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Pastoral Relations Committee Training
First Congregational Church of Hadley
102 Middle Street
Hadley, MA 01035
Sunday, February 17, 2019
1:00PM - 3:00PM

Click here for more information and to register.


FEBRUARY ORDINATION ANNIVERSARY DATES

25 Years
The Rev. Mr. Patrick McMahon

20 Years
The Rev. Ms. Elva Pawle

Please contact Deb Holmes if we have missed your anniversary. 
Anniversaries are listed from 5 years and forward in increments of 5.


CHURCH, CONFERENCE, & REGIONAL EVENTS


Rock-a-thon

First Congregational Church of Southampton, UCC
212 College Highway
Southampton, MA 01073
Saturday, February 23rd
9:00AM - 9:00PM

Join in a fun day of rocking in a chair supported by your financial sponsors. The church and community cupboard will benefit from your efforts, and you will benefit from the experience. Enter as a team so that at least one team member is rocking at all times. Please see the attached flyer for more information and to register.


Lovesong Café Fundraiser for Cancer Connection

Easthampton Congregational Church, UCC
112 Main Street
Easthampton, MA 01027
Sunday, February 24, 2019
2:30PM - 4:30PM

Lovesong Café Fundraiser for Cancer Connection, bringing together great music and great causes! Tea Dance Fundraiser with swing vocals by Mary Witt (bass), Ellen Cogen, and John Mason (guitar) plus Jacob Nichols (drums). Easthampton Congregational Church hosts a monthly Sunday afternoon fundraiser for a local organization. Musicians will play for dancing with a fun mix of Swing, Jazz, Blues, and Soul. Swing dance lesson beforehand taught by Lindy League of Western Mass. 2:30PM-3:00PM. Live Music 3:00PM-4:30PM. Funds will be by donations raised for Cancer Connections, a local resource for people fighting cancer. 100% of the door goes to Cancer Connection. FLYER


 Parish Leadership Day

Invitation from the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts
Log Cabin
500 Easthampton Road 
Holyoke, MA 01040
Saturday, March 2nd
8:00AM - 3:00PM

Come for some new perspectives on approaching stewardship with Chick Lane and Grace Pomroy! Charles R. Lane  and  Grace Duddy Pomroy  provide a diverse approach to their shared conviction — stewardship belongs at the heart of each individual and each congregation. The day will include presentations by Lane and Pomroy, lunch, time for parishes to brainstorm with their team, and of course, some time with our bishop. Click here for more information.


Protecting Your House of Worship
with Compassion and Common Sense

Northampton Senior Center
67 Conz Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
8:00AM - 5:00PM

A comprehensive training on best practices to promote safety and security for places of worship and faithbased organizations. For faith leaders, clergy, lay ministers, staff from churches, temples, synagogues, mosques, and meeting houses; law enforcement personnel; government leaders from Hampshire and Franklin counties and Athol.
Safety and security planning is increasingly important for places of worship and faith-based organizations. From acts of violence and vandalism to disruption of services, there are a wide range of security threats to houses of worship across the country. Law enforcement sources identify places of worship and faith communities as especially vulnerable targets, but there are ways to strengthen their protection. During this one-day training, instructors will review cases of violence in places of worship, talk through ways to prevent incidents and respond to an active
shooter event and its aftermath, including effectively working with the media. FLYER.
 


Boundary Awareness Training

May 15 & 16, 2019
Edwards House Meeting & Retreat Ctr.
1 Badger Road
Framingham, MA 01701
8:30AM - 3:00PM
Click here for more information


Preparing for Search & Call

Wellesley Hills Congregational Church, UCC
207 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02481-3105?
Saturday, March 30th 
9:00AM - 3:00PM

Join us for this two-part workshop.  The morning session is the UCC Profile Workshop for all clergy.   The afternoon Preparing for the Search  & Call Process focuses on Members-in-Discernment or others who interested in learning about the search & call process. Click here for more information.


Faith Will Light the Way

2019 - 22nd Annual Lenten Discussion Series
This series takes place at various UCC churches beginning on
March 6th and running thru April 9th. Please see the attached for a complete list.


Letting Go: An NESC Stewardship Event

Faith Community Church
146 East Main Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748-1230
Saturday, April 6th 8:30AM to 4:00PM

What's holding you back from becoming your most authentic self? Find out at the Northeast Ecumenical Stewardship Council (NESC) Event! People from all Christian communities are welcome. This one-day program will feature TED-like talks with guided small group discussion, workshops on practical steardship topics, a panel discussion on real world experiences, meaningful worship, and fellowship. Join us! Click here for more information.


Art and Soul -
The Nest @ First Churches
11 Center Street
Northampton, MA 01060

The many offerings from Art and Soul!

The winter/early spring season of Art & Soul workshops and events are shaped by the invitation to tell our stories of what is life-saving, vibrant and emergent in the midst of paradigm shift.

The Bone and Seed Tribe: Explorations in Healing
Intimate conversation, expressive art and ritual as healing medicine

Lessons in Letting Go:
What the Trees, Water and Birds Speak

Trees, Water and Birds as wise teachers of how to let go

Friday Art Wind Down
A room full of every kind of creative material at your fingertips

The Judas Kiss: Exploring Shame in Mixed Media
Mixed media art helps to give voice to feelings of shame. A Lenten exploration

Journey: Altar Making to Open the Door
Altar making Lenten spiritual practice, whether you do Lent or not

The Mending Café
Our stories through fabric, even if you don't sew

Click here to see other offerings.


How can you join the effort to rebuild Puerto Rico?

Come with others from Hampshire Association 
Donate or send money to help buy materials
Help finance our Hampshire Association work group

April 22nd - 27th, 2019
Space for up to 15 workers on our trip, age 16
(ten people required to run the trip)
Click here for more information


RECURRING EVENTS

Journey

Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence (USNF)
220 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060
3rd Thursday of each month
6:00PM - 7:30PM

Journey; a social and support group for people of all ages who identify as trans, gender queer, or two spirit will meet on the third Thursday of the month, 6-7:30 PM; Sept. 21st, Oct. 19th, Nov. 16th, and Dec. 21, 2017 at the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence(USNF) 220 Main St.,Northampton, MA 01060.  Allies, significant others, family, and friends are welcome too. Use the side entrance, and doorbell if needed, to be let in. We meet in a conference room downstairs. The group is free. Journey is an outreach ministry of the Haydenville Congregational Church, UCC.  For more info email: journeynorthampton@gmail.com


Come Walk the Labyrinth

Edwards Church of Northampton
297 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060

The Labyrinth Walk is now being held about 4 times a year. Please contact the church office for more information.


FREE ECUMENICAL OUTREACH MEALS

Easthampton Congregational Church
112 Main Street
Easthampton, MA 01027

2nd Wednesday of the month the church holds its food pantry. Please bring your own recyclable bags with you.
All are welcome. Marsha's Meals. All are welcome and donations accepted.
3rd Friday of the month at 5pm.

Cathedral in The Light
Town Common
Greenfield, MA 01301

Weekly meals offered on Sunday after worship which begins at 2:00PM.

United Congregational Church of Holyoke
300 Appleton Street
Holyoke, MA 01040

Free community meal 2nd Friday of each month at 5:30PM followed by family movie night at 6:30PM with children's activities 6:00PM - 6:25PM.

Faithwaze,
Community Christian Service
United Congregational
Church of Holyoke
300 Appleton Street
Holyoke, MA 01040

Each Saturday beginning March 24th. Doors open at 3PM, service starts at 4PM. Free soup and bread to follow. Experience Un-Churching!
Contact Lance Humphrey with
questions at 413-246-8854.

Cathedral in The Night
Corner of Center & Main Streets
Northampton, MA 01060

Weekly meals offered on Sunday after worship which begins at 5:00 PM.

Trinity Church
17 Severance Street
Shelburne Falls, MA 01370

Free ecumenical outreach community meals every Friday 5:30PM - 6:30PM.

Southampton Community Cupboard
First Congregational Church
212 College Highway
Southampton, MA 01073

2nd and 4th Saturday each month
10:00AM - 12:00PM

Faith United Church, UCC
52 Summer Avenue
Springfield, MA 01108

12:00 noon to 1:00 pm on the last Saturday of each month in Fellowship Hall. Free monthly community lunch and clothing give-away. 

First Congregational Church UCC
20 Lathrop Street
West Springfield, MA 01086

Please contact the church for information on their Wednesday Suppers and Saturday Breakfast.


OBITUARIES

The Rev. Dr. William T. Scott, Jr. died suddenly at his home in Avondale, PA. on Sunday, January 27th. He was just a month and a day shy of turning 75, and died on he and his wife's 29th wedding anniversary.
Bill was a 1967 graduate of Olivet College in Economics. He went directly to Andover Newton Theological Seminary, completing his Bachelor of Divinity in 1970. Bill’s first pastorate was at Christ Reformed Church in Alexandria, PA from 1970-1974. He went on to serve two other churches, first the Somersville Congregational Church in Connecticut (1974-76) and then the United Church of Ware in Massachusetts (1997-1982). While at the church in Ware, he simultaneously earned his D. Min in Psychology and Clinical Studies again at Andover Newton Theological School.
His memorial service will be held at the New Ark United Church of Christ in Newark, DE on Saturday, February 23, at 11 AM. Click here to read more.

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Western Region of
The Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ

413-589-7034
holmesd@macucc.org 
www.macucc.org/western

Office Hours: 
Monday: 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday: Closed