Your Religion News: Aug. 12, 2017



Friday, August 11, 2017
Honduras School Uniform Project focus of Sunday service

NORTHFIELD — This Sunday at 10 a.m. is Honduras Sunday at Trinitarian Congregational Church, 147 Main St. For almost 15 years, the United Church of Bernardston and the Trinitarian Congregational Church of Northfield have taken turns funding the Guinope, El Paraiso Honduras School Uniform Project, which makes it possible for poor Honduran children to attend public schools. What started as an elementary school project, helping on average 150 children per year, gradually expanded to include about 60 middle school-aged young adults who, after a ninth-grade education, have job opportunities, which greatly help their families and community. Each elementary school child is funded at $30 and each middle school student is apportioned $75. Doing the math, each church must raise $9,000 over two years to continue this all-volunteer project. Members of the Congregational Unitarian Society of Bernardston also regularly contribute to this effort.

Cantabile vocal quintet to perform Sunday at 2 p.m. in Northfield

NORTHFIELD — On Sunday 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 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: Sunday at Saints James and Andrew

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.

‘Spiritual Economics’ is topic at UU service, Sunday

BERNARDSTON — All Unitarians and those interested in exploring a Unitarian Universalist perspective are welcome this Sunday morning at 11:30 a.m. to hear Dan Tinen speak on “Spiritual Economics” at our third of four UU Summer Services at the 1739 Bernardston Unitarian Meetinghouse, 49 Church St. Coffee starts at 11 a.m. Music by Lynne Walker. www.bernardstonunitarian.org

Halifax Union Society to host guest clergy Sunday at 6 p.m.

HALIFAX, Vt. — On Sunday, Aug. 13, the Halifax Union Society hosts special guest, the Rev. Bert Marshall, interim minister at the Centre Congregational Church, Brattleboro, will lead the service. Merrillyn Courser is organist. The service begins 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.

Ice Cream Social set for Aug. 19

GREENFIELD — First United Methodist Church of Greenfield is having an Ice Cream Social on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. at 25 Church St. Please bring school supplies or a monetary donation and get an ice cream sundae. You will have choice of chocolate or vanilla ice cream and choice of toppings. We will also have ice cream cones, frozen bananas dipped in chocolate and watermelon wedges available. We are collecting school supplies for distribution to students in our community. Come join us for this fun and tasty event. For more information, call 413-772-6935.

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.

Acoustic Worship Service set for Aug. 20

GREENFIELD — Join the congregation at Second Congregational Church, Greenfield for beautiful acoustic music led by members including local folksingers and instruments with guitar and violin. An original welcoming song by member Leigh Labrie, “A Place for You,” will be performed. Rev. Dr. Michael Penn-Strah will offer a sermon about faith as a journey.

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

Annual All Faiths Picnic set for Aug. 27

GREENFIELD — Members of all faiths are invited to come together for fellowship and fun on Sunday, Aug. 27 at the Green River Swimming and Recreation Area, 31 Nash’s Mill Road, from noon to 4 p.m. This has become a great way to get to know other members of our local churches, synagogues and other faith traditions. Share a potluck lunch and lawn games. Please bring a side dish, chips, salad or dessert and your own drinks. Meat and veggie burgers will be provided. Swim in the Green River (no lifeguard). For more information, call 413-475-0846.