Your Religion News: Sept. 16, 2017


Friday, September 15, 2017
Celebration! Fourth annual Christian Festival is today in Orange

ORANGE — Fourth annual Celebration of Christian believers gathering together at 60 Chestnut Hill Road, Orange (the site of the Garlic & Arts Festival), on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Theme: Loving God, Loving Others ... Together. Free. Music, speakers, children and youth activities, food, ministry booths. Admission/Parking. Tax-deductible gifts support the event. For more information, email mickeymantle2017@gmail.com or visit www.christianfest.org

Theologians tackle topics: Today

GREENFIELD — Join a rotating panel of theology experts on the Greenfield Town Common as they tackle various topics centered on religious texts, false prophets, gods, unity, truth and love. Join them as they answer questions such as “What makes the Bible so special?” “Who does Jesus think he is?” “Does Christianity even matter?” and much more. Rain or shine: Saturday, Sept. 16, from 8 a.m. to noon as well as that evening from 7 to 9 p.m. Open dialogue and Q&A welcomed after each session. For questions, contact Christian Joyner at 559-329-9629.

Fall programs start Sunday at First United Methodist

GREENFIELD — Join us at First United Methodist Church, 25 Church St., for Rally Day, Sunday, Sept. 17, at 10 a.m. We are inviting everyone to join us for the kidkoff of our Fall programs. Christian Education will begin before church at 9:15 a.m. for fifth grade and above. They will meet once a month for videos, Bible reading and discussion. Our Sunday School for Kindergarten through fourth grade will meet during the service each week. Nursery is available. Following our service, we will be having a barbeque and potluck lunch. For questions, call Wednesday or Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 413-772-6935.

Organ concert: Sunday at The First Church of Deerfield

DEERFIELD — The Brick Church Music Series at The First Church of Deerfield will present Bernhard Klapprott, organist, in concert on Sunday, Sept. 17, at 3 p.m., playing the Opus 13 tracker organ built by Richards, Fowkes Organ Builders of Tennessee. He concertizes internationally as a keyboard soloist, continuo player and conductor. Presently, Klapprott, from Weimer, Germany, is on an extended concert tour in the Northeast, and will play music by J.S. Bach, D.P.E. Bach, Buxtehude, Pachebel and Kellner. There is a suggested donation of $10 to $20 at the door. A reception will follow in the Caswell Library at Deerfield Academy. For further information, call 413-774-2657. The church is located at 71 Old Main St.

Deitz in Bernardston: UU Principles Series, No. 2

BERNARDSTON — Barry Deitz will lead the service Sunday, Sept. 17, at Bernardston Unitarian Church and will give his second talk in a series of sermons on the Seven UU Principles. This Sunday, Deitz talks about “Justice, Equity and Compassion in Human Relations.” Coffee and refreshments at 11 a.m., service at 11:30 a.m. Lynne Walker, music. The church is at 49 Church St.

Chalice Circle: Sunday at First Parish

NORTHFIELD — First Parish of Northfield, Unitarian, will hold its first Chalice Circle of the church year on Sept. 17. The Chalice Circle is a lay-led service. This month’s service will be facilitated by Laurie Tigan and Bonnie Leveille and the topic is Diversity. Religious Education begins, concurrent with the service. All are welcome to the 10 a.m. service in the historic sanctuary on the corner of Parker Avenue and Main Street.

Welcoming Sunday at the Brick Church

DEERFIELD — The First Church of Deerfield (“the Brick Church”) invites all to a celebration of welcome. “Worship for All” is at 10 a.m., with an outdoor lawn party at 11 a.m. Come have a doughnut, bob for apples, and pick up a “We’re glad you’re our neighbor” yard sign. 71 Old Main Street in Old Deerfield.

Temple Israel marks High Holidays

GREENFIELD — Temple Israel has planned a full schedule of services, meals and celebrations for the High Holidays. All are welcome — please feel free to join for all or part of these community gatherings. No tickets needed, but donations gratefully accepted. For more details, visit www.templeisraelgreenfield.org.

Rosh Hashanah

The Jewish New Year runs from the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 20, until the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 22. Temple Israel is hosting a community meal and evening service on Sept. 20 at 6 p.m., and full days of services on Sept. 21 and 22 starting at 9:30 a.m. There will be children’s activities on Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. We will convene at the Green River Recreation Area at 4 p.m. on Sept. 21 for a Tashlich/Casting Off ceremony and picnic. Please note time change from earlier announcement.

Yom Kippur

The Day of Atonement begins in the evening of Friday, Sept. 29 with a Kol Nidre service at 5:45 p.m. A full day of prayer and reflection is planned for Yom Kippur on Sept. 30 beginning at 10 a.m. Children’s programming will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eventide Singers will present at Yizkor Services at 1:30 p.m.

Fall Festival Sunday is Oct. 1

GREENFIELD — Fall Festival Sunday is Oct. 1 at 9 a.m. at The Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew, at 8 Church St. We will come together for one combined service for a morning of worship, food, fellowship and fun. Following the service will be a Ministry Fair in Whiteman Room, where folks can learn more about our community’s many ministries and how to get involved, and a special coffee hour. All are invited and welcomed. For more information, call 413-773-3925. www.saintsjamesandandrew.org

Blessing of the Animals is Oct. 8

GREENFIELD — On Sunday, Oct. 8, during the 8 and 10 a.m. services, The Episcopal Church of Saints james and Andrew will commemorate St. Francis of Assisi and the clergy will bless any animal, photo or stuffed lovey that attends worship during the liturgy. All of God’s creatures are invited and welcomed. For more information: 413-773-3925. www.saintsjamesandandrew.org

300th anniversary homecoming service is Oct. 15

SUNDERLAND — The First Congregational Church of Sunderland will celebrate its 300th anniversary with a special homecoming worship service at 10 a.m., followed by a light lunch. The Rev. Barbara K. Seamon and the 300th committee invite you to join with them to share in this historic event.

Digital Cathedral set for Oct. 15

GREENFIELD — On Sunday, Oct. 15 at 10 a.m., The Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew will be one of a handful of “digital cathedrals” that will livestream Christ Church Cathedral in Springfield’s Liturgy of the Word, featuring the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon. Curry is the Presiding Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America and is visiting the Diocese of Western Massachusetts for a few days. The service will follow, with a local service of Holy Eucharist. Presiding Bishop Curry is a powerful preacher and it is sure to be an inspiring event. All are invited and welcomed. For more information, call 413-773-3925. www.saintsjamesandandrew.org