November Ordination Anniversaries
The Rev. Mick Comstock
The Rev. Worth Noyes
Ms. Debra Moore, Commissioned Minister
The Rev. Julie Olmsted
Please contact Deb Holmes if we have missed your anniversary.
Anniversaries are listed from 5 years and forward in increments of 5.
For updated Coronavirus information:
Covid Update: Is your church in a high risk zone?
Phasing Forward: Step By Step
UCC General Counsel Warns Against
Officiating Weddings Remotely
Heather E. Kimmel, General Counsel for the United Church of Christ, sent the following email to Conference Ministers:
Please know that one of your colleagues contacted me today regarding the legality of a clergy person officiating a marriage remotely. After some research into that state’s law, I recommended that clergy not do this because of a “presence” requirement for a solemnizing officiant. While there are a few states that have issued COVID-era exceptions to officiants solemnizing marriages in person, it is only a few. And so I would encourage any clergy person who is considering doing this to proceed with extreme caution and consult a domestic relations attorney for a legal opinion in their state. The risk is that the couple’s marriage could be invalid, and also that the clergy person may be charged with a likely misdemeanor level offense for officiating an invalid marriage.
Hampden Association announces Annual Meeting
November 15th at 2:00 PM via Zoom
The Executive Committee of the Hampden Association of the Southern New England Conference of the United Church has issued a call for the Annual Meeting of the Association. Please be in contact with your association church for the Zoom link information. Attached is the Call For The Meeting.
Will you be using your elevator when re-opening?
For those churches that have opened or are contemplating opening are you using your elevator? The regional office has received a question on how the usage for elevators is being handled. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know if you are using your elevator and what safety/cleaning processes you are implementing.
Pulpit Supply List for Western Region
Please email Deb Holmes for an updated copy of the regional pulpit supply list.
Active Food Pantries and Outreach Meals
for people in need
The attached list is an updated list of churches in the Western Region that currently have active food pantries and outreach meals for people in need. Please email Deb Holmes at email@example.com to have your church information included or updated. Western Region List updated 9/1/2020.
Weekly vigils for Racial Justice
The members of Center Church, UCC (First Congregational Church of South Hadley), One Church Street, South Hadley have been holding a weekly vigil for Racial Justice. The vigils take place every Saturday from 10:00 - 10:30 AM on the church awn. People are asked to wear a mask and stand at least 6ft apart. Bringing a sign is also encouraged!
Sabbatical Housing on Nantucket Sound
Craigville Retreat Center, on Nantucket Sound, Cape Cod is offering affordable sabbatical housing ranging from apartments to cottages, $800-$1900 monthly all inclusive. Weekends and week stays prorated. For more information contact Rev. Joanne Hartunian, firstname.lastname@example.org
CONFERENCE & REGIONAL EVENTS
November 17, 2020
Boundary Awareness Training 2.0 - During Unprecedented Times
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM via Zoom
November 21, 2020
Transgender Folks and Christianity
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM via Zoom
November 22, 2020
Carole Bull ~ Ordination
3:00 PM via Zoom
Please go to sneucc.org/events to see all posted events.
Discipleship Opportunities at a Glance
Visit the Faith Formation Page
April 30, 2021 & May 1, 2021:
New England Association of United Church Educators (NEAUCE) Annual Conference
National Youth Event interactive experience
Journey: a social and support group for trans and non binary individuals of all ages. The group is facilitated by Yohah Ralph. We will meet online using Zoom on the first and third Thursdays of the month.
If you have questions, or are interested in joining the group, please send an email to Yohah at email@example.com, and provide your phone number so we can have a brief conversation in advance.