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SABBATICAL LEAVE FOR REV. GALLAGHER

Please be aware that the Rev. Kelly Gallagher, Associate Conference Minister for Central Association, will be on sabbatical beginning June 26th and ending on August 31st. Information on who to contact while Kelly is away will be forthcoming. 

Kelly will also be attending General Synod in Milwaukee from Friday, June 21st until Tuesday, June 25th. Kelly will be checking emails during this time but might not be able to immediately respond.


There was a computer glitch with the web hosting company and last week's newsletter was not sent. Apologies to all who had requested an event be publicized.


 

MAY ORDINATION ANNIVERSARY DATES

45 Years
The Rev. Dr. Peter Wells

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

CONFERENCE & REGIONAL EVENTS

May 14, 2019
Hampden Association Annual Meeting
Foster Memorial Church, UCC
1791 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, MA 01119
5:00PM

May 15-16, 2019
Boundary Awareness Training

Edwards House Meeting & Retreat Ctr.
1 Badger Road
Framingham, MA 01702
8:30AM - 3:00PM
FULL-Wait list only

May 19, 2019
Franklin Association Spring Gathering

United Church of Bernardston
58 Church Street
Bernardston, MA 01337
3:00PM

May 19, 2019
Ecclesiastical Council and Installation for The Rev. Wallace A. Hurd
Wilbraham United Church, UCC
500 Main Street
Wilbraham, MA 01095
3:00PM

May 23, 2019
Confidentiality and Mandatory Reporting/Lightening the Load
First Congregational Church
20 Main Street
Brimfield, MA 01010
9:30AM - 12:00PM & 12:45PM - 3:00PM

October 5, 2019
Super Saturday
Keefe Technical Regional High School
750 Winter Street
Framingham, MA 01702
8:00AM - 3:45PM

SAVE THE DATE!
November 1 & 2, 2019

First Annual Meeting of new "Together as One" Conference
DCU Center
50 Foster Street
Worcester, MA 01608

CHURCH EVENTS & OTHER EVENTS OF INTEREST


 Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts Assisting Our Community Partners:
Nominate an Unsung Hero!
2019 Food & Shelter Grant Opportunity
(Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin Counties)

Greetings from the Community Foundation! We are reaching out to ask YOU to help us spread the word about our 2019 Capital Grant Opportunity, "Community Heroes".
The nominating process will open on May 15th and close on June 5th.

Please see the attached document for all the grant information.


"Listening to Doubt: A Dialogue on Belief in God"
Church of Christ Congregational, UCC
235 State Street
Granby, MA 01033
Sundays at 9:30AM (45 minutes per session)
April 28 - June 2 (6 Sessions)

A series of discussions with optional readings for all those who share doubts about God (especially in the Christian tradition)--seekers, skeptics, believers, agnostics, atheists...all are welcome.
Christianity does not have  God all figured out. Our goal is not “apologetics”—using manipulative arguments to convince “nonbelievers.” We want to listen to doubt: to respect it and let it be heard with integrity. This happens in good dialogue, in which all parties expect to gain and grow by a mutual sharing of thoughts and insights. Listening to doubt can help Christians let go of untenable and unhelpful ideas about God; and those who doubt might also find that “God” does not have to mean what they thought. Click here for more information.


Franklin County Pride

Save the date! Saturday, June 15th
Parade begins at noon at the Greenfield Middle School
Rally and Celebration to follow at Energy Park in Downtown Greenfield.

FLYER


TAG SALE
First Congregational Church of Southampton
212 College Highway
Southampton, MA 01073
Saturday, May 18th - 8AM - 2PM

Don't miss this TAG SALE! See attached FLYER for more information!


Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast
First Congregational Church of Southampton
212 College Highway
Southampton, MA 01073
Monday, May 27th - 7:30AM - 11:30AM

Come and join us for breakfast! Adults $8.00; Seniors and kids ages 5-10 $5.00
No charge for Veterans or kids under 5!
Please see the attached FLYER


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

The Many offerings from Art and Soul!
Art & Soul/The Nest's summer schedule is now available! Please click here to see the many offerings.


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. 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. 
Marsha's Meals are the 3rd Friday of the month at 5pm. All are welcome and donations accepted.
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, Breakfast Chapel
United Congregational
Church of Holyoke
300 Appleton Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
Sundays, beginning April 7th
Break Bread and Share Your Faith -
Breakfast at 8:30AM followed by 9:00AM Service and Communion. Children, Sinners, and Saints are welcome.
Contact Lance Humphrey with
questions at 413-246-8854.
Plenty of free parking!
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 1:00PM 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. Ms. Denise Anne Karuth died peacefully on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019.   Denise is survived by her mother Betty, her sister Linda and brother-in-law Harry Startup of Scottsville, New York, her brother Edward in Rochester, her lifelong companion Fred Pelka in Easthampton, her faithful dog guide Fendi, and her very many other family, friends and admirers.
Denise was a champion for the rights of people with disabilities, and an internationally recognized figure in the struggle for affordable, accessible mass transit. She will be remembered for her compassion for others, her commitment to justice, and her enduring faith in a loving God.
A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, 2019, 11:00am at First Churches of Northampton, 129 Main Street, Northampton, MA.  Contributions in her memory can be made to the Home Sweet Home program at the Stavros Center for Independent Living, 210 Old Farm Road, Amherst, MA 01002; to First Churches of Northampton, 129 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060, or to The North Hadley Congregational Church, PO Box 695, Hadley, MA 01035.? Please click here to read more.

 Please click here to view all MACUCC Obituaries.  


CLASSIFIEDS

Free - Baptismal Font and Communion Set - Palmer, MA

Looking for a set of handbells - Webster, MA

FREE- Two memorial boards - Whately, MA

Folding chairs -- standard gray - Williamsburg, MA

 Please click here to view all MACUCC Classifieds

 

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