Religion in Brief

Saturday April 6, 2013


First Baptist Church, 88 South St., a welcoming and affirming congregation, will celebrate the second Sunday of Easter at its 10 a.m. service. The Rev. Quentin Chin will explore the gospel lesson, John 20:19-31, the story when Jesus appeared to the disciples in the upper room. The choir will sing Jay Althouse’s "Meditation for Communion." Communion will be served. The church has children’s chapel and Sunday School for all ages and a wireless loop system to assist those with compatible hearing aids to participate in the worship 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 subject of Sunday’s Bible lesson is "Unreality" with Golden Text from Joshua: "Š Choose you this day whom ye will serve; Š The Lord our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey."

The reading room is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information: (413) 448-8487.


At St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Park Square, 67 East St., the Rev. Dr. Ann Broomell will celebrate and preach at all weekend services in observance of the second Sunday of Easter. 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. Coffee hour follows the 10 a.m. service.

Adult Christian Education takes place at 9 a.m. in the Sears Room and Christian Formation for children begins at 9:30 a.m. in the auditorium.


South Congregational Church, UCC, 110 South St., will celebrate the Sunday after Easter with a conversational sermon by the Rev. Joel Huntington that will focus on the "Signs of Resurrection." The congregation will share in the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper and be renewed through the music of Bob Blafield and the Chancel Choir.

Nursery care and a creative church school are provided. Morning worship is at 10 a.m. followed by a time of coffee and fellowship.

At 7 p.m., the monthly "House Church at South" experience returns for an evening of music, stillness, and sharing, featuring the creativity of singer/songwriter Linda Worster, and the guiding words of Huntington.


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. A 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 evening 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 worship 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.


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. The Three Stooges Festival will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday.


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

Community HU will take place from 7 to 7:30 p.m. this Sunday and the first Sunday of each month at 50 Castle St., second floor. All are invited to experience the sound of HU, an ancient love song to God. The HU can be sung by all faiths, to bring an expansion of awareness and the experience of divine love.

Information: or call (413) 528-1226.


Housatonic Congregational Church, 1089 Main St., Housatonic, offers a 9 a.m. service on Sunday with The Rev. Belle Fox-Martin, UCC licensed minister, (413) 298-0673.


Hancock Baptist Church, Main Street, will hold its Sunday service at 9 a.m. Guest pastor, the Rev. Zig Sadzinski, will lead the service with his message titled "Choosing" with scripture reading from Joshua 24:14-15.


Christian Faith Fellowship Church, 11 Summer St., holds a worship service at 1 p.m. every 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, will hold a communion service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. The Rev. Bill Neil’s sermon is "Twins!" Artist and storyteller Sandra Mattucci will lead a workshop titled "Continuing the Story: Your Story as Gift" at noon on Sunday.

A community dinner is offered at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. The adult study group on "Jesus the Jew" meets at 10 a.m. on Thursdays.


Church on the Hill, UCC, 169 Main St., celebrates the second Sunday of Easter at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. The Rev. Rick Chrisman, preacher/artist-in-residence, will preach a sermon titled "Eat the God?" based on Ezekiel 1:28(b)-3:3. Soloist Amy Chin will sing the offertory anthem, "Now the Green Blade Rises."


The United Methodist Church of Lenox, 6 Holmes Road, celebrates the second Sunday of Easter. Worship services at 8 and 10:30 a.m. will continue celebrating the joy of Easter and include Holy Communion. The Handbell Choir will offer music at both services. Christian Education for all ages at 9:15 a.m. will focus on John 20:19-31, where the resurrected Christ meets with the disciples and talks with Thomas.

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. Guest preacher Ron Shartrand will preside. The morning message is "A New Commandment." Frank Stevens 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 communion worship at 10 a.m. The Rev. Ann Clark-Killam will lead the worship and her message is titled "Be Not Afraid." Glenda Phillips will lead the choir and other music.

Sunday School will be held during worship and infant/toddler care is available in the nursery area.


Peru Congregational Church, 2 West Main Road, worships at 10 a.m. on Sunday in the sanctuary. Communion will be offered. The Rev. Warren Scamman’s sermon is titled "Encouragement." The scripture lessons will be taken from John 20:19-31 and Acts 5:27-32 and read by Jen Smith.

Sunday School will be held during the worship service. Fellowship and refreshments will follow in the chapel. Bible Study resumes from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Community Center.

All 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 Lord’s Supper on the second Sunday of Easter at 10:15 a.m. in the sanctuary. The theme of the service will be "Life in His Name" which is taken from the gospel reading, John 20:24-31. Audrey St. Pierre will read the gospel passage and Acts 5:27-32. Drew Hicks will offer a solo, "Rise Up Singing," and the Rev. Nancy Lois will preach the sermon. 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, holds Sunday service at 10 a.m. The Rev. Janet McKinstry’s homily will be "New Life in You." The scripture reading is from John 20:1-18 and 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 and 6:1-2. 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 Holy Communion during its 10 a.m. service for the second Sunday of Easter. Margie Larkin will be lay reader for this week’s scripture, John 20:19-20. The Rev. Jill D. Graham’s morning message will be "The Gift of Doubt." Guest pianist Yee Jin Yuk will accompany the choir’s anthem, "Welcome, Happy Morning" by Arthur Sullivan. Church School is held at the same hour.


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 "How much has changed."

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

FCC is an open and affirming church. For information:


First Congregational Church, UCC, 906 Main St., worships at 10 a.m. on Sunday. The Rev. William Hydon’s sermon, "Holy Disconnect," is based on the scriptures Genesis 1:31, 2:3 and Exodus 20:8-11. Minister of Music Edwin Lawrence will play a prelude, "Ad Coenam Agni Providi" (The Lamb’s High Banquet We Await). The junior choir will sing the introit, "Rise to Greet the Sun."

Sunday School will be for kindergarten through grade 6. Childcare is available.


Second Congregational Church, 81 Hancock Road, worships at 9 a.m. led by the Rev. Penny Rich Smith. Holy Communion will be celebrated. The meditation, "Resurrection Witness," is based on John 20:19-31 and Acts 5:27-32. There will be a children’s time, 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. 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. For information, prayer requests or gospel literature, call the Rev. Ken Mick Jr., pastor, at (413) 447-8127.


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