Religion in Brief



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.


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.


First Baptist Church, 88 South St., a member of the Alliance for Baptists, will celebrate the First Sunday after the Epiphany at its 10 a.m. service. Guest preacher and lay member Rosemary P. Crawford will be preaching the sermon titled "Walking With God." Isaac Crawford will sing two solo pieces.


First Church of Christ, Congregational, Park Square, 27 East St., worships at 10:30 a.m. Worship will be centered on "Turning Points: Listening for God in Your Life." The Rev. James Lumsden will use the story of Christ’s baptism to explore how God’s grace comes to us through the ordinary events of daily living. Music Director Carlton Maaia II will provide traditional, contemporary and jazz sounds. Sunday School is available for children. A meditative Eucharist at 12:10 p.m. Wednesdays is open to all.


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 subject of Sunday’s Bible lesson is "Sacrament" with Golden Text from Psalms: "God, even our own God, shall bless us."


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. Information: (518) 828-5226.


St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Park Square, 67 East St., will celebrate the First Sunday after the Epiphany with worship services at 5 p.m. Saturday in the chapel and 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday in the main Sanctuary. A Rite of Passage ceremony for middle and high school students will take place during the 10 a.m. service. Christian formation for children begins at 9:30 a.m. Coffee hour follows the 10 a.m. service.


South Congregational Church, UCC, 110 South St., gathers for worship at 10 a.m. in the parlor followed by fellowship. Nursery care and a Church School for children and youth are provided. "Baptized into Love" will be the Rev. Joel Huntington’s message.

At 7 p.m., an informal worship experience will be held in the parlor focusing on the poetry of the Sufi mystic, Rumi, and the life of the Christian saint, Francis of Assisi. Singer/songwriter Linda Worster will provide music.


Zion Lutheran Church (ELCA), 74 First St., gathers for worship and Holy Communion every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. 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 throughout the school year.

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. Sunday, as well as Sunday School for kindergarten through grade 12, and a nursery. Coffee and fellowship follow services. On the first Sunday of each month, a potluck lunch follows the service.


First Baptist Church, 32 North St., worships at 11 a.m. 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. 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 Sunday worship services at 8:15 a.m. in the chapel and 10:15 a.m. in the sanctuary. The sermon is "Putting Ourselves in the Hands of God." Pulpit minister is Carolyn Peck. Readings are from Acts 10:34-43 and Matthew 3:13-17. Also offered are Sunday School at 10:15 a.m., Adult Bible Study at 11:30 a.m., community lunch at 1 p.m., and Co-Dependents Anonymous at 7 p.m.


Grace Episcopal Church, 791 Main St., will celebrate Holy Communion at 9 a.m. Sunday with the Rev. Daina Salnitis. All are welcome. 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. The Rev. Belle Fox-Martin, UCC licensed minister, (413) 298-0673.


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.


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 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, 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, worships at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. 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, 55 Main St., celebrates the Baptism of Christ at the 10:30 a.m. worship service at the Chapel. George Andrews will be baptized followed by a Renewal of Baptismal vows for all who have been baptized. The Rev. Natalie Shiras’s sermon, "I Am Well Pleased with You," is based on Jesus’ baptism from Matthew 3:13-17. The choir will sing "The Gift of Love." Beginning this Sunday through April 6, worship will be held in the Chapel at 55 Main St.


The United Methodist Church of Lenox, 6 Holmes Road, will celebrate the Baptism of the Lord during Sunday worship at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Both services will include a Congregational Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant. Pastor Janet Deranian’s sermon, "A Grand Announcement," is based on Matthew 3:13-17. Christian Education for all ages begins again this Sunday, with a focus on the same passage as the sermon. Nursery care is available from 9:15 a.m. through the end of the 10:30 a.m. service.

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 "Passionate Worship." 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 Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.


First Congregational Church, Main Street, worships at 10 a.m. in the Assembly Hall space for the remainder of the winter. The Rev. Ann Clark Killam will lead the worship. The focus scripture is Matthew 3, the baptism of Jesus and the pastor’s message, "The Inner and Outer Journey." Glenda Phillips will lead the choir and other music. Sunday School will follow the children’s message from Margaret Whitney. The infant/toddler nursery will be open during the service.


Peru Congregational Church, 2 West Main Road, worships at 10 a.m. Sunday in the chapel. The Rev. Warren Scamman’s sermon is "God Has No Favorites." Denise Shaw will present the scripture reading taken from Mathew 11:2-11, Isaiah 42:1-9 and Matthew 3:13-17 along with CD music. Refreshments and fellowship time will follow.


Richmond Congregational Church, 1515 State Road, worships at 10 a.m. Sundays led by the Rev. Janet McKinstry. Music is led by Mark Kelso and Gail Boleng as choir director. This Sunday celebrates the early years of Jesus.


First Congregational Church, UCC, "Old Parish," 125 Main St., Route 7, will observe "Human Right’s Day" this Sunday in honor of Old Parish’s membership of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. Lay reader will be Dr. Lila Wolff-Wilksinson. Bible readings will be Isaiah 42:1-9 and Matthew 3:13-17. The Rev. Jill Graham’s sermon is "Baptized for Justice." The anthem is "There is a River" by Benedetto Marcello.


First Congregational Church, UCC, 4 Main St., worships every Sunday at 10 a.m. The Rev. John Edgerton from Old South Church, Boston, is guest preacher. His sermon is "For Her Children Are No More." Sunday School and nursery care are available. The Open Table free community dinner continues at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Stockbridge Grange.


Tyringham Union Church, Main Road, offers Evening Vespers at 5 p.m. each Sunday. This Sunday’s guest musicians will be Robert Oakes and Kate Smith. Find out more about their music at


First Baptist Church, 731 Main St., will worship at 10 a.m. The praise team will lead the congregation in a blend of contemporary and traditional music, and interim Pastor Chuck St. John’s message, "The Yellow Brick Road," is based on Psalm 1.


First Congregational Church, UCC, 906 Main St., worships at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. The Rev. Mark Longhurst’s sermon is "Exodus: Women and Civil Disobedience," part one in a series on Exodus. Scripture is Exodus 1:8-2:10. New members will be welcomed as part of the service. A Second Hour presentation of Moses in Exodus with Edan Dekal will follow the service.


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.


Second Congregational Church, 81 Hancock Road, worships at 9 a.m. Sunday led by the Rev. Penny Rich Smith. The sermon, "Out of Our Minds," is based on Isaiah 42:1-9, Matthew 3:13-17 and Acts 10:34-43. There will be a children’s time and special music, after which Sunday School classes will meet. Youth Musicians rehearse following worship. A brief special church meeting will follow the service. A coffee hour and time of fellowship will follow the service.


Windsor Congregational Church, NACCC, on Route 9, conducts a Sunday service at 10 a.m. The sermon is "What does a Christian Look Like #2." Scripture is from Ephesians 1: 3-14. Fellowship/snacks are offered after 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;


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