Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of our Haiti Scholarship drive. First Churches sent $4253.00 to Global Ministries to be used for scholarships for K-13 students at the CONASPEH school in Port-au-Prince. That is enough for 36 students to attend for free. Thank you for your generosity. Catherine Jordan and Pauline Bassett planned to visit Haiti in January with two members of First Church in Longmeadow. We were especially looking forward to a trip to the artist colony of Jacmel with Miguelson Charles. Unfortunately, Patrick Villier, head of CONASPEH, advised us not to make the trip in January due to uncertainty surrounding the runoff elections scheduled for after Christmas. The First Church group is now going in February, but no one from First Churches is able to go at that time. The runoff Presidential elections in Haiti [...]
Ash Wednesday, February 10 Ritual of Ashes and Prayer - Noon to 1 PM Meditation Service - 6:30pm Begin Lent by grounding yourself in the physical nature of your being, through the ancient ritual of smudging your forehead with ashes. “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.” We are part of the physical earth, limited and changing, and must exist in harmony and continuity with all living things. Palm Sunday, March 20 We will join Edwards UCC Church and St. John’s Episcopal Church for the Blessing of the Palms. We will congregate at the St. Mary's Grotto across from the old First Baptist Church, followed by a processional through the downtown. We will also welcome new members. Maundy Thursday, March 24 Tenebrae Service 7:00pm in the Sanctuary First Churches will host a Tenebrae candlelight service in the Sanctuary. [...]
There will be no 10 am Worship at First Churches on Sunday, August 24th. We will congregate at the Laurel Park Assosication on North King Street in Northampton. Rev. Sarah Buteux preaching and Heather Williams as the musical accompaniment. See www.laurelparkarts.org for directions. We look forward to seeing you there!
Don’t Stop Believin John 14:1-14 Easter 5, Year A Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” How many of you believe that? You don’t have to raise your hands. We have a lot of visitors here today. In fact, I’m a visitor here today, so I don’t know that we’ve quite built up enough trust here to reveal ourselves so fully to one another. I just want you to think about it. Jesus said to him, (to Thomas) “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” How many of you believe that? How many of you believe that the only way to the Father is through the Son? Or, to put it another [...]
We worship together on Sunday mornings at 10:00. Child care is available during the academic year, with the Rainbow Room providing fun and safe time for younger children and our Sunday School providing Christian education and activities for elementary-aged kids. A coffee and community hour follows immediately after the service. All are welcome, please join us. Our meeting house is completely accessible. Our ramp-accessible entrance is on the Center Street side of the building, with the elevator in Lyman Hall providing access to all levels.
On Sunday June 10th, 2012, members of First Churches unanimously confirmed the Search Committee’s recommendation to call Reverend Todd Lowell Weir as First Churches’ next Senior Minister. Rev. Weir currently serves as part-time Interim Pastor at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Poughkeepsie, NY, as well as Program Director for Hillcrest House, a multi-service homeless residence. Before that, Rev. Weir was Pastor for 12 years at First Congregational Church, UCC (Poughkeepsie NY). He will preach his first Sunday service on July 15th, 2012. Reverend Weir, on his Theology “My faith has always been a blend of social activism and contemplation. Jesus’ love for the poor and outcastes from society is a core theological guidepost in my life. My mother took me to Vietnam peace marches when I was five, so peace and social justice is in my blood. My faith is [...]