Religion in Brief

Saturday June 29, 2013


First Baptist Church, 88 South St., a member of the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists, a congregation which welcomes LGBTQ people into worship and fellowship, will celebrate the sixth Sunday after the Pentecost at its 10 a.m. service.

Using the Hebrew scripture text, 2 Kings 2: 1-2, 6-14, and the gospel reading, Luke 9:51-62, the Rev. Quentin Chin will preach a sermon titled "The Turning Point" in which he will examine the church today in the shifting context of community. Isaac Crawford will be the morning’s vocal soloist.

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


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 "Christian Science" with Golden Text from Romans: "Š the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us."

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


St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Park Square, 67 East St., will celebrate the sixth Sunday after Pentecost with worship services Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 8 and 10 a.m. in the main sanctuary. Gwen Davis, soprano, will sing during the offertory and communion at the 10 a.m. service. All are welcome.


South Congregational Church, UCC, 110 South St., gathers for worship at 10 a.m. on Sunday followed by a time of fellowship. "Recalibrating" will be the message as the Rev. Joel Huntington is sent forth on a sabbatical break and reflects on the meaning of the journey of faith.

Barbara Rice, summer ministerial intern, will take up the tasks of pastoral leadership and prayers will be offered that the congregation finds this to be a season of deepening and growth as well.

Bob Blafield will be at the organ and piano providing music. Spiritual enrichment will be provided for children and youth by Educational Director Ann Roche.


Zion Evangelical 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 featuring fair trade coffee and snacks. 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.

All are welcome into this community of faith. For more worship information, upcoming events, and daily readings, visit, become a fan at facebook. com/zionlutheranpittsfield, or call (413) 442-3525. 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. worships at 11 a.m. on Sunday. The Rev. David Dillon welcomes all to worship. 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 month, the congregation will collect Coins for Cancer in support of Landon’s Cancer Crushers Relay for Life Team. 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. Traditional hymn sing music coordinator is Christian Pickwell. 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.


First Congregational Church of Lee, UCC, 25 Park Place, holds a worship service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. Mark Schane-Lydon’s sermon will be "So it says in Wiki-pedia!"

Historic church tours are offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The Craft Fair and Festival in the Park is slated for Aug. 3. Intergenerational Creativity Camp will be held Aug. 19 to 22; call for application.

Information: Church office at (413) 243-1033; calendar online at


Church on the Hill, UCC, 169 Main St., celebrates the season of Pentecost at the 10:30 a.m. worship service at the sanctuary. Preacher/Artist in Residence Richard Noel Chrisman will preach a sermon titled "Practical Religious Living for Hard Times," based on Galatians 5: 13-25 and Mark 13: 1-13. The church choir will sing "There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy" for the offertory anthem.

North Adams

First Baptist Church, 131 Main St., worships at 10 a.m. on Sunday with guest preacher Dan Lampron presiding. The morning message is "The Alpha and the Omega." Anne Nelson 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.


First Congregational Church, Main Street, will hold worship at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. The Rev. Ann Clark Killam will lead the worship, and her message is titled "The Story of Madmen and Pigs." Mary Thompson will be the liturgist and Glenda Phillips will lead the music.

There is no Sunday School until September but the nursery will be open for child care during the service. The worship service will move to its summer hour of 9:30 a.m. next Sunday and remain at 9:30 until September.

The church is handicapped accessible by using the rear kitchen entrance. All are invited.


Peru Congregational Church, 2 West Main Road, welcomes all to Sunday worship at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. The Rev. Warren Scamman will deliver a sermon titled "Come Holy Spirit." Charlene Steele will present the scripture reading taken from John 15: 26-27, John 16: 4-15 and Acts 2: 1-21. Sunday School will be held during worship service. A meeting will follow to discuss the town-wide tag sale to be held Saturday, July 27.


Berkshire Community Church, 45 Cemetery Road, will gather for worship at 9:30 a.m. The choir will sing "The Lord Is Holy" under the direction of Janet D’Arcangelo. D’Arcangelo is retiring after 27 years as the church’s music director and this will be her final Sunday playing the organ and directing the choir. The Rev. Nancy Lois will deliver the message, "Life After Loss," based on Luke 9: 51-62. The congregation is worshiping at 9:30 a.m. through Labor Day weekend.


Richmond Congregational Church, 1515 State Road, holds Sunday service at 10 a.m. The Rev. Dr. Donald Paine’s homily will be "The Mantle of Power." The scripture readings are from II Kings 2: 1-14 and Galatians 5: 1, 13-25. Music selections are provided by music director and organist Mark Kelso and the choir led by Gail Boleng.

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


First Congregational Church, UCC, "Old Parish," 125 Main St., Route 7, worships at 10 a.m. This sixth Sunday after Pentecost is based on Psalm 77: 1-2, 11-20 and 2 Kings 2: 1-2, 6-13. The Rev. Jill D. Graham’s morning message will be "Make It a Double." Lay reader will be Dale Alden. The choir will sing "Will You Come & Follow Me" under the direction of Susan Aery. There will be a brief congregational meeting following the service. Information: (413) 229-8173.


First Congregational Church, UCC, 4 Main St., worships every Sunday at 10 a.m. The guest preacher on Sunday will be the Rev. David Schneider. His sermon is titled "When Pride Becomes Hubris." FCC is an Open and Affirming Church. Information: www.


First Congregational Church, UCC, 906 Main St., worships at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. Jina Ford, Just Peace coordinator, will preach a sermon titled "Justice and Faith" with scripture from Psalm 82 and John 16: 12-15. Under the direction of Minister of Music Ed Lawrence, there will be a special music presentation, "Call to Remembrance" (Psalm. 25), by Daniel Pinkham, featuring a solo by Jeff Watson.

During the summer months, there is no Sunday school class or child care. A Lemonade Social gathering will be held after the service.


Second Congregational Church, 81 Hancock Road, worships at 9 a.m. on Sunday led by the Rev. Penny Rich Smith. The sermon, "Simplicity and Spirituality," will be based on Psalm 19: 1-10 and Matthew 6: 25-34. There will be special music.

Sunday School has concluded for the year and will begin again on Sept. 8. A coffee hour and time of fellowship will follow the service. All are welcome.

For more information, call the church office at (413) 458-3467 or visit the website at www.secondcongregation


Windsor Congregational Church, NACCC, on Route 9, conducts a Sunday service at 10 a.m. This week, the congregation will learn more about "Our Great God: Never Changing."

Nursery is available during service for children through first grade. Fellowship/snacks are offered after service. Sunday School is available 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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