Seeds July 3, 2024

We welcome The Rev. Aileen DiBenedetto and her majestic and gentle Great Dane, Ellie, to Sheffield. Aileen (initial syllable pronounced with a long i) will preside and preach here for the next two Sundays, July 7th and July 14th. Pastor Erik and Kelly are away on vacation. There will only be a 10:00 service for these two Sundays.

Aileen's husband, Anthony, and her children, Nicholas and Francesco are also here with her; and this week, they look forward to an adventure at Umpachene Falls. Please help us welcome the DiBenedetto family to the beautiful Berkshires.

An American July 3rd History

We celebrate The Declaration of Independence!

Heather Cox Richardson, an American historian, author, and educator writes:

On July 2, 1776, the Second Continental Congress passed a “Resolution for Independence” declaring “That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.”

read the full history lesson on July 3rd

Drawing from our country's history, Richardson points out that we are a people who value community. We value moderation. We care about each other and The Rule of Law.

Urging us to reassert our values, she contends:

"Now is the time for you to do what you do best!"

She concludes by saying, "the adoption of the Lee Resolution marked the delegates’ ultimate conviction that a nation should rest not on the arbitrary rule of a single man and his hand-picked advisors, but on the rule of law.

Here's a snapshot of what we do best:

For the latest Appalachian Trail Heat Map view

Eleven OWLES take a field trip to The Plastic Exhibit.

A new Presiding Bishop

Sean Rowe, who will be consecrated as our new Presiding Bishop in November.

More on this in the months ahead.

Celebrate with CATA

WORSHIP SUNDAYS 8:00 & 10:00

Christ Trinity Church 413-229-8811

180 Main Street

PO Box 127

Sheffield, MA 01257

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