Church/Spiritual 07.28.22

Church of the Redeemer

Christmas in July continues on Thursday, July 28 from 3-6. Candles, décor, gift boxes, and serving dishes are available for your holiday celebrations. This is the last day of this special event. Thrift Shop will be open Thursday, August 4 from 3-6 and Saturday, August 6 from 9-2.

Sunday service, July 31 is at 9:00. Join us and stay following the service for coffee hour and socializing. 

Hot Mess Crafters meets on Wednesday at 10 AM. We have what you need to get started on a new project, and we are always looking for crafters, new and experienced. 

Bible Study is on Wednesday at 4:00. We are studying Max Lucado’s “You Were Made for the Moment” which explores the Book of Esther. 

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

Indoor Yard Sale at Church of the Covenant UM

Due to the tremendous response to our request for donations Church of the Covenant is extending our Indoor Yard Sale for another weekend, July 29 & 30, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, with $3 bag sale all day on Saturday.

Hands-on Jewish Workshop of how things were done long ago

On Sunday, July 31st, from 1pm until 3pm, Beth Tephilah synagogue located on 82 River street will have a hands on event about the foods and spices of the first and second Temples in Jerusalem that were destroyed over a thousand years ago. 

In these Temples and even in the Tabernacle during Moses’s time, Incense were burnt on an altar. The Incense were made with eleven types of spices into a secret recipe. Participants of the event will be able to put together some of the spices and burn them on a replica of the altar of the Temple! The Cohanim (priests) of the temple also made a type of bread that was placed on a Table in the Temple. This bread was made for Shabbat and eaten in the Temple by the Cohanim. 

The bread is nothing like what we have today but an attempt will be made to have all participants make this bread and sample it. In addition to this, pictures will be shown of how the kohanim did the sacrifices on the altar. In a related subject closer to our time, the history of the Kosher slaughter houses and butchers in Troy will also be discussed. 

This event is for ages 12 and older. Admission is free (donations accepted) and please RSVP if possible
(518)894-3490. Please come to the back door of the synagogue.

Gilead Lutheran Church Summer Services

Gilead is holding worship services outside during July and August at 9:30 a.m. Please join us as we continue to be COVID-cautious and having to have fans running to help make it comfortable when the sanctuary is hot. 

We have chosen the safer way – to hold services outside. There is plenty of parking. The service can be heard on the car radio on 107.5 FM as you participate in the service surrounded by God’s beautiful pond and the corn field. The geese family has left the pond, but maybe they will return for services. Communion will be offered. Bring a chair if you prefer to sit outside of your vehicle. 

Gilead is located in Center Brunswick at the intersection of Route 7 east and 378. Our phone is 518-279-9270 and our web site is”

Gilead’s Body & Soul Pantry

Our hours for this month are still 3-5 PM. Of course, you all know that we will not have a dinner again this month. Many of you have asked when we will be serving meals back in the Fellowship Hall. We constantly keep an eye on the number of infections and if those numbers remain low we hope to serve the September meal indoors. 

We are still located in Gilead Lutheran Church’s Fellowship Hall. The church is Route 278 in Center Brunswick.

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!

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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