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The Recorder – Your Religion News: July 9, 2022

Today: the great mediums of yesterday and today

LAKE PLEASANT – The National Spiritual Alliance (TNSA) is hosting a workshop on Saturday, July 9 from 1-3 p.m. Learn about great psychics past and present, including William Aber, Clifford Bias, Leslie Flint and Hoyt Robinette. Included in the workshop: a recording of a 500 year old Persian as an independent voice through the mediumship of Leslie Flint. Presented by Piet and Paige Nickle. Tickets: $20. Register for the workshop at https://tnsagreatmediums.eventbrite.com

TNSA is a spiritualist church located at 2 Montague Avenue in Lake Pleasant.

Sunday: the challenges of aging

BERNARDSTON — This Sunday, July 10, Bernardston Unitarians are offering a Summer Sunday program and discussion on “Challenges of Aging,” led by Ginger Carson. We all have stories that fit that title. Carson will talk about some lessons she learned over several decades of life. Come with your stories to share as well. The coffee starts at 11am and the program starts at 11.30am.

All are welcome at Meetinghouse 1739 at 49 Church St. Bernardston. www.bernardstonunitarian.org

Sunday: Ice Cream Party

WARWICK – Come to an Ice Cream Social on the Warwick Town Common on July 10 from 2-4pm, featuring Snow’s ice cream with homemade toppings. Proceeds benefit Warwick Trinitarian Congregational Church programs. Come enjoy this New England tradition.

News from the First United Methodist Church

GREENFIELD — Come and listen to a reflection on the words of the apostle Paul describing redemption. Join us at First United Methodist Church at 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 10. All are welcome. We are located at 25 Church Street, at the corner of Franklin and Church Streets.

July 11: the bells will ring

ASHFIELD — On Monday, July 11 and every 11 days of each month, All Souls UU Church will ring the steeple bell at 11 a.m. out of concern for the environment. For 11 minutes, we intervene to consider our role in changing direction after an environmental disaster.

July 18: The Singing Lesters in concert

GREENFIELD – Enjoy The Singing Lesters in concert, Monday evening, July 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Living Waters Assembly of God, 450 Davis St., Greenfield. The Lesters are nationally known and part of their fourth generation of family gospel concert music nationwide. The concert is free to all who attend.

Save the date: July 22

The Franklin County Interfaith Council is hosting a summer retreat from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, July 22 at the Peace Pagoda, Cave Hill Road, Leverett. For more details: Hetty Startup, [email protected]

July 22-23: Two nights of Gospel Tent Meetings

GREENFIELD – “Called Out of Darkness Presents: the Marvelous Light Revival Tent Meeting.” Experience powerful healing nights on July 22 and 23, Friday night and Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. each night at the spacious outdoor property of Living Waters Assembly of God at 450 Davis St. in Greenfield. Bring a chair if desired for the event. It is free for the public to attend.

News from the First Congregational Church of Montague, UCC

MONTAGUE CENTER — Sunday service is at 10 a.m., with Pastor James Koyama. Ann Cenzano is an organist and choirmaster. Leslie Brown is deacon for the month of July.

Our soup supper program is on vacation until July 26th. Every Wednesday in July there is a concert at 6 p.m., rain or shine. Bring a chair or blanket. This Wednesday, Ken Lively will perform a variety of popular songs.

Leyden United Methodist News

LEYDEN — Sunday service at Leyden United Methodist Church is at 9 a.m. Services will be led by Kurt Pearson on an ongoing basis.

Everyone is welcome. Contact information: 413-336-6248. Facebook Page: Leiden United Methodist Church

Sunderland Congregation News

SUNDERLAND – Service on Sunday July 10 will start at 11am. All are welcome to join us in person, and if you feel more comfortable joining us online, please email [email protected] for the Zoom connection.

The online Bible study group will meet on Tuesday from 7-8 p.m. We will read the Gospel of Luke. If you would like to join us, please send an email to the address above.

July 31: Series of educational sermons on end-of-life rituals

GREENFIELD – You are invited to the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew, 8 Church St., for the next installment in his series of monthly teaching sermons. This month’s topic will be the end of life and burial. If you’re curious about end-of-life rituals, please join us on Sunday, July 31 at 10 a.m. For more information on our teaching series or to watch the live stream, visit:

July 31: Ring the bell for remembrance

GREENFIELD — You are invited to join the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew on the last Sunday of each month for this new initiative, Ringing for Remembrance, which we see as a small step in responding to the public health crisis in armed violence. On the last Sunday of the month, our worship will begin at 10 a.m. with clergy sharing the number of people who have died from gun violence in the past month. The congregation will then remember, mourn and pray as the church bell rings in remembrance of all those who died. Our data is collected from the gun violence archives. We invite other congregations to join this initiative and ring your bells with us. www.saintsjamesandandrew.org

Vacation Bible School: August 1-5

ATHOL – VBS listed for Athol Orange Baptist Church. 260 Walnut St., Athol, will hold a Vacation Bible School Aug. 1-5 from 8:45 a.m. to noon each day. Theme: Kookaburra Coast. Ages: 4 – 6th grade.

Pre-register at www.vbsmate.com/aobcvbs or register at the door.

August 14: Marian celebration

The Franklin County Deanery will host a Marian celebration in honor of the Feast of the Assumption, Sunday, August 14, at Blessed Sacrament Church, 221 Federal St., Greenfield.

The Deanery Choir will provide music conducted by Kathleen Galluzzo

Confessions begin at 1 p.m., with 10 priests available. The party starts at 2 p.m.

Reflection of Father Michael Pierz. Eucharistic procession of the Rosary outside around the Church property. Coronation of Mary inside the church.

For questions, call Deacon John Leary at 413-219-2734.

August 14: Daily Office and Daily Prayer

GREENFIELD – You are invited to the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew for the next installment in our monthly teaching sermon series. The subject of this month will be the daily office and the daily prayer. If you are curious about prayer practices, please join us on Sunday, August 14 at 10 a.m. For more information on our teaching series or to watch the live stream, visit: .

August 21: Blessing of backpacks

GREENFIELD – Area school students, teachers and staff are invited to the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew for a special backpack blessing ahead of the start of the 2022-23 school year, during of our worship on August 21 at 10 a.m. You are welcome to bring a backpack, bag or lunch box. www.saintsjamesandandrew.org Located at 8 Church St.

August 27-28: giant tag sale

SHELBURNE FALLS — St. Joseph Parish, 34 Monroe Avenue, Shelburne Falls will be hosting a giant outdoor tag sale on Saturday, August 27 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, August 28 from 9 a.m. to noon. The Tag Sale will feature dozens of affordable and can’t-miss items, as well as a bake sale, furniture sale, teacup auction, jewelry and collectibles, book sale and more Again. A raffle including $200 Big Y gift cards, $300 local restaurant gift cards ($100 each for West End Pub and Blue Rock Restauarant & Bar, in Shelburne Falls, and Terrazza Restaurant, in Greenfield) and a 50/50 raffle will complete the offers. Come explore! You will not be disappointed ! For more information, call 413-625-6405.

August 28: Ring of Remembrance

GREENFIELD — You are invited to join the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew on the last Sunday of each month for this initiative, which we see as a small step in responding to the public health crisis of gun violence. On the last Sunday of the month, our worship will begin at 10 a.m. with clergy sharing the number of people who have died from gun violence in the past month. The congregation will then remember, mourn and pray as the church bell rings in remembrance of all those who died. Our data is collected from the gun violence archives. We invite other congregations to join this initiative and ring your bells with us. www.saintsjamesandandrew.org