Church/Spiritual 06.20.19

Healing Arts Retreat

Healing Arts Retreat, June 22, 2019, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1583 Carney Rd., Castleton-on-Hudson, NY 12033

Join certified practitioners in the healing arts. In simple one-hour sessions, learn useful tips and techniques for wholeness in your everyday life. The Retreat is designed for folks to come & go as they desire. It starts with light breakfast, continues with hour-long sessions on healing touch, mindfulness & prayer. The free-will donations from this event support our local community – so do good for yourself and others at the same time!

Schedule 9:00 – 9:20 Welcome/Light Breakfast served 9:30 – 10:30

Session 1 (Energy Bodies, Healing Touch) 10:40 – 11:40 Session 2 (Mindfulness) 11:45 – 12:10 Lunch served 12:10 – 1:00

Session 3 (Prayer, Meditation & Prayer Beads; participants will have the opportunity to make their own prayer bracelet & are encouraged to bring beads or small items of significance to incorporate into it. Beads & materials will also be provided.)

Menu includes vegan, gluten & dairy free options; Coffee/Teas/Juice/Water served all day.

Give yourself the gift of time in a calm, peaceful setting with qualified practitioners in the healing arts. Find the seeds of peace & healing within yourself.


To Mars and Beyond…

Blast off with the first VBF to land on the moon! To Mars and Beyond by Cokesbury will help kids discover the wonders of God’s universe.

Glory to God who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work within us! Ephesians 3:20 is our theme verse.

This year’s exciting VBF takes place July 29th through August 2nd at Faith & Love, 166 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer. Our day starts at 10am and goes ‘til 2pm with lunch every day. We will open at 9:45 for registering on Monday, July 29. This is for ages 5-12 and is totally free. Each day we will visit a different galaxy along with different books of the Bible. We will do fun science experiments & make awesome crafts. Our snack time will be something new & yummy every day that goes along with our bible story. On Friday, as always, we will be going on a field trip. Our cool mascot EP3-20 is ready to take off on an exciting adventure…So, let’s explore where God’s Power Can Take You. To register your child, or if you have questions, call Karen 518-330-1509.

One Small Step for Your Kids…One Giant Leap for God’s Kingdom.


Averill Park Senior Wins Scholarship

The Men’s Club of St. Michael’s Church, Troy, recently announced that Ms. Mariah St. Onge, an Averill Park High School senior, was the winner of the St. Michael’s Men’s Club Annual Scholarship.

Ms. St. Onge was presented a check for $500 at the Club’s Annual Steak Roast Dinner, marking the end of the service year for the organization.  Scholarship applicants were evaluated based on essays they submitted outlining their past service and involvement in the Parish as well as their plans to continue that service in the future.  Mariah will attend Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in the fall with plans to become a Physician’s Assistant at the conclusion of her studies.


Sacred Heart Church Family Feast Day celebration

The parish community at Sacred Heart Church, Troy invites all to attend the Family Feast Day celebration on Friday, June 21, beginning with Mass at 5 p.m., followed by a Eucharistic procession around the block, and concluding with an outdoor family festival with reasonably priced food and children’s activities. The events continue until 9 p.m. at 310 Spring Ave. Handicapped parking is available.


Church shopping?

We’re open on Sundays!  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.


Assistant Pastor Called to Clearview C&MA Church

The Clearview Christian & Missionary Alliance Church is welcoming a new Assistant Pastor, Joel Geer, with his wife, Laura and their son, Josiah. The Geers will be joining in ministry at the church beginning in mid-June.

Joel was raised in Camden County, New Jersey. Called to the ministry at an early age, he had dedicated his life to the Lord and to His service. That call that would be confirmed many times through the people around him and through opportunities he was given to serve in Christian ministry. Motivated by his calling, Joel attended Nyack College, in Nyack, NY, graduating in 2011 with a degree in Bible and Theology.

In the summer of 2009, Joel met his wife, Laura, at a summer retreat in Ocean City, NJ, where it was love at first sight! One year later, to the day, they were engaged, and the following year, to the day, they were married.

The public is invited to welcome the Geers to our area at an Open House to be held at Clearview C&MA Church, 275 Schodack Drive, Castleton, NY, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Sunday, June 30th, at the church. For those who wish to stay, there will be an Installation Service at 4:00 PM, followed by a dinner. You may contact the church at 518-732-2027.


Brunswick Church Vacation Bible School

Brunswick Church, 42 White Church Lane, Troy, NY announces that sign up for Vacation Bible School July 8-12 from 9:00 to Noon is now open.

Children ages 3 through completed 5th grade are welcome. There is no cost to attend.

This year’s theme Roar – Life is Wild – God is Good.

Kids will participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and devour yummy treats, experience one-of-a-kind Bible adventures, and make great crafts that will include a do-it-yourself designed t-shirt and photo souvenir.

Go to our website to register or call 518-279-3792 to register by phone, get directions or for more information.


First United Methodist Church June 2019 Events

First United Methodist Church, 1 Gilligan Road, East Greenbush, NY 12061 • Phone: 518-477-9693     Email: • Website:

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

Additionally, on the FOURTH Tuesday of each month, there is a worship service at 2:00 PM at Rosewood Rehabilitation Center, 284 Troy Road, Rensselaer, NY.  The next one is on June 25.

TUESDAYS – Book Study Group meets at 9:30 AM.

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

Sunday, June 16 – 9:30 AM service held in the AIR- CONDITIONED Fellowship Hall today and throughout the summer.


Church of The Redeemer

Sunday service at Church of the Redeemer is at 9:00 followed by coffee hour in the Hearth Room.

There will be CRAFTING on Wednesday at 10:00. We invite you to join us for making items for family and loved ones. Now is the time to start those homemade Christmas gifts and decorations. There is yarn available and we share patterns for your creative needs.

BIBLE STUDY continues at 6:00 on Wednesday. Travel to the land of the prophets of the Old Testament as we learn from the teachings of historian and educator Ray Vander Laan. Come at 5:30 for pizza.

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


A VBS wilderness adventure like no other

Gas up the all-terrain vehicle and head out on a wilderness adventure like no other. Get up close and personal with elephants and egrets, polar bears and penguins, cockatoos and crocodiles and so much more!

This summer kids will focus in on some amazing, real-life encounters with Jesus and discover the most exciting truth of all – Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the Son of God, and by believing we can have life in His name.  Each day kids will make crafts, play fun games, enjoy tasty snacks and sing cool songs.

It’s Vacation Bible School time at West Stephentown Baptist Church, for children ages 3 through adults. This week of fun, food and exciting learning opportunities is free of charge and open to everyone!  Dates are July 8th through July 12th, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

Please call Pat Quackenbush at 518-674-0387 or visit our website at


Escape to Athens With Paul!

Imagine leaving a life of privilege, power and influence to angry mobs, agonizing imprisonment, and chain-breaking earthquakes—all to share the life-altering truth of God’s heart for humanity. Hear the awe-inspiring story of the Apostle Paul…straight from Paul himself! In an ancient “anything goes” culture, Paul will inspire kids to share the truth of God’s boundless!

St. Jude the Apostle Church, 42 Dana Ave., Wynantskill, NY, 9:00a.m.-Noon. Week of July 22-26, 2019.

Cost:  $30.00/one child, $15.00 each additional child.

***For Registration Forms, please stop by the Parish Office between the hours of 8:30a.m. – 2:00p.m. or request one via email:


St. Jean Baptiste Day Celebration

La Fédération Franco-Américaine du NY will celebrate the feast of St. John the Baptist with a Mass and reception on Sunday, June 23, 2019, at 2pm at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 119 Broad Street, Waterford, NY. The celebrant will be Father Jeffery L’Arche officiating the Mass in English and French with a choir singing French hymns.

Following the mass, La Fédération Franco-Américaine du NY welcomes Dr. Janet Shideler from Siena College to bring her project, “Je Me Souviens…I Remember”, to the reception, to be held in the parish hall.  Dr. Shideler project, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, seeks to digitally preserve the rich cultural heritage of upstate New York Franco-American communities.

Individuals can bring old family photos, toys, religious medals, newspapers clippings, needlework, sheet music, bobbins, spindles, military medals, anything that helps to tell your Franco-American story. The items will be scanned and entered into the database. Eventually, the items will be able to be viewed at the New York Heritage Digital Collection that is on-line. The public is invited.


Cooking and Creating for a Cause Summer Day Camp

The First Reformed Church in Wynantskill will be holding a Cooking and Creating for a Cause Summer Camp again this summer.  This camp is for boys and girls entering grades 2-8 who would like to create food and crafts to be donated to local charities.  The camp will be held the week of July 15 -19 for children entering grades 2-4 and August 5 – 9 for children entering grades 5-8. The camp hours are from 9 am until 12 pm and will be held at the church on the corner of Main Ave. and Church St. in Wynantskill.

The cost of the camp is $20.00 per week per child.  For more information, or to register your child, please contact the church office at 518-283-4420.


Upcoming Events for Center Brunswick UM Church

We look forward to sharing God’s fellowship with our community.

Save the Dates:
June 23 Celebration of Ministry and Retirement for Pastor Joy Lowenthal
October 5 Swiss Steak Supper
December 14 Christmas Bazaar

2020 Dates to remember:
January 4 Brooks BBQ sponsored by Jubilation Station
April 25 Swiss Steak Supper

Center Brunswick UMC is located at 990 Hoosick Road, Troy, NY 12180. Inquiries can be sent to


Want A Free Vacation for Your Kids?


“Dash” over to CONNECTING POINT CHURCH where our “coaches” will “train” “runners” to “cross the finish line” with “strength, agility and stamina” during  THE INCREDIBLE RACE.

This global race will help “sprinters” discover that no matter where we live, the shade of our skin, or language we speak, we are all part of the SAME race – the HUMAN race!  Every night, 6:00-8:30pm, July 22-26, “contestants” entering K-6 grade will “compete” through clues and challenges to experience God’s love for everyone and learn that the Bible matters today! “Pit stops” through music, lessons, games, crafts, and snacks, too.  No “false starts” here…help them set their “personal best” in The Incredible Race of life!  Everything is FREE… including summer evenings for you, parents! Register at

568 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, (Van Den Houten Square, across from Dunkin Donuts).


St. Jude Church VBS

St. Jude the Apostle Church, 42 Dana Avenue, Wynantskill, NY, Vacation Bible School, Week of July 8-12, 2019 (9:00a.m.-Noon).

Cost: $30.00/one child, $15.00 each additional child

God is Good!

BIBLE POINT: Bible points for each day walk through the story of God’s chosen people, the Israelites, to remind your VBS kids again and again that God is good! On Day 1, your kids will meet “Mack,” the white rhinoceros who, through the story of the Israelites enslaved in Egypt, will help kids remember that God is good even when life is unfair. Day 2 introduces “Hooper,” an African hoopoe bird to share about the plagues and reinforce that, when life is scary, God is good. Day 3 brings the story of the Israelites in the wilderness told by “Marge” the cape buffalo, reminding kids of God’s goodness when life goes through changes. “Zion” the Lion helps kids see that even when they’re sad, God’s goodness is still. Day 4 is connected to the Gospel message of Jesus death and resurrection. Finally, on Day 5, “Savanna” the giraffe stands tall with the message that when life is good, God is good, just as he was when the Israelites built a memorial in the desert.

“At Roar, kids explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers them through this wildlife.”


Save the Date!

The planning of the St. Jude the Apostle Church & School Festival & Craft Fair has begun!  The SJF will take place on Saturday, September 28th, from 11:30 am – 7:00 pm, 42 Dana Avenue, Wynantskill, featuring food around the globe, live entertainment, children’s games, haunted house, raffles and much more! FREE ADMISSION We are now accepting vendors, please email for more information.


Catholic Charities Representative in New Lebanon and Stephentown

This month, the Catholic Charities social services representative will be in New Lebanon and Stephentown for persons aged 60 and above, and/or their caregivers, on Thursday, June 27. She will be at the New Lebanon Library from 10 am to 1 pm, and at the Stephentown Library from 1:30 to 4:30 pm. In addition to providing information about senior services, she is also able to connect caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s or other dementias to a NY State funded program that provides free support services for those family caregivers. Persons from any community in the eastern sector of Columbia and Rensselaer Counties are welcome. You may walk in or call 518-925-0682 to make an appointment.

There is no charge for this service provided by Catholic Charities Senior and Caregiver Support Services and sponsored by the Seniors’ Ministry of Immaculate Conception/St. Joseph, New Lebanon. For further information, you may call the Catholic Charities staff person directly at the number above, or contact Mary Linton, RN, 518-733-0469.


Brunswick Cares Food Pantry Kid’s Summer Meal Bags

The Brunswick Cares Food Pantry is offering “Kids Meal Bags” this summer to our registered families beginning Saturday, June 22nd, and continuing through Saturday, August 31st.

Kids Meal Bags will be distributed to families of school age children during our normal pantry hours on Tuesdays and Saturdays.  Limit one bag per child per week.

Our Pantry is located at Brunswick Church, 42 White Church Lane, Troy, NY 12180.

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