Religion in Brief



First Baptist Church, 88 South St., a theologically progressive Baptist congregation and member of the Alliance of Baptists, will celebrate the 15th Sunday after the Pentecost at its 10 a.m. worship service. Using Luke 14: 1, 7-14, the Rev. Quentin Chin will explore our need for pride with the gospel reading's instruction for humility. The morning's musical offering will be a vocal quartet featuring Betty Papirio, Holly Coleman, Edna Johnston, and Bob Green. Worship will include communion.


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 "Christ Jesus" with Golden Text from John: "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

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


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., has announced its new mass schedule. Masses are celebrated at 4 p.m. on Saturdays and 9 and 11:30 a.m. on Sundays.


St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Park Square, 67 East St., will celebrate the 15th Sunday after Pentecost with worship services on Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m. in the main sanctuary. A blessing of the backpacks will take place at the 9 a.m. service and Sarah Novak, soprano, and Hallie Novak, piano, will be the guest musicians. Lemonade on the lawn follows at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome.


South Congregational Church, UCC, 110 South St., will welcome back the Rev. Joel Huntington from his summer sabbatical. Huntington will preach a sermon titled "Something Out of Nothing," in which he will share insights and things he has learned from his time away. Summer ministerial intern Barbara Rice will also assist in worship, turning care of the ministry back to Huntington. Bob Blafield will provide music. Children and youth are welcome, as Educational Director Ann Roche offers spiritual enrichment for younger folks. Worship begins at 10 a.m. followed by coffee and refreshments in the parlor.


Zion Lutheran Church, (ELCA), 74 First St., at Pittsfield Common, gathers for worship and Holy Communion every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Coffee hour follows worship.

"The Rainbow Connection" Sunday children's ministry shared by Zion Lutheran and First United Methodist Churches is on summer break. Jazz Vespers also is on summer break.

All are welcome into this community of faith. The Rev. Timothy Weisman is pastor. Adams

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. 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. on 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. This week will include communion and a baptism. Food pantry donations, including personal hygiene items, are collected every Sunday. ARK Community Church is a non-denominational faith community welcoming all. Information:


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., holds a summer worship service at 9:15 a.m. in the sanctuary. Cool dress is encouraged. The Rev. Dr. Alexander W. Hunter is pastor.

Great Barrington

Community Hu will take place from 7 to 7:30 p.m. this Friday at 50 Castle St., above the train tracks, second floor. All are invited to experience the sound of HU, an ancient love song to God. The HU can be sung by all faiths, to bring an expansion of awareness and the experience of divine love. For more information, visit or call Chris (413) 528-1226.


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.


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, will hold a worship service with communion at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. The Rev. Bill Neil's sermon is "Christian A, B, Cs." Sing for Joy, the Parkinson's singing group, meets at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. A community dinner is offered at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Sunday School begins Sept. 22.

The church office is closed Labor Day.


Church on the Hill, UCC, 169 Main St., praises God during this Pentecost season at the 10:30 a.m. worship service at the sanctuary. The congregation will be led by the church choir in the singing of The Lord's Prayer. The Rev. Natalie Shiras is preaching a sermon titled "Listening to the Inner Voice" based on Hebrews 13: 1-8, 15-16. Holy Communion will be served.


The United Methodist Church of Lenox, 6 Holmes Road, will hold worship services at 8 a. m. and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. Both services will include the blessing of Holy Communion and a congregational hymn sing. Child care is available during the 10:30 a.m. service. The church is fully handicapped accessible, with headsets for the hearing impaired and large print worship resources, including Bibles, hymnals, and bulletins.

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 A.C.T.S. of Prayer." Prudy Gravel 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. Child care is available. The church is handicap accessible. Information: (413) 663-3780, email, visit or tistnorthadams.


Peru Congregational Church, 2 West Main Road, worships at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. Communion will be provided through this service. The Rev. Warren Scamman will provide a sermon titled "The Only Place I Heard About Jesus." Denise Shaw will provide CD music and will present the scripture readings from Matthew 28: 16-20 and John 14: 1-14. Refreshments and fellowship time will follow in the chapel. A short meeting will follow to discuss upcoming events.


Richmond Congregational Church, 1515 State Road, holds Sunday service at 10 a.m. The Rev. Dr. Donald Paine's homily will be "The Table of Humility, Unity and Honor." The scripture readings are from Old Testament: Jeremiah 2: 4-13 and Hebrews 13: 1-8, 15-16; the gospel reading is from Luke 14: 1-14. Music selections are provided by music director and organist Mark Kelso.

On Thursday from 8 to 10 a.m., everyone is invited for coffee in Fellowship Hall. Blood pressure checks are offered by the Community Health Association nurse from 9 to 10 a.m.


Christ Church Episcopal and Trinity Lutheran Church, Main Street, welcomes all to its Labor Day weekend services on Sunday at 8 and 10 a.m. The Rev. Annie Ryder's sermon, "Living in the Light," will focus on the concluding verses of the Letter to the Hebrews, and its suggestions for leading a holy life. There will be music at the 10 a.m. service. Sunday School will begin next week.


First Congregational Church, UCC, "Old Parish," 125 Main St., Route 7, celebrates Holy Communion at this week's 10 a.m. service. The Rev. Laura O'Shaughnessey will be guest pastor. The Scripture is Luke 14: 1, 7-14. The sermon is "The Wedding Banquet and the Guest of Honor." The choir returns after a summer break with the anthem, "The Gift of Love." All are welcome.


First Congregational Church, UCC, 4 Main St., worships every Sunday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Brent Damrow. His sermon title will be "Beyond Instructions." Worship will include communion and a collection for the People's Pantry. FCC is an Open and Affirming Church. The Stockbridge Open Table dinners will resume Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Stockbridge Grange.


First Baptist Church, 731 Main St., will worship 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 will bring a message titled "Shout to the Lord!" based on Psalm 95. The church is handicapped accessible.


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 worship at 9 a.m. Sunday led by the Rev. Penny Rich Smith. Holy Communion will be celebrated. The Meditation, "Table of Welcome," will be based on Luke 14: 1, 7-14. Sunday School classes will begin Sunday, Sept. 8.

A coffee hour and time of fellowship will follow the service. All are welcome.


Windsor Congregational Church, NACCC, on Route 9, conducts a Sunday service at 10 a.m. The sermon is "The Lord Our Righteousness" from Jeremiah 33. Nursery is available during the 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.

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 and 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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