In the Berkshires: Religion in Brief



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.


First Baptist Church, 88 South St., will celebrate World Communion Sunday at 10 a.m. John Papirio from Young Life, a ministry dedicated to youth and adolescents, will be the guest preacher. He will use Mark 2: 1-12 as his text and will offer his musical gifts as a soloist. The Chancel Choir will sing "Feed Me, Lord." A community lunch will follow the service. The church will host a program from 3:30 to 5 p.m. titled "How to Care for Your Aging Parents." This program is free and open to the public.


First Church of Christ, Congregational, Park Square, 27 East St., will celebrate "Blessing of Our Pets" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in the spirit of St. Francis. Everyone is invited to safely bring their pet to worship. Participants do not need to be Christian for this blessing. Sunday School and child care are available. A meditative Eucharist is offered each Wednesday at 12:10 p.m.


First Church of Christ, Scientist, 17 Wendell Ave., holds service at 10:30 a.m. 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.


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.


St. Joseph Church, 414 North St., will honor the Feast of St. Francis today. Monsignor Michael Shershanovich, pastor, will bless the animals in the parking lot behind the church at 11 a.m.


St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Park Square, 67 East St., will celebrate the 20th Sunday after Pentecost with worship services at 5 p.m. Saturday and 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday in the main sanctuary. Christian formation for children begins at 9:30 a.m. A farewell reception for the interim rector, the Rev. Dr. Ann Broomell, will follow the 10 a.m. service.


South Congregational Church, UCC, 110 South St., will celebrate World Communion Sunday at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. The Rev. Joel Huntington's message, "Doing the Impossible," is based on a parable of Jesus who calls human beings to live fully into their divine identity as co-creators of hope and possibility. The Neighbors In Need ecumenical offering to support justice and hope ministries will be received. The Chancel Choir will provide music. Nursery care and Church School are provided.


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 Rev. Timothy Weisman is pastor. "The Rainbow Connection," a joint Sunday School children's ministry with First United Methodist Church, meets at 9 a.m. Sundays at Zion; no pre-registration is necessary. Zion hosts Jazz Vespers every Thursday at 6 p.m. 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.


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.


ARK Community Church, 45 North St., celebrates worship every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. including children's Sunday School. The Rev. Allen Vander Meulen III will lead the World Communion Sunday service. Food pantry donations, including personal hygiene items, are collected every Sunday.


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.


First Congregational Church, UCC, 514 Main St., offers a casual worship at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the chapel. Sunday worship is at 8:15 and 10:15 a.m. Scripture lessons are from Luke 17: 5-10. The Rev. Dr. Alexander W. Hunter's sermon is "And the Frame Falls Away." Sunday Community Lunch begins at 1 p.m.


Grace Episcopal Church, 791 Main St., will celebrate Holy Communion at 9 a.m. Sunday with the service of Godly Play led by the Rev. Daina Salnitis. Music is under the direction of Laura Saldarini. Coffee hour follows the service. Lectionary-based Bible Study is held at 6:30 p.m. Mondays in the parlor. Crafters meet at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the hall. October's outreach project is the collection of coats and blankets.

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.


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.


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.


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.


First Congregational Church of Lee, UCC, 25 Park Place, will hold a communion/worship service and Sunday School at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Bill Neil's sermon is "Increase Our Faith." The photo/text exhibit, "Love Makes a Family," can be viewed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays through Oct. 17. Sing for Joy Parkinson's singing group meets at 10 a.m. Tuesdays. A community dinner is offered at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays.


Church on the Hill, UCC, 169 Main St., celebrates World Communion Sunday with St. Ann Catholic Church, Trinity Episcopal Church, and United Methodist Church of Lenox at the 10:30 a.m. worship service, with a focus on raising awareness about violence. Each church will preach on the texts of Lamentations 1, Psalm 137, 2 Timothy 1, and Luke 17: 5-10 on the common theme of "A Changing World Starts with Prayer." Holy Communion will be celebrated with breads from around the world.

Soprano soloist, Zoe Jilleen, will sing the offertory anthem, "Jesus! Name of Wondrous Love." A special reception will be held in the Narthex following worship in honor of Jilleen's years of contributions as she prepares to move to Vermont.


St. Helena's Chapel, 245 New Lenox Road, will hold its annual Blessing of the Animals in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, at 3 p.m. Sunday. All animals should be on leashes. Pouring rain date is Oct. 13.


The United Methodist Church of Lenox, 6 Holmes Road, will hold worship services at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The faith communities of Church on the Hill, St. Ann Catholic Church, Trinity Episcopal Church, and UMC will all be listening to sermons on the same topic: a Christian response to gun violence. Pastor Janet Deranian's sermon is based on Psalm 137.

Holy Communion will be offered at both services. Christian Education is at 9:15 a.m.; the focus scripture is 2 Timothy 1:1-14.

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 "The Church in Ephesus -- Love Lost." Prudy Gravel is worship leader. Junior Worship for grades K-5 begins at 10:45 a.m. Child care is available. Bible Studies are held at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays.


First Congregational Church, Main Street, worships at 10 a.m. led by the Rev. Ann Clark-Killam. Her message is "Living in God's Way." Focus scripture is 2 Timothy 1: 1-14 telling us that faith grows if we work together. Kathy Denault will be the liturgist and Glenda Phillips will lead the choir and other music. There is no Sunday School this week but the nursery will be open for child care.


Peru Congregational Church, 2 West Main Road, will celebrate communion during the 10 a.m. Sunday worship. The Rev. Warren Scamman's sermon is "From Exile to Freedom." Denise Shaw will provide CD music. Jennifer Smith will present scripture readings from Lamentations 1: 1-6 and 2 and Timothy 1: 1-14.


Berkshire Community Church, 45 Cemetery Road, will celebrate the Lord's Supper during the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Don Fyfe will accompany congregational singing on the piano and guitar, and offer an original song, "Come Dance with Me." The Rev. Nancy Lois will deliver a message about fanning the flames of faith. Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m. Worship is followed by refreshments and fellowship.


Richmond Congregational Church, 1515 State Road, holds Sunday service at 10 a.m. The Rev. Dr. Donald Paine's homily will be "The Table of Thankfulness: Rekindling the Fire." Scripture readings are from Lamentations 1: 1-6; Psalm 137; 2 Timothy 1: 1-14. The gospel reading is from Luke 17: 5-10. Music is provided by music director and organist Mark Kelso. On Thursday from 8 to 10 a.m., everyone is invited for coffee in Fellowship Hall.


First Congregational Church, UCC, "Old Parish," 125 Main St., Route 7, welcomes all to its 10 a.m. World Communion Sunday worship. The Rev. Jill Graham's message is "No More ‘If Onlys'." The choir, under the direction of Susan Aery, will sing "Praise and Glory" by Katherine K. Davis. The lesson will be Luke 17: 5-10.


First Congregational Church, UCC, 4 Main St., worships every Sunday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Brent Damrow. His sermon for World Communion Sunday is "A Universal Story." A collection will be taken for the People's Pantry. Open Table dinners continue every Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Stockbridge Grange.


First Congregational Church, UCC, 906 Main St., will celebrate a communion service at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary for World Communion Sunday. The Rev. Mark Longhurst's sermon, "The Story of Us," is the third in a four-part sermon series on relationships and storytelling. Scripture is Joshua 4: 1-9 and 19-24.


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.


Second Congregational Church, 81 Hancock Road, will celebrate Holy Communion at the 9 a.m. worship service led by the Rev. Penny Rich Smith on World Communion Sunday. The meditation, "The Household of God," is based on Luke 17: 1-10. There will be special music and a children's time, after which Sunday School classes will meet.


Windsor Congregational Church, NACCC, on Route 9, conducts a Sunday service at 10 a.m. The sermon, from Matthew 11: 28 is "Jesus Gives Real Rest." Nursery is available during the service. Fellowship/snacks are offered after service. Ladies Craft/Fellowship Night is held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the parsonage.

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;


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