Saturday September 29, 2012

Pittsfield

First Baptist Church, 88 South St., will celebrate the 18th Sunday after Pentecost at its 10 a.m. worship service. The Rev. Dawn Sweet will be the guest preacher. Her sermon, "Re-wire, Follow, and Learn," based upon Romans 12:1-2, will look at the way faith shapes one's response to the world. Sunday School is available for children.

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First Church of Christ, Scientist, 17 Wendell Ave., holds service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. Sunday School for youths up to age 20 is held at the same time. Wednesday testimony meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. The subject of Sunday's Bible lesson is "Unreality" with Golden Text from 1 John 1:5: "God is light, and in him is no darkness at all."

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At St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Park Square, 67 East St., the Rev. Jennifer Gregg will celebrate and preach at all weekend services in observance of the 18th Sunday after Pentecost. Worship services are Saturday at 5 p.m. in the Chapel and Sunday at 8 and 10 a.m. in the main sanctuary. Coffee Hour follows the 10 a.m. service. Adult Education meets at 9 a.m. in the Sears Room. Christian formation for children begins at 9:30 a.m. in the auditorium.

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At South Congregational Church, UCC, 110 South St., on Sunday, "Living in the Sacred Moment" will be the sermon as the Rev. Joel Huntington reflects on Jesus' words to welcome the child and to live with open, honest hearts.


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Trish Farrell, Family Life director, will offer a message to the children. Tracy Wilson, executive director of the Berkshire Music School, will be the guest organist. Worship gathers in the sanctuary at 10 a.m. Nursery care and Church School are provided. Adams

First Congregational Church, 42 Park St., offers a traditional and contemporary service at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday.

Cheshire

First Baptist Church, 32 North St., offers Adult Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., Praise Time at 10:45 a.m. and the Praise and Worship Sunday service at 11 a.m. Child care is provided. The Wednesday evening potluck dinner is served at 6 p.m. followed by Bible Study at 7 p.m. Coffee and fellowship follow the Sunday services.

Dalton

Dalton United Methodist Church, 755 Main St., holds Sunday services at 8 and 10 a.m. (nursery available) with the Rev. Victor Han. Sunday School and Adult Bible Study are at 9 a.m. A contemporary worship service with the Cross Talk Praise Band will be held at 4 p.m. Coffee Break for Women (Women's Bible Study) meets Fridays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Babysitting is available. A Gospel Music Concert, "Pathway," will begin at 6:30 tonight. Non-perishable food items and a free-will offering will be accepted.

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First Congregational Church, UCC, 514 Main St., will gather for Sunday worship at 8:15 a.m. in the chapel and 10:15 a.m. in the sanctuary. Newly called pastor, the Rev. Alex W. Hunter, will lead worship. The sermon, "The Eyes Have It," is based on 1 Kings 19, Philip pians 4 and Mark 9.

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At Grace Episcopal Church, 791 Main St., Holy Com munion will be celebrated at 9 a.m. by the Rev. Daina Salnitis. Music will be provided by organist Laura Saldarini and the choir. The outreach project for September is collecting wrapped snacks and juice boxes for The Kids' Place. Crafters meet from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Lectionary Bible Study meets at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays.

Hancock

Hancock Baptist Church, Main Street, will hold Sunday worship at 9 a.m. The Rev. Chuck St. John will lead the worship with his message titled "Witness" with scripture reading from Acts 2:14-36. Coffee hour will follow the morning service.

Lanesborough

Christian Faith Fellowship Church, 11 Summer St., holds a worship service at 11 a.m. each Sunday. The Rev. Norman Lee is Senior Pastor and Richard Wright is Co-Pastor.

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North American Martyrs Chapel, 151 Old State Road, Berkshire, has recently re opened after being closed for two years and now holds a 5:45 p.m. Mass on Saturdays. The Rev. David Raymond of St. Mary of the Assumption, Cheshire, is the celebrant.

Lee

First Congregational Church of Lee, UCC, 25 Park Place, holds Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Bill Neil's sermon will be "Practicing Prayer." Nursery is available. "Sing for Joy!" is held at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. All are welcome to the community dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Historic church tours are offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

Lenox

Church on the Hill, UCC, 169 Main St., welcomes the Rev. Rick Chrisman, preacher artist in residence, to the pulpit at the 10:30 a.m. service. His sermon is titled "May Your NameBe Inscribed in the Book of Life, Justice and Peace" based on James 4:7-12 and Mark 9:38-50. The Call to Worship is taken from "Gates of Repentance," the New Union Jewish Prayer Book. Bible Study meets in the sanctuary from 9 to 9:45 a.m. The annual harvest dinner will be at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the chapel.

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The United Methodist Church of Lenox, 6 Holmes Road, continues with its new worship schedule, an early service at 8 a. m. and the second service at 10:30 a.m. Carolyn Valli will address the congregation as a lay speaker at both services on the subject of Mark 9:38-50. Christian Education, "Feasting on the Word," is at 9:15 a.m. All ages are welcome.

North Adams

All Saints Episcopal Church, 59 Summer St., worships on Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. The 18th Sunday after Pentecost is celebrated with Bible readings from the books of Esther, James, and Mark, as well as Psalms. The Rev. Stephen L. White will lead worship services and offer Holy Communion. This Sunday's worship is especially geared toward children. There will be no nursery or Sunday School classes this week. Coffee hour follows the Sunday service.

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First Baptist Church, 131 Main St., worships at 10 a.m. on Sunday. The Rev. David A. Anderson is pastor. The morning message is "Observe the Sabbath." Frank Goodermote is the worship leader. Bible Studies are held on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Adult Sunday School begins this Sunday at 8:15 a.m. with junior worship at 10 a.m. Child care is available.

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First Congregational Church, Main Street, will hold Sunday worship at 10 a.m. The Rev. Pat Kriss will lead the worship. Her message is "Deliver Us From Evil." Bonnie Lipa will be the liturgist and Glenda Phillips will lead the music and the choir. Children are dismissed from the sanctuary following the Children's message for Sunday School. Infant/toddler care is available during the worship.

Peru

Peru Congregational Church, 2 West Main Road, welcomes everyone to "Celebration Sunday" at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. The Rev. Warren Scamman's sermon is titled "Intercessory Prayer Part 1." Attendees will be asked to share a special celebration and bring a guest. Readings by Denise Shaw will be taken from Esther 7:1-6 and James 5:13-18. Organist Carrie Doyle will provide special music. A short meeting will follow to discuss the annual Mountain Market Craft Fair to be held Oct. 5 and 6.

Richmond

Richmond Congregational Church, 1515 State Road, holds Sunday service at 10 a.m. The Rev. Donald Paine's homily will be "Salt, Salty and Salt Water!" The gospel is from Mark 9:38-50. This Sunday is "Back to Church Soup-er Sundae." After service, everyone will meet in Fellowship Hall on the lower level for a meal of soup, breads and ice cream sundaes. On Thursday from 8 to 10 a.m., everyone is invited for coffee in Fellowship Hall. Flu shots and blood pressure checks are offered by the town nurse from 9 to 10 a.m.

Sheffield

First Congregational Church, UCC, "Old Parish," 125 Main St., Route 7, holds Sunday worship at 10 a.m. with Church School at the same time. The Rev. Jill D. Graham's sermon will be based on Psalm 124 and Esther 7:1-6, 9-10, 9:22. John Sisson is the lay reader. The choir's anthem will be "We the People, Praise Thee." Soup and Study meets at 5:30 p.m. studying "To Begin at the Beginning: An Introduction to the Christian Faith" by Martin Copenhaver.

Stockbridge

First Congregational Church, UCC, 4 Main St., worships every Sunday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Donald Hammond. All are welcome at 11:30 a.m. for the final film in the series, "Race: The Power of an Illusion," cosponsored by the Multi cultural BRIDGE Race Task Forces. Light fare provided. The Stockbridge Open Table dinners continue from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Stock bridge Grange.

Williamstown

First Congregational Church, UCC, 906 Main St., will celebrate the 18th Sunday after Pentecost with a homecoming worship service at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. The Rev. Carrie Bail's sermon, "Pray for One Another, So You May Be Healed," is based on the scriptures James 5:13-20 and Mark 9:38-50. Under the direction of Minister of Music Edwin Lawrence, soprano Penny Bucky will sing the introit "Welcome Table." The anthem is "I Know the Lord's Laid His Hands on Me." Sunday School classes will be held grades K-6. A brief coffee hour follows the service and a pot luck luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. All are invited. Beginning this Sunday, a Sixth Day Vespers Service will begin at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary.

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Second Congregational Church, 81 Hancock Road, worships at 9 a.m. led by the Rev. Penny Rich Smith. This special service in celebration of the church's 175th anniversary includes a historical/musical skit by the Sunday School, special music, history-telling, a gathering outdoors around the peace pole with peace prayers, and a message by Smith, "Ser mon on the Mount." New items will go into the time-capsule created at the 150th celebration. A special coffee hour and time of fellowship will follow the service.