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. Information: (413) 442-1992.


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 subject of Sunday’s Bible lesson is "God" with Golden Text from Jeremiah: "Š the Great, the Mighty God, the Lord of hosts, is his name. Great in counsel, and mighty in work."

The reading room is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information: (413) 448-8487.


Morningside Baptist Church, 475 Tyler St., will celebrate the second Sunday after Christmas with worship and communion at 9:30 a.m. followed by coffee and fellowship. The Rev. Steve Buchauer’s sermon, "You Are What You Eat," is based on John 6: 25-31. Special music will be provided by the Morningside Choir.


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.


St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Park Square, 67 East St., will celebrate the Epiphany of our Lord 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. A Children’s Pageant will take place at the 10 a.m. service.

All children are welcome to participate; come at 9:15 a.m. for costumes. Coffee Hour follows the 10 a.m. service. All are welcome.


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.

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.

The Rev. Timothy Weisman is pastor. 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 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. 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.


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. ARK Community Church is a God centered, service focused, and unconditionally welcoming faith community. Information:


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.


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 Gospel reading will be from Luke 2: 22-35. An Epiphany Mass will be celebrated at 7 p.m.

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.

Great Barrington

Housatonic Congregational Church, 1089 Main St., Housatonic, offers a 9 a.m. service on Sunday. Information: 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.

Information: (413) 442-5511 or


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, an Open and Affirming church, will hold a worship service with communion and Sunday School at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. The Rev. Bill Neil’s sermon is "Called to Give All."

Sing for Joy 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 Thursdays at 10 a.m.


Church on the Hill, UCC, 169 Main St., celebrates Epiphany, the manifestation of Jesus Christ, this Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. worship service in the sanctuary. The Rev. Natalie Shiras will preach an Epiphany message titled "Journey from Darkness to Light" based on Isaiah 60: 1-6 and Matthew 2: 2-12.

Baritone Jack Brown is singing, among other solos, "What Songs Were Sung" by John Jacob Niles. Holy Communion will be celebrated.

During the winter months beginning Sunday, Jan. 19, and ending on April 6, worship will be held in the Chapel at 55 Main St.


The United Methodist Church of Lenox, 6 Holmes Road, will mark the second Sunday after Christmas and the Epiphany of the Lord through word, song and symbol at the 8 and 10:30 a.m. worship services. Holy Communion will be celebrated at both services. Pastor Janet Deranian’s sermon is based on John 1: 1-18.

Christian Education begins this Sunday with a focus on John 1: 1-18. Nursery care is available from 10:15 a.m. through the end of the 10:30 a.m. service. The church is fully handicapped accessible, with headsets for the hearing impaired and large print worship resources.

North Adams

First Baptist Church, 131 Main St., welcomes all for worship and communion at 10:30 a.m. Sunday with the Teen Challenge Choir as guests. 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, will hold worship at 10 a.m. and celebrate Epiphany and Holy Communion. The Rev. Ann Clark-Killam will lead the worship and Glenda Phillips will lead the choir and other music.

The sacred story of "The Three Kings" will be told by word, play and song.

The children will be dismissed to Sunday School following this story and infant/toddler care will be available in the nursery.

The church is handicapped accessible by using the rear kitchen entrance. Next Sunday, the congregation will move into its Assembly Hall space for the remainder of the winter.


Peru Congregational Church, 2 West Main Road, welcomes all to a communion worship service at 10 a.m. in the chapel to conserve on heat. The Rev. Warren Scamman’s sermon is "Time and Eternity." Scriptures will be taken from Ecclesiastes 3: 1-13 and Revelation 21: 1-6. Fellowship time will follow with light refreshments.


Richmond Congregational Church, 1515 State Road, welcomes all to worship at 10 a.m. Sunday followed by coffee. This Sunday, the Rev. Janet McKinstry will lead the congregation in the celebration of Epiphany with her sermon title, "Illuminated by Love." Music will be provided by Mark Kelso.


First Congregational Church, UCC, "Old Parish," 125 Main St., Route 7, will celebrate Communion Sunday during worship at 10 a.m.

This Sunday’s church service will include a reading from Matthew 2: 1-12. The anthem is "Joy, Joy, Joy!," a 17th century hymn arranged by Ellen Jane Lore. The sermon is titled "Our Gift?"

The worship services from January to March will take place in the Fellowship room.


First Congregational Church, UCC, 4 Main St., worships every Sunday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Brent Damrow. His sermon title is "Fragile." This Sunday is Communion Sunday. A collection will be taken for the People’s Pantry.

Sunday School and nursery care are available. FCC is an Open and Affirming Congregation. All are welcome.

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


First Congregational Church, UCC, 906 Main St., worships at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. This Epiphany/Three King and Communion Sunday includes a collection of white gifts for Louison House families. The Rev. Mark Longhurst’s sermon is "The Truth That Wise People See" with scripture from Matthew 2: 1-12. Child care and Sunday School are available. FCC is an Open and Affirming and Just Peace Church. All are welcome.


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. Information: (413) 458-3183 or


Second Congregational Church, 81 Hancock Road, will celebrate Epiphany Sunday and Holy Communion at the 9 a.m. worship service led by the Rev. Penny Rich Smith. The meditation, "The Brightness of God," is based on Isaiah 60: 1-6 and Matthew 2: 1-12.

There will be a children’s time, 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.

Information: (413) 458-3467 or visit


Windsor Congregational Church, NACCC, on Route 9, conducts a Sunday service at 10 a.m. Fellowship/snacks are offered after service. Sunday School for all ages meets from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. 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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