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John L. O’Meally’s Memorial Service

The O’Meally family sends heartfelt thanks to all who joined us for John O’Meally’s September 17th memorial service whether in-person or via livestream, and who’ve shared their love, support and words of comfort during this difficult time. MEMORIAL SERVICE Click here to view a video recording of the memorial service, held on Friday September 17th, 2021, here at First Churches. SHARE YOUR STORIES The memories you’ve shared about your time with our family’s patriarch have touched our hearts. We’ve created an online Memory Board where we can all share words, pictures & remembrances of John. Click here to add to the Memory Board, and feel free to share this link with others.   COOLEY DICKINSON VA & HOSPICE Please consider a gift of support to this organization, which helped both Dorothy & Larry transition with comfort & dignity: https://www.cooleydickinson.org/programs…/vna-hospice/ CONTACT Please contact the [...]

By |2021-09-21T09:52:01-04:00September 21st, 2021|News|0 Comments

Broken and Poured Out

Rev. Laura Dalton Broken and Poured Out Matthew 26:17-30 I’m going a little bit rogue today and stepping away from the lectionary passages in favor of revisiting these familiar words from the readings often associated with Holy Week. As you will have observed, this is a communion Sunday, when together, we will be remembering these words and actions of Jesus and his disciples as they shared in their final Passover meal together in Jerusalem. As I began to contemplate this passage as well as the celebration of communion, the theme that kept reverberating through my mind was that of brokenness: not just the brokenness of the bread, as is part of the communion ritual, but the brokenness we all experience to some degree or another. All throughout this past week, on my early morning walks, I’ve been listening to podcasts [...]

By |2019-07-15T15:06:38-04:00July 15th, 2019|Sermons, Uncategorized, Worship|0 Comments

Pastor Todd’s Upcoming Sabbatical

I’m writing this note to update you on my summer Sabbatical from May 1 through July 31.  This July will mark my seventh year at First Churches. Seven years is often a significant psychological time marker.  (Think 7 days of creation, the 7 Years War, 7 Year Itch!) A wise person told me long-term pastors need to reinvent themselves every seven years.  Otherwise either the pastor or the congregation get bored with the other. While I don’t yet think of myself as a long-term pastor at First Churches, since Solomon Stoddard served here for 55 years, seven years does mark longer term commitment in the modern era.   After spending some time thinking about what would benefit my growth as a pastor, I concluded what I really need is a pilgrimage.  Pilgrimages are a way of physically and spiritually being [...]

By |2019-01-31T16:38:18-05:00January 31st, 2019|News|0 Comments

Back From the Brink

BACK FROM THE BRINK Should  First Churches take a stand against  the looming possibility of God’s green earth being destroyed by a nuclear Armageddon?  On Sunday, Sept.23, our congregation will have a chance to vote on this agenda item:  “A Resolution Calling for the United States to ‘Pull Back from the Brink’ and Prevent Nuclear War.”  The essence of the resolution is as follows: NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that First Churches in Northampton, Massachusetts, calls upon our federal and state leaders to embrace the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and make nuclear disarmament the centerpiece of our national policy.  BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that First Churches calls upon our federal leaders and our nation to spearhead a global effort to prevent nuclear war by:  Renouncing the option of using nuclear weapons first; Ending the president’s sole unchecked [...]

By |2018-05-30T16:10:46-04:00May 30th, 2018|Mission & Outreach, Peace and Justice|0 Comments

Window Celebration

The sanctuary of First Churches has been enriched by the spectrum of light streaming through the newly restored Rose Window and the Louis Comfort Tiffany “Stream of Life” window. The restoration of these two windows was financed by the awarding of a generous grant from the Northampton Community Preservation Committee. Funding for the restoration of the Tiffany window was made possible through the sponsorship of the Northampton Betty Allen Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. This has been an exciting event for First Churches. The community’s willingness to support this project has made the restoration possible. Please join us on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 11:00 am as we celebrate the reinstallation of these two windows. Reception to follow the program. R.S.V.P. appreciated (but not required) 584-9392 or admin@firstchurches.org Sincerely, Peg Whitham, Sue Stone, Marcia Kennick Window Celebration [...]

By |2018-03-08T11:01:51-05:00March 8th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Common Ground: an innovative farm-to-table dinner ministry where people make church together

By the Rev. Sarah Buteux; Published by The Christian Citizen It’s Thursday night and people are starting to arrive for Common Ground, a farm-to-table dinner ministry at First Churches of Northampton, Mass. Folks come through the door, hang up their coats, and then put on aprons because worship for us starts in the kitchen. Our liturgy actually begins with a recipe that will highlight food we have either grown in our community garden or sourced as locally as possible. Once the soup is on and the salad is prepared, people spread out to set tables, learn music, catch up with one another or explore the evening’s theme through art that will grace our worship space. By six o’clock, most everyone has arrived, and I begin to sing a simple call-and-response melody. As I sing, the congregation gathers in a circle [...]

By |2017-06-13T10:52:06-04:00June 13th, 2017|Common Ground|0 Comments

Northampton Pride Parade Defies Rain, Marches On

Article printed in Daily Hampshire Gazette, May 8, 2017. By Morgan Hughes NORTHAMPTON — Despite the threat of rain, an estimated 30,000 people were out on the streets for the 36th annual Northampton Pride Parade, which kicked off at noon Saturday. Tens of thousands of cheerful and colorfully decorated people lined up around Main and Bridge streets to celebrate and advocate for the LGBTQ community. “My moms are gay and I support other people who are gay,” said Maya Lieberman Bachman, 14, enjoying an unobstructed view from the bed of a pickup truck in front of TD Bank on Main Street before the parade. “I like being here for the fun of it, and being able to support people.” With a “Born This Way” flag hung behind their lawn chairs as they cheered and waved, Maya, her friend Jane Techu, [...]

By |2017-05-10T12:14:29-04:00May 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Voices United Against Hate

A Statement from the Interfaith Council of Western Massachusetts The news this past week has been filled with threats and violence against our neighbors and friends.  We are devastated by the reports of bomb threats to 29 Jewish Community Centers around our country last week including a threat that resulted in the evacuation of our Springfield JCC on Friday, March 3, 2017.  We are appalled at extensive desecration of Jewish cemeteries, threats and vandalism against Muslim communities and mosques, and the killing of seven transgender people since the start of 2017, most of them trans women of color.  Our Muslim friends are newly vulnerable in the wake of our President’s updated travel ban from six muslim-majority countries and full-stop denial of entry to immigrants from Syria and other war-torn countries. As members of our diverse faith communities, we are alarmed [...]

By |2017-03-09T13:30:30-05:00March 9th, 2017|Peace and Justice|0 Comments

Journey to the Heart of Lent

Welcome to our Lenten Devotional. From March 3-5, teens from all over Massachusetts gathered at the Craigville Retreat Center and spent the weekend thinking deeply about how we can all become more loving people.  They formed 6 working groups - one for each week of Lent - and each group focused on a particular kind of love.  Through music, written reflections, recipes, art, spiritual practices, prayers, suggestions for contemplation, and calls to action, we hope to challenge and inspire you to practice loving in new and deeper ways. We invite you to join us as we explore ways to better love ourselves, our families, our neighbors, our enemies, our earth, and ultimately our God. May we journey together into the heart of Lent, that we might emerge this Easter with a renewed commitment to love one another as Jesus has [...]

By |2017-03-02T14:14:51-05:00March 2nd, 2017|Lenten Devotionals|0 Comments
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