Your Religion News: Aug. 5, 2017




Friday, August 04, 2017
Ridge Sunday features Moody Center president

NORTHFIELD — Emmitt Mitchell of Kansas City, Kan., President of The Moody Center, will deliver the sermon at 10 a.m. on Sunday at the Trinitarian Congregational Church (147 Main St.) for its annual Ridge Sunday service. Mitchell helped bring to Northfield the Moody Center and the Thomas Aquinas College to the former Northfield Mount Hermon School campus. Ridge Sunday is an annual event featuring the summer community known as “the Ridge.” In addition to the guest speaker, the service features the Ridge Choir, composed of the Ridge community and the TCC choir, directed by Janet Abel. Gary Garletts, director of music and organist at the Ardmore (Penn.) Presbyterian Church, will be guest organist.

Moldovan Youth Choir to perform Tuesday in Gill

GILL — There will be a gospel concert at the Gill Church on Tuesday, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m. (outside, weather permitting; inside, if not). Following the Common People’s Concert on the Common, the Agape Baptist Church (Moldovan) Youth Choir will perform traditional and modern gospel hymns, both in English and Romanian. The community is invited to bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy an inspiring evening of spirit-filled music and singing. The church is at 6 Center Road, in the center of Gill, next to the Town Hall. For more information, call 413-768-9543.

‘Democracy: What is it?’ at Charlemont Federated Church, Tuesday

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.

Halifax Union Society to host guest clergy

HALIFAX, Vt. — The Halifax Union Society hosts special guest clergy the next two Sunday Evenings. On Sunday, the Rev. Sandra Whippie, a Unitarian Universalist minister from Keene, N.H., will speak. On Sunday, Aug. 13, the Rev. Bert Marshall, interim minister at the Centre Congregational Church, Brattleboro, will lead the service. Merrillyn Courser is organist. Both services begin at 6 p.m. in the white church at 44 Stowe Mountain Road in halifax Center. The society is non-denominational. All are welcome. For more information: 802-368-7164.

Cantabile concert set for Aug. 13 in Northfield

NORTHFIELD — On Sunday, Aug. 13, at 2 p.m. at Trinitarian Congregational Church, the vocal quintet Cantabile will present “Upon a Summer’s Day,” a concert of summer-themed music. Composed of professional musicians and based in the Amherst/Northampton area, Cantabile has sung numerous concerts throughout the Pioneer Valley and beyond for 15 years. Its membesr are Diana Brewer, Justina Golden, James Mead, Kayla Werlin and Peter Shea. Many musical styles will be heard, including English madrigals, a Swedish hymn, Romantic part songs, jazz arrangements and a tune by Northfield’s early psalmodist Timothy Swan. Free-will donations will be accepted and shared with the nonprofit organization, Music and Memory, which uses music to help people who suffer from cognitive and physical challenges. The church is at 147 Main St.

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.

Blessing of the Backpacks: Aug. 20

GREENFIELD — The Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew welcomes all Franklin County students, teachers and backpack wearers of all ages to join us at our Sunday, Aug. 20, services at 8 and 10 a.m. to have their backpacks blessed with prayers for a good, fun and joy-filled school year. Located at 8 Church St. For more information, call 413-773-3925 or visit www.saintsjamesandandrew.org