Church/Spiritual 03.26.20

Hopes Kitchen Cancels April Meal

For reasons that are obvious to everyone Hopes Kitchen will not be serving a free community meal on Thursday April 9th. We hope to return for our May meal, but the final determination on that will be made later and posted here. Thanks for all your support, March was the high point of our ministry, serving over 94 dinners! It was a great way to wrap up our plan’s pre-corona virus. Be safe, be well, see you again soon. Hopes Kitchen Staff.

Easter Celebration 2020 Cancelled

POESTENKILL – The 2020 Easter Program scheduled for Saturday, April 11, 2020 at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Poestenkill, 772 Route 351, Poestenkill has been cancelled.

Church of the Redeemer

RENSSELAER – At the request of Bishop Love, Episcopal Churches in the Diocese of Albany will not be holding services on Sunday, March 22 nor on Sunday, March 29, in order to limit the spread of COVIP 19. This includes Rensselaer’s Church of the Redeemer at the corner of Third and Catherine Streets

Bible study and Hot Mess Crafters are also suspended during the month of March.

Our annual meeting is delayed until further notice.

Bishop Love will let us know whether he recommends opening any of our services or meetings after April 1.

Should services resume, Palm Sunday service on April 5 will be at 9:00.

Email or call 518-650-8181.Our website is

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.

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 27th – St. Henry’s Catholic leading

April 3rd – Salem United Methodist Church leading

Love Lutheran Church News

EAST GREENBUSH – We invite you to join us for our worship service each Sunday morning. We believe that there are no strangers, just friends we haven’t met yet. Our prayer is that our service is a source of blessing and encouragement to you. Pastor Dietsche will be leading our service once again on March 29th & April 5th. The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated. Bible Study/Sunday School: 9:00 am, Worship: 10:00 am, Fellowship: 11:00 am. Love Lutheran Church is located: Just off Route 20 at Pheasant Lane & Middlesex Road, East Greenbush, NY. Church office: 518-477-8685.

4Ever1 Band to Perform at the First Baptist Church Rensselaer

RENSSELAER – Please join the First Baptist Church Rensselaer in welcoming the 4Ever1 Band as they perform gospel songs and give the message of Christ and salvation. The service will begin at 11:00 AM on Sunday, March 29th, 2020. All are welcome to attend. The First Baptist Church is located at 1101 Washington Avenue, Rensselaer, For questions, please call the church directly at 518-286-3226.

Love Lutheran Church Easter Schedule

EAST GREENBUSH – Palm Sunday – April 5th – 10:00 am Worship Service – Pastor Dietsche, guest Minister. Good Friday – April 10th – 7:00 pm Worship Service; Easter – April 12th – 10:00 am Worship Service; Love Lutheran Church is located: Just off Route 20 at Pheasant Lane & Middlesex Road, East Greenbush, NY. Church office: 518-477-8685.

Holy Week at Third Presbyterian Church

TROY – You are invited to join us at Third Presbyterian Church, as we celebrate and remember the events of Holy Week.  The week begins with Palm Sunday worship on April 5th at 10:30 a.m. where we will celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.  Maundy Thursday, April 9th is a time to remember and reflect on the sacrifice that Jesus made for us.  We will begin the evening with a light meal of soup and bread at 6:15 p.m. followed by worship with communion at 6:45.  We will gather for worship on Good Friday, April 10th, at 6:30 p.m. to reflect on the crucifixion of Jesus and what it means for us.  We will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and the promise we have of new life in Him on Easter Sunday, April 12th at 10:30 a.m.  Please call the church office at 518-283-2420 for more information.  We wish you and your family a blessed Easter season!

Holy Week Services for First United Methodist Church

EAST GREENBUSH – The First United Methodist Church located at 1 Gilligan Rd., East Greenbush will be having services for Holy week starting with: palm Sunday April 5, 8:30 AM Chapel in the Woods, weather permitting, indoors if not. 9:15 Parade of Palms, 9:30 service. Holy Thursday April 9, 7:00 PM. Good Friday April 10, 7:00 and Easter Sunday April 12, 6;30 AM Chapel in the Woods weather permitting, indoors if not. 9:30 and 11:00. Due to an ever changing schedule please call the church @ 518-477-9693 , email, or the website to get the latest updates.

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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