Religion in Brief

Saturday August 11, 2012


First Baptist Church, 88 South St., a member of the Alliance of Baptists, an organization of progressive Baptists, will celebrate the 11th Sunday after the Pentecost at its 9:30 a.m. worship service. Based upon three readings: 1 Kings 19:4-8, Ephesians 4:25-5:2, and John 6:35, 41-51, the Rev. Quentin Chin will address each scripture with a short meditation.

The overarching theme for the morning will be "Living Bread." Two of the congregation's youth members, Ruth LaRagione and Bailey Prescott, will be morning soloists. They will sing a duet, "A Mother's Silent Prayer" by Sally DeFord. LaRagione will also sing, "The Lord has a Will" by Mike and Barbara Hudson.

The sanctuary is equipped with a wireless loop system to amplify the sound for those wearing compatible hearing aids. The sanctuary is handicapped accessible.


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. Tuesday through Thursday. Information: (413) 448-8487.


St. Joseph Church, 414 North St., will celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Mary with a vigil Mass at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and 12:10 p.m. on Wednesday.


At St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Park Square, 67 East St., the Rev. Jennifer Gregg will celebrate and preach at all services this weekend in observance of the 11th Sunday after Pentecost.

Summer worship services are Saturday at 5 p.m. in the Chapel and Sunday at 9 a.m. in the main sanctuary with special music provided by Aimee Gelinas and Scott Ellis. Lemonade on the Lawn follows the 9 a.m. service.

Ubi Caritas, a progressive concert of sacred a cappella choral music presented by Berkshire Lyric, directed by Jack Brown, will take place at 12:30 p.m. There will be a free will offering to benefit the Pittsfield Area Fuel Assistance Program. St. Stephen's is handicapped accessible through the Allen Street entrance. All are welcome. Information: (413) 448-8276 or www.ststephen


South Congregational Church, UCC, 110 South St., will offer "Lost in the Woods" as the communion meditation this Sunday as the Rev. Joel Hunt ington reflects on his recent backpacking experiences in the light of the Apostle Paul's words to live in deeper, more self-aware ways. In addition, the congregation will read Jesus' words about being the bread of life and will share in the breaking of bread together.

Worship gathers in the Sanctuary at 10 a.m. and nursery care and activities for children are provided at the same time. All are welcome. The church is handicapped accessible.


Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, (ELCA), 74 First St., at Pittsfield Common, will celebrate the 11th Sunday after Pentecost and Holy Com munion at 9:30 a.m. Sunday with a service led by Rev. George Mayer.

Zion welcomes all people into its community of faith. For more information, call (413) 442-3525 or visit or lutheranpittsfield. 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. Information: (413) 743-3649, leave a message.


Dalton United Methodist Church, 755 Main St., holds Sunday services at 8 and 10 a.m. (nursery available) with the Rev. Victor Han.


First Congregational Church, UCC, 514 Main St., gathers for worship at 9:15 in the sanctuary each Sunday through the summer months. This Sunday, the Rev. Irene Jones will preach on "Pulpit Pyromania" based on I Corinthians 3. All are welcome here.


At Grace Episcopal Church, 791 Main St., the service of Morning Prayer will be held at 9 a.m. The sanctuary is handicapped-accessible from the side door, and all are welcome. The outreach project for August is collecting school supplies. Crafters will be working on projects from home during the summer. The Grace Gardeners meet on Mondays at 6 p.m.


Hancock Baptist Church, Main Street, will hold Sunday worship at 9 a.m. The Rev Church St. John will lead the worship service with his message titled "Gold Medal" with scripture reading from 1 Corinthians 9:19-11:1.


Christian Faith Fellowship Church, 11 Summer St., holds a worship service at 11 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, 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, will offer a Sunday Worship at 10:30 a.m. with the Revs. Roger and Mary Zimmerman. The sermon is titled "To Eat and To Live." Nursery is available. All are welcome. A church tour is offered at 11 a.m. on Saturdays. Information: (413) 243-1033. Calendar is at


Church on the Hill, UCC, 169 Main St., continues to celebrate the season of Pentecost by welcoming the Rev. Rick Chrisman, preacher artist-in-residence, to the pulpit this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Chrisman will preach a sermon titled "This Temple of Love" based on Ephesians 4:25-5:2 and John 2:1-11. Lumi Haas will be welcomed to the church through baptism during worship.


At The United Methodist Church of Lenox, 6 Holmes Road, this Sunday, the 11th Sunday after Pentecost, the Rev. Janet Deranian will continue with the fourth in a sermon series based on the Letter to the Ephesians. This week's sermon, titled "What does it mean to put away things as God's beloved children?," is based on chapter 4:25-5:2.

Special music will be provided by Diane Chicoine at both the 8:30 and 10 a.m. worship services.

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

North Adams

All Saints Episcopal Church, 59 Summer St., worships today at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. This weekend celebrates the 11th Sunday after Pente cost with Bible readings continuing from the books of 2 Samuel, Ephesians, and John, as well as Psalms. The Rev. Bill Dwyer will lead worship services and offer Holy Communion. Sunday's worship includes music and a staffed nursery for children under 5 years of age. Coffee Hour, a time for socializing with coffee and homemade baked goods, follows the Sunday worship. Children and families are especially welcome to services. Information: (413) 664-9656 or


First Baptist Church, 131 Main St., worships at 10 a.m. on Sunday. The Rev. David A. Anderson is pastor. The morning message is "It Begins Here It Begins Now!" Frank Stevens is the worship leader. A coffee fellowship will follow worship. Bible Studies are held on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. at the Nelson's and 4:30 p.m. at the church, and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the church. Church School classes for all ages will resume in the fall. Child care is available. The church is handicap accessible. Information: (413) 663-3780, email, visit www


First Congregational Church, Main Street, will hold worship at its summer time of 9:30 a.m. The Rev. Pat Kriss will lead the worship and her message is titled "Fools for God in a Crazy World." Kathy Denault will be the liturgist and Glenda Phillips will lead the music. There is no Sunday School or nursery care during August; they will resume on Sept. 9. The church is handicapped accessible by using the back kitchen entrance. All are welcome.


Peru Congregational Church, 2 West Main Road, welcomes all to the Sunday worship service at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary with the Rev. Warren Scamman in the pulpit. The sermon is titled "Adopted: Children of God." The scripture readings will be read by Phebe Wehner and taken from Ephesians 1:3-14. The church is handicap accessible. A short meeting will follow to firm up plans for the Summer Fest event to be held Saturday, Aug. 18. Refreshments and fellowship time will follow in the chapel. All are welcome to Bible study from 7 to 8 p.m. each Thursday in the chapel. The topic is "temptation."


Richmond Congregational Church, 1515 State Road, holds worship service at 10 a.m. This Sunday the sermon is titled "The Great Oxymoron: Be Angry, Do Not Sin; Be Imitators, not Intimidators" given by the Rev. Donald Paine. The gospel reading will be from John 6:35-51. Coffee and conversation will follow in the narthax immediately after the service. The community is invited to free coffee and refreshments every Thursday from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall on the lower level. Blood pressure readings are also available between 9 and 10 a.m. on Thursdays.


Christ Church Episcopal and Trinity Lutheran Church, Main Street, welcomes all to Sunday worship services at 8 a.m. (The Episcopal Book of Common Prayer) and 10 a.m. (a worship booklet combining the Lutheran and Episcopal liturgies.) There is music at 10 a.m. and the sermon by the Rev. Annie Ryder will be "Bread the Staff of Life." All are welcome to attend the Summer Taize service at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. The church is air-conditioned. Information: (413) 229-8811 or www.christ


First Congregational Church, UCC, "Old Parish," 125 Main St., Route 7, welcomes at an outdoor cafe with coffee, pastries and newspapers before the 10 a.m. worship service. Brian Hyatt will be lay reader this week. The Rev. Jill D. Graham's morning message will be "Grace-filled Living," based on Ephesians 4:25-5:2. The guest organist this week will be Ron Ramsey. In formation: (413) 229-8173.


First Congregational Church, UCC, 4 Main St., worships every Sunday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Donald Hammond. This Sunday, special guest musicians from the Berkshire Music School, Gabriella Rose Makuc and Yeejin Yuk, will provide the music. Stockbridge UCC is an Open and Affirming Church. Visit www.stock


First Congregational Church, UCC, 906 Main St., will celebrate the 11th Sunday after Pentecost with worship at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. Samuel Humes will preach a sermon titled "Celebrating Our Faith and Our Church." The scripture is I Corinthians 1:10-11 and Ephesians 4:1-16. There is no childcare available during August. There will be a brief lemonade gathering after the service. A meeting of the Stewardship Cluster will begin at 11:30 a.m.


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