The Recorder – Your Religion News: April 2, 2022


Wednesday: end of the series of talks on Lent

ASHFIELD — The Rev. James Koyama, pastor of Montague Congregational Church, UCC, will present the fifth and final session of “Anchors in the Storm: Getting Through Difficult Times,” April 6, 7 p.m., at Ashfield Congregational Church. His session title: “Paul in prison”.

blessing of bread

TURNERS FALLS – At Our Lady of Peace Church, during the Year of the Eucharist, parishioners donated loaves of bread during Lent to distribute at the Monday community meal.

Prof. Stan Aksamit blesses the bread at Mass.

Sunday to All Saints

GREENFIELD – All Souls Church will hold virtual services at 10 a.m. Bruce Pollack-Johnson’s subject is “The 8th Principle: A Mechanism for Sustained Unitary Universalist Commitment to Racial Justice”. Principle 8 is a way for congregations to express a responsible commitment to racial justice in the future. Email [email protected] for more information.

Sunday at Bernardston UU

BERNARDSTON – Sunday, April 3, Dan Tinen leads our service and talks about “When Things Didn’t Go As We Planned”. In person, come at 11 a.m. for coffee and fellowship. The service begins at 11:30 a.m. and will be available to people at home on Interactive Zoom. Text 413-330-0807 with your name and email address to receive a Zoom invite.

Lynne Walker will accompany our hymns. Come enjoy being together and singing together again in the historic 1739 meeting place at 49 Church Street. All are welcome. Please wear a mask if you are not vaccinated. More information can be found at Donations for programs and the Morton Fund for the maintenance of our historic building can be sent to Congregational Unitarian Society, Box PO 5, Bernardston, MA 01337

Sunday at First United Methodist Church

GREENFIELD – This Sunday, April 3, members of our ministry team will speak on “Extravagant Faith, Knowing When To Overdo It.” Holy Communion will also take place and all are welcome. Join us at First United Methodist Church, 25 Church St., Greenfield for 10 a.m. worship.

“Dream Job” at First Parish UU

NORTHFIELD – This Sunday at Northfield First Ward, Oneness, the topic will be ‘The Transformative Power of Dream Work’. Starting at 10 a.m., lay reader Dan Tinen will explore some insights from psychology that could help us use our dreams in the service of health and wholeness. All are invited to participate in church, Parker Avenue and Main Street in Northfield, or on Zoom. Contact [email protected] for the link to register online.

Trinitarian Congregational Church News

NORTHFIELD – Worship services at the Trinitarian Congregational Church are now indoors. Services begin at 10 a.m. Visit our website:

Lenten study, Wednesday, 3 p.m. until April 6. The discussion is on Zoom; please contact the office (413-498-5839 or [email protected]) for a link.

News from the Congregational Church of Sunderland

SUNDERLAND — Worship on Sunday April 3 will begin at 11 a.m. It is a communion Sunday with an open table and the sharing of the blessing of communion with all who feel called to the table of Jesus. We will take part in the last Lenten talk of this season, hosted by the Ashfield Congregational Church at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The presenter will be Reverend James Koyama, pastor of Montague Congregational Church. Monthly Church Cabinet Meeting will be Thursday at 6:00 p.m.

April 9: Corned Beef Drive-In Dinner

ATHOL — The parishioners of Starrett Memorial United Methodist Church, 40 Island St. in Athol invite the community to their first public meal in two years. On Saturday, April 9, the church will be offering take-out corned beef and cabbage. This complete, freshly prepared meal includes generous helpings of fork tender corned beef, boiled cabbage, potatoes and carrots, Irish soda bread and their famous homemade pie, all for just $12. Reservations are mandatory and will be accepted until Friday, April 8. Orders can be placed by calling 978-249-9561 or 978-249-4012. Meals can be picked up from the back of the church from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., using the Marble Street entrance.

April 9: Annual Lasagna Dinner

PETERSHAM — The Orthodox Congregational Church of Petersham will host its annual lasagna dinner as a take-out meal, with pick-up from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 at the church, 21 N. Main St. Options include vegetables , meats and seasoned meats. The cost is $25 for a half pan. Proceeds will be used to repair the church bell ringer, broken on Christmas Eve. Reservations required, call 978-724-3362.

April 9: Screening of the film ‘The Exodus decoded’

GREENFIELD — All are invited to join Temple Israel on Zoom for a screening and discussion of “The Exodus Decoded” on Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m. Produced by James Cameron (of “Titanic” fame) and Simcha Jacobovici, the film asks the question “Did the Exodus really happen or is it just a fairy tale?” For more information and to sign up for the Zoom link, visit

Thursday: Free lunch at Living Waters

GREENFIELD — Living Waters Assembly of God is offering free lunch every Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for anyone who needs and/or wants lunch. Pick up at 450 Davis St., Greenfield.

Learn about the last 11 days of Jesus

GREENFIELD — The Reverend David Levandusky, pastor at Living Waters Assembly of God, writes, “Tis the season for people to learn more about the last 11 days of Jesus. A third of all the Gospels deal only with these last 11 days. There is no book on the market as accurate in the chronological and harmonized account of the last 11 days of Jesus as “The Last Eleven Days of Jesus: Countdown to the Passover, Crucifixion and Resurrection”. It is highly endorsed by educators, authors, pastors, and the general public. The book is available locally and on

Lenten Meditation Walk

GREENFIELD — You are invited to the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew, located at 8 Church Street, for a special Lenten meditation walk. The walk consists of a set of 10 pieces of contemporary iconography, mounted on the walls of the sanctuary, which invite viewers to reflect on our corporate breakdown as a society and as a church, particularly in relation to systemic racism. and the climate crisis.

The church is open daily for people to stop and take an intentional meditative walk around our church sanctuary. We hope the walk will inspire prayer and reflection, just as the Stations of the Cross did.

Learn more:

April 16: Easter egg hunt

GREENFIELD – On Saturday, April 16 at 10 a.m., residents of Saints James and Andrew invite the community to come out for a free Easter egg hunt, bake sale and basket raffle. The Egg Hunt is meant to be an opportunity to connect with the wider community and to be a time of togetherness and fun. The bake sale and basket raffle will help raise funds for our mission and ministry projects. Children: Consider bringing a bag or basket to collect the eggs. Located at 8 Church Street, Greenfield.

April 16: Easter egg hunt

LEYDEN – An Easter Egg Hunt organized by Leyden United Methodist Church is scheduled for Saturday, April 16 at 11 a.m., 15 West Leyden Road, Leyden Center. Crafts, snacks and photos with the Easter Bunny will take place downstairs in the Purse Room before the hunt. Bring a basket, wear appropriate footwear. Donations of plastic eggs filled with treats are appreciated. Let us know that you are participating in the Facebook event page: Leyden Easter Egg Hunt 2022.

April 22: Earth Day Multifaith Event

GREENFIELD — A multi-faith Earth Day celebration will be held April 22, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Energy Park in downtown Greenfield. The event will include a land acknowledgment from David Brule of the Nolumbeka Project, a tree planting demonstration with the Greenfield Tree Committee, songs and proclamations from area congregations as well as music, tables and activities for children.

Lynn Benander from Coop Power will talk about practical opportunities to care for creation and reduce carbon emissions by moving to a green economy.


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