Red Rock Historical Society Receives Grant

Red Rock, NY

The Red Rock Historical Society has received a $6,600 grant from The Hendrick Hudson Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). The grant is part of the DAR Preservation Grants program and will fund the electrical work inside the Red Rock One Room Schoolhouse.

Interior work resumed this Spring, now that the exterior restoration is complete. The majority of the material removed from the interior, as part of the process of lifting the building in 2022, was stored and is being re-installed.

The RRHS is very appreciative of the community volunteers who have helped with this process, and it is hoped that the doors to the Schoolhouse will be open to the public by the end of this year.

For more information, contact us at: , or come visit our table at Canaan Community Day on June 15th!

Life Saving or Life Giving

Cover of Atul Gawande's book "Bring Mortal"Canaan UCC began its a six-week community read program of Atul Gawande’s book, “Being Mortal” on Friday May 17 at 9:30 AM.

The next discussion group meets on:

  • June 14, Chapter 6: Letting Go
  • June 21, Chapter 7: Hard Conversations and Chapter 8: Courage.

Participants should purchase their own copy and read chapter the assigned chapter/s before the each session. If you have missed a session, would like to attend, but cannot attend all of them, come anyway.

Gawande, a surgeon, realized that the typical practice of medicine pushes aside mortality, which can lead to aggressive treatment towards the end of life. Many of us have stories of people we knew whose aggressive medical interventions, though lifesaving, brought a diminished quality of life. The book covers many people and situations to frame life while living with physical decline. Poignantly, as a thread, he wrote about his father, also a surgeon, who facing his own life-threatening condition found meaning for his life, even as his surgical days ended.

The Rev. Quentin Chin, Canaan’s pastor, is leading these sessions. Rev. Chin has served HospiceCare in the Berkshires as a spiritual counselor for over thirteen years. He has walked with people through the end of their lives regardless of their religious beliefs, even people with no belief. He believes that when we come to grasp fully the reality of our mortality, our lives will be richer leading to a more fulfilling life.

Canaan UCC Ambassadors Again Support “Trail Magic” with other Congregations on June 18

Canaan UCC Ambassadors Again Support "Trail Magic" with other Congregations on June 18

Begun in 2018 as a shared ministry of two Sheffield churches, First Congregational Church, UCC and Christ Trinity Church (Episcopal and Lutheran), “Trail Magic” is back for its sixth season and we’re inviting you to share it with us.

Once again, Josh, Jennifer and I will be greeting the hikers who have been enduring the mosquito infested swamps preceding Sheffield as they head north on the Appalachian Trail. We welcome any other members of the congregation to join us for a day of extending hospitality and kindness from 10 am to 3 pm.

The host churches do all the shopping for supplies. We just show up and set up to greet and serve the food, which for these hungry hikers may be the first grilled burger/veggie burger they have had in days. Some cool water, iced tea, watermelon, even pickles can satisfy those calorie starved walkers.

Our visitors may linger if they wish in chairs with arms, something a weary hiker appreciates after days of sitting on the ground. The large tarp overhead offers shelter from the rain or the hot sun for a brief respite.

This is a wonderful opportunity for us to be of service, to engage and welcome strangers into the Berkshires. Often, we are regaled with amazing stories, listening contentedly. Trail Magic also provides the chance to collaborate with our sister churches which is a way of living out our covenant within the Berkshire Association.

Jay Aronson

Celebrate and join a fun day of music, food, and family fun to commemorate an early declaration of independence

American Flag

Hosted by the Canaan Historical Society, 13 Warners Crossing Rd, Canaan, NY on Saturday, June 22 from 12 till 4:30 PM.

Did you know that the King’s District, comprising what’s now New Lebanon, Canaan, New Concord,

Red Rock, East Chatham and eastern Chatham, voted to declare independence ten days before the fourth of July?

The Meeting House will be open from 2 till 4:30 PM to view the collection.

Don’t Miss Anna Duhon and Colleagues Discuss Their New Field Guide on the Habitats of Columbia County

Anna Duhon and Colleagues

Thursday, June 27 at 6:30 PM at New Lebanon Library, 550 State Route 20

Join Duhon and her collaborators for an engaging introduction to their new book, From the Hudson to the Taconics: An Ecological and Cultural Field Guide to the Habitats of Columbia County, New York.

Featuring 36 discreet natural habitats in the Hudson Valley’s Columbia County, and beautifully illustrated with over 750 full-color photographs, maps, graphs, tables, and charts, this easy-to-use field guide offers an in-depth look at the ecology, history, and cultural impact of natural habitats throughout the county and is the culmination of over two decades of research.

Review Courtesy of Black Dome Press

Canaan UCC Partners with NY Connects – Columbia County and The Healthcare Consortium to Offer the Community a “Resource Roundtable Series” Beginning June 28 at 10:30 AM

Health Care Consortium and NY Connects logos

This free event is located at 1670 County Route 5

Columbia County residents are cordially invited to attend the first installment of Canaan UCC’s “Resource Roundtable Series,” a series of presentations that have been planned by staff at NY Connects – Columbia County, a program of The Healthcare Consortium.

This first workshop will be presented by Rachel Cole, Consumer Assistance Programs Coordinator at the Healthcare Consortium who will discuss resources available to seniors; provide applications for Medicaid, the Medicare Savings Plan, and Elderly Pharmaceutical and Insurance Coverage (EPIC); and share recent news articles on topics such as saving on prescription medication costs and developments in funding for additional senior housing.

Additionally, Cole will offer guidance on navigating Medicare and other health insurance programs.

For additional information about the Consumer Assistance Programs available at the Healthcare Consortium, contact Rachel by email at

Sharing Our Lovely Church with the Community

Since the rebuilding of the church, we decided to offer individuals and groups the opportunity to rent our space for weddings, retirement parties, birthday celebrations etc.

Most recently, we focused our energy in reaching out to not-for profit organizations seeking to connect with residents in this part of the county. The response has been enthusiastic!

As we have no pews, our space is configurable. We can accommodate groups up to sixty people depending upon your event’s configuration.

Should you work for, or are a member of group, charity, or foundation interested in reaching out to residents in Canaan or the surrounding towns and villages, as well as our neighbors in Massachusetts, contact us for information at .

Spring and Summer Worship Schedule

We appreciate everyone’s flexibility as we have found our way since pandemic and since we stopped our collaboration with our two sister churches West Stockbridge and Richmond and resumed worship in Canaan as of last September. We are hoping to begin a more consistent structure to our worship schedule going forward starting this month.

The Church Council met with Rev. Quentin Chin who has agreed to extend his consulting contract with us through September 2024. The Search Committee has revised our Profile so we can officially go back into the Search Process.

We anticipate changes when we have significant church holidays like Christmas, Easter and Pentecost however the rough framework is as follows:

1st Sunday: Worship with communion led by pastor with music
2nd Sunday: Zoom worship only, lay led
3rd Sunday: Worship led by pastor with music
4th Saturday: 4 PM Reflection and Pot Luck supper (No Sunday Service)

– Jay Aronson

Life Saving or Life Giving

Cover of Atul Gawande's book "Bring Mortal"

Canaan UCC began its a six-week community read program of Atul Gawande’s book, “Being Mortal” on Friday May 17 at 9:30 AM.

The next discussion group meets on:

  • May 31, Chapter 3: Dependance
  • June 7, Chapter 4: Assistance and Chapter 5: A Better Life
  • June 14, Chapter 6: Letting Go
  • June 21, Chapter 7: Hard Conversations and Chapter 8: Courage.

Participants should purchase their own copy and read chapter the assigned chapter/s before the each session. If you have missed a session, would like to attend, but cannot attend all of them, come anyway.

Gawande, a surgeon, realized that the typical practice of medicine pushes aside mortality, which can lead to aggressive treatment towards the end of life. Many of us have stories of people we knew whose aggressive medical interventions, though lifesaving, brought a diminished quality of life. The book covers many people and situations to frame life while living with physical decline. Poignantly, as a thread, he wrote about his father, also a surgeon, who facing his own life-threatening condition found meaning for his life, even as his surgical days ended.

The Rev. Quentin Chin, Canaan’s pastor, is leading these sessions. Rev. Chin has served HospiceCare in the Berkshires as a spiritual counselor for over thirteen years. He has walked with people through the end of their lives regardless of their religious beliefs, even people with no belief. He believes that when we come to grasp fully the reality of our mortality, our lives will be richer leading to a more fulfilling life.