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.Read more
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:Read more
“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.Read more
The 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.Read more
The Berkshire Association of
The Massachusetts Conference of
The United Church of Christ
invites you to its Annual Meeting
Sunday, 21 May 2017 | 3:00 PM
for the purpose of conducting the following business:Read more
The Annual UCC Offering for One Great Hour of Sharing will be collected this Sunday, March 26 during worship service.
OGHS enables the United Church of Christ to reach people and communities affected by disaster, displacement or poverty. With your help, it provides assistance to families and communities around the world, helping them to become stronger, healthier and better equipped to address hardships and catastrophes.Read more
The preschoolers have been very busy raising money for the Syrian refugees through St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Pittsfield!
One of our summer camp families is from Syria, and the mom also happens to be an amazing chef. Fadia felt the need to help the people in her homeland through her gift of cooking. This fall, Fadia began cooking amazing Syrian and Lebanese delicacies in her kitchen, and delivering them to people at their homes. She needed to find a way to do this on a larger scale, and so the "Eat to Feed" fundraiser was born.Read more
On Sunday, 22 January, the Religious Roundtable featured Pastor John being interviewed by the Rev. Liz Goodman of Monterey UCC.
The Religious Roundtable is a 1/2 hour conversation hosted by the Southern Berkshire Clergy Association each Sunday morning. It is broadcast on WSBS 860AM and streamed on www.wsbs.com. Pastor Liz and Pastor John covered plenty of ground in their 30 minutes, including his work in human rights and AIDS ministries, his studies in preaching, and the meaning of "goodbye," or "God be with you." Hope you enjoy listening!
The 4 Freedoms March on January 7th is an excellent opportunity to gather as community united, marching for freedom of speech and religion, freedom from fear and want, against bigotry and prejudice. The March and Rally is planned for January 7, a day after the 75th Anniversary of FDR's landmark speech in 1941 first stating the Four Freedoms to the 77th Congress.
The Diaconate met on December 15th at the Powells' home. Agenda items included:
Plans for Christmas Eve service are all in order and we look forward to this joyous celebration. Candle lights, brass ensemble, and special soloist our own Quentin Chin.
Discussion on Communion Serving: intinction is easier for some with hand difficulties; in the pew service is easier for those with walking concerns. For now, we will continue to offer both on alternating basis.
Epiphany Sunday (8 January 2017) our guest soloist will be our friend Jack Brown.
See you ALL in church!