SEEDS June 2, 2021
Indoor and In Person Worship Coming Soon
The Commonwealth's lifting of "All Restrictions" includes lifting all restrictions for houses of worship. This means that the distancing requirement, which has always been the main barrier for us, has also been lifted. Given the most recent data and recommendations which I have studied from the CDC, I feel confident in reopening our sanctuary for in-person worship. For those who attend in person, I am also confident that requesting only the unvaccinated to wear a mask is the right decision based on that same information. 
Those latest findings from the CDC indicate that vaccinated persons do not transmit COVID. It also indicates that in the rare instance where a vaccinated person tests positive for COVID, they have no symptoms and can not transmit the virus. This means it is only the unvaccinated who are now at risk to one another. The data now is clear. The vaccinated can do no harm to others, masked or unmasked, distanced or not distanced. The most recent data also indicates that transmission by surfaces is also nearly non-existent. As a scientist, I want to assure you that this is how science works. With each new day, new investigations reveal a more and more refined understanding of this virus and the vaccines. With those refined understandings the more sweeping and cautious guidance from earlier in the pandemic before vaccines is now replaced with better understanding and more targeted guidelines. In spite of all that, I also realize that some of you may feel hesitant to begin in person worship in spite of the new data from the CDC. This is indeed a very large change after a very long year. It is okay if that is the way you currently feel. If you feel like staying at home and worshiping online is still what you want to do, that's okay! If you choose to come to in person worship but continue to wear a mask (there are many reasons people may choose to do that beyond being unvaccinated) that's okay too. We will ask those yet to be vaccinated to remain masked for their own safety following the latest CDC guidelines. We will not ask those who are masked the reason they choose to do so. 
Our goal therefore is to offer worship both online and in person worship in a way that all of our congregation, near and far, feel equally welcome to join. With that in mind, and with the approval of the Vestry Council, we will begin in person worship just as soon as we can rearrange the sanctuary to accommodate both live streaming and in person worship.  
Anticipating this day many months ago, the Vestry Council contracted with a local sound and video company to transition our current filming setup into one that would allow us to live stream worship while also having in person worship. They knew the current setup would block the view of in person worshipers. After a number of delays with equipment, that work is currently underway. Therefore, just as soon as that work is completed we will return to in person worship with a single, celebratory Sunday "Welcome Back Worship" at 10 a.m. and then the following week return to our former pattern of a spoken liturgy at 8 a.m. and a liturgy with music at 10 a.m. We will let you know the date of the "Welcome Back Worship" just as soon as we can!  
Church in the Garden on Sunday
Outdoor services - weather permitting.
Bring a chair.
A Simple Path
EfM held a joyful, in person, meeting for the our final session of the spring season. We discussed Isaiah, Micah, and Paul’s Letter to the Galatians. 

Our reflection focused on Galatians 5:22-23: By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.
Our work for the day and for this season was summed up in this prayer attributed to Mother Theresa of Calcutta:
Have a great summer everyone. EfM will return after Labor Day. 
Karen Byers, Mentor
OWLES Reunite
The OWLES, or Older, Wiser, Lutherans and Episcopalians, our seniors' outing group, will meet for lunch at the Pavilion in French Park, North Egremont, at 11:30 AM on Wednesday, June 23, to dine, socialize, and talk about resuming some outings in the fall. The co-leaders, Liz Wells and Nancy King, will provide cold cuts, rolls, condiments, and dessert. We ask attendees to bring their own drinks (non-alcoholic) and a side dish or appetizer to share. COVID regulations at the time will apply; we will let you know closer to the time. French Park is on Prospect Lake Road in North Egremont. Take Rte. 71 from Rtes. 23/41 to North Egremont and turn left at the Country Store. French Park is about 1/8 mile up the road on the left. Please email Nancy ( or Liz ( if you plan to attend. Heavy rain will cancel. 
Sheffield Park Pavilion
Our wonderful Artist-in-Residence, Jorge Avila, has programmed the Mozart String Quartet No. 19 in C Major, K. 465, featuring the same wonderful players as last September's concert. Additionally, our very own Bill Hudgins will join them for the superb Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, op. 115!

Ticket sales cover only part of the expense of presenting concerts. We need your help to support this new endeavor and invite you to become Founding Sponsors of this new concert series. As such, you will receive advance information, priority seating, an introduction to our artists and guest artists, and our everlasting gratitude.

  • Tickets are now available via our website! Just click the button below,
  • Or you may focus you phone's camera on the QR code above and you will be taken right to the Lich Gate Concerts page on our website.
  • Or pay by check made payable to CTC with "Concert" in the memo line. If you have questions, please email Trudy Miller at
Celebrate Sheffield Pride on June 25th
Our fabulous Rainbow Adirondack Chairs have been cleaned up for Pride Month.
The 2021 Pride celebration immediately follows the Sheffield Farmers' Market at 6:00 in the Old Parish churchyard on June 25th. Padre Pollo's Pulled Pork sandwiches will make a return appearance, thanks to a Thrivent Action Team Project and for the first time, we will hold a variety show. Ed Valentine is organizing the entertainment.
If you or anyone you know is an LGBTQ community member or an ally, who would be interested in performing at the event at the Farmer's Market on Friday June 25, please contact Ed at" 
Other things are happening around here, too...
Our Cycling Hospitality Station in the churchyard is up and running and it's more popular than we imagined.
Susan and Stanley are among our best customers! They enjoyed the Barred Owl Box so much, this year they have come back for a Pileated Woodpecker Box!
Eric Schumann invites you to his One Man Art Show at The Sheffield Town Park,
June 5th 11:00 - 4:00. Purchases may be made by cash or check.
Appalachian Trail Ministry Re-Orientation
First Congregational Church partners with Christ Trinity Church in our shared ministry along the Appalachian Trail once again this summer. If you have participated in creating this corner of kindness in years past, you know how gratifying it can be to provide a friendly welcome to hikers with a shady tent to sit under, chairs with backs, cell phone chargers, fresh water and fruit, home-baked treats, friendly conversation and freshly grilled burgers. After a one-year hiatus, we are setting up our AT tent, determining how to create a safe and welcoming environment for both hikers and hosts, and inventorying our supplies to support this ministry. We'd love to have you join us.
All volunteers, new and returning, must attend one of two
They are at 7:00 pm on June 8th & June 9th.
Please email Pastor Jill to get the Zoom link.

Christ Trinity Church 413-229-8811
180 Main Street
PO Box 127
Sheffield, MA 01257

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