Church/Spiritual 02.11.21

Love Lutheran Church News

EAST GREENBUSH – Due to the pandemic, Love Lutheran Church will hold its Spaghetti Dinner, (which is usually held in February), sometime in the Spring of 2021. The dinner will be held outdoors and we will take the necessary precautions to keep everyone safe! Date and time to be determined. Stay well!!

Church of the Redeemer

RENSSELAER – Thrift Shop is open Thursday, February 11 from 3-6 so that you may do your Valentine shopping. We have gifts and decorations to brighten your celebration. Thrift Shop is regularly open the first and the third Saturday of each month. 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.

Sunday services on February 14 are at 8:00 and 9:30 with coffee hour following each service. Communion is by host only.

Hot Mess Crafters will meet on Wednesday, February 17 at 10 AM.

Ash Wednesday service will be February 17 at 3 pm. 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.

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.

Fr. Robert Haskell may be emailed at

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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