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Do you Wanna Build a Snowman?

Come Get FROZEN with us!

FREE Family Movie Night featuring the movie Frozen from Disney.  All ages from 3 to 103 are welcome!

Friday January 30th at 6:30 PM
in the McIntyre Lounge
at Pine Grove UMC. 

Come join us as we watch the movie Frozen.  Comfy chairs, popcorn and drinks will be provided.  All you need to bring is yourself!  See you there!

Women’s Chocolate Getaway at Casowasco March 6th to 8th

The Women’s Chocolate Getaway is truly a time for spiritual reflection, refreshment and, of course, chocolate! Create your own chocolates, enjoy a massage and relax in Galilee Lodge. 

Rev. Pam Harris will lead us during our times of study, devotion, and fellowship as we explore the ways in which God provides for our every need. Come with friends or alone for some much needed self-nurturing! Registration will be available soon – contact 315-364-8756 for info.

Coffee hour hosts are needed!!

No one has signed up yet for any dates in 2015. The sign-up sheet for January & February is posted outside the McIntyre Lounge. Please consider hosting a Sunday and put your name on the board. If you have any questions, Shirley Stewart will be happy to assist.


Open Dates for Altar Flowers ~ 2015

If you would like to sponsor flowers on the altar in memory or honor of a loved one, there are still open dates for 2015 ~ as listed below. The cost for each vase is $13. Please contact Barb Zanella at 869-3185 if interested.

Note: * indicates 2 vases are available that date. The open dates are: January 18 & 25*; February 15; April 19; May 3 & 31*; July 12*, 19 & 26; August 16; September 6, 13 & 20; October 4* & 18; and November 29.

Fitness Classes at Pine Grove

Make 2015 the year you commit to your personal health and wellness. Jacki's Fitness Classes are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:30p-6:30 pm and Thursday evenings at 6:15p in Fellowship Hall. They are suitable for all levels of fitness.

We offer a special new student rate of $45 for 6 weeks (12 classes) for all Pine Grove members and their families. Young adults (age 16 and older) are welcome to participate. Contact Diane Hart at 518-456-1058 or aerobic2@aol.com for further information ~ or visit our website at harttoheartfitness.org. I’m looking forward to assisting you with your fitness goals! New classes begin on January 12, 2015. Give yourself the gift of fitness!

Hugs, Diane Hart

United Methodist Economic Mission in Salem, Maine by Dan Baker

First I would like to thank all those who donated back packs, school supplies and money toward construction supplies for my recent trip to the United Methodist Economic Mission in Salem, Maine.  The ten of us mostly worked on projects around the UMEM buildings.  I lead a group of three that spent two days redesigning and rebuilding a utility trailer they will use to pick up food for their food pantry.  We also helped remodel a bathroom, install a new door in the thrift shop, and stain siding for rebuilding a wall.  A few of us also worked offsite for two days putting in a door and window in a new porch entrance and building a small handicapped ramp for a resident about twenty miles away from the site.

Mission Trip , Costa Rica - Sue Solomon

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Despite some travel challenges, Sue Solomon returned safely from her mission trip to Costa Rica with a mix of emotions ~ glad to see family and get some needed rest but sad the experience was over so soon.

Sue was able to work with several teams from around the country as she presented bible school lessons, worked at a feeding program, did some construction work, attended worship service, and even had time for an excursion. Thanks to everyone who donated funds toward this mission. They were used to purchase VBS materials which went to good use in the seven programs she presented.

Strong Missions staff were extremely helpful and supportive in assuring Sue, who traveled as an independent volunteer, was able to participate in many phases of their ministry by working with various teams as they came and went and focused on different areas. In fact, if you look at the photos in their summer blog update, Sue was a (small) part of every one of those projects – with the exceptions of Oscar’s House and Escuela Carlos Maria Rodriguez. Visit http://strongmissions.blogspot.com/2014/08/end-of-summer-update.html for more info. Sue will also be talking about her trip at the upcoming UMW breakfast.


Join Us On February 1st for the Souper Bowl of Caring

The Souper Bowl of Caring is a national movement of young people working to fight hunger and poverty in their communities.

Our Sunday School children and youth will be holding our annual “Souper Bowl of Caring” collection of non-perishable food & can drive on the same day as the NFL Super Bowl (February 1st). Last year, Pine Grove collected 104 cans and $152 in cash.  100% of your donations will go directly to AUMS.

The Sunday School will collect food, cans, or monetary donations before and after the 10:30 AM worship service. Bring your donations and place them in one of the large soup pots in the Narthex or the church entrance near the East parking lot (wooden doors). 

Since the Souper Bowl of Caring began in 1990, over $100 million has been given to help those in need.  Thank you for your support.  May God bless our gifts.

A Time of Fun and Laughter at Pine Grove, Sunday, February 8th, 3-5 PM

Got the winter blahs? ~ We’ve got the answer!

Do you remember Bishop Morrison’s Top Ten, the Ole Vermonters (Jim Parry and Bill Barney), or the musical entertainment, or any of the other fun activities that were part of Saturday Night Live at the end of each Troy Annual Conference Session? If not… find someone who does and talk to them about the fun and laughter that ended each session of Annual Conference.

This is how we would like to pattern the Albany District Zany Afternoon. Get a group together to share a song or music, or a funny skit, lead a sing-along, or some other entertainment, or just come and enjoy the fun and fellowship.

If you have an activity to offer, contact Shirley Readdean at whirrly@earthlink.net . She will be our emcee for the afternoon.

Upcoming Events - Save these dates! Mark your calendar now so you don’t miss …

  • January 30 ~ Movie Night 6:30 PM ~ Frozen
  • Februay 8 ~ ZANY DAY
  • February 18 ~ Ash Wednesday Service 7:00 PM
  • February 27 ~ Movie Night 6:30 PM
  • February 28 ~ Community Dinner
  • March 27 ~ Movie Night 6:30 PM
  • March 28 ~ Vendor/Craft Fair
  • April 2 ~ Maundy Thursday
  • April 3 ~ Good Friday
  • April 18 ~ Pork Dinner
  • April 24 & May 22 ~ Movie Nights 6:30 PM
  • June 13 ~ Rummage Sale
  • July 26 ~ Summer Fun Day
  • September 20 ~ Church Picnic at Cook Park

Words of Thanks Received by Pine Grove …

  • The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) thanked Pine Grove for our donation of $375. Through the Advance, the designated giving channel of the United Methodist Church, 100% of this contribution will go to support UMCOR’s response to disasters in the U.S. UMCOR provides comfort to those impacted by disasters like earthquakes and storms, food for the hungry and healthcare to those who otherwise could have none. This is just a sampling of the good works UMCOR does that our gifts help make possible. To find out more about UMCOR, visit www.umcor.org.
  • Clients from Living Resources presented handmade thank you cards in appreciation for being allowed to practice and then present their Annual Talent Show here at Pine Grove.
  • From Diane H. Hart (Hart Aerobics):
  Dear Rev. Jane Baker,
 I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone for making Hart to Heart Fitness and our students so very welcome at Pine Grove Church.  It has been nearly 2 years that we have been holding our fitness classes here and everyone we have come into contact with has been so welcoming, friendly and truly Christian.   I would love for you to share this missive with your Board as well, as your sincerity and passion to make Pine Grove a "home" to many has yielded such fruitful results. 

Thank you all for allowing us to share in your holy space to assist the residents of Colonie toward improved health.  Blessings of health and peace.
  • And .. with love from Bill Laney:

        Dear Friends,
              A note to thank whoever put flowers on the altar in my honor on August 17, 2014. I am honored to have friends at Pine Grove UMC and miss all of you. Our prayers are with you and may things go well for all my friends there and for the church.

Sunday Worship Schedule
10:30 - 11:30 AM
(Labor Day - June 30th)

Our Mission:  The Mission of Pine Grove United Methodist Church is to model and proclaim faithful discipleship to Jesus Christ.