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Music at the Meeting House Presents….

Music at the Meeting House Presents….

MUSIC AT THE MEETING HOUSE PRESENTS: Abigail Adams on violin, accompanied by Lior David on Piano Sunday, June 15th at 4 pm In First Churches Sanctuary Reception in Lyman Hall to follow. Please join us to celebrate Abby’s Graduation recital   Program Includes: J.S. Bach Partita No.3 in E Major, Saint Saens Violin Concerto No.3 in […]

Pentecost Evening Worship and Dinner

Pentecost Evening Worship and Dinner

And they all heard in their own language… Pentecost 2014 – June 8 @ 6:00 PM This year we can celebrate Pentecost in at least three languages – English, Quichua, and Spanish-gathering with Iglasia Bautista Quichua Nueva Vida in their chapel Sunday night. (10 AM services will still take place.) We will share in a […]

Progressive Democrats Rally at First Churches

Progressive Democrats Rally at First Churches

By LARRY PARNASS Gazette Editor Sunday, May 11, 2014 (Published in print: Monday, May 12, 2014) NORTHAMPTON — Hundreds of Democratic political activists gathered this weekend in Northampton — a place speaker Tom Hayden called “this historic heartland of the peace and justice movement” — to shape strategies, hear from national leaders and encourage one […]

MIssion and Outreach

Humanitarian Action for Children at the US Border

Humanitarian Action for Children at the US Border

http://nyti.ms/1mrxpLL News headlines often focus on the loud and divisive voices, like angry protesters shouting at school buses carrying some of the 57,000 children who have crossed the Texas border.  Churches and volunteers seeking to relieve this humanitarian crisis may not be as interesting to the media, but there are hundreds of people showing the […]

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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Worship

Jesus Knows His Weeds!

Jesus Knows His Weeds!

Sermon by Rev. Todd Weir July 20, 2014 Matthew 13: 24-30   I learned more about weeds than I ever wanted to know growing up in Iowa.  Walking through the soybean fields to rid it of weeds was my summer job from age 13.  A wise farmer once taught me that all weeds were not […]

Children’s Sunday Sermon

Children’s Sunday Sermon

Sermon by Rev. Todd Weir June 15, 2014   A few weeks ago I was part of a team engaging in a leadership retreat with a Latino student group at Springfield Tech.  The school has noted that they have poor retention rates of getting students to complete their degrees, especially from low-income and new immigrant […]

Pentecost Sunday – June 8, 2014

Pentecost Sunday – June 8, 2014

“Gifts Among Us” Preached by Rev. Todd Weir June 8, 2014 When you hear the story of Pentecost and the dramatic outpouring of the Holy Spirit, complete with rushing wind and tongues of fire, everyone hearing in their own language-it sounds both very exciting and-lets be honest-out of control.  Onlookers came to the conclusion that […]

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 […]

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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Sermon for Ascension Sunday

Sermon for Ascension Sunday

It has been 40 days since Easter. Most important things in the Bible happen in blocks of 40. If you hear the number 40, think “This is a great inflection point, where there will be a transformation at the end.” Noah steers his floating zoo for 40 days of rain, and then the storms end and he hits dry land. The slaves from Egypt wander in the wilderness for 40 years, and then they go to the Promised Land. Jesus fasts in the wilderness for 40 days, and then he confronts his demons before launching his ministry. So the Ascension of Jesus is 40 days after Easter morning. What is the transformation that will happen next?