Church/Spiritual 11.24.22

Blue Christmas Prayer Service at Our Lady of Victory Church

Sunday, December 18th @ 3:00 pm. Our Lady Of Victory Church,  55 North Lake Avenue Troy.

Join us and bring a friend. This candlelight service of hope and comfort, acknowledges the difficulties many of us face… a loss or hardship such as death, an illness, a financial concern, loss of a job, an addiction, depression…or other reasons that makes celebrating Christmas a struggle. In the midst of our pain and sadness, there is the promise and comfort of the Lord. 

Adoration Holy Hour immediately following the service.

“Drop and Shop” Children’s Activities

First United Methodist Church, 1 Gilligan Rd. East Greenush

Are you a parent of children Pre-k – 5th grade and need some time to get Christmas shopping done? Sr. Youth group is hosting a “Drop and Shop” fundraiser. We are inviting all children to come play games, make and eat bagel pizza, decorate Christmas cookies, and do crafts while parents get some Christmas shopping done. 

This will be held on December 11 from 11:30 am -2:30 pm the cost is $25.00 for one child, $40.00 for two children and $60.00 for three children. All adults have been background checked and have been through Safe Sanctuaries Training (which is training to prevent child abuse through the church). Please register your child by emailing Amber at

Church of the Redeemer

Join us at 9:00, November 27 for Sunday service. Following the service, we will be decorating the Church for the Christmas season. We will also have coffee hour and socializing. 

Bible Study on Wednesday November at 2:00. 

Hot Mess Crafters meets November 30 at 10:00. 

Thrift Shop will be open on Thursday, December 1 from 3-6 and again on Saturday, December 3 from 9-2. Come in to shop for winter coats, gift items, gift wrap, toys, and more including men’s’ and women’s’ party attire for celebrating. There are only 5 more Thrift Shop days before Christmas.

The Church of the Redeemer is an Episcopal church located on 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

Christmas Bazaar at Church of the Covenant

The Church of the Covenant in Averill Park will host its annual Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday December 3. Come do your Christmas shopping at more than a dozen handcraft, gift, and food shops. You’ll find plenty of holiday-themed items, as well as year-round gifts and décor.

When you enter, get your Shop-All-Day form so you can shop at all the booths without having to pull out your wallet at each one. Pay as you leave, cash or checks only; we are not able to accept credit cards.

On the main level, visit The Doll Boutique with handmade doll clothing, the Pet Corner with gifts for your pet, the Sweet Shoppe with homemade candy and baked goods, Plants & Greens, Collectibles, The Country Store, Handcrafts & Decorations, and Religious Items. Have lunch at the COC Cafe, specializing in chili, macaroni & cheese, sausage & peppers, assorted soups, and other homemade foods.

Downstairs, Yuletide for Youth has a cookie-decorating station and crafts for children, as well as the ever-popular Kids-Only store, where children do their own shopping and have their gifts beautifully wrapped, ready for giving.

The Church of the Covenant, also known as “The Round Church,” is at 3055 Route 43 near the blinking light in Averill Park, just west of Burden Lake Road.

Blue Christmas Service

Please put on your calendar our Blue Christmas Service, Sunday, December 18th 4pm. Stephentown Federated Church 1513 Garfield Road, Stephentown, NY 12168- Honoring life and loss in the holidays. 

The Christmas season is a time of nostalgia. Memories come flooding in–those of love and loss, gratitude and grief. Blue Christmas honors the fact that many of us feel a sense of loss during this season—loss of relationship, loss of trust, loss of job, loss of health, loss of faith, the loss of joy. 

Authentic spirituality does not hide this truth, but instead allows us the space for honesty, reflection, and community. No matter your circumstance, this is an open service of candlelight, songs, prayers, and hope. The community is welcome. Handicapped accessible.

See Over 400,00 Christmas Lights!  

Join the Church of St. Joseph’s (Troy) on December 17th on a bus trip to the Christmas Festival of Lights at the National Shrine of Our Lady of LaSalette in Attleboro, Mass. 

The cost is $50 per person.  Proceeds to defer the cost of our new boiler.  Registration by Dec. 1st.  Call Marge at (518) 283-0254 for more details.

Thrift Shop

The Johnsonville Methodist Church Thrift Shop, 22 Bridge St., Johnsonville, NY 12094 is open every Wednesday and the first Saturday of each month from 9- 12. Closed on major holidays. Look for our sign at the corner of Rte. 111 and Rte. 67. 

A great selection of adult and children’s seasonal clothing, vintage, special occasion and career clothes, jewelry, shoes, boots, purses, toys, linens, puzzles and games, household and decorative items. Our well-organized book room has over 1,000 books.

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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