November 20, 2020
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Due to the recent rise in Covid 19 cases, Bishop Fisher has advised us to halt in-person indoor worship. Therefore, and especially out of loving concern for keeping everyone safe and healthy, we will return to online Sunday worship only.  There will be one service of Holy Eucharist via Facebook livestream at 10 AM this Sunday.
Growing Edge Book Club

St. John’s Growing Edge Book Group will be starting a new book on December 10, 2020. 

The selection is Karen Armstrong’s  Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life” The book is available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and on Kindle.  Used copies of the book can be found at as well.

Financial assistance can be provided to anyone needing help to purchase the book. Church membership is not a requirement.  Any adult - from anywhere - is welcome to join! 

The group meets via Zoom every Thursday from 4:00 - 5:15 pm. If you are not comfortable with Zoom, let us know and we will get you up to speed before the first meeting. Each week’s reading assignment is  20-25 pages on average.  

If you are interested in participating, email Sue Kucharski, at to sign up or get further details. 

Here’s a description of the book:

One of the most original thinkers on the role of religion in the modern world--author of such acclaimed books as A History of God, Islam, and Buddha --now gives us an impassioned and practical book that can help us make the world a more compassionate place. Karen Armstrong believes that while compassion is intrinsic in all human beings, each of us needs to work diligently to cultivate and expand our capacity for compassion. Here, in this straightforward, thoughtful, and thought-provoking book, she sets out a program that can lead us toward a more compassionate life. The twelve steps Armstrong suggests begin with "Learn About Compassion" and close with "Love Your Enemies." In between, she takes up "compassion for yourself," mindfulness, suffering, sympathetic joy, the limits of our knowledge of others, and "concern for everybody." She suggests concrete ways of enhancing our compassion and putting it into action in our everyday lives, and provides, as well, a reading list to encourage us to "hear one another's narratives." Throughout, Armstrong makes clear that a compassionate life is not a matter of only heart or mind but a deliberate and often life-altering commingling of the two."
Silent Auction
Do you have an item, service, or experience you'd like to donate to help us fund-raise for St. John's? We are looking for a diverse set of items, from big to small, and anywhere in between. Need some inspiration?
Here are a couple of items that will be featured:
You'll be able to bid to receive Geriatric Care Counseling from Sue Kucharski, a Registered Nurse with a 37 year career in gerontological nursing, rehabilitation nursing, and case management. She is a certified SHINE Counselor, and is able to explain Medicare and Medicaid to folks in terms they can understand, and can help folks choose the Medicare plan that best meets their needs.
Also, bid on a Still Life Painting! It is an oil painting and was painted by Betsy MacDonald's grandfather, who was a graduate of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School. It would have been painted in the early 1900’s.
To submit a donation, please contact Maggie Dietrich at, Cathy Wanat at, or Teresa Dudunake at or 413-320-6504. Please send a long a photo, if possible! Thank you!
You can now pre-order your wreaths! Order deadline is Wednesday, November 25th. All wreaths will only be made to order this year and there will be no extras on sale.
Wreath Order Form
This year, you will be able to browse our craft fair online at our website!

We are still looking for crafters willing to donate their handiwork for sale and volunteers to help coordinate pick up and delivery on December 12th.

For questions, donations, or to sign up to volunteer, please contact Maggie Dietrich at, Cathy Wanat at, or Teresa Dudunake at or 413-320-6504.
J2A Pilgrimage Coffee Sale
The J2A Pilgrims are selling Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters coffee to raise money for their Pilgrimage. These 1lb bags of whole bean or ground coffee make great holiday gifts. Price is $14 per bag and pick up or local drop off can be arranged the week of December 13th. Please use the form below to place your order. Payment can be made through the “give” section of our website (choose “Coffee” from the drop down menu) or a check can be mailed in to the office at 48 Elm Street, Northampton MA 01060. Please direct any questions to Olivia at Thank you!
Worship Opportunities


Holy Eucharist
live-streamed on Facebook LIVE

7 PM
(first Wednesday of each month)
via ZOOM & Facebook LIVE

Office Hours

The Office remains closed to the public. Our Administrative Assistant, Ben is working remotely and can be reached:

Monday -Friday
Ministerial Staff

The Rev'd Dr. Julianne Buenting
Interim Rector

The Rev'd Dr. Michael Ramsey-Musolf
Priest Associate for Global Mission

Grant Moss
Organist & Choir Master

Olivia Leone
Christian Education Director

Benjiman Durfee
Administrative Assistant

Cole Dvar
You can contact the office
at 413-584-1757 or
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