Religion in Brief



First Baptist Church, 88 South St., will celebrate the fourth Sunday after Epiphany at its 10 a.m. worship service. The Rev. Quentin Chin will address love in a sermon titled "Love, It Fills the Gap," in which he will explore how love binds a community together. The Chancel Choir will sing a work by Lee Dengler, "Come and Feast." The church also has children's chapel and Sunday School.


First Church of Christ, Congregational, Park Square, 27 East St., will celebrate "Surprise: God's Love Is Bigger Than Yours" day this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. James Lumsden will share reflections on passages of scripture. There will be jazz, folk, traditional hymns and more from Carlton Maaia II. Holy Communion will close the celebration. Childcare and Sunday School are available. The sanctuary is open each day between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. for quiet meditation. A contemplative Eucharist is celebrated at 12:10 p.m. on Wednesdays.


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 "Love" with Golden Text from 1 Corinthians: "Love never fails." 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 hold Sunday service at 9:30 a.m. The Rev. Steve Buchauer's sermon, "The Most Excellent Way" is based upon 1 Corinthians 12:32-13:13. Music ministry is under the direction of Don Fredenberg. Refreshments and fellowship follow the service.


At St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Park Square, 67 East St., the Rev. Jennifer Gregg will celebrate at all weekend services in observance of the fourth Sunday after the Epiphany. Worship services are Saturday at 5 p.m. in the Chapel and Sunday at 8 and 10 a.m. in the main Sanctuary. Sharon Billetter will preach at the Saturday service and Gregg will preach at the Sunday services. Coffee Hour follows the 10 a.m. service. Christian Formation for children takes place at 9:30 a.m. in the auditorium.


At South Congregational Church, UCC, 110 South St., "Why Is Love So Difficult?" will be the meditation Sunday as the Rev. Joel Huntington explores the meaning of Jesus' rejection by his hometown and the Apostle Paul's passion for the way of love. Lay leaders will be dedicated for the work of mission and ministry and the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper will be celebrated. During winter, worship is held in the parlor at 10 a.m. followed by a time of fellowship.


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 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. 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.

Great Barrington

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, "In Silence Together." The service will offer reflections on silence in words and music, and allow special time for silence. The congregation will consider how silence can feed our hearts. Music will be with Lisa Maras. A Sunday School class for ages 6-11 gathers at 10:30 a.m.


Hancock Baptist Church, Main Street, will celebrate Communion Sunday during service at 9 a.m. The Rev Chuck St. John will lead the worship with his message titled "Conformed or Transformed?" with scripture reading from Romans 12:1-21. Bible study and coffee hour will follow 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, 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 communion worship service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. The Rev. Bill Neil's sermon is "A More Excellent Way." Sunday School and nursery are available. Artist/storyteller Sandra Mattucci will lead a workshop from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10. An Ash Wednesday Service will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 13. 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. The adult study group is studying Jesus the Jew at 10 a.m. on Thursday.


Church on the Hill, UCC, worships at 10:30 a.m. in the Chapel at 55 Main St. during the winter months. On this fourth Sunday after Epiphany, Jesus speaks truth to his hometown synagogue that makes the members uncomfortable. The Rev. Natalie Shiras will preach a sermon titled, "Between the Lines" based on Luke 4: 21-30. Holy Communion will be celebrated. Everyone is welcome to join the adult study, "Living the Questions," on Wednesdays, Feb. 6, 13, and 27, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the parlor of the Chapel.


The United Methodist Church of Lenox, 6 Holmes Road, will be celebrating Holy Communion at the 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday services. Pastor Janet Deranian will preach on Luke 4: 14-30. The Christian Education hour between worship services at 9:15 a.m. is open to all ages.

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. Child care is available.


First Congregational Church, Main Street, will hold worship in the Assembly Hall at 10 a.m. The Rev. Ann Clark Killam will lead the worship and her message is titled "Equip Us For Service." Kathy Denault will be the liturgist and Glenda Phillips will lead the music and choir. The children will attend Sunday School following the message for young Christians. Infant/toddler care is available during the worship time. The Church Annual Meeting will follow the worship service. The church is handicapped accessible by using the rear kitchen entrance.


Peru Congregational Church, 2 West Main Road, worships at 10 a.m. on Sunday in the chapel. The Rev. Warren Scamman will deliver a sermon titled "Listening to Your Life." Communion will be offered. The scripture lessons will be presented by Coralie Pelkey and taken from 1 Corinthians 13 and Jeremiah 1: 8-19. Organist Carrie Doyle will play a selection of hymns. Jen Smith will hold Sunday School for the children during worship time. Fellowship and refreshment will follow in the chapel. A short meeting will follow to firm up the free Community Valentine/Date Night on Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. Information and reservations: Smith at (413) 655-8201.


Berkshire Community Church, 45 Cemetery Road, will gather for a service of Word and Table at 10:15 a.m. Sunday in the sanctuary. Under the direction of Janet D'Arcangelo, the choir will sing an anthem "I Come to the Cross." The Rev. Nancy Lois will preach a sermon, "Where is your Church? Episode 2," based on Luke 4: 21-30. Susan Davis will read the scripture lessons. Children will 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. Janet McKinstry's homily will be "Treading with Trepidation -- the Book of John's Revelation." The scripture reading is from Revelations 21: 9-27. 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. The Rev. Jill D. Graham's message for this fourth Sunday after Epiphany Communion will be "God Love?" The message is based on I Corinthians 13: 1-13. The lay reader will by Lila Wolffe-Wilkinson. The choir will offer "The Gift of Love," a traditional melody adapted by Hal Hobson. Church School is at the same hour and a coffee hour follows.


First Congregational Church, UCC, 4 Main St., worships every Sunday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Brent Damrow. His sermon will be "A Refuge in the Midst of Life." The service will include communion with a collection for the People's Pantry. The Stockbridge Open Table dinners continue from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Stockbridge Grange.


First Congregational Church, UCC, 906 Main St., will celebrate the fourth Sunday after Epiphany during the 10 a.m. worship service. The Rev. Richard N. Chrisman will preach a sermon on "Follow the artist, when you run out of saints and heroes" based on the scripture, John 2: 1-11. Minister of Music Edwin Lawrence will play the prelude, "Christe qui lux es et dies" by Samuel Scheidt. The senior choir will sing the anthem, "Rejoice in Hope" (Romans 12: 12-16).

The 248th annual meeting will take place after the worship service. A luncheon will follow the meeting. After the luncheon, the Ministry Teams will hold their first meetings.


Second Congregational Church, 81 Hancock Road, will celebrate Holy Communion during the 9 a.m. worship service led by the Rev. Penny Rich Smith. The meditation, "How Big Is God's Love?," will be based on Jeremiah 1: 4-10 and Luke 4: 21-30. There will be a children's time, after which Sunday School classes will meet for preschool through grade 8. Youth musicians rehearse after worship. Also, following worship, the Youth Group will collect for the "Souper Bowl of Caring," a special youth mission project to benefit the Williamstown Food Pantry. A coffee hour and time of fellowship will follow the service.


Windsor Congregational Church, NACCC, on Route 9, holds Sunday morning service at 10 a.m. Lessons are from the Book of Jeremiah. This week's sermon is "In whom or what do you boast?" 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., (413) 447-8127 or (413) 684-2805.


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