Area Religious Services, March 23-24

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

ADAMS

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.

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

BECKET

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

CHESHIRE

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.

DALTON

ARK Community Church: 45 North St. Worship at 10 a.m. Service project: Collecting goods for Berkshire Humane Society.

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. Coffee Break for Women (women's Bible study) from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Fridays. All are welcome! Lenten Music Series: Between Forever performs at 3 p.m. Sunday.

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

FLORIDA

Florida Baptist: 71 Church Road. Worship at 11 a.m. Sermon by Pastor Dan Lampron: "Forgiveness: What We Need to Know About It."

GREAT BARRINGTON

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. Speaker: Lissa McGovern. Sermon: "Walk This Way." Music: Marian Rose.

HANCOCK

Hancock Baptist: Main Street. Sunday 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. 16: 'The Pillar of Non-Resistance'" with scripture reading from Matthew 5:38-40. Fifth Sunday Hymn Sing at 6 p.m. March 31 followed by refreshments.

HINSDALE

First Congregational, 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: "Grace Period." Bible study: 9:30 a.m. Sundays.

LANESBOROUGH

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: 9 a.m. Sunday; Morning prayer: 9 a.m. Monday.

LEE

First Congregational: 25 Park Place. Open and affirming. Worship and children's KEDS program at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Bill Neil's sermon: "Changing Hearts and Lives." All are welcome. Lenten study groups: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday & 12:15 p.m. Sunday. Sing for Joy Parkinson's Singing Group at 10 a.m. Tuesdays. Bible study, Boy Scouts, Weight Watchers, and AA meetings available. Drop-off site for Lee Food Pantry.

Open Door Church: 87 Summer St. Jim Guenther, pastor. Sunday worship at 9:30 a.m. with child care for birth through second grade followed by fellowship time. Bible Study classes for all ages at 11:10 a.m. Short term Bible studies during the week are listed at www.opendoor4you.com.

LENOX

Church on the Hill: 169 Main St. Worship at 10:30 a.m. celebrates the third Sunday of Lent with music by Faure and A. Tcherepnin; word from Isaiah 55 and Luke 13. 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 will lead a contemporary service worshiping in praise by word, song and prayer. Come and be filled with the Holy Spirit. Adult Christian education is studying Adam Hamilton's book about Disciple Simon Peter. Everyone is welcome. Visit Facebook.com/UnitedMethodistChurchLenox; 413-445-5918.

NORTH ADAMS

All Saints Episcopal: 59 Summer St. Worship: 4 p.m. Saturday; 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Sunday school: 9:15 a.m. Lenten Class: "Desert Fathers and Mothers: The First Christian Monks and Nuns," 7 p.m. Monday.

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

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

First Congregational: 134 Main St. Worship at 10 a.m. in the Assembly Hall space. The Rev. Carolyn Peck will lead worship. Michael Daunis will lead the choir and other music. Sunday school 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.

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

New Hope United Methodist: Worship at 10 a.m. Sunday at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 1493 Mass Ave.

Northern Berkshire Christian Church: 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: "From the burning bush, Moses is called by God to lead his people out of slavery into freedom. The parable of the fig tree speaks, on the one hand, of God's patience, but of the urgency of the call to conversion, on the other. Like the Hebrews of old, we too have failed to heed God's call, thinking ourselves to be self-righteous." 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

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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PITTSFIELD

Berkshire Dream Center Church: Nondenominational church at 475 Tyler St. (Morningside Baptist Church). A place to belong, a place to believe. Worship 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. celebrates the third Sunday in Lent. The Rev. Sheila Sholes-Ross's sermon, "Trusting the Voice," is based on Job 33:14; 42:1-6. Nursery care available during worship.

First Church of Christ, Congregational: Park Square, 27 East St. Third Sunday of Lent worship at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Dr. John Hamilton, interim minister, shares his Stories of Faith, Hope and Love: "The Good Life." Sandra Epperly, guest organist. Holy Communion is celebrated every Sunday during Lent. All are welcome to Christ's Open Table. Following worship, guest speaker Megan Wroldson of the Brien Center will give a presentation on "Addiction: Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Resources." Open and affirming church welcoming guests and visitors to the Berkshires. Sunday School, child care available.

First Church of Christ, Scientist: 17 Wendell Ave. Worship and Sunday school: 10:30 a.m. Topic: "Matter." Golden Text: Proverbs 23:5. 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-Tuesday and Friday. Lenten sermon series: "Gathered by God's Love." Reading: Isaiah 55:1-9 and Psalm 63:1-8. Sermon: "Seek the Lord." Second service in African style at noon. Handicap accessible. All are welcome.

Morningside Baptist: 475 Tyler St. Third Sunday in Lent worship at 9:30 a.m. followed by coffee and fellowship. Pastor Steve Buchauer's sermon, "Come to the Waters," is based on Isaiah 55:1-13.

Pilgrim Memorial Church: 249 Wahconah St. Worship: 10 a.m. The sermon, "Come," is based on Matthew 11:28-30, 7:7-8. Rescheduled from Feb. 24 when church was canceled due to inclement weather. 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: 7 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. Church school and nursery care provided. The Rev. Joel Huntington will focus on how to live a fruitful life that nourishes the heart and helps heal the world. There will be a message for the children about how to grow in love. There will also be music and prayers to share. South Church is an "open and affirming" congregation welcoming all and seeking to be a nourishing presence in the community.

Unitarian Universalist: 175 Wendell Ave. Affirming justice, equity and compassion in human relations. Sunday service at 10 a.m.

Zion Lutheran: 74 First St. Worship: 10 a.m.

RICHMOND

Berkshire Community Church, Congregational: 45 Cemetery Road. Worship at 10:30 a.m. will observe the third Sunday in Lent. Martha Scibek will lead the service and the Rev. Angela Raciti will offer the message. Sunday School for adults and children at 9:15 a.m. The adult Sunday school will explore "Simon Peter — Flawed but Faithful Disciple" by Adam Hamilton. Refreshments and fellowship 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.

SHEFFIELD

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

First Congregational: 125 Main St., Route 7. Worship: 10 a.m. Call to worship: Amanda Morgan. Anthem: "Teach Me, O Lord" by Thomas Attwood.

Scripture Lesson: Psalm 63, Luke 13:1-9. Message: "The Manure of Life." Open and affirming congregation. Pastor: The Rev. Jill D. Graham.

STOCKBRIDGE

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

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

WEST STOCKBRIDGE

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

WILLIAMSTOWN

Community Bible: 160 Bridges Road. Worship: 10:30 a.m.

First Baptist: 731 Main St. Worship at 10 a.m. Message: "Mr. Morality" based on Romans 2:1-16. Coffee 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.

Saints Patrick & Raphael Roman Catholic Parish: 63 Southworth St. 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: 9 a.m.

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

WINDSOR

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.

HILLSDALE, N.Y.

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.

POWNAL, VT.

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

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

READSBORO, VT.

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

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

STAMFORD, VT.

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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