Saturday February 23, 2013

Pittsfield

First Baptist Church, 88 South St., will celebrate the second Sunday in Lent at its 10 a.m. worship service. The Rev. Dr. Tony Pappas, executive director of the American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts, will be the guest preacher. His sermon, "Go WHERE?," based on Genesis 12: 1-9, will explore the church in today's community context. An informal discussion with Pappas follows worship.

The Chancel Choir will sing "I Want Jesus to Walk with Me." The church provides a special children's worship service and Sunday School for all ages.

The third Lenten Luncheon begins at noon on Wednesday followed by a short worship service at 12:30 p.m. with the Rev. Joel Huntington.

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At First Church of Christ, Congregational, Park Square, 27 East St., "Gratitude is the heart of Lent" is the theme of worship on this second Sunday of Lent at 10:30 a.m. Children will remain in worship for Holy Communion. The Rev. James Lumsden will emphasize how God's promises can be trusted and Music Director Carlton Maaia II will bring music from the Celtic, German, American jazz, and folk traditions.

A Contemplative Eucharist is celebrated each Wednesday at 12:10 p.m. The Sanctuary is open from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day for meditation.

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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 "Mind" with Golden Text from Proverbs: "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

The reading room is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Morningside Baptist Church, 475 Tyler St., will observe the second Sunday in Lent at its 9:30 a.m. service. The Rev. Steve Buchauer's sermon, "Outwitted," is based upon Luke 13: 31-35. Refreshments and fellowship follow the service.

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Sacred Heart Church, 191 Elm St. will conduct the Stations of the Cross at 3:30 p.m. on Fridays through March 22. This time is corrected from the schedule announced last week.

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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 second Sunday in Lent. 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. The Adult Forum continues the DVD series on Genesis at 9 a.m. and Children Formation begins at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday Lenten Programs continue with a simple supper at 5:30 p.m. followed by an exploration of the gospel.

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At South Congregational Church, UCC, 110 South St., "From Promise to Presence" will be the message this Sunday as the Rev. Joel Huntington reflects on the Lenten journey of leaving behind mistrust of life and moving toward the embrace of God's presence. There will be a message for the children about the joys and challenges of the life of faith. Worship is held in the parlor at 10 a.m. followed by a time of fellowship.

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Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, (ELCA), 74 First St., at Pittsfield Common, gathers for worship and Holy Communion every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Timothy Weisman is pastor. A coffee hour follows worship.

"The Rainbow Connection," a joint Sunday School children's ministry with First United Methodist Church, meets at Zion at 9 a.m. No pre-registration is necessary.

Zion hosts Jazz Vespers at 6 p.m. each Thursday. 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. The Rev. David Dillon welcomes all to Sunday worship at 11 a.m. Adult Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m. The Wednesday potluck dinner is served at 6 p.m., followed by a Bible Study on Ephesians at 7 p.m. Coffee and fellowship follow the Sunday services. Child care is available.

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 is held at 9 a.m. The Lenten Music Series featuring the Cross Talk Praise Band will begin at 3 p.m. Coffee Break for Women (Women's Bible Study) meets Fridays from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

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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.

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At Grace Episcopal Church, 791 Main St., Holy Communion will be celebrated at 9 a.m. by the Rev. Daina Salnitis. Music is under the direction of organist Laura Saldarini. Toiletries are being collected for the homeless shelters. Lectionary-based Bible study meets at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays in the parlor. Crafters have resumed their meetings on Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Hall.

Great Barrington

Housatonic Congregational Church, 1089 Main St., Housatonic, offers a 9 a.m. service on Sunday. Lenten sermons are "Giving Up or Taking On?" The church will host a "Dinner and A Movie" Night tonight in the meeting hall. The event is free, and open to all. The Rev. Belle Fox-Martin, UCC licensed minister, (413) 298-0673.

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 "Ambassadors" with scripture reading from 2 Corinthians 5: 11-21. Bible study and coffee hour will follow the service.

Lanesborough

Christian Faith Fellowship Church, 11 Summer St., holds a worship service at 1 p.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, 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 a worship service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. The Rev. Bill Neil's sermon is "Heart Courage." Sunday School and nursery are available. Sing for Joy Parkinson's Group meets at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. A community dinner is offered at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Adult study group topics include "Jesus the Jew" at 10 a.m. on Thursdays and "Embracing the Prophets" at 10 a.m. on Saturdays. Artist/storyteller Sandra Mattucci will lead a workshop from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 3.

Lenox

Church on the Hill, UCC, 55 Main St., journeys through Lent with Abram and Sarai this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. as they journey to the promised land. The Rev. Natalie Shiras's sermon, "I Will Not Forget You," is based on Genesis 15: 1-12, 17-18. The Candle of Witness will be lit for Multicultural BRIDGE by Esther Roman and Shiras. The adult study meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the chapel parlor.

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The United Methodist Church of Lenox, 6 Holmes Road, will hold services at 8 and 10:30 a.m. on the second Sunday in Lent. Pastor Janet Deranian will preach on Philippians 3: 17-4:1.

Christian Education hour is offered at 9:15 a.m. and is open to all ages -- children, youth and adults -- with the focus on Luke 13: 31-35.

North Adams

First Baptist Church, 131 Main St., worships at 10 a.m. on Sunday. The Rev. David A. Anderson is pastor. The message is "Come Follow Me -- Pick Your Cross." Heidi Shartrand is worship leader. Bible Studies are held on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Adult Sunday School begins at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday with Church School at 10:45 a.m. Child care is available.

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First Congregational Church, Main Street, will worship at 10 a.m. in the Assembly Hall led by the Rev. Ann Clark-Killam. Mary Thompson will be the liturgist and Ian Cappiello will lead the Lord's Prayer. Glenda Phillips will direct the choir and other music. The children will be dismissed to attend Sunday School following the "Message for Young Christians." Infant/toddler care is available.

Peru

Peru Congregational Church, 2 West Main Road, worships at 10 a.m. on Sunday in the chapel. The Rev. Warren Scamman's sermon is "Hopeful Fans." Scripture lessons will be taken from Ezekiel 37: 24-28, Zephaniah 3: 14-20 and James 5: 1-5 and read by Mary Scamman. Jen Smith will hold Sunday School for the children during worship. Fellowship, refreshment and a short business meeting will follow the service.

Richmond

Berkshire Community Church, 45 Cemetery Road, will gather on the second Sunday in Lent at 10:15 a.m. in the sanctuary. Susan Davis will sing "What Wondrous Love is This." The Rev. Nancy Lois's sermon, "Eyes on the Prize," is based on Philippians 3: 14-4:1. Bob Cole will read the scripture lessons including a reading from Luke 13: 31-35. Children will leave the sanctuary for Children's Church prior to the sermon. Sunday School classes meet at 9 a.m.

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Richmond Congregational Church, 1515 State Road, holds Sunday service at 10 a.m. The Rev. Janet McKinstry's homily will be "Lifting Up the Serpent." The scripture reading is from 1 Corinthians 2: 6-13. On Thursday from 8 to 10 a.m., everyone is invited for coffee in Fellowship Hall. Blood pressure checks are offered from 9 to 10 a.m.

Sheffield

Christ Church Episcopal and Trinity Lutheran Church, Main Street, will gather for worship at 8 and 10 a.m. on the second Sunday in Lent. The choir will sing and the anthem will be "Come to the Water." Sunday School for younger members is in the new Sunday School room. The Rev. Annie Ryder will preach on Luke's Gospel, "Blessed in the One." A Lenten Taize service will be held Wednesday, March 20, at 7 p.m.

Stockbridge

First Congregational Church, UCC, 4 Main St., worships every Sunday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Brent Damrow. His sermon title will be "The Shelter of a Hen's Wing." The Lenten Series using Lauren Winner's book, "Mudhouse Sabbath," meets at 11:30 a.m. Lunch and child care are provided. The Stockbridge Open Table dinners continue every Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Stockbridge Grange.

Williamstown

First Congregational Church, UCC, 906 Main St., will celebrate the second Sunday in Lent at 10 a.m. The Rev. Dr. William Hydon's sermon, "A Third Way," is based on the scripture Matthew 5: 38-48. Minister of Music Edwin Lawrence's prelude is Praeludium et Fuga in d minor (from Ariadne Musica) and the Senior Choir's anthem is "Lord Jesus, Think on Me." Sunday School and child care are available.

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Second Congregational Church, 81 Hancock Road, will worship at 9 a.m. led by the Rev. Penny Rich Smith. The sermon, "Dual Citizenship," is based on Luke 13: 31-35 and Philippians 3: 17- 4:1. There will be a children's time and special music, after which Sunday School classes will meet. A coffee hour will follow the service.

Windsor

Windsor Congregational Church, NACCC, on Route 9, holds Sunday service at 10 a.m. Lessons are from the Book of Jeremiah. This week's topic is "Leopard Spots: Have They Been Removed?" The Tuesday Ladies Fellowship/ Craft time begins at 6:30 p.m. at the parsonage next to the church building. The Rev. Ken Mick Jr., pastor, (413) 447-8127 or (413) 684-2805.