Religion in Brief

Saturday March 30, 2013


First Baptist Church, 88 South St., will celebrate Easter at two services. A Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. will take place at Berkshire Hills Country Club on Benedict Road. The Rev. Quentin Chin will explore the Easter reading, John 20:1-18. The second service will be at 10 a.m. at the church. The gospel lesson will be Luke 24:1-12. The chancel choir will sing "Christ is Risen!" Other music will be sung by Edy Pye and Vicky Brewster. Worshippers may bring noisemakers such as tambourines, drums, cow bells, and rattles to both services.


First Church of Christ, Congregational, Park Square, 27 East St., will celebrate Easter Sunday with a Festival of the Resurrection. The Rev. James Lumsden will share a message about trusting God’s love in humility in "It is not about us!" Music director Carlton Maaia II will lead traditional and contemporary hymns as well as Mozart’s "Alleluia." Holy Communion will close the feast for all of God’s people at 10:30 a.m.


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 "Reality" with Golden Text from Colossians: "... Christ is real!" The reading room is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.


First United Methodist Church, 55 Fenn St., will hold an Easter service of joy and resurrection at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary on Sunday. The sacrament of communion will be celebrated.


Morningside Baptist Church, 475 Tyler St., will celebrate Easter at its 9:30 a.m. service. The Rev. Steve Buchauer’s sermon, "The Power of New Beginnings," is based on John 20:1-18. The choir, under the direction of Don Fredenburg, will offer special music.


St. Joseph Church, 414 North St., will resume the St. Anthony devotions on Tuesday at 6:15 p.m., and continue each Tuesday until the conclusion on June 11. At that time, the devotions will conclude with a Liturgy commemorating the saint. Specially baked loaves of bread will be blessed and distributed to attendees. The Rev. Geoffrey Deeker will preside at the Mass. Everyone is welcome.


St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Park Square, 67 East St., will offer three weekend services in observance of the Sunday of the Resurrection on Easter Day. The Rev. Dr. Ann Broomell will celebrate and preach at the Saturday 10 p.m. Easter vigil and at the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday services. The Rev. Jennifer Gregg will assist at all services. An Easter brunch will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in the dining room and an Easter Egg Hunt for children through grade 5 will follow the 10 a.m. service.


South Congregational Church, UCC, 110 South St., will celebrate Easter Sunday at 10 a.m. with hymns of resurrection, Easter anthems, and the sound of the trumpet. The Rev. Joel Huntington will preach on the power of new life that was in Christ and resides in everyone in his sermon, "It Seemed an Idle Tale." There will be a simple pastoral message for the children, tulips and lilies will brighten the sanctuary, and Bob Blafield will play the organ. An Easter egg hunt for the children will follow on the church lawn. Nursery and child care will be available during worship.


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. each Thursday. Adams

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


Cheshire Methodist Church, 197 Church St., will hold its Easter Sunday service at 10:20 a.m. All are welcome.


First Baptist Church, 32 North St. The Rev. David Dillon welcomes all to Sunday worship at 11 a.m. followed by coffee and fellowship. 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.


ARK Community Church, 45 North St., will celebrate Easter worship at 9:30 a.m. A special offering of music will be provided by Stacie Falco Hill. Children’s Sunday School begins after children’s time in worship. This non-denominational faith community welcomes all.


Dalton United Methodist Church, 755 Main St., will hold an Easter Sunday breakfast at 8 a.m. and a combined service at 10 a.m. with nursery available. The Rev. Victor Han is pastor. 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 Easter 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 Easter with Holy Communion at 9 a.m. on Sunday with the Rev. Daina Salnitis. Laura Saldarini will direct music. 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 collection will benefit St. Stephen’s Table.


First Congregational Church of South Egremont is sponsoring an Easter Sunrise Service at 6:15 a.m. at Proctors Bel-Air Farm, 131 Baldwin Hill Road. A light breakfast will follow. All are welcome.

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 Easter Sunday service at 9 a.m. Special guest Pastor Zig Sadzinski will deliver the Easter message titled "Burning Hearts" with scripture reading from Luke 24:13-35.


Christian Faith Fellowship Church, 11 Summer St., worships 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, will hold an Easter Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. in the park and Easter service at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Bill Neil’s sermon is "Flourishing."

Lunch and a workshop with Sandra Mattucci, "Continuing the Story: Your story as gift," will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on April 7. 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 good news of Easter Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. The Rev. Rick Chrisman, preacher/artist-in-residence, will preach a sermon titled "Bring Lost Joys to Life" based on Acts 10:31-43 and Luke 24:1-10. Barbara Sims will present a children’s Easter story, "Jesus Becomes a Parable." Trumpeter Alexander Kutik will join John Cheney on the organ performing many pieces including those from G.F. Handel. Following worship, the congregation is invited to join in the annual group photograph on the church steps.


The United Methodist Church of Lenox, 6 Holmes Road, will celebrate Easter Sunday with a Sunrise Service at 6:40 a.m. in the outdoor sanctuary, or by the gazebo, depending on the weather. A breakfast will follow in Fellowship Hall. Traditional services celebrating the joy of the Resurrection will be held at 8 and 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. The services will include Holy Communion. There will be no Christian Education classes.

North Adams

First Baptist Church, 131 Main St., worships at 10 a.m. on Sunday. The Rev. David A. Anderson is pastor. 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 a Easter Sunrise Service at 6:45 a.m. at the elk at Whitcomb’s Summit. Regular Easter worship will take place at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. The Rev. Ann Clark Killam will lead worship. Don Washburn will be the liturgist and Glenda Phillips will lead the choir and other music. There is no Sunday School but infant/toddler care will be available in the nursery. An Easter gift will be given to the children at the end of the worship. The service will conclude with everyone singing the Hallelujah Chorus.


Peru Congregational Church, 2 West Main Road, will hold an Easter Sunday worship service at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. The Rev. Warren Scamman’s sermon is "Relax, He is Risen." Scripture lessons taken from Luke 24:36-43 and John 20:1-23 will be read by Charlene Steele. Sunday School will be held during worship. Those in attendance will receive a gift. Fellowship and refreshment will follow in the chapel.


Berkshire Community Church, 45 Cemetery Road, will celebrate Easter at 10:15 a.m. in the sanctuary. The service will open with a solo by Susan Davis, "He’s Alive!" The children and adult choirs will sing anthems, and the liturgical dancers, led by Jessica Lockenwitz, will dance to the song "All Because of Jesus." Drew Hicks will read John 20:1-18 and the Rev. Nancy Lois will deliver a message about Mary Magdalene outside the empty tomb. Mandy Johnson will sing "Was It A Morning Like This?" There will be no Sunday School.


Richmond Congregational Church, 1515 State Road, will hold two Easter services: a Sunrise Service at 6:15 a.m. behind the church with "mug & muffin" to follow, and the traditional service at 10 a.m. The Rev. Dr. Donald Paine’s homily will be "The Real Good News -- the Easter Roll." Scripture readings are from Isaiah 65:17-18 and I Corinthians 15:19-26.

On Thursday from 8 to 10 a.m. everyone is invited for coffee in Fellowship Hall. Blood pressure checks are offered from 9 to 10 a.m.


First Congregational Church, UCC, "Old Parish," 125 Main St., Route 7, celebrates Easter with a Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. at the top of Corser Hill in New Marlborough. Breakfast follows at Jim Kelly’s home nearby. The 10 a.m. service includes Holy Communion. "Today He Calls Your Name" will be the Rev. Jill D. Graham’s message. The message based on John 20:1-18 will be read by Maggie Brigham. "Christ is Arisen, Indeed" by Natalie Sleeth will be the choir’s anthem. An Easter Egg Hunt will follow worship.


First Congregational Church, UCC, 4 Main St., worships every Sunday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Brent Damrow. A Sunrise Service will be held at 6:30 a.m. The sermon title this week is "The Dawning of Easter."


Union Church, 128 Main Road, will hold an Easter Sunday Sunrise Service at 7 a.m. followed by a pancake breakfast. Sue Choquette will lead music. The regular service is at 11 a.m. with Anne Palmer leading the choir. Both services will be led by the Rev. Janet McKinstry.

West Stockbridge

West Stockbridge Congregational Church, UCC, 45 Main St., will hold an Easter Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m., rain or shine, at the Outdoor Chapel, West Center Road. A complimentary breakfast will follow at 7:30 a.m. at the church at 45 Main St. An Easter celebration service will be held 10 a.m. at the church.


First Congregational Church, UCC, 906 Main St., will celebrate Easter Sunday at 10 a.m. led by the Rev. Richard Spalding. His sermon, "Nothing So Wise As A Circle," is based on the scripture Isaiah 25:1, 4-9 and Mark 16:1-8. Minister of Music Edwin Lawrence will play a prelude, "Christ Lag in Todesbanden," and the introit will be "Christ the Lord is Ris’n Today." The senior choir will sing an Easter Anthem. The K-6 children will have Sunday School.


Second Congregational Church, 81 Hancock Road, will hold a 7 a.m. Easter Sunrise Service on Mount Hope led by the Youth Group. Everyone will gather at the church at 6:45 a.m. to drive up together. Easter breakfast at the church follows the Sunrise Service. Reservations: (413) 458-2696.

The Rev. Penny Rich will lead the 9 a.m. Easter worship celebration with special music. The sermon, "Resurrection Joy," is based on John 20:1-18 and Acts 10:34-43. There will be no Sunday School classes.


Windsor Congregational Church, NACCC, on Route 9, will celebrate Easter with a Sunrise Service at 6 a.m. and an Easter service at 10 a.m. The Tuesday Ladies Fellowship/Craft time begins at 6:30 p.m. at the parsonage next to the church building.


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