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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

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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

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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…”

A red barn with rows of crops

Worship on July 7 to Feature Gould Farm

Lisanne Finston, Executive Director of Gould Farm and an ordained minister, will preach and help lead worship on Sunday July 7. Our Board of Mission and Action has had a long relationship with the Farm and is delighted to help the congregation get to know it better. Coffee hour will include information about how members

Strawberries

Annual Strawberry Social

Our annual Strawberry Social will take place outside, weather permitting, after church this Sunday, June 30th. Join us for a celebration of our local bounty and good fellowship. There will be strawberry shortcakes for one and all!

Three boys and two girls sing in church

Join the NEW Ecumenical Kids Summer Choir

For kids entering grades K-8. Three Sunday afternoons: July 28, August 4 and August 11. Mostly unison music with a possibility of one (or two) two parts and/or rounds. This choir is free with no charge to participate! Directed by Jill Wheat, Accompanied by Dr. Gene Kalish.

Child's backpack

Summer Food Backpack Project

In the summer, some families who depend on school meals face food insecurity. With our partners, Fairview Hospital and the Jewish Women’s Federation, we will provide nutritious food on Thursdays, from July 11 until August 22.

Details of a carved wooden pulpit

Newsletter – June 2019

From Pastor Brent: “Dear Friends in Christ,In today’s world we have come to see the truth that sometimes we need help if we are trying to learn something or get better at it. At the gym, personal trainers are available to work with people in the areas they want to address. Out on the course