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Gilead's Vision Statement:
WE RING OUT A JOYOUS MESSAGE OF WELCOME AND TOGETHERNESS TO NEIGHBORS NEAR AND FAR THROUGH THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST!

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WALK BY FAITH

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Sunday School News

 

  • Sunday Church School has faced many challenges since September. Due to many factors  including conflicting commitments and the Covid-19

    resurgence, we have not had as many friends joining

    together on Sunday mornings.

    We have decided to postpone all remaining classes this spring and will resume in September 2022.  Hopefully, all of our regular friends and some

    new ones will be reunited to share bible adventures

    and songs and fun together.

    We will send further details over the summer.  All Students, watch the mail for some surprises.  We miss all of our children very much.

    See you in September.

  • Jen and Tori

LOOKING AHEAD:

 

For More details on activities, check our newsletter, "The Messenger" (see "Newsletter" box).

 

​​SEPTEMBER

WORSHIP SERVICE RETURNS INSIDE SANCTUARY - 10:30 A.M.

October

October 2, 2022 - Lunch following service - review survey results.

October 4, 2022 - Worship & Music Committee - 6:00 pm.

October 11, 2022 - Council Meeting - 6:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

​​​​​Military Recognition

Gilead will  continue to honor our active-duty military and veterans of the congregation with a display of decorated military branch ornaments (on a white tree).  We will continue to honor and remember all veterans.

The Community Ministry Committee provided an outreach to the Veterans Miracle Center in Albany with donations of window cleaner, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, quart and gallon size Ziplock bags.  Any donations are appreciated.

 

 

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COMMUNITY DINNER AND FOOD PANTRY

The community dinner is a free-will offering which helps to defray the expenses and support the food pantry.  Dinner will be held inside (or take-out available).  There will not be a dinner during November.  Groceries will be provided for a turkey dinner to those who are in need from our food pantry patrons.

Thank you to all who support our community dinners and pantry with your company and free-will offerings.  We look forward to seeing and "serving" you.

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Defensive Driving Classes

Thank you to all who participated in these classes.  

Our military honor tree has a new red, white, and blue star!

Community Ministry's "mitten tree."  Donations of hand-made mittens donated to a local women's shelter.

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New clothes and toys were also purchased by the congregation who would pick a request from a family for a child/children to add a present for Christmas.

GILEAD SERVES IN WORSHIP AND OUTREACH

Join  us each Sunday to lift your spirit for the week as we worship and provide community outreach.

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Our history began back in 1742, German families from the Palatinate settled in Haynerville along Route 7 in what is now Brunswick, New York--near Albany. A log structure was erected in 1746 on land given by Patroon Stephen Van Rensselaer. In 1818 a brick church was constructed at the present site on land given by William Coonradt. After the Civil War in 1865 the present brick structure was dedicated. A bell tower was added and a Moeller organ installed. 


Join with us, become acquainted with Gilead now as well as our past, to grow in spiritual friendship in our future. Our shared faith in Jesus Christ helps build strong bonds both within individual families and throughout our extended church family. God’s merciful grace and forgiveness, revealed here each Sunday in Word and Sacrament, give us a strong base on which to spread the spirit of love for the whole family. You are welcome to join our spiritual journey as we continue to spread the Word to others of God’s love.  Come and worship in a liturgical tradition. Begin today for tomorrow.

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 "And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love."

1 Corinthians 13:13 

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The following poem was written by William E. Ogren, a friend of Gilead, in December of 1995
"The church that sits atop a hill for all the world to see,
A grand Victorian structure with a quiet majesty.
So many generations have worshipped in this place.
It beckons from the hilltop with a quiet kind of grace.
A remember of a bygone time when splendor was the norm, 
It was built by caring craftsman and would weather any storm.
The highway down below it was a quiet dusty road.
Bricks were hauled by horses, straining 'neath their load.
Before too long a church was raised, a fitting gift of thanks.
It has lasted through the ages, like the people in its ranks.
A fitting place of worship on this hill atop the land,
A cathedral in the county - proud, alive and grand.
The day this church was opened was a joyous, happy time,
As wagons full of families came to make the gentle climb.
But a country church like this or a cathedral tall and grand,
Are only stacks of brick and stone that sit upon the sand.
The church is in the people who choose this place to pray.
They've been here for generations and still are here today.
Inside they sing the praises to the Lord that they all know,
And the sound of joyful music fills the valley down below.
The scene of many joyous times and many sad as well,
Who knows how many stories these hallowed walls could tell.
The road is now a highway and the traffic hurries by,
But that church atop the hill still stands tall against the sky.
It still serves its congregation as it did so long ago,
And still stands as a beacon to that highway down below.
As you walk up to the country church on a quiet summer day,
You can sense The Balm of Gilead as you go in to pray.
May the Lord continue to bless your church."
 - William E. Ogren
 

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