FROM THE MEETINGHOUSE
Most months, our pastor writes a column for the town’s monthly newspaper, The Monterey News, entitled “From the Meetinghouse.” Even when she doesn’t, though, the paper is always worth reading.
THE COFFEE CLUB
The Coffee Club is a group of mostly men but a few women from town who gather in our basement fellowship hall every morning, 8-10 o’clock. Coffee costs $1 a cup, half of which goes to the church. On the agenda are current events, local & national politics, and op-ed conversation.
Community Dinners, now suspended due to COVID, otherwise take place on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, October-May. Dinner is at 6 PM and followed by a program at 7 PM. If you come, you should bring your own flatware and plate and a prepared dish to share.
On Saturdays at 10 AM volunteers from all over town and beyond gather to distribute food and household goods to those who need such things and sign up.
To receive, call 413-429-4254.
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To volunteer, call 413-429-4254.
FRIENDSHIP with GOULD FARM
This congregation has long been in relationship with Gould Farm. Over a century old, Gould Farm is a working farm and the oldest residential treatment facility for adults with major mental illness. There are over 100 members of that community – staff, volunteers, and guests (which designates those receiving treatment). And every week we have several members of that community in worship.
Many of our musicians and most dedicated members found themselves in Monterey because of Gould Farm. Most of all, Gould Farm is a model of true community at work. A concept that’s easy to romanticize, community is actually one of the greatest challenges of the gospel.
We're lucky to have all those Gould Farmers as neighbors!
Other of our neighbors in the village are the Library across the street (along with the now-closed, soon-to-reopen General Store), the Community Center up the slope to the east, the Firehouse up the hill to the west, and the Bidwell House on the site of the original meetinghouse on the south side of Beartown Mountain. Click on the pictures to visit their sites.