8/3/14—Service 10 AMwith Greenwood Music Camp
8/8/14—Friday Night Café—7:00–9:00 PM—Jack Swindlehurst—songs of love and life
8/17/14—Service 10 AM on the site of the first church with the West Cummington Congregational Church
8/22/14—Friday Night Café—7:00–9:00 PM—Muddy Roads—eclectic old time music
The Village Church is pleased to annouce that Rev. Jon Rehmus has been contracted to be our minister for the next
two years. Rev. Rehmus will continue the developmental work he and Karen Johnston, as co-ministers, have been
leading the church through for the last two years.
Every summer, campers from the Greenwood Music Camp bring their musical talents to the Village Church during
July/early August. On August 4th, the Greenwood Campers presented a choral piece, Handels Foundling Hospital Anthem, with the faculty providing the orchestra. It was beautifully performed in front of the church members and
parents of the campers.
On July 14th, we were delighted to share the service with members of the Unitarian Societies of Northampton and Florence everyone enjoyed the string quartet and choral singing of the Greenwood Music Camp students.
It was a full house at the church!
The HHuge Wagon awaits your participation! Our sole mission is to exchange anything green and growing with others. Perhaps you have extra food or plants to share that you'd like to drop off? At this time we are keeping it small and manageable by offering the shares on Fridays from 6–7 pm. Do stop by, you might just find a few early crops, plant starts, perennials and hopefully, a few containers with cherry tomatoes growing for your small outside places. Non- perishable donations may be left in the back porch of the church on Fridays or we may be able to provide pick up by calling by 6 pm on Thursday. The next organizational meeting for this project is: June 11th from 7–8 pm at the Village Church on Main Street in Cummington. We want your ideas, help and feedback! The second share was held Friday, May 31th, and we are "growing" already. Six people came for sharing of plants, ideas & to offer time. We invite all to donate vegetable plant starts, perennials, early crops and bouquets of flowers!! Large containers also welcome for container growing... Please RSVP to email@example.com or call Pat at 413-563-1981. Spread the word, invite others to join the effort.
The Village Church in Cummington (32 Main Street) was pleased to welcome author Ted Wachtel to speak about his new book Dreaming of a New Reality on Saturday, June 15, at 7pm. He also delivered a message during our Sunday morning worship service on the 16th, followed by a work shop on that afternoon.
Ted Wachtel is president and founder of the International Institute for Restorative Practice (iirp.edu), an accredited master's degree granting graduate school based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with affiliates and licensees in 16 countries. Dreaming of a New Reality is an inspirational narrative that shows how thirty-five years of dreams and dedication can lead to proven results – healing victims, preventing bullying, curbing conflict and boosting satisfaction and productivity.
Wachtel focused on telling stories from the book to demonstrate the transformative potential when those in authority do things with people, rather than to them or for them – in schools, justice systems, families and workplaces.
Wachtel, co-author of the 1980s bestseller Toughlove, has written and produced numerous books and films on restorative practices and other topics and has done keynote presentations and workshops on restorative justice and restorative practices at conferences and events around the world. He and his wife, Susan, co-founded the Community Service Foundation and Buxmont Academy (csfbuxmont.org) which operate schools, counseling and residential programs in Pennsylvania, employing restorative practices with delinquent and at-risk youth.