Church/Spiritual 03.23.23

Holy Week Services at Sand Lake Baptist Church

Palm Sunday Service, April 02 – 11:00 AM

Upper Room Service, April 06 – 6:00 PM, with the Lord’s Supper

Good Friday Service, April 07 – 6:00 PM

Sunrise Service, April 09 – 7:00 AM, followed by breakfast

Easter Service, April 09 – 11:00 AM 

The community is invited to all services! 2960 NY-43, Averill Park. for questions.

Church of the Redeemer

Sunday, March 26, service will be at 9:00. Coffee hour and socializing follow the service. 

Hot Mess Crafters meets at 10:00 on Wednesday. Join us to learn or teach a craft.

Later on Wednesday at 2:00, there will be Bible Study. We are continuing Max Lucado’s series “How Happiness Happens”.

Sunday, April 2 – Palm Sunday we will gather in the Narthex at 9:00 to hear the Palm Sunday reading of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, receive our palms and ask God’s blessing upon them. We will then process into the Church singing hymn 154 “All Glory Laud and Honor”

During Holy Week, there will be no meeting of Hot Mess Crafters or Bible Study and Thrift Shop will be closed.

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

Holy Week Services at Blooming Grove Reformed Church

Join us at Blooming Grove, off Route 4 in Defreestville, for Holy Week worship services as follows: 

Palm Sunday, April 2nd at 9:30 AM–Family Centered Worship including a Palm Sunday parade! Maundy Thursday, April 6th at 6:30 PM–Abbreviated Seder and Remembrance of the Night Jesus was betrayed. We will partake in the meal that Jesus did on that Holy Thursday and then hear the story of the Passion. Good Friday, April 7th from 4 to 5 PM–The Sanctuary will be open for a time of your own silent reflection. There will be art and guided worship to have time to reflect on this Holy Day. Easter Sunday Sunrise Service, April 9th at 7 AM–Meet us at the Blooming Grove Cemetary to encounter the Risen Lord at sunrise. 

Light refreshments will be provided. Easter Sunday Service, April 9th at 9:30 AM–Traditional Easter Worship Service. Easter Egg Hunt at 10:15 AM. Any questions may be addressed to

ZION’S UCC Holy Week Services

Zion’s United Church of Christ, 741 Taborton Road, Sand Lake will be holding the following services during Holy week. 

There will be a Maundy Thursday service on April 6th at 7:00, a Easter sunrise service on the shore of Little Bowman Pond at 6:30 AM, led by DJ Stevens followed by breakfast in the church hall. 

We will also be having our traditional 10:00AM service led by Val Gray.

Grace UMC Pie Sale

Grace United Methodist Church, 42 Church Street (US Rt. 20) Nassau has scheduled their annual Pie Sale Fundraiser. Eight delightful varieties will be offered at the price of $16 each. 

All pies will be available frozen with baking instructions included. Orders are being accepted now through April 9th, with pick-up available at the Church Saturday, April 29 from noon – 1 pm. 

Please contact Nancy at (518) 766-2387 or Marcia (518) 766-4746 to place your order.

Holy Week Services at First United Methodist Church of East Greenbush

1 Gilligan Rd., East Greenbush. Phone: 518-477-9693.

April 2: Palm Sunday : 8:30, 9:3:0 and 11:00 Easter Egg Hunt.

April 6: Maundy Thursday service includes a light supper from 6 pm to 7:30 PM. Pastor Danyal will prepare a Mediterranean meal for all. The supper will be concluded by Holy Communion. Also, Holy Thursday service includes the Passion of Christ and sacred music. 

April 7: Good Friday service includes Cantata by the FUMC choir. Harvest of Sorrows will be the 2023 cantata. 

April 9: Easter Sunrise Service at the outdoor chapel 6:30 and one Easter service at 9:30

Join Us for the Next Story Telling Night at FUMC

First United Methodist Church , 1 Gilligan Rd., East Greenbush.  Phone: 518-477-9693 

East Greenbush Town Historian Bobbie Reno will be the guest speaker on Wednesday, April 5 at 7:00 PM. Ms. Reno will discuss the life and sculptures of Edmonia Lewis, an American sculptor, who was of mixed African American and Native American heritage and born in East Greenbush. 

We will have light refreshments and a time for questions. A free-will offering will be collected to benefit our FUMC youth activities.

Holy Week and Easter Worship Services at Hope Lutheran Church of North Greenbush

Join Hope Lutheran Church for Holy Week and Easter worship services.

All worship services will be available in-person and online at www.HOPELC.ORG.

April 2nd, Palm Sunday, service at 10:00 AM.

April 6th, Maundy Thursday, service at 7:00 PM.

April 7th, Good Friday, service at 7:00 PM.

April 9th, Easter Sunday, service at 10:00 AM.

470 Winter Street Extension in Troy (North Greenbush).

Saint John’s Episcopal Church, Troy

Join us for numerous seasonal events. During Lent, we will have the Stations of the Cross at noon on Fridays, led by Deacons Bill and Sandra Tatem. On March 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 17th, Tiffany Dzembo or Angelina Valente, sopranos; March 24th, The Rev. Darius Mojallali, violin; 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, however, 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. 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 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, April 1st, 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

Wednesday Lenten Meditations Planned

First United Presbyterian Church of Troy will open its sanctuary Wednesdays during Lent (March 1-April 29) for drop-in meditation and prayer. Lunchtime and evening meditation will be held at 11:30am – 1:30pm and 7-8pm. 

Prayers stations including guided prayer mediation, sand labyrinth, art supplies, Taize music, and a special Kid Zone with intergenerational activities from Illustrated Ministries will be available. All are welcome.

The church is located at 1917 Fifth Avenue in downtown Troy between Grand and Fulton Streets. For more information call 518-272-2771.

Gilead’s Body & Soul Pantry, March 30, 2023

The end of March already? Close your eyes and think of all those flowers you will be planting soon. Well, back to reality now and what’s on the menu for this month. Looks like Roast Loin of Pork, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn and applesauce and dessert(?)

The reservation system worked well last month, so we would like you to call 518-279-3576 to reserve your meal again this month. We are still doing our work at the same location, the intersection of Route 7 and 278 in Center Brunswick and are still at Gilead Lutheran Church.

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