February Newsletter

January 31, 2024

I look forward to being with you in worship.  I look forward to gathering around in the JE Room for fellowship or a community supper.  I look forward to remembering that where Jesus went in the Bible, joy, healing and amazement followed. Ash Wednesday will come appropriately on Valentines Day this year.  We will again…

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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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October Newsletter

September 28, 2023

Dear Church Family,   Liminal seasons strike a deep and resonant chord in my life.  For some reason, these moments of transition between seasons almost always bring hope and energy to me.  I also find a welcome and natural invitation into times of reflection and consideration.  Maybe it is the barrage of change upon my senses,…

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Your Chance to Volunteer!

September 11, 2023

Four Main Street is even more alive than usual.  To make everything happen and to extend the kind of welcome we want, we rely on a number of volunteers from our church family.  These roles include: Hospitality – we need both greeters for the front walkway and hosts for fellowship hour. Worship – we would love to…

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“Wholehearted Faith” Book Study

September 5, 2023

Last year’s small group studies of Rachel Held Evans book “Inspired” led to many rich discussions and new perspectives on stories in the Bible. Her writing style is very accessible, and she shares reflections on her faith with honesty, humor and humility. She died tragically at the early age of 37. The book “Wholehearted Faith”…

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Comprehensive Bible Study led by Pastor Brent

August 25, 2023

There is simply nothing quite like reading and considering the full Bible together.  There is wonder in discovering new details or meaning in stories we thought we knew so well.  There are connections between the stories that are suddenly illuminated either in ways we hadn’t noticed or because our life situation now helps us to…

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September newsletter available

August 22, 2023

Wow – what a full summer.  I hope that you have enjoyed this blessing and the myriad of opportunities to find truth, beauty, peace, and hope (including all we have shared here at #4 Main Street).  I certainly have – it has been rich and good. I also have to say that I am excited…

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“Christmas in August” – donations for Veterans

August 17, 2023

For the entire month of August, the Board of Mission & Action is asking for donations of new items to be distributed to local veterans in need. These items will be given to veterans’ organizations in Leeds, MA and in Pittsfield.  The new items that are needed are men’s undershirts and toiletries such as razors, shaving…

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August 10, 2023

Scholarship Announcement Calling all students who are matriculated in undergraduate or graduate programs:  If you’re a church member, or child of a church member or employee, please apply for a scholarship by August 30.  All you have to do is send an email request to Will ( or Margaret Hornick ( specifying where you are enrolled and what degree…

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August newsletter available

August 3, 2023

Books are a treasure in so many ways.  They can, all at the same time, be both grounding and freeing.  They can draw you into their story even as they remind you to see your own in new ways.  They can set you off on a great adventure while they also evoke your true home. …

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Berkshire Beauty – Art Show

July 30, 2023

All church artists are invited to show art this summer – July, August, and September using any media: graphite, colored pencil, watercolor, oil, acrylic, multimedia, photography, small sculptures, etc.  Please bring your artwork to church and place it on the shelves in the JE Room now until the end of September.  Be sure to label…

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Rally Day – September 10

July 28, 2023

As summer winds down, we traditionally gather for a special Sunday.  This church calls it Rally Day – other UCC churches call it Re-Covenanting Sunday.  Both names are helpful for they describe what is at the heart of that Sunday – a joyful day to reconnect in relationship and faith. On September 10 we kick-off…

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