area churches are expected to take part in the March for Jesus Rally Saturday, June 2, at 11 a.m., starting from the Greenfield Middle School on Federal Street and ending at 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 following the March. For more information, contact Verne Sund at 413-325-6501.

Interfaith Concert set for June 3

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 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’

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 attend Part Two. Both sessions will be held at the Fellowship Hall, 17 Little Mohawk Road, Shelburne. For more information, call 413-625-8480.

Old time church picnic set for June 24

GILL — On Sunday, June 24, the Gill Church will host an old-fashioned church picnic on the church property and Town Common. The event will begin with a church service from 10 to 11 a.m. that will include the Agape Baptist Church (Moldovan) youth choir. The picnic will begin at noon with the ringing of the church bell, followed by an outdoor presentation by the choir. Lunch will be at 1 p.m. It is a bring-your-own lunch event. The community is invited to participate by bringing picnic baskets and a blanket or lawn chair.