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Re-Imagining Church 2017

Welcome to the Re-Imagining Church Information page!  We will collect information here to keep you informed about our work to create a stronger community and good work flows for the future.  To get started, you can download a pdf file with the latest look at our church re-organization at this link. re-imaging-church-organization You can see the basic structural idea in the image below.  Click on the link to read Pastor Todd's January newsletter article about next steps.  getting-organized-for-2017

By |2017-01-18T20:14:56-04:00January 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sermon: Zacchaeus and the Key to Salvation

by the Rev. Sarah Buteux November 3, 2013 Proper 27, Year C Luke 19:1-10   “When we see others as the enemy, we risk becoming what we hate. When we oppress others, we end up oppressing ourselves. All of our humanity is dependent upon recognizing the humanity in others.” ― Desmond Tutu   Our story for today is fairly brief, but it is packed with a whole lot of detail. We actually know more about Zacchaeus from these 10 short verses than we know about most of Jesus’ disciples from all four gospels.   For example, you probably can’t tell me a whole lot about Nathaniel or the other James or even the other Judas. In fact you might not even know that amongst Jesus’ disciples there were two named James and two named Judas. Did anybody know that? But [...]

By |2017-01-18T20:14:57-04:00October 31st, 2016|Sermons, Uncategorized, Worship|0 Comments

FY 2015/2016 Annual Report

Friends, Here is the annual report for Fiscal Year 2015/2016. I mistakenly left out the clerk's report, so you will find it as a separate attachment here, and at the end of the printed annual report. Many thanks to all of you that submitted reports, and assisted with everything else going on around the Annual Meeting, we couldn't have done it without you. Click here to read: 20152016-annual-report clerk-report    

By |2016-09-16T15:28:53-04:00September 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

September 11, 2016 Sermon – “Lost Together”

Rev. Todd Weir Scripture:  Luke 15:1-10 Click below to listen.  (The sound system was out, so Pastor Todd had to shout.) Let’s play with the numbers in this parable.  What if not just one sad little lamb is lost and restored to the 99, but rather half the sheep are lost?  What does the shepherd do if only 20 sheep are in view, or 10?  How can you get the flock together again?  Now that would be a parable for 2016.  How will the flock hold together among the wolves, feeding on brown pastures, and worried about the Zika virus?  And what about the bees? How do we stop all the Zika carrying mosquitoes without killing all the bees?  No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, whether you are gay or straight, black, white [...]

By |2017-01-18T20:14:58-04:00September 11th, 2016|Sermons, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Restoration: When Scripture Makes History

Sermon by Rev. Todd Weir January 17, 2016 Scripture Texts:  Luke 4:15-21, Isaiah 61:1-2 January 17, 2016 What is your elevator speech? In 30 seconds or less, how would convince someone to embrace your core values and mission? It must be simple, memorable and exciting. A Mission Statement grounds you in being clear before you act, so every day you can ask, is this true to our mission statement. Organizations spend a great deal of time and money to get it right. At the beginning of his ministry, Jesus spends 40 days out in the wilderness, fasting and praying, and being tempted by the devil. That is what it is like to write a good mission statement. You have to fend off anything that is less than your true self, your highest calling, your better angels. Jesus had [...]

By |2017-01-18T20:15:04-04:00January 18th, 2016|Sermons, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tiny Dance Project ~ sustainable dance art for small spaces

            First Churches is excited to host The Tiny Dance Project again this year.   The tinydance project uses dance theatre and performance art to facilitate interdisciplinary discussions and events about issues related to sustainability. At the same time, we recognize that it is impractical and undesirable to live in a constant state of crisis, and so we approach the potential end of life as we know it with humor and good cheer. - http://www.tinydanceproject.com/about.html Liv Fauver and Kelly Silliman at Tuesday Market, photo by Cher Lemire-http://www.tinydanceproject.com/performances.html   Kelly Silliman tows a 4' x 8' stage on her bike to performances. Moving in this way is intended to spark conversation about sustainability. What does the world look like when we are without high-tech scenes? What do the Arts look like? These are questions to [...]

By |2017-01-18T20:15:07-04:00July 13th, 2015|Mission & Outreach, News, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Good Friday Walk 2015 – The Seven Last Words of Jesus

Today several downtown Northampton clergy and church members walked to seven sites around the city, with brief meditations on the Seven Last Words of Jesus from the Gospels.  Here are pictures and several quotes and reflections from everyone.  Blessed Good Friday to everyone. Stop 1: “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they do.” Dailey and Halligan Memorial
on Route 66 going up Hospital Hill Rev. Michael McSherry, Edwards Church UCC Rev. Michael McSherry   Dailey and Halligan were executed for a murder they did not commit in 1806.  They were exonerated in 1984.  It is here that we begin our Good Friday journey, with a few quotes from each speaker. "They were other. Foreigners, undocumented convenient targets... Can imagine them saying.  'Father forgive, for they know not what they do'?  For the people did what has [...]

By |2017-01-18T20:15:08-04:00April 3rd, 2015|News, Uncategorized, Worship|0 Comments