Church Events


Active Shooter Response. Learn how to survive a shooting event

Does life seem precarious and less predictably safe? Churches and schools, thought to be safe “sanctuaries”, are becoming scenes of shooter violence. To address the issue of active shooters in churches, an Active Shooter Awareness Training will be held at the First United Methodist Church in East Greenbush this spring. Deputy James Phelps of the Rensselaer County Sherriff’s Department will lead a training and discussion session about active shooter awareness and safety plans. Adults and teens accompanied by their parent(s) are invited to attend this 1½-hour training.


On Sunday, March 10 at 10:45 am in Fellowship Hall, Daniel Cotton, chair of the RISSE (Refugee and Immigrant Support Services of Emmaus) Together Playground Team, will describe this spring's project to provide a healthy, fun and attractive recreational space for the children in the Refugee and Immigrant Support Services after-school and summer programs. The playground project has brought together a diverse group of faith communities for a common goal. The after-school and summer programs are two of the support services offered by RISSE. Through literacy instruction, job and housing searches, legal advisory services and integration into U.S. culture, RISSE equips refugees and immigrants to build independent lives.


St. Patrick’s Day Coffee House

"What do you get when you cross poison ivy with a four leaf clover?" asks the Mistress of Chatter…a rash of GOOD LUCK! And that’s what you’ll get when you come to the St. Patrick’s Day Coffee House at the First United Methodist Church on March 15th. The program is loaded with talented singers, dancers, instrumentalists, storytellers and jokes…lots of jokes. The food is delicious; the entrance fee collected in a basket at the entrance and donated to a local charity and the audience definitely "above average"! Hope you can make it…you’ll be humming all the way home.

Coffee House Performer

Coffee House Performers


Don’t miss the ECO-Fair on Sunday, March 24, 2019 following the morning service. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about environmental topics that are of major concern to all of us. Presentations will be displayed and members of the church will be available to answer your questions. Displays will include:


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).

Comments or Questions give me a call.
Aleta Schweigert, 518-479-3182


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


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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