Church/Spiritual 12.23.21

Calling All Knitters

BRUNSWICK – Are you someone who likes to knit, but you’ve already made everything you need for yourself and your family? We have a great opportunity where you can use your skill to help others! You are welcome to participate in our Prayer Shawl Knitting Group every first and third Thursday at 12:30 PM in the lobby at Brunswick Church. Shawls are made to share and bring comfort to those who are ill or suffering, and they have always been very much appreciated. For more details about joining the group, or if you know of someone who could use a prayer shawl, please call the church office at 518-279-3792. This is a ministry of Brunswick Church at 42 White Church Lane (just off Rt. 351). Our worship services are Sundays at 9:30 AM and all are welcome; however, church attendance is not required to join the knitting group or to request a prayer shawl.

Merry Christmas From Church of the Redeemer

RENSSELAER – Christmas Eve service is at 4 PM on Friday, December 24. On Sunday, December 26, service is at 9 AM followed by coffee hour.

Hot Mess Crafters will meet again on Wednesday January 5 at 10 AM. Come and learn to use a Knitting Jennie, a round loom that dates back to the 1700s. We have looms and yarn to get you started.

Bible Study is suspended until Wednesday, February 2 at 4 PM. Thrift Shop is now closed until Thursday, February 3 from 3-6’,

The Church of the Redeemer is an Episcopal church 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. Fr. Robert Haskell may be emailed at

Church of the Holy Spirit Centennial Information

EAST GREENBUSH – The Church of the Holy Spirit in East Greenbush is preparing to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the founding of the parish. Events and fundraising are continuing throughout the year with the anniversary celebration taking place in June 2022. A written history of the parish is being prepared and we are currently looking for historical information from parishioners both past and present. If you have any information about the parish that you would like to share, please email the parish office at or call the parish office at 518-477-7925. The parish website is . Office hours are Monday and Tuesday 9 am-1pm and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 1 pm-5 pm.

Holiday Happenings at Center Brunswick United Methodist Church

CENTER BRUNSWICK – We would like to thank the community for participating in our recent food drive We delivered two cars full of food to the Grafton Food Pantry and we able to provide 5 full Thanksgiving Dinners to families in need.

Our Giving Tree was a huge success providing toys and clothing for 22 children.

The Mitten Tree is filling up with scarves, hats, gloves and mittens which will be donated to local children.

Pet food and supplies are being collected throughout the month to donate to local shelters.

Christmas Eve Service of Lessons, Carols and a short message will be December 24 at 7:30 pm.

We continue to collect greeting cards to be donated to St. Jude’s Ranch where they have an entrepreneur program for youth and clean pill bottles with caps for Matthew 25 Ministries.

Brooks Bar-B-Q will be January 8, 2022 from 2-6 pm. $ 13 full dinner – $6.00 1/2 chicken only. Call Jill at 518 258-2164 for tickets.

Christmas Eve on the Mountain

SAND LAKE – Come join us at Zion’s United Church of Christ for our annual Christmas Eve service on Friday December 24th starting at 6:30pm, 741 Taborton Road, Sand Lake, NY 12153. We end the service with everyone given a candle and leave with the lights out.

Candlelight Services

Brunswick – We would like to extend a warm invitation to the community to attend one of our Christmas Eve Candlelight Services. We will be offering two identical events of carols, lessons, and candlelight at 3:00 and 6:00 PM.  Both services will be held on December 24th in the worship center at Brunswick Church (42 White Church Lane, just off Rt. 351).  We would love to have you join us!

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

DEFREESTVILLE – All are welcome to join us for Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Friday, December 24th at 10:00 PM at Blooming Grove Church located at 706 Bloominggrove Drive, DeFreestville 12144 located across from Rt. 4 CDTA Park and Ride parking lot.

Gilead at Christmas

CENTER BRUNSWICK – Gilead Lutheran Church in Center Brunswick will be holding an outside carol sing and bon fire on Christmas Eve at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, December 24th. Please join us and bring hot coffee and/or chocolate and a chair as we gather to prepare for the birth of Christ. Our candlelight service will begin at 7:30 when we tell the Christmas story with scripture and song. Our regular Sunday service is December 26th at 10:30 a.m.

We also want to mention that our Sunday School is holding their classes on the 2nd Sunday of each month. The children will be singing at the service on December 19th.

As part of our community outreach, our monthly food pantry and take-out dinner will be held on December 30th from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. The dinner will be beef stew, tossed salad and dessert and is always a free-will offering. We also have collected Christmas gifts from our wish list of families who could use a helping hand at Christmas time.

Gilead’s web site is Any questions, please call and leave a message at 518-279-9270. The services are live streamed through Facebook and You Tube which can be accessed through our web site. Tune in to our previous service on December 12th.

2021 Christmas Services

POESTENKILL/TROY – Our two churches are delighted to share our wonderful new minister to present our Christmas season services, Pastor Kate Drefke. Please come and join us at either church as we celebrate Christmas.

At Evangelical Lutheran Church of Poestenkill, NY 12140 – 772 Route 351, Poestenkill – Friday, December 24, 2021 at 9 PM. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – and Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021 at 9 AM. Lessons & Carols to refresh & renew our Christmas Peace & Hope.

At Faith Lutheran Church. Troy – 50 Leversee Road, Troy, NY 12182. Friday, December 24, 2021 at 7 PM – Christmas Eve Service – and Sunday, December 26, 2021 at 10:30 AM – Christmas Peace & Hope.

Hope to see you at either church.

Christmas Eve Services at First United Methodist Church of East Greenbush

EAST GREENBUSH – Christmas Eve Services at First United Methodist Church, 1 Gilligan Rd. East Greenbush
518-477-9693 – 5 pm Family Service. 7 pm Candelight Service – will also be live streamed on Facebook . 9 pm Candlelight Service, with communion after the service. Attendance may be limited. Face masks are required.

Join us on Christmas Eve at Church of the Covenant UM

AVERILL PARK – Please join us on Christmas Eve for two services at Church of the Covenant United Methodist. 7:00 pm is a Story & Carol service with organist Ruth Jackson. 10:00 pm is the tradition Festival of Lessons and Carols with the COC Choir, accompanied by Joanne Mensching. We are “The Round Church” at 3055 NY 43, Averill Park, NY 12018. In accordance with the NYS mandate, masks must be worn at all times inside the building.

Christmas Eve Service

STEPHENTOWN – Join us at Stephentown Federated Church 1513 Garfield Road, Stephentown, NY as Pastor Chris Garrison leads us in a family friendly service of carols and candles on Friday, December 24th at 7:30. All are welcome. Handicapped accessible. Masks required.

Love Lutheran Church Christmas Schedule

EAST GREENBUSH – O Come, All Ye Faithful…Come Worship with us this Christmas! Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, Friday, December 24th at 7 PM. Christmas Day, Saturday, December 25th at 10 AM. Love Lutheran Church is located at Middlesex Road and Pheasant Lane, East Greenbush. For more information or directions, please call
(518) 477-8685.

Keyes Scholarship

TROY – Center Brunswick United Methodist Church offers Keyes Scholarship for 2022 graduates of Tamarac High School

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 2022. The money may be used for any type of expense related to further education. Students do not have to belong to this church or any other church to be eligible.

Interested student must apply for this award no later than March 1,2022. The application can be obtained from the school’s guidance department.

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

Center Brunswick UMC is located at the intersection of Routes 7 and 142 in Troy.

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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