Announcements

FELLOWSHIP HOSTS ARE NEEDED – Hosts are needed for our fellowship hour that takes place in the church lounge following worship. Responsibilities include providing light refreshments of cake, cookies, fruit, crackers, cheese, juice, soda and/or anything of a similar nature. (Store bought items are most welcome!) A sign-up is available in the church lounge, or you may contact the church office to request a Sunday. Thank you!       

ALLERGY REQUEST FROM SUNSHINE DAY NURSERY-Two children now going to Sunshine Day Nursery have peanut/tree nut allergies. One child is severely allergic meaning that her allergy can be triggered simply by touching a common surface that has peanut/tree nut debris or oil (such as a toilet handle, door handle, or railing). To help prevent triggering a severe reaction in these children, please use caution in the Christian Ed Building including washing hands before entering building.

ADULT CHOIR REHEARSALS WILL TAKE PLACE ON THURSDAYS AT 7 PM AT THE CHURCH. New members are always welcome, even novices who are willing to learn. Justan is a great teacher and has some exciting plans for our music program.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAM SUMMER RECESS – The last day for our Children in Worship, Godly Play, and children’s Sunday school classes will be on Sunday, May 19th. Children’s programs will reconvene after Labor Day. Be sure to join us on Sunday, June 2nd to recognize our Christian Education program.

CHILDREN IN WORSHIP NEEDS YOU!  Please consider being trained to be a greeter or leader in our children in worship program. It is a beautiful program that our children gain so much from, and a legacy that Nancy has left for us. Our volunteer base is getting quite low. If interested, or just wanting to learn more, we will be offering a training on Sunday, August 25th after worship. A light lunch will be provided. A second training can be coordinated if this date does not work for some. There will be a sign-up sheet in the back of the sanctuary starting May, 12th.

GRC GENERAL FUND AS OF March 31, 2024: ()-Indicates Deficit. General Fund Income-$75,795.00 General Fund Expenses- $66,095; General Fund Net-$9,700.00; Budget estimate at this point: $36.00. Year-To-Date Average Worship Attendance-52. Thanks to you, we continue our trend of beating our budget prediction. Thank you!!!

THANK YOU! Thank you so very much for your ongoing support of our congregation and its ministry. Thanks to you, our financial health and ministry continues to remain strong throughout these difficult days.

DUE DATES TO REFILL HANNNAFORD GIFT CARDS ARE May 5, 2024.  If you are planning to refill your Hannaford Gift Card, please place your order in the offering plate or mail to Greenbush Reformed Church, PO Box 460, East Greenbush, NY 12061.  New gift cards are also available for purchase.  Please contact the church for more information. Thank you!

PATCHWORK PLUS – Meets the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at 10 am in the church lounge. You don’t need to know how to quilt to come.  Please bring a lunch and enjoy the fellowship and our devotional quilt stories. If the weather and roads are bad, we will not meet. For more information or wish to purchase a quilt that is displayed in the church lounge, call the church office.

CAN PULL TABS FOR RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE: GRC will once again be collecting can pull tabs for donation to the Ronald McDonald House.  These tabs are recycled by the organization to raise funds for their work.  Additional information can be found at: https://rmhcofalbany.org/getinvolved/pull-together/.  The tabs may be placed in the basket on the glass cabinet in the Narthex of the sanctuary.

PASTOR RETT WOULD WELCOME CONVERSATION with any and all GRC folk.  He can be found at the large table in the Church Lounge each Monday and Tuesday from 9-11am.  Other times and places are possible.

ADULT BIBLE/BOOK STUDY I am writing this to encourage adults to come to our Adult Bible/Book study.  It takes place after the coffee hour right in the Lounge at the big conference table.  Since Pastor David has retired, Bill has taken over leading the group.  He is doing a terrific job and is dedicated to keeping the classes on-going.  Have you ever read a passage in the Bible and wondered what you read?  Well, I have, and it is very difficult to understand the Bible on our own.  Participating in the Adult Class helps to break down the parts of the Bible and helps to understand the connection of all the different books and people within the Bible.  We also have great discussions amongst the attendees, and it helps us to get to know each other better.  We are starting a new book by Amy-Jill Levine, a wonderful author, so it is a good time to join the class.  We are a very friendly group and would like to encourage more people to join us on Sunday mornings.  Please consider giving it a try!

THE NURTURE AND FELLOWSHIP COMMITTEE will be changing to our summer snack on June 9th.  The Committee will provide a beverage and prepackaged snacks.  This will be self-service throughout the summer.  We will return to coffee and church member provided snacks after Labor Day.

PASTORAL SEARCH COMMITTEE: Hard copies of the pastoral search survey were mailed May 6th. If you would like another mailed to you, please call the church office. Extra copies are available in the church narthex. You can return it by mail to the church or drop it off in the box labeled Pastoral Search Survey found in the narthex.