Religion in Brief

Saturday July 6, 2013


First Baptist Church, 88 South St., will celebrate the seventh Sunday after the Pentecost at the 10 a.m. worship service. Using one of the appointed readings, Galatians 6: 1-16, the Rev. Quentin Chin will explore the intersection of mission and evangelism in the contemporary context of community. Worship will include communion. Edy Pye will be the morning’s soloist.

The sanctuary is handicapped accessible and has a wireless loop system to assist those with compatible hearing aids.


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. Sunday’s Bible lesson is on Matthew: "... with God all things are possible." The reading room is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information: (413) 448-8487.


First United Methodist Church, 55 Fenn St., will mark the seventh Sunday after Pentecost during the 9:30 a.m. worship service. The Rev. Ralph W. Howe will preach "The Kingdom of God is at Hand!" as his first sermon as the new pastor. Communion will be celebrated. Vacation Bible School, "God’s Backyard Bible Camp," will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 8 to 12. For information or registration, call (413) 499-0866 or email 2013VBS@roadrunner.


New Life Community Fellowship, 172 Hubbard Ave., announces a Southern Gospel Concert to be performed by The Browders of Hiltons, Va., at 6 p.m. on Sunday. There is no ticket charge. A free will offering will be accepted at the close of the concert.


St. Joseph Church, 414 North St., will pray for the country by reciting a patriotic rosary after the 9 a.m. Mass on Sunday. This rosary is prayed for each individual state in the union.


St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Park Square, 67 East St., begins its summer worship schedule this week, the seventh Sunday after Pentecost. Worship services will be held Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m. in the main sanctuary. Annie Rodgers, soprano, will sing during the offertory at the 9 a.m. service. Following the service, all are welcome on the front lawn for lemonade and fellowship.


South Congregational Church, UCC, 110 South St., worships at 10 a.m. on Sunday followed by coffee and refreshments in the parlor. Barbara Rice, a recent graduate of Union Theological Seminary and the summer ministerial intern, will be sharing a sermon titled "The Least Complicated."

Worship will focus on the human tendency to make things unnecessarily hard at times, while God continually offers healing and wholeness. Special prayers will be offered for Nelson Mandela. Communion will be celebrated and Bob Blafield will provide music.

Rice is offering a four-week class on four ancient texts that were important in early Christian communities, but were excluded during the compilation of what is known today as the Bible. The class will meet in the church parlor from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, July 10, 17, 31, and Aug. 7. To register, call (413) 442-7357.


Zion Lutheran Church, (ELCA), 74 First St., at Pittsfield Common, gathers for worship and Holy Communion every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Following worship, stay for coffee hour. The Rev. Timothy Weisman is pastor.

Zion Lutheran and First United Methodist Churches invite local children and youth to "God’s Backyard Bible Camp" Vacation Bible School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 8 to 12. Call (413) 499-0866 or email for more information. 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., worship at 11 a.m. on Sundays. 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 Street, Dalton, celebrates worship every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. The Rev. Ellen Peterson is the guest minister this week. Communion will be served. 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. For information, call or text (413) 344-6690 or email

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.


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.

On the weekend of July 13-14, two events will be held in celebration of the birthday of St. Kateri Tekakwitha at the North American Martyrs Chapel/St. Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine.

On Saturday, July 13, a Feast Day Mass will be held at 5:45 p.m. at the North American Martyrs Chapel followed by a celebration picnic supper on the grounds.

On Sunday, July 14, at 2 p.m., there will be a special prayer service and holy hour novena which will include the chaplet of St. Kateri. An ice cream sundae event will follow the service.


First Congregational Church of Lee, UCC, 25 Park Place, worships at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. The Rev. Bill Neil’s sermon is "Ending Evil." Historic church tours are offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Intergenerational Creativity Camp will be held Aug. 19 to 22; call (413) 243-1033 for application.


Church on the Hill, UCC, 169 Main St., marks the middle of the Pentecost season with a focus on growth of the church at the 10:30 a.m. worship service at the sanctuary. The Rev. Natalie Shiras will preach a sermon titled "Jesus, the Great Delegator" based on Luke 10: 1-11, 16-20. Holy Communion will be celebrated. The service will be followed by an open house to which all are invited.


The United Methodist Church of Lenox, 6 Holmes Road, will hear from the Gospel of Luke 7: 36-8: 3, the story of Jesus going to dine at the home of a Pharisee when a woman, a known sinner, comes in and bathes the feet of Jesus and wipes them dry with her hair. The sermon will be delivered at both the 8 a.m. and the 10:30 a.m. worship services by Lisa McColgan, a lay servant from Dalton United Methodist Church. There will be no Christian Education.

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 Table of Service." Ron Shartrand 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.


First Congregational Church, Main Street, will begin its summer schedule of 9:30 a.m. worship this Sunday. Holy Communion will be celebrated. The Rev. Ann Clark Killam will lead the worship, Glenda Phillips will lead the music, Mary Thompson will be the liturgist, and Anne Urban will assist with communion. There is no Sunday School but the nursery is open for child care during the worship. The church is handicapped accessible by using the rear kitchen entrance.


Peru Congregational Church, 2 West Main Road, worships at 10 a.m. Sunday in the sanctuary. The Rev. Warren Scamman will deliver a sermon titled "We need to be contagious." Communion will be offered. Evalynn Shaw will present the scripture reading taken from Ephesians 1: 15-23 and Titus 2: 11-15. Camp Ashmere will present special music. Sunday School will be held during worship.


Berkshire Community Church, 45 Cemetery Road, will gather to worship God and celebrate the Lord’s Supper at 9:30 a.m. Bob Cole will read scripture: Luke 10: 38-42 and Genesis 18: 1-8. The Rev. Nancy Lois will preach a sermon about uninvited guests titled "I’m Not Ready for This." Children are welcome and an adult volunteer will sit with them during the sermon.


Richmond Congregational Church, 1515 State Road, holds Sunday service at 10 a.m. The Rev. Dr. Donald Paine’s homily will be "Naaman’s Message to the 21st Century: Be Honest, Be Humble!" The scripture reading is from II Kings 5: 1-14 and the Gospel Reading is from Luke 10: 1-20. Music selections are provided by Music Director and Organist Mark Kelso. Thursday morning community coffee hour and blood pressure checks will resume Aug. 8.


First Congregational Church, UCC, "Old Parish," 125 Main St., Route 7, worships at 10 a.m. This week’s worship is based on Psalm 30 with Caitlin Hotaling as lay reader. The Rev. Jill D. Graham has chosen her sermon title to be "Thanks." Light refreshments and conversation follow each worship.


First Congregational Church, UCC, 4 Main St., worships every Sunday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Brent Damrow. Worship will include communion. Child care is always available. FCC is an Open and Affirming Church. Visit


First Congregational Church, UCC, 906 Main St., will hold a worship service with communion at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. The church practices open communion. Richard Noel Chrisman, chaplain of Skidmore College, will preach a sermon titled "Do Forgiveness," the first in a series of four related sermons. Scripture for this service is Galatians 5: 13-25 and Matthew 18: 15-22. There will be special music under the direction of guest organist Jane Jenkins.

During the summer months there is no Sunday school class or child care. A lemonade social gathering will follow the service.


Second Congregational Church, 81 Hancock Road, will hold a 9 a.m. worship service with Holy Communion on Sunday led by the Rev. Penny Rich Smith. The meditation, "Walking Together in Freedom," will be based on Psalm 119: 33-45 and excerpts from Galatians 5. Sunday School has concluded for the summer and begins again Sept. 8. 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. Fellowship/snacks are offered after service. Sunday School 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.


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