Organ Recital | October 29th

Richard Damon — accomplished organist, graduate of Stanford University, and currently organist and composer at Grace Episcopal Church, in Amherst, MA. — will present a concert on the Hilborne Roosevelt Organ at First Congregational Church of Great Barrington (251 Main Street) on Sunday, 29 October 2017, 4:00pm.

The program will include works of Buxtehude, Walther, Bach, Franck, Pierné, Willan, Chausson, and Scott Joplin, and will conclude with a hymn sing of Amazing Grace, arranged by Mr. Damon. (Click here to see program.)

An offering will be received and be given to the People’s Pantry of Great Barrington. 

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Berkshire Association UCC Fall Gathering

On Sunday, October 22nd, 3pm, the Berkshire Association will hold its Fall Gathering at the First Congregational Church of Lee (25 Park Place). The theme of the gathering is "A Pathway Toward Forgiveness," and it is designed for lay members of our churches, small groups, and clergy. 

“What was once a reason for rupture and alienation becomes an opportunity for repair and greater intimacy. A life that seemed littered with obstacles and antagonism is suddenly filled with opportunity and love.” (Desmond & Mpho Tutu, The Book of Forgiving

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Partnership: COH Case Statement

We are on a path to invigorate and extend our Church's mission, by forming a partnership. Doing so will depend on church members getting a deeper, clearer sense of all that we have to offer the community. A number of our members have been doing exactly that, and their efforts have produced a "Church on the Hill Case Statement." 

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Partnership: Asset Mapping report

On June 24th Church on the Hill held an "Asset Mapping" event, as an important step in moving toward building partnerships that will extend our mission in the Berkshires. The Asset Mapping was led by our consultants, Partners for Sacred Places, who recently released a report. 

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Rep. Richard Neal Town Hall, 9/15

Local citizens have arranged a rare opportunity to voice our concerns on national policies directly to one of our elected leaders. Representative Richard Neal is the Ranking Member on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. 

The Town Hall will take place on Friday, September 15 at 5:30 at the Robert Boland Theater in the Koussevitsky Art Center at BCC in Pittsfield. Questions on any and all topics will be taken.

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Hunger Brigades Hit the Streets

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HUNGER BRIGADES HIT THE STREETS: SATURDAYS IN SEPTEMBER

Interfaith volunteers to collect funds on Park Square and Berkshire Crossing

 

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God Is Transgender

Pastor John's letter to the editor in the Berkshire Eagle, 7/29/2017:

To the editor:

As pastor of Church on the Hill in Lenox, an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ — and as a son, grandson, and nephew to persons who have served in the U.S. armed forces — I repudiate and denounce the White House’s move to deny transgender persons the privilege and right to serve in our nation’s military.

In our church we believe and teach that human beings are made in God’s image: that humans of every gender expression and sexual identity are expressions of the unlimited diversity and beauty of our Creator.

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Paul's Mission Travels

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We're of course familiar with the mission travels of St. Paul, who carried the gospel through the ancient Near East and across the Mediterranean Sea. But our own Paul Carter is regularly "refiring" his life by taking his modern-day mission travels. Currently he is visiting our neighbors in Mexico, and writes the following: 

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Lunchtime Study Series at Temple Anshe Amunim

“Gospel Truth” (The Rabbi, The Priest, The Reverend and The Pastor)

Three Sessions of study at Temple Anshe Amunim

Starting on June 28, 2017 at 12:30 p.m.

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Get Ready for the Rhubarb Festival!

Rhubarb-Logo_alt.jpgThe Return of the Church on the Hill Rhubarb Breakfast

On Saturday, June 10th, Lenox will once again be rich with rhubarb, prepared in more ways than you have likely imagined! Church on the Hill will reprise our Rhubarb Repast. Bring your neighbors and friends and family to enjoy a scrumptious, rhubarb-infused breakfast. 

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