Religion in Brief

Saturday February 9, 2013


First Baptist Church, 88 South St., will celebrate Transfiguration Sunday at its 10 a.m. service. The Rev. Quentin Chin, using the day’s gospel lesson, Luke 9: 28-43, will explore the intersection of the transfiguration of Jesus, Lent, and the Chinese New Year, which begins on Sunday. He will pay particular attention to the Year of the Snake. The Chancel Choir will sing an anthem by Natalie Sleeth, "Worship God with Music."

On Wednesday, Feb. 13, the church begins its Lenten Luncheon series. This is a weekly program beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending on March 20.

Beginning at noon, the church serves a light soup and sandwich lunch followed by a short worship service at 12:30 p.m.

On Wednesday evening, First Baptist Church along with other downtown Protestant churches will hold a joint Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church on First Street. This ecumenical jazz service will incorporate different denominational traditions: Lutheran, Baptist, Methodist, and Congregational. It will include the imposition of ashes and communion.


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 "Spirit" with Golden Text from Job: "The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life."

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 Transfiguration Sunday at its 9:30 a.m. service. The Rev. Steve Buchauer’s sermon, "The Twilight Zone," is based upon Exodus 34: 29-35 and Luke 9: 28-36. Refreshments and fellowship follow the service.


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 Last Sunday after the Epiphany. Worship services are Saturday at 5 p.m. in the Chapel and Sunday at 10 a.m. in the main Sanctuary.

A luncheon and annual meeting will follow at 11:30 a.m. in the Dining Room. There will be a pancake supper on Shrove Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

Four services will be held on Ash Wednesday: 7 a.m., noon, 4 p.m. (children’s service), and 7 p.m. All will include Eucharist and imposition of ashes.


At South Congregational Church, UCC, 110 South St., "The Light Within" will be the message for Transfiguration Sunday as the Rev. Joel Huntington preaches on how the light of God’s love seeks to transform our lives and the life of our world. In addition, the Children’s The message will include learning a song about finding strength to follow where God leads.

At 7 p.m. Sunday, Huntington will lead an informal worship experience in the church parlor with shared music, conversation, and meditation. The focusing question will be: "How do we make the Transfiguration personal?" This gathering will include singer/songwriter Linda Worster and guest Rev. Jenny Gregg, priest associate at St. Stephen’s Episcopal.


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. Following worship, stay for coffee hour featuring fair trade coffee and snacks.

"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.


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.


Hancock Baptist Church, Main Street, will hold Sunday worship at 9 a.m. The Rev. Chuck St. John will lead the worship with his message titled "Glorify Thy Name" with scripture reading from John 17:1-26. Valentine bags for the shut-ins will be prepared and distributed after the service.


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, has recently reopened after being closed for two years and now 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 "Degrees of Glory." Sunday School and nursery are available. Artist/storyteller Sandra Mattucci will lead a workshop from noon to 2 p.m.

An Ash Wednesday service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Sing for Joy Parkinson’s group meets at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. A community dinner is offered at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Adult Study Groups are studying "Jesus the Jew" at 10 a.m. on Thursdays and "Embracing the Prophets" at 10 a.m. on Saturdays.


Church on the Hill, UCC, 55 Main St., celebrates Transfiguration Sunday when Jesus goes to the mountaintop and his face and clothes become dazzling white. Sunday worship begins at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Natalie Shiras will preach a sermon titled "Removing the Veil" based on Exodus 34: 29-35, 2 Corinthians 3: 6-4:2 and Luke 9: 28-36. A new deacon will be installed.

Bible study is held in the parlor of the chapel from 9 to 9:45 a.m. All are welcome to join the Mardi Gras celebration on Tuesday beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the parlor and ending in the lower level for dinner and dancing. Free will offerings are accepted.

Ash Wednesday service takes place in the chapel at 5:30 p.m. Following this service, the adult study, "Living the Questions," will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the chapel parlor.

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 "Why Do I Need a Church Family?" Rob Lefebvre 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.


Peru Congregational Church, 2 West Main Road, will worship at 10 a.m. in the Chapel. The Rev. Warren Scamman will deliver the sermon titled "Peace." The scripture lessons will be presented by Jon Smith and taken from John 14: 15-31 and John 20: 19-30.

Organist Carrie Doyle will play a selection of hymns for this service. Jen Smith will hold Sunday School for the children during worship time.

Fellowship and refreshment will follow in the chapel. A short meeting to firm up plans for the community Valentine/date night will follow.


Berkshire Community Church, 45 Cemetery Road, will gather to celebrate Transfiguration Sunday at 10:15 a.m. in the sanctuary. Laura Cole will sing "Amazing Love." The Rev. Nancy Lois will preach a sermon, "If Need Be Occupy A Throne," based on the story in John 6: 1-15 about Jesus feeding the 5,000. Children will be invited to leave the sanctuary for Children’s Church prior to the sermon. Sunday School classes for all ages will meet 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 Transfiguration that is the Prelude to Transforming Power." The gospel is from Luke 9: 28-36. 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, worships at 10 a.m. Transfiguration Sunday between the end of Epiphany and the beginning of Lent. The morning message will be "Gloria a Dios" focusing on Exodus 34:29-35 and Luke 9: 28-43. The lay reader will be Dale Alden.

A special Litany of Blessing and Commissioning will be shared with Katie Brigham, who will leave Feb. 15 on a mission trip to Centro Shalom in Chile. The choir will sing "The Heavens are Talking" by Ludwig vanBeethoven for this spirited day.


First Congregational Church, UCC, 4 Main St., worships every Sunday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Brent Damrow. The church will celebrate Mardi Gras and an All Church Birthday Party after worship with a potluck lunch; bring a main or side dish.

An Ash Wednesday worship service will begin at 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

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 offer a communion service at 10 a.m.. The Rev. Dr. Richard Chrisman will preach "We are what we eat" based on the scripture Luke 4: 14-21.

Minister of Music Edwin Lawrence will play the prelude, "Prelude on Tantum ergo." The children’s choir will sing the introit, "Gracious Spirit, Heed Our Pleading," a Tanzanian piece. The Senior Choir will sing the anthem, "Christ was the Word." The communion service will be "by intinction." Childcare is available.

A brief coffee gathering will begin at 11 a.m. Second Hour @ the Meeting House at 11:15 a.m. will consider the environmental and economic issues surrounding the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.


At Second Congregational Church, 81 Hancock Road, the Rev. Penny Rich Smith will lead the 9 a.m. worship Service on this Transfiguration Sunday. The sermon, "Cosmic and Divine," will be based on Exodus 34: 29-35 and Luke 9: 28-36.

The church will be celebrating the dedication of a new memorial cross in the sanctuary. There will be a children’s time and special music, 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, holds a Sunday service at 10 a.m. Lessons are from the Book of Jeremiah. This week’s topic is "Sometimes it is easy to get discouraged speaking of Jesus." The sermon title is "How hard will you run?" The Tuesday Ladies Fellowship/craft time is 6:30 p.m. at the parsonage next to the church building. Information: The Rev. Ken Mick Jr., pastor, at (413) 447-8127 or (413) 684-2805.


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