First Church is now officially a member of the Pioneer Valley Project (PVP) of Springfield. PVP is a diverse coalition of faith-based organizations and other groups which work together on a variety of social justice issues in the greater Springfield area.
At the PVP’s Issues Assembly, on June 25th at Sinai Temple, a large group of representatives from each member organization met to determine three major issues to address for the coming year. Six members of First Church attended this gathering. After an evening of sharing and discernment, the group identified the three areas for focus: 1. Education, 2. Housing 3. Opioid Crisis.
Attendees signed up for one of the three areas. They will gather information by researching and interviewing key players in the community. Next, the research team will identify an action which is specific, immediate, and winnable within the broad topic. (For example, in the broader area of education, PVP members were successful in getting the Springfield public schools to institute a “late bus” so that students could participate in after school activities or extra help.) Anne Landry is part of the Housing Research Team and Mary Friedman is on the Education Research Team which has had two meetings to identify people to interview and questions to ask.…
*Interfaith Coffee at Starbucks in the Longmeadow Shops returns!*
Tuesdays at 9:30-10:30am, starting September 3, 2019
Come for conversation with a cup of coffee and a faith presence! On any given day Faith leaders and community members from Jewish, Episcopal, Catholic, UCC, Lutheran, Methodist, Muslim, Baha’I, and no faith tradition have joined us to talk about life bringing the lens of their sense of the sacred and guiding principles to the table. Anchored weekly by Pastor Marisa and other interfaith friends.
Come down and join Pastor Marisa with a growing First Church presence at this organic outdoor service, rain or shine! Introduce yourself, meet our friends in the streets who join us in worship!
First Church is now part of Church Without Walls – a ministry to the homeless in Springfield started ten years ago by St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. It has now grown into an ecumenical ministry with many Episcopal and UCC churches, providing weekly outdoor worship in all seasons at Court Square, Springfield, with a communion service at noon and lunch for all. Pastor Marisa is partnering the first Sunday of every month with Rev. Peter Swarr of St. Mark’s Episcopal in East Longmeadow, a friend of First Church from the Circle of Faith Habitat House Build we did back in 2016. Church Without Walls begins at noon.…