Church/Spiritual 02.04.21

Church of the Redeemer

RENSSELAER – Sunday services on February 7 are at 8:00 and 9:30 with coffee hour following each service. Communion is by host only.

Thrift Shop is scheduled to be open every other Saturday with our next date February 20. Donations are accepted while Thrift Shop is open. Please do not leave donations outside. If you have an emergency need, you may call 518-650-8181 to schedule an appointment.

Hot Mess Crafters will meet on Wednesday, February 10 at 10 AM.

The Church of the Redeemer is an Episcopal church located on CDTA bus route #214 at the corner of Third and Catherine Streets. There is handicap parking, a ramp in front, and a parking lot in the rear. Diocesan guidelines of wearing face masks which cover both the nose and the mouth, using hand sanitizer, and social distancing are followed at all church activities.

Fr. Robert Haskell may be emailed at

The Great Controversy Between Christ and Satan

EAST GREENBUSH – If reading more was a part of your New Year’s Resolution then you definitely want to add this timely and relevant volume to that list. The Great Controversy, as it is endearingly called in short, was written by a prolific American author who was inspired by God to see in the events of history His Divine Providence; truths that transcend time. The book is provocative, informative and life changing. You will not see history in the same light after reading it. If you start reading it today you will not have to go through it alone! Starting Sunday February 7 at 6pm, our book club will launching “The Great Controversy Book Review 2021” where each week we will be looking chapter by chapter at the salient points of each chapter. The book is available Free on Apple Books, EGW Writings App or Website or can be bought on the internet at numerous sites if you enjoy flipping pages. So join the discussion as we read and share together on Zoom at and if you miss the discussion, we’ve got you, The Great Controversy Book Review 2021 will be available on demand on YouTube by the same name. Be a part of this ultimate life changing experience. The conflict is now nearing its end and the final movements will be rapid ones.

How Can I Help?

TROY – This is a common question these days during the pandemic. It is hard to know just what you can do with the various restrictions on our activities.

There is an urgent and continuous need for non-perishable food products for our local food pantries in Rensselaer and West Sand Lake. But how do I participate? Here is your answer.

Hope Lutheran Church, 470 Winter Street Extension, at the intersection of Blooming Grove Drive in North Greenbush is offering free shopping bags for your use. Bags are located on the front porch of the church. The bags also have a listing of suggestions of what you may purchase. Just stop by and pick up an empty bag. After you have completed your shopping put your purchases in the bag and return it to the church porch. (Food is moved inside the church daily to avoid freezing.) And if you are so motivated, take another empty bag.

This is one way you can help the unemployed, the poor, the food challenged, and all those affected by the pandemic.

The Social Action Committee of Hope Lutheran Church sincerely thanks you for your help.

Can Church Happen Anywhere?

AVERILL PARK – Ask anyone from the Church of the Covenant in Averill Park and the answer will be a resounding, “Yes!” In fact, our skilled leadership had a hybrid model of “church” in place as soon as things changed last spring. At present, out of an abundance of caution our building is closed for a few weeks, but our 9:30 am Sunday services are continuing as usual. We are delighted to be able to provide an opportunity to our neighbors far and wide to attend our church on Facebook. And we do mean “far” with viewers from the Capital District, Florida, and even Scotland tuning in. The service features plenty of music from our talented organist/pianist, our renowned choir (virtually), and guest soloists. And you can always count on an inspirational message from Pastor Joe Auslander. Why not plan on joining us for 45 minutes or so at 9:30 on Sunday? Pour yourself that second cup of coffee, set the Sunday paper aside for a bit, and tune in using the link

Brunswick Cares Food Pantry

TROY – Brunswick Cares Food Pantry serves those who are experiencing food insecurity in the greater Brunswick area. In an effort to serve, we need volunteers. Are you someone who could do this? We are open Tuesdays 5-7pm and Saturdays 9-11 am. Our volunteers need to arrive 1 hour before opening for set-up. We have safety protocols to protect you and our guests. If you would like to be a good neighbor by serving those in need, please contact us at

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