Church Events

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.


tilling Goff Garden

On Change the World Sunday, we were able to plant tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, onions, cucumbers, squash and more. All of the produce will be delivered to the CoNSERNS-U (for southern Rensselaer County) food pantry in Rensselaer and other local pantries. Consider taking an hour over the summer to work in the garden with family, friends, scouts etc. You can weed, harvest, deliver, at any time convenient for you. We will be at the garden on Sunday mornings, and usually Wednesday evenings. We are thankful to the school for allowing us to use the 3 plots in the back of the garden. Students are using the other areas. There are two handicap accessible raised beds also for your convenience. Please contact us with any questions.
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


Scholarships for our Upper New York Conference summer camps are available from our United Methodist Women. Forms to apply for this funding are available in the UMW mail pocket in the church office. No kid should be denied the camp experience because of the lack of funds. Call the church office for more information.

The office also has information about Skye Farm and similar programs at the other Upper New York Conference camp sites.



Our Change the World Sunday event has demonstrated that there are always many opportunities all around us to make a difference in the lives of others. I would like to share another opportunity and ask for your support. Pastor Mariana Rodriguez, who leads a Hispanic and Latino congregation in Albany has dedicated her life to helping the poor and needy. You generously supported the children in her congregation by providing gifts for their Three Kings Celebration for the past several years. She is concerned about a group of young children in the Dominican Republic who will be starting their next school year in August without school supplies for their Bible Study Program. Our Missions team has decided to partner with other Methodists in Delmar and Averill Park to provide basic school supplies to these children.

More than a third of the Dominican Republic people live on less than $1.25 a day and over 20 percent of the country lives in extreme poverty. Most of the poverty in the Dominican Republic is concentrated in the rural areas. The rural poverty rate is about three times as high as the urban poverty rate. This is a country where only 30 percent of children finish primary school. Half of the country does not have access to clean water, and over half of the country does not have sanitary toilets. Healthcare is expensive and hard to find in rural areas. The government spends very little on education.

If you would like to help out by making their upcoming school year more successful, please make out a check to our church (FUMC-EG) and in the notation section, write “Hispanic Ministries” by June 25. Cash may be placed in an envelope labeled “Hispanic Ministries”. School begins in August, so we will be purchasing the supplies locally and shipping them at the beginning of July. Every dollar you give will go towards the purchase of school supplies. Thank you in advance for continuing to be the hands, the feet, and the compassionate heart of Jesus Christ.


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.


Our church will be providing the evening meal at Joseph's House homeless shelter in Troy on Sunday, June 24. We may be feeding 50 people. We are seeking volunteers to help prepare the meal in our church kitchen following the morning service, make cookies or help serve the meal in the evening. Please contact Kevin (518-253-4907, if you have questions or would like to help.


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



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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