— News from Christian Education —

Sunday School welcomes you all,  so bring your children, grandchildren, neighbors, friends! We  will have a great year learning to follow Jesus, serving our church and community, sharing Bible stories, and making music.  Many thanks to our devoted teachers.  For 5 years of serving as Sunday School superintendent we give thanks to Kathleen Igoe.   We welcome Janet Holmgren as new member and new superintendent.  Blessings for a great year.

 Pastor Barbara is also starting a group for those young people who wish to be confirmed, to reaffirm their baptism and to claim the Christian faith for their own.  We will find a time to meet that works with everyone’s crazy schedules !  We will learn what it means to be a practicing Christian in today’s multicultural world.  We will have time for questions, prayer, community service, and fun.  Email to wmst2ndcongo@outlook.com if you have 12 or 13 year olds in your house ! 

Adult study opportunities:  We had a small but mighty Bible study group this past August and we read through the Psalms,  all 150 of them !!  Did you know they are divided into 5 books within the Book of Psalms?  Did you know that the psalms were written by many different authors including King David, Asaph, the Korahites, Moses, and lots of unknown writers?  Did you know that many of our favorite hymns are based on psalms?   Did you know that although the psalms invite us to thank and praise God, others express sorrow, anger and frustration at the injustice of the world?  Did you know that Jesus quoted one of these ‘sad psalms’ as he hung on the cross?  (Psalm 22)  Take time to read and pray a psalm today.

​— Music Notes —
The adult choir is looking for more members! We are very happy to welcome part-time members or occasional members. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 and Sunday mornings at 8:15. But if you can't make it to Wednesday rehearsals, feel free to just come on Sunday mornings! Or just visit once to see what it's like. Singing in our choir is lots of fun and it's good for your health, too!

Children's Sunday at the Second Church

Our new youth-led praise team “Jubilate Deo” or “J.D.” debuted on March 11th. They were fabulous! In a rotating leadership,

each of the young people in J.D. will take turns

choosing the music and leading the praise

two Sundays every month. With their beautiful voices,

J.D. members aim to be powerful witnesses to God’s love in our lives. 

                    — From the Trustees —

The month of August generally is dedicated to completing some of the maintenance and building inspection punch list items. The grounds were maintained with the TEAM effort throughout the summer to keep the lawn freshly cut. 

Chris Bradich, grand-daughter Serenity, and Janet Mayer kept the flowers blooming.   Ron Brown trimmed the bushes and much of the lower dead limbs from the evergreens surrounding the parking lot and three pick up truck loads were hauled off to the compost pile.  Various paint touch ups were similarly done by Ron.  Paul is attempting to level the back step to the Sunday school that has heaved up over time.  The oil burner cleaning has been scheduled.

Many thanks to all who help to maintain our buildings and who contribute financially.  We continue to brainstorm ideas to reduce our yearly deficit and the consequent drain on our endowment.  Please remember your church so that this community of faith will continue to serve you, the community, and our Lord for many years to come.  

Greetings from Rev. Barbara Kershner, Interim Pastor

From the warmth of our welcome, to the inspiration of our worship, the delight of our young people, the embrace of our caring, and the diversity of our mission that we offer, you will want to see what we are all about. We invite you to visit us.  We'd love to have you as part of our Church family. We welcome all!

Welcome to  

The Second Congregational Church

81 Hancock Road • Williamstown, MA 01267 • (413) 458-3467