Annual Community Halloween Party –Saturday, October 26th at 2:00 pm. There will be fun games, Halloween piñata, prizes, and tasty treats. We will conclude with our traditional Halloween Parade and costume contest. Everyone will awarded a certificate for their special costume. So please join us and invite family, friends, and neighbors and come on out for this "spook-tacular" event.
Game Night – Every Monday at 6:30 pm here in the fellowship hall. Bring your favorite board game or enjoy playing with one of ours. Adults and children of all ages are invited. Invite your friends and neighbors for a fun night out! Light snacks will be provided. So mark your calendars and come join in on the fun!
Annual German Dinner at First Lutheran – Sunday, October 27th at 11:30 am. Serving sausages, German potato salad, red cabbage, sauerkraut, assorted desserts, and beverages. A free-will offering will be received to benefit the Emergency Overflow Homeless Shelter at First Lutheran Church. For reservations or more information, call 518-463-1326 by October 20th.
All Saints Sunday – November 4th – If you wish to have someone remembered during this service, please call the church office at 518.458.1562 by October 27th or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so they can be listed in the bulletin.
West Albany Fire Co. Turkey Dinner - The West Albany Fire Co. & Ladies Auxiliary are hosting a Turkey Dinner at 113 Sand Creek Road on Saturday, November 9th from 3-7 pm. Traditional Thanksgiving fare will be served. There will also be a 50-50 raffle and Take-Out Dinners will also be available. $13 adults - $9 for seniors 60+, $6 for children ages 4-10, and free for children 3 and under.
Kristallnacht Interfaith Commemoration – Tuesday, November 12th at 7:00 pm. One-time screening, at Page Hall, University at Page Hall / University at Albany downtown campus, 135 Western Avenue. Free admission and open to the public. "The Light of Hope" based on the true story of Elisabeth Eidenbenz (1913-2011) and her female co-workers who saved the lives of almost 600 infants in World War II.
Qi Gong Classes – Saturdays- 9:30 am to 11:00 am. Registration is required. You can call or text Maria at (518) 629-5800. Email CoreFourHC@gmail.com. Website is CoreFourHealthcoaching.com or MariaPatrickHealthCoach.com. Classes are $10 per session.
Fair Trade – Fair Trade helps farmers and workers in developing countries achieve better living conditions to combat poverty. Please check out our display in the Fellowship Hall next to the bookcase to learn more. Items can be purchased from the cart.
September/October Cluster Collections -As we do each fall, the Lutheran Cluster Churches will be collecting cleaning supplies for the Emergency Overflow Homeless Shelter in September and October. In addition to cleaning supplies—the shelter is also needs to replace bed pillows, wash cloths and protective pillow covers (not pillow cases) that zip, similar to ones used in hospitals and nursing homes.
Also, the eating and drinking products used on a daily basis in the shelter can no longer be Styrofoam, and they are in desperate need of paper hot and cold cups (only 6 oz. and 8 oz.) as well as sturdy paper plates. If you are able to pick these up between now and October 1st, that would greatly help the shelter start off right this coming season.
The Emergency Overflow Homeless Shelter (housed at First Lutheran) is looking for 20 (blue) quilts to update the sleeping area. So far they have commitments for only 10. If you can help out by either making one or purchasing one, it would be greatly appreciated. Quilts are for single beds (70 x 90). Many thanks in advance for your participation in this worthy ministry. Contact the church office at 518-458-1562 with any questions.
Hoffman Car Wash Helping Hands Fundraiser – Proceeds will now go to the Hillenbrandt Scholarship Fund. Tickets available from Chris Kleinhenz at 518-441-8719 or ONLINE. Exterior $10 – Interior $25. They make great gifts!
Hearing Loop - In early May, Upstate Hearing Loops installed a hearing loop in the sanctuary. The cost of the loop was covered by generous members of the congregation. It allows those with hearing aids to receive the audio directly to their hearing aids. For those with hearing difficulty, but do not have hearing aids, the church has four receivers that can be used along with earbuds or headphones. This will improve accessibility in our church and we are blessed to have this in our worship space!