Religion in Brief

Saturday May 11, 2013


ECK Worship Service will take place this Sunday and each second Sunday of the month from 11 a.m. to noon in the Chapel at Berkshire Medical Center. Members of all faiths are welcome. The ECK Worship Service includes the singing of the HU, an ancient name for God, plus readings on spiritual topics and group discussion. Information: Luc Chevalier (413) 464-0403.


First Baptist Church, 88 South St., will celebrate the seventh Sunday of Easter at its 10 a.m. service by marking Ascension. The Rev. Quentin Chin’s sermon, "Left in Charge," is based upon the readings from Acts 1:1-11 and Luke 24:44-53.

Special music will be sung throughout the service. Edy Pye will sing "For All the World" by Sandi Patty. The Chancel Choir will sing a Hal Hopson arrangement to music by Telemann titled "Sing, Be Joyful, Alleluia" and a song written for the day’s special mission offering "One Great Hour to Share." The church provides children’s chapel and Sunday School.


At First Church of Christ, Congregational, Park Square, 27 East St., the Rev. James Lumsden shares a reflection in the series "Living into the Wisdom of Our Worship" at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. Music Director Carlton Maaia II will lead songs of praise, traditional hymns, jazz and gospel selections. A midday Eucharist is offered every Wednesday at 12:10 p.m. The sanctuary is open each day between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. for quiet meditation.


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.


Morningside Baptist Church, 475 Tyler St., will observe the seventh Sunday of Easter and acknowledge all women in recognition of Mother’s Day at its 9:30 a.m. worship service. The Rev. Steve Buchauer’s sermon, "A Prayer and A Vision," is based upon John 17:20-26 and will explore Jesus’ prayer and His vision for the Church. Refreshments and fellowship follow the service.


The 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. Following a short business meeting, Kathleen Goff will present a demonstration on felting. A display of her artwork will be available. Refreshments will be served. All interested women are welcome to attend. Members are reminded to bring a nonperishable item or two for the food pantry.


At St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Park Square, 67 East St., the Rev. Dr. Ann Broomell will celebrate and preach at all weekend services. Worship services are Saturday at 5 p.m. in the chapel and Sunday at 8 and 10 a.m. in the main sanctuary. The Adult Forum continues the DVD series on the New Testament at 9 a.m. This week’s subject is "Luke and Acts: The Prophetic Gospel." Children’s Formation begins at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday’s Adult Education, "The Experience of God in Prayer," begins this week at 7 p.m.


South Congregational Church, UCC, 110 South St., will honor Mother’s Day on Sunday as the Rev. Joel Huntington speaks about ways family and faith can help find ways to freedom, based on stories of liberation in Acts 16. There will be a message for the children and Ann Roche will be dedicated as the church’s new director of Children and Youth Ministry. The Chancel Choir under the direction of Bob Blafield will offer anthems and will lead the congregation in song. Worship gathers at 10 a.m. with an educational program for children meeting 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. The Rev. Timothy Weisman is pastor. Coffee hour follows worship.

"The Rainbow Connection," a joint Sunday School children’s ministry with First United Methodist Church, meets at Zion at 9 a.m. No pre-registration is necessary.

Each Thursday, Zion hosts Jazz Vespers at 6 p.m., a brief time of worship which incorporates elements of jazz, blues, and gospel into the ancient tradition of Evening Prayer. 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. 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.


ARK Community Church, 45 North St., celebrates worship at 9:30 a.m. This week, the congregation will honor mothers. Children’s Sunday School begins after children’s time in worship. Nonperishable food and personal hygiene items are collected every week for local food pantries. ARK Community Church is a non-denominational faith community. 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. 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.


At Grace Episcopal Church, 791 Main St., the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Mass., the Rev. Douglas Fisher, will make his visitation with the congregation at 9 a.m. this Sunday, and join them for a pot luck brunch to celebrate Mother’s Day after the service. Holy Communion will be celebrated by the Rev. Daina Salnitis, assisting the bishop. 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.

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.


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, worships at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. The Rev. Kelly Gallagher’s sermon is "That they may all be one." 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.


Church on the Hill, UCC, 169 Main St., celebrates Ascension Sunday and Mother’s Day at the 10:30 a.m. service in the sanctuary. The Rev. Natalie Shiras will preach a sermon based on the story from the Book of Acts 1:1-11. She will also include a story about her mother in Lenox on Mother’s Day. Shiras will present a children’s story, "Children Make Mother’s Day." The men of the congregation will sing a Mother’s Day anthem at the offertory.


The United Methodist Church of Lenox, 6 Holmes Road, will continue its celebration of the Resurrection during worship services at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Pastor Janet Deranian’s sermon, "Resurrection People," is based on the gospel of John 17:20-26. There will also be a dedication of prayer shawls at both services with prayers and blessings. The Christian Education program, Feasting on the Word, is at 9:15 a. m. for all ages. The focus passage will be Acts 16:16-34. No previous experience with Bible study is necessary.

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 "Mom." 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.


First Congregational Church, Main Street, will hold worship at 10 a.m. The Rev. Ann Clark-Killam will lead the worship and her message is titled "Living Water." Kathy Denault will be the liturgist and Glenda Phillips will lead the choir and other music. The children will be dismissed to attend Sunday School following the "time with young Christians."


Peru Congregational Church, 2 West Main Road, welcomes all to worship service beginning at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. The Rev. Warren Scamman will deliver a sermon titled "The True Lord’s Prayer." Coralie Pelkey will present the scripture reading taken from John 17:1-5. Sunday School will be held during worship. Weekly Bible Study continues at 7 p.m. on Thursdays.


Berkshire Community Church, 45 Cemetery Road, will gather for worship at 10:15 a.m. The Choir will sing "Worship Jesus." Linda Kingsley will provide the children’s sermon. The scripture readings are John 14:23-29 and Acts 16:9-15. The Rev. Nancy Lois will preach "Home Sweet Home." 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. The Rev. Dr. Donald Paine’s homily will be "It’s a Wrap: Imagine Being in the Arms of God’s Love." The scripture readings are from Acts 16:16-34 and Revelation 22:12-21. Music selections are provided by Music Director and Organist Mark Kelso, and choir 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, worships at 10 a.m. For the seventh Sunday of Easter, the Rev. Jill D. Graham has chosen "Praying and Working" for the morning sermon. The lessons are Acts 16:34 and John 17:20-26. The lay reader will be Jim Kelly. The choir has chosen "Song of Ruth" for the morning anthem.


First Congregational Church, UCC, 4 Main St., worships every Sunday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Brent Damrow. The sermon this week will be "From Jesus to Church." 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 Sunday at 10 a.m. Worship will be led by the Rev. Shawn Bracebridge with musical accompaniment provided by organist Deborah Morris.


Second Congregational Church, 81 Hancock Road, worships at 9 a.m. on Sunday led by the Rev. Penny Rich Smith. The morning message will be presented through the Sunday School spring music pageant, "The Seven Days of Creation," based on the biblical story in Genesis and the Psalms. There will be special music during the service. The children will take up a special collection following the pageant for their mission support and sponsorship of Manoj, a 7-year-old boy in southern India. Sunday School classes will meet following the presentation. 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. The congregation will consider, "Mothers: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly." 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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