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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.

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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…

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…

Notice on reopening FCC

The Florence Congregational Church Cabinet ( Officers and Committee members) met today to discuss the re-opening of the church. After lengthy discussion including caring for our elder church members, it was decided to have the Cabinet meet again on June 28th and at that time discuss opening the church in July. In the mean time, we will opt for the continued online services graciously being given by Reverend Averill Blackburn with music by Kathy Marks. If you have special concerns, please…

The Love Map, Pt II (+ Give God a Hug)

Minister: Rev. Averill Elizabeth BlackburnOrganist: Kathy Marks Sermon Lesson: John 17:6-11Psalm: Psalm 68:1-10 For the first part of this sermon series: The Love Map, Pt. IRelated Textual Sermons: Mini-Sermon #4 This week we have a Kid’s Sermon. It’s a short little message about how we can “Give God a Hug.” It features Archdeacon the Cat, for all of his devoted fans out there (note: he is incredibly better behaved than normal). Please Remember To Give To Your Local Congregation Florence…

Announcement: Kid’s Sermon

I will be making a Kid’s Sermon youtube video this week that will accompany the regular sermon. Archdeacon (the cat) may or may not be making an appearance! Links will be sent out to the usual mailing list (please respond to this post if you would like to be added). It will also be posted in the main body of this week’s sermon as a separate video.
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