Area Religious Services, Dec. 2-3

Classes and worship services are Sundays unless otherwise noted. Consult local church bulletins for prayer groups, Bible study groups, choir rehearsals, etc.


First Baptist: 15 Commercial St. Worship: 10:15 a.m. Sunday; 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

First Congregational:
42 Park St. Worship: 10:15 a.m. followed by coffee & fellowship; Sunday School: 10 a.m. Nursery. First Sunday of each month, a potluck lunch follows the morning service.

St. John Paul II Parish: 21 Maple St. Masses: Notre Dame Church: 4 p.m. Saturday, 10:15 a.m. Sunday; St. Stanislaus Kostka Church(Hoosac & Summer Streets): 8 a.m. Sunday.


Yoked Parish of Becket:
Services at 10 a.m. at the Federated Church, 3381 Main St. Music by the Becket Praise Team. First Sunday Communion services are followed by a potluck luncheon. Sunday School at 10:15 a.m.


First Baptist:
32 North St. Worship: 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Coffee and fellowship follow Sunday services.

United Methodist: 197 Church St. Worship: 10:30 a.m.

St. Mary's: 159 Church St. Mass: 4 p.m. Saturday; 8:30 & 11 a.m. Sunday; 8 a.m. Monday-Thursday.


ARK Community Church: 45 North St. Worship celebrated at 9:30 a.m.

Berkshire First Church of the Nazarene: 165 North St. Worship: 9:30 a.m. Dalton United Methodist: 755 Main St. Pastor Stephanie Filiault; Linda Fischer, organist. Sunday services at 8 and 10 a.m. Creche lighting, cocoa & carols at 6 p.m. Coffee Break for Women (women's Bible study) from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Fridays.

First Congregational: 514 Main St. Worship at 9:30 a.m. Message: "Road Building for God's Coming" by the Rev. Henry Pascual. Old Testament Lesson: Isaiah 40:1-11. Choir rehearsal at 10:45 a.m. Sunday. Community lunch at 1 p.m. Sundays. Adult Bible at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Holiday movies and popcorn at 4 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 3-17. Goodwill donations accepted. Food Pantry donations for Dalton's Loaves and Fishes welcome.


Florida Baptist Church:
71 Church Road. Worship Service: 11 a.m. Sermon by Pastor Dan Lampron: "Advent — The Season For Hope." Sunday School at 10 a.m. Bible Study and prayer meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.


First Church of Christ, Scientist: The church meets at St. James Place, 352 Main St., East Room. Sunday service and Sunday School at 10:30 a.m.; Wednesday testimony meeting at 7 p.m.

The Guthrie Center at Old Trinity Church: 2 Van Deusenville Road. Praise Sunday services offered on first Sunday of every month at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Joni Carron officiating. The interfaith, non-denominational service includes prayer, meditation and song. BYOG (Bring Your Own God).

Unitarian Universalist Meeting of South Berkshire: 1089 Main St., Housatonic. Worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday led by the Rev. Cara Davis. Sermon: "A Heart Ajar: the Spirituality of Waiting." Music by Marian Rose and the choir. Share our Plate with Guest at Our Table.


Hancock Baptist Church:
Main Street. Communion Sunday service at 9 a.m. Pastor Chuck Mosher leads the service with his message, "The Magnificat of Mary." Scripture from Luke 1:39-56.


First Congregational Church, UCC: 129 Maple St. The Rev. Jennifer Kimball, pastor; Walter Ulmer, organist. Worship, Sunday School, and nursery at 10:30 a.m. followed by coffee and refreshments in Fellowship Hall. Sermon: "Molded to Wait."


Berkshire Union Chapel: Route 8. Praise & Worship: 9:15 a.m. Worship: 9:30 a.m.

North American Martyrs Chapel: 151 Old State Road, Berkshire. Mass: 5:45 p.m. Saturday.

St. Luke's Episcopal: Village Church, South Main Street, Route 7. Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m. Sunday. Morning Prayer at 9 a.m. Mondays.


First Congregational: 25 Park Place. Open & affirming. Worship at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Bill Neil's sermon: "Hope for Covenant Renewal." Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 & 16 with Bell Choir at 6:30 p.m. Sing for Joy Parkinson's Singing Group at 10 a.m. Tuesdays. Community dinner at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays. All are welcome. Drop-off site for the Lee Food Pantry.

Open Door Church: Meeting at Spectrum Playhouse, 20 Franklin St. Sunday Worship: 10 a.m.; Children's Church: 10:30 a.m.


Church on the Hill:
169 Main St. Worship celebrated at 10:30 a.m. with music by Walther and Schubert, word from St. Mark and prayer for communities recovering from terror attacks. Sermon: "Wait Till the Midnight Hour." Pastor: The Rev. Dr. John A. Nelson.

United Methodist Church: 6 Holmes Road. On this first Sunday of Advent, the new year-round worship schedule begins with one service at 10 a.m., includes the lighting of the first candle of Advent and special music for the season. The Rev. Janet Deranian's sermon is based on 1 Corinthians 1:3-9. Advent Christian Education Class for adults at 9 a.m. Child care during worship.


Christian Harvest Center:
199 Mallery Road. Worship: 10 a.m.


All Saints Episcopal:
59 Summer St. Worship: 4 p.m. Saturday; 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

Blackinton Union: 1373 Mass. Ave. Worship: 10 a.m.

First Baptist: 131 Main St. Worship at 10:30 a.m.

First Congregational: 134 Main St. Worship at 10 a.m. The Rev. Carolyn Peck, pastor.

Living Hope Community Church: 45 River St. "Love Never Fails." Contemporary Worship: 10:30 a.m. Children's Church, Bible Study, Active Youth Ministry.

Mount Greylock Baptist: 35 Notch Road. Worship: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.

New Hope United Methodist Church: Worship at 10 a.m. Sunday at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 1493 Mass Ave. Pastor Dan Randall's sermon, "Learn from the Fig Tree," is based on scripture readings from Psalm 1 and selected verses from Mark 13. Music by music director Robin Kibler. The gathering will be replayed on North Adams' Public Access channel 15 at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Northern Berkshire Christian Church: 55 Harding Ave. Worship: 10:30 a.m.

St. Andrew's Episcopal: 1493 Mass. Ave. Worship: 9:30 a.m.

St. Elizabeth of Hungary: 68 Marshall St. Masses: 4 p.m. Saturday; 8:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. First Sunday of Advent sermon focus: "Lord, rend the heavens and come down. Come and save us from our sins." Feast of the Immaculate Conception Holy Day of Obligation Masses at 8 a.m., 12:10 p.m. and 6 p.m. Friday. Sermon focus: "Chosen by God, Mary reverses the sin of Eve." Confessions: 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Pastor: The Rev. William F. Cyr.

The Salvation Army: 393 River St. Non-denominational worship: 11 a.m.


Peru Congregational:
2 West Main Road. First Sunday of Advent (hope) and communion service at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Sermon: "Way Makers." Scripture Readings: Malachi 1-4, Luke 1:68-79 along with Our Statement of Faith. Pastor: The Rev. Warren Scamman. Fellowship time, refreshments and a brief meeting will follow in the Chapel.


Berkshire Dream Center Church: Nondenominational church at 475 Tyler St. (Morningside Baptist Church). Worship begins at 11 a.m. with Pastors Katelynn and Jesse Miner. Doors open at 10:45 a.m. Nursery for ages 6 months to 2 years. Children's church for ages 3 to 6. Classroom for ages 7 to 11. The Christian book and gift store is open before and after service. Refreshments available.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: 470 East New Lenox Road. Sacrament Meeting: 10 a.m.; Sunday School: 11:15 a.m.; Relief Society/Priesthood/Primary: noon.

Evangelical Free Church: 389 Cheshire Road. Worship and Sunday School: 9:30 a.m.

First Baptist: 88 South St. Worship at 10 a.m. celebrates the first Sunday of Advent. The Rev. Sheila Sholes-Ross's sermon, "We Still Must Have Hope!" is based on Isaiah 11:1-9 and Romans 15:4-6.

First Church of Christ, Congregational: Park Square, 27 East St. Worship: 10:30 a.m.

First Church of Christ, Scientist: 17 Wendell Ave. Worship & Sunday School: 10:30 a.m. Topic: "God, the only cause and creator." Golden Text: Jeremiah 33:11. Wednesday testimony meetings: 7:30 p.m. Reading Room open 10 a.m. to noon Monday and Friday.

First United Methodist: 55 Fenn St. Worship, Children's Sunday School, and nursery at 10 a.m. Free community breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Advent-Christmas Series: "Joy Finds You." Reading: Isaiah 64:1-9. Sermon: "Welcoming the Potter's Hand."

Morningside Baptist: 475 Tyler St. First Sunday of Advent and communion service at 9:30 a.m. followed by coffee and fellowship. Pastor Steve Buchauer's sermon, "The Beginning of the End," is based on Mark 13:24-37.

Pittsfield Church of Christ: 826 Valentine Road. Worship: 11 a.m.

Reigning Love Church: 235 East St. Pastors Brian & Laurie Reynolds. Sunday service at 10 a.m. Child care for birth to fifth grade. Youth Group meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

St. Stephen's Episcopal: Park Square, 67 East St. Worship services at 5 p.m. Saturday in the Chapel and 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday in the Sanctuary. Coffee hour follows the 10 a.m. service.

Second Congregational Church UCC: 50 Onota St. Sunday worship at 10:45 a.m. Communion & fellowship first Sundays. All are welcome. Pastor: The Rev. Sloan T. Letman IV.

Soldier On: 360 West Housatonic St. Monthly non-denominational worship service at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the dining room. The Rev. Quentin Chin will lead this first Sunday of Advent service. He will preach upon Mark 13:24-37. The service is open to the public.

South Congregational: 110 South St. Worship: 10 a.m. Nursery care & Church School. Pastor: The Rev. Joel Huntington.

Unitarian Universalist Church: 175 Wendell Ave. Affirming justice, equity and compassion in human relations. All are welcome. Sunday service at 10 a.m. Zion Lutheran: 74 First St. Worship at 10 a.m.


Berkshire Community Church, Congregational:
45 Cemetery Road. Worship at 10:30 a.m. will observe the first Sunday of Advent and celebrate Communion. Haylee Eggleston will offer special music to lead the congregation in worship. The Rev. Angela Raciti's sermon, "A Season of Change," is based on Isaiah 43:16-21. Sunday school for adults and children at 9:15 a.m. Refreshments and fellowship follow the service.

Richmond Congregational: 1515 State Road. Sunday worship at 10 a.m. The Rev. Janet McKinstry's sermon is "High Expectations!" Guest musician is Linda Wooster.


Christ Trinity Church:
180 Main St. An Episcopal and Lutheran congregation with a spoken service and communion at 8 a.m. and a service with music and communion at 10 a.m.

First Congregational: 125 Main St., Route 7. Worship: 10 a.m. Call to Worship: Dottie Bonbrake. Scripture Lesson: Isaiah 64:1-9, Mark 13:24-37. Message: "Living into Hope" by the Rev. Jill D. Graham. Anthem: "If With All Your Hearts" by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. Downtown tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. Sunday on the Green in Sheffield. Ecumenical Choir rehearsal at 4:15 p.m. sharp. Open & affirming congregation.


First Congregational:
4 Main St. Worship every Sunday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Brent Damrow. Open & affirming congregation. All are welcome and nursery care is available.

St. Paul's Episcopal: 29 Main St. Sunday services at 8 & 10 a.m.


Tyringham Union Church:
128 Main Road. Evening vespers service: 5 p.m.


Congregational Church:
45 Main St. Worship: 10 a.m. Open & affirming congregation.


Community Bible:
160 Bridges Road. Worship: 10:30 a.m. Children's Christmas musical, "Angels Aware," at 6 p.m. today and Sunday.

First Baptist: 731 Main St. Worship at 10 a.m. Message: "Jesus Our God," based on John 1:1-3. Power UP from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Pastor: Chuck St. John.

First Congregational: 906 Main St. Worship: 10 a.m. Sunday School, child care. Pastor: The Rev. Mark Longhurst.

St. John's Episcopal: Park Street. Holy Eucharist: 8 & 10 a.m. Weekday Eucharist: Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.

Saints Patrick & Raphael Roman Catholic Parish: 63 Southworth St. Confessions/Reconciliation: Saturdays 3-4 p.m. Masses: 4:30 p.m. Saturday; 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday; 8:30 a.m. Monday-Thursday.

Second Congregational:
81 Hancock Road. Worship at 9 a.m. Children's time, special music, Sunday School.

White Oaks Congregational: 480 White Oaks Road. Bible Study: 10 a.m.; Worship: 11 a.m.; Sunday School: 11:15 a.m.


Windsor Congregational:
1941 Route 9. Worship: 10 a.m.


Canaan Congregational Church:
A UCC open & affirming congregation, corner of Routes 295 & 5. Sunday service 10 a.m., the Rev. Dr. Charles C. Close preaching.


Congregational Church:
Route 346, North Pownal. Worship: 10 a.m.

United Methodist: Route 346. Worship: 9 a.m.


First Baptist:
Main Street. Worship: 9 a.m.

St. Joachim Parish: 342 Tunnel St. Mass: 10:30 a.m.


St. John Bosco:
818 Main Road, Vigil Mass: 4 p.m. Saturday.

Stamford Community: Main Road, Route 8. Worship: 9:30 a.m.


Community Church:
Worship: 10:30 a.m.


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