One Great Hour of Sharing: "You Are Here"

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. 

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Lenox Preschool News!

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. 

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Religious Roundtable with Pastor John

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!

 

 

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Four Freedoms March, January 7th

4freedoms.jpgThe 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.
 

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Deacons' Doings in December

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!

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Good Work at the Christian Center

Church on the Hill's moderator, Ellen Merritt, is executive director of the Christian Center in Pittsfield. Take a few minutes to watch this wonderful video that shows their heart-filled mission. 

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"What Do You See?" - Third Sunday of Advent

If you were looking for someone wielding not a winnowing fork but a magic wand, to cure all disease — to stop all war — to prevent the innocent from suffering — you might have the same doubt that John did. You might be asking Jesus: “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?”

A sermon for the third week of Advent by Pastor John A. Nelson

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E-word - the second week of Advent

Advent candles

The nights grow longer as we move more deeply into Advent - which means we see all the more clearly the flickering light of God's presence. Praise the darkness, praise the candles (real or electric or battery-operated), praise the waiting, and praise the hope for Messiah!

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"Wilderness Warnings" - Second Sunday of Advent

"Perhaps Advent has been over-civilized, when actually it is a wild time. Advent never was preparation for Christmas-as-we-know-it, in the scripture. No lightness of heart, no festive decorating, no parties. Advent was deep yearning, even anguished yearning, for relief from the wildness of the times. And if it is a wilderness time, God is going to choose to speak through the kind of people who know how to survive in the wilderness."

A sermon on Matthew 3:1-12, for Church on the Hill, by Pastor John A. Nelson

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Preschool Disciples

by Courtney Gilardi Coco

What does it mean to be a 'Christ's Disciples in the Community' when you are three years old?

It means running a food drive, being a Baking Angel, a Santa to a Senior, adopting a Christian Center teen, caring for our shelter pets and singing to those living at Kimball Farms on Sunset....

And this is only the beginning, and only a small glimpse into the outreach ministry of our preschoolers.  

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