Saturday March 23, 2013

Pittsfield

First Baptist Church, 88 South St., will mark the fifth Sunday in Lent at its 10 a.m. worship service. The Rev. Quentin Chin will use the appointed gospel lesson, John 12:1-8, to explore extravagant generosity. During the service, the congregation will receive a special offering for the American Baptist Church to help the denomination's missions across this nation and around the world. On Wednesday, the church will hold its final Lenten luncheon for this year.

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First Church of Christ, Congregational, Park Square, 27 East St., will celebrate God's gentle compassion and extravagant beauty at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. James Lumsden will share reflections on how to live a life of extravagant and radical grace. Music Director Carlton Maaia II will bring music from Rachmaninov to Celtic tunes and American jazz. Holy Communion and Sunday School will be included. A contemplative Eucharist is celebrated at 12:10 p.m. each Wednesday.

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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 "Substance" with Golden Text from Psalms: "O Lord, how great are thy works! And thy thoughts are very deep." 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 fifth Sunday in Lent at its 9:30 a.m. service. The Steve Buchauer's sermon will be based upon Philippians 3:4-14. The choir, under the direction of Don Fredenburg, will minister in song. A Lenten Congregational Moment will be based upon John 12:1-8.

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At St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Park Square, 67 East St., the Rev. Dr. Ann Broomell, interim rector, will celebrate and preach at all weekend services in observance of the fifth 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. A reception to welcome Broomell will follow the 10 a.m. service. The Adult Forum continues its DVD series on Genesis at 9 a.m. and Children Formation begins at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Evening 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., "Preparing the Soil" will be the Rev. Joel Huntington's Lenten message. The church will dedicate new colorful hangings that celebrate the seasons of the church year. There will also be a message for the children about being "Colorful People." Sunday worship gathers in the sanctuary at 10 a.m.

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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. "The Rainbow Connection," a joint Sunday School children's ministry with First United Methodist Church, meets at Zion at 9 a.m. Each Thursday, Zion hosts Jazz Vespers at 6 p.m. 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 evening potluck dinner is served at 6 p.m., followed by a Bible Study on Ephesians at 7 p.m.

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 at 9 a.m. The Lenten Music Series at 3 p.m. Sunday will feature The Messengers and Gospel Gang of Lenox UMC. 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 by the Rev. Daina Salnitis at 9 a.m. this Sunday. Lectionary-based Bible study meets in the parlor on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Crafters meet from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Hall. The outreach project is the collection of money to benefit St. Stephen's Table.

Great Barrington

Housatonic Congregational Church, 1089 Main St., Housatonic, offers a 9 a.m. service on Sunday. The Lenten sermon is "Giving Up or Taking On?" The Rev. Belle Fox-Martin, UCC licensed minister, (413) 298-0673.

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The Unitarian Universalist Meeting of South Berkshire gathers at 10:30 a.m. at the Great Barrington Senior Center, 917 South Main St. The Rev. Carol Allman-Morton will speak on "The Turning Earth." This Sunday will include the Pledge Sunday kickoff. Music will be provided by Bonnie Benson on piano and Jose Garcia, dulcimer.

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 "The Faithfulness of Christ." Sunday School and nursery are available. Sing for Joy 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. A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from noon to 5 p.m.. on Friday.

Lenox

Church on the Hill, UCC, 55 Main St., continues the Lenten journey at 10:30 a.m. Sunday with an exploration of the woman who anointed Jesus with the costly perfume. The Rev. Natalie Shiras's sermon, "Ministering to Jesus," is based on the Gospel of John 12:1-8. The Candle of Witness will be lit for the UCC One Great Hour of Sharing. The final meeting of the Lenten adult study, "Living the Questions," will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the parlor of the Chapel on Wednesday. Sunday worship will resume in the sanctuary of Church on the Hill, 169 Main St., next Sunday, March 24.

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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 fifth Sunday in Lent. Pastor Janet Deranian will preach on John 12:1-8. Christian Education hour is offered at 9:15 a.m. and is open to all ages with the focus on the same passage. The Gospel Gang and Messengers will be offering a 3 p.m. concert at Dalton UMC, 755 Main St., Dalton, as part of a Lenten series of concerts.

North Adams

First Baptist Church, 131 Main St., worships at 10 a.m. on Sunday. The Rev. David A. Anderson is pastor. 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. every Sunday with Church School at 10:45 a.m.

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First Congregational Church, Main Street, will hold jazz worship at 10 a.m. in the Assembly Hall. The Rev.. Ann Clark Killam will lead the worship and her message from John 12:1-8 is titled "When Annointing is Needed -- Be There!" Kathy Denault will be the liturgist and Glenda Phillips will lead the choir, jazz musicians and other music. The children will be dismissed to attend Sunday School.

Peru

Peru Congregational Church, 2 West Main Road, worships at 10 a.m. in the chapel. The Rev. Warren Scamman's sermon "Forgiveness." Scripture lessons will be taken from Luke 23:32-34, 39-43 and John 21:15-19 and read by Evie Shaw. Sunday School will be held during worship.

Richmond

Berkshire Community Church, 45 Cemetery Road, will gather at 10:15 a.m. Sunday in the sanctuary. The Rev. Nancy Lois will deliver the message, "The Economy of Extravagant Love," based on the story of Mary anointing Jesus' feet with perfume from The Gospel According to John. Mary Anne Hicks will read the scripture lessons. Children will be invited to leave the sanctuary for Children's Church. Sunday School classes for all ages will meet at 9 a.m.

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Richmond Congregational Church, 1515 State Road, holds Sunday service at 10 a.m. The Rev. Dr. Donald Paine's homily will be "An Extravagant Witness, An Extravagant Welcome." The scripture reading is from John 12:1-8. 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

First Congregational Church, UCC, "Old Parish," 125 Main St., Route 7, worships at 10 a.m. For this fifth Sunday in Lent, the Rev. Jill D. Graham's morning message will be "Living Toward a New Day" based on Psalm 126 and Isaiah 43:16-21. The choir will offer "Do Not Fear for You are Mine" by David Lantz III. Church School runs concurrent with worship time.

Stockbridge

First Congregational Church, UCC, 4 Main St., worships every Sunday at 10 a.m. The Rev. Janet McKinstry will be the guest preacher. The Lenten Series based on Lauren Winner's book, "Mudhouse Sabbath," meets at 11:30 a.m.

Williamstown

First Congregational Church, UCC, 906 Main St., worships at 10 a.m. The Rev. Richard Chrisman's sermon, "Who is to prevail over a perversion of justice?," is based on the scripture Genesis 39:1-23 and Mark 14:43-59. Music includes a prelude Fugue in Eb Major ("Ariadne Musica") and "In Deep Distress My Soul Declares." Sunday School classes will meet.

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Second Congregational Church, 81 Hancock Road, worships at 9 a.m. led by the Rev. Penny Rich Smith. The sermon, "Something Old Something New," will be based on Isaiah 43:16-21 and John 12:1-8. There will be a children's time and special music, after which Sunday School classes will meet.

Windsor

Windsor Congregational Church, NACCC, on Route 9, holds Sunday service at 10 a.m. William Webster, local representative for Voice of the Martyrs, will speak about those who are persecuted around the world for their faith. Ladies Craft/Fellowship Night is held at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday at the parsonage next door to the building. For information, prayer requests or gospel literature call the Rev. Ken Mick Jr., pastor, at (413) 447-8127.