On June 23rd over 65 members from 11 churches in the Hampshire Association of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ celebrated a day of fun and fellowship at their first Summer Gathering BBQ at Conant Park in Southampton.
The afternoon included a brief devotional led by Rev. Ton Whiteside, a delicious BBQ meal by Tavern on the Hill in Easthampton, and the bluegrass gospel sounds of Barry Searle and the Crooked Ledge Band (pictured). While listening to the music, attendees had the opportunity to string prayer beads, play giant lawn games like Jenga, blow bubbles, and socialize with others from local churches.
Sometimes God's love and justice looks like people laughing and playing together. This was evident as we welcomed all, saying, "No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you're welcome here!" The purpose of the gathering was to develop, strengthen, and deepen friendships between the churches in the association, to enjoy a sunny summer afternoon, and to celebrate God's joy and abundance together as one. Many thanks to the Hampshire Association Executive Committee of the MACUCC for supporting this new venture! Please click here to see more pictures.
Church Treasurer Gatherings
Church treasurers are invited to attend an upcoming regional gathering for church treasurers! Please join us for conversation that will help define your role as church treasurer and answer all those questions you may have. The sessions run from 9:30-noon, and include coffee "and". New church treasurers are invited to stay for a post gathering Q&A session ending at 1:30 (you are welcome to bring a bagged lunch if you stay). All sessions cover the same material and you are welcome to attend whichever session fits your schedule. There is no charge to attend, but please sign up so we know how many to expect. Use the links below for additional information and registration:
Saturday, September 21: First Congregational Church of Stockbridge
Saturday, October 19: First Congregational Church of West Boylston
Saturday, November 16: Edwards Church of Northampton
Tri Conference Hispanic Celebration!
Edwards House Meeting & Retreat Center
1 Badger Road
Framingham, MA 01702
Sunday, September 8th
10:00AM - 4:00PM
A celebration to build unity and relationships among Latino/a/x members of UCC churches in southern New England.
Join us on Sunday, September 8, for a day of fun and friendship! UCC Hispanic friends will gather from Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, as we get to know each other, sing songs, worship our God, play games, enjoy a meal together, participate in activities, and build relationships and unity.
This event is free, but because there is limited space and we need to plan for food,pre-registration would be helpful for all who wish to attend, including children. Please let us know by Sept. 1. Registration is now open! Sign up here!
A Night Out with the Legends
To benefit: Second Congregational Church, Westfield
Westfield State University
577 Western Avenue
Westfield, MA 01086
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Starring: Charlie Lask, Lisa Carter, Nicole Fuller, and Ray Guillemette Jr. "Live Band", Raffles, and Concessions! Doors open at 5:30PM - Show starts at 7:00PM.
Tickets @ the door: $25.00 Adults and $15.00 Students/Seniors.
Advance tickets: $20.00 Adults and $10.00 Students/Seniors.
Advance sale tickets available until 9/14/19.
For tickets and more information contact: 413-250-0685 or 413-572-5405. FLYER