Church/Spiritual 12.19.19

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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.

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Christmas at Church of the Redeemer

On December 22, Sunday services are at 8:00 and 9:30 with coffee hour in the Hearth Room between and after services.

Christmas service will be on Tuesday, Christmas Eve, at 4:00 with Father John Scott presiding. We welcome you to come to see the decorations, sing carols, and celebrate the birth of Jesus with us.

Our Wednesday, Hot Mess Crafters and Bible Study are suspended until January 8 in celebration of Christmas.

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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Outdoor Christmas Party and Live Nativity

Saturday, December 21 – 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

The community is invited to join in the celebration that will take place on Saturday, December 21 at Emmanuel Reformed Church in Castleton, NY. We will be outdoors for a party to celebrate Christmas. What better time to have a party than to celebrate someone’s birthday! On December 21 we will gather under our pavilion to celebrate the birth of Jesus. There will be warm beverages and carols to enjoy before the Christmas Story is acted out. Then we will share a warm meal and goodies and just enjoy each other’s company as we listen to some Christmas jazz. We are located at 1150 Maple Hill Road in Castleton, NY. Call 518-732-7766 if you need more information or go to

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St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church Christmas Eve Service Info

St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 751 County Route 7, directly off of Route 150 in East Schodack, NY invites you to join us for our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service with Holy Communion on evening, December 24th at 9:00 pm. Pastor Christopher Hoyer will lead worship.

St. Stephen’s welcomes visitors from the community during the holiday season and year round at our regular 11 am Sunday services. Please call our church office at 477-6950 for directions and additional information.

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

12/19/2019 – 12/26/2019

Celebrate the Joy of Christmas at Salem Church!

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – Tuesday, December 24th at 8pm, hear Pastor Charlie’s message, What Matters Most? Let your light shine. Bring the family and your friends, there’s a place for everyone.

More ways to celebrate Christmas at Salem:

December 22, 4th Sunday in Advent worship service at 10:45am, hear the message, Mary’s Bold Move;

December 29, Epiphany Sunday worship service at 10:45am, hear the message, I Work and Who Can Hinder It?

Salem United Methodist Church, 349 Shaver Rd, West Sand Lake, (518) 674-3106,

12/19/2019 – 12/26/2019

Join Us During Advent at the Nassau Grace United Methodist Church

In a season of holiday haste and hustle, Advent calls us to slow down and prepare. In a world of darkness and violence, the church proclaims a message of light and hope. In a world of division and fear, the coming of the Christ child reminds us of the healing power of love.

Your friends and neighbors invite you to join us as we watch with love. December 22nd the weekly service will be at 10 am. Topic will be the manger and nativity. Held in our historic and beautifully decorated sanctuary, children are invited to take part in our Sunday School starting midway through the service. This year’s Advent theme is based on a program written by Adam Hamilton. On Tuesday, December 24th, at 7 pm, a traditional candlelight service will be held. The joyous worship celebration will contain scripture, carols, a Christmas message and lighting of candles. The holy celebration begins as early as 6 pm for those who would also like to sing carols in front of the church.

The church is located at 42 Church Street, Route 20 in Nassau Village. For additional information please contact Pastor Dion Marquit. Text or Call: 518-915-3393. Email:

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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