announcement

Searching for a New Organist

Starting June 2021, Florence Congregational Church is searching for a New Organist!! If you play the organ or know someone who does and are interested, please contact Diane Barrett at the Florence Congregational Church. Office Number: (413) 584-1325

Yemen Blues Concert on June 11

Yemen Blues June 11, 2021 New Culture Music blending Yemenite, West African, Latin & Jazz Ravid Kahalani’s Yemen Blues project begins and ends with the singer’s rhapsodic voice and a Yemeni accent acquired from childhood religious singing — but everything in the middle is global, funky, and outrageous. Kahalani is part Prince, part James Brown, and his music reaches into Moroccan gnawa, Nigerian afrobeat, ecstatic jazz, and global soul. Traditional folkways and devotional song intersect effortlessly with heavy grooves and…

Announcement & Mini Sermon #57

Mini Sermon #57 Sermon Reading: Romans 8:22-27 (NRSV)Alternate New Testament Reading: Acts 2:1-21 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 104:24-34 (NRSV) Quick Note The subject of our “Mini Sermon,” Romans 8:22-27, will serve as the First Lesson at Florence Congregational this Sunday.  Hope to see you there! Preamble We move to Paul’s Letter to the Romans, which is perhaps the most well-known of his letters.  Paul is writing to Christians in diaspora—or Christians who live outside of Israel.  We know, just by looking at…

Concert this Friday @ 130 Pine Street

Friday, May 21st – Sophia Rei. Check out her Tiny Desk performance. She’s delightful. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKSjxfYbxzcTickets and more info at: https://thirdrow.live/events/sofia-rei/ DESCRIPTION: Folk-futurist and award-winning vocalist, songwriter and producer, Sofía Rei weaves a deft and complicated tapestry of musical styles — a self-described pond-hopper when it comes to genre — whose training as an opera singer, fascination with Argentine folk traditions, and profound immersion in the multi-cultural mecca of New York City have all contributed to the music she plays today. Her collaborations are wide-ranging and studded with…

Zoom Bible Study Invitation

You’re Invited to Barkhamsted Center Church’s Virtual Bible Study Wednesday, March 3rd, from 2 pm to 3:30 pm. The subject is THE GOSPEL OF MARK. We’re starting at the beginning at working our way through! FCC’s Rev. Averill will be technical moderator and all FCC members and friends are welcome to attend. If you are on the FCC email distribution list, you will automatically receive a zoom invite on Monday, March 1st. If you’re not on our list but would…

FCC to Reopen its Doors for Palm Sunday

On Sunday, March 28th (Palm Sunday) at 10 AM Florence Congregational Church (FCC) will resume worshipping in our sanctuary, located at 130 Pine Street. We will be following the guidelines and mandates per the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. A full list of the current guidelines can be found on mass.gov. The following are the safety precautions all attending worship must follow: Face masks are to be worn at all times. Social distancing will be practiced within the church to help prevent…

Vaccine Openings

The Northampton DPH has openings for tonight (Thursday, February 4, 2021) and tomorrow (Friday, February 5, 2021) for ELIGIBLE folks! This includes phase I (healthcare workers etc) AND ANYONE AGE 75 or older. Sign up on the city website asaphttps://www.northamptonma.gov/2219/COVID-19-Vaccination-Clinics

News from the Youtube Studio

New Wall Hanging in Studio My warm thanks and awe go out to the inestimable Sandy Hubbard who quilted this wall hanging ahead of the Lenten Season for my youtube ministry. It shows the Crosses at Cavalry (Luke 23:33). It will be featured in my prerecorded youtube sermons beginning this Sunday (January 31) and through Easter (and quite possibly beyond that). For those with a keen eye, you can also see in the lower left of the photograph the new…

Domain Notice

Many of you may remember that in past months — when changing to the new website — we were registered as both fccnorthampton[dot]org and fccnorthampton[dot]com. This is just a friendly notice, to save all pages in your bookmarks as [dot]org as we will be letting the [dot]com expire on February 14, 2021. Forgive the technobabble. Any questions? —email the Reverend.