Church/Spiritual 12.12.19

12/05/2019 – 12/12/2019

December Mindful Nature Walk

Sunday, December 15, 9 am – 12 pm — Poestenkill Community Forest, 200 Legenbauer Rd, Averill Park (in East Poestenkill)

We will combine forest bathing, walking, and present-centered awareness to relieve stress and get inspired. Just as squirrels gather and store nuts for winter food, we can cultivate our own warmth and sustenance through our connection to land and each other. Ages 12 and up. $5 – $10 suggested donation goes directly to support conservation on the Rensselaer Plateau. Questions? Reach out to Molly: or 978-239-8105.

10/17/2019 – 12/12/2019

Support Local Charities with Your Cans and Bottles

The St Jude the Apostle Knights of Columbus has teamed up with 6 Center Redemption Center located at 461 Main Street in Wynantskill to accept qualifying bottle and can donations to support local charities and those in need.

Simply bring your clean, qualifying empties to 6 Center Redemption in Wynantskill and say they are to support the St Jude Knights of Columbus. They’ll do the rest! That’s it! Thanks for your support.

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Gilead Lutheran Church Welcomes You

Gilead Lutheran Church is a welcome, faith-filled home for you. Located at 308 Brick Church Rd (Rte. 278) in Center Brunswick we carry on the tradition of serving the community that started in 1742. Each Sunday God’s message is celebrated at our 10:30 am, traditional-styled worship service. Sunday School meets on the 2nd Sunday of the month at 9:30 am. Gilead Lutheran provides a free community dinner and food pantry the 3rd Thursday of the month. The next dinner is on December 19th, 3 to 6 pm. Our “Journey Together” covered dish and program will take a break and will dine out on December 20th at the Crossroads in West Sand Lake. We are fully handicap accessible and gladly welcome all for all of our services, meals and programs. For more information call 518-279-9270 or visit us at .

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Start a new tradition this holiday season!

First, come and celebrate the sounds of the season at the 4th Annual Snyder’s Lake Community Christmas Concert on Friday, December 20th at 7pm. It’ll be a festive night filled with friends, family and holiday cheer! Then, come to the Annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 6pm on Tuesday, December 24th. With music, reflection and candlelight we celebrate the powerful story of Christmas. Snyder’s Lake Community Church is located on scenic Snyder’s Lake at 24 Camp Scully Way, Wynantskill. ‘Tis the reason for the season!

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Preparing for Christmas at Church of the Redeemer

On December 15, Sunday service will be at 9:00 followed by decorating the Church. Brunch will be provided in the Hearth Room.

Our Wednesday, Hot Mess Crafters meets at 10:00. If you are interested in learning knitting, crocheting, or other needle craft, join us.

On Wednesday evening at Bible Study, we travel with Ray Vander Laan to Negev to study the ways Moses thought himself inadequate to lead and why that actually made him the kind of leader God wanted. Also learn how Jesus’ leadership style differs from those of “earthly kingdoms.” Come at 5:30 to share pizza and salad. Bible Study begins at 6:00.

The Church of the Redeemer is 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. Email or call 518-650-8181.Our website is

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Children’s Christmas at Salem Church

Prepare for Christmas at Salem Church in West Sand Lake on Sunday, December 15. This week we celebrate Advent with a Children’s Christmas Pageant and special music during our 10:45am service. There’s a place for you – bring your family, bring a friend. Salem United Methodist Church, 349 Shaver Rd, WSL, 518-674-3106,

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Chanukah Party and Story Time at Nassau Synagogue

The Nassau Synagogue and Jewish Community Center invites the community to join us for the first night of Chanukah, Sunday, December 22, at 5 PM.

The evening will start with lighting the first candle. Bring your menorah if you have one, and share in the beauty of the flickering lights.

At 5:15 we will hear a Chanukah story from Amy Drucker, the PJ Library Coordinator for the Jewish Federation of NENY. The PJ Library sends free books that celebrate Jewish values and culture to families with young children. The program is geared to children being raised “Jewishly.”

After the story, enjoy a delicious light supper, with of course latkes and all the fixings!

This is a free event (donations appreciated) but please RSVP to

The synagogue is located at 12 Albany Avenue, Nassau NY.

For questions or more information call Faith at 518-441-0856.

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West Sand Lake Community Church Candlelight Service

West Sand Lake Community Church invites you to join us on Sunday, December 22 as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Candlelight service will be held at 6:00 PM with refreshments to follow. We are located at 4363 Route 150 (next door to Walgreens). For more information about our church, visit

12/05/2019 – 12/19/2019

Love Lutheran Church Christmas Schedule

Please join us as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Christmas Eve Service, 12/24 at 7:00 pm and Christmas Morning Service, 12/25 at 10:00 am. Love Lutheran Church is located: Pheasant Lane & Middlesex Road, East Greenbush, NY. For more information or directions, please call: 518-488-4991

12/12/2019 – 12/19/2019

Live Nativity

From Hope UMC – Eagle Mills – Our Gift to Your Family – no charge, no donations

Live Nativity on the front lawn – Come Join Us Sunday, December 22nd – in the re-telling of the story of the birth of Jesus. A short 20 minute presentation will include live animals – if the weather permits. Enactments at 5pm & 6pm, each followed by refreshments of Christmas cookies and hot cocoa inside the church. Hope United Methodist Church is located at the corner of Rte. 2 and Garfield Rd. Dress Warmly!

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Community Congregational Church Christmas Eve Service

Please join us at Community Congregational Church on December 24 at 6:00 PM for our annual Christmas Eve service of lessons and carols. We’ll read the Christmas story. We’ll sing many of your favorite Christmas hymns, and we’ll sing Silent Night by candlelight. It will be a joyous celebration for the whole family. Find us at 221 Columbia Turnpike.

12/12/2019 – 12/26/2019

Honoring Military at Gilead Lutheran Church

November 30th was the date members of Gilead met to decorate the Sanctuary for Advent. The Advent Wreath was placed in the Chancel. The Altar Rail was wrapped in green garland and blue bows. Candles were place in the windows.

This year we have added a new feature to our Sanctuary. We have a white tree decorated in red, white and blue lights. Ornaments were added to honor all branches of the military, along with other red and blue ones. This tree is in honor of those who are presently serving in the military, retired military members and also in memory of those who have given their lives for this country.

Everyone is welcome to visit us any Sunday in December at 10:30 am for Worship or 8:00 pm on December 24th for our Christmas Eve Service. Gilead Lutheran Church is located at the corner of Route 7 and 278 in Center Brunswick and is handicapped accessible.

12/12/2019 – 12/26/2019

Celebrate Chanukah with our Game Cafe and Mystery adventure!

BS”D – Have fun at our Game Café, choose from many recent games as well as old favorites Enjoy the Latke buffet along with gelt, dreidles and light a Menorah for Chanukah! Where: at Beth Tephilah Synagogue 82 River st next to Russell Sage When: 7pm to 9pm Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday December 24th, 25th,and 26th Admission only $5 Must be 10 or older. Come to our Mystery adventure!!! Go back in time to Troy 1924 and solve the theft of the century and find out how Beth Tephilah was involved! Where: At Beth Tephilah Synagogue When: Saturday night, December 28th, 7-9pm And of course, Enjoy the Latke buffet along with gelt, dreidles and light a Chanukah Menorah! Admission only $5 Must be 12 or older Please rsvp call Elisheva( 518) 894-3491

12/05/2019 – 02/27/2020

Center Brunswick United Methodist Church Announces Financial Scholarship for 2020

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 2020. The money may be used for any type of expenses related to further education. Students do not have to belong to this Church, any other church or religion to be eligible for this award.

Interested students must apply for this award no later than March 1, 2020. The application can be obtained from the school’s guidance department or from our website at (

This award is given in memory of Harold and Mabel Keyes through a trust funded by their last will and testament. Mabel 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.

The Center Brunswick Methodist Church is located at the intersection of Routes 7 and 142 in Troy.

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