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 for Baptists, an organization of theologically progressive congregations, will celebrate the third Sunday of Advent at its 10 a.m. worship service.

The Rev. Quentin Chin will preach on the texts Isaiah 35: 1-10 and James 5: 7-10. His sermon title will be "Journey Towards Justice." The chancel choir will sing "The World's Been a' Waitin' So Long" by Shockley and "The Yearning" by Courtney.

The church offers Sunday School for all ages and children's chapel.

The sanctuary is handicapped accessible and has a wireless loop system to assist those with compatible hearing aids.

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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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Morningside Baptist Church, 475 Tyler St., will celebrate the third Sunday of Advent with worship at 9:30 a.m., followed by coffee and fellowship. The Rev. Steve Buchauer's sermon, "The Joy of Great Expectations," is based upon Luke 2: 1-15. Special music will be provided by the Morningside Choir.

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The St. Anne Society of St. Joseph Parish, 414 North St. will conduct its monthly meeting at 2 p.m. today in the Parish Center. The afternoon will consist of a Christmas tea and a brief business meeting as well as confections and a selection of tea. Following the tea, members will attend the 4 p.m. Mass in a body. All women are welcome to attend. This will be the final meeting of the Society until April.

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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. Mark Church, 400 West St., will host a traditional Latin Mass celebrated by Father Tomasz Parzynski and assisted by the St. Jean de Brébeuf Schola Cantorum at 3 p.m. Sunday. This will be a High Mass with sung Ordinary and Propers.

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St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Park Square, 67 East St., will celebrate the third 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. The 10 a.m. service will include a visit from St. Nicholas.

Christian formation for children begins at 9:30 a.m. and middle school and high school youth meet at 11:30 a.m. Coffee hour follows the 10 a.m. service.

An Advent class for adults will be held Wednesday, Dec. 18, 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., gathers for worship at 10 a.m. with nursery care provided along with an educational experience for children.

"Singing a New Song" will be the sermon for the third Sunday of Advent as the Rev. Huntington reflects on the nature of the joy coming into our world. Seasonal readings from Matthew and Luke will be viewed through the lens of the recent "Thanksgiving Angels" event that brought the wider community together to feed a thousand neighbors in need. 

In addition, there will be a message for the children about letting our lives shine with the light of love. The Chancel Choir will also sing an Advent anthem under the direction of Bob Blafield.

Following worship adults and youth will walk across South Street to sing carols at Berkshire Place. All are welcome.

The church is handicapped accessible.

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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 Advent this Sunday at 9:30 a.m., including children's Sunday School, with guest worship leader Nakeida Bethel-Smith. 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. For more information, visit www.betterthanwefoundit.net.

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Berkshire First Church of the Nazarene, 165 North St., will celebrate a theme of "joy" at the 9:30 a.m. worship service on the third Sunday of Advent. Art and Julia Adams will bring the readings of joy and light the Advent wreath. Robin Kellermann and Rose and Rebecca Broderick will present special music. Chris Lamberton will share the story, "Flames of Joy." The Rev. Bryan Lamberton's message, "A Joyful Leap," will be based on Luke 1: 39-45.

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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.

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First Congregational Church, UCC, 514 Main St., holds Sunday worship at 8:15 a.m. in the chapel and 10:15 a.m. in the sanctuary. This week's sermon is "The Angel's Strange Visit." Readings are from Isaiah 6: 1-8 and Luke 1: 46-55.

FCC 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.

The Confirmation Class will host a screening of "It's a Wonderful Life" with popcorn at 4 p.m.

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Grace Episcopal Church, 791 Main St., will celebrate Holy Communion with the Rev. Daina Salnitis at 9 a.m. Sunday, the third Sunday in Advent. Music is under the direction of Laura Saldarini.

A pot luck brunch will follow in the Hall to honor the Donovan family. All are welcome.

Handicapped access is by way of the side door. The outreach project for December is the collection of donations of money and food for the Christmas family.

Great Barrington

Housatonic Congregational Church, 1089 Main St., Housatonic, offers a 9 a.m. service on Sunday. 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 "Elizabeth and Mary" with scripture reading from Luke 1: 39-47.

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, holds a worship service and Sunday School at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Bill Neil's sermon is "Letting Go for Joy."

Sing for Joy, the 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 Christmas Concert will begin at 7 p.m. Friday; come early to hear the Handbell Choir.

Christmas Eve services include the Children's Pageant at 6 p.m. and a Candlelight Service at 9 p.m.

FCC is an open and affirming church. Information: Church office at (413) 243-1033; calendar online at www.ucc-lee.org.

Lenox

Church on the Hill, UCC, 169 Main St., light the third Advent Candle of Love at the 10:30 a.m. worship service in the sanctuary. The Rev. Natalie Shiras and Barbara Sims will preach a dialogue sermon titled "Who Is Mary to Us?" based on Mary's Magnificat, Luke 1: 46b-55. The Candle of Witness will be lit for the Christmas Fund for low income clergy and church workers.

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The United Methodist Church of Lenox, 6 Holmes Road, will hold one worship service at 9:30 a.m. celebrating the third Sunday of Advent, along with Consecration Sunday. The worship service will be followed by a brunch.

Guest preacher, the Rev. Dr. Jim Mentzer, will preach a sermon titled "What Jesus Wants for Christmas."

Christian Education will not be held this Sunday, but will resume Dec. 22. Nursery care is available from 9:15 a.m. through the end of the worship 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 message is"When Peace is Like a River."

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

A live nativity will be presented at 5 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday at the church.

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 its monthly jazz worship at 10 a.m. The Rev. Ann Clark Killam will lead the worship and her message is titled "The Vulnerable Made Strong." The third week of Advent will be celebrated by lighting the candle of joy.

Alan Reutlinger will be the liturgist and Glenda Phillips will lead the choir and other music. Children will be dismissed to Sunday School following the "time for young Christians." Infant/toddler care is available in the nursery area. All are invited.

The annual North County Christmas Concert will take place at the church at 4 p.m. Sunday.

The church is handicapped accessible by using the back kitchen entrance.

Peru

Peru Congregational Church, 2 West Main Road, welcomes all to attend third Sunday in Advent beginning at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. The Rev. Warren Scamman will deliver a sermon titled "Restoration and Healing." The third candle in the Advent wreath will be lit. Denise Shaw will present the scripture reading taken from Matthew 11:2011, Isaiah 35: 1-10 and James 5: 7-10. Shaw will also provide CD music. Refreshments and fellowship will follow in the chapel.

Richmond

Richmond Congregational Church, 1515 State Road, holds Sunday service at 10 a.m. The Rev. Janet McKinstry will celebrate the lighting of the third Advent candle with a sermon titled "What did you go out into the woods to look at?"

The scripture readings are from Isaiah 35: 1-10 and Matthew 11: 2-11. 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.

Sheffield

Christ Church Episcopal and Trinity Lutheran Church, Main Street, will welcome Episcopal Bishop, the Right Rev. Doug Fisher, who will preach and preside at the 10 a.m. service.

The children will also present their pageant, "Once Upon a Night," under the direction of Mari Enoch and Jennifer Gaenzle Smith. A festive coffee hour will follow and all are welcome to join in worship and friendship. There will also be a service at 8 a.m.

On Christmas Eve, the church will offer a half-hour service for children at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 24, including Christmas carols, the Christmas Story and Holy Communion. The evening services, at 5 and 7 p.m., will feature Christmas Lessons and Carols with Holy Communion.

The Christmas offering will go to winter fuel assistance in South County.

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First Congregational Church, UCC, "Old Parish," 125 Main St., Route 7, will celebrate the third Sunday of Advent at 10 a.m. Sunday. Alicia Brazie will be the lay reader.

The choir, under the direction of Susan Aery, will sing "My Soul Gives Glory To My God."

The sermon, "Praise and Blessings," will be based on James 5: 7-10 and Luke 1: 47-55.

Nancy and Charlotte Smith will light the third candle of Advent, the Candle of Joy.

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 "John the Baptist Hinge." Sunday School and nursery care are also available.

FCC is an Open and Affirming congregation. All are welcome.

The Open Table free community dinner is held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays at Stockbridge Grange.

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 will bring a message titled "Will You Not Do It?" based on 2 Kings 5. The church is handicapped accessible. All are welcome.

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First Congregational Church, UCC, 906 Main St., worships at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. The third Sunday in Advent service is Lessons and Carols on the Four Gospels. This is a multi-generational pageant led by four teams, each presenting the beginning of each of the four Gospels. All are welcome to hear the Christmas Story in a new light. This service is ideal for young children. FCC is an Open and Affirming and Just Peace church where all are welcome.

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New Hope United Methodist Church, 4 Water St., serving North Adams and Williamstown, holds a Sunday 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, celebrates the third Sunday of Advent during the 9 a.m. worship service led by the Rev. Penny Rich Smith.

The sermon, "God's Advent of Everlasting Joy," will be based on Isaiah 35: 1-10 and Matthew 11: 2-11. The third Advent candle will be lit.

There will be a children's time and special music, after which Sunday School classes will meet for preschool through grade 8. Youth Musicians rehearse following worship.

A coffee hour and time of fellowship will follow the service. All are welcome.

Other events include a choir rehearsal at 7 p.m. Wednesday, and a trustees meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday.

The Sunday School Christmas Pageant and party will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22.

A Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will begin at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24. There will be lessons and carols, special music, the lighting of the Christ Candle, a Christmas Story, and a closing candlelight circle with the singing of "Silent Night." For more information, call the church office at (413) 458-3467 or visit www.secondcongregationalchurch.org.

A Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will begin at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24. There will be lessons and carols, special music, the lighting of the Christ Candle, a Christmas Story, and a closing candlelight circle with the singing of "Silent Night." For more information, call the church office at (413) 458-3467 or visit www.secondcongregationalchurch.org.

Windsor

Windsor Congregational Church, NACCC, on Route 9, conducts a Sunday service at 10 a.m. This week's sermon is titled "What the Angels Say: The Shepherds." Nursery is available during the service for children through first grade. Fellowship/Snacks are offered after 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., pastor, 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.