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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,…

Mini Sermon #23

Sermon Lesson: Matthew 22:1-14 (NRSV)Alternate New Testament Lesson: Philippians 4:1-9 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23 (NRSV) (KJV) This is the parable of a wedding–and let’s be honest, everyone loves a wedding. Speaking from experience, I know that weddings can get pretty ugly, pretty quickly (at least in the planning stages). Although I have yet to be a bride, I’ve been a flower girl, a bridesmaid, an impromptu maid-of-honor, and a groomsmaid (for those of you who are fortunate enough not to…

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…

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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…

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…

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…
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