Church Events


ADOPT A HIGHWAY

Adopt a Highway

We are again going to clean up! Our first Adopt-A-Highway Program day for the New Year is Saturday, April 7. We will be collecting trash along a two-mile section of Routes 9 & 20 from the Schodack Rite-Aid to Holy Spirit Catholic Church. DOT supplies the helmets, vests, bags and trash grabbers. We hope you will consider joining us. Meet at the church at 8:00 am. Bring work gloves!

Thrift Sale

The Thrift Sale Friday, May 4th from 5-8pm and Saturday, May 5th (Bag Day) from 9am to 12noon.

INVITATION TO NEW MEMBERS

Pastor Sundar and our Membership and Evangelism Committee will be holding a meeting for prospective new members on Sunday, April 15 following morning worship. This meeting will be for all who would like to officially become members of The United Methodist Church and First UMC East Greenbush, people who would like to transfer their membership from another church, people who would like to join us on profession of faith, and people who would like to establish dual membership with their current church and with First UMC East Greenbush. Please speak with Pastor Sundar as soon as possible to get on the list for the meeting on April 15th. We anticipate new members will be received during morning worship on Sunday, April 29th.

SENIOR LUNCH

Join us for lunch if you are “of an age…” The Membership and Evangelism Committee will be hosting a Senior Lunch in the Fellowship Hall on Wednesday, April 18 at 12 noon. Come and share in a refreshing meal, goodies for desert and a bit of entertainment. All are welcome. Please contact Mary McIntosh at 518-449-2746 or Sue Lemka at 518-477-9875 to let us know you will be attending.

KNITTERS AND CROCHETERS

blanket on rocking chair

Do you know someone or a group looking for a wonderful community service project? How about joining our Knitting/Crocheting group? Their mission: To create soft, warm, handmade gifts to show that we care and support others. Afghans for the VA Hospital, Tiny Blankets and Hats for preemie babies at Albany Med, Red Scarves for foster care college kids (fc2success.org), Hats for children with cancer (hatsgiving.org), Blankets for children who are ill (projectlinus.org) and….

We can teach you the basics of making any of these gifts. We can also provide yarn for anyone who wants to help with any of these projects. Donations of yarn would be appreciated, too. We also have a supply of knitted shawls available for anyone to give or receive. If you know someone who may need a snuggle, please take one. Contact Aleta Schweigert 518-479-3182 with any questions or suggestions (specific sizes needed by these organizations, etc.).

PLANT SALE TO BENEFIT GOFF GARDEN MISSION MAY 4

tilling Goff Garden

Indoor and outdoor plants, bulbs and seedlings are needed for the Plant Sale during the Thrift Sale Friday, May 4. Do you have any extras to share? All proceeds of the sale are used for Vegetable Plants and Seeds and Supplies for our church garden at the Goff Middle School. Fresh, nutritious, delicious vegetables are grown and delivered all summer to CoNSERNS-U Food Pantry, serving Southern Rensselaer County. Sunday, May 20 will be our official planting morning (watch for more info). If you are interested in planting, weeding, harvesting, or delivering please contact us. Thank you.
Aleta Schweigert, Linda Marschner, Ricky Lettrick

Vacation Bible School

Shipwrecked - Rescued by Jesus

Vacation bible school, Shipwrecked - Rescued by Jesus, will run July 30th-August 3rd from 8:30 -12pm daily.

It is for children entering Kindergarten through 5th grade, with 6th graders to adults needed as Crew Leaders and Assistant Crew Leaders.

Registration    Release Form

NEW SEASON AT SKYE FARM

Want to know more about Skye Farm? Trying to decide if you should have your boy or girl attend Skye Farm for a week this summer? Day Camp/Open House at Skye Farm gives families a chance to meet staff and experience some fun camp activities. The special day this year is Saturday, May 26 from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Contact our church office to get on the list for a potential group to attend this one day event. The office also has information about similar programs at the other Upper New York Conference camp sites.

Registration for the summer programs at Skye Farm is now open. There is an Early Bird Discount if you register your camper before Tuesday, May 1. Go to the website www.skyefarmcamp.org for complete information.

Reconciling Ministry

Cross in front of rainbow pinwheel

The Reconciling Ministry Team is planning a "no reservation, no ticket brunch" to follow morning worship on Sunday, June 17th, to celebrate the 11th Anniversary of our church becoming a Reconciling Congregation. See George Herrick if you would like to help plan and/or prepare for this event. One thing, we do need people to make more Reconciling Ministry stoles for the Sundays in June.

JOSEPH'S HOUSE AND SHELTER

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.

CHURCH LIBRARY

John St United Methodist Church in Manhattan

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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