Church/Spiritual 11.25.21

Gilead Military Recognition

CENTER BRUNSWICK – Gilead Lutheran Church perpetually honors our veterans with a white Christmas-style tree. There is a military ornament for every branch of the service, small flags and blue lights, topped off with a red, white, and blue star. We give thanks for all our military veterans serving and who have served by displaying the tree, not just during the holidays, but all year. Sunday services are held at 10:30 a.m. and we will conduct services to keep us as COVID-safe as possible. We continue our food pantry and our free monthly dinners, but the dinners remain take-out only at this time. Please join us and take time to reflect on these past two years and spend an hour remembering that God lifts us up and walks beside us in trying times and blesses us with good 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.

Church of the Redeemer

RENSSELAER – Sunday service is at 9 AM followed by coffee hour.

Thank you to all who came to make our craft sale the success it was. We hope you enjoy the hats, ear warmers, mittens, blankets, and household items you purchased as much as we enjoyed making them. Hot Mess Crafters meets on Wednesday at 10 AM in the Hearth Room. Join us to learn or share a skill while enjoying good company.

Bible Study will be held on Wednesday, December 1, at 4 PM.

Thrift Shop will be open on Thursday, December 2, from 3-6, and on Saturday, December 4, from 9-2.

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

Navigating Family Landmines: A Holiday Gathering Survival Guide

STEPHENTOWN – Do you sometimes feel that pit in your stomach around holiday gatherings—and it has nothing to do with the rich foods or treats? The holidays are a time of celebration, family, and fun. They can also be a time where disagreements surface, old fights are rehashed, or stories told we’d rather forget. When politics and masks/vaccine practices can divide a family as much as a nation, it’s helpful to have a few tricks to navigate the landmines. Join our workshop open to the community on how to steer clear of the conversations that feel potentially explosive, if not relationally unsafe. Pastor Chris Garrison leads this discussion at the Stephentown Federated Church, 1513 Garfield Road on Sunday December 12th at 4pm. All are welcome. Handicapped accessible. Masks required.

Blue Christmas Service: Honoring Life and Loss in the Holidays

STEPHENTOWN – The Christmas season has an amazing ability to trigger nostalgic memories—both of happy and sad, gratitude and grief. The Blue Christmas tradition honors the fact that for many of us we experience all kinds of loss—the loss of relationships, loss of trust, loss of jobs, loss of health, loss of faith, the loss of joy. Authentic spirituality does not hide this truth, and instead allows us the space for honesty, reflection, community and practices of support. No matter your circumstance, this is an open welcoming service of candlelight, songs, prayers, and hope. Pastor Chris Garrison leads the service at the Stephentown Federated Church, 1513 Garfield Road on Sunday December 19th at 4pm. All are welcome. Handicapped accessible. Masks required.

Christmas Eve Service

STEPHENTOWN – Join us at Stephentown Federated Church 1513 Garfield Road, Stephentown, NY as Pastor Chris Garrison leads us in a family friendly service of carols and candles on Friday, December 24th at 7:30. All are welcome. Handicapped accessible. Masks required.

Love Lutheran Church Christmas Schedule

EAST GREENBUSH – O Come, All Ye Faithful…Come Worship with us this Christmas! Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, Friday, December 24th at 7 PM. Christmas Day, Saturday, December 25th at 10 AM. Love Lutheran Church is located at Middlesex Road and Pheasant Lane, East Greenbush. For more information or directions, please call (518) 477-8685.

Keyes Scholarship

TROY – Center Brunswick United Methodist Church offers Keyes Scholarship for 2022 graduates of Tamarac High School

The finance committee of the Center Brunswick United Methodist Church has announced that it will award $500 to a student to be selected from the Tamarac High School Class of 2022. The money may be used for any type of expense related to further education. Students do not have to belong to this church or any other church to be eligible.

Interested student must apply for this award no later than March 1,2022. The application can be obtained from the school’s guidance department.

This award is given in memory of Harold and Mabel Keyes through a trust funded by their last will and testament. Mable taught in the Brunswick Schools and continued teaching Sunday School at Center Brunswick UMC for many years after she retired. Through this award, her love of helping young people learn and grow will continue to reach the youth of our community.

Center Brunswick UMC is located at the intersection of Routes 7 and 142 in Troy.

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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