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OCTOBER ORDINATION ANNIVERSARY DATES

45 Years
The Rev. Jonathan Tetherly

30 Years
The Rev. Cara Davis

25 Years
The Rev. Susan Boone

15 Years
The Rev. Sherril Willis

10 Years
The Rev. Mark Longhurst

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

October 13, 2019
Installation of Rev. Tara Tetzlaff
First Congregational Church, UCC
251 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230

October 27, 2019
Ecclesiastical Council for Paul Nesbit
Wilbraham United Church, UCC
500 Main Street
Wilbraham, MA 01095
3:00PM

October 30, 2019
Western Region Retired Clergy Lunch
18 Broad Street
Westfield, MA 01085
11:30AM - 1:00PM

November 1 & 2, 2019
Southern New England conferences Annual Meeting - Registration Open
DCU Center
50 Foster Street
Worcester, MA 01608

November 10, 2019
Franklin Association Annual Meeting
Trinity Church
17 Severance Street
Shelburne Falls, MA  01370
2:00PM


CHURCH EVENTS & OTHER EVENTS OF INTEREST


Level 2 Racial Justice Training: Institutional & Cultural
Saturday, November 9th 9:00-5:00

Edwards Church
297 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060

Training will be led by Rev. Kelly Gallagher and Rev. Day McCallister. Participants must have completed the Level 1 Training. To register email Deb Moore at: education_minister@edwardschurchnorthampton.org

 

The Sojourner Truth School
for Social Change Leadership

The Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership, known as “the Truth School”, invites UCC clergy, lay leaders, congregants and churches to attend one, or several, of their free classes in a wide range of movement-building skills. Social change leaders and engaged participants are essential now to grow movements to build just and creative communities and to stop climate collapse. 
 
As Truth School participant and trainer Norma Akamatsu describes, “The Truth School is a unique experiment offering free community classes on a wide variety of skills for making social change happen now. Amidst the serious challenges we are facing, the school supports finding the path than can translate one’s unique talents, concerns and commitments into action.”
 
Upcoming classes include: Cultural Humility and Cross Cultural Communication, Effective Mentoring of Young People of Color, and Immigrant Stories of Challenge and Success in U.S. Culture. All classes this semester are led by trainers of color or by bi-racial pairs.
 
As described on their website, the Truth School believes, “that knowledge and education, bolstered by support and guidance lead to empowerment – and empowered people make change. When people have the skills and confidence they need to organize a vigil, run for elected office, write guest editorials for local and national newspapers, engage in civil disobedience, visit their elected officials, or talk with care and sensitivity across differences, the result is real and lasting change.”
 
The Truth School offers their free classes in donated spaces in Greenfield, Northampton, Holyoke, Springfield and Easthampton. Explore more classes and register at truthschool.org.  


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, November 16: Edwards Church of Northampton

 

FREE-FREE-FREE
The Just Peace Players perform
Women of the Greatest Generation:
Stories of Faith, Hope, Love and Courage

Second Congregational Church
1080 Pleasant Street
Palmer, MA 01069
Sunday, November 10th
2:00-4:00 PM

We tell the stories of women who lived through the Second World War in their own words!
Moms, Marines, Nurses, High school plane spotters, USO dancers, Vets, Women from Germany, Japan, the British Isles...and the girls next door! Join us as we share these amazing stories with your community. Click here to download a flyer to share.
 


Berkshire Association Annual Meeting
South Congregational Church
110 South Street
Pittsfield, MA
Sunday, November, 17th
2:00 PM

Business to be conducted:
Holding Elections
Voting on Proposed By-Law Change
Gathering in Covenant Community with All Churches of the Association
Presenting Special Programming - "2020 Vision: Growing Together as an Association"

Flyer to share!


 

Annual Silver Bell Bazaar
First Congregational Church of Buckland
(aka Mary Lyon Church)
17 Upper St.
Buckland, MA 01338
Saturday, November 23rd 
9:00-2:00 PM

Annual Silver Bell Bazaar, at the First Congregational Church of Buckland (aka Mary Lyon Church) and in the Buckland Public Hall, 15 & 17 Upper St., Buckland Center on Saturday Nov 23rd 9 am to 2 pm.  Silent Auction, Baked goods, Arts & Crafts, Book Sale, Tag Sale items, framed photos and paintings, greeting cards, Holiday items, Lots and lots of gifts, and several Raffles. There will be coffee, beverages, and snacks all day.  Tables available for your crafts and sales, just $10 fee to reserve your table now! New this year, ‘Ugly Sweater Contest’ – where a $5 entry fee and you wearing your crazy, ugly, holiday sweater could result in you winning a great prize! Buffet Lunch from 11 am to 2 pm Adults $12, children 6 to 12 $6, under age 6 free. To have a table and for more info call the church and leave a message at 413-625-9440 or email info@marylyonchurch.org
 

Fall Offerings by Art & Soul
The Nest @ First Churches
11 Center Street
Northampton, MA

Please click on the links for more information on all the Fall Offerings:
Deep Listening to the Psalms: An Interfaith Gathering
Curiosity Labs
The Seeker's Writing Circle
The Alchemy of Grief: Re-Visioning Loss

The Art of Dying Well
Bone and Seed: Women Naming and Claiming Voice


RECURRING EVENTS


Journey

Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence (USNF)
220 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060
3rd Thursday of each month
6:00PM - 8:00PM

Journey: a social and support group for trans and non binary individuals of all ages will meet at the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, 220 Main St., Northampton MA, 6-8PM on the following:

Second Mondays of the month in 2019: 
November 11th, December 9th, 2019

Third Thursdays of the month in 2019: 
October 17th, November 21st, and December 19th, 2019

Meetings will continue to be scheduled going forward. The meetings focus on life concerns and are not religious in nature. The group is free.  This is an outreach ministry of the Haydenville Congregational Church UCC. Use the side door and doorbell. Allies, friends, and family are welcome. FMI: journeynorthampton@gmail.com

 

FREE ECUMENICAL OUTREACH MEALS

Please click here for a list of all locations offering Outreach Meals.

TRANSITIONS

More: macucc.org/transitions


OBITUARIES

Please click here to view all of MACUCC Obituaries.


CLASSIFIEDS

Youth Leader - South Hadley, MA

Administrative Assistant - Wilbraham, MA

Bookkeeper - Wilbraham, MA

 Please click here to view all MACUCC Classifieds

 


 

Western Region of
The Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ

508-963-8106
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