Churches & Religion

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH

From the Issue: 
November 2010
November is known mostly for Thanksgiving and we have much to be thankful for!  We are thankful for the new siding on our parsonage.  It makes the house look so much better.  But this is a temporal blessing.  Things of eternal value are what we are most thankful for such as God and His Word.
   
Psalm 100:5 says, "For the Lord is good; His steadfast love endures forever, and His faithfulness to all generations."  We invite you to join us at First Baptist Church of Troy as we explore what scripture says.  We begin with coffee and a time of fellowship at 10 AM on Sunday mornings followed by our worship service at 10:30 AM. There is a program for children while the pastor teaches the adults in the morning service. 
   
On Tuesday evening at 6:45 PM we have an  informal Bible study and prayer time.  This is a great time to ask questions and find answers in God's Word.  You are always welcome.  We'd love to see you.  We trust you will have a wonderful Thanksgiving and that it will be a time to remember all that you have to be thankful for.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Congregational Church News

From the Issue: 
October 2010
What a wonderful summer we recently had.  But, where did it go?  It's already October and the frost is here or just around the corner.  This is a month of all kinds of great happenings here in Troy.  On the tenth, we will be having the Ambulance crew, the Firefighters, and the Police over for a time of recognition during the morning service.  If you want to show support for these folks who are always ready to put their lives in harm's way for our safety; please come and join us at 9:30 in our Sanctuary. After the service, we will be having a time of fellowship in the vestry, and some time to spend thanking them individually.  On the twenty-third, we will be holding our annual Harvest Supper.  There will be pot roast, gravy and smashed potatoes, homemade bread, Harvard beets and carrots, and finally apple crisp with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! All this for just $9/ adult, and $5/child under ten.
   

CATHOLIC CHURCH

From the Issue: 
October 2010
Halloween’s origins lie both with the ancient Celts and the Catholic Church.  On the night before their Novenber 1 New Year, the Celts held their festival of the Lord of the Dead.  They wore masks and lit bonfires in order to scare away evil spirits, because on this night, they believed the souls of the dead returned to mingle with the living.  When the Romans conquered the Celts they added their own touches to the festival; in 835 the Pope moved the Church’s All Saints celebration to November 1.  The night before this celebration then became known as All Hallow’s Even or “holy evening”.  Eventually this name was shortened to Halloween.  The purpose of both the ancient Celt’s festival and the Church’s current All Souls Day celebration is not only to remember the dead, but is also a celebration of the link between those living and those dead.  -  (Paraphrased from the write-up at: http://www.americancatholic.org/messenger/oct2001/family.asp). 
    Come celebrate Catholic Mass with Family, Friends

Christ Lutheran church events

From the Issue: 
October 2010
The monthly benefit breakfast, held at Christ Lutheran Church will take place on Saturday, October 16th from 8-10 AM.  Folks can enjoy a hot, buffet meal while socializing with friends.  A free will donation will be accepted and given to the Fitzwilliam District Nursing Association.  The public is welcome and encouraged to help support a local organization.  Please note: There will not be a monthly breakfast in November and December.  The breakfast will resume in January.

FINN FUNN BREAKFAST

As part of the Finn Funn weekend event, an additional breakfast will be held this month at Christ Lutheran Church.  This will take place on Saturday, October 30th. from 8-10 AM.  Finnish oven pancakes (pannukakku) and Finnish yogurt (villi) will be featured as well as American fare.  There is no charge for the meal; however donations will be accepted to help defray costs.  All proceeds after cost will be donated to the sponsor of the event, The Troy Historical Society.  The breakfast is open to the public.  Hope to see you there!

CALLING ALL AREA YOUTH

CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH

From the Issue: 
October 2010
On Sunday, October 3, Christ Lutheran Church will be hosting a “RALLY SUNDAY”.  On this day we will be celebrating  the educational ministries of Christ Lutheran Church: Tender Shepherd Preschool, Adult Bible Study, Teen Bible Study and our Sunday School programs. Everyone is invited to attend this special day beginning with our educational  programs which are  followed by our worship service.

Our Christian educational programs include Bible Studies for all ages every Sunday morning, starting at 9:00. An Adult Bible Study meets in the lounge, while the teen room hosts a study geared for 7th to 12th graders.  Sunday School is offered for ages Preschool-Grade 6. Registration is ongoing and if you would like more information, please call Christ Lutheran Church at 242 7283.

CATHOLIC CHURCH

From the Issue: 
September 2010
“The movement for universal education began in New England.  Clear back in 1647 the legislature of Massachusetts passed a law requiring every community of fifty families or householders to set up a free public grammar school to teach the fundamentals of reading, writing, ciphering, history, geography, and Bible study.”  (Skousen, The Five Thousand Year Leap, American Documents Publishing, 2009, p. 177.) 

“Not only did the Bible contribute to the linguistic habits of the people, but it provided root strength to their moral standards and behavioral patterns. In our own day the public schools have been secularized to the point where no Bible reading is permitted.  The Founding Fathers would have counted this a serious mistake.”  (Ibid, p. 182.) 

    Come celebrate Catholic Mass with Family, Friends & Neighbors, 11:00 AM Sundays at Immaculate Conception Church, 33 School St., Telephone  352-3525. 

CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH

From the Issue: 
September 2010
What a joyful service of praise and thanksgiving at Christ Lutheran Church on June 13, as approximately 160 members and friends gathered for the ordination and installation of Jay Reid Hartman.  Jay and the members of CLC began their journey together in February of 2004 when he was installed as a licensed deacon to serve the congregation as he began his studies to become an ordained minister.  In 2006, after the completion of two years of preliminary studies, he became a Vicar in the DELTO program through Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO.   Jay was called to be pastor of Christ Lutheran Church at call night in St. Louis in April of this year pending the completion of his DELTO studies.

MORE GREEN IN TOWN?

From the Issue: 
July/August 2010
Did you notice the trailer parked in the Christ Lutheran Church parking lot, or the work crews on the weekends during May?  How about the new landscaping? Troy resident and Eagle Scout candidate James Stanton completed his Eagle Project - to build a raised garden bed, raising the levels of the window wells and re-landscape the existing bed at the church. 

The timing was perfect, just in time for Vicar Jay Hartman to be ordained as Pastor in June.  Jim is a member of Boy Scout Troop 18 in Keene, which is chartered through St. James Episcopal Church on West Street.  After attending several monthly breakfasts at the Christ Lutheran Church, he decided to ask if there was anything he could do for the church that might qualify as an Eagle Project.  The project had to benefit the community in some way, and he had to do all the planning -deciding what to do, materials needed, getting funding, finding professionals to inform him on the proper way to do things and then getting volunteers to help carry out the plans

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