Churches & Religion

BAPTIST CHURCH

From the Issue: 
April 2010
First Baptist Church of Troy invites you to celebrate Easter with us.  Begin the Easter weekend on Good Friday with a Candlelight Service at 7 PM when we will focus on the cross and the significance of it.  Easter Sunday is when we celebrate the resurrection.  We will begin the day at 7 AM by joining with the Trinitarian Congregational Church for the Sunrise Service at their church.  We will follow that with Easter breakfast at the Baptist Church at 9 AM.

During our worship service at 10:30 AM the choir will present a new cantata entitled "Amazing Grace My Chains are Gone" featuring the songs of Matt Redman, Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglio, Stuart Townend and Keith Getty.  This cantata will point to the fact that freedom, true freedom is found only in Jesus Christ.  Whatever bondage has held us captive, whatever chains have kept liberty at bay, there's good new for all of us.  Freedom has a name-Jesus.  He has broken our strongholds through His amazing grace.  Please join us to hear more of what this all means.
Happy Easter from all of us at First Baptist Church of Troy.

HUNGRY FOR BREAKFAST?

From the Issue: 
April 2010
The third Saturday of each month you will find a buffet breakfast at Christ Lutheran Church, Route 12.  On the menu you may find pancakes, French toast, eggs, bacon and more!  Donations are accepted and proceeds are given to a charity designated each month.  Enjoy!

 
Staffing the March breakfast were Shirley Mattson, Jan Firmin, Leila Luopa, Linda Beeck, Pam Bause and Vanessa Hazen.

ACE HIGH?

From the Issue: 
April 2010
“Declare aces high or low” was the thought placed upon my heart while pondering where Jesus Christ ranked in my life.  An answer was revealed in a deck of cards.  While spreading out the hearts, two cards did not fit the set order of things.  These cards are; “The Joker” and the “Ace”  When the Joker is wild, that card can be used for anything; it does not follow nor adhere to the order of the cards.  In ways this is a reflection of ourselves, we want something, someone even though the natural order of things would not allow it.  Also, the Joker is also symbolic of the devil’s influence and temptation in our lives.  Matthew4:7-9 (King James Version) records a conversation between Jesus and the devil.  Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.  Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showeth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;  And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

CATHEDRAL OF THE PINES

From the Issue: 
April 2010
The Cathedral of the Pines, located in Rindge, New Hampshire has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the Schow Foundation for the Ice Storm Restoration Project. Schow Foundation Executive Director Melanie Schow stated, "We appreciate the significant effort, financial and physical, involved in restoring this regional landmark.  We are proud to be involved in keeping the organization strong and debt free. Seeing the Cathedral for the first time after the ice storm was breath taking – so dramatically different and yet, still so beautiful"

CATHOLIC CHURCH

From the Issue: 
March 2010
St. Patrick of Ireland is one of the world's most popular saints.  As a boy of fourteen or so in Scotland, he was captured and taken to Ireland as a slave.  Ireland at this time was a land of Druids and pagans.  When he was twenty Patrick escaped and returned to his native country where he was reunited with his family and began his studies for the priesthood.  Later Patrick was ordained a bishop and was sent back to Ireland where he began to preach the Gospel.  For 40 years Patrick and his disciples preached and converted thousands; Churches had been built throughout the land.  They had converted virtually all of Ireland to Christianity.  In Ireland Patrick worked many miracles and wrote of his love for God in his Confessions.  After years of living in poverty, traveling and enduring much suffering, he died in Ireland on March 17, 461. (Paraphrased from the write-up at http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=89). 

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

COME FROM THE SHADOWS

From the Issue: 
March 2010
What a loving and intimate invitation from God concerning our heart.  In John 1: 4 -5 the revelation of Jesus Christ and the revelation of our hearts towards Jesus Christ is expressed as: "In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness;  and the darkness comprehended it not." In these passages, life in Jesus Christ refers to spiritual life.  His light is eternal as it was never kindled and can never be quenched.  His light shines without any one necessarily seeing it.  Darkness refers to the consequences of sin, usually unhappiness and ruin.  It is our heart, in darkness ,  that does not admit the light of Jesus Christ into our hearts, spirit and soul.  Jesus spoke further about understanding the kingdom of heaven in Matthew 13:19  When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catched away that which was sown in his heart.  I pray that as you read the following words, you have a revelation of Jesus Christ in your life.

CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH

From the Issue: 
February 2010
Christ Lutheran Church invites you to come and join us as we prepare for the Suffering, Death, and Resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  For 6 weeks on Wednesday evenings, beginning February 17 join us for fellowship and a soup and sandwich supper at 6 PM and then worship with us at 7 PM.  Our theme this year is “Our Savior’s Wounded Body.”  Each week we will hear from God’s Word what the Passion of our Lord really meant.  The true joy of Easter is so much greater when we understand the Passion.
    If you do not have a church home, join us any Sunday for Bible Study and/or Worship.  We begin our Bible Study at 8:45 AM and our worship hour begins at 10 AM.  There is child care available during Bible Study and Worship and we hold Sunday School for children grades K-6 during the Worship hour.

BAPTIST CHURCH

From the Issue: 
February 2010
The Christmas decorations have been put away.  The Christmas lights are off until next year.  Things look a little bare, blah, plain, normal.  What do we have to look forward to now?  What are all the stores promoting?  Oh yes, Valentine's Day is in February.  We can get out Valentine decorations and buy our Valentine cards to express to those closest to us how much we care for them.  What do we think about when we think of Valentine's Day?  Cards, flowers, a box of chocolates, candlelight dinner, and love are a few things that come to mind.

When I think of love I think of God's love.  The Bible is sort of God's valentine to us.  The love chapter in I Corinthians 13 gives a great description of love.  John 15:13 is one of many verses that mention love.  It says, "Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends."  This reminds us that God loved us so much that He sent His Son Jesus to pay the price for our sins by dying on the cross.  There is no greater love than this!  How awesome!  How wonderful!  How amazing! 
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