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 the 21st Sunday after the Pentecost at its 10 a.m. service. The Rev. Quentin Chin will use the Hebrew scripture text, Jeremiah 29: 1, 4-7, and the gospel lesson, Luke 17: 11-19, to address "in between" communities. He will focus on immigration and immigrant communities in a sermon titled "Liminal Living." The Chancel Choir will sing "Let the Trumpet Sound." There is Children's Chapel during worship followed by Sunday School.


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 "Are Sin, Disease and Death Real?" with Golden Text from Ephesians: " have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them."


Morningside Baptist Church, 475 Tyler St., will hold Sunday worship at 9:30 a.m. followed by coffee and fellowship. Pastor Steve Buchauer's sermon, "Plowing the Soil of Faith," is based on Jeremiah 4: 1-4. Special music will be provided by the Morningside Choir.


St. Anne Society of St. Joseph Parish will conduct its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Parish Center, 414 North St. The Society will host a Halloween party. Costumes are optional. A brief business meeting will precede the party. All women are welcome.


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. Joseph Church, 414 North St., will host a public square rosary sponsored by America Needs Fatima at 12:30 p.m. today in front of the church. Bring a lawn chair.


St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Park Square, 67 East St., will celebrate the 21st Sunday after Pentecost with worship services today at 5 p.m. in the chapel and Sunday at 8 and 10 a.m. in the main sanctuary. The middle school and high school youth meet at 11:30 a.m. Coffee hour follows the 10 a.m. service.


Second Congregational Church, 50 Onota St., will celebrate its Women's Day service at 4 p.m. Sunday. Guest speaker is Deborah William, wife of the Rev. Allen William of Macedonia Baptist Church in Albany, N.Y. Pastor is the Rev. Leonard Commither. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.


South Congregational Church, UCC, 110 South St., worships at 10 a.m. "Remembering Our True Home" will be the message as the Rev. Joel Huntington teaches about finding our sacred center by focusing on Jesus' healing encounter with 10 lepers. The message for children is about finding pathways to gratitude. The Chancel Choir is under the direction of Bob Blafield. Nursery care and Church School are provided.


Zion Lutheran Church, 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. Zion hosts Jazz Vespers at 6 p.m. every Thursday.


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. Cheshire

First Baptist Church, 32 North St., worships at 11 a.m. on Sunday followed by coffee and fellowship. 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. 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 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 2 Kings 5: 1-14 and John 4: 1-15. The Rev. Dr. Alexander W. Hunter's sermon is "Healed or Cured?" Sunday community lunch begins at 1 p.m.

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.


Hancock Baptist Church, Main Street, will hold Sunday service at 9 a.m. Guest pastor Zig Sadzinski will lead the service with his message titled "Let's Have Another Piece of Humble Pie" with scripture reading from Matthew 11: 28-30.


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, holds a worship service and Sunday School at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. The Rev. Bill Neil's sermon is "Road to Wellville." The Parkinson's singing group meets at 10 a.m. Tuesdays. A community dinner is offered at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays; doors open at 5 p.m. The exhibit, "Love Makes a Family," can be viewed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays through Oct. 17.


Church on the Hill, UCC, 169 Main St., marks Pledge Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. worship service at the sanctuary. Worship will include a blessing of pledges and financial resources that the church offers to the service of God. The Rev. Natalie Shiras's sermon, Widening the Table," is based on the parable of healing lepers from Luke 17: 11-19. Emily and Lynn Wilson will light the Candle of Witness for the 2014 pledge campaign, "Surprising Gifts."


The United Methodist Church of Lenox, 6 Holmes Road, will hold Sunday worship services at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Christian Education begins at 9:15 a.m. Pastor Janet Deranian's sermon and the scripture in the Christian Education classes will focus on Luke 17: 11-19. Nursery care begins at 9:15 a.m.

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 Smyrna: Stay the Course." Kurt Gabel is the worship leader. 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. led by the Rev. Ann Clark-Killam. Her message is titled "Express Your Gratitude." Margaret Whitney will be the liturgist and Glenda Phillips will lead the choir and other music. The children will be dismissed to Sunday School following the Children's Message and infant/toddler care is available during worship.


Peru Congregational Church, 2 West Main Road, worships at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. Deacon Charlene Steele will be filling the pulpit. Denise Shaw will provide CD music. Refreshments and fellowship follow in the chapel along with a short meeting on the Oct. 19 presentation by Sue Mead, who does missionary work around the world.


Richmond Congregational Church, 1515 State Road, holds Sunday service at 10 a.m. The Rev. Janet McKinstry's homily will be "Gratitude in All Life's Circumstances." Scripture readings are from Jeremiah 29: 1-9 and Luke 17:11-19. Music selections are provided by music director and organist Mark Kelso, and choir is conducted by Gail Boleng. 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.


Christ Church Episcopal and Trinity Lutheran Church, Main Street, welcomes Lutheran Pastor Paul Sinnott to preside and preach at services at 8 and 10 a.m. There will be music at the 10 a.m. service and Godly Play Sunday School for children ages 3-10.


First Congregational Church, UCC, 125 Main St., Route 7, will worship at 10 a.m. Sandra Alden will serve as lay reader. The choir under the direction of Susan Aery will sing "Gifts of the Spirit: Love, Joy and Peace." The Rev. Jill Graham's message, "Come and See What God Has Done," is based on Psalm 66: 1-12 and Luke 17: 11-19.


First Congregational Church, UCC, 4 Main St., worships every Sunday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Brent Damrow. His sermon title will be "Praise Where Praise is Due." The Stockbridge Open Table dinners continue every Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Stockbridge Grange.


First Baptist Church, 731 Main St., worships at 10 a.m. on Sunday. The praise team will lead the congregation in a blend of contemporary and traditional music, and Interim Pastor Chuck St. John's message titled "Good News?" is based on Matthew 2: 1-23.


First Congregational Church, UCC, 906 Main St., worships at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. The Rev. Mark Longhurst's sermon, "Relationships for a Vibrant Church," is the last of a four part series on relationships and story telling. Scripture is Luke 10: 1-11. Sunday school and child care are available. A Second Hour program, "The Story of Us, The Story of Now," follows services. Longhurst will facilitate a church storytelling workshop, to collectively remember key moments in the church's past, and look forward to a creative future.


New Hope United Methodist Church, 4 Water St., serving North Adams and Williamstown, worships 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. led by the Rev. Penny Rich Smith. The sermon, "In Grateful Faith," will be based on Psalm 66: 1-12 and Luke 17: 11-19. 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: 29-30, is "An Easy Burden." Nursery is available during service for children through first grade. 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.


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