Church Events


Crop Walk

For 50 years, average Americans have come together to fight hunger in exceptional ways through the CROP Hunger Walk. These aren’t politicians or celebrities – they’re passionate (and compassionate!) farmers, students, members of a faith community, volunteers and more who care that the people they see on a daily basis are struggling.

The story of the CROP Hunger Walk goes back to 1969. Teens in Bismarck, North Dakota and York County, Pennsylvania decided it was time to do something for families who had to walk miles for food and clean water. So they walked…and, because they took that first step, hunger has forever been changed.

Today, millions of people across nearly every state have participated in what is now called the CROP Hunger Walk. Our walks of life may look different, but we move forward with the same vision: a world where every child has enough healthy food to survive each day.

Please plan to join the Castleton CROP Walk on Sunday, October 20th. 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. Walkers may register at or may register with Kevin Conley (518-253-4907). Walkers ask friends and families to support them either with an on-line contribution or check payable to "CWS/CROP." On the day of the walk, we will meet at Emmanuel Reformed Church, 1150 Maple Hill Road, Castleton at noon for a light lunch, songs, a blessing, and some pictures and then ride in our cars 2-3 miles to The Anchor on Boltwood Avenue. The 1 mile walk and the 3.3 mile walk follow the same route for a while. If you cannot join the walk yourself, please support a walker. Every contribution helps bring some relief to those in need.


On Sunday, August 18, we welcomed back Lynn Minderman of Qholaqhoe Mountain Connections. Lynn shared pictures of the college scholarship recipients who are sponsored by QMC with information about the hardships of the students and their families. Despite the many forces working against them, Lynn presented a picture of strength and determination.

Lynn’s passion in helping others comes at least in part because she understands from personal experience how difficult growing up can be. She wants to provide opportunities for children that they might not otherwise receive. We have supported Lynn’s organization for ten years. QMC provides food, medical care and educational opportunities for people in Lesotho, one of the poorest countries in Africa. As a Peace Corps volunteer, Lynn was able to see first-hand the poverty and difficulties endured by the people. She was determined to help, and with the assistance of others, started QMC, established in 2009 in response to the dire needs of the population of the rural Qholaqhoe Mountain region of the country of Lesotho, a developing country geographically surrounded by South Africa. Lesotho is a mountainous country, mostly barren and plagued with erosion and the resulting poor soil quality. 75% of the population of 2 million people live in remote, rural areas and are subsistence farmers. Lesotho is one of the countries hardest hit by HIV, with the second highest HIV prevalence after Swaziland.

Our Missions Ministry is grateful to have the opportunity to be a blessing to Lynn and the people of Lesotho. If you would like to know more about QMC, please see John Schmidt, Kevin Conley, or visit the QMC website at


Yee-Haw, Celebrating God's Greatest Gift

This year, VBS used a weekend curriculum that taught one Bible Point, "God gives good gifts." We learned about the birth of Jesus, His death and resurrection and how this was God's greatest gift to us. During the Project With a Purpose station, the children created 21 dry soup mix packages which were delivered to St. Paul's Center for women and children in Rensselaer. We also sang many songs, played fun games and ate delicious meals. 18 children and youth attended and 12 adults volunteers helped to make this children's ministry a special summer experience with God. Thank you to everyone who participated and supported this event.


Hope you save the following dates and join us at this seasons Coffee Houses on Friday September 20th; Friday, November 15th; Friday, January 17th; Friday, March 20th and Friday, May 8th. Performers have been tuning up, vocalizing, practicing dance steps and collecting jokes. Bakers have been trying out new recipes. All we need now is you, our wonderful audience, to be there to share in an evening of fun, food and friendship. Dollars donated at the door support local families in times of great stress.

Coffee House Performer

Coffee House Performers


tilling Goff Garden

As part of The Caring Ministries of our church, we did a small vegetable garden demonstration and gave seeds and plants to the clients. Over the summer if you have extra veggies from your garden, please bring them to church on Sundays before the service. They will be delivered to CoNSERNS-U on Monday mornings. The addition of fresh local produce to the non-perishables that they receive is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Aleta Schweigert





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


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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