Religion in Brief
First Baptist Church, 88 South St., will mark the beginning of the new church year at its 10 a.m. service. The readings for first Sunday of Advent will come from 1 Thessa lonians 3: 9-13 and Luke 21: 25-36. The Rev. Quentin Chin will preach a sermon titled "New Be ginning" as the conclusion of its annual pledge campaign. Com munion will be served.
First Church of Christ, Congregational, Park Square, 27 East St., will celebrate the first Sunday of Advent, the celebration of hope, during 10:30 a.m. worship. The Rev. James Lumsden will share insights into "how we nourish the spiritual skills of waiting in hope." Holy Communion will be served every Sunday in this season. Each Wednesday at 12:10 p.m., a contemplative Eucharist is shared. Childcare and Sunday School are available for all ages.
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.
Morningside Baptist Church, 475 Tyler St., will celebrate Communion and observe the First Sunday of Advent at its 9:30 a.m. service. The Rev. Angela Buchauer’s sermon, "The Hope of God’s Com fort," is based upon Isaiah 40: 1-11 and Mark 1: 1-8. Marcia Brophy, Danette and Mark Green will light the first Advent candle, the candle of hope. Lori and Tylor Harr ington and Donna Swiers will read the scriptures. Music is under the direction of Don Fredenburg with a special musical presentation from the choir. Fellowship and refreshments follow the service.
At St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Park Square, 67 East St., the Rev. Hannah Ander son will celebrate and preach at all weekend services in observance of the first Sunday of Advent. Worship services are Saturday at 5 p.m. in the chapel and Sunday at 10 a.m. in the main Sanctuary. Coffee hour follows the 10 a.m. service. A special dinner and program will take place Saturday at 6 p.m. to say farewell to Anderson, who has accepted a job in the Bishop’s office in New Hampshire as the Canon to the Ordinary. There will be an Advent Workshop for families on Sunday at 11:30 a.m.
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, (ELCA), 74 First St., at Pittsfield Common, gathers for worship and Holy Com munion every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Coffee hour follows worship. The Rev. Timothy Weis man is pastor.
"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. The Zion Lutheran/First United Methodist Sunday School Christmas Pageant will be on Sunday, Dec. 23, at 4 p.m. at Zion.
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.
First Baptist Church, 32 North St., offers Adult Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., Praise Time at 10:45 a.m. and the Praise and Worship Sunday service at 11 a.m. Child care is provided. The Wednesday evening potluck dinner is served at 6 p.m. followed by Bible Study at 7 p.m. Coffee and fellowship follow the Sunday services.
Berkshire First Church of the Nazarene, 165 North St., will celebrate a theme of "Hope" on the first Sunday of Advent at the 9:30 a.m. worship service. The Oakes families will bring the readings of love, and light the Advent wreath. Courtney Rousseau will share a reading, "Stand by Your Woman." Walt Worley, the worship leader, will lead the congregation into Holy Communion. The Rev. Bryan Lamberton’s message, "God’s Word of Hope," is based on Isaiah 64: 1-9.
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. A Christmas Craft Fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today with a pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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. The sermon, "Knock, Knock," is based on John 4: 5-18.
At Grace Episcopal Church, 791 Main St., Holy Com munion will be celebrated at 9 a.m. by the Rev. Daina Salnitis. Music is under the direction of organist Laura Saldarini. The outreach project for December is volunteering for the children’s Christmas party at the Christian Center, and donations of funds for a Christmas family gift. Lectionary-based Bible Study meets at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays in the parlor.
Hancock Baptist Church, Main Street, will celebrate the second Sunday of Advent during worship at 9 a.m. The Rev. Chuck St. John will lead the worship service with his message titled "Behold the Lamb" with scripture reading from John 1: 29-34. Bible study and coffee hour will follow the service.
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.
North American Martyrs Chapel, 151 Old State Road, Berkshire, has recently re opened after being closed for two years and now 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, holds a worship service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. The Rev. Bill Neil’s sermon is "Hope." 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.
Church on the Hill, UCC, 169 Main St., begins Advent with the lighting of the first Advent candle of hope by Hale and Penny Carey at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service. Michael Mederios will play the part of Joseph. The Rev. Natalie Shiras’ sermon, "Choose Hope," is based on Jeremiah 33: 14-16. Holy Communion will be served. Bible Study is held in the sanctuary from 9 to 9:45 a.m.
The United Methodist Church of Lenox, 6 Holmes Road, on the first Sunday of Advent, will celebrate the beginning of the season observed as a time of expectant waiting and watching in preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ. Pastor Janet Deranian will preach on Luke 21: 25-36 at both the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. worship services. Christian education hour is at 9:15 a.m. for all ages.
All Saints Episcopal Church, 59 Summer St., worships at 4 p.m. on Saturday and 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. This weekend celebrates the first Sunday of Advent with Bible readings continuing from the books of Jeremiah, Thessalonians and Luke. The Rev. Stephen White will lead worship services and offer Holy Communion. Sun day’s worship includes music and a choir led by Matthew McConnell, Sunday School classes and nursery beginning at 9:15 a.m., and a post-worship potluck lunch to celebrate White’s acceptance as All Saint’s priest-in-charge.
First Baptist Church, 131 Main St., worships at 10 a.m. on Sunday. The Rev. David A. Anderson is pastor. The morning message is "Testimony." Ann Nelson is the 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. every Sunday with Church School at 10:45 a.m.
First Congregational Church, Main Street, will hold communion worship this Sunday. The Rev. Ann Clark Killam will lead worship and her message is titled "Hold Fast to Hope." Donald Washburn will assist with communion, Mar garet Whitney will be the liturgist and Glenda Phillips will lead the choir and music. The children will stay for the Children’s Message and then leave to attend Sunday School. The nursery is open during the service for infant/toddler care.
Peru Congregational Church, 2 West Main Road, will celebrate the first Sunday in Advent with a communion service at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. The Rev. Warren Scam man’s sermon is "God’s Pro mise." Francis Shaw will present the readings taken from Jeremiah 33: 14-16 and Luke 21: 25-33. Carrie Doyle will provide organ music. The first Advent candle will be lit. Sunday School will be held in the chapel. Fellowship will follow with refreshments. Bible Study is held at 7 p.m. on Thursdays in the Community Center.
Berkshire Community Church, Cemetery Road, will celebrate the first week of Advent at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday. The themes of hope and light will infuse the service as the first candle of the Advent wreath is lit and communion is shared in the round. The Rev. Nancy Lois will preach a sermon about the announcement of John the Baptist’s birth titled "Are You Sure?"
Richmond Congregational Church, 1515 State Road, holds Sunday service at 10 a.m. The Rev. Janet McKinstry’s homily will be "Approaching the Altar of God." The gospel is from Luke 1: 5-24. The first candle of Advent will be lit. 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.
First Congregational Church, UCC, "Old Parish," 125 Main St., Route 7, will celebrate the first Sunday in Advent with Holy Communion. The focus of this week’s sermon, titled "Got Hope?," will be from Jeremiah 33: 14-16. The first Advent Candle will be lit by Graham Frank and his son, Shaun. The choir’s anthem will be "Creation Will Be At Peace" by Anna Laura Page. Coffee hour follows in Fellowship Hall.
First Congregational Church, UCC, 4 Main St., worships every Sunday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Donald Hammond. His sermon title will be "Packing for the Journey." The fourth session of the "Preparing for The End of Life" series begins at 11:30 a.m. "Dealing with Grief" will be presented by Mary Bedient-Wood, counselor. The Stock bridge Open Table dinners continue from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Stock bridge Grange.
First Congregational Church, UCC, 906 Main St., will celebrate the first Sunday of Advent with a communion worship service at 10 a.m. The Rev. Carrie Bail will preach on "Only in the Darkness Can You See the Stars," based on the scripture Jeremiah 33: 14-16 and Luke 21: 25-36. Music includes "There will be Signs in the Sun and Moon" and "The Lord Shall Come and Not Be Slow." Sunday School for grades 1-6 will meet. There will be childcare in the nurs ery/playroom. A brief coffee gathering will be at 11 a.m.
The Second Hour @ the Meeting House program at 11:15 a.m. features the Rev. Gary Castor giving the last part of his series titled "Catholicism 101." The Williams College "Less ons and Carols" begins at 4 p.m. in the College Chapel.
Second Congregational Church, 81 Hancock Road, will worship at 9 a.m. led by the Rev. Penny Rich Smith on this first Sunday of Advent. Holy Communion will be celebrated and the first Advent candle will be lit. The meditation, "The Light of Hope," will be based on Jeremiah 33: 14-16 and Luke 21: 25-36. There will be a children’s time, after which Sunday School classes will meet. Youth Musicians rehearse following worship. A coffee hour will follow the service.