Church/Spiritual 03.28.19

Cross Walk in Averill Park

~Reflections of a recent A.P. Cross Walk in anticipation of the next~

We walked following a carried cross, the strong and the frail together.
Some with canes, and one with a walking device commonly seen in care facilities but here by a WWII veteran keeping pace, alongside a baby in a stroller. All pausing for prayers along the highway of trucks spewing fumes and dropping stones.
Little suffering compared to the first cross walk.
We appeared an annoyance while walking alongside the highway and crossing beyond safety zones, causing a halt to the flow.
Then a delivery truck approaching slowed, blinkers flashing in homage to the cross.
Reverence in traffic.

~Rev. Glenn Van Oort
Averill Park


Church of the Redeemer

On March 31, Sunday services are at 8:00 and 9:30 followed by coffee hour in the Hearth Room.

CRAFTING continues on Wednesday at 10:00. We invite you to learn, teach, enjoy crochet, knitting, etc.

BIBLE STUDY is at 6:00 on Wednesday, in the Hearth Room. Come at 5:30 for pizza before our study of biblical locations and their significance.

The Church of the Redeemer is located on CDTA bus route #214 at the corner of Third and Catherine Streets. There is handicapped parking and a ramp in front, and a parking lot in the rear. Our email is RedeemerRensselaer@gmail. com. Our website is www.RedeemerRensselaer. com. The Church phone number is 518-650-8181.


Gilead Lutheran – Serving the Community

Please join us at Gilead Lutheran Church as we continue in our 277th year serving the community of Brunswick and surrounding communities 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 last Thursday of the month, Story Dinners 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. Unfortunately, our elevator is currently out of service, but we are working on its renewal. Our next outreach is the community dinner and pantry, March 28th. Contact 518-279-9270. Check out our new web site (currently under construction)


Rhythms of Grace at Hope Luth. Church

On Friday, March 29, from 7 to 9 PM, music from Broadway, Folk, and Contemporary genres will focus on the themes of Faith and Love at Hope Lutheran Church, 470 Winter Street Extension, North Greenbush.

Open to the community, the program is a great way to end the week on a positive note. Talented community members and parish members will join together to offer musical affirmations of faith and love, vocally and instrumentally, as you sip coffee or cold drinks and sample baked goods. A free will offering would be appreciated.


First United Methodist Church Events

1 Gilligan Road, East Greenbush, NY 12061

Phone: 518-477-9693     Email: Website:

EVERY SUNDAY – Worship services at 8:30 AM in the multi-purpose room; at 9:30 AM in the sanctuary; and at 1:00 PM at Hawthorne Ridge Independent Living, 30 Community Way, East Greenbush, NY.

Also, on the FIRST Sunday of each month, there is a worship service at 2:30 PM at Riverside Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing, 90 North Main St., Castleton, NY 12033.  The next one is on April 7.

MONDAYS – Lent Book Study Group meets April 1 and April 8 (see below for more information).

TUESDAYS – Lent Book Study Group meets at 9:30 AM April 2 and April 9 (see below).

Book Study Group meets at 9:30 AM, April 16, 23, and 30.

BOOK STUDY PLANNED FOR LENT, A six-week study of John Ortberg’s Eternity is Now in Session; began on Monday, March 4 and Tuesday, March 5.  The study continues through April 9. Each week, in a small-group setting, we will review what we have read and cover one of the topics. The study sessions are approximately 90 minutes and are held in the youth lounge.  A donation of $10 is suggested for the book. For information, contact Kevin Conley by email at, or by phone at 518-253-4907; or contact Pastor Samuel at 518-477-9693.

WEDNESDAYS – Roosters (Men’s group) Breakfast Meeting – Call 518-477-9693, press 5 to leave voicemail.

Wednesday, April 3 – Ecumenical Lent Worship Service at 12:05 PM followed by a luncheon

(4th of 5 consecutive weeks, all on Wednesdays, the final week is April 10.)

Wednesday, April 10 – Ecumenical Lent Worship Service at 12:05 PM followed by a luncheon (5th of 5 consecutive weeks, all on Wednesdays, the final week is April 10.)


Join Us During Lent at the Nassau Grace UM Church

This Lenten season we reflect on our call to faith, hope and love as we work to turn these into realities. Through prayer and meditation, we seek and practice forgiveness and grace throughout the Lenten season. Join us as we will gather each Sunday at 10 am in our traditional 19th century New England sanctuary as follows:

March 31st, Word of the Week: See.

April 7th, Prayer. Contemplation. Meditation. Word of the Week: Prayer

April 14th, Palm Sunday Celebration

Holy Week: April 18th. Maundy Thursday Covered Dish 6:30, service at 7 pm.

April 21st, Earth Day Easter: For the Healing of Creation.

Children are invited to take part in our Sunday School starting midway through the service. The church is located at 42 Church Street, (Route 20) in Nassau Village. We practice a progressive-inclusive theology with the focus of “First do no harm. Do good. Love God and neighbor as yourself.” For information, call Pastor Dion Marquit, MDiv., MEd. Phone: 518-915-3393 and check out our Facebook page: Grace United Methodist Church, Nassau, NY



Brunswick Church Community Tent Sale

Brunswick Church is sponsoring a Tent & Bake Sale on Friday, April 12 – noon to 6 pm; and Saturday, April 13 – 9 am to 3 pm. The proceeds of this sale will benefit the Regional Food Bank’s Backpack Program. The sale will be held at Brunswick Church, Rt. 351 and White Church Rd. Items may be donated for the sale April 11 – 2 pm to 7 pm, and April 12 – 8 am to noon.


Center Brunswick UM Church announces Lenten and Holy Week Schedule

Sunday, April 7, 9:30 am We will receive confirmation students into the church – special Bell Music

Sunday, April 14, 9:30 am Palm Sunday – The Passion Story with Bell and Vocal Choirs

Thursday, April 18, 7:00 pm Maundy Thursday Communion Service

Friday, April 19, 1-3 pm the Sanctuary will be open for prayer and meditation

Sunday, April 21 Easter – 6:00 am, Sunrise Service on the parsonage lawn, located to the left at the end of the parking lot, followed by Continental Breakfast for all in the parsonage. Easter Celebration at 9:30 am with Bell and Vocal choirs followed by an Easter Egg Hunt on the Church Lawn at 11:00 am.


Our Parishes Welcome You to Join Us for Holy Week and Easter Services 2019

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.

PALM SUNDAY, 4/14/19

Passion of the Lord
4pm Vigil on Saturday, 8:30am & 10:30am on Sunday at Sacred Heart
4pm Vigil on Saturday, 9am & 11:30 am on Sunday at St. Jude the Apostle
5:15 pm Vigil on Saturday, 7:30 am & 10:15 am on Sunday at St. Michael the Archangel

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, followed by a covered dish supper…adoration until 10 pm

GOOD FRIDAY, 4/19/19
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

Passion of Our Lord
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 Morning Masses: 8am, 9:30 and 11:15 am at Sacred Heart….
9 & 11:30 at St. Jude the Apostle…7:30 am and 10:15 am at St. Michael the Archangel.


Invitation to Franklin Graham DECISION AMERICA

Franklin Graham DECISION AMERICA will be at 7:30 pm on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Eastern States Expo, Springfield, MA.   Bring your family and friends to an exciting evening featuring prayer, live music, fireworks, and a message of hope from Franklin Graham.  Admission is FREE.  A bus sponsored by the West Stephentown Baptist Church is being provided for $20.00 per person. Please contact Dave Cobden at 518-674-2641 or email:

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Worship at the church by the lake

Need a make-over? Then stop in for a faith-lift!

Come worship 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 10am Worship service located at 24 Camp Scully Way, Wynantskill.


Love Lutheran Church

We invite you to join us in 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 April 7th.  The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated.

Bible Study/Confirmation/ Sunday School: 9:00 am, Worship: 10:00 am, Fellowship: 11:00 am.


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