SEEDS  January 18, 2023

Christ Trinity Church presents the first concert of

the 2023 Lich Gate Concerts Series, on 

Sunday, January 29 at 2pm,

celebrating the 226th birthday of Franz Schubert,



Franz Schubert was an endearing companion, well-loved by his family and friends. A composer and free-lance musician in early 19th-century Vienna, he was a bohemian at heart. His intimate circle of friends included painters, musicians, writers, and talented artistic dilettantes. Gathering in middle-class homes on evenings, they would carouse, play charades, and dance with Schubert at the piano, often for hours. They would read poetry and plays aloud, and listen to and appreciate what Schubert had recently composed. These Schubert evenings were called “Schubertiades,” and his friends, “Schubertians.” [How to pronounce Schubertiade- shoo-BEAR-tee-ah-duh]


A Sheffield Schubertiade, an afternoon of fine music-making in the acoustically superb First Congregational Church of Sheffield. Experience first-hand what an afternoon Hausmusik Konzert, or House music concert, was like in Schubert's Vienna. You, too, can be a “Schubertian!”

Hear the late, great German baritone Hermann Prey sing Schubert's "Ständchen," which will be performed at our concert, as sung by our guest artist, Enrico Lagasca:

Schubert's "Ständchen,"

Artistic Director and Violinist Jorge Ávila, also a Sheffield resident, has programmed an assortment of delightful works by Schubert, including a Sonatas, Lieder (songs); and the magnificent Piano Trio No.1 in B-flat major. Our New York-based artists also include Sarah Hewitt-Roth, cello, Adrienne Kim, piano, Jean Schneider, piano, and Enrico Lagasca, bass-baritone.

Lich Gate Concerts strives to bring live chamber music in interesting formats to the Southern Berkshires. As experienced concert-goers, you are aware that ticket sales cover only a small part of the expense of presenting concerts. We need your help to support this endeavor and invite you to become a Sponsor of the concert series, by adding a tax-deductible donation to your purchase. As a Sponsor, you will receive advance information, priority seating, an introduction to our artists, and our everlasting gratitude.

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Pastoral Care

This is Jack the Flipper! While Pastor Erik is on sabbatical, your pastoral care is in the capable hands and compassionate heart of Jack McKelvey. If you find that you need emotional, social or spiritual support, please contact Jack. He has decades of experience guiding people through troubled waters and we are extremely fortunate to have him as part of our church family. Also, he will be preaching for us on 1/29 & 3/12.

Rev. Peter

For January, February and March, our presider for worship is Rev. Peter Feltman-Mahan. Peter has roots in the Capital region of New York and is trained as a classroom teacher, school psychologist, and school leader. As a young adult, Peter was active in the ministries of the Metropolitan Community Church in San Francisco, CA. This is where he experienced God’s profound presence in liturgical worship.


Peter returned to the northeast and was confirmed at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Albany. While teaching Sunday School, he discerned the need to more deeply engage the scriptures and church history. Peter began attending Yale Divinity School in 2015.


Peter found “home” in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts, and particularly at his sponsoring parish, Grace Church in the Southern Berkshires. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School and a Diploma in Anglican Studies from Berkeley Divinity School in 2020. Peter has served Trinity Episcopal Church, Lenox, MA as a seminarian, transitional deacon, and curate. 


Peter and his husband Keith Feltman were married in 2000. They have three teenage sons, Micah, Lucas, and Noah, and are grateful for both human and divine adoption. Peter is interested in ministries that build community, deepen our care for each other, and celebrate God’s presence in our everyday interactions. Come worship with us on February 19, and March 19, when Rev. Peter will also be preaching.

What is a Canon to the Ordinary?

The Rev. Dr. Richard M. Simpson,

Canon to the Ordinary, The Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts

with our choirmaster and Rev. Peter


“Ordinary” is a fancy word for “the Bishop.” Rich serves to support the ministry of Bishop Doug Fisher in a variety of pastoral and administrative ways. At the moment this includes not only the many clergy transitions our congregations are facing across our diocese (mainly due to retirements) but also helping the Church of the 20th Century transition to a Church that can serve and follow Jesus in the 21st Century. The work is about coaching, prodding, supporting, loving, trusting, and encouraging God’s people through this season of change. 

Rich will serve as Christ Trinity's preacher on January 22. He will also be in the pulpit on February 12 & 26, and March 5 & 26. Please help welcome this C2O to our church. 

Annual Meeting February 5th after worship

What was your favorite church-related event of 2022?

Staying in touch

Pia & Jack

The Landing at Laurel Lake

600 Laurel Street

Lee, MA 01238


Edie & Dave

30 Copper Beech Lane

Great Barrington, MA 01230-1789

Jack's and Dave's cell phone numbers remain the same.


Ed Valentine and Molly Welch invite you to a planning meeting for our Pride Celebration on Saturday, February 4th at 11:30 in the parish hall. All are welcome to attend.

Christ Trinity Church 413-229-8811

180 Main Street

PO Box 127

Sheffield, MA 01257

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