ANNUAL MEETING WEBINAR
This year's Tri-Conference Annual Meeting is a once-in-a-lifetime event. Not only will the UCC Conferences of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island meet together for the first time, we'll be considering a proposal to combine them to form a new, unified Conference.
 
As with any large-scale change, your local congregation probably has questions (if not, they will!). We're offering you this opportunity to speak to their questions, to get out the word, and to encourage them to participate.
 
You'll need a phone and a computer, and can follow along with our presentation, which will equip you with the "talking points" you'll need to encourage your congregation to attend.
 
There will be two webinars, and you may attend either one:
 
Thursday, March 30, 12:00 noon EST
Thursday, March 30, 7:00 pm EST
 
Please reserve your spot by clicking this link now:
 
We look forward to seeing you there!
March Ordination Anniversaries
55 Years
The Rev. Mr. Tadanori Yamashita

5 Years
The Rev. Mr. Bart Cochran

Please contact Deb Holmes if we have missed your anniversary. Anniversaries are listed from 5 years and forward, in increments of 5.
Conference Events

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
June 16-17, 2017
Connecticut Convention Center
100 Columbus Blvd.
Hartford, CT 06103
REGIONAL EVENTS
SAVE THE DATE
April 30, 2017
Hampshire Association Annual Meeting
Plainfield Congregational Church
356 West Main Street
Plainfield, MA 01070

May 15, 2017
Hampden Association Annual Meeting
First Church of Christ in Longmeadow
763 Longmeadow Street
Longmeadow, MA 01106
5:00PM
SAVE THE DATE
May 21, 2017
First Congregational Church
of Sheffield, UCC
125 Main Street
Sheffield, MA 01257

Be a HUNGER HERO!

We are gearing up for the annual CROP Hunger Walk! Are you interested in participating in the organization team? Are you interested in being your church's ream manager? Do you want to support the effort to fight hunger? Contact Rev. Jennie Valentine at pastor@shcong.org or 413-527-1173.
Southampton Sings on Second Sundays
First Congregational Church of Southampton, UCC
212 College Highway
Southampton, MA 
April 9th, May 14th, June 11th
6:30PM in the Parish Hall
Casual and Fun Sing-Along - Old favorites and new songs; Folk songs; Patriotic music; Popular oldies and goodies; A sacred song or two! Come sing for the sake of singing - it will feed your heart and soul! All ages welcome - It's for Everyone in the Region,  FLYER
Massachusetts Convention of 
Congregational Ministers

Spring 2017 Meeting
Thursday, May 25th
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
South Congregational Church
45 Maple St., Springfield

Summer Barth Session for Pastors
June 12th thru June 13th
First Church and Parish in Dedham
670 High Street


RUMMAGE SALE
Foster Memorial Church, UCC
1791 Wilbraham Road
Sixteen Acres, Springfield
Friday, April 7th, 4-7PM & Saturday, April 8th, 9AM-1PM
Clothing, Books, Small Appliances, Knick-Knacks, Attic Treasurers, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Bake Sale, and MUCH MORE! For more information please contact the church office at 413-782-2112.
2017 Northampton Pride  Parade
Northampton, MA
Saturday, May 6th
Now is the time to make known the Open and Affirming spirit of the United Church of Christ, which celebrate the diversity of ALL of the God's children. It is the time to bring to life on the UCC motto's: "No matter who you are, no matter where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here."

The starting location is Hampden Avenue in the parking lot which is directly across from the Northampton Brewery. We will gather at 11:00AM

REGISTER: Please email Ellen Peterson at Godandep@yahoo.com
Subject Line: NOHO Pride Parade
Registration must take place by April 10th. Please include your church's name, approximate number of marchers and the name, cell phone number, and email of contact person.   FLYER
Looking for FREE help in setting up your website?

In an effort to make online communication easier and more effective for every United Church of Christ congregation in 2017, the UCC's web partner, Ministry Designs, is giving away websites to every local church that needs one to kick off the New Year. 

In this offer, which runs from January 1 through February 15, Ministry Designs is offering to help create a website for local churches using one of four designs created specifically for UCC. Churches will still be responsible for a minimal monthly hosting fee of $35, which also includes support, system updates, unlimited storage, unlimited pages, and unlimited emails.  More Information.
Re-Occurring Events
Journey
Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence(USNF)
220 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060

3rd Thursday of the month
April 20th, May 18th, June 15th, July 20th, and August 17th
6:00PM-7:30PM

Journey; a social and support group for people of all ages who identify  as queer, gender queer, trans, two spirit, non-binary, or gender non-conforming   Allies, significant others, family, and friends are welcome too. Use the side entrance, and doorbell if needed, to be let in. We meet in a conference room downstairs. The group is free. Journey is an outreach ministry of the Haydenville Congregational Church,UCC

Please email us for more information on meeting dates: journeynorthampton@gmail.com .
Come Walk the Labyrinth
Edwards Church of Northampton
297 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060
7:00PM -8:30PM
4th Monday of each month. 
Enter at back door and head downstairs.
Free Ecumenical Outreach Meals
First Congregational Church UCC
20 Lathrop Street
West Springfield, MA 01086
Please contact the church for information on there Wednesday Suppers and Saturday Breakfast.

Cathedral In The Night
Corner of Center & Main Streets
Northampton, MA
Weekly meals offered on Sunday after worship which begins at 5PM.

United Congregational Church of Holyoke
300 Appleton St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Free Community Meal, 2nd Friday of each month at 5:00PM. Followed by Family movie night at 6:30PM, with children's activities 6:00PM-6:25PM
Trinity Church
17 Severance Street
Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
Free ecumenical Outreach Community Meals every Friday: 5:30PM - 6:30PM. 

Cathedral In The Light
Town Commons
Greenfield, MA 
Weekly meals offered on Sunday after worship which begins at 2PM
 
Obituaries

The Reverend Dr. Bruce O. Breuer of Springfield, MA passed into God's loving presence on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at home surrounded by the love of his family. He died peacefully from complications of Parkinson's Disease.
A Memorial Service at Foster Memorial Church in Sixteen Acres will be Saturday, April 1st at 11:00AM with a calling hour at the church at 10:00AM. Burial at Hillcrest Cemetery will be private. In lieu of flowers donations may be given in his name to Foster Memorial Church UCC, 1791 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, MA 01119 or to APDA Massachusetts' Chapter, 72 East Concord St., Room C3, Boston, MA 02118 (apdama@apdaparkinson.org). For the complete obituary and more information please click here..

Classifieds
Western Region
Massachusetts Conference,
United Church of Christ
413-589-7034 
508-875-5233
western@macucc.org
  www.macucc.org/western
Office Hours:
Monday's: 8:00AM - 2:30PM
Tuesday - Thursday: 8:00AM - 4:00PM