Church/Spiritual 03.05.20

In Pursuit of Happiness

WEST SAND LAKE – Everybody wants to be happy, but why don’t we feel happy? There are good reasons not to be happy; the tragedy of suicide and the opioid crisis, broken relationships and divisiveness. What is our purpose, is Life is meaningless?

Pastor Charlie’s new sermon series, The Power and Joy of Life, continues through April 5, each Sunday in Lent, at 10:45am. We will explore life’s meaning and find answers in the words of Jesus Christ. Connect at Salem United Methodist Church, every Sunday, and let us pray and think together. 349 Shaver Rd. West Sand Lake,, 518-674-3106.

Google Can’t Answer Everything!

WYNANTSKILL – If you’re looking for answers to the questions that really matter, we can recommend a better search engine… Find out more 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 10 AM worship service, located at 24 Camp Scully Way, Wynantskill. So, what would you like to know?

Church of the Redeemer Thrift Shop

RENSSELAER – The Church of the Redeemer Thrift Shop has earned an excellent reputation by offering quality merchandise at bargain prices. We feature clothing for all ages and sizes, baby equipment, toys, puzzles, household goods, linens, collectibles, filled Easter baskets and decorations, prom dresses and accessories.

The shop will be open on Thursday March 5 from 3 to 6 and on Saturday March 7 from 9 to 2, weather permitting. Located at 1249 Third Street in Rensselaer and on CDTA bus route #214, the shop can be entered from the parking lot on the Catherine Street side. We can be found on Craigslist too.

Sand Lake Area Association of Churchs Friday Lenten Worship & Lunch Schedule

SAND LAKE – The Stations of the Cross will be our weekly services as a focal point at Noon.   All services are at 12:00 pm noon, with  lunch to follow, and are held at Church of the Covenant U.M., 3055 NY 43, Averill Park, NY 12018.  Lunch will be provided for a suggested $5 donation going to Conserns-U. 

* March 6th – Concerns-U leading, lunch will not be provided that day.

March 13th – West Stephentown Baptist leading

March 20th – Taborton Zion UCC leading

March 27th – St. Henry’s Catholic leading

April 3rd – Salem United Methodist Church leading

Church of the Redeemer

RENSSELAER – March 8 is the day we change our clocks ahead. If you forget, you will be early for Sunday services at 8:00 and 9:30 and will have extra time to enjoy coffee hour in the Hearth Room with others who also forget!

Bible Study on Wednesday evening at 6:00 will be the last of the “Walking in the Desert” series. Our lesson will be “There’s Hope in the Desert” where we will learn that in the most barren of deserts, hope exists, and we will always find God there. Come at 5:30 to share pizza and salad.

Hot Mess Crafters meets on Wednesday morning at 10:00. We are exploring making washable shopping bags to replace the plastic bags are now illegal. We also have a donated box of fleece squares and a sewing machine so we can now fashion blankets and pillows. We look forward to having new members and hope you will join us.

The Church of the Redeemer is located at the corner of Third and Catherine Streets. Email or call 518-650-8181.Our website is

Albany Adult and Teen Challenge Choir to Perform at First Baptist Church Rensselaer

RENSSELAER – Please join the First Baptist Church Rensselaer in welcoming the Albany Adult and Teen Challenge choir as they perform gospel songs and give moving testimony as to the power that Christ has given them over their addictions. The service will begin at 11:00 am on March 8, 2020. A lunch will be provided after the service in the Fellowship Hall. All are invited and enjoy the music, message and lunch. First Baptist Church Rensselaer is located at 1101 Washington Ave, Rensselaer, NY. For questions, please call the church directly at 518-286-3226.

Nassau Synagogue Celebrates Purim

NASSAU – The community is invited to celebrate Purim at the Nassau Synagogue and Jewish Community Center on Monday, March 9, 2020 at 7PM.

Hear the Megillah (also called the Book of Esther) being read, and join in the fun of “stomping out” the evil Haman. Munch on hamantaschen, triangular cookies shaped like Haman’s hat.

Come in costume or come as yourself!

The synagogue is located at 12 Albany Avenue in the Village of Nassau. E-mail with any questions.

Save the Date – Healing Arts Retreat

CASTLETON/SCHODACK – The next Healing Arts Retreat at Saint Paul’s Church, 1583 Carney Rd. Castleton/Schodack will be March 21, 9:30 to 1:00. This focus of this Retreat is “Sounds of Silence”; a Silent Retreat. Spend a few hours unwinding & “unplugging”. Sessions will include the opportunity to learn & practice mindfulness, meditation and prayer. Find the seeds of peace & healing within yourself. Ease the transition into Spring! For more information visit or call & leave message at 518/732-7754.

Lent Ecumenical Worship Service and Lunch

EAST GREENBUSH – The First United Methodist Church of East Greenbush located at 1 Gilligan Rd. will be hosting the service and lunch starting at 12:05 PM every Wednesday through April 1st. Pastors from local churches will be leading the services and also providing the lunches. All are welcome to come join us! Free will donations will benefit ConSERNS-U. Phone 518-477-9693,

Our Parishes Welcome You to Join Us for Holy Week and Easter Services 2020

TROY/WYNANTSKILL – Sacred Heart Church, 310 Spring Avenue, Troy, NY; St. Michael the Archangel, 175 Williams Road, Troy NY; St. Jude the Apostle Church, 43 Brookside Avenue, Wynantskill, NY.

HOLY THURSDAY, April 9, 2020

Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper

5:30 pm at Sacred Heart followed by a cover dish supper…Adoration until 10:30 pm, ending with Night Prayer

7pm at St. Jude the Apostle…Adoration until Midnight, ending with Night Prayer

5:30 pm at St. Michael the Archangel, adoration until 10 pm

GOOD FRIDAY, April 10, 2020

Morning Prayer…at St. Jude the Apostle at 9 am

Morning Prayer…at St. Michael the Archangel at 9:30 am

Stations of the Cross

3 pm at Sacred Heart

3 pm at St. Jude the Apostle

2 pm at St. Michael the Archangel


5:30 pm at Sacred Heart

7 pm at St. Jude the Apostle

5:30 pm at St. Michael the Archangel


Morning Prayer…at St. Jude the Apostle at 9 am

Morning Prayer…at St. Michael the Archangel at 9:30 am

Easter Vigil Service (Mass)

8:15 pm at Sacred Heart

8 pm at St. Jude the Apostle

8 pm at St. Michael the Archangel

EASTER SUNDAY, April 12, 2020

Easter Morning Masses: 8am, 9:30 and 11:15 am at Sacred Heart….

9AM and 11:30am at St. Jude the Apostle…7:30 am and 10:15 am at St. Michael the Archangel.

Thursday Worship Gives You Options

TROY – Are you missing church because your Sunday is filled with sports activities, or you have to work? At Brunswick Church, our worship week starts on Thursday. We have worship at 7pm on Thursday each week for folks just like you. We also worship twice on Sunday, at 8:30am and 11am. We would love for you to join us at any one of these services. Brunswick Church is at 42 White Church Lane, Troy NY (at the intersection of White Church Rd. and Rt. 351). We look forward to meeting you!

Living With Cancer

TROY – If you are affected in any way by cancer, yourself, as a caretaker or having suffered a loss, you are welcome to join us for our Living With Cancer Group at Brunswick Church. Hosted by Pastor Ted Wright, the group meets the first Friday of each month in the Lobby outside our Old Sanctuary on 42 White Church Lane, Troy NY 12180. We share stories, struggles, hopes, hurts encouragement, and faith. Questions? Email Pastor Ted at

Gilead Lutheran Church Welcomes You

CENTER BRUNSWICK – Please join us at Gilead Lutheran Church as we continue our 277th with worship and outreach. Gilead is located on 308 Brick Church Road (Intersection of Route 278 and Route 7) in Center Brunswick. We invite you to join us as we continue our missions inside and outside the community and within our congregation. We provide God’s message, in a traditional liturgical setting, each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Gilead provides a free community dinner and food pantry the fourth Thursday of the month and a “Journeys through Time” covered dish dinner and program every other month with free-will donations going to local charities and other outreach programs during the year. We welcome you to know us in both settings and renew and refresh your heart and soul for the week. Sunday School meets every other month at 9:30 a.m. An outside elevator provides handicap access. Contact 518-279-9270 or check out our website: for our calendar of events.

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