July newsletter

June 28, 2024

… I see that little fig tree now also as a symbol of our church here in Stockbridge.  There are times when our life is verdant and growing and other times when scale seems to cover our shared life and leaves are dropping.  The pandemic and other current challenges have impacted our shared life in…

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Second Nature Arts

June 27, 2024

The Jonathan Edwards Room will be busy in July, with kids making and creating, Monday – Friday, 9:00 – 3:15.  Other users of the church are asked to enter the building through the back office door.  Of course, the ramp is always available, so please don’t hesitate to use it if needed. From the Second…

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June newsletter

May 29, 2024

This summer I invite you into the fullness of our faith and the joy and meaning that comes with it. This summer I invite you to take the time to linger in quiet and relaxed relationship. This summer I invite you to do less and abide more. This summer I invite you to experience sabbath.…

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Pride Month: Worship, Parade, and Community Conversations

May 20, 2024

Pride Month: Worship, Parade, and Community Conversations  As an Open and Affirming (and extravagantly welcoming) Congregation we are planning to engage with our LGBTQ+ Community in a celebration of Pride Month. The community conversation about Austen Hartke’s “transforming – the Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians” is off to a great start.  Registration is closed,…

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Services always available!

May 6, 2024

Thanks to our terrific team of Livestream technicians, each service is available in “real time” on Sunday morning.  And they remain available on our YouTube channel, found here. Each recording also has the service bulletin available.  Enjoy!

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May Newsletter

April 29, 2024

The May newsletter is available here. Dear Church Family, We are a diverse church – both locally and in covenant with other UCC churches – diversity abounds.  We welcome and cherish people who come to be the body of Christ for very different reasons and who understand that body of Christ and the larger issue…

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All-Church Birthday Party

April 29, 2024

Happy Birthday to All of Us Having a birthday this year? Come celebrate with a potluck lunch and party on Sunday, May 5!  This year’s theme is The Four Seasons. Bring a dish to share, sit with your seasonal siblings, sing seasonal songs, eat cake…And speaking of cake, are you willing to bake one? Email…

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Stockbridge Festival Chorus Concert

March 31, 2024

Stockbridge Festival Chorus Spring Concert, Saturday, April 27, 3:00 pm at The First Congregational Church of Stockbridge. Featured work is Melodious Accord: A Concert of Praise by Alice Parker for chorus and solo quartet, accompanied by Berkshire Brass, harp, and piano. Tracy Wilson, Music Director. Admission is $20 at the door, $10 for community chorus…

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April Newsletter

March 29, 2024

Dear Church Family, As April begins, we are literally left with the question, now what?  With Easter still lingering on the air and with resurrection still echoing off our hearts, we are left with that question – now what?  First, I say, just linger – just take a deep breath and let in all the…

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Holy Week Schedule

March 7, 2024

Palm Sunday – March 24 –10:00a.m.   Join the crowd to welcome Jesus as he enters the holy city of Jerusalem.  A Palm Processional will kick things off as we honor Christ and look forward to the Holy Week that follows. Maundy Thursday – March 28 Evening Worship 7:00pm   Gather with the disciples in the upper…

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March Newsletter

February 28, 2024

Palm Holy Week and Easter are replete with chances (see page 11).  While the story is compelling, the music is transforming, and the liturgical elements are inviting, the element that brings them all together in powerful ways is the gathering.  Setting aside the time to encounter all of these things together magnifies the meaning and…

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Land Acknowledgement

January 6, 2024

Justice Task Force News Land AcknowledgementThe Justice Task Force is very pleased to report that on February 4 the congregation unanimously approved a land acknowledgement.  But our work is not done. Are you interested in joining us as we move forward? Please contact any member of the Justice Task Force (Charlotte Rodgers, Diane Piraino, John Canning,…

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Children’s Special Music

January 5, 2024

Children’s Special Music Rehearsal Sunday, January 28, 9:15-9:55 We are weaving in one more thread to the incredible children & families programming at our church: Children’s Special Music is happening (was called Kids Choir/Music)!  We will rehearse starting January 7 from 9:15-9:55 before church on most Sundays.  Our first big date singing in the service…

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Watch the Worship Service: December 31

December 29, 2023

On New Year’s Eve day, The First Congregational Church, Stockbridge held joint service with the West Stockbridge Village Congregational Church.  To watch the service, please click here.  The bulletin may be downloaded by clicking here.

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Christmas Eve Evening Worship

December 19, 2023

December 24 at 5:00 p.m. With doors opening and preludes beginning at 4:30, all are welcome for our traditional service of lessons and carols.  Part of the reason for this earlier time is to be more child friendly.  The service will be filled with familiar stories and favorite carols.  We will finish worship with the…

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December newsletter

November 28, 2023

Advent is known as a time of waiting and preparation.  It is to wait for God’s inbreaking in our lives and in our world and a time of engaging that we might be ready or capable to receive God’s gift and decisive action.  It is to prepare to meet everything in our lives and in…

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Join the Christmas Choir!

November 8, 2023

Would you like to sing in the Christmas Choir on Christmas Eve?  Peter Frost, the Minister of Music, would like to know! If you are a chorister who is currently unable to sing in our church choir, but you love to sing arguably the most beautiful sacred repertoire, meaning Christmas music, please join us. If…

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November newsletter

October 27, 2023

Dear Church Family, November is a special month. It is a month that begins with memory and ends with preparation.  It is a month that includes both harvest and Thanksgiving.  It is a month when seasons change and while life slows down it also moves toward.  It is a month perfect for being church. Pastor…

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Music on Main concert

October 11, 2023

The First Congregational Church of Stockbridge Hosts Music on Main Series Saturday, November 4, 2023, at 3pm Violinist Muneko Otani – Cellist Ronald Feldman – Pianist Hui-Mei Lin featuring works by Boulanger, Beethoven, and Brahms The Music on Main series, hosted by The First Congregational Church of Stockbridge, is pleased to present violinist Muneko Otani, cellist Ronald…

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