Church/Spiritual 03.02.23

Church of the Redeemer

Thrift Shop is holding clothing bag sales on Thursday March 2, Saturday March 4, and Thursday March 9. Bags will be provided. Thursday hours are 3-6 and Saturday from 9-2. 

Hot Mess Crafters meets at 10:00 on Wednesday. We are working on tea towel toppers to brighten your kitchen. Later in the day, at 2:00, there will be Bible Study. We are continuing Max Lucado’s series “How Happiness Happens”.

On March 5 service will be at 9:00. Coffee hour and socializing follow the service. 

The Church of the Redeemer is an Episcopal church located on 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

First United Methodist Church Storytelling Night

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 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

Saint John’s Episcopal Church, Troy

During Lent, we will have the Stations of the Cross at noon on Fridays, led by Deacons Bill and Sandra Tatem. On March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 from 5 to 6 pm we will enjoy our candlelight meditations, where we are invited into the beauty of our candlelit sanctuary in silence, with music playing intermittently. Musicians this year will include March 3rd, Ian Kerr-Mace, euphonium; March 10th, Angelina Valente, soprano; March 17th, Tiffany Dzembo, soprano; March 24th, TBD, and March 31st, Lauren Hunn, piano.

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. During Lent we will observe the more ancient rite until Easter. Hymns are accompanied on the regal pipe organ, and Communion music is often from contemporary repertoire. The choir has begun to sing again! For more information about music at St. John’s, contact Tiffany Dzembo, Choir Director, at Coffee hour follows the 10 a.m. service.

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. For information about this, our Thursday after-school program, or upcoming events, contact 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

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

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

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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