Church Events


Three kings bearing gifts

The Giving Tree is up in the church foyer. Please select a slip of paper from the tree and purchase the item listed. Then bring that gift in to church by Sunday, December 9. Please be sure your gift is UNWRAPPED. The gifts can be placed in the bin marked “Giving Tree” in the foyer. The items will be brought to the CoNSERNS-U Christmas Store. Please support this very important ministry.


We would love to hear your thoughts on how to make the worship service more engaging to members and visitors! Please complete the survey included in The BELL and return to the collection box in the Narthex, or complete the survey online. You may also receive the survey link via email; you only need to complete the survey once and it only takes a few minutes. Your responses will provide us with valuable information! Responses are due no later than Sunday, December 16, 2018.


At 7:00pm on Tuesday, December 18 we will hold our Blue Christmas Worship Service here at our church. This is a service for all who are dealing with a loss this holiday season, a loved one, friend, job, home, health, faith, or any other loss. Everyone 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 bearing gifts

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 6. 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, stuffed animals, make-up, and games in our church foyer. Gift cards from Wal-Mart 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.
iFeliz Navidad! -- Missions & Social Responsibility Ministry


Give the environment a Christmas gift this year. The next collection day is Sunday, January 6, 2019, so make sure to save any that you receive during the holidays. Remember, Styrofoam (polystyrene) must be clean and tape and staples must be removed. Generally, it will be white. If it is any color other than white, look for recycling symbol #6. If you have questions, please contact Kevin Conley (, 518.253.4907).


SAVE YOUR BLOOD! If you are a regular blood donor, try to wait until Friday, January 25 for the Red Cross Blood Drive Here at our church. New donors will also be welcome and encouraged.

Flood Buckets

Cleaning Kits (Flood Buckets) were going to be packed at our church on November 18. That date has been changed. Watch for the announcement of the new date. In the meantime, we still need supplies to fill the buckets. Please look for the updated list of wants found on the bright pink sheets on the long table in the church foyer.


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 Other projects such as: 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).


65 Scarves have been lovingly created by our ladies and have been sent to Foster Care to Success . They will be distributed in Care Packages on Valentine’s Day. This organization helps 5000 students each year with tuition, mentoring and care packages. Check out their website to see if you or a group can help in other ways too.

Thanks for your support of these young people. Next year watch for the “Hatsgiving” project, hats for children with cancer. Comments or Questions give me a call.
Aleta Schweigert, 518-479-3182


Ending Hunger One Step at a Time. Crop Hunger Walk

Crop Walk success! Thank you for your support for the 2018 Castleton Crop Walk. About thirty walkers from our church and Emmanuel Reformed participated. We started with a visit and tour of the Anchor Food Pantry and Thrift Store and then set out on a 3.2 mile loop through the Village of Castleton. Walkers from our church raised over $1800. 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. Thank you to the walkers this year: Fran Berger; John and Jennifer Schmidt; Kathryn Henson; Linda Marschner; Tammy Markell; Carrie, Peter and Karen Larson; Susan Heyman; Valerie Perrotte; Carol Walkley and Kevin and Cindy Conley.


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


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.



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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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