Seeds June 21, 2022
ALL are welcome
It's Tuesday, so that means there are only 3 DAYS 'TIL SHEFFIELD PRIDE kicks off this Friday, 6/24! Ed Valentine here - I'm hosting our Pride Variety Show at 6:30 with my sock puppet, "Spike From Boston!" We're offering a free supper of Padre Pollo's BBQ while you enjoy the variety show.
Drag Storytime with Rev. Yolanda runs during the Farmers' Market starting at 3:00. Don't miss out on the fun! All are welcome and wanted. Help setting up at 6:00 and cleaning up at 8:30 is also very welcome. Happening in between Old Parish Church and Bakin' Bakery on The Sheffield Green.
Not your Mama's summer camp
Learn more about The Magic Fluke in Sheffield by clicking on the ukes below.
Prepare for BERKSTOCK
Please help us raise Bruce’s tent for our first ever Berkstock Festival. We need all the muscle we can hustle. Hope you can make it. Thursday, July 14th at 11:00 am.
We also are in need of some simple 10 x 10 tents. If you have one you can spare, please bring it to the tent raising party, Thursday, July 14th at 11:00. Thanks so much.

We are having a Berkstock planning meeting, right after church on Sunday, July 10th at 11:15. Please attend if you can.
With a penny social, a raffle or two, chili dogs, face-painting, and a food tent, this may, at first glance, look like an ordinary summer church fair. However, it is so much more. For starters, we are offering the best that our little old Town of Sheffield has to offer. Not only will award-winning Robbie of Roberto's be there with his portable pizza oven, but we will be offering Sheffield's own Big Elm beer, and ice cream from the grass-fed Jersey cows of High Lawn Farm, as well as Padre Pollo's BBQ. Sponsored by The Pass, The Lucky Bucket Band is our featured musical entertainment. We will also have a performance by our Ukulele Summer Camp attendees. There will be a hand-crafted Magic Fluke ukulele, a car full of balloons, special musical guests and more - further described in the coming weeks. Make sure that you have subscribed to SEEDS to stay fully up-to-date.
Two Sunday services, beginning July 3
When we returned to in-person worship we celebrated with one, combined, “Welcome Back” service and then resumed worship at both 8 and 10.  Then and now, worship attendance is only about half of our pre-pandemic numbers but the early service suffered from additional challenges.  Moves, compromised immune systems, and deaths among that loyal group left only a few attendees each week.  There were many weeks where the numbers for the book were three, two, or just one… me.  
Talking to the people who were attending that early service back then, they said that they would transition to attending the later service and the Vestry Council agreed to suspend the early service for the time being.  
But now it seems time to give it another try.  On July 3rd we’ll restart a spoken 8am service.  By then my hope is that the Covid numbers will be low enough for optional masking and perhaps those two things will encourage others to try church at 8 am.  Please help us spread the word and invite your family and friends.  It would be wonderful for this service to draw enough people on a regular basis to be sustainable once again. 

Pastor Erik
Corner of Kindness on the AT
On the very first day of our Appalachian Trail Corner of Kindness we served enthusiastic hikers from as far away as Indiana, North Carolina, Florida and Kuala Lumpur - a total of 14 hikers for the day. One of the grateful thru-hikers remarked that the Corner of Kindness, "is a chance to get your body charged... not just your phone!"
We served 15 freshly grilled hamburgers, 2 veggie burgers and 12 hot dogs on Day 1. The only thing we were missing was home-baked cookies. Day 2, those home-baked cookies arrived with our guest volunteer crew from Greenfield's Second Congregational Church! A very generous gift from Big Elm Brewing was also delivered to the AT site.. The hikers thank everyone who has made all of this possible.
Potluck lunch at French Park
The OWLES and Women’s Bible Study will have a potluck lunch at French Park on Prospect Road in North Egremont, on Wednesday, June 22 at noon. No program, just good conversation, and planning for the next season. Nancy and Liz will bring dessert and drinks; participants will bring salads and main dishes to share. Let Nancy or Liz know if you plan to come. Heavy rain cancels. The picnic is open and welcoming to all.
Guns to plowshares
For more information, contact Peter Wells:
Trinity Church in Lenox hosts monthly service for Victims of Gun Violence
July 2, 8am online

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

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