Your Religion News: July 29, 2017



Friday, July 28, 2017
Pancake Breakfast for departing Rev. Steve Wilson

BERNARDSTON — The Bernardston Unitarian Church is honoring Rev. Steve Wilson with a pancake breakfast before the service on Sunday, July 30, at 9:30 a.m. Please reserve if you plan to attend by calling 423-330-0807. $5 contribution requested. The church is at 49 Church St. in the historic 1739 Unitarian Meetinghouse.

Final worship service for Rev. Turner Delisle Sunday

MONTAGUE CENTER — The final worship service for The Rev. Barbara Turner Delisle will take place Sunday, July 30, at 10 a.m. at the First Congregational Church of Montague, 4 North St. Pastor Barb will retire from her current position to allow more time for family commitments. She has been pastor for nine years, this being her first church. She graduated from Andover-Newton in 2007 and was ordained in Wilbraham United Church (her home church) on Oct. 30, 2008. Following the service, a reception will be held on the east lawn behind the chapel. The Community Sabbatical Labyrinth will be dedicated.

Join ‘A Circle of Forgiveness’ Aug. 5

CHARLEMONT — “A Circle of Forgiveness,” a workshop, will take place at the Charlemont Federated Church on Saturday, Aug. 5 from 1 to 5 p.m. Join facilitators Molly Scott, Cara Hochhalter and Loretta Kearsley as we explore a fourfold path for forgiveness as described in “The Book of Forgiving” by Desmond Tutu and his daughter, Mpho. Class is limited to 12 participants. Please call the church to register: 413-339-4294.

Today: ‘A Summer Day on the Buckland Common’

BUCKLAND — Mary Lyon Church is one of several local organizations hosting “A Summer Day on the Buckland Common,” which will be held Saturday, July 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event is being held on the historic Buckland Center Common at the corner of Upper and Cross streets in front of the Mary Lyon Church and at other venues along Upper Street in Buckland Center. The day’s activities will include entertainment, book sales, a free band concert at 1 p.m., tag, art and craft sales, displays, demonstrations, Early American children’s games, tours and more. A lunch of hamburgers and hot dogs will be available. Buckland Blueberry Buckle will be available all day. For more information, call Douglas Mollison at 413-628-3231.

Charlemont church to hold special meeting Aug. 6

CHARLEMONT — The Charlemont Federated Church will hold a brief Special Congregational Meeting on Sunday, Aug. 6, after the worship service. The church is at 175 Main St. For more information, call 413-339-4294.

‘Democracy: What is it?’ at Charlemont church, Aug. 8

CHARLEMENT — Explaining why Americans appear not to be as attached to democracy as we might think will be the theme of the Charlemont Forum’s second summer event. Professor Austin Sarat, Associate Dean of the Faculty, and William Nelson Cromwell, Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst College, will help audience members take a hard look at the erosion of public faith in the rule of law and democratic governance. Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m., at the Charlemont Federated Church on Main Street (Route 2). The event is free and is supported by the Cultural Councils of Amherst, Buckland, Charlemont/Hawley, Conway, Heath, Rowe and Shelburne, local agencies supported by the Mass. Cultural Council, a state agency.

Worship and Fellowship on the Lawn: Aug. 13

GREENFIELD — On Sunday, Aug. 13, Saints James and Andrew Episcopal Church will have one combined service at 9 a.m. under a tent on the lawn, at 8 Church St. The Rev. Heather Blais says, “We will sing a cappella camp hymns and worship God, followed by helping our Vacation Bible School Director Marie Paquette transform our campus for VBS, which will begin later that evening. After we have transformed our campus, we will have a potluck parish picnic on the lawn. All are invited and welcome. Questions? Visit www.saintsjamesandandrew.org or call 413-773-3925.

Village Fair set for Aug. 19

NORTH ORANGE — On Saturday, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Community Church of North Orange and Tully will hold their annual Village Fair in Goddard Park, North Orange (rain or shine). The event begins with the Unfair 5K, marked by a long (and unfair to some) hike up Royalston Road Hill. The race begins at 7:30 a.m. Tom Ricardi, large bird rehabilitator and expert, will give a presentation of his “Birds of Prey” at 11 a.m. Singer-songwriter Richard Chase will perform at Goddard Park beginning at 1 p.m. New this year: “Storyward,” inspired by the Story Corps segment on National Public Radio and facilitated by Rev. Don Erickson. There will be a buffet lunch, a quilt raffle, handmade crafts and baked goods and more.