During these times of physical distancing, work at home, and staying in there is new energy around the topic of slowing down. Within the Ten Commandments is the teaching to “remember the sabbath day to keep it holy.” Sabbath is a slowing down in an intentional way to remember who we are and to whom
What times these are! I offer prayers for you and for all who are struggling, relaxed, confused, lonely, over-employed, under-employed, sick, caregiving, or in any other way affected by the pandemic being caused by COVID-19. Remember the words of the angels (do not fear) and the mantra of the prophets (speak truth).
The People’s Pantry in Great Barrington needs volunteers through the duration of the the COVID-19 pandemic. Volunteering involves moving produce, meat in coolers, milk and prefilled grocery bags outside onto tables under a tent. Volunteers are needed for three slots each week: Monday 4-6:30 pm; Thursday 8:30-11 am; Thursday 11 am-1:30 pm. College and high
After prayer and in consultation with some of our colleagues, we are still planning to offer a place to gather in worship, mindful of the following…
I begin with the greeting of the angels: Do not Fear! I follow with the wisdom of the prophets: Speak truth! We are in unfamiliar and rapidly changing times. People are reacting to the Covid19 Pandemic in very different ways..
The First Sunday in Lent offers the ideal place from which to start the journey: the Communion Table. There we gather to hear an ancient truth, to re-member, and to put ourselves back together as the body of Christ. There we receive blessings that we might be healed and restored and—just as importantly—that we might go forth to be a blessing.
A new, monthly small group program will kick off in February, centered around the podcast On Being with Krista Tippett and several books featured in her conversations. Read on for Pastor Brent’s inspiration behind this new faith formation offering.
From our Sexton: In the category of “other duties as requested” was the recent investigation of the church’s bell. Eugene Burns, a self-described passionate fan of church and lighthouse bells made by the Meneely Bell Foundry (1826-1950) in Watervliet, NY, called to ask about our bell. As it was a nice day, and not wanting
In December the Jr. Youth Group held its second event of the year. A group of twelve gathered in the JE Room with steaming hot chocolate in hand to talk about the significance of light in the Bible and at Christmas time.
From September through December, two different groups worked through a fourteen section study on the Gospel of Matthew. We studied Matthew as, starting in Advent, Matthew will be the Gospel the Lectionary supplies for worship most often for the coming year.
As the lights of Christmas fade and give way to the light of that star of Epiphany we turn from birth and new beginnings to journeys and following The Way. Starting with the magi journeying from afar, to the baptism and the voice from heaven claiming him as beloved, to stories of water changing into wine, the blind seeing, and life bursting forth Epiphany brings us along for us to come and see.
Faith is not a spectator sport. Instead we bring our faith to life through our choices, our actions, our participation. We gather mid-week on a cold, dark night to the point where the sanctuary and our hearts can barely hold it all in.
Help make this a special Christmas season for other families by choosing a tag (or 2 or 3!), with an age-appropriate gift request, from our Christmas tree.
The First Congregational Church of Stockbridge seeks a dynamic and visionary leader for our music ministry. An Open and Affirming Congregation located in the Berkshires, we are blessed with great musical resources within the church and the wider community.
From this month’s newsletter: “One of the many blessings of living in the Berkshires is that it is a place people like to visit…When Sunday morning rolls around, the question can be “what do we do about church?” Here is what I encourage you to do, though: bring them to church!”
Please bring your loose change to coffee hour on Sunday, October 27, as the kids will be collecting for UNICEF. It’s an opportunity for kids to try out their Halloween costumes a few days early!
From this month’s newsletter: “Following the example of Jesus of Nazareth, we throw open our doors and our lives to welcome stranger and friend. As a place of sanctuary, we honor the struggles of all who enter, and discern, celebrate, encourage and employ their unique gifts and talents.”
Join Construct for its 50th Anniversary WALK – Walk Into the Future – on Sun., Sept. 22, with registration beginning at 12:30 pm. Music, food, entertainment. Bring your families, friends, kids, and (licensed and leashed) dogs. Help build communities and house families, step-by-step and brick-by-brick. There are many ways to get involved. WALK – GRAB YOUR
Numerous artists are sharing their paintings and photography on display in the JE Room during October and November, exploring the theme of “God’s Autumn Colors.” Take a look and enjoy the show!
From this month’s newsletter: “That Sunday we sang a new-to-me song in four-part harmony, and a couple of familiar melodies with new words, poetic and thought-provoking…I had paid attention to the words because they were different. I liked paying attention to the words, a form of prayer.”