Church Events


MEAL FOR JOSEPH'S HOUSE

soup and bread

Our church will be providing the noon meal at Joseph's House homeless shelter in Troy on Sunday, February 17. This is "Code Blue" season, so we may be feeding 80 people. We are seeking volunteers to help make sandwiches and cut vegetables following the morning service. Children in Sunday School will help by making cookies. Please contact Kevin (518-253-4907 or e.kevin.conley@gmail.com) if you have questions or would like to help.

soup and bread

SOUP AND BREAD FUNDRAISER

The SOUP AND BREAD fundraiser held by the Confirmation Class was postponed because of the snowstorm. It is rescheduled for February 24, after service. The confirmands will be serving homemade soup in the Fellowship Hall; it can be taken to go as well.


ACTIVE SHOOTER AWARENESS TRAINING

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 on Wednesday evening, February 27 at 7:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church in East Greenbush. 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.

COFFEE HOUSE MINISTRY

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.

RECONCILING MINISTRY

Rainbow colored stoles.

The United Methodist Church special session of General Conference will be held in St. Louis, Missouri on February 23-26. The purpose of the session will be to receive and act on a report from the Commission on a Way Forward. The Commission was authorized by General Conference 2016 and appointed by the Council of Bishops to examine paragraphs in The Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and exploring options to strengthen the unity of the church. Check now to find your Reconciling Ministry stole and wear it to church each Sunday in January. If you don’t have a stole, some will be available for a donation later in the month. If you have questions about the report and/or the special session, please speak with Pastor Sundar, Rachel Giso or George Herrick. Also, our Bishop Webb has a series of presentations available

KNITTERS AND CROCHETERS

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 www.albany.va.gov/giving. Other projects such as: soft hats for children with cancer (hatsgiving.org); 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).

RED SCARVES FOR FOSTER CARE KIDS IN COLLEGE

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

GOFF GARDEN MISSION

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.
Sincerely,
Aleta Schweigert, Linda Marschner, Ricky Lettrick

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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