A church bell with a clapper

February 2020 Newsletter Now Available

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

A group of pre-teens in front of a winter lights display

Youth Group Sees the Light

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.

Text from the Gospel of Matthew

Gospel of Matthew Studies Wrap Up

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.

Sunlight strikes the steeple of the brick church in winter

January 2020 Newsletter

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.

December 2019 Newsletter

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.

The pastor and members of the church choir sing a hymn

Job Opening: Minister of Music

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.

Old brickwork on the church exterior

Newsletter – November 2019

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!”

Baptismal font inscribed with the words "One Body"

Newsletter – October 2019

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.”

The First Congregational Church of Stockbridge's Construct Walk team smiles for the camera

Join Construct’s Fun Walk Into the Future

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

Antique glass windows with green trees outside

Newsletter – September 2019

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.”

A child with his face painted as a cat

Rally Day

Mark your calendars! Sunday school resumes and the choir returns to the loft on Sun., Sept. 8. We’ll have our first Sunday school lesson, meet the new teachers, and have a giant test! OK, no test. But, we are most definitely planning to celebrate on the front lawn after church with food, games, and activities

A woman holds a Bible in her lap

Adult Faith Formation: This Fall Commit to Learning!

Wondering what to do this Fall when the kids go back to school, the leaves begin to tumble, and the days start to shorten? Why not consider one of our adult formation classes? Multiple studies confirm that Bible Studies and other learning opportunities are some of the best ways to deepen your faith and connect

A group of choral singers.

Interfaith Choral Concert to Benefit Berkshire Immigrant Center

On August 15 at 7:30 pm, First Congregational Church, Stockbridge, will host a joint choral concert by the B’Shalom Chorale of the Berkshires and the Berkshire Lyric Chamber Chorus. Led by Jack Brown, the two groups will perform both together and separately in Jewish and Christian sacred choral music from several centuries. There is no

Detail of a carved wooden chair back from the chancel of the First Congregational Church of Stockbridge

Newsletter – August 2019

From this month’s newsletter: “Amazing! Sacrificial! Loving! Transformational! These are words at the center of our faith and our shared life. They also fully apply to the attitude, approach and accomplishments of a group of people who have been tirelessly working on a critical process within our church.”

Newsletter – July 2019

From this month’s newsletter: “It is not a liturgical season, but there is a sacredness in the Berkshires with the coming of the summer. There is the most odd combination of the permission, if not encouragement to slow down and idle along with the simultaneous onrush of people and the crush of things to do…”