Church/Spiritual 06.27.19

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.

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.

The Church of the Redeemer

The Church of the Redeemer Thrift Shop in Rensselaer offers a clean, well-organized shopping experience with a very large selection of clothing for all ages and sizes, housewares, toys, puzzles, jewelry, baby gear, Avon collectibles and much more. You’re sure to find something you didn’t know you needed from the vast selection of one-of-a-kind items. We’ll be open on Thursday June 27th from 3 to 6 and Saturday June 29th from 9 to 2. Please note: we will be closed the first week in July. As always, donations can be accepted only when we are open.

The shop is located at 1249 Third Street, Rensselaer on CDTA Bus Route #214. Enter through the parking lot on the Catherine Street side and be pleasantly surprised.

Gilead Lutheran – Serving the Community

Summer services begin June 30th at 9:30 a.m. 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. Future dates: June 27th and July 25th pantry, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Also, stay tuned for: Sunday School classes begin monthly on September 8th, and a chicken barbeque in September (cooked by our own chefs.) Story dinners will resume in October. We are handicap accessible with an outside elevator. Contact 518-279-9270. www.gileadlutheran.org.

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 www.wsbchurch.net.

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.”

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 www.brunswickchurch.org to register or call 518-279-3792 to register by phone, get directions or for more information.

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.

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.

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: mugrap@nullgmail.com.

Supporting Local Charities Has Never Been Easier!

The St Jude the Apostle Knights of Columbus have teamed up with 6 Center Redemption Center located at 461 Main Street in Wynantskill to accept qualifying bottle and can donations to support local charities and those in need.

Simply bring your clean, qualifying empties to 6 Center Redemption in Wynantskill and say they are to support the St Jude Knights of Columbus. They’ll do the rest! That’s it!

Thanks for your support.

Snyder’s Lake Community Church

What’s the best way to study the Bible? First, “Luke” into it and then you book “Mark” it. We can help! 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.

Want A Free Vacation for Your Kids?

READY, SET, GO…TO VBS

“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

www.connectingpoint.church

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

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.

Vacation bible school at Hope Lutheran – Who is my Neighbor?

July 29 – Aug 2 from 8:30am – 1:00pm

Believing that service to one’s neighbor should be a priority for every person of faith, the theme of this summer’s VBS at Hope will help children to understand that we may serve and benefit others in everything we do! The parable of the Good Samaritan will set the theme and help us determine who our “neighbor” really is! We’ll visit neighbors in six parts of the globe over our five days together. There will be singing, crafts, games, a simulation station where children will have hands-on experiences, skits, storytime, and snacks! Hope Lutheran is located at the corner of Blooming Grove Drive and Winter St in Defreestville. Call Marilyn at 518-326-5276 and leave your name and email for a registration form. Check out Hope at hopelc.org. Hope your kids will join us! There is no charge for Vacation Bible School at Hope!

Vendors Wanted for the SonShiners’ 5th Annual Craft-Tag Sale

Applications being accepted for our Annual Craft-Tag Sale of the SonShiners of the Stephentown Federated Church on Saturday, September 21, 2019, from 9 am to 4 pm at Ioka Valley Farm, 3475 RT 43, Hancock, MA. The fee to rent a 10’ X 10’ uncovered space outside on the lawn is $20. Bring your own tent/cover, tables, chairs. The event will be held rain or shine and all monies received will be considered a non-refundable donation. Applications are available by calling Barbara at 518-527-0182. Deadline for applications is September 13th. We’ll also be having an Ice Cream Social with make your own sundaes and root beer floats. No food vendors please. Mark your calendars to come and check out our vendors.

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 StJudesFestival@nulloutlook.com for more information.

Upcoming Events for Center Brunswick UM Church

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

Save the Dates:

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 smb148tr@nullaol.com

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 RedeemerRensselaer@nullgmail.com or call 518-650-8181. Our website is www. RedeemerRensselaer.com.

Johnsonville Meth. Church Thrift Shop

THRIFT SHOP: Johnsonville Methodist Church, 22 Bridge St., Johnsonville 12094. Route 40 to Route 67 East. Look for our new sign at the corner of Route 111 & Route 67. Open 9-12 Wednesdays and the first Saturday of each month. Newly arrived clothing and household goods every week, special occasion dresses and gowns, jewelry, purses, shoes, toys and over 1000 books.

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