Religion in Brief

Saturday April 20, 2013


First Baptist Church, 88 South St., will celebrate the fourth Sunday of Easter at its 10 a.m. service. Using the story of Dorcas, Acts 9:36-43, the Rev. Quentin Chin will preach a sermon titled "Spreading Beauty" in which he will address the role and impact of grace in the community. The chancel choir will sing "Let There Be Love" by Loonis McGlohon.


First Church of Christ, Congregational, Park Square, 27 East St., worships at 10:30 a.m. This Sunday, the James Lumsden will offer reflections on "Peace, Unity and the Bombing in Boston." There will be traditional hymns as well as creative contemporary music and jazz. Carlton Maaia II will lead a musical presentation of the 23rd Psalm. A contemplative Eucharist at 12:10 p.m. each Wednesday is open to the community.


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 "Atonement" with Golden Text from I John: "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins."


Morningside Baptist Church, 475 Tyler St., will observe the fourth Sunday of Easter at its 9:30 a.m. service. The Rev. Angela Buchauer’s sermon, "Never To Be Lost," is based upon John 10:22-30 and Psalm 23. The sermon will explore how to have a sense of security and peace through God’s presence in the midst of life’s joys and struggles. The choir will minister in song.


At St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Park Square, 67 East St., the Rev. Jennifer Gregg will celebrate and preach at all weekend services. The Saturday 5 p.m. service takes place in the Chapel and Sunday worship services are at 8 and 10 a.m. in the main sanctuary. Adult Christian Education continues its series on Genesis at 9 a.m. and Christian Formation for children begins at 9:30 a.m.


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. "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. Zion hosts Jazz Vespers at 6 p.m. each Thursday. 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.


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.

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 titled "The Fear Factor -- The Fall" with scripture reading from Genesis 3:1-6.


Christian Faith Fellowship Church, 11 Summer St., holds a worship service at 1 p.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. The Rev. Anne Robertson, executive director of the Massachusetts Bible Society, will preach "One Book, Many Voices." Lunch and conversation with Robertson will follow worship. Sunday School and nursery are available.


Church on the Hill, UCC, 169 Main St., celebrates the fourth Sunday of Easter at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. Shirley Benson, a member of the congregation, will serve as worship leader and speaker. Her message, "Getting the Story Straight," is based on Joshua 22:5 and James 2:14-24. "One Pair of Hands" by Carroll Roberson, will be sung by Esther Roman, alto. Barbara Sims, Walton Wilson and Roman will sing "How Great Thou Art." Amy Chin will light the Candle of Witness for KIVA, an Outreach Ministry mission of the church.


The United Methodist Church of Lenox, 6 Holmes Road, continues its celebration of the Resurrection in worship services at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Pastor Janet Deranian will preach on John 10:22-30, "Resurrection Trust." Christian Education for all ages is at 9:15 a.m. and everyone will focus on Psalm 23.

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 "It Takes a Village to Raise a Child; It Takes a Church to Raise a Christian." Kurt Gabel 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 its monthly jazz worship at 10 a.m. led by the Rev. Ann Clark Killam. Her message is "Who is Our Shepherd?" Ron Mitchell will be liturgist and Glenda Phillips will lead the choir and jazz musicians. Sunday School will begin following the "Time for Young Christians."


Peru Congregational Church, 2 West Main Road, holds Sunday worship at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. The Rev. Warren Scamman’s sermon is "Full Disclosure." Scripture readings are from John 21:1-19 and Acts 9:36-43 will be presented by Jon Smith. Sunday School will be held during worship. Fellowship and refreshments will follow in the chapel. The annual meeting will be held next Sunday following the service in the chapel room.


Berkshire Community Church, 45 Cemetery Road, will gather to worship God at 10:15 a.m. in the sanctuary. The choir will sing "Seek Ye First." Donna Rocca will read the scripture lesson from Acts 11:1-18. The Rev. Nancy Lois will preach "A Narrow Way the Reaches Wide" about following Jesus as an "Open and Affirming" congregation. During 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, and Rev. Donald Paine are "Bringing Worship into God’s Great Outdoors" with a special 10 a.m. worship on Sunday. The community is invited to join in this special service to be held outside on church property facing the rising sun, weather permitting. A homily based on Moses and the Burning Bush will challenge all to do more to give thanks to God for Earth and to care for Earth and its people. The scripture readings are from Exodus 3:1-14, Acts 9:36-43 and Revelation 7:9-17. Music selections are provided by music director and organist Mark Kelso, and choir led by Gail Boleng.


First Congregational Church, UCC, "Old Parish," 125 Main St., Route 7, observes the fourth Sunday of Easter at 10 a.m. The Rev. Jill D. Graham’s message, "Every Tear Wiped Away," is based on Psalm 23 and Revelation 7:9-17. Lay reader is Caitlin Hotaling. The choir, under the direction of Susan Aery, will offer "Sing to the Lord a New Song" by Franz Joseph Haydn. A 3 p.m. piano concert by Hilda Banks Shapiro and Ann Chamberlain, "Four Hands on One Piano," will benefit the Good Samaritan Fund of Sheffield. All are welcome.


First Congregational Church, UCC, 4 Main St., worships every Sunday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Brent Damrow. This Sunday offers an environmentally themed worship service. Child care is available. The Stockbridge Open Table dinners continue from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Stockbridge Grange.


Tyringham Union Church, 128 Main Road, holds a weekly evening Vespers Service at 5 p.m. on Sunday. Sue Choquette will speak about her recent travels and mission work as a nurse to Kenya, Africa, through the local nonprofit organization "Africa Connect."

West Stockbridge

West Stockbridge Congregational Church, UCC, 45 Main St., will hold an Earth Day festival worship Sunday at 10 a.m. at the West Center Outdoor Chapel, West Center Road. The church is an "Open and Affirming" congregation where all are welcome.


First Congregational Church, UCC, 906 Main St., worships at 10 a.m. on Sunday. The Rev. Richard Chrisman’s sermon, "The only enemy of the church is its own institutionalism," is based on the scripture Acts 2:42-47 and Revelation 2:1-7. The prelude, Fugue in D Major by Handel, will be played by Daniel R. Potter, guest organist. The senior choir will sing the anthem, "Sing now with the angels, sing." Sunday School will meet for grades K-6.


Second Congregational Church, 81 Hancock Road, worships at 9 a.m. on Sundays led by the Rev. Penny Rich Smith. Her sermon, "Devoted to Good Works," is based on John 10: 22-30, Psalm 23 and Acts 9:36-43. There will be a children’s time and special music, after which Sunday School classes will meet.


Windsor Congregational Church, NACCC, on Route 9, conducts a Sunday service at 10 a.m. The congregation will consider, "Can’t Keep Quiet. Will you love others enough to tell them of Jesus?" Scripture is from Jeremiah 20. 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.


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