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Outdoor Gathered Worship – July 25

Outdoor Gathered Worship – July 25 We will worship outdoors (weather permitting, otherwise indoors) at the church, on the front lawn, starting at 10:00am.  Please read “Updated Info” (button below).  Livestream will be available. The weather forecast is uncertain, and it is possible we will worship indoors. We are also looking for volunteers to read and

Pastor Brent helps an elderly lady down the stairs of the church

Indoor Gathered Worship – July 18

On July 18 we will worship indoors at the church starting at 10:00am (preludes at 9:45).   Please read “Updated Info” (button below).  Livestream will be available. Please register, as space may be limited.   All people, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask while walking to their seat. All non-vaccinated people should keep their mask on

July Newsletter available

In all three Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke – the term synoptic means “with one eye” to suggest how closely these three texts track the story of Jesus), Jesus offers an enigmatic lesson that is familiar to many of our ears.  He talks about not patching an old garment with a new piece of

Christian Education Sunday

It was an adventure-filled year for Christian Education! From Rally Day (pandemic style), virtual carols, pages of Sunday School lessons online, and even a Children’s Message from North Carolina. As part of a long-standing tradition, each year the church holds a worship service in honor and celebration of the educational programs of the past year.  We

Outdoor Gathered Worship – June 27

On June 27 we will worship outdoors at the church, on the front lawn, starting at 10:00am.  Please read “Updated Info” (button below).  Livestream will be available. Registration is strongly advised, but not required.  By registering, you can be contacted in case worship has to be moved indoors due to inclement weather.  See button below. 

June Newsletter Available

“Now what?  That question is appropriate for every moment, and yet there are moments that such questions take on much greater presence, depth, and import.  Our faith understands believing not as a one-time mental activity, but rather a decision made over and over again in each moment….”   To read more, please download by clicking the

Annual Programs Meeting – See it on YouTube!

The Annual Programs Meeting report, including the Call to Meeting and the Nominating Slate, is available here. The Annual Programs Meeting was held via Livestream and gathered on the front lawn on Sunday, May 23 at 11:00am. The Meeting, led by Moderator Cathy Clark, is available on YouTube; just click on the picture below.

Outdoor Gathered Worship – May 23

Please join us for gathered worship on the front lawn of the church.  Masks will be required, spaces will be marked on the lawn for chairs or blankets, and pre-registration is required. Outdoor services are also livestreamed. Register – May 23 MORE INFO ABOUT INDOOR AND OUTDOOR WORSHIP

May Newsletter Available

May is always a season of great change in the Berkshires.  The natural landscape changes as greens in multitudes of shapes and hues burst forth on the hillsides.  There is a change of pace as visitors flock to absorb many of the blessings we enjoy every day.  Various institutions in the area find greater life

Art Show and Fundraiser

The First Congregational Church hosted  a mixed media art show fundraiser to support restoration of the historic building on Sunday, May 2. There are still works of art looking for a home!  Call the office to make an appointment to see the remaining pieces.  Soon we will put pictures on the website; stay tuned. Well-known

April Newsletter Available

Read all about our Easter plans, reports from the Board of Deacons and Service League, and an important message from the Capital Campaign Steering Committee. I have marveled at the way this church has stuck together over this past year. You have shown up in so many ways to be church and to care for

Black Sacred Music

In honor of Black History Month, the Board of Christian Education presented a series on black sacred music.  African American music is American music, from blues to rock and roll, Motown, jazz, funk and hip hop. Within that, there is a rich heritage of black sacred music that evolved from spirituals to gospel, hymns, freedom

Holy Week and Easter

Holy Week and Easter For more information and registration forms, click here. Palm Sunday Palms are on the way to the church and we want to get them in your hands so that you can wave them triumphantly.  Once they arrive you will be able to pick them up during Office Hours (M-F 9:00-1:00) at the

Bake for your neighbor!

Happy Easter, neighbor! The Growth and Fellowship Board is trying out a new idea for the Easter. We are hoping to help our members reach out to others in our church community who are also their neighbors! Here’s how it works: if you want to, sign up to bake a little extra something for Easter. Hot

March Newsletter available

There is a future, it is coming, there is reason to hope great things for it.  So that we might be ready for it, let’s commit to a time to remember those things we have learned, honor the ones and the things we have lost, mark the wisdom that has been gained, and celebrate the

Lent

During Lent we will be offering a few things to make worship meaningful and alive: Time with Children – the stories from the Old Testament assigned for Lent are all about our Covenant with God.  String art kits have been sent to our families with kids that we will use each week to bring the stories

Book Sharing Initiative

Welcome to the Book Sharing initiative!  We are asking you to pass along to the church family the books that have brought meaning, beauty, peace, and/or joy to you in these times along with a brief description of why you liked it. During office hours the J.E. Room will be open for you to browse,

February Newsletter Available

We stand poised for new beginnings not just as a nation but as a people of faith. We are the folks, the disciples, called through our words and actions to both show others who we can collectively be and walk with them even as Christ still walks with us into our future.  Do not let

January Newsletter available

Now what?  2020 is now part of our history.  There were times that I wondered if the year would ever run its course, and if so, to where.  Much of it focused on surviving one day to the next… Please fill out the Worship Feedback survey; link is on page 5.  Thank you! Download January

Worship Feedback Survey

Worship Feedback Requested We continue to understand that worship is at the heart of our shared experience.  It is that common time where we disentangle ourselves from the demands and expectations of the world and entangle ourselves in our covenant with God and neighbor.  It is a time for honesty, beauty, truth, hope, and possibility.