An Archdeacon Christmas

Announcing that the Archdeacon has joined Facebook! Friend him hereor follow the full link: Merry Christmas from Rev. Averill & the Archdeacon

Mini Sermon #30 (and Thanksgiving Message)

Special Sermon Lesson: Luke 17:11-19 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 100 (NRSV) Today I have chosen to break from the lectionary.  The reason is not only because it is “Thanksgiving Sunday,” an unofficial designation we in America give to the Sunday before Thanksgiving, although that is certainly part of it.  The main reason, however, is that due to the pandemic we at Florence Congregational have had to close our doors until such a time when we feel confident that we can reasonably ensure…

Advent & Christmas Services 2020

Advent is the time when Christians anticipate the birth of Christ . This year, Advent begins early, just after Thanksgiving on Sunday, Nov. 29 and going through to Sunday, Dec. 20, the fourth Sunday in Avent. Each Sunday the congregation will light a candle in our sanctuary during worship, bringing us closer and closer the Light of the World entering our lives. Due to Covid Restrictions, however, FCC will not be open for Christmas Eve worship. Instead, we will be…

Remember To Turn Back the Clock

Hello, everyone, and for those of you who celebrate — Happy Halloween! This is a small reminder that our clocks fall back in the early hours of Sunday morning. Meaning: you get an extra hour of sleep before the reopening of Florence Congregational! Have a great evening giving out candy or nutritional snacks to the kids in your life — and we’ll hopefully see you tomorrow!

Found: Bible

Found on the premises of 130 Pine Street (and kindly placed in my box): One Bible. The only identification in the Bible is that it once belonged to “Kingdom Hall.” Also contains several family photographs without dates or names written on them, and a shopping list placed in the folds. If this is your Bible and you’ve misplaced it, please reply or contact Rev. Averill. I will announce this in church on Sunday. I’d love to see this Bible and…

Podcast of the Bill Newman Show

If you missed Rev. Averill on “the Rev. and the Rabbi” portion of The Bill Newman Show yesterday – you can relisten to the podcast! Conversation topics include: her education in Scotland, her ties to the greater Northampton community, Sojourner Truth (briefly), the future of Florence Congregational Church, and interfaith dialogue!

Rev. Averill on Bill Newman Show Tomorrow AM

Rev. Averill will be a guest on the “Bill Newman Show” tomorrow morning. She will be speaking about the history of Florence Congregational, its future as we move forward, as well as what it was like to study for the ministry in Scotland! You can listen in at about 9:30 AM on WHMP 101.5 & 107.5 FM / 1240 & 1400 AM or online here.

FCC to Reopen Its Doors

On Sunday, November 1st (All Saints Day) 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 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…
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