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“A Meeting House for the Valley”  by Peter Ives

“A Meeting House for the Valley” by Peter Ives

BOOK LAUNCH March 9th- A book reading by Reverend Dr. Peter Ives. “A Meeting House for the Valley”, 25 years of First Churches. Reading in the Sanctuary at 3pm, reception in Parlor at 4pm. We look forward to seeing you there! From Peter Ives on Facebook: From 1655 to 2014 there have been five Meeting […]

Celebration of Speech

Celebration of Speech

Contemporary Speech Competition Winner Lisa Thwing: “Safe Church?”  Lisa Thwing spent most of her growing up years in Holyoke, Massachusetts. She graduated from Holyoke High School, Boston University, and Andover Newton Theological School. Lisa is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She served churches in Massachusetts, New York state, and Vermont. She retired […]

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March 2 Joint Worship Service

March 2 Joint Worship Service

The Next Awakening! An Ecumenical Worship Service with Diana Butler Bass Guest Preacher Transfiguration Sunday, March 2, 2014 10:00 a.m.  @ First Churches, 129 Main Street, Northampton Join us for a 6 Congregation Mass Choir, Children’s Church, Eucharist and Community Time to follow! Sponsored by Edwards Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Christ United Methodist Church, […]

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MIssion and Outreach

Join the Carbon Fast on Facebook or by Email

Join the Carbon Fast on Facebook or by Email

JOIN THE CARBON FAST DAILY INFORMATION POST TODAY! You can find daily environmental posts on the web or Facebook by following the highlighted links.  Here is an excerpt explaining the Carbon Fast from the UCC Massachusetts Conference Website: An invitation to you AND to your congregation:  Please Join Us in a Lenten Fast . . […]

“THE VIGIL”  with Film Maker Jenny Alexander

“THE VIGIL” with Film Maker Jenny Alexander

  Join us for a screening of the new film, THE VIGIL A moving film about faith and immigration reform in the U.S. Part of the MA Trust Act Week of Action: Tuesday, February 11 First Churches of Northampton enter on Center Street 6:30pm:  Gathering and introduction by filmmaker Jenny Alexander 7pm:Film, with Spanish subtitles. […]

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Common Sense Immigration Reforms @ First Churches

Common Sense Immigration Reforms @ First Churches

NORTHAMPTON — There was roaring applause at First Churches on Monday night when Rebecca Fricke, district aide to state Rep. Ellen Story, read a statement from the Amherst Democrat declaring support for two bills designed to reform immigration policies on the local level. One of those bills is the Trust Act, H.1613, which would prevent […]

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Worship

If You Are the Son of God…

If You Are the Son of God…

Sermon given on March 9, 2014 @ First Churches by Rev. Todd Weir From Matthew 4:1-11, Genesis 3:1-7 What are you giving up for Lent?  Typical answers include our treats – chocolate, donuts, chocolate donuts, or if you are truly daring, sugar.  Next come our habits – TV (sorry Stephen Colbert and Desperate Housewives), Ipad […]

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Ash Wednesday, March 5 at 6:00 PM in Lyman Hall

Ash Wednesday, March 5 at 6:00 PM in Lyman Hall

Ash Wednesday March 5 @ Lyman Hall 6:00-6:45 PM Denise Karuth preaching. Ashes are an ancient symbol of our mortality and connect us to the earth. Placing them on our forhead acknowledges our need for God’s love amidst life’s vulnerability. Pastor Todd will share ashes in front of the church from 8:30 to 9:00 AM […]

More than Technicals for the Gold   –  Matthew 5:13-27

More than Technicals for the Gold – Matthew 5:13-27

NBC Sports must have been playing with us when they decided to alternate showing the ice skating team competition and slope style snowboarding.  It’s like channel surfing between Lawrence Welk and MTV.  I watched at least 10 hours of ice skating in the last week (not because I was forced to do so – Jeanne […]

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Education

Field Trip to Heifer farm

Field Trip to Heifer farm

Don’t miss out on this wonderful adventure. We hope you and your friends will join us!! Saturday April 12th Field Trip Heifer Farm in Rutland MA, Please sign up by March 23rd. – $10/adult CE is covering cost of children/youth – All are Welcome, invite your friends! – RSVP to Eric at CE@firstchurches.org – See […]

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Lord’s Prayer Series Weekly Notes

Lord’s Prayer Series Weekly Notes

Lord’s Prayer I –  Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name…  Opening Meditation Opening Meditation:  Musical meditation on where is heaven for you?  What does it look like to you? Share in groups of three or four, and see what the different views look like. 1)  Heaven in scriptures Read Genesis 1:1 […]

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Spiritual Readings of Devotional Classics: Sunday Morning Adult Education during Lent

Spiritual Readings of Devotional Classics: Sunday Morning Adult Education during Lent

8:45 AM starting March 9 in the Parlor   This Lent experience reading with the mind and heart together through an exploration of five spiritual classics about living a life with God.  Each week we will read a short sample and share together how the words impact our spiritual journeys.  We invite you to come […]

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Teach us to Pray-  Experiencing the Lord’s Prayer

Teach us to Pray- Experiencing the Lord’s Prayer

Tuesdays at 6:30 Church Parlor Come Tuesdays in Lent to any or all sessions of this Lenten discovery series.  We will explore different ways to pray, reflect on praying in the scriptures and pray together in different ways each week.  Homework and resources will be posted at firstchurches.org to follow along.   March 11:  Praise […]

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Salt of the Earth   Matthew 5:13-16

Salt of the Earth Matthew 5:13-16

Jesus said we are to be the salt of the earth.  Salt is one of the essential things for life that is often taken for granted and forgotten.  You probably did not think much about salt this week, but consider how often you unknowingly use and need it.  Salt is more than a condiment to […]

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What is so Blessed About the Beatitudes?     Matthew 5: 1-12

What is so Blessed About the Beatitudes? Matthew 5: 1-12

One of my favorite lines in Monty Python’s movie “Life with Brian” has a scene from the Sermon on the Mount among people in the back of the crowd struggling to hear.  They are arguing and bickering with each other while Jesus is speaking and one man asks what Jesus is saying.  “I think he […]

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