Churches & Religion

CATHOLIC CHURCH

From the Issue: 
February 2010
“One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men — his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.” 

CATHOLIC CHURCH

From the Issue: 
January 2010
“…, babies remind us to be in awe of the world.  We should never stop being in awe of babies.  As Chesterton says, each time a baby is born, it is as if a whole new world has been created, because the world is being seen for the first time by a new soul as if it were the first day of creation; ….” – Dale Ahlquist, Common Sense 101, (Lessons from G.K. Chesterton), Ignatius Press, 2006, pg 31. 
Come celebrate Catholic Mass with Family, Friends & Neighbors, 11 AM Sundays at Immaculate Conception Church, 33 School St., Telephone # 352-3525. 

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH

From the Issue: 
January 2010
Another new year is upon us!  At the beginning of a new year we may think of new beginnings, new opportunities, new experiences, new challenges.  There are many unknowns in a new year which can be frightening and we have no control over them.  Have you ever wondered what God meant when he spoke of being a "new creature" or what the "new heaven and new earth" will be like?  The Bible also talks about subjects such as a "new song, " a "new covenant," a "new name" and a "new man."
    We invite you to First Baptist Church of Troy on Sundays at 10:30 AM and Tuesdays at 6:45 PM as we consider what the Bible says about these things and so much more.  From all of us we wish all of you a happy and blessed New Year!

CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

From the Issue: 
December 2009
I trust that everyone enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday.  Now comes the chore of losing all those calories which don't want to go away as easily as they came, especially at this time of year.  It's amazing that it's December already!  December is a time of year when we spend time with friends and loved ones, and we can reflect on the events which have transpired over the past year.  It's also a time which we can and should set aside to honor the birth of our Savior and Lord, Jesus the Christ.  It is the month which we celebrate His birth through giving gifts to others and getting together in joy

This is a month which we at Congregational Church have much going on.  On the 5th in the morning from 9 AM until 2 PM we will be having our annual cookie fair.  Come early as over the past few years we have sold out earlier than expected.  On that same day at 7 in the evening we will be hosting the Westmoreland Town Band for their annual kick off concert and we will follow it with a time of refreshments.  Christmas Eve candle light service will be on the 24th at 7 PM.  Come and join us in the celebration of Jesus' birth.

CATHOLIC CHURCH

From the Issue: 
December 2009
“Jesus was born in a stable, …, and He later suffered the ignominious death of being crucified between two thieves.  During the 33 years in-between, He never possessed wealth, at least not in the material sense.  He never commanded armies or ruled over countries.  His kingdom, He said, was not of this world.  He never even wrote a book.  Yet 20 centuries later, not only have countless books been written about him, but even the years on our calendar are numbered according to when He was born” – Warren Mass, The New American, “Faith Triumphs Over Persecution”, December 22, 2008, pg 10.
 
Come celebrate Catholic Mass with Family, Friends & Neighbors, 11 AM Sundays at Immaculate Conception Church, 33 School St., Telephone # 352-3525.   

Blessed Christmas to All!  Christmas Mass time will be posted on the front doors of the Church once determined. 

CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH

From the Issue: 
December 2009
Many events take place in December at Christ Lutheran. ADVENT is a time to prepare our hearts for the Christ child.  Mid-week Advent services are held, preceded by a light supper.  The public is most welcome at all services and activities.  The following is the schedule for this month:
Wednesdays, December 2, 9, and 16
        
6 PM. - Mid-Week Soup and Sandwiches
7 PM. - Advent Service, "The Stories of Christmas" Sundays, December 6, 13**, 20, and 27        
8:45 AM. Adult Bible Study       
10 AM. Divine Worship & Sunday School
SPECIAL CHRISTMAS Service by children and youth, including the students of Tender Shepherd Preschool, with music led by The Praise Team
Saturday, December 19,
         
Monthly Benefit Breakfast - 8 - 10 AM.
Thursday, December 24, 7 PM.
        
CHRISTMAS EVE Candlelight Service
Thursday, December 31, 7 PM.
          

THE BRICK –

From the Issue: 
December 2009
Carol and I were in the final preparation stages of reopening The Power Station ministry building.  On this day, we were rushed and hurried to complete the tasks at The Power Station, we forgot to pray.

    Hidden by a riot of purple bearded irises were several bricks.  One was unlike any other.  Its uniform deep, red color contrasted to the varying shades and textures of the brick building itself.  While inspecting it, rotating and flipping it my hand I saw the word “PRAY” was embossed in it.  What a wonderful visual reminder of God’s will for us: 

    If brick and mortar provide the building with its strength and structure how much more will faith and prayer provide Christ-like strength and structure in our own lives?  Thessalonians 5:16 – 18 states:16.  Rejoice evermore, 17.  Pray without ceasing, 18.  In every thing give thanks:  for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH

From the Issue: 
November 2009
Thanksgiving...a time to reflect on the blessings God has given us instead of all the terrible things that are going on around us in the world.
    In a recent Tuesday evening Bible study we went through the book of Philippians, is a book with the theme of joy and rejoicing, even though the writer of the book was in prison at the time.  Philippians 4:6,7 says, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." 
    We invite you to join us on Tuesday evenings at 6:45 PM for a time of informal Bible study and prayer and on Sundays at 10:30 AM for our morning worship service.  Our Junior/Senior high youth group for those in grades 7-12 has resumed again for the season and meets every other Sunday.
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