Posts from December 2021

Christmas Eve 2021

Join us Christmas Eve (Friday, December 24th) at 4 p.m. at Florence Congregational Church for Christmas Eve Service! There will be lessons, carols, and the lighting of the Christ Candle. All are Welcome! Please Note that We Are Still Under Northampton’s Mask Mandate. Thank you.

Dreaming a Jewish Christmas

“Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas”: Film & Panel DiscussionSaturday, December 11, 7:00-8:30 p.m.“DREAMING OF A JEWISH CHRISTMAS” film night followed by an upbeat and humorous clergy panel discussion led by Rabbi Riqi Kosovske, Rev. Averill Blackburn of FCC, and local multi-faith clergy.  We will start with havdalah to end Shabbat. Held indoors in the BA sanctuary, with masks, ages 12+ must be vaccinated. All ages welcome! About the film: Directed by Oscar-nominated director, Larry Weinstein, “Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas” is…

The History of the Advent Wreath

By Rev. Averill Elizabeth Blackburn In the four Sundays leading up to Christmas, we light four candles in an Advent Wreath.  Some of us do this only at church.  Others of us follow this tradition at home as well.  We often read devotionals or say special prayers along with the lighting of the candles.  Some wreaths have a fifth candle in the center, which is lit on Christmas Eve.  But what is the history of the Advent Wreath?  Where did…