Christmas Eve Services - December 24th, 4 PM and 7 PM
Pine Grove will hold Christmas Eve services on Wednesday, December 24 at 4 PM and 7 PM. Both Services will be candlelight services (glow sticks will be available for children) The 7 PM service will also have Communion served.
Please come to one (or both) services. We hope to see you there as we celebrate the birth of Jesus.
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
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.
Toy Collection for AUMS
Pine Grove is again collecting donations of Christmas presents for the children served by the Albany United Methodist Society (AUMS). Our Sunday School classes will make ornaments for the tree. Each ornament will have a tag attached identifying the age and gender of a child in need. For teenagers, AUMS requests gift certificates from area stores in $20 increments.
Please stop by McIntyre Lounge beginning on November 30th to select an ornament. AUMS is also seeking donations of small adult gifts - to be selected by the youth for their caregivers.
Unwrapped gifts should be brought to the church no later than Monday, December 15th. Bins for collecting the gifts will be in the narthex and at coffee hour. AUMS distributes toys to children under 12 and requests $20 gift cards for teens.
Upcoming Craft Fairs
There are several craft/vendor fairs coming up at Pine Grove which are sponsored by outside groups. The organizers of these events contribute part of what they earn to the church. Please help support those who help support our church.
- December 6 SEPTA Craft Fair (Jen Cahill)
- December 20 Holiday Crafters (Leslie Carl)
Please contact the church office at 518-869-6281 for more information.
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
- 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.
Dear Rev. Jane Baker,
- From Diane H. Hart (Hart Aerobics):
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:
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
9:30 - 10:30 AM
(July - Labor Day)
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.