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? …

Call to Meeting 11/14

ALL CHURCH MEETING: You are hereby notified of the upcoming Annual Meeting of the Florence Congregational Church on November 14, 2021 following the morning worship service in the Sanctuary. NOTICES:  Choir Pews:  for sale to members for $100, complete with cushions. Please feel free to call the office to leave a message for Phyllis if you are interested. Let the office know by December 1st. Six pews are available: 2 short and 4 long. Religious Education: A CALENDAR FUNDRAISER will begin…

Mini Sermon #61

Sermon Lesson: Mark 7:24-37 (NRSV)Epistle: James 2:1-10, 14-17 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 125 (NRSV) This month, I am once again giving you a sermon that I was unable to preach from the pulpit, specifically, the sermon preached over Labor Day Weekend, when I was away at a funeral in Maine. What Happened Before The week before we had Jesus and his disciples in conflict with the Pharisees over the matter of unclean hands and ritual washings.  The important question that was asked…

Hurricane Henri

Church is canceled tomorrow … August 22nd …. due to Tropical Storm / Hurricane Henri. This is a safety precaution and to allow everyone to properly prepare for the storm before it hits. We hope you all remain safe, remain warm, and God bless you! See you next week!

Masks Return to FCC

This week the Mask Mandate has returned to Northampton, and we at FCC will do our part. As such, we will return to wearing masks for the time being! We thank you for your cooperation and support!

Mini Sermon #60 – The Missing Sermon

Sermon Lesson: Mark 6:1-13Psalm: Psalm 48 A Bit of an Insight Some of you might be confused as to the title of this mini sermon, and for those of you who don’t read the lectionary faithfully every week (and why would you?) you probably have no idea what I’m referring to. For those of you who do happen to read the lectionary (or the set list of Bible passages assigned to every week in a three-year cycle), I follow it…

Freedom For: A July Fourth Message

Before sitting down and committing these words to paper (or, rather, to pixels), I thought long and hard about what I wanted to say to you this July. The first, of course, is “hello!”  I’m used to sending out a mini-sermon once a week, and this is the first time that I will be doing it once a month, instead.  As you may have been missing your weekly update from me, I have just as equally been missing you, even…

Farewell to Kathy Marks

We wish Kathy well as she embarks on the next step of her musical journey. We will be having guest organists at Florence Congregational (and Kathy will be subbing with musical mp3s that will be appearing on our website) as we start the search for a new organist. We were able to have our first coffee hour and farewell party just last week and below you can see some pictures taken that are also posted on our facebook page.