Area Religious Services, March 16-17


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: 9 a.m. Sunday; 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

First Congregational: 42 Park St. Worship: 10:15 a.m.; Sunday school: 10 a.m. Nursery.


Yoked Parish of Becket: Services at 10 a.m. at First Congregational Church, 22 YMCA Road.


First Baptist: 32 North St. Worship: 10:30 a.m.

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

St. Mary's: 159 Church St. Mass: 4 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. Sunday; 8 a.m. Monday-Thursday.


ARK Community Church: 45 North St. Worship at 10 a.m. The March service project is collecting goods for the Berkshire Humane Society.

Berkshire First Church of the Nazarene: 165 North St. Worship: 9:30 a.m.

Dalton United Methodist Church: 755 Main St. Pastor Stephanie Filiault; Linda Fischer, organist. Sunday services at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Coffee Break for Women (women's Bible study), from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Fridays. All are welcome!

First Congregational: 514 Main St. Worship: 9:30 a.m. Community lunch at 1 p.m. Sunday.


Florida Baptist Church: 71 Church Road. Worship at 11 a.m. Sermon by Pastor Dan Lampron: "Cast Your Concerns onto the Lord."


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.

Grace Church: An Episcopal Community in the Southern Berkshires. Services at 10 a.m. Sunday at Crissey Farm; 12:05 p.m. Thursday at 67 State Road (chapel and office). The Rev. Dr. Janet W. Zimmerman, rector.

Unitarian Universalist Meeting of South Berkshire: 1089 Main St., Housatonic. Worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday led by the Rev. Carol Allman-Morton. Sermon: "What Comes Next." Music from Hilda Shapiro and the UUMSB choir.


Hancock Baptist Church: Main Street. Worship at 9 a.m. Pastor Chuck Mosher will lead the service with his message titled "Life of Christ No. 39, the Sermon On The Mount No. 15: 'The Pillar of Truth or Keeping Your Word'" with scripture reading from Matthew 5:33-37. Fifth Sunday Hymn Sing at 6 p.m. March 31 followed by refreshments.


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: "A Blessed Gathering." Bible study meets at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.


Berkshire Union Chapel: Route 8. Praise and 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 and affirming. Service and children's KEDS program with the Rev. Bill Neil at 10:30 a.m. Sermon: "Passport, Please." All are welcome. Lenten study groups at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays and 11:45 a.m. Sundays. Sing for Joy Parkinson's Singing Group at 10 a.m. Tuesdays. Bible study, Boy Scouts, Weight Watchers, and AA meetings also available. Drop-off site for Lee Food Pantry.

Open Door Church: 87 Summer St. Jim Guenther, pastor. Sunday services include worship from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. with child care for birth through second grade followed by a Fellowship Time before Bible Study classes for all ages from 11:10 a.m. to noon. Short term Bible studies during the week are listed at


Church on the Hill: 169 Main St. Worship at 10:30 a.m. celebrates the second Sunday of Lent with music by Mozart, Hamm, Satie, and Traditional Irish; word from Philippians 3; and sermon, "Citizens of Heaven." Open and affirming congregation. All are welcome. Pastor: The Rev. Dr. John A. Nelson.

St. Helena's Chapel: 245 New Lenox Road, 413-637-0073. Services at 9 a.m. Sunday.

United Methodist Church: 6 Holmes Road, behind NBT Bank. Worship at 10 a.m. Children's class during service. Pastor Nami Yu's sermon focuses on Luke 13:31-35 and how we can follow Jesus by putting the needs of others ahead of our own wants. Adult Christian education at 9 a.m. is studying Adam Hamilton's "Simon Peter." Everyone is welcome!, 413-445-5918.


All Saints Episcopal: 59 Summer St. Worship: 4 p.m. Saturday; 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Lenten class: "The Era of Constantine: Theological Controversies and Church Councils," 7 p.m. Monday.

First Congregational: 134 Main St. Worship at 10 a.m. in the Assembly Hall space. The Rev. Carolyn Peck will lead worship and Michael Daunis will lead the choir and other music. Sunday school is available for children. Open and affirming congregation. All are welcome.

Living Hope Community Church: 45 River St. "Love Never Fails." Contemporary worship: 10:30 a.m. Children's church, Bible study, active youth ministry. Pastor: Larry Jones Jr.

Northern Berkshire Christian: 55 Harding Ave. Worship: 10:30 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. Sermon focus: "Abram's faith is sealed with a covenant initiated by God, our light and our salvation. The transfiguration of Jesus prefigures the transformation in glory to which we are called by our sharing in the paschal mystery — the dying and rising of Jesus." Confessions: 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Stations of the Cross at 3:30 p.m. Fridays during Lent. Pastor: The Rev. Dariusz Wudarski.

The Salvation Army: 393 River St. Nondenominational worship: 11 a.m.


Peru Congregational: 2 West Main Road. Worship at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Pastor Norman Lee will present a sermon through the scriptures. A basket on the pulpit will receive questions about the Bible. A children's sermon will be presented. Fellowship time and refreshments will follow in the Chapel.


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Berkshire Dream Center Church: Nondenominational church at 475 Tyler St. (Morningside Baptist). A place to belong, a place to believe. Worship begins at 11 a.m. All are welcome. Pastors Jesse and Katelyn Miner.

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.

First Baptist: 88 South St. Worship at 10 a.m. The Rev. Sheila Sholes-Ross, pastor.

First Church of Christ, Congregational: Park Square, 27 East St. First Church will meet at South Congregational at 10 a.m. Sunday for a special joint worship service. The Rev. Dr. John Hamilton, interim minister, will share his Stories of Faith, Hope and Love: "You're Surrounded." The Rev. Joel Huntington will share the children's message, "A Big Hug." A combined Fellowship Hour in the South Church parlor will be followed by a Lenten poetry study led by Huntington as he explores a poem by Mary Oliver and lifting up the theme of sacred immanence.

First Church of Christ, Scientist: 17 Wendell Ave. Worship and Sunday school: 10:30 a.m. Topic: "Substance." Golden Text: Luke 12:32 & 34. 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. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. Lenten sermon series: "Gathered by God's Love." Reading: Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 and Hebrews 8:7-12. Sermon: "Grace is Good." Second service in African style at noon. Handicap accessible. All are welcome.

Morningside Baptist: 475 Tyler St. Second Sunday in Lent service at 9:30 a.m. followed by coffee and fellowship. Pastor Steve Buchauer's sermon, "And the Wisdom to Know the Difference," is based on Psalm 27.

Pilgrim Memorial: 249 Wahconah St. In an effort to reduce wear and tear on the heating system, winter worship services will be held on the second and fourth Sundays of the month. The next service will be held at 10 a.m. March 24. Lay minister: Donna J. Swiers.

Reigning Love Church: 235 East St. Pastors Brian and 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. Weekly Eucharists at 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday. All are welcome.

Second Congregational, UCC: 50 Onota St. Worship: 10:45 a.m.

South Congregational: 110 South St. Worship: 10 a.m. Nursery care and church school. This Sunday, First Church in Park Square and South Church will share in a joint worship experience at South with the Rev. Dr. John Hamilton of First Church, preaching, and the Rev. Joel Huntington of South, assisting. The focus of worship will be the abiding presence of God's holy love in our lives and world. Both South Church and First Church are open and affirming congregations welcoming all and together they seek to be a nourishing presence in the community.

Unitarian Universalist: 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: 10 a.m.


Berkshire Community Church, Congregational: 45 Cemetery Road. Worship at 10:30 a.m. led by Michael Davis will observe the second Sunday of Lent. The Rev. Angela Raciti will offer the message. Sunday school for adults at 9:15 a.m. A potluck supper will follow the service. All are welcome to join us on a personal journey of faith and fellowship.

Richmond Congregational, UCC: 1515 State Road. Sunday worship at 10 a.m. The Rev. Janet McKinstry, pastor. Mark Kelso, director of music. Come, join us!


Christ Trinity Church: 180 Main St. An Episcopal and Lutheran congregation. Worship: 8 and 10 a.m.

First Congregational: 125 Main St., Route 7. Worship with a Celtic theme at 10 a.m. Call to worship: Alicia Brazie. Anthem: "Brother James's Air." Scripture Lesson: Psalm 23. Message: "Walking With the Shepherd." Open and affirming congregation. Pastor: The Rev. Jill D. Graham.


First Congregational: 4 Main St. Child & adult education: 9:30 a.m. Worship: 10:30 a.m. All are welcome.

St. Paul's Episcopal: 29 Main St. Worship: 8 and 10 a.m.


Tyringham Union Church: 128 Main Road. Evening vespers at 5 p.m. Sunday led by the Rev. Janet McKinstry. Come join us.


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


First Baptist: 731 Main St. Sunday school at 9 a.m. Worship service at 10 a.m. Message: "Merciful Need" based on Romans 1:18-32. Potluck fellowship to follow. Power Up at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Pastor: Chuck St. John.

First Congregational: 906 Main St. Worship: 10 a.m.

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

Second Congregational: 81 Hancock Road. Worship: 9 a.m.

White Oaks Congregational: 480 White Oaks Road. Worship: 11 a.m.


Windsor Congregational: 1941 Route 9. Worship at 10 a.m. Sunday. Services led by Pastor Heather Juby. Coffee, refreshments and fellowship to follow. All are welcome.


The Christian Community Movement for Religious Renewal: The Blue Church at Ten Green River Lane. The Act of Consecration of Man, the renewed form of the Mass, is celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Sundays, and 9 a.m. Thursdays and Saturdays. We gather in the house of the spoken word where the indelible freedom of the human spirit is honored. Hugh Thornton and Liza Marcato, priests.


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.


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