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.

Virtual Worship Schedule (January-February 2021)

Upcoming Zoom Communion Services # date title link 1 January 3, 2021 Epiphany of the Lord Sunday recorded zoom 2 February 7, 2021 5th Sunday after Epiphany All Welcome @ 10 AM 3 March 7, 2021 3rd Sunday in Lent All Welcome @ 10 AM Live Worship & Communion is held the first Sunday of every month at 10 AM on Zoom. To receive an invitation, please click here. All Friends of Christ & Seekers are Welcome. Recorded Youtube Message…

Virtual Worship Schedule (Advent 2020)

# date title format 1 Nov. 22, 2020 Christ the King Sunday mini-sermon #30 2 Nov. 29, 2020 First Sunday in Advent pre-recorded youtube sermon 3 Dec. 6, 2020 Second Sunday in Advent zoom communion service (recorded) 4 Dec. 13, 2020 Third Sunday in Advent pre-recorded youtube sermon 5 Dec. 20, 2020 Fourth Sunday in Advent pre-recorded youtube sermon 6 Dec. 27, 2020 First Sunday after Christmas pre-recorded youtube sermon This schedule is subject to alterations and updates.

Church Closed 11/22

Florence Congregational Church will be temporarily closed on Sunday, November 22, 2020. We apologise for the short notice. If you have any questions, please call or email Rev. Averill. In place of our usual morning worship, an extra “mini-sermon” on the topic of Ezekiel 34 will be published on our website and through email by Sunday morning. God Bless and Stay Safe, Rev. Averill Elizabeth Blackburn

Call to Meeting 11/15

The Florence Congregational Church130 Pine Street, Florence, MA  01062Telephone: (413) 584-1325Fax: (413) 584-0760 The Reverend Averill Elizabeth Blackburn To the members of the Florence Congregational Church of Northampton, Massachusetts, in Florence, City of Northampton, Massachusetts: You are hereby notified of the upcoming Annual Meeting of the Florence Congregational Church on November 15, 2020 following the morning worship service in the Sanctuary. For the following purposes: To Review and vote on the 2021 Annual Budget and the 2021 slate of officers.…

Mini Sermon #24

Sermon Lesson: Matthew 22:15-22 (NRSV)Epistle Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 99 (NRSV) (KJV) This week we continue with the Gospel of Matthew, but we don’t quite have a parable.  We do, however, have a teaching from Christ. Before we turn to the rather famous “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s” and what caused Jesus to utter these words, we are presented with a verbal confrontation the Pharisees have with Jesus. I have often remarked that to understand the parables,…

Daily Hampshire Gazette features FCC

After giving interviews over the phone and in person over the past week, our Moderator Wayne Peereboom and Rev. Averill Elizabeth Blackburn (along with community activist Priscilla M. Ross), were featured along with FCC in the Daily Hampshire Gazette. We are pleased with continued coverage of the church and the focus given to us in our current financial situation. With God’s grace and the support of the greater community, Florence Congregational (FCC) hopes to remain here for our members and…


While recording a scripture lesson, I received this unexpected yet absolutely marvelous compliment: You preach it like a Puritan.” Kyle Brazauski As a descendant of Thomas Rogers, who sailed on the Mayflower in search of religious freedom, I can’t think of a higher compliment to my preaching.

mp3s and masterposts

Every Tuesday, without fail, organist Kathy Marks goes and plays the organ (or piano) at Florence Congregational Church with a short list of hymns or songs that Reverend Averill Elizabeth Blackburn thinks she might want to include in this week’s upcoming youtube sermon. This follows a flurry of emails and texts that are sent and received on Sunday and Monday … and even then, sometimes Reverend Averill records her sermon and realizes “No, no! It has to be 3 minutes…

New Flag in YouTube Studio

I know many of you have not only indulged in “Archdeacon spotting” during my weekly youtube sermons, but also have tried to pick out the flags that I have hanging or draped over various pieces of furniture in my living room here in Colebrook, CT. So far, to count, the Y Ddraig Goch (or the Flag of Wales) has been shown in the background in the most prominent position, with St. Andrew’s Cross popping up here and there. The Lion…