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.

Mini Sermon #59

Sermon Lesson: John 3:1-12 Old Testament Lesson: Isaiah 6:1-8 Psalm: Psalm 29 In A Nutshell Some of you might recognize the sermon lesson as an extension of Sunday’s lesson and I thought I would take the opportunity of June’s Pine Grove News to expand on Sunday’s Sermon. For a quick recap for those of you who were not in church on Sunday: Nicodemus was a learned Pharisee, one of the Sanhedrin (or high court), and considered Jesus a teacher.  However,…

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.

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…