Church/Spiritual 12.15.22

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 18, for Sunday service and see the wonderful job they did. Following the service, we will have coffee hour and socializing. 

The Church community is again collecting nonperishable food items for the food pantry.

Christmas service will be at 2:00 on Christmas Eve. 

Hot Mess Crafters meets Wednesday December 21 at 10:00. Later in the day, at 2:00, there will be Bible Study where we are studying how the Holy Spirit guides and helps us. 

Thrift Shop will be open Thursday, 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. Remember that Thrift Shop will be closed 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

Christmas Eve Worship at the North Chatham United Methodist Church

The North Chatham United Methodist Church will hold its Christmas Eve Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols at 5:00 PM on Saturday, December 24th. 

This is a beautiful service with traditional Christmas carols and Bible readings about the Nativity story. All are welcome! The church is located at 4274 Route 203 in the hamlet of North Chatham. If you can’t make it in person the service will be available on Zoom, through the same link that we use for Sunday worship services – please see our website ( for details. 

For more information on North Chatham United Methodist Church, please call 518-766-3535 or visit our website. Thanks and we hope to see you soon, in person or on Zoom!

Stephentown Federated Church Christmas Schedule

STEPHENTOWN FEDERATOR CHURCH, 1513 Garfield Road, Stephentown, NY 12168, handicapped accessible, Pastor Chris Garrison

Christmas Eve, December 24, at 7:30 p.m.

Come and join us this year for a service of Lessons and Carols…a Christmas Eve service of special music with our choir and soloists as well as carol singing of familiar seasonal hymns for all. All visiting family members and community members are welcome to come and share this Yearly celebration of the birth of our Christ.

Christmas Day Service, December 25, at 9:30 a.m.

Wow! How lucky are we to have our reason for the season (Christmas) to actually fall on Sunday this year. It is very difficult to justify not having A Christmas service on Christmas Sunday since this is a part of our Christian heritage. We ARE having a service that we hope you will come and enjoy before the family celebrations. Better still bring the family with you and start your celebration with us at 9:30 a.m. we are planning lots of carol singing and perhaps a little history of a carol or two. Share your favorite Christmas cookies after at Coffee Hour.

Christmas and New Years at Gilead Lutheran Church

This year we will again have our bonfire and Carols in our parking lot at 5:30. Our inside service will begin at 7:00 PM. It will be a Candlelight Service with communion. There will be no Christmas Day Service.

New Year’s Day Service will be our regular 10:30 AM service. It will be a service of Lessons and Carols. We will also have communion as we do every Sunday. 

We are located at the intersection of Routes 7 & 278 in Center Brunswick. Everyone is welcome and we love meeting new people.

Candlelight Services at Brunswick Church

A warm invitation is extended to the community for the Christmas Candlelight Services being held at Brunswick Church.  

There will be two services on Saturday, December 24th, at 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM.  Each will be a meaningful time of fellowship and scripture readings, as well as both traditional and contemporary music. All ages are welcome, and childcare will be available.  We will also have a casual service of celebration on Sunday, December 25th, at 9:30 AM.  

Please join us!  Brunswick Church is located on White Church Road just off Rt. 351.  For more information please call the church office at 518-279-3792.

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 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.

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

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:

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

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.

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 

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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