The First Congregational Church of Hadley is a community guided by love, hope and Christian tradition. Our purpose is to help transform the lives of individuals through the power of Jesus Christ, so that together we might transform the world. Inspired by Jesus’ example, we recognize that every individual comes to our table with a unique set of needs, talents, and experiences, and that everyone has value to our mission.
We therefore declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming community of Christian faith. We warmly welcome all to engage with us in our mission, regardless of age, economic status, ethnicity, family structure, gender identity or expression, marital standing, national origin, physical and mental health status, race, sexual orientation, or any other label that would seek to divide rather than to unite. With God’s grace, we invite all to share in the life and leadership, ministry and fellowship, worship and sacraments, responsibilities and blessings of our church.
APRIL WORSHIP SCHEDULE
April 9 – Palm Sunday 10 a.m. A celebration of welcome. Distribution of the palms. Sunday school for K-5.
April 13 – Maundy Thursday 6:30 p.m. A simple meal followed by a service of Tenebrae and communion.
April 16 – Easter Sunrise Service 6:00 a.m. Rejoice and sing with the rising Son on the Town Common, West Street.
April 16 – Easter Service 10 a.m. A service celebrating hope and new life.
Please, JOIN US… April 30 at 9:30 am for 5th Sunday Worship & Serve hosted by the Missions Committee
Following a light breakfast and short worship service, the congregation will be encouraged to participate in a service project in and around our church.
Service projects will include:
~ prepare a meal for the Cathedral in the Light Ministry in Greenfield
~ sing and pray with shut-in members of our congregation
~ spring cleaning in and around the church
STRAWBERRY & ASPARAGUS SUPPER - Invite your family and friends.
Saturday May 20, 2017 - Sittings at 5:00 and 6:30 p.m.
By Reservation Only. All advance reservations to be honored if not cancelled before May 17 th
Menu: Baked ham, fresh native asparagus, potato salad, strawberry shortcake, rolls and beverage.
Adults $13.00 Children under 12 $6.00 at the door. Save by prepaying: Adults $12 Children $5.00
Make checks payable to the church and mail to the attention of Delores.
For reservations, please call Joan Johnson at 413-0362-6654 or the church office at 413-584-4117.
Sunday, May 7 – Confirmation Sunday. A special service honoring our confirmands will be followed by a light luncheon in the fellowship hall.
Sunday, June 4 – Children’s Sunday followed by the All Church Picnic. Please join us for a special service put on by the children of the church. Our annual All Church Picnic will follow the service. Please bring a side dish to share.
MARCH WORSHIP SCHEDULE
March 1 – Ash Wednesday 7 p.m. This candlelight service marks the beginning of Lent with song, scripture, the impositionof ashes, and communion as we take time to meditate more fully on our human frailties and imperfections. Come and join us as we prepare our hearts for the season of Lent.
March 5 – First Sunday of Lent – Communion Sunday
Rev. Christina Williams will preach on temptation in Eden and in the wilderness. Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7 and Matthew 4:1-11
March 12 – Second Sunday of Lent
Guest minister, Rev. Ann Halstein will preach on John 3:1-17 and Romans 4:1-5, 13-17.
March 19 – Third Sunday of Lent
Rev. Christina Williams will preach on Exodus 17:1-7 and John 4:5-42.
March 26 – Fourth Sunday of Lent
Rev. Christina Williams will preach on 1 Samuel 16:1-13 and John 9:1-41.
Family Ice Skating Event
Join us on March 12 for the free skate at the UMass Mullins Center from 2:30-4:30pm. Join us for snacks and a good time!
REFLECT, RENEW, RECHARGE THIS LENTEN SEASON A time of worship and reflection.
Journey through Lent this year with a small group of intrepid explorers as we dig into the themes of Lent by engaging scripture through discussion, prayer, and thought provoking exercises. Come and recharge your faith this Lenten season. This worship will be held two times a week during Lent.
Luncheon Lenten Worship – 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 2, 16, 23, 30, and April 6. Bring your own lunch as we worship together. To be held in the Vestry.
Evening Lenten Worship – 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12. To be held in the Choir Room.
If you would like to sign up for this worship/workshop please contact Rev. Christina at email@example.com or text or call her at 978-821- 3149.
MARCH/APRIL BOOK GROUP – Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
Whether or not you attended the “Keeping the Faith in End of Life Care” forum that was offered by Cooley Dickinson Hospital in January, you are invited to join us as we continuethe conversation with the reading of Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, by Atul Gawande. If you are interested, the book will be available for pick up on Sunday, March 5 fromRev. Christina. This in-depth book discussion will be held on Tuesday, April 4 at 7 p.m.in the fellowship hall. Even if you do not get the chance to finish the book, join theconversation anyway. Please RSVP to Rev. Christina at firstname.lastname@example.org text or call her at 978-821- 3149. A review from the New York Times Book Review.Gawande writes that members of the medical profession, himself included, have been wrong about what their job is. Rather than ensuring health and survival, it is “to enablewell-being.” Gawande is a gifted storyteller, and there are some stirring, even tear-inducing passages. The stories give a dignified voice to older people in the process oflosing their independence. We see the world from their perspective, not just those of their physicians and worried family members. –Sheri Fink - New York Times Book Review
SHEPHERDS – CARING COMPANIONS
Do you enjoy extending God’s love to others? Do you enjoy offering a listening ear and a caring heart to the elderly and the convalescing? Do you have skills you would want to offer to a single parent, the ill, those with physical limitations, and those experiencing a crisis? Would you consider making a meal, driving, housecleaning, running errands, writing a card, or doing an odd job that requires special skills? If any of these questions piqued your interest, please contact Rev. Christina at email@example.com.
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