Church/Spiritual 11.15.18

The Annual Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Grace United Methodist Church and the Hudson Valley-Berkshires Interfaith Network cordially invite readers of the Advertiser, community members, friends and family to the Annual Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at 7pm, on Sunday, Nov. 18, at Grace United Methodist Church, 42 Church Street, Route 20, Nassau. The following groups will be participating; Baha’i, Grace United Methodist Church, Hudson Valley-Berkshires Interfaith Network, Nassau Community Band, Nassau Reformed Church, Nassau Synagogue & Jewish Community Center, Nassau Resource Center, Nassau Town and Village Officials, AQRT Sufi Order, St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church. Refreshments and fellowship follow the service. The offering will be donated to the Nassau Resource Center.


Love Lutheran Church Celebration

Love Lutheran Church will be celebrating its 60th anniversary next year.  We are looking for any type of memorabilia from past and present members to share at our open house next Spring – date/time to be determined.  If you can provide any pictures, etc., please mail them to the church or drop them off on a Sunday morning and join us for worship!  Be sure to include your name and address, so we can return the items to you.  Love Lutheran Church is located at:  Just off Route 20 at Pheasant Lane & Middlesex Road, East Greenbush, NY.  Church office:  518-477-8685.  Love Lutheran Church mailing address:  10 Greenwood Drive, P.O. Box 118, East Greenbush, NY 12061. Please join us for worship each & every Sunday!



Christmas Celebration at Evangelical Luth.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Poestenkill, 772 Route 351, will hold a “Christmas Celebration” on Saturday, December 1, beginning at 1 pm until 3 pm. This program is for all children and youths and their parents in and around our area.

We will begin with a re-enactment of the “Nativity” in the sanctuary followed by Christmas crafts and refreshments in the undercroft. Please let us know by reserving your seat as space is limited to 50 children not including youths and adults by calling 518-283-6045 and leave a message. A parent or guardian must accompany their children.

We wish you a “Joy Filled Christmas Season” all year long.


Questions of Faith

Do you ever wonder if the Bible is true? What God is like? What the big deal is about Jesus? What the church is all about? What does it mean to be a Christian? If so, you are invited to join us as we explore the answers to these and other questions.

Third Presbyterian Church (115 Winter Street, Troy) will be offering a series of presentations to answer these and other questions of faith. Join us on November 18th from 6:00 to 7:30 PM as we consider questions about Jesus – Who He is? Why is He important?

Each event will include a brief presentation and a time for questions and discussion. Light refreshments will be served. Childcare is available. Please call the church office at 518-283-2420 to let us know you will need childcare services and the ages of your children.

Bring your questions and find answers that will transform your heart and mind!


Free Prayer Circle

The Power of Prayer Can Move Mountains, Work Miracles, Achieve Serenity and Give You Strength. Fr. Billy Clark, Denise Tally and Patrick Clark will guide us in prayer every fourth Sunday at 1pm. Prayer is a universal way for you to connect to your soul and communicate with a higher power. Whether you are new to the ways of prayer or perhaps you pray daily, or you might have prayed as a child but may have gradually lost the habit, or maybe you feel your prayers are never answered. This group is open to all religions & spiritual backgrounds. Join us as we explore the power of coming together to Pray for help, guidance, health, healing and answers. We gather to pray for ourselves/our loved ones/the world.

RESERVATIONS NOT REQUIRED! Information: Denise Tally: 518 339-8386.VENTURE INWARD- 568 Columbia Turnpike #16 VanDenHouten Square (back entrance) East Greenbush, visit: www.VentureInwardCenter. com


Nov. Date Change for Catholic Charities Rep in New Lebanon and Stephentown

This month, the Catholic Charities social services representative will be in New Lebanon and Stephentown for persons aged 60 and above, and/or their caregivers, on Thursday, November 29, due to the observance of Thanksgiving on November 22. She will be at the New Lebanon Library from 10 am to 1 pm, and at the Stephentown Library from 1:30 to 4:30 pm. In addition to providing information about senior services, she is also able to connect caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s or other dementias to a NY State funded program that provides free support services for those family caregivers. Persons from any community in the eastern sector of Columbia and Rensselaer Counties are welcome. You may walk in or call 518-925-0682 to make an appointment.

There is no charge for this service provided by Catholic Charities Senior and Caregiver Support Services and sponsored by the Seniors’ Ministry of Immaculate Conception/St. Joseph, New Lebanon. For further information, you may call the Catholic Charities staff person directly at the number above, or contact Mary Linton, RN, 518-733-0469.  


Gilead Lutheran Church Worship

November 18th, 2018 – Time after Pentecost – 10:30 a.m. service. 308 Brick Church Road (Routes 7 East & 278) Center Brunswick, led by Pastor Dan Hahn. Gospel: Mark 10:35-45 – “The Request of James and John.”

We present God’s message in a liturgical setting with a service of Holy Communion each Sunday. Gilead provides congregational and community outreach (free community dinner), food pantry (last Thursday of the month), free-will donation to our Story Dinners (every other month, donations going to local charities) and other outreach programs during the year. We welcome you to know us in both settings in our 276th year in the community and renew and refresh your heart and soul for the week. Sunday School is held following the children’s message, 2 yrs. to 6th grade.


Church of the Redeemer Worship

On Sunday, November 18, Mother Anne Curtin will conduct Sunday service at 8:00 and 9:30. Coffee hour in the Hearth Room will follow each service, CRAFTING continues Wednesday at 10:00. Join us for the fun of learning, teaching, and creating. All levels and creative pursuits are invited.

BIBLE STUDY will meet on Wednesday at 6:00 and on Thursday at 1:30.

The church is located on CDTA #214 bus route on the corner of Third and Catherine Streets. We have a parking lot in back, handicapped parking in front and a ramp to facilitate access. “Please, NO DONATIONS UNTIL DECEMBER. Please visit our website www.RedeemerRensselaer. com. The Church phone number is 518-650-8181.

Our email is RedeemerRensselaer@gmail. com.


Snyder’s Lake Community Church Worship

Come worship at the Church by the Lake! Snyder’s Lake Community Church offers a non-denominational, Christian service rooted in the Gospel and family values. Join us every Sunday at our 10am Worship service, located at 24 Camp Scully Way, Wynantskill. “Seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you!”



Hope Lutheran Church Worship

Hope Lutheran Church (formerly bearing the transitional name of WCRCLP) held a Ribbon Cutting and Blessing Ceremony on Sunday, October 28th, marking a new beginning for the joining together of the former St. Timothy Lutheran   and Trinity Lutheran (West Sand Lake).  Hope Lutheran’s web site and Facebook page (see below for the new addresses) highlight upcoming activities and community outreach programs, as well as worship opportunities.

Sunday worship: The service with Communion is held at 10 AM at the church, followed by a coffee hour. Child care is available. The church is located at 470 Winter Street Extension, North Greenbush.

A Bible Study program is held Wednesdays at 12 noon at the church.

Meditative Moments: Please join us for a time of reflection. Our newest event, Meditative Moments, is an hour of retreat, during which time one might light candles, listen to music, and read. Our literature ranges from thought-provoking devotionals to childhood fairytales and everything else in-between. All are invited to decompress in our Sunroom for an hour, 30 minutes, or a New York minute if needed. Meditative Moments is open to the public on Thursday afternoons from 12-1pm.
Church Office: 518-283-1372;;; Lutheran Church



November Events for First UM Church of East Greenbush

The church is located at 1 Gilligan Road in East Greenbush. Additional information is available by calling 518-477-9693.

FRIDAY NIGHT ALIVE: NOVEMBER 23- Youth-led contemporary worship service at 7:00 PM on the 4th Friday of every month in the church sanctuary.  All ages are welcome!

NOVEMBER 25: CHRIST THE KING SUNDAY – Special music and worship services.

ADVENT STUDY BEGINS (4 WEEKS) -There will be a Monday evening group meeting at 6:30 PM and a Tuesday morning group meeting at 9:30 AM.  Both groups will be using the book The Gift of the Nutcracker by Matt Rawle.  The starting dates are Monday, November 26 and Tuesday, November 27.

NOVEMBER 27 – Monthly worship service (on the 4th Tuesday of the month) at Rosewood Rehabilitation Center, 284 Troy Road, Rensselaer, at 2:00 PM.



Church of the Covenant Christmas Bazaar

The Church of the Covenant in Averill Park will host its annual Christmas Bazaar from 9am-3pm, Saturday, December 1st. Come do your Christmas shopping at more than a dozen handcraft, gift, and food shops. You’ll find plenty of holiday-themed items, as well as year-round gifts and décor. When you enter, get your Shop-All-Day form so you can shop at all the booths without having to pull out your wallet at each one. Pay as you leave, cash or checks only; we are not able to accept credit cards.

On the main level, visit The Doll Boutique with handmade doll clothing, the Pet Corner with gifts for your pet, the Sweet Shoppe with homemade candy and baked goods, Plants & Greens, Collectibles, The Country Store, Handcrafts & Decorations, and Religious Items. Have lunch at the COC Cafe, specializing in chili, macaroni & cheese, sausage & peppers, assorted soups, and other homemade foods.

Downstairs, Yuletide for Youth has a cookie-decorating station and games and crafts for children, as well as the ever-popular Kids-Only store.

The Church of the Covenant, also known as “The Round Church,” is at 3055 Route 43 near the blinking light in Averill Park, just west of Burden Lake Road.


Melrose Methodist Church Christmas Sale

Join us for a Christmas Sale! There will be decorations, new and used! Plus, plates of assorted Christmas cookies at the Melrose Methodist Church, 20 Church Street, Melrose, on December 1st from 10-3pm.  We are handicapped assessible. To reserve cookies, call 518-235-4370.


Melrose United Methodist Blue Christmas Service

Melrose United Methodist Church will host its annual Blue Christmas Service on December 5th, 7:00 pm, at the Melrose UMC, located at the corner of route 40 and Church St. in Melrose.

The Blue Christmas Service is especially for people who are mourning, who have or are experiencing loss or for persons who have other reasons for not feeling particularly joyful at Christmas.  Christmas can be a painful time for some.

It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died; it may be a time that has always been difficult.  At this time of the year, our spirits often sink, as the days grow shorter and the darkness grows deeper around us.

Blue Christmas is an ecumenical community service of scripture, prayer and music during advent for those who struggle, who mourn and any who find celebrating difficult.  If this Christmas season is difficult for you, come and begin your advent with worship.  Everyone, regardless of church background is welcome.


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