Religion in Brief

Saturday April 13, 2013


ECK Worship Service takes place the second Sunday of the month from 11 a.m. to noon in the small 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 third Sunday in Easter at its 10 a.m. service. The Rev. Dr. Tony Pappas, executive director of the American Baptist Church of Massachusetts, will be the guest preacher. His sermon, "When is Good Enough not Good Enough?," is based on Genesis 12:1-4 and Philippians 1:6. The chancel choir will sing an anthem by Keith Christopher "Let Praise Fill This Place." Following the service, the church will hold an informal discussion with Pappas on the future of the Church.

The adult education series, "Healthcare: Your future, your family’s future, and how to pay for it," begins at 3:30 p.m. The community is welcome.


First Church of Christ, Congregational, Park Square, 27 East St., will observe "Yom HaShoah -- Holocaust Remembrance Day" at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. This liturgy marks the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising. The Rev. James Lumsden will offer reflections on the theme "Never Again: Naming the Seeds of Hatred." Music Director Carlton Maaia II will lead contemporary, traditional and jazz hymns including a choral presentation of "Inscription of Hope." Rebecca Leigh will sing "Eili, Eili" in Hebrew.

A contemplative Eucharist is celebrated at 12:10 p.m. each Wednesday. Sunday School and child care are offered. 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 subject of Sunday’s Bible lesson is "Are Sin, Disease and Death Real? with Golden Text from Psalms: "Š I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High. When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence."


St. Anne Society will begin its season with a general business meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the St. Joseph Parish Center, 414 North St. The calendar, activity sheets and membership lists will be distributed. All are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served. Members are reminded to bring nonperishable food items to donate to the food pantry.


At St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Park Square, 67 East St., the Rev. Jennifer Gregg will celebrate and preach at all weekend services in observance of the third Sunday of Easter. The Saturday 5 p.m. service takes place in the chapel and Sunday services are at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. in the main sanctuary. Coffee hour follows the 10 a.m. service. Adult Christian Education continues the series on Genesis at 9 a.m. 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. 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.

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.. Coffee and fellowship follow Sunday services. Child care is available.


ARK Community Church, 45 North St., celebrates worship at 9:30 a.m. Children’s Sunday School begins after children’s time in worship. Guest minister, the Rev. Ron Buford, will preach on "The Hidden Highway" based on Acts 9:1-20. ARK Community Church is a non-denominational faith community.


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.


Grace Episcopal Church, 791 Main St., will celebrate Holy Communion with the Rev. Daina Salnitis at 9 a.m. this Sunday. Lectionary-based Bible study meets in the parlor on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Crafters meet from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Hall.

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 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. Bill Neil’s sermon is "Call the Midwife." A community dinner is offered at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.


Church on the Hill, UCC, 169 Main St., celebrates the third Sunday of Easter at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. The Rev. Rick Chrisman, preacher/artist-in-residence, will preach a sermon titled "Do you have a Jesus of your own, or just somebody else’s?" based on Revelation 5:6-14 and John 21:1-14. Alto soloist Esther Roman will sing the offertory anthem, "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot."


The United Methodist Church of Lenox, 6 Holmes Road, will continue its celebration of the Resurrection on the third Sunday in Easter. The church will hear two stories of grace and forgiveness in the life of two early leaders in the church -- Peter and Paul. Christian Education for all ages at 9:15 a.m. will focus on Acts 9:1-20. Pastor Janet Deranian will preach on John 21:1-19, "Around a Charcoal Fire."

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 "Goosed." Heidi 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. Child care is available.


First Congregational Church, Main Street, will hold Sunday worship at 10 a.m. The Rev. Ann Clark-Killam will lead the worship and her message is titled "Ordinary or Extraordinary." The baptism of Benjamin Samuel Bailey will be celebrated. Glenda Phillips will lead the choir and music and Jared Rudolph and Julie Foutch will be readers. The children will be dismissed to attend Sunday School following the baptism service. Infant/toddler child care is available in the nursery during the worship service.


Peru Congregational Church, 2 West Main Road, worships at 10 a.m. on Sunday in the sanctuary. The pulpit welcomes Jon Smith. He will give the good words and scripture readings for the Rev. Warren Scamman who is recovering from minor surgery. Sunday School will be held during worship. Fellowship and refreshments will follow in the chapel. Church officers are reminded to provide their annual reports to the secretary for the annual meeting on April 28.


Berkshire Community Church, 45 Cemetery Road, will celebrate the third Sunday of Easter at 10:15 a.m. in the sanctuary. The choir will sing "Beyond the Cross." Joan Bertelli will read the gospel passage John 21:1-19. The Rev. Nancy Lois will preach "Where is God Working?" During the service, Children’s Church is provided for children under age 9. Sunday School classes 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 "The Message that Distributes Grace." The scripture reading is from Acts 9:1-19 and Revelation 5:11-14. Music selections are provided by Music Director and Organist Mark Kelso, and choir is led by Gail Boleng. Everyone is invited for coffee in Fellowship Hall from 8 to 10 a.m. on Thursday with blood pressure checks from 9 to 10 a.m.


First Congregational Church, UCC, "Old Parish," 125 Main St., Route 7, will observe its annual Holy Humor Sunday at 10 a.m. The theme for this year is "Bless the Farm, Bless the Farmer." This is the "lighter" order of worship in celebration of the joy of Easter. It includes the sacred Litany of Blessing for local farms and farm families as the new season begins. Worshipers will enjoy an assortment of music. Jeans and muck boots or other comfortable attire is welcome. Tractors are optional.


First Congregational Church, UCC, 4 Main St., worships every Sunday at 10 a. m. with the Rev. Brent Damrow. His sermon title this week will be "Blinding Lights and Loving Care." The Stockbridge Open Table dinners continue every Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Stockbridge Grange.


First Congregational Church, UCC, 906 Main St., will worship at 10 a.m. on Sunday with the Rev. William Hydon preaching. His sermon will be "This is" based on the scripture Exodus 20:4,7 and Exodus 3:1-3. Church School is available for grades K-6. Child care is available. Coffee Hour and Fellowship follow at 11:15 a.m.

The Coffin Prize presentation and reception begins at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. All are welcome to hear the speeches of the six finalists for the William Sloane Coffin Prize for Passionate Public Speaking about Social Justice and Activism.


Second Congregational Church, 81 Hancock Road, worships at 9 a.m. on Sunday led by the Rev. Penny Rich Smith. The sermon, "The Way Forward," will be based on John 21:1-19 and Acts 9:1-6. There will be a children’s time and special music, after which Sunday School classes will meet. Youth musicians rehearse following worship. A coffee hour follows the service.


Windsor Congregational Church, NACCC, on Route 9, conducts a Sunday service at 10 a.m. The congregation will consider, "Are you a tree or a tumbleweed?" Scripture is from Jeremiah 17. 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.


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