Religion in Brief



First Baptist Church, 88 South St., will mark the third Sunday in Lent at its 10 a.m. communion worship service. The Rev. Quentin Chin will explore retributive justice and grace in a sermon based upon the gospel lesson, Luke 13: 1-9. The choir will sing an anthem by Patrick M. Liebergen titled, "Come to the Table of the Lord." The church provides Sunday School for children.

The Wednesday Lenten Luncheon begins at noon with a light soup and sandwich lunch prior to a short worship service at 12:30 p.m. The Rev. Tim Weisman will preach.

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 "Christ Jesus" with Golden Text from Romans: " Š the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death." 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 Communion and the third Sunday in Lent at its 9:30 a.m. service. The Rev. Angela Buchauer's sermon, "That Your Soul May Live," is based on Isaiah 55: 1-9 and Luke 13: 1-9. There will be a "Lenten Congregational Moment" and music under the direction of Don Fredenburg. Fellowship and refreshments follow the service.


St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Park Square, 67 East St., will celebrate three weekend services in observance of the third Sunday in Lent. The Rev. Anne Ryder will celebrate and preach at Saturday's 5 p.m. service in the chapel and The Rev. Bill Loutrel will celebrate and preach at the 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday worship services in the main sanctuary. Coffee hour follows the 10 a.m. service.

The Adult Forum continues the DVD series on Genesis at 9 a.m. and Children Formation begins at 9:30 a.m. A safe church training workshop begins at 11:30 a.m. The Wednesday Evening Lenten Programs continue with a simple supper at 5:30 p.m. followed by an exploration of the gospel.

South Congregational Church, UCC, 110 South St., will honor the season of Lent on Sunday with a participatory service that will include banner making, exploring themes of lament and transformation, readings from the Book of Lamentations and the prophet Isaiah, creative music, planting of bulbs, and creating kits of beauty for pantry guests. The Rev. Joel Huntington will share a story with the children and the Church School will offer other special activities. The congregation will share in the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, and there will be a potluck lunch. This worship service will be held in the downstairs hall beginning at 10 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.

Jazz Vespers is held every Thursday at 6 p.m. 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. A potluck dinner is served at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, followed by a Bible Study on Ephesians at 7 p.m. Coffee and fellowship follow the Sunday services. Child care is available.


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. The Lenten Music Series will feature Built On Rock at 3 p.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., Holy Communion will be celebrated by the Rev. Daina Salnitis, using the service of Godly Play in Guild Hall, at 9 a.m. this Sunday. 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 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Hall. The outreach project for March is the collection of money to benefit St. Stephen's Table.

Great Barrington

Community HU will take place at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, and each second Sunday of the month at 50 Depot 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 Chris at (413) 528-1226.

Housatonic Congregational Church, 1089 Main St., Housatonic, offers a 9 a.m. service on Sunday. Lenten sermons are "Giving Up or Taking On?" The Rev. Belle Fox-Martin, UCC licensed minister, (413) 298-0673.

The Unitarian Universalist Meeting of South Berkshire gathers at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday at the Great Barrington Senior Center, 917 South Main St. This week the Rev. Carol Allman-Morton will lead a service, "Honoring Mystery: Where do we find mystery in the UU history?" The upcoming International Women's Day will be celebrated. Sunday School is offered for ages 6-11.


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, will hold a worship service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday with the Rev. Marilyn Rossier and Sandra Mattucci. A workshop and lunch with artist/storyteller Mattucci will begin at noon. Adult study group topics include "Jesus the Jew" at 10 a.m. on Thursdays and "Embracing the Prophets" at 10 a.m. on Saturdays. A community dinner is offered at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. A World Day of Prayer Service will be held at 2 p.m. on March 9.


Church on the Hill, UCC, 55 Main St., journeys through Lent knowing God's presence. The Rev. Natalie Shiras will preach the sermon "Feeding Our Relationship with God" as a way to receive God's care, based on Psalm 63: 1-8. Sunday worship with Holy Communion begins at 10:30 a.m. The choir will sing "Some Glad Morning." The Lenten adult study will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the parlor of the Chapel.

The United Methodist Church of Lenox, 6 Holmes Road, will hold services at 8 and 10:30 a.m. on the third Sunday in Lent. Pastor Janet Deranian will preach on Isaiah 55: 1-9. Christian Education hour is offered at 9:15 a.m. and is open to children, youth and adults. Members of the congregation will gather in Fellowship Hall for line dancing and a potluck supper at 4 p.m.

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 worship at 10 a.m. in the Assembly Hall. The Rev. Ann Clark-Killam will lead the worship and her message is "Joy and Redemption are Synonyms." Julie Foutch will be the liturgist and Glenda Phillips will lead the choir and other music. Clark-Killam will meet with the children for their message and they will be dismissed to attend Sunday School.


Peru Congregational Church, 2 West Main Road, will hold a communion worship service at 10 a.m. on Sunday in the chapel. The Rev. Warren Scamman's sermon is titled "Love." Scripture lessons will be taken from Romans 8: 31-29, 1 John 4: 7-12 and Revelation 3: 14-31. Sunday School will be held during worship. Fellowship and refreshment will follow the service.


Richmond Congregational Church, 1515 State Road, holds Sunday service at 10 a.m. The Rev. Janet McKinstry's homily will be "The Suffering Serpent." The scripture reading is from Romans 5: 1-5, 14, 18-19. 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.


Christ Church Episcopal and Trinity Lutheran Church, Main Street, will observe Family Sunday. Worship services are at 8 and 10 a.m. with music at 10 a.m. and a sermon message geared for younger members based on the parable of the Prodigal Son.

The congregation is made up of two denominations. The Worship Booklet at 10 a.m. incorporates prayers and music from both the Episcopal and Lutheran traditions. A Lenten Class is held between services from 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. discussing the histories of the two churches.

First Congregational Church, UCC, "Old Parish," 125 Main St., Route 7, celebrates Holy Communion on this third Sunday in Lent. The Rev. Jill D. Graham's morning message, "Seeking and Blessing," is based on Psalm 63: 1-8. Marcia Brolli will be the lay reader. "I Sing th' Almighty Power of God," will be sung by the choir accompanied by Susan Aery. Coffee hour follows the service.


First Congregational Church, UCC, 4 Main St., worships every Sunday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Brent Damrow. His sermon title will be "Prayer." Lauren Winner's book, "Mudhouse Sabbath," serves as the guide for the Lenten Series at 11:30 a.m. Lunch and child care are provided.


First Congregational Church, UCC, 906 Main St., will celebrate communion at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. The Rev. Rick Chrisman's sermon, "Your Dream of God," is based on Luke 4: 1-13. The church practices open communion.

Under the direction of Minister of Music Ed Lawrence, the choir will sing "Bestow Thy Spirit upon Us" by Joseph Roff, and "Bread of Heaven" by David Ashley White.

Sunday School classes are available for children in grades K-6.

The coffee hour after the service will be followed by a discussion of Genesis by Edan Dekel and Charles Fox.

Second Congregational Church, 81 Hancock Road, will worship at 9 a.m. led by the Rev. Penny Rich Smith. Holy Communion will be celebrated. The meditation, "An Open Invitation," is based on Isaiah 55: 6-9 and Luke 13: 1-9. There will be a children's time, after which Sunday School classes will meet.


Windsor Congregational Church, NACCC, on Route 9, holds Sunday service at 10 a.m. with lessons from the Book of Jeremiah. The Tuesday Ladies Fellowship/Craft time begins at 6:30 p.m. at the parsonage next to the church building. Information: The Rev. Ken Mick Jr., pastor, (413) 447-8127 or (413) 684-2805.


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