Religion in Brief

Saturday May 19, 2012


First Baptist Church, 88 South St., a member of the Alliance of Baptists, will celebrate the last Sunday of Eastertide at its 10 a.m. worship service led by the church's youth group. Through songs and prayers and readings, they will lift up the theme, "That's What Faith Can Do." The church has Sunday School and a chapel service for children.


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 reading room is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.


First United Methodist Church, 55 Fenn St., will celebrate Ascension Sunday during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service. The Rev. Judith Jenkins Kohatsu's sermon is "And How What." The Harvest Table kitchen staff will be celebrated during the service. Sunday school is from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. A 5-for-5 lunch will be held after the service as a fundraiser for Harvest Table. Bring five non-perishable food items or $5 and receive a full lunch.


At St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Park Square, 67 East St., the Rev. Hannah Ander son will preach and celebrate at all services in observance of the seventh Sunday of Easter. Services are Saturday at 5 p.m. in the chapel and Sunday at 8 and 10 a.m. The adult forum at 9 a.m. in the Sears Room concludes the DVD series on the prophets. Christian formation for children begins at 9:30 a.m. in the auditorium. On Monday at 7 p.m., the Transition Com mittee invites members to meet the individuals being presented as candidates for Bishop of Western Mass. Registration is at 6:30.


South Congregational Church, UCC, 110 South St., will celebrate Children's Sunday with a creative worship service at 10 a.m. that will include dramatic readings, multi-media slide show, stations of light, singing of hymns, and recognition of graduates and teachers. Trish Farrell, Family Life director, will offer reflections on the theme of how God lights up the darkness. Members of the Board of Christian Education and the Rev. Joel Huntington will also help lead worship. A spring bake sale will follow the service to help support the June youth mission trip.


Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 74 First St., will celebrate the seventh Sunday of Easter with worship and Holy Communion at 10:30 a.m. Sun day with a service led by the Rev. Timothy Weisman. Scrip tures from Acts 1:15-17, 21-26, 1 John 5:9-13, and John 17:6-19 will be read by Kevin Aldam. Music includes "Amazing Grace," "How Can I Keep from Singing?" and "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands."


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

First Baptist Church, 32 North St., offers Adult Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., Praise Time at 10:45 a.m. and the Praise and Worship Sunday service at 11 a.m. Child care is provided. The Wednesday evening potluck dinner is served at 6 p.m. followed by Bible Study at 7 p.m. Worship leaders are Chip Winnard and Steve Stroud.


Dalton United Methodist Church, 755 Main St., will hold Sunday services at 8 and 10 a.m. (nursery available) with the Rev. Robert Jackson, pastor. Sunday School and Adult Bible study are at 9 a.m. Women's Bible study is held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Fridays (babysitting available).


First Congregational Church, UCC, 514 Main St., offers a traditional service at 8 a.m., Digital Soul with digital imagery and sacred music at 9:15 a.m., and a traditional service with the Chancel Choir at 10:30 a.m.


Hancock Baptist Church, Main Street, will hold Sunday worship at 9 a.m. Guest speaker Joe DeCosta will lead the worship with his message titled "Using What You've Got" with scripture reading from Luke 5: 27-32.


Christian Faith Fellowship Church, Route 7 and Summer Street, holds Bible Study and a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday and a worship service at 1 p.m. each Sunday. The Rev. Norman Lee is pastor.


First Congregational Church, UCC, 25 Park Place, holds Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Bill Neil's sermon is "Higher Up and Farther In." Sunday School and nursery are available. A free community dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Adult group study, "Jesus the Jew: The Beginnings of Christianity," meets at 10 a.m. on Thursday. The Parkinson's Singing Group meets at 10 a.m. on Thursday. The Berkshire Association annual meeting is at 3 p.m. on Sunday. "Grease" tickets are on sale now.


Church on the Hill, UCC, 169 Main St., celebrates Ascension Sunday this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Natalie Shiras's sermon, "People of the Way," is based on Acts 1:1-11 and John 17:6-19. The youth who are graduating high school will be celebrated. Amy Chin will light the Candle of Witness for the church's wider mission, "Strengthen the Church." Zoë Jilleen, soprano, and Esther Roman, alto, will sing "The Secret Place." Bible study is held from 9 to 9:45 a.m.


The United Methodist Church of Lenox, 6 Holmes Road, will celebrate the Ascension of the Lord this Sunday, the seventh Sunday of Easter. The Rev. Janet Deranian will preach on Acts 1:1-11 and Luke 24:44-53. Music will be provided by the Chancel Choir at the 10 a.m. worship service.

New Marlborough

Church of New Marlborough, Norfolk Road, Southfield, holds a worship service at 10 a.m. each Sunday. Bible Study and a prayer service are held at 7 p.m. each Thursday. The Rev. Norman Lee is pastor.

North Adams

All Saints Episcopal Church, 59 Summer St., worships on Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. This weekend marks the Seventh Sunday of Easter and services include Bible readings from the books of Acts, 1 John and John, as well as Psalms. The Rev. Stephen White will lead worship services and Holy Com munion is offered at both services. Sunday's service includes two skits performed by the Sunday school children and the awarding of certificates of completion.


First Baptist Church, 131 Main St., worships at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. The Rev. David A. Anderson's message will be "I Can Only Imagine." Prudy Gravel will be the worship leader. Church School classes for all ages begin at 9 a.m. Bible Study is at 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.


First Congregational Church, Main Street, will hold its special "Heritage Sunday" this week at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. The Rev. Pat Kriss will lead the worship and the message will come from Paul W. Marino, local historian, presenting historical information on the founding of the church and its continuing presence in the North Adams area. The church will thank Boy Scout Troop 88 and volunteers and businesses who donated their time/equipment to clean up the old church cemetery on Hodges Crossroads. "Heritage Sunday" will also honor church members and their years of dedication and commitment


Peru Congregational Church, 2 West Main Road, will hold a Musical Sunday worship service at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. Special music will be provided by Michael Tirrell from Windsor. The Rev. Warren Scamman will deliver a sermon titled, "Significant Living." The Gospel readings will be read by Francis Shaw and taken from Hebrew 2:10-18 and John 4:7-11. Refresh ments and fellowship time will follow in the chapel. Bible study resumes Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m.


Berkshire Community Church, Cemetery Road, will gather for worship on Sunday at 10:15 a.m. Interim pastor, the Rev. Nancy Lois, will present a reflection titled "Who Do You Think You Are?" The readings for the day are Philippians 2:5-11 and Luke 14:1, 7-12. Lee and Abby Rudin will assist in leading the service. Soloist Mandy Johnson will sing "Magnify The Lord." Child care is provided during the service. Christian Education classes begin at 9 a.m.


Richmond Congregational Church, 1515 State Road, worships at 10 a.m. each Sunday. This Sunday's sermon by the Rev. Janet McKinstry is titled "God's Call of the Un assuming to be Saints" based on the conversion of Saul. Coffee and conversation is held in the narthax following the service.


First Congregational Church, UCC, "Old Parish," 125 Main St., Route 7, will celebrate the seventh Sunday of Easter worship at 10 a.m. The Rev. Jill Graham's sermon will be "Faithfully Becoming." Joan Hotaling will read Scriptures Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 & John 17:6-19. Susan Aery and the choir will present Eugene Butler's "Blessing and Honor." Church School meets at the same hour.


First Congregational Church, UCC, 4 Main St., worships every Sunday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Donald Hammond. The Stockbridge Open Table dinners are served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Stockbridge Grange. Dinners are open to all. Volunteers are always needed, especially to serve and clean up.


First Congregational Church, UCC, 906 Main St., will celebrate the seventh Sunday of Easter, Children's Sunday, at 10 a.m. The Shawl Ministry Group will meet at 9 a.m. The children will lead the church in the call to worship, prayer, song, and a special offering. The Rev. Carrie Bail will preach a sermon based on the scriptures Acts 1:1-11 and Psalm 47. Music includes Samuel Adler's "Praise the Lord" and Calvin Hampton's "For the Beauty of the Earth."


At Second Congregational Church, 81 Hancock Road, the Rev. Penny Rich Smith will lead the 9 a.m. worship service. The sermon, "Lifting Holy Hands," will be based on John 17:20-26 and Acts 16:25-34. There will be a children's time and special music, after which Sunday School classes will meet for preschool through grade 8.


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