Religion in Brief

Saturday May 25, 2013


First Baptist Church, 88 South St., a Welcoming and Affirming Baptist Church, will celebrate Trinity Sunday at its 10 a.m. worship service. The Rev. Quentin Chin will preach a sermon titled "God’s Truth" based upon the epistle reading Romans 5:1-5 and the gospel lesson John 16:12-15. Through the lens of the Civil War, he will explore suffering as a pathway to hope.

The anthem by Price and Besig, "Sharing the Love," will be sung by the Chancel Choir. The church also has a children’s chapel and Sunday School.

The sanctuary is handicapped accessible. The church also maintains a wireless loop system to assist those with compatible hearing aids to participate more fully 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 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., holds worship services on Saturday at 5 p.m. in the chapel and Sunday at 8 and 10 a.m. in the main sanctuary. The Rev. Dr. Ann Broomell will celebrate and preach at all weekend services in observance of Trinity Sunday. The Adult Education series on Prayer continues Wednesday at 7 p.m. This week’s topic will be "Rhythmic Prayer."


South Congregational Church, UCC, 110 South St., worships at 10 a.m. on Sunday. "The Dance of the Trinity" will be the message. Guest preacher, the Rev. Carolyn Peck, will reflect on the meaning of the Trinity and how it is God’s invitation for people to become God’s dance partners in the ongoing work of caring for creation. The children’s message will be a visual reflection of how God can move spirits to life. The music chosen by Bob Blafield, organist and choir director, will move spirits as well. Worship is followed by a time of fellowship. The educational program with a focus on art and story meets at the same time.


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 Rainbow Connection," a joint Sunday School children’s ministry with First United Methodist Church, finishes for the school year on Sunday, June 16.

"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 to 12. For registration information, call Zion at (413) 442-3525.


First Congregational Church, 42 Park St., offers a traditional and contemporary service at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday. Cheshire

First Baptist Church, 32 North St. The Rev. David Dillon welcomes all to Sunday worship at 11 a.m. 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 Sunday School in worship this week at 9:30 a.m. Children’s Sunday School begins after children’s time in worship. 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. Sunday School is held at 9 a.m. A contemporary worship service featuring the Cross Talk Praise Band begins at 4 p.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., will gather for Sunday worship at 8:15 a.m. in the chapel and 10:15 a.m. in the sanctuary.


Grace Episcopal Church, 791 Main St., will hold its service of morning prayer in the sanctuary at 9 a.m. The church is handicapped accessible through the parlor door, and all are welcome. Music is under the direction of Laura Saldarini. Lectionary-based Bible study meets in the parlor on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Crafters meet on Tuesdays in the Hall from 1 to 3 p.m. The outreach project for the month is collecting cleaning products for the food pantry.

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, the Rev. Zig Sadzinski, will lead the service with his message, "When Loss Is Gain," with scripture reading from 1 Kings 19:13-21.


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.


Old Stone Church, North Main Street, Route 7, will begin its summer schedule on Sunday with a service of morning prayer at 9 a.m. The lay-led service will feature lessons from Proverbs; Romans, and the Gospel of John. Weather permitting, light refreshments on the carriage steps will follow the service.


First Congregational Church of Lee, UCC, 25 Park Place, holds a worship service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. The Rev. Bill Neil’s sermon is "Still Speaking Truth." A community dinner is offered at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. The adult study group on "The Beginnings of Christianity -- Luke (Acts) and Paul" meets at 10 a.m. on Thursdays. Information: Church office at (413) 243-1033; calendar online at


Church on the Hill, UCC, 169 Main St., celebrates Trinity Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. service in the sanctuary. The Rev. Rick Chrisman, preacher/artist-in-residence, will preach a sermon titled "Jesus isn’t God, he points to God" based on Ezekiel 6:1-8 and Revelation 4:1-11. The offertory anthem and the postlude will be dedicated to all of the fallen heroes in honor of Memorial Day.


The United Methodist Church of Lenox, 6 Holmes Road, will celebrate Trinity Sunday at both the 8 and 10:30 a.m. services on Sunday. Pastor Janet Deranian will offer a sermon based on John 16:12-15. The Christian Education program, "Feasting on the Word," is at 9:15 a.m. for all ages. The focus passage will be Psalm 8.

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 "Blessed Are You! The Beatitudes." 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. Child care is available.


Peru Congregational Church, 2 West Main Road, welcomes all to the Sunday worship service beginning at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. The Rev. Warren Scamman will deliver a sermon titled "Christ Prays For Us." Jen Smith will present the scripture reading taken from John 17:9-26 and 1 John 5:1-12.

A special memorial remembrance for Murielle L. Steele will be held during this Memorial Day service. Her family will be dedicating a window.

Sunday School will be held during worship. The weekly Bible Study continues at 7 p.m. on Thursdays.


Berkshire Community Church, 45 Cemetery Road, will gather to worship God at 10:15 a.m. The choir will sing "What A Mighty God We Serve" and Corinne Cole will sing a solo, "Give Them All to Jesus." Acts 2:37-47 and John 14:25-26 will be read. The Rev. Nancy Lois will preach a message about sharing things in common. During the second half of the service, Children’s Church is provided for children under age 9. Sunday School classes for all ages are held at 9 a.m.


Richmond Congregational Church, 1515 State Road, holds Sunday service at 10 a.m. In honor of Memorial Day, the Rev. Dr. Donald Paine’s homily will be "The Power of Remembering." The scripture readings are from Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31; Romans 5:1-5; and Psalm 8. The Gospel reading is from John 16:12-15. Music selections will be provided by Martha Ritrosky, and the choir is led by Gail Boleng.

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.


First Congregational Church, UCC, "Old Parish," 125 Main St., Route 7, will celebrate Trinity Sunday at this week’s 10 a.m. service. The Rev. Jill D. Graham has chosen "Holy Mystery" for her morning message title. The scriptures are Proverbs 8:1-4, 22,31 and Romans 5:1-5. The choir will sing "Simple Praise" for this week’s anthem.


First Congregational Church, UCC, 4 Main St., worships every Sunday at 10 a.m. Guest minister this week will be the Rev. John McKinstry and his sermon title is "Something to hold on to." Child care is always available. FCC is an Open and Affirming Church. The website is www.stock

The Stockbridge Open Table dinners continue every Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Stockbridge Grange.

West Stockbridge

West Stockbridge Congregational Church, UCC, 45 Main St., will hold its weekly worship on Sunday at 10 a.m. led by Rev. Shawn Bracebridge at the West Center Outdoor Chapel on West Center Road. The church is an "Open & Affirming" congregation where all are welcome.


First Congregational Church, UCC, 906 Main St., will hold Trinity Sunday worship at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. The Rev. Mark H. Longhurst, pastor to the Canaan (N.Y.) Congregational Church, will preach a sermon titled "Moving Beyond Us vs. Them" based on the scripture Acts 11:1-18.

Under the direction of Minister of Music Ed Lawrence, the Senior Choir will perform Calvin Hampton’s "There is a Wideness in God’s Mercy" as the introit; and "Christ is Our Cornerstone" by Eric Thiman, and words by J. Chandler, as the anthem.

There will be a brief coffee gathering after the service, followed by a special meeting of the congregation.


Second Congregational Church, 81 Hancock Road, will worship at 9 a.m. on Memorial Sunday led by the Rev. Penny Rich Smith. The sermon, "Wisdom Calls," will be based on Proverbs 8:1-4,22-31, John 16:12-15 and Romans 5:1-5. There will be a children’s time and special music, after which Sunday School classes will meet for preschool through grade 8. Youth Musicians rehearse following worship. 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 for all ages 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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