Religion in Brief

Saturday June 15, 2013


First Baptist Church, 88 South St., will honor and bless its graduates this Sunday, the fourth Sunday after Pentecost, at its 10 a.m. worship service. This Sunday also marks the end of the church choir’s season. The congregation will bless the choir as well as the men of the congregation in honor of Father’s Day. The choir will sing "Awake My Soul and Sing" written by Allen Pote and "This is the Day."


First Church of Christ, Congregational, Park Square, 27 East St., will celebrate "Children’s Sunday" at 10:30 a.m. this Sunday. Bibles will be presented to the fourth-grade class, blessings will be offered for both students and teachers and the Rev. James Lumsden will share insights from the words of the New Testament. Carlton Maaia II will lead the choir and share music from jazz to traditional hymns. A contemplative Eucharist is offered at 12:10 p.m. on Wednesdays. The sanctuary is open between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day for quiet meditation.


First Church of Christ, Scientist, 17 Wendell Ave., holds service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. Wednesday testimony meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. The subject of Sunday’s Bible lesson is "God the Preserver of Man" with Golden Text from Psalms: "The Lord guards you. The Lord will protect you from all dangers; he will guard your life." The reading room is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Morningside Baptist Church, 475 Tyler St., will hold Sunday service at 9:30 a.m. The Rev. Steve Buchauer’s sermon, "Wearing Your Sunday Best," is based on Colossians 3: 12-17. The choir will minister in song under the direction of Don Fredenburg. Refreshments and fellowship follow the service.


St. Anne Society of St. Joseph Church, 414 North St., will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the Parish Center. A special "Baby Shower" will be celebrated; each member is asked to bring a baby gift which will be displayed for the membership. The Right to Life organization will distribute the items to new mothers. Lou Ann Walter will be the guest speaker. A brief business meeting will follow. Members should bring a nonperishable food item for the food pantry. New members are welcome.


St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Park Square, 67 East St., will celebrate fourth Sun-day after Pentecost with worship services Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 8 and 10 a.m. in the main Sanctuary. A commissioning of members of the Healing Team Ministry will take place during the 10 a.m. service. A Eucharist with Healing Prayer will take place Thursday at 10 a.m.


South Congregational Church, UCC, 110 South St., will celebrate "Children’s Sunday" at 10 a.m. with guest musician David Grover. Bibles will be presented, teachers will be recognized, and the Rev. Joel Huntington will provide a story. A SERRV sale with Fair Trade offerings will follow. At 7 p.m. on Sunday, Huntington will lead the "House Church at South" in the church parlor with music by singer/songwriter Linda Worster, conversation, and time for stillness. Barbara Rice, recent graduate of Union Theological in New York, will speak on theology and spirituality from the perspective of the LGBTQ community.


Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, (ELCA), 74 First St., at Pittsfield Common, gathers for worship and Holy Communion every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. A coffee hour follows worship. The Rev. Timothy Weisman is pastor. The joint Sunday School children’s ministry with First United Methodist Church finishes for the school year this Sunday. "God’s Backyard Bible Camp" Vacation Bible School, offered jointly with FUMC, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, July 8-12. For registration information, call Zion at (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 with the Rev. David Dillon. 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.


ARK Community Church, 45 North St., celebrates worship every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Nakeida Bethel-Smith will be the guest worship leader. The church is collecting Coins for Cancer in support of Landon’s Cancer Crushers Relay for Life team.


Dalton United Methodist Church, 755 Main St., holds Sunday services at 8 and 10 a.m. (nursery available) with the Rev. Victor Han. A "Papa’s Picnic" dinner will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight.


First Congregational Church, UCC, 514 Main St., holds a summer worship service at 9:15 a.m. in the sanctuary; traditional with something to think about. The sermon is titled "Created to be You." Scripture readings are from Galatians 2: 15-21 and John 10: 1-10. Enjoy creative visual sermons by Donna Bishop, fellowship, and refreshments after worship. The Rev. Dr. Alexander W. Hunter is pastor.


Grace Episcopal Church, 791 Main St., will celebrate Holy Communion at 9 a.m. on Sunday with the Rev. Daina Salnitis. Music is under the direction of Laura Saldarini. A collection will be taken for Hope for Ariang.

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 a Sunday service at 9 a.m. led by guest pastor Daniel Lampron. His message is titled "A Look At Ourselves" with scripture reading from Proverbs 27: 19 and James 1.


Christian Faith Fellowship Church, 11 Summer St., worships 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, worships at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. A community dinner is offered at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. A Steeple Jam Concert to benefit Youth Mission Trip will be held at 7:30 tonight.


Church on the Hill, UCC, 169 Main St., celebrates Father’s Day at the 10:30 a.m. worship service at the sanctuary. An intergenerational story will be told by the Rev. Natalie Shiras that is related to fatherhood. Her sermon, "Service is About Honoring One Another," is based on Luke 7: 36-50. The women of the church will sing "For the Beauty of the Earth" in honor of Father’s Day.


The United Methodist Church of Lenox, 6 Holmes Road, will celebrate the ways that God’s Word in scripture draws one closer to the Lord, and the new Christian Education program, "Feasting on the Word." The congregation will give thanks to God for those involved in the Christian Education ministry with a special litany of prayer.

North Adams

First Baptist Church, 131 Main St., worships at 10 a.m. on Sunday. The Rev. David A. Anderson is pastor. The message is "Men of God, Rise Up!" Frank Goodermote 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.


First Congregational Church, Main Street, will celebrate the children with Youth Sunday during 10 a.m. worship. The Rev. Ann Clark-Killam will lead the worship with the assistance of the children. The children will be presented with Sunday School participation certificates and the Sunday School teachers will be recognized.


Peru Congregational Church, 2 West Main Road, worships at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. The Rev. Warren Scamman’s sermon is "God With Us." Jen Smith will present scripture from 1 Samuel 17: 1-11, 2 Corinthians 6: 1-13 and Mark 34-41. Sunday School will be held during worship service. A special healing service will be held at Thursday at 7 p.m. Bible Study will not be held that night.


Berkshire Community Church, 45 Cemetery Road, will worship at 10:15 a.m. in the sanctuary with special music. The Rev. Nancy Lois’s message, "Good Debt," is based on Luke 7: 40-47. The pastor will spend time with the children during the first half of the service, and children under age 9 will be invited to leave the sanctuary for Children’s Church during the second half.


Richmond Congregational Church, 1515 State Road, holds Sunday service at 10 a.m. The Rev. Janet McKinstry’s homily will be "Justified Through Faith." Scripture readings are from Galatians 2:11-21 and Luke 7:36. Music selections will be provided by music director and organist Mark Kelso.


First Congregational Church, UCC, "Old Parish," 125 Main St., Route 7, celebrates Youth Sunday this week at 10 a.m. Scripture will be Psalm 100. The Rev. Jill D. Graham and a guest will use Don Friedman’s book "Dandelion" as the base for the morning message "Dandelion’s Discovery." The choir will sing "Jesus Loves Me."


First Congregational Church, UCC, 4 Main St., worships every Sunday at 10 a.m. The Rev. Brent Damrow’s sermon is "Just as We Are." The choir will be celebrated. The Open Table dinners are held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the Stockbridge Grange.

West Stockbridge

West Stockbridge Congregational Church, UCC, 45 Main St., will hold its weekly worship at 10 a.m. on Sunday led by the Rev. Shawn Bracebridge at the West Center Outdoor Chapel, West Center Road. In case of rain, service will be held at the Village Church.


First Congregational Church, UCC, 906 Main St., will worship at 10 a.m. on Sunday in the sanctuary. The Rev. Richard Noel Chrisman’s sermon, "Blasphemy in Art: Free Speech or Mischief?," is based on Galatians 2: 11-21 and Luke 7: 36-39. A Taize Service with the Rev. Mark Longhurst will be held at 5 p.m.


Second Congregational Church, 81 Hancock Road, worships at 9 a.m. on Sunday led by the Rev. Penny Rich Smith. The sermon, "New Life in the Spirit," is based on Isaiah 6: 1-8 and John 3: 1-17. There will be special music.


Windsor Congregational Church, NACCC, on Route 9, conducts a Sunday service at 10 a.m. This week, learn more about "The Begotten Son of God." Nursery will be available. Fellowship/snacks are offered after service. Sunday School is at 11:30 a.m. 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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