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July Newsletter Available

… My hope is that we find ways, especially during these summer months, to take advantage of the chance to safely connect outside.  This is about how we feed you and/or help you engage with your faith, each other and the world.  It will give us the strength and endurance to withstand any uptick in

Guest Preacher, Rev. Quinn Caldwell

For the next few weeks is Rev. Quinn Caldwell. He is a dear friend of Brent and served as a mentor and guide during Brent’s ordination process and time at Old South Church.  Quinn has a dynamic heart of faith and is an engaging and compelling thinker, writer and preacher. We are lucky to have

Star Baker – “Birthday/Anniversary Celebration”

Time to cook or bake!  Each round we offer a theme and invite all bakers and cooks to create a dish that interprets that theme.  The entry can be anything that you make that is edible – baked goods, meatloaf, artfully arranged crudités, etc.  This time the theme is birthdays and anniversaries.  Please send photos

Small Groups – “Sabbath”

Zoom link for Friday meeting These groups will soon start a second series. 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

Baptismal fond with the words

April 2020 Newsletter Now Available

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).

Boxes of food are sorted for a food pantry

People’s Pantry in Need of Volunteers and Donations

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

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

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.”