Church/Spiritual 04.29.21

Thrift Shop and Bible Study at Church of the Redeemer

RENSSELAER – Thrift Shop will be open on Saturday, May 1 from 9-2 and on Thursday, May 6, from 3-6.

Sunday services on May 2 are at 8 and 9:30 with coffee hour following.

Hot Mess Crafters meets on Wednesday at 10 AM.

Bible Study is held on Wednesday at 4:00 in the church to allow for social distancing. Our video study is John Orthberg’s “If you want to walk on water, get out of the boat.”

Diocesan guidelines of wearing face masks which cover both the nose and the mouth, using hand sanitizer, and social distancing are followed at all church activities.

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

Brunswick Church Wants to Pray for You!

BRUNSWICK – On Thursday May 6th, Brunswick Church invites you to adjust your usual morning route and let a “prayer drive thru” (and a free coffee!) empower your day.  This “Prayer to Go” event will run from 7 am to 7 pm at Brunswick Church on Route 351 in Brunswick. Motorists are invited to stop briefly, receive a hot cup of coffee and allow us to pray for their concerns on the spot.  Whether it’s offering God praise for recent blessings or asking for a needed miracle, a friendly face will greet you and offer to pray for a few moments before bidding you a great day in the sure knowledge that you matter to God and to people in our community. No prayer is too small or too big. In fact, no details are needed at all.  So, drive right by your usual morning coffee run, and on May 6th, let Brunswick Church make your morning (or evening) drive-thru blessed.  

Poestenkill Garage Sale Sponsored by Poestenkill Lutheran Church

POESTENKILL – a Spring Garage Sale will be held on May 14th and 15th, from 9am to 2pm. This sale is sponsored by the Poestenkill Lutheran Church and the Heritage Center. You may rent a space in the parking lot, 1 or 2 days for your own sale – $10 a table. All donations are needed (pls no large appliances or clothing). Drop-off items after May lst in front of garage or on Heritage Center’s front porch. Thank you and we hope to see you!

We are the…. Tri-County Lutheran Parish

RENSSELAER COUNTY – We are an eight-point parish, located in three counties, Columbia, Greene and Rensselaer ranging from blue collar to professional.  The areas range from rural to bedroom communities. Congregations include: Columbia: Emanuel St. John’s, Hudson; Emanuel, Stuyvesant Falls; St. Luke’s, Valatie and Christ Our Emmanuel, Chatham Greene: Zion, Athens and St. Paul’s, Oak Hill Rensselaer: Trinity, Castleton-on-Hudson and St. Stephen’s, East Schodack.

The pastoral leadership serving the Tri-County Lutheran Parish are Pastor Samantha Perret, Pastor Beth George and Vicar Carolyn Lawrence.

Rev. Samantha Perret graduated from United Lutheran Seminary in May 2019 and answered the call to serve the Tri-County Lutheran Parish the following month.  Pastor Sam says “she is passionate about outreach, hearing peoples stories, and determining the needs of the community, and then seeing how we (the parish) can work together to love and serve our neighbors and meet those needs.” This is what all the followers of Jesus are called to do – “to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)

Rev. Beth George says, “Since graduating from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, PA in 2004, I have worked to uplift those in need in our communities.  It is through the generous gift of God’s grace that I am in a position to help others and try to do so in gratitude to God.  I joined Tri-County Lutheran Parish in October of 2020 in the midst of this pandemic, so I’m still getting to know the communities and what services we may be able to provide.  I look forward to being an active community member and serving the call of the Church.”

Vicar Carolyn Lawrence was born, raised, and went to seminary in the Midwest, and has been greatly enjoying her year in Upstate New York!  Relationship building and community service is important to her as ways to share the love of Christ with all those she meets.

Please visit the website for locations, directions, congregational worship schedules and zoom live streaming link.  Please contact the administrative office at 518-758-6526 to schedule a pastoral or congregation visit.

Have You Ever Said….?

 RENSSELAER COUNTY – “I don’t know the Bible stories well enough to talk to people about faith”? Have you forgotten some of those stories you learned back in Sunday School? Or are you new to the faith and finding some of the stories confusing? In Bible Study, we will be going back to the basics to examine some major Bible stories! We will listen to the stories, hear what God is doing in the story, see how these stories impact our own lives and make God’s story our own. 

The TCLP clergy team will take turns leading and hosting this new study. We will meet on Zoom Mondays at 7pm and Tuesdays at 10am and Live Tuesdays at 10am at St. Lutheran Church, 1010 Kinderhook St., Valatie, 12184. 

Here is the schedule and links: 

April 26th (7PM) and 27th (10AM) – Pr. Beth Zoom link – 

May 3rd (7PM) and 4th (10AM) – Vicar Care Zoom link – 

May 10th (7PM) and 11th (10AM) – Pastor Sam Zoom link –

 May 17th (7PM) and 18th (10AM) – Pastor Beth Zoom link – 

May 24th (7PM) and 25th (10AM) – Vicar Care Zoom link –

The TCLP book study is looking into the history of anti-Asian racism with Erika Lee’s “America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States”. Vicar Care will be leading the book study. If you are interested, please join us!  

Zoom link:

Please visit the website for information on the TCLP bible studies, book studies and locations, directions, congregational worship schedules and zoom live streaming links.  Please contact the administrative office at 518-758-6526 to schedule a pastoral or congregation visit.

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. 


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