Pittsfield

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 470 East New Lenox Road, holds three hours of meetings each Sunday. Sacrament Meeting starts at 10 a.m. followed by Sunday School at 11:15 a.m. and Relief Society/Priesthood/Primary at noon.

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Evangelical Free Church, 389 Cheshire Road, one mile south of Berkshire Mall on Route 8, holds Sunday worship and children’s Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Fellowship will follow. The Rev. David J. Beguin is pastor. Deaf Ministry is available. All are welcome. Information: (413) 442-1992.

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First Baptist Church, 88 South St., a member of the Alliance of Baptists, a theologically progressive association of Baptist congregations, will celebrate the Second Sunday of Advent at its 10 a.m. worship service. The Rev. Quentin Chin will use the gospel text, Matthew 3: 1-12, John the Baptist’s prophecy, to explore prophets in today’s world.

The Chancel Choir will sing two pieces, "Let There be Light" by Krippayne and Reynolds and "Soon a Gift will Come" by Frombach and Pethel. Anna Duquette will be the piano soloist in her own arrangement of the Canon by Pachelbel.

The church has children’s chapel and Sunday School and supervised nursery care. The sanctuary is handicapped accessible and has an induction loop to assist those with compatible hearing aids.

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First Church of Christ, Congregational, Park Square, 27 East St., will celebrate Advent II at the 10:30 a.m. gathering. The Rev. James Lumsden will consider how the words of John the Baptist speaks to our desire to buy more gifts at Christmastime.

There will be Holy Eucharist as well as jazz, traditional hymns and folk songs under the direction of Music Director Carlton Maaia II. Sunday School is offered for all children.

A meditative Eucharist open to all is offered at 12:10 p.m. Wednesdays.

First Church, an Open and Affirming congregation celebrating God’s radical grace, welcomes guests and visitors to the Berkshires. Further information can be found at www.firstchurchpittsfield.org or by calling the office at (413) 447-7351.

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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 reading room is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information: (413) 448-8487.

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St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, Greylock Terrace and Watson Street, an Eastern Rite Catholic Church, offers regular Divine Liturgies every Sunday at noon with different scheduling for some Holy Days; confessions before liturgies; baptisms by appointment. Father Janusz (John) Jedrychowski is administrator. Information: (518) 828-5226.

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St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Park Square, 67 East St., will celebrate the Second Sunday of Advent with worship services Saturday at 5 p.m. in the Chapel and Sunday at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. in the main Sanctuary. Christian formation for children begins at 9:30 a.m. in the auditorium and middle school and high school youth meet at 11:30 a.m. Coffee Hour follows the 10 a.m. service. There will be a Holiday Blues Service Thursday evening at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

St. Stephen’s is handicapped accessible through the Allen Street entrance. Information: (413) 448-8276 or www.ststephenspittsfield.org.

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South Congregational Church, UCC, 110 South St., will hold an Advent worship/workshop experience at 10 a.m. Sunday in the downstairs hall.

The theme will be "Seeking the Peace of God." There will be readings from the prophet Isaiah and the Gospel of Matthew, a banner crafted, Advent candles lit, gifts for pantry guests created, and a message for both children and adults from the Rev. Joel Huntington. In addition, the Chancel Choir will sing.

Following worship there will be a covered dish lunch, an opportunity for discussion about Advent and art, and time for creating an object to take home.

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Zion Lutheran Church (ELCA), 74 First St. near Pittsfield Common, gathers for worship and Holy Communion every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Coffee and snacks follow.

"The Rainbow Connection," a joint Sunday School children’s ministry with First United Methodist Church, meets at 9 a.m. Sundays at Zion throughout the school year; no pre-registration necessary.

Every Thursday at 6 p.m., Zion hosts Jazz Vespers, a brief time of worship which incorporates elements of jazz, blues, and gospel into the ancient tradition of Evening Prayer.

For more worship information, upcoming events, and daily readings, visit zionlutheranpittsfield.org, Facebook.com/zionlutheranpittsfield, or (413) 442-3525. The Rev. Timothy Weisman is pastor. Adams

First Congregational Church, 42 Park St., offers a traditional and contemporary service at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, as well as Sunday School for kindergarten through grade 12, and a nursery. Coffee and fellowship follow the Sunday services. On the first Sunday of each month, a potluck lunch follows the morning service.

Cheshire

First Baptist Church, 32 North St., worships at 11 a.m. on Sunday. The Rev. David Dillon welcomes all. 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. Information: (413) 743-3649.

Dalton

ARK Community Church, 45 North St., celebrates worship every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. including children’s Sunday School. Food pantry donations, including personal hygiene items, are collected every Sunday.

ARK Community Church is a God centered, service focused, and unconditionally welcoming faith community. Information: www.betterthanwefoundit.net

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Berkshire First Church of the Nazarene, 165 North St. will celebrate the theme of "Peace" at the 9:30 a.m. worship service. The Luke Winters Family will bring the readings of peace and light the Advent wreath. Molly Reynolds will read "The Parade or the Main Event?" Alicia Baker will present special music. The Rev. Bryan Lamberton’s message, "The Branch Who Brings Peace," is based on Isaiah 11: 1-10.

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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. Coffee Break for Women (Women’s Bible Study) meets Fridays from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

The church will participate in Dalton’s "Light Up the Holiday" tonight by offering cookies and music from 5 to 6 p.m.

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First Congregational Church, UCC, 514 Main St., will celebrate the Second Sunday of Advent with services at 8:15 a.m. in the chapel and 10:15 a.m. in the sanctuary. The latter service includes "Hanging of the Greens." The sermon is "Turning Around To Greet Jesus." Readings are from Isaiah 11: 1-11 and Matthew 3: 1-9.

The church also offers Sunday School at 10:15 a.m., Adult Bible Education at 11:30 a.m., a community lunch at 1 p.m., and Co-Dependents Anonymous at 7 p.m.

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Grace Episcopal Church, 791 Main St., will celebrate Holy Communion at 9 a.m. Sunday led by the Rev Daina Salnitis. Coffee Hour will follow in the Hall. Music is under the direction of Laura Saldarini. The outreach project for December is collecting for the Christmas family. Handicapped access is by way of the side door.

Great Barrington

Housatonic Congregational Church, 1089 Main St., Housatonic, offers a 9 a.m. service on Sunday. Information: The Rev. Belle Fox-Martin, UCC licensed minister, (413) 298-0673.

Hancock

Hancock Baptist Church, Main Street, will hold Sunday service at 9 a.m. Guest pastor Zig Sadzinski will lead the service with his message titled "Christ Comes" with scripture reading from Psalm 2: 1-12.

Lanesborough

Berkshire Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church, 900 Cheshire Road, holds Bible Study from 10 to 10:45 a.m. on Saturdays followed by a worship service from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The Wednesday prayer meeting meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The church operates a small state-approved elementary school for grades 1 to 8 and is open to all who are seeking a Christian education.

Information: (413) 442-5511 or berkshirehills22.adventistchurchconnect.org.

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Berkshire Union Chapel, 191 Old State Road, Berkshire, holds praise and worship at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 9:30 a.m. The Rev. William D. Furey is pastor. Sunday School is held at 10:30 a.m.

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Christian Faith Fellowship Church, 11 Summer St., holds a worship service at 10 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, 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, will hold a worship service and Sunday School at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Bill Neil’s sermon is "Lighting the Way to Peace."

Sing for Joy Parkinson’s singing group meets at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. A community dinner is offered at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays; doors open at 5 p.m. "The Beginnings of Christianity" study group meets at 10 a.m. Thursdays.

The Holiday Fair will take place today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Christmas concert will take place at 6:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20.

Information: Church office at (413) 243-1033; calendar online at www.ucc-lee.org.

Lenox

Church on the Hill, UCC, 169 Main St., will light the Second Advent Candle of Peace as the congregation sings "Prepare Ye the way of the Lord" at the 10:30 a.m. worship service at the sanctuary. The Rev. Natalie Shiras will preach a sermon titled "The Life Giving Power of Repentance" based on Matthew 3: 1-12.

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The United Methodist Church of Lenox, 6 Holmes Road, will continue to observe the season of Advent through word, song and symbol at both the 8 and 10:30 a.m. worship services on Sunday.

Pastor Janet Deranian will preach a sermon based on Romans 15: 4-13. Christian Education for all ages at 9:15 a.m. will focus on Isaiah 11:1-10. Nursery care is available from 9:15 a.m. through the end of the 10:30 a.m. service.

The church is fully handicapped accessible, with headsets for the hearing impaired and large print worship resources, including Bibles, hymnals, and bulletins. Everyone is welcome.

North Adams

First Baptist Church, 131 Main St., worships at 10 a.m. on Sunday. The Rev. David A. Anderson is pastor. The morning message is "Love is All You Need."

Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:15 a.m. every Sunday with Junior Worship at 10:45 a.m. Bible Studies are held on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Child care is available. The church is handicap accessible. Information: (413) 663-3780, email fbcna@verizon.net, visit www.firstbaptistnorthadams.org or www.facebook.com/firstbaptistnorthadams.

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First Congregational Church, Main Street, will hold worship at 10 a.m. The second Advent candle, the candle of Hope, will be lit. The Rev. Ann Clark Killam will lead the worship. Her message is titled "Hope Springs Eternal." Kathy Denault will be the liturgist and Glenda Phillips will lead the choir and other music which will include a singing group from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Peru

Peru Congregational Church, 2 West Main Road, will worship at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. The Rev. Warren Scamman’s sermon is "God’s Dream." The second candle on the Advent wreath will be lit. Evelynn Shaw will present the scripture reading from Matthew 3: 1-12 and Isaiah 35: 1-10. Denise Shaw will provide CD music. Refreshments and fellowship time will follow in the chapel. Fruit baskets will be prepared and delivered to families in the community.

Richmond

Richmond Congregational Church, 1515 State Road, holds Sunday service at 10 a.m. The Rev. Janet McKinstry will celebrate the lighting of the second Advent candle. Scripture readings are from Isaiah 2: 1-4 and Matthew 3: 1-12. Music selections are provided by Music Director and Organist Mark Kelso and choir conducted by Gail Boleng.

On Thursday from 8 to 10 a.m., everyone is invited for coffee in Fellowship Hall. Blood pressure checks are offered by the Community Health Association nurse from 9 to 10 a.m.

The Friendly Circle holiday pot luck luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the church dining room. Reservations: Jane Whitney at (413) 698-2971.

Sheffield

First Congregational Church, UCC, "Old Parish," 125 Main St., Route 7, worships at 10 a.m. on the Second Sunday of Advent. Aimee Michel and Sebastian Lawson will light the candle of Peace. The choir, under the direction of Susan Aery, will sing "Creation Will Be at Peace" by Anna Page.

Stockbridge

First Congregational Church, UCC, 4 Main St., worships every Sunday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Brent Damrow whose sermon title this week will be "New Shoots Out of Old Stumps." Sunday School and nursery care are available. There will be no Open Table dinner this week. FCC is an Open and Affirming Congregation. All are welcome.

West Stockbridge

West Stockbridge Congregational Church, UCC, 45 Main St., will hold its weekly worship at 10 a.m. Sunday led by the Rev. Shawn Bracebridge. Musical accompaniment is provided by organist Deborah Morris. The church is an "Open & Affirming" congregation where all are welcome.

Williamstown

First Baptist Church, 731 Main St., will worship at 10 a.m. Sunday. The praise team will lead the congregation in a blend of contemporary and traditional music, and interim Pastor Chuck St. John’s message titled "Immanuel" is based on Exodus 2: 23-3:10.

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First Congregational Church, UCC, 906 Main St., worships at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. The Rev. Mark Longhurst’s sermon focuses on "Repentance: The Call for Transformation" with scripture from Isaiah 11: 1-10 and Matthew 3: 1-12.

A Second Hour presentation follows, with Glenn Schuck, Williams College assistant professor of religion, speaking on Christian Apocalypticism.

FCC is an Open and Affirming and Just Peace church.

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New Hope United Methodist Church, 4 Water St., serving North Adams and Williamstown, holds a worship service at 10 a.m. followed by coffee and fellowship. Child care is provided during the service. Pastor is Dan Randall. Music Director is Robin Kibler. Information: (413) 458-3183 or www.New-HopeUMC.org.

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Second Congregational Church, 81 Hancock Road, worships at 9 a.m. Sunday led by the Rev. Penny Rich Smith. The sermon, "Vision of Peace," is based on Isaiah 11: 1-10 and Matthew 3: 1-12. The second Advent candle will be lit. There will be a children’s time and special music, after which Sunday School classes will meet.

A coffee hour and time of fellowship will follow the service. All are welcome. The church is wheelchair accessible.

Meetings and events this week include the Deacons’ meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday; Cookie Mission at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; Choir rehearsal at 7 p.m. Wednesday; and the Dorcas Christmas Luncheon at noon Thursday at the Williams Inn.

For more information, call the church office at (413) 458-3467 or visit www.secondcongregationalchurch.org

Windsor

Windsor Congregational Church, NACCC, on Route 9, worships at 10 a.m. Sunday. The sermon is "What the Angels Say -- Joseph’s Message." Scripture is from Matthew 1: 18-21.

Nursery is available for children through first grade. Fellowship/snacks follow the service. 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. at (413) 447-8127

Canaan, N.Y.

Canaan Congregational Church, corner of Routes 295 & 5, a United Church of Christ Open and Affirming congregation, worships at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Information: (518) 781-4775; canaancc@fairpoint.net.