Church/Spiritual 04.01.21

Blooming Grove Reformed Church Easter Worship

RENSSELAER – We hope you can join us as we celebrate the joy of New Life! 7:00 AM at the Blooming Grove Cemetery (located between Bloominggrove Drive and Route 4) 9:00 AM Drive-in Service at 706 Bloominggrove Drive, Rensselaer, NY. Masks Required.

Holy Week and Easter Gilead Lutheran Church

CENTER BRUNSWICK – The Holy Week and Easter Services at Gilead Lutheran Church has been announced. There will be not Maundy Thursday Service. The Good Friday service will be an afternoon service this year. Good Friday service will begin at 2:00 PM. As with all of our services, we are open for in person worship as well as on Facebook, Youtube and listening on your car radio in our parking lot.

Easter will be celebrated at our usual time of 10:30 a.m. and communion will be offered.

If you wish to worship in our sanctuary with us, you must wear a mask and social distance. Gilead Lutheran Church is at the corner of Route 7 and 278 in Center Brunswick and is handicapped accessible.

Easter Worship With the Church of the Covenant UM

AVERILL PARK – If you are anything like me (Fred Erickson) you are waiting anxiously for the soaring, inspirational first notes of “Christ the Lord is Risen Today”, signifying Easter has arrived. However, this year we will be singing in our living rooms along with our talented musicians who actually will be in the sanctuary. Due to attendance restrictions the church will be open only to those involved in the service. Easter Sunday usually sees a dramatic increase in attendance and we likely would exceed the allowable number of 40 and be forced to turn folks away. So, to be fair, the service will just be virtual – hence the word “with” above. Rev. Joe Auslander and our choir director have planned a wonderful blend of joyful music and meaningful messages that will truly light up your life. The music will be highlighted by the performances of a live (not recorded) quintet and a soloist. Finally, Pastor Joe is asking you to have some element of bread or a cracker and a small glass of juice ready for a special time in the service when we shall together partake of the elements to share a meal with blessings. Mark your calendars for April 4th and tune in at 9:30 using the link

Doors of Hope Food Pantry

WEST SAND LAKE – Are you in need of food? Rensselaer county residents are eligible to receive food assistance monthly from the Doors of Hope Food Pantry, located in the 43 Mall in West Sand Lake. Hours of food distribution are 9:00 A.M.- noon, Monday-Saturday. We offer a variety of food choices and assure confidentiality for all recipients. Please call to schedule your food order: 518-674-4048. We look forward to helping you. 

Brunswick Cares Food Pantry

TROY – Brunswick Cares Food Pantry serves those who are experiencing food insecurity in the greater Brunswick area. In an effort to serve, we need volunteers. Are you someone who could do this? We are open Tuesdays 5-7pm and Saturdays 9-11 am. Our volunteers need to arrive 1 hour before opening for set-up. We have safety protocols to protect you and our guests. If you would like to be a good neighbor by serving those in need, please contact us at

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