Your Religion News: Oct. 21, 2017



Friday, October 20, 2017
New: The Little Free Pantry

GREENFIELD — The Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew, at 8 Church St., has just opened a “Free Little Pantry. The concept is simple: When you are shopping, grab one or two extra items — cereal, pasta, sugar, a cake mix, a roll of toilet paper, a box of tissues, or anything else as long as it is sealed and new. Then place it in the Little Free Pantry when you are in the neighborhood.

In the two weeks the pantry has been operational, it has already been used several times, with folks taking what’s needed or adding to the pantry as moved. James and Andrews encourages the community to use the Little Free Pantry and add to it as they are able. It’s located on the corner of Church Street and St. James Court. To learn more, speak to Jason Burns by contacting the church as 413-773-3925.

Jim Scott at Bernardston UU Sunday

BERNARDSTON — UU Singer/Songwriter Jim Scott, with Sarah Cole, guitar and voice, will lead the service at Bernardston Unitarian Church on Sunday, Oct. 22. Service at 11:30 a.m., coffee at 11. The church is at 49 Church St.

Rev. Lorrie Byrom to speak at Northfield UU Sunday

NORTHFIELD — First Parish of Northfield, Unitarian will welcome the Rev. Lorrie Byrom to speak on Sunday, Oct. 22. Her talk will be “Walking a Labyrinth: Strategies for Navigating Complex Times.” Religious Education will be available. All are welcome to the 10 a.m. service in the historic sanctuary on the corner of Parker Avenue and Main Street.

Basic Judaism Class at Temple Israel starts Oct. 26

GREENFIELD — Temple Israel’s Rabbi, Andrea Cohen-Kiener, will teach a class on basic Jewish beliefs and customs beginning Thursday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. This four-week series will cover the cycle of the holidays, ethics, mysticism, communication skills, pointers for living a more sustainable life, and other fundamental Jewish principles. The class is appropriate for beginners as well as those with more experience, open to Jews and others and especially those considering conversion. There is a fee for nonmembers. For more information, visit templeisraelgreenfield.org or contact the Rabbi at 413-773-5884.

Open House in Charlemont: Oct. 29

CHARLEMONT — Charlemont Federated Church, 175 Main St., welcomes members and community to a special open house on Sunday, Oct. 29 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. All are welcome to join us in worship at 9:30 a.m. or just come to the open house at 10:30 a.m. We will have a special coffee hour with homemade cinnamon rolls and other treats. You can tour our newly renovated kitchen, library and Sunday School area where prayer flags will be flying. The restored stained glass windows in the sanctuary can also be seen. For questions, call the church office at 413-339-4294.

Workshop: Mending the Web of Life: Oct. 29

GREENFIELD — Temple Israel is hosting a workshop based on the teachings of Joanna Macy on Sunday, Oct. 29 from 1 to 5 p.m., facilitated by Sarah Pirtle and Emily Koster. This workshop is helpful for people taking part in many kinds of community building and activist work. This is a sliding scale cost of $10 to $40 and registration is requested. For more information, visit templeisraelgreenfield.org.

Don White at St. James Coffeehouse: Nov. 4

GREENFIELD — On Saturday, Nov. 4, Don White will be appearing at St. James Coffeehouse at 8 Church St. Doors open at 7 p.m. The opening performer(s), to be announced, will start at 7:15 p.m. and White will start at 8. Tickets are $16 in advance and $18 at the door. Advance tickets will be available at the WorldEye Bookshop. For more information, call 413-772-2213.

Choral Evensong: Nov. 5 at 4 p.m.

GREENFIELD — On Sunday, Nov. 5 at 4 p.m., the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew will offer evening music for contemplation and reflection with a Choral Evensong in the Octave of All Saints. All are invited and welcomed. Located at 8 Church St. www.saintsjamesandandrew.org

‘Lost Art of Good Conversation’ starts Nov. 5

BUCKLAND — In a world of iPhones and connectivity, we are all in constant connection with one another. Then why are so many people feeling burned out, distant from colleagues and abandoned by family and friends? This new book, “The Lost Art of Good Conversation,” by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, readers will learn the basic principles of the Shambhala tradition — meditation and a sincere belief in the wisdom, compassion and courage of all beings — to listen and speak more mindfully with loved ones, co-workers, strangers and even ourselves.

The Class will meet Sundays from 10 a.m. to noon starting Nov. 5, at the Shelburne Falls Shambhala Center, 71 Ashfield St., Buckland. The class is free; the book will cost less than $15. Please register so we can have enough books available. Email: shelburnefallsshambhala@gmail.com. Donations to the center are welcome.

Veterans Recognition Service: Nov. 12

GREENFIELD — On Sunday, Nov. 12 at 9 and 10 a.m., the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew will invite and recognize veterans who have served our country in our armed forces, asking God’s blessing on them and on their service. All are invited. Located at 8 Church St. www.saintsjamesandandrew.org

Stookeys to present multifaith program Nov. 12

GREENFIELD — Former Northfield Mount Hermon School Chaplain Betty Stookey and husband Noel Paul Stookey (Paul of the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary) will present a multifaith program in word and song on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 3 p.m., at the Second Congregational Church, on the common in Greenfield.

Help for ‘Surviving the Holidays’ Nov. 14

GREENFIELD — “Know someone who is grieving? Are you grieving? Do you dread facing the holidays?” asks Living Waters Assembly of God, which is presenting “Surviving the Holidays” on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 450 Davis St., corner of Harrison Avenue. Find help, hope and healing at GriefShare’s special evening event.

Blessing of the Animals: Nov. 19 in Northfield

NORTHFIELD — Bring your pets, stuffed animals or photos of pets, for a blessing of the animals by Rev. Julie Olmsted at Trinitarian Congregational Church in Northfield, Sunday, Nov. 19, at 10 a.m. The church is at 147 Main St.

West County Community Thanksgiving Service: Nov. 21

All are welcome to attend the annual West County Thanksgiving Service, held this year at the Mary Lyon Church, Upper Street, Buckland, on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m., with a choir rehearsal from 6 to 7 p.m. The theme is “And yet ... we hope and give thanks.” Come sing, pray, listen to an inspirational message of hope rising out of crises and share your own gratitudes. A free will contribution will be collected to assist women and children in Syria. For more information, call Rev. Rich Fournier at 413-634-5451.