Posts from June 2020

Virtual Bible Study???

Are you interested in a virtual Bible Study? If so, please contact Rev. Averill at reverendAEB@gmail.com or 860.278.6640 (text or phone call, please feel free to leave a message). Alternately, you can fill out the contact page. Rev. Averill is trying to gauge interest in our congregation for a Bible discussion while we’re still self- isolating. The topic of our discussions would be the weekly mini-sermon. Options on Zoom and Facebook are currently being considered.

Status of FCC

Our leadership has continuing concerns for the health of not only our elder members, and our Sunday School children, but also the ramifications of opening the church to all our groups who use the church for their regular meetings. The safety of everyone is our priority. Accordingly, our leadership will meet in mid-August to discuss reopening in September. In the meantime, Reverend Averill’s weekly sermons (including both the youtube messages and mini-sermons) will continue to be available. As you may…

Mini-Sermon #9

Sermon Lesson: Matthew 10:40-42Psalm: Psalm 13 When I first re-read this passage last night, I thought “good Lord, it’s the ‘love map’ reincarnated.” For the Love Map, Pt 1, watch here.For the Love Map, Pt 2, watch here.For Mini-Sermon #4 (on The Love Map), read here.For the Love Map, Pt 3, watch here. And this, on the surface, is a love map. However, whether or not it IS The Love Map, it is certainly a map of another time, a…

Mini-Sermon #8

Sermon Lesson: Matthew 10:24Complete Sermon Lesson: Matthew 10:24-39Psalm: Psalm 86:1-10 “It’s all Greek to me!” This is a fairly popular saying in the English-speaking world. We hear it when we’re in school and even out of it–but it is actually a bit of a joke when you study to become a minister. Why? Well, usually, we future preachers of the world are required to take Greek. I have found one or two people who can fudge out of taking Hebrew,…

Sojourner Truth Memorial

In so many ways we stand in a singular place in history.  The sister communities of Florence Congregational Church (FCC) and Beit Ahavah (The Reform Synagogue of Greater Northampton) today stand together in fellowship with one another and with the greater world.   Our joint Meeting House has its roots here in Florence, MA in a religious coalition born in 1857 among a diverse group of Protestants.  We constructed our church among the very pine trees where Sojourner Truth herself preached…

Mini-Sermon #7 (or the Racist Jesus)

Sermon Lesson: Matthew 10:5-15Full Sermon Lesson: Matthew 9:35-10:8aPsalm: Psalm 100 It’s romantic, in a way, to think of Jesus 2000 years ago alone and wandering from village to village, performing great miracles. Children would look up at him with wide eyes, women would fall to his feet and thank him, and the ever present Twelve would stand around and be amazed at what their Lord could do. However, that’s really not how it went down at all. We know from…

Mini-Sermon #6

Sermon Lesson: 2 Corinthians 13:11-13Psalm: Psalm 8 Today’s lesson is really one long “goodbye” at the end of a letter. Paul has been writing to the early Christian community in Corinth, but for the purposes of this mini-sermon, not even that matters. All you need to know is this: the people in Corinth are having difficulties, they received two letters of advice, and it closes out with love and a hope for peace. Of course, the landscape two thousand years…

An Update from the Music Corner

Kathy Marks says the choir is doing well and that all members enthusiastically await participating in live services again. Kathy has loved what Rev. Averill has done with the on-line services through our website — pianos medleys, recordings of organ music and hymns, and the recordings made from her weekly visits to the church. And Rev. Averill has enjoyed using popular tunes from the 60’s and 70’s to embellish the videos for a more contemporary feel! Kathy plans to be…