Church/Spiritual

Church/Spiritual 12.08.22

Love Lutheran Church Christmas

Jesus is the light of our Christmas, the Joy of our Hearts, the Hope of our World!! Please join us as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior. Christmas Eve Service – Saturday, December 24th, at 7:00 pm. Christmas Day Service – Sunday, December 25th, at 10:00 am.

Love Lutheran Church address: Pheasant Lane & Middlesex Road, East Greenbush, NY. Phone: 518-477-8685.

Church of the Redeemer

Thank you to those who decorated the church for the Christmas season. Join us at 9:00, December 11, for Sunday service and see the wonderful job they did. Following the service, we will have coffee hour and socializing. 

Hot Mess Crafters meets Wednesday December 14 at 10:00. Later in the day, at 2:00, we will hold Bible Study. 

Thrift Shop will be open Thursday, December 8 and December 15 from 3-6 and again on Saturday, December 17 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 3 more Thrift Shop days before Christmas and before Thrift Shop closes for the month of January.

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 rhaskell2@nullnycap.rr.com

Christmas and Narnia

Rediscover the child-like wonder and delight of this holy season and prepare for the coming of “God with us” in Jesus in a whimsical and playful way this Christmas.

Travel with other seekers of joy and wonder, revisiting passages from C.S. Lewis’ beloved classic, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Our Advent Worship series weaves the stories of Narnia and the Story of God together, exploring the powerful themes of light and darkness, temptation and sin, forgiveness and hope, through the lens of Lewis’ rich tale. Join us as we bring illustrations from another world in order be reminded of God’s kingdom vision “on earth as it is in heaven.” Join us at the First Reformed Church, corner of Main Avenue and Church Street in Wynantskill, on any or all of the following dates.

· December 11—Advent 3: Gifts for the Common Good

· December 18—Advent 4: A Child Shall Lead—Our youth will deliver the message of Christmas through our Narnian Christmas pageant.

· December 21—Blue Christmas/Longest Night at 7 PM; Always Winter, Never Christmas 

· December 24—Candlelight Christmas Eve service at 7 PM; Aslan on the Move

· December 25—Christmas Day service at 10 AM; The King Arrives Among Us

Holiday Happenings at Center Brunswick UMC

Please join us at 990 Hoosick Road, Troy to celebrate the Christmas Season.

Sunday School Christmas Program will be during worship on December 11

Bell Choir will play Dec. 18 at 9:00 am and Dec. 24 at 8:00 pm.

Blue Christmas Service will be December 21 at 7:00 for those who are finding difficulty celebrating the season. This service is for those who feel a sense of loss or grief. A service of song, prayer and hope. All are welcome.

Christmas Eve service with choir and bells December 24 at 8:00 pm

No church service on Christmas Day.

Our mission projects for the season include 30 gifts for 2 families and a Mitten Tree that will send mittens, hats and scarfs to Brittonkill Schools for those in need.

The Sunday School will sponsor Brooks BBQ on January 7 watch for further details.

Advent & Christmas at Hope United Methodist Church
566 Brunswick Road, Troy, NY 12180

Christmas Potluck & Carol Sing, Friday, December 16th at 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary:Enjoy a delicious meal and stay for Christmas carols, special music, and a surprise from our kids!

Live Nativity, Sunday, December 18 at 5:00 p.m. on the front lawn: Come see, hear, and sing the story of how God sent His Son to save us. Warm up with hot chocolate and Christmas cookies afterwards in the Sanctuary.

Kid’s Christmas Eve Service, Saturday, December 24 at 4:00 p.m.. Kids help set up the nativity scene in the Sanctuary. Scripture, song, prayer, candle light, and birthday cake for Jesus.

Candlelight Communion Service, Saturday, December 24 at 11:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary: Traditional Christmas Eve candlelight service with homily and Holy Communion.

Lessons and Carols, Sunday, December 25 at 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary: The story of God’s redemption told in scripture and songs of the season. 

For information contact the church at: 518-279-1403

First United Methodist Church of E. Greenbush December Services

A Special Church Service: ‘Longest Night” Wednesday, December 21, 7:00 pm livestreamed on the church’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/FUMCEG/

The Christmas season is one of excitement and joy, but for some people this time of year also comes with loneliness, grief, sorrow, personal pain, anxiety, or other struggles. With a bit of special music the FUMC will be hosting a “Longest Night” service on Wednesday, December 21 – the longest night of the year – as an opportunity to acknowledge our sadness in the midst of a season of hope, to remind us that we are not alone, and to reassure us that the light grows every day forward from here. If you or someone you know is experiencing loss, grief, or worry – unrest of any kind – during this holiday season, please join us for a quiet service of prayer and meditation. Prayer and meditation for hope, inner peace, and a growing light in our lives. Share in our meditative worship of remembering, reflection, and encouragement. All are welcome, December 24, 2022,

Christmas Eve Services

5:00 PM Family Worship Service

7:00 PM Worship Service

9:00 PM Worship Service

Caroling at Church of the Covenant UM

We wish to invite you to come and sing (or enjoy the singing) of Christmas Carols (and secular songs) at Church of the Covenant UM (3055 NY 43, Averill Park NY 12018 — across from Jiffy Mart) on Sunday, December 11th, 2022 from 11:30 -12:30. 

We will offer hot beverages, and a place to warm up. Our bathrooms will be open. Come sing and enjoy a time of fellowship!

Christmas Concert

Saturday, December 10 at 3 PM, the Cornerstone Community choir will present their 31st annual concert, “Carols of Christmas”.  Members of several area congregations will participate.

The church is located at 570 Third Avenue, corner of 3rd Avenue and 115th Street in Lansingburgh.  Join us for cookies and punch afterward. Free willing offering to benefit Capital Region Food Bank and Ukraine Relief.

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 Youthleaderamber@nullgmail.com

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.

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 twright@nullbrunswickchurch.org. 

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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