Church Events



Our 9th season of participation in Adopt-a-Highway will begin on Saturday, June 6. We will plan on meeting at church at 8:00 AM to pick up trash bags, vests, helmets and trash-grabbers. Our “adopted” two-mile section of highway is on Routes 9 & 20 between the Schodack Walgreen’s and the Holy Spirit Catholic Church. If you can spare an hour, we would appreciate your help. (Rain date the following Saturday)



Please drop-off the Styrofoam, batteries and old sneakers that you've been saving to the church parking lot by the garage on Saturday, June 6 from 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM. We will be there at a suitable distance to put the items into bags. Please remove the laces from the sneakers. Styrofoam must be clean, free of tape and staples. Styrofoam food containers are not accepted.


The UMW has decided we will need to cancel the annual Fall Thrift Sale. If you are unable to hold on to your donations until Spring, then please donate them to a worthy cause. We still plan to hold the Brooks Barbecue in October providing the company is allowed to bring the barbecue to us. At this time we are still anticipating holding the annual Roast Beef Dinner in November. We will keep you posted on any changes that may occur.


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.


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


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


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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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