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Listen to the Podcast!

Listen to Rev Averill and Rabbi Riqi on the Bill Newman Show last Thursday, January 20, 2022 on WHMP Radio! The topic was the recent hostage situation in the Jewish Synagogue in Texas. Go to the 30 minute mark for the correct portion of the show! Rev Averill will once again be a guest on the Bill Newman Show this Thursday, January 27th at approximately 9:35 am. Tune in to WHMP 101.5 FM / 1240 & 1400 AM!

Rev. Averill Moved to 1/27

Rev. Averill will now be appearing a week from tomorrow– Thursday, January 27th–on the Bill Newman Show. Rabbi Riqi Kosovske will be on tomorrow. Sorry for any confusion this last minute change might cause!

The Rev and the Rabbi

Rev. Averill will be a guest on The Rev and the Rabbi on The Bill Newman Show this Thursday (1/20) at 9:35 AM. Tune in to WHMP 101.5 / 1240 & 1400. The Podcast of the Show will be posted on the blog later in the week.

Church Cancelled 1/9

Church has been cancelled tomorrow, January 9th, due to the expected freezing rain. We will be open once again the following week. God Bless!

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…

A Letter from Rev. Averill

Reclaim our Sacred Space By Rev. Averill Elizabeth Blackburn During the past several weeks, Florence Congregational Church has gone through a great many changes—and several people have come to me in distress over these changes.  I understand.  I, too, have been distressed by the one week removal of our cross.  I have found the new stage area in our sanctuary to be foreign.  I mourned seeing the sign of our church removed from the side lawn. At times like these,…

Daily Hampshire Gazette

Florence Congregational Church (FCC) and the Bombyx Center have been featured in the Daily Hampshire Gazette. If you haven’t already read the article, read it here.

Mini Sermon #62 A Reformation Sunday

Reading: Romans 3:23-28 (NRSV) Indulgences.  We hear that word and maybe think of a candy bar, a beer on a Friday night, or maybe some chocolate chip cookie dough.  However, in the Middle Ages, the term “indulgences” was a religious word.  An indulgence was a piece of paper that the Catholic Church sold to absolve you—anyone really—of a sin.  The greater the sin, the costlier the indulgence.  They were invented when the Catholic coffers ran a little dry.  Why not? …