Religion in Brief
First Baptist Church, 88 South St., a member of the Alliance of Baptists, an organization for theologically progressive Baptist congregations, will mark the third Sunday after Epiphany at its 10 a.m. worship service. The Rev. Quentin Chin will preach a sermon titled "The Body of Christ" based upon 1 Corinthians 12: 12-31a. The choir will sing an anthem by Loonis McGlohan, "Let There Be Love." The sanctuary is handicapped accessible and is equipped with a wireless loop system to assist those with compatible hearing aids to be participate better in the service. The church also has children's chapel and Sunday School.
At First Church of Christ, Congregational, Park Square, 27 East St., this Sunday, worship is grounded in Christ's call to public ministry. The Rev. James Lumsden will share reflections on "A Kinder and More Gentle Ministry" for today's harsh times at 10:30 a.m. Music includes classical hymns and jazz, sounds of acoustic guitars and close country harmonies. After worship, the congregation celebrates a time of mission and ministry at the annual business meeting.
Childcare and Sunday School is available for children of all ages. 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 is an Open and Affirming congregation.
First Church of Christ, Scientist, 17 Wendell Ave., holds its 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 "Truth" with Golden Text from Psalms: "Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth." The reading room is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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 Third 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. 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., "Filled with the Spirit" will be the message on Sunday as the Rev. Joel Huntington reflects on Jesus' ministry of bringing good news to the poor and release to the captive and speaks about what it means to follow in that way today. Following worship the congregation will gather for its 162nd annual meeting to discern the direction of God's Spirit in this time and place. During January, 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. Following worship, stay for coffee hour featuring fair trade coffee and snacks. The Rev. Timothy Weisman is pastor.
"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. A contemporary worship service featuring the Cross Talk Praise Band will take place at 4 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 at 9 a.m. by the Rev. Daina Salnitis. Music is under the direction of organist Laura Saldarini. The sanctuary is handicapped-accessible from the side door, and all are welcome. The Outreach project for January is the donation of funds for St. Stephen's Table. Lectionary-based Bible study meets at 6:30 on Mondays in the parlor.
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 "My Help" with scripture reading from Psalm 121:1-8. 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, 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 is pastor. Sunday School and nursery are available. Sing for Joy meets at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. A community dinner is offered at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Information: Church office at (413) 243-1033; calendar online at www.ucc-lee.org.
Church on the Hill, UCC, 55 Main Street marks the beginning of Jesus' ministry in this Epiphany season with his first sermon to launch God's promised kingdom at the 10:30 a.m. service. The Rev. Natalie Shiras will be preaching a sermon titled "Today is the Day" based on Luke 4: 14-21.
Immediately following worship is the Church on the Hill annual meeting.
Bible study takes place from 9 to 9:45 a.m. in the parlor of the chapel. The worship service for the winter months takes place at the Chapel of Church on the Hill at 55 Main St. and will continue through March 17.
The United Methodist Church of Lenox, 6 Holmes Road, celebrates the talents of the congregation in both services at 8 and 10:30 a.m. this Sunday. Pastor Janet Deranian will preach on 1 Corinthians 12: 12-31. The Christian Education hour between worship services at 9:15 a.m. is open to all ages -- children, youth and adults.
The church is fully handicapped accessible, with headsets for the hearing impaired and large print worship resources, including bibles, hymnals, and bulletins. Everyone is welcome.
First Baptist Church, 131 Main St., worships at 10 a.m. on Sunday. The Rev. David A. Anderson is pastor. The morning message is "No Weapon Formed." 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. Information: (413) 663-3780, email email@example.com, visit www.firstbaptistnorthadams.org or www.facebook.com/firstbap tistnorthadams.
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. Julie Foutch will be the liturgist and Glenda Phillips will lead the choir, music and a special musical presentation from the children of the church school. There will be no regular Sunday School as the children will be participating in the service. Infant/toddler care will be available during the worship. The worship space is handicapped accessible by using the rear kitchen entrance which leads directly into the Assembly Hall.
Peru Congregational Church, 2 West Main Road, holds a Sunday worship service at 10 a.m. in the chapel. The Rev. Warren Scamman will deliver the sermon titled "Law in the Heart." The scripture lessons will be presented by Jen Smith and taken from 1 Corinthians 12: 26-31 and Luke 4: 14-21. Organist Carrie Doyle will play a selection of hymns for this service. Cathy MacPhail will hold Sunday School for the children during worship. Fellowship and refreshments will follow in the chapel. A short meeting will follow to discuss and plan for church events for the next three months.
Richmond Congregational Church, 1515 State Road, holds Sunday service at 10 a.m. The Rev. Donald Paine's homily will be "The Joy of the Lord's Favor is our Strength." The gospel is from Luke 4: 14-21. 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. Caitlin Hotaling will serve as lay reader for this third Sunday after Epiphany. "A Still More Excellent Way," based on I Corinthians 12: 12-31 and Luke 4: 14-21, will be the Rev. Jill D. Graham's morning message. The choir will offer "Cantique de Jean Racine," Opus 11, by Gabriel Faure. Following worship, the congregation will hold the 277th annual meeting.
First Congregational Church, UCC, 4 Main St., worships every Sunday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Brent Damrow. His sermon title will be "Together." The annual budget meeting will be held Sunday at 11 a.m.
The Stockbridge Open Table dinners continue from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Stockbridge Grange. Stockbridge UCC is an Open and Affirming Church. Visit www.stockbridgeucc.org.
First Congregational Church, UCC, 906 Main St., worships at 10 a.m. on Sunday. The Rev. Richard N. Chrisman will preach "Thank God for the Gospel of Radical Egalitarianism" based on the Scriptures 1 Corinthians 12: 12-27 and John 20: 19-23. Edwin Lawrence, minister of music, will play the introit, "purer than purest pure" (E.E. Cummings) and the Senior Choir will sing the anthem, "O God of Light." Sunday School for grades 1 to 6 will meet and child care will be available in the nursery. At 11 a.m., there will be a brief coffee hour. At 11:15 a.m., the Second Hour@the Meeting House will be "Identifying and Distinguishing religion in India" with Sam Crane.
New Hope United Methodist Church, located in the former TGL Photoworks building at Main and Water streets, will hold a worship service for mental illness recovery and understanding at 7 p.m. on Sunday. The informal, 45-minute service will include candle-lighting and a brief presentation. All are welcome. Information: Mark at (413) 664-0130.
Second Congregational Church, 81 Hancock Road, will hold a Sunday worship service at 9 a.m. led by the Rev. Penny Rich Smith. The sermon, "We Do Better Together," will be based on selections from Nehemiah 8, Luke 4: 14-21 and 1 Corinthians 12: 12-13. 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.
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