Church/Spiritual 02.09.23

Saint John’s Episcopal Church, Troy

Mark your calendars for a Shrove Tuesday pancake supper at 5:30 pm on February 21st. This traditional English supper is akin to Mardi Gras, and offers pancakes, sausages, and more to eat. Entertainment features pancake races as well as other activities for families. There is no charge for this supper, but donations are gladly accepted. Reservations are also suggested; please call the office.

Ash Wednesday is on February 22nd this year, and services will be at 8 am, followed by hot crossed buns, and 7 pm in the church. 

Sunday in-person worship gathers at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. The 8 a.m. spoken service follows a more ancient Eucharistic Rite in Elizabethan English. The 10 a.m. modern Eucharistic Rite is preceded by hymns on the tower chime and is both live-streamed and in-person. Hymns are accompanied on the regal pipe organ, and Communion music is often from contemporary repertoire. And now the choir has begun to sing again! For more information about music at Saint John’s, be in touch with Tiffany Dzembo, Choir Director, at Coffee hour follows after the 10 a.m. service. Join us!

Sunday School has resumed! Children can draw near to God as they reflect on passages of Scripture and elements of liturgy in a hands-on curriculum, Sundays at 10 am. For information about this, our Thursday after-school program, or upcoming family events, be in touch with Gaby Gastelum, Children’s Christian Education Director, at

The Thrift Store thrives. Hours for shopping and dropping off are from 9 to 12 on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Do stop by!

Our next food pantry, which includes fresh produce, will be Saturday, March 4th, from 10 until noon. All are welcome.

All activities are at 146 1st Street in Troy, (518)274-5884. The Rector, the Rev. Judith Malionek, can be reached also at

Love Lutheran Church

Please join us! We believe there are no strangers here; only friends we haven’t yet met!! Pastor David Dietsche will be leading our worship service on February 19th and 26th. Bible Study: 9:00 am, Worship Service: 10:00 am, followed by Fellowship: 11:00 am. LLC is located on Pheasant Lane and Middlesex Rd., East Greenbush, NY. Telephone: 518-477-8685.

Storytelling Night

First United Methodist Church, 1 Gilligan Rd. East Greenbush

We are people of story. Our traditions, religions, histories, and biographies are compilations of stories told and received, handed down, edited, redacted, metaphorized, dreamed up. Storytelling Night is a monthly evening of food, fellowship, and storytelling. We gather monthly around the stories of people. And, we believe that each story – of our fears, of our hopes, of our lives, of our families, of our undoing, of our renaissance, of our redemption – can be inspiring to us and to others . . . but only if that story is shared. The practice of storytelling (and of story-hearing) is an essential part of being human, and we want to encourage, uplift, facilitate, and gather around the telling and hearing of stories. Join us if you want to share or hear a story! 

Wednesday March First: Elaine M. Rudzinski, the Chief of Police of the East Greenbush Police Department. 

Wednesday April Fifth: Roberta Reno, East Greenbush Town Historian. 

Wednesday May Third: Robert Thomsen, the Choir Director of the First UMC of East Greenbush. 

Wednesdays at 7 PM

Thrift Shop

The Johnsonville Methodist Church Thrift Shop, 22 Bridge St., Johnsonville, NY 12094 is open every Wednesday and the first Saturday of each month from 9- 12. Closed on major holidays. Look for our sign at the corner of Rte. 111 and Rte. 67. 

A great selection of adult and children’s seasonal clothing, vintage, special occasion and career clothes, jewelry, shoes, boots, purses, toys, linens, puzzles and games, household and decorative items. Our well-organized book room has over 1,000 books.

Cancer Support Group

BRUNSWICK – There are very few of us who have not been affected by cancer, either as a patient, family member, or friend. If you are dealing with the stress of this disease for whatever reason, talking with others in similar circumstances can be very beneficial. 

A warm invitation is extended to attend a Zoom cancer support group, led once a month (the third Monday) by retired pastor Ted Wright, he himself a cancer patient. If you have any questions or would like the zoom link, please contact Ted at 

This is a ministry in conjunction with Brunswick Church at 42 White Church Lane (just off Rt. 351). Our worship services are Sundays at 9:30 AM and all are welcome. Church participation is not required to have cancer support.

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