Church/Spiritual 12.22.22

Christmas Services at Saint John’s Episcopal Church, Troy

Christmas services: Christmas Eve: 4 p.m. Family Eucharist and Children’s Sermon; 9:30 chime concert, 10 p.m. Eucharist. 

Sunday in-person worship resumes Sunday, January 1st at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. The 8 a.m. spoken service follows a more ancient Eucharistic Rite in Elizabethan English. The 10 a.m. modern Eucharistic Rite is preceded by hymns on the tower chime and is both live-streamed and in-person. Hymns are accompanied on the regal pipe organ, and Communion music is often from contemporary repertoire. For more information about music at Saint John’s, be in touch with Tiffany Dzembo, Choir Director, at Coffee hour follows in the gym after the 10 a.m. service. Join us!

The Thrift Store will re-open on Wednesday, January 4th. The store is usually open from 9 until noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays, along with coffee and conversation with clergy, parishioners, and neighbors. Do stop by!

Children’s Christian Education will resume on Thursday, January 5th, from 3:30-5:30 and on Sunday mornings from 10 until 11:30! Children can draw near to God as they reflect on passages of Scripture and elements of liturgy in a hands-on curriculum, Sundays at 10 am, beginning October 2nd. For information about this or upcoming events, be in touch with Gaby Gastelum, Children’s Christian Education Director, at

Our next food pantry, which includes fresh produce, will be Saturday, January 7th, from 10 until noon. All are welcome.

All activities are at 146 1st Street in Troy (518)274-5884. The Rector, the Rev. Judith Malionek, can be reached also at

St. Stephen’s 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 Saturday evening, December 24th at 9:00 pm. 

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 518-477-6950 for directions and additional information.

Save The Date – “Cookies and Carols” Program

January 8, 2023, from 2:00-3:30 PM

First United Methodist Church of East Greenbush, 1 Gilligan Rd. You are invited to attend our traditional Cookies and Carols event and finish the festivities of Christmas with an afternoon of beloved carols, poems, stories, and delicious cookies shared with friends. 

The Sanctuary Choir along with Coffee House performers and a harmonious sing-along will be held in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, January 8, 2023, from 2:00 to 3:30. All are invited to this relaxing afternoon. Hope to see you there.

Family Christmas Eve Service

Christmas is about love, peace and light. You will find that our Family Christmas Celebration at Blooming Grove Reformed Church, 706 Blooming Grove Drive, Rensselaer on Saturday, December 24 from 4:30 to 5:00 p.m. 

There will be hot chocolate and coffee and each family will receive a small gift as they leave. We hope to see you! All are welcome.

Church of the Redeemer

Join us on Saturday, Christmas Eve at 2:00 for our Christmas celebration. Following the service, we will have coffee hour and socializing. 

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

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. 

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

Candlelight Christmas Eve Celebration at Salem Church

Celebrate Christmas on Saturday, December 24 at 6:30pm, Salem United Methodist Church, 349 Shaver Road, West Sand Lake. 

Bring the whole family to this kid-friendly, candlelight service celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, Light of the World. All are welcome, come let us adore him!

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.

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 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

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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