Church Events


Lynn Minderman of Qholaqhoe Mountain Connections (QMC) will present an update on the progress in Lesotho, Africa on Sunday, October 14, 2018 10:45 AM.
Please join us!


On October 17 the Membership and Evangelism Committee will once again host a Senior Lunch in Fellowship Hall at 12:00 noon. Delectable cuisine will be prepared by very talented chefs on this committee. If you would like to attend please contact Mary McIntosh at 518-479-2746 or Sue Lemka at 518-477-9875.


Ending Hunger One Step at a Time. Crop Hunger Walk

Please plan to join us on the Castleton CROP Walk on Sunday, October 21st. As reported by Adam Smedberg when he visited our church on September 16th, the Castleton CROP Walk has run for 34 years and has raised $107,000! One-quarter of all funds will be directed to the Anchor Food Pantry and Thrift Store in Castleton. Three-quarters of the funds help support the work of Church World Service (CWS) and its partners for hunger relief and development projects in the U.S and around the world. Walkers may register at Castleton CROP Hunger Walk or may register with Kevin Conley (518-253-4907). Walkers ask friends and families to support them either with an on-line contribution or check payable to "CWS/CROP." On the day of the walk, we will meet at Emmanuel Reformed Church, 1150 Maple Hill Road, Castleton at noon for a light lunch, songs, a blessing, and some pictures and then ride in our cars 2-3 miles to The Anchor on Boltwood Avenue. The 1 mile walk and the 3.3 mile walk follow the same route for a while. Let's make the 2018 Walk the best ever! If you cannot join the walk yourself, please support a walker. Every contribution helps bring some relief to those in need.

Friday Night Alive

The fourth Friday of each month, the youth/young adults will hold a worship service from 7:00 - 7:30 pm. The service is open to everyone. The next service will be October 26th. Please come to praise the lord with the youth.


Coffee House Performer

Coffee House Performers

At FUMC, ministries and community come in many shapes and forms. One of our most favorite ministries are the five yearly Coffee Houses held in Fellowship Hall at the Church …the Back to School Coffee House in September, Thanksgiving Coffee House in November, Cabin Fever Coffee House in January, St. Patrick’s Day Coffee House in March and the Mother’s Day Coffee House in May. Performers from the surrounding area share their singing, dancing, musical instrument, poetry and storytelling talents on the 3rd Friday night in the month a Coffee House is held. Tasty treats and talented performers surrounded by an enthusiastic and fun loving audience creates an evening of exceptional fun and fellowship. Our Mistress of Chatter keeps the evening running smoothly with jokes and chatter about all sorts of topics. No admission is charged. A basket for contributions to support local charities is at the entrance table. In the 15 years of the Coffee House, we have raised about $15,000 to help feed, clothe, house and provide necessities for local families in times of crisis. All are welcome…all you need is to grab a friend and join us for an old fashioned evening of entertainment and sometimes magical moments.


tilling Goff Garden

Thank you to all those who assisted with the garden and mowing over the summer and past summers. For over 10 years now, we have been growing fresh, nutritious vegetables for the CoNSERNS-U food pantry. Hundreds of pounds of tomatoes, squash, eggplant, beans, and more, have been delivered to supplement the non-perishables that are supplied.

We have decided to NOT use the Goff Garden next season. The new idea is for each of us, and you, to grow extra veggies at home. We will collect them on Sundays to deliver on Mondays. Many of us have a small area that could produce a nice quantity of one or two of our favorite vegetables. We may be able to help get you started if this is new for you. We do intend to continue to do a demonstration for the clients at CoNSERNS-U which includes giving them plants and seeds.
Aleta Schweigert, Linda Marschner, Ricky Lettrick

Flood Buckets

"Upper New York Mission Central HUB urgently needs flood buckets. According to Mike Block, UNY Director of Missional Engagement, and Joe Auslander, UNY Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, warehouse flood bucket contents are limited, and help is critical at this time, especially during hurricane season." This according to a press release from our Annual Conference. In response, Sue Calyer has agreed to head up a mission for our church to pack and send off flood buckets to help fill the need. Sunday, November 18 has been tentatively scheduled as the date for us to pack our buckets. For more details, what we need to buy or donate for the buckets, how to support the need, and dates and times for this project, watch the Sunday Worship Memo, the Sunday bulletin and next month’s issue of the Church BELL.


The United Methodist Church will hold a special session of General Conference in February 2019 where the main topic of discussion will be sexuality. How do we deal with this issue in the future in our church? What is the future of our church? At the 2016 General Conference the Commission on a Way Forward was established. Their report will be the focus of the gathering in February. Their report presents three plans for our church, “The One Church Plan”, The Connectional Conference Plan” and a “Traditional Plan”.

Come join a discussion on Sunday, September 30 from 4:00pm-6:00pm and/or Sunday, October 14 from 4:00pm-6:00pm as our Reconciling Ministry team facilitates a conversation about the Commission on a Way Forward report and the future of our church. We need your thoughts and want to hear your concerns. This will be in part a prelude to the visit in December by Bishop Webb.

Watch for resources to help prepare for the two gatherings. And then, at the end of October, on Sunday the 28th we will have a “no ticket, no reservation” Sunday Brunch. We hope you will be a part of the discussions and the brunch.

To get started, read the Commission of a Way Forward report in English.


Carrie and Peter Larson and their family invite you to come to their 4th annual Thanksgiving Dinner. Come and share Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends on Thursday, the 22nd of November at 2:00 pm in Fellowship Hall. Turkey, mashed potato squash and all the traditional goodies will be served…hope to see you there. Please contact either Carrie or Peter to let them know that would like to participate in this wonderful holiday gathering.


Last July, after receiving your very generous donations for school supplies for children living in poverty in the Dominican Republic, boxes of supplies were mailed to the children. We have received word that the supplies were delivered and the children are so grateful! In a rural area outside of Santo Domingo where anything brand new is seldom seen, this is a good reminder of how much we take for granted here in our land of plenty. Thank you from the Missions Ministry.

Vacation Bible School

Shipwrecked - Rescued by Jesus

During the week of July 30 – August 3, 24 elementary children and 17 youth along with 20 adults survived on a deserted island filled with games, crafts, science experiments, tasty snacks, worship and Bible stories. Many new friends were made, including a visit from fellow castaway "Jamie Noland." They learned that during difficult times Jesus is always there ready to help rescue.

The Vacation Bible School directors would like to thank all who volunteered their precious time to help make this program a success. The support and prayers of the congregation are vital to this ministry.


Missionary Mozart Makafui Adevu of Accra, Ghana, West Africa

The missionary we have selected for a special relationship with our church is Mozart Makafui Adevu of Accra, Ghana, West Africa. Contact has been made with him and we have received past newsletters and information about his ministry in agriculture methods, livestock management and disease control. The area in which Missionary Adevu works as regional coordinator includes Sierra Leone, from which our past missionary (now Bishop) Rev. John Yambasu comes. In addition to the specific information about Missionary Adevu’s work, we have had the opportunity to learn about the political and cultural issues in the region.

Missionary Adevu’s ministry is through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). In lieu of a covenant relationship, we have chosen to support him through the UMCOR-Sustainable Agriculture and Development Advance.

If you would like to know more, please ask any member of the Missions and Social Responsibilities Ministry.


Joseph's House and Shelter

On January 28, Janet Douglass, Volunteer Coordinator from Joseph's House and Shelter described services to the homeless to persons assembled in Fellowship Hall following the morning service. Last year, 1,062 homeless persons from Rensselaer County received services at Joseph's House and Shelter. The program serves individuals and families with children. It is the only shelter in the County serving the overflow homeless population during Code Blue season when temperatures fall below 32 degrees. Every available space in the emergency shelter is occupied on Code Blue nights and an overflow population is sheltered in Troy churches with the help of volunteers. Ms. Douglass described some of the many paths to homelessness, including substance use, mental illness, loss of employment, family disruption and eviction. Ms. Douglass described the services provided by volunteers, such as meal preparation and serving, donations of linens, toiletries or snacks for after-school, socialization and recreation.


blanket on rocking chair

Our church has many talented knitters, crocheters, and quilters that make afghans and quilts for Change the World Sunday which are given to the veterans at the VA. To find more ways to support the men and women at the VA, such as with visits and personal items, see Smaller craft items to work on over the summer: Red scarves (5-8 inches wide by 60 inches) for foster care children in college (; soft hats for children with cancer (; small (15 inches x 15 inches to 20 inches x 20 inches) blankets and hats for NICU preemie babies at Albany Med.; donate yarn for women in prison (specifics apply, contact me if you are interested in helping). Comments or Questions give me a call.
Aleta Schweigert, 518-479-3182



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Do you like to read on the beach or at a campsite, maybe in a hotel room? That is great! Did you know the church has a library full of interesting books to read for young and old and everyone in between? Check it out! The library is next to the nursery, across from the Youth Lounge.


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