Church/Spiritual 10.08.20

First Baptist Church of Poestenkill Book Available for Purchase

POESTENKILL – We are proud to announce that the book about the history of the First Baptist Church of Poestenkill is ready. This book, written by Gary Catlin, is a history of facts, events and photos not only of the church, but of the neighborhood and town. Gary is a well established author with several history books to his credit.

This book is being sold by the church and the Poestenkill Historical Society for $32.54 plus $4.00 for packaging and mailing. Send your order with a check (made out to Gary Catlin) to Poestenkill Historical Society, PO Box 140, Poestenkill, NY 12140. Please include your name, address, e-mail and number of copies requested.

The deadline is December 1st. After that date the price will go up.

Church of the Redeemer

RENSSELAER – The Thrift Shop will be open on Saturday, October 10 and every other Saturday to allow for cleaning between openings. All Please do not leave donations outside. 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.

Sunday services on October 11 are at 8:00 and 9:30 with coffee hour following each service and a class by Fr. Haskell from 8:50-9:20. There is a sanitizing station as you enter the Church with face masks if you do not have your own. The church is marked 6 ft. intervals to aid in social distancing. Communion is by host only.

Hot Mess Crafters meet in the Hearth Room on Wednesday at 10 AM. We continue to make hats to donate to the Mariners.

The Church of the Redeemer is located in Rensselaer at the corner of Third and Catherine Streets.

Fr. Robert Haskell may be emailed at

Hope Lutheran Church Emergency Food Collection

TROY – On Saturday October 10th from 10am to 2 pm Hope Lutheran Church will host a non-perishable food drive-thru food collection. The church is located at 470 Winter Street Extension, Troy. Receipts will be distributed equally to Doors Of Hope, (West Sand Lake),and CoNCERNS- U,(Rensselaer).

Have you been wondering, “What can I do to help the hungry in my community?.” The need is urgent. Many families in Rensselaer County are food challenged and hungry. The local pantries are overwhelmed with request for assistance. Hope Lutheran has a long history of a commitment to feed the hungry. Now you can join in and help.

Additional incentive to come to this event will be a bake sale, home made goods from the loving hands of members of Hope. Cakes, cookies, pies, brownies, muffins, etc etc. All receipts from the bake sale will also be divided equally between the two pantries.

Please plan now to drive through and help the hungry. A project sponsored by the Social Action Committee of Hope Lutheran Church.

All Covid-19 precautions will be in place.

Barbara and Richard Biittig Obituary

AVERILL PARK – October 17,2020 we will be celebrating the lives of Richard and Barbara Biittig. At 11 am we will be having a graveside service with Father Tom Holmes at St. Henry’s cemetery. Following the outside service we will be having a coffee hour at Averill Park Fire Department. Please come and share your stories and memories. Social distance and wear a mask.

Brunswick Cares Food Pantry Services

TROY – Brunswick Cares Food Pantry will continue to operate Tuesday 5-7pm and Saturday 9-11am with a ‘drive-up’ pre-packaged service. Social distancing rules apply:

1. Stay in car if another guest is at the door

2. Please only come to the bottom of the steps and maintain at least 6 feet and we will take your order

3. Please wait in your car and we will bring your order to you.

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