Church/Spiritual 11.04.21

Church of the Redeemer

RENSSELAER – Sunday service at 9:00 on November 7 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. Please join us at our craft sale on Saturday, November 13 from 10-2 where you may purchase handmade gifts for yourself and your loved ones.

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

Thrift Shop is open on Saturday, November 6 from 9-2 and every Thursday (except Thanksgiving)
in November 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

The Seeds and Fruits of Interfaith Work Under the Tent of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar Zoom story circle

CAPITAL DISTRICT – The Interfaith Story Circle of the Tri-City Area (IFSC) announces its November 2021 program on Thursday, November 18 from 7:00 to 8:45 pm via Zoom. The Tent of Abraham program was initiated in 2006 to celebrate the confluence of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim holy days that year and continues fifteen years later as a way to build interfaith bridges in the Capital Region. Rabbi Arthur Waskow, along with his life-partner, Rabbi Phyllis Berman of the Jewish faith, Father Chris DeGiovine of the Catholic faith and Dr. Mussarat Chaudhry of the Muslim faith will share stories of the seeds and fruits of their interfaith work. The Circle is free and open to the public.

For more information or to register and receive a Zoom link to join the Circle email before 11 am on Thursday, November 18, the day of the program. The link will be emailed to you at 12 noon that day.

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

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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