First Congregational Church of
Seeking Organist/Choir Accompanist
First Congregational Church UCC of Ashfield, MA, an Open and Affirming Congregation, seeks an experienced musician to play organ and piano for weekly Sunday morning worship as well as accompany the choir for twenty-six mid-week rehearsals/Sundays. Read more here.
Help Ashfield Churches Together raise $25,000 for the Ahmadi Family from Afghanistan
Ahmadi Family Safe in Red Hook NY
In Kabul, they worked closely with American psychologists at Hunter College to train Afghan psychologists many of whom were women and/or ethnic minorities. Their research concerned mental health interventions for traumatized women and girls.
After Kabul fell, they left Afghanistan with nothing and escaped to Germany. On May 5, the Ahmadis arrived safely in the U.S. and have moved in to their new home in Red Hook, NY, near Bard College where Jafar has been hired. They are sponsored by the Carter family who asked the two Ashfield churches to help with their resettlement. They will not qualify for any U.S. Government assistance because of their refugee status.
We have raised $17,570 of our $25,000 goal! Please join in raising start-up funds for this Afghan family of five. Write checks to St. John’s Episcopal Church of Ashfield with “for the Ahmadi family” written in the memo line and mail to St. John’s at PO Box 253, Ashfield, MA 01330.
From Rev. David's June 19, 2022 sermon
"I am not here for charity; we can do charity anywhere. I am here because I want to be surrounded by people who not only acknowledge that there is such a thing as justice, but also, through faith, are certain it is coming. I am here to be surrounded by people who trust, regardless of religion, that we are all heirs to that promise. I am here because the God inside me, and the God inside each of you, will never turn their back on the God inside all who hunger now."
Eleventh Hour Bell Ringing for Climate Change
Congregants from the Congregational Church and St John's Episcopal Church and friends gather and ring their bells for eleven minutes on the eleventh day of each month at 11AM, joining with religious groups across the country and beyond to express our hope and determination that together we can act boldly to address the climate crisis, now in its eleventh hour. Come join us Monday, July 11.
Creating Community, Welcoming All