Church/Spiritual 04.07.22

Love Lutheran Church Holy Week Observances

Please join us for our Holy Week Observances:

Friday, April 15th, 7:00 pm, Good Friday

Sunday, April 17th, 10:00 am, Easter Festival Worship

Service will be held outside, weather permitting!

Easter Events at the North Chatham United Methodist Church

The North Chatham United Methodist Church will be having an Easter Egg hunt on Saturday, April 16th. The fun will start at 9:00 sharp. Kids 12 and under are welcome to join us! After a 2-year hiatus due to COVID, we are looking forward to doing this again. On Easter Sunday we will be having a SonRise Service at 6:30 AM and our regular worship at 11:00 AM. Our weekly in-person worship services are also available on ZOOM. The ZOOM login information is on our website ( 

For more information on North Chatham United Methodist Church, please call 518-766-3535 or visit our website. Thanks and we hope to see you soon, in person or on ZOOM!

Holy Week Services at Hope Lutheran Church

Palm Sunday service will be April 10th at 10am. Pastor Pamela Hoh will be officiating, with assisting minister Bonny Mountier. The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated, and Palms will be distributed to all. Maundy Thursday service will be April 14th, at 7pm, Pastor Hoh will be assisted by Christine Nash, Holy Communion will be celebrated. April 15th, at 7pm will be the Good Friday Service, Pastor Hoh will once again share the story of the Crucifixion of our Lord. This solemn service is open to all the community. Easter Sunday Celebration will be Sunday April 17th at 10am. Pastor Hoh, along with assisting minister Catherine Jura will recount the glorious celebration of the resurrection of our Lord. Pastor will officiate over the celebration of Holy Communion.. Coffee hour and snacks will follow service.

Lenten & Easter Service Schedule 2022

Evangelical Lutheran Church of Poestenkill

Welcome to the Christian season of Lent, the forty-day period of self-reflection and review of ourselves in our thoughts, words and deeds.  Perhaps we can think of some things we could have done better or at least found more loving ways and remember what Jesus taught us. 

It is a time of repentance and seeking forgiveness, to move forward in a kinder, more gentle way of living our lives and renewing our relationship with God.  When we are kind and non-judgmental, we almost always feel better about ourselves.

You are most welcome to come to our Lenten and Easter services in the coming weeks.  Here are our service times and places.  Please consider attending any or all of the services at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Poestenkill, 772 Route 351, Poestenkill, NY 12140.  Sunday, April 10, 2022 – Palm Sunday – 9 a.m.; Friday, April 15, 2022 – Good Friday – 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 17, 2022 – Easter Sunday – 9 a.m.   Our regular worship time is 9 a.m. every Sunday.

**Please note our Maundy Thursday service will be held at Faith Lutheran Church, 50 Leversee Road, Troy, NY 12182.   **Thursday, April 14, 2022 – Maundy Thursday – 7 p.m.

This week at Church of the Covenant United Methodist

AVERILL PARK – Church of the Covenant, United Methodist (COC), located on Rt 43 in Averill Park, is often referred to as the “round church”. Rev. Lori Buno-Taylor is our pastor. The church welcomes everyone to participate in worship services as well as the various other activities it hosts. Sunday worship is also available on both Zoom and Facebook ( Contact the church at (518) 674-3664 for Zoom information.

Weekly worship services consist of one every Sunday morning at 10:00 with choir music. A briefer service is conducted every Wednesday evening at 7:30 and includes communion. 

During Lent, COC hosts the Friday ecumenical worship services which begin at noon and are followed by a soup and sandwich luncheon. This week, April 8, will be the last of this year’s series. Rev. Lori Buno-Taylor will be the speaker.

Holy Week Schedule

TROY – Center Brunswick United Methodist Church, 990 Hoosick Road, Troy announces the following Holy Week schedule:

Palm Sunday 9:00 procession of the palms with Vocal and Bell Choirs.

Good Friday 12:00 -3:00 pm Sanctuary open for personal prayer and reflection.

Clam Chowder pick up 11:00 – 2:00

Easter Sunday 6:00 am Sunrise Service at Berlin UMC and also virtual.

9:00 Easter Service with Vocal and Bell choirs.

10:15 Children’s Easter Egg Hunt.

Stephentown Federated Church Easter Services

Pastor Chris Garrison invites all to join us for the following services during the Lenten Season:

Good Friday, April 15th. the Sanctuary will be open from 12-3 for you to come at a time that works for you. This is a time set apart to contemplate, pray, journey with Jesus through self-guided stations of the cross. It’s an open house in which you can pray alone or receive pastoral prayer if desired.

Easter Services, April 17th. This year join us at 6:30 am for a Sunrise Service in Garfield Cemetery on Garfield Road, Stephentown, NY and/or in the Sanctuary for our Easter service at 9:30 am with the choir singing. This is a great time to invite friends and family to this place of safety to belong–whether they believe or not.

Our church is at 1513 Garfield Road, Stephentown, NY. The church is handicapped accessible. If you cannot join us in church join our service on our website: You can also donate on our website. We look forward to you joining us. The church phone number is 518-733-5813.

We are requesting unvaccinated people wear masks.

Holy Week at Blooming Grove Reformed Church

Blooming Grove Reformed Church, 706 Bloominggrove Drive, Defreesrville, NY, across from CDTA Park and Ride, Rt.4.

Holy week begins on :

April 10 with Palm Sunday Worship at 9:30 am

April 14 Maunday Thursday with communion at 6:30 pm

April 17 Easter Morning Worship 9:30

Palm Sunday and Holy Week at Church of the Redeemer

There will be one service on Palm Sunday April 10 at 9:00. This will be an interactive service with members of the congregation participating. Join us in the Hearth Room after service for coffee hour and socializing. This is the last opportunity to contribute to our Easter food drive. 

Holy Week observances begin on Thursday, April 14, at 5 PM with Stations of the Cross. There will be communion at this service. The service will conclude with the stripping of the altar followed by a soup and sandwich supper at 6 PM in the Hearth Room. 

Service with communion will be on Good Friday at noon.

Hot Mess Crafters and Bible Study will not meet during Holy Week. Thrift Shop will also be closed April 14 and 16.

The Church of the Redeemer is an Episcopal church located on CDTA bus route #214 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

Easter Morning Worship – 9:30 am
Easter Egg Hunt and Games

BRUNSWICK – Brunswick Church Hosts “Easter Egg Hunt … and More!” – Saturday, April 9, 3-5 pm

Groups Welcome!

Spring is coming and Brunswick Church invites you to celebrate God’s faithfulness and love with an afternoon of hunting for Easter eggs and more, Saturday, April 9 from 3-5 pm. 

We invite children, youth and adults of all ages to stop by Brunswick Church, 42 White Church Lane for a variety of fun activities. Join in the hunt for Easter eggs and try your hand at games like Corn Hole, super-sized Jenga and Kerplunk, make and Easter craft, or enjoy some laughs with our Minute-to-Win-It competitions. Whatever your game, we’ve got you covered, and we hope to see you.

Admission: Free – but please consider bringing a donation for Joseph’s House shelter and outreach vans of new socks or personal items such as body wash, deodorant, sunscreen, toilet paper or bottled water. Thank you!

Easter Happenings

CASTLETON – As we move into the middle of Lent, a time of preparation and reflection upon the events leading up to the death and resurrection of Jesus, Emmanuel Reformed Church of Castleton has set a schedule of events that you are invited to. Easter week begins on Palm Sunday with Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem that we celebrate April 10 this year at 9:30 am. 

On Maundy Thursday, April 14, when Jesus gave the mandate to his disciples to “do this in remembrance of me”, we will have a potluck supper at 6:00 pm followed by worship at 7:00 pm where we commemorate the last supper Jesus had with his disciples. On Good Friday, April 15 at noon we will walk a cross from the church to the Horizon View Cemetery (about 1.25 miles) to sing songs and read scripture and where we will return on Easter morning at 6:00 am to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior. 

We will also have a Celebration of the Resurrection at 9:30 am in the sanctuary at 1150 Maple Hill Rd. If you have any questions please call the church office at 518-732-7766. We have plenty of parking and have a lift for access to our fellowship hall.

Easter Egg Hunt

CASTLETON – Easter is just around the corner and Emmanuel Reformed Church in Castleton is gearing up for the joy it brings. On Saturday, April 16 at 11:00 am we will have an Egg Hunt for young children and a Hunt for Easter for older children. The hunts will begin with a word from our pastor about the meaning of Easter and then the younger children will be set free to gather the goodies that have been hidden outside. The older children will go on a treasure hunt to learn about what happened leading up to that day and get just as many goodies to enjoy. We are located at 1150 Maple Hill Rd. adjacent to the Maple Hill High School and have plenty of parking. See you Saturday, April 16 at 11:00 am. Call 518-732-7766 for more information.

Join us for Our Easter Egg Hunt

CENTER BRUNSWICK – Gilead Lutheran Church will again hold an old fashioned Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 16. Our hunt was so successful last year that this year we’ve decided to have 3 separate hunts based on age groups: Age 5 and under will begin at 10 am; over 5 through 9 will be at 10:45 a.m. and ages 10 and over will be at 11:30 a.m. 

Plastic treat-filled eggs will be provided. We will be outside, dress for the weather. If you would like to support our egg hunt, we are accepting donations of filled plastic eggs. You can call the church office at 518-279-9270 or email to set up a drop off time. 

Thank you for your support. We can’t wait to see you there!! Gilead is located in Center Brunswick at Route 7 east and 278.

Spring Rummage Sale at Church of the Covenant

AVERILL PARK – When you are overcome by the urge to clean and purge please think of the Church of the Covenant United Methodist, “The Round Church”, 3055 NY 43, Averill Park, NY. 

We will be having our ever popular clothing only rummage sale on June 10th and 11th. We will be accepting donations May 31st – June 8th. We are unable to accept donations sooner due to our lack of storage. Donations may include all clothing, shoes, boots, purses, etc. (anything wearable). Also, bedding, towels, curtains, craft and sewing items. No household goods. 

Those can be saved for the indoor yard sale in July. Watch The Advertiser for exact dates. We thank you in advance for sending only items in the condition you would expect as a shopper. We look forward to your donations and seeing our many Rummage Sale friends! Judy Kane (518) 283-4153

Brunswick Church Holy Week Services

Holy Week will begin with Palm Sunday, will proceed to the somber service of Maundy Thursday, and then culminate with the joyous celebration of Easter Sunday! 

We would like to extend a warm invitation to the community to participate in any or all of our services that week. The Palm Sunday service will be on April 10 at 9:30 AM. Following will be Maundy Thursday on April 14, where we will have a simple soup supper at 6PM, followed by a service at 7PM. There will be two celebrations on Easter Sunday, April 17 – a sunrise service at 6:30 AM in the cemetery behind the church, and a 9:30 AM service in the Worship Center. 

We hope you can join us for any part of this Holy Week journey! Brunswick Church is located on White Church Road just off Rt. 351. For more information please call the church office at 518-279-3792.

Light a candle for Ukraine

Everyone is welcome to come to Church of the Covenant United Methodist, “the round church”, 3055 NY 43, Averill Park, NY every Wednesday. We have a weekly communion service from 7:30-8:30 pm. In addition, Church of the Covenant has adoptted an “open door” policy until 9:00 pm.

Anyone who wants to “light” a candle and/or pray can stop in. LED candles will be available to leave at the altar. It will be an open time of prayer so participants may come and go as they wish.

Looking forward to praying for peace with you. There are currently 22 countries at war – including Ukraine. The world needs us to come together for wholeness and holiness.

Holy Week Services at First United Methodist Church 

1 Gilligan Rd. East Greenbush

Palm Sunday, April 10, 2022

9:15 AM – Youth Palm Parade

9:30 AM – Worship service in sanctuary, in person and live streamed on Facebook

Holy/Maundy Thursday, April 14, 2022

7:00 PM Worship service in the sanctuary with Communion. In person and live streamed on Facebook.

Good Friday, April 15, 2022

7:00 PM – Worship service in the sanctuary, in person and live streamed on Facebook.

Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022

6:30 AM – Sunrise service at the outdoor chapel

9:30 AM – Worship service in the sanctuary. This will be live streamed on Facebook.

11:00 AM – Worship service in the sanctuary (not live streamed).

Lenten Zoom Luncheon (BYOL) Stephentown Federated Church

Pastor Chris Garrison from the Stephentown Federated Church will be hosting a Lenten Zoom Luncheon (BYOL). The discussion will include the Lenten devotional readings from “Devotional – Ash Wednesday – Sanctuary for Lent 2022 – by Danielle Kim´ and the lectionary readings for the week. 

The Zooms will be held each Tuesday from 12 to 1:30 March 6th through April 12th. A Zoom link will be sent to anyone interested on each Tuesday. If you wish to be a part of this luncheon zoom, please send your email to or speak to Pastor Chris or call the church at 518-733-5813. 

If you don’t know how to do Zoom, you can use your phone to join. The phone number will be on the Zoom invite. We invite you to come and be a part of this special time during Lent.

Grace United Methodist Church Fundraiser

Grace UMC in Nassau is holding a fundraiser featuring pies from Smith’s Orchard. 

Orders must be placed by April 9 and pies will be available for pickup on Saturday, April 30th.

Delicious pie flavors available are : Apple , Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, Raspberry, Strawberry Rhubarb, Very Berry or Pecan. Fruit pies are available in double crust or single crust with crumb topping.

Pies arrive frozen and boxed, with full baking instructions. $14 per pie 

To order call Nancy at 518-766-2387 or Marcia at 518-766-4746

Payment is due when the order is placed.

Salem Methodist Church Invites You to Join Us on the Way to the Cross

We continue on through Lent to Palm Sunday, April 10th, and finally to glorious Easter Sunday, April 17th. Along the way Pastor Charlie will deliver his inspirational sermons on Faith through the passion, death, and Resurrection of our Lord.

Salem United Methodist Church 349 Shaver Road West Sand Lake, NY 12196, 518-674-3106.

Support for Parents of Children with Disabilities

BRUNSWICK – Do you have a child with various disabilities or other needs? You are cordially invited to participate in a support group from the comfort of your own home! This is an opportunity to share concerns, insights, and resources to help navigate through both rewarding and challenging times. The host is Connie Vooys, a former special education teacher and mother to a special needs child. 

The group meets via zoom on the first and third Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM, and is open to all parents and caregivers without regard to geographic or religious boundaries. If you are interested, please write to and Connie will send you an online link to the group and answer any questions you may have. Sometimes a bit of encouragement makes all the difference!

Calling All Knitters

BRUNSWICK – Are you someone who likes to knit, but you’ve already made everything you need for yourself and your family? We have a great opportunity where you can use your skill to help others! You are welcome to participate in our Prayer Shawl Knitting Group every first and third Thursday at 12:30 PM in the lobby at Brunswick Church. Shawls are made to share and bring comfort to those who are ill or suffering, and they have always been very much appreciated. For more details about joining the group, or if you know of someone who could use a prayer shawl, please call the church office at 518-279-3792. 

This is a ministry of Brunswick Church at 42 White Church Lane (just off Rt. 351). Our worship services are Sundays at 9:30 AM and all are welcome; however, church attendance is not required to join the knitting group or to request a prayer shawl.

Cancer Support Group

BRUNSWICK – There are very few of us who have not been affected by cancer, either as a patient, family member, or friend. If you are dealing with the stress of this disease for whatever reason, talking with others in similar circumstances can be very beneficial. 

A warm invitation is extended to attend a Zoom cancer support group, led once a month (the third Monday) by retired pastor Ted Wright, he himself a cancer patient. If you have any questions or would like the zoom link, please contact Ted at 

This is a ministry in conjunction with Brunswick Church at 42 White Church Lane (just off Rt. 351). Our worship services are Sundays at 9:30 AM and all are welcome. Church participation is not required to have cancer support.

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