Church Events


Candelight Peace Vigils

Candlelight peace vigils will be held on the first three Mondays of December. The 20-minute vigils begin at 6:00 pm and include prayers written by people from various denominations, readings, discussion and songs. The vigils are held in the outdoor chapel, but when the weather is inclement, they are relocated to the back of the sanctuary. With divisions in our country, natural disasters and war-like words between nuclear powers, the times may seem dark, but Advent is a time when Christians celebrate that God sent his son to bring light into the darkness of the world. We celebrate Jesus' birth on Christmas because He taught us how to work for peace and we believe that peace in our community and world can be achieved if we allow God's light to shine within us and our families. Please contact Kevin (kconley1@nycap.rr.com or 518-253-4907) if you would like more information.

CAROLS AND COOKIES

Joseph House

“Come one come all” to the Carols and Cookies festivities on Sunday, December 10 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Choral selections from the Choir, carols by “Byrd in the Bush”, duets, solos and a Christmas carol sing-a-long will provide a musical interlude in the busy Christmas Season. Cookies and punch will be served at a reception after the concert.

BLUE CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SERVICE

Last December we published part of a Blue Christmas Service litany from The Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew in Honolulu, Hawaii. The words are worth repeating:

“We light this first candle to remember those whom we have loved and lost…

We light this second candle to remember the pain of loss: loss of relationships, loss of trust, loss of jobs, loss of health, loss of faith, the loss of joy…

We light this third candle to remember ourselves this Christmas time. We pause and remember the past weeks, months, and for some of us years, that have been heavy with our burdens…

We light this fourth candle to remember faith, the gift of light and hope that God offers to us in the stories of Hanukkah and of Christmas, which both also began in abandonment, insecurity, and humbleness, in a time of war and in a poor stable. We remember that the loving God who kept the light shining in the temple and who came to share this life with us promises us comfort and peace.”

On Wednesday, December 20 at 7:00 pm we will hold our Blue Christmas Worship Service here in our church. This is a service for all who are dealing with a loss this holiday season, like any loss mentioned in the litany above. Everyone one who is “feeling blue” and their supporters, friends and family are invited to attend. Please invite your friends and neighbors who might find this service helpful in their life. The invitation is for all in our community. No need to be a member of our church or any particular faith community to attend. All are welcome.

THREE KINGS CELEBRATION NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT

3 kings day

For several years now, our church has joined forces with The Church of the Covenant in Averill Park, St. Paul’s in Castleton, and The Delmar United Methodist Church in support of Iglesia Cristiana Emmanuel (Emmanuel Faith Community), a ministry that reaches out to the Hispanic/Latino population of the Capital Area. Pastor Mariana Rodriguez has asked if we would consider once again donating new and gently used toys for children up to 12 years of age for their Three Kings Celebration, on January 7. If you are willing and able to help make a child's Christmas season a little brighter this year, there will be a box for donations of toys, books, and games in our church foyer. Gift cards from WalMart in ten or twenty dollar denominations would also be appreciated for the older children. Please turn in gift cards directly to the office, or to John Schmidt for safekeeping. Please do not wrap or tag the toys. Thank you for your assistance. All are welcome to attend the service beginning at 3PM which will be held at the Third Reformed Church at 20 Ten Eyck Ave. in Albany.

Blood Drive

Mark your calendar for Friday, January 26. There will be a Red Cross Blood Drive at the church. New donors also welcome and encouraged.

CHURCH LIBRARY

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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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