Church/Spiritual 10.28.21

Thank You

TROY – THANK YOU, THANK YOU, AND YES THANK YOU! Thank you for your participation in the Food Collection, Saturday October 9th, at Hope Lutheran Church. Food collected and money raised by the bake sale is divided equally between Concerns U in Rensselaer, and Doors of Hope in West Sand Lake.

It was a great day weatherwise and concerned citizens turned out. $410 dollars was raised by the bake sale, and 750-lbs of non-perishable food items were donated. You heard our call and we are so pleased how you responded.

We also express our thanks to The Advertiser for running our invitation article twice leading up to the collection. This event is another part of the Social Action Committee at Hope Lutheran Church, 470 Winter Street Extension in Troy,

Food Collection at Church of the Redeemer

RENSSELAER – We welcome you to Sunday service at 9:00 on October 31 with coffee hour following. We are collecting non-perishable food items until the week before Thanksgiving. You may bring donations whenever the Church or Thrift Shop is open. You do not have to be a member of Redeemer to participate.

Hot Mess Crafters meets on Wednesday at 10:00 in the Hearth Room. We are continuing our preparations for our upcoming craft sale on November 13.

Bible Study is on Wednesday at 4:00 in the Hearth Room.

Thrift Shop is open on Saturday, November 06 from 9-2 and on Thursday, November 11 from 3-6.

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

Saint John’s Episcopal Church

TROY – Sunday services continue in person: Holy Communion, Rite I is at 8 am, and Holy Communion, Rite II with music is at 10 am followed by coffee hour in the garden, weather permitting. A Thanksgiving Service will be celebrated at 7 pm Wednesday evening, November 24th. For livestreaming information and access, visit the church website at

The Basement on 1st Street Thrift Store is open from 9 am to noon Wednesdays and Saturdays to shop and drop things off. Come bring your treasures and find a few more! On Saturdays, coffee is also served. Masks required.

The first Saturday of each month, Saint John’s Shepherd’s Storehouse food pantry offers fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, and toiletries. No identification is required. Emergency non-perishable provisions are also available during the week. The next Food Pantry Day will be Saturday, November 6, from 10 am to noon.

Recovery groups: Sundays, Narcotics Anonymous, 7 pm (Open); Mondays, Alcoholics Anonymous, 7:30 pm (Open), Thursdays at noon (Closed). An open meeting can be attended by anyone; a Closed meeting is for those who are on the recovery journey themselves.

Christian Education opportunities for children and adults are available throughout the week. For more information, visit the church website.

Saint John’s is located at 146 1st Street, in Troy, (518) 274-5884. The Rev. Judith Malionek can be reached at

Gilead Resumes Indoor Services

CENTER BRUNSWICK – Gilead Lutheran Church is returning to worship services inside the sanctuary. We appreciate the support we’ve received while we held services outside. COVID guidelines will not be as strict as the past year, but we ask that parishioners wear masks and remain social distanced. Please join us as we return to some normalcy, and we will conduct services to keep us as safe as possible. We will also be continuing our food pantry and our free monthly dinners, but the dinners may remain take-out only. Please join us and take time to reflect on this past year-and-a-half and spend an hour remembering that God lifts us up and walks beside us in trying times. Gilead is located at Route 7 East and Route 278 in Center Brunswick. Our web site is and our phone number is 518-279-9270.

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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