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Youth in Action

701 Sand Creek Road, Colonie, New York 12205-2497 • Bruce K. Cornwell, Pastor • Telephone (518) 869-5589 •
Sarah Huiest
CRCC’s Youth Group has been hard at work mak-
ing a difference in our community. At our first

May 2011
meeting, everyone discussed missions that were
close to their hearts. Since mid-February, they
have brought comfort, caring and compassion to
so many in need.
The Youth Group worked hard to plan Go Red!
Sunday in March, in support of the American
Heart Association, March’s mission of the
month. They researched ways to live a more
Heart Healthy lifestyle and shared them each Sun-
day during March, along with their Heart Healthy
Snacks. The group owes a special ―Thank you‖ to
Sandy Cornwell for taking blood pressures and
sharing helpful literature with us all that morning.
A love of animals was a common theme through-
out the group. One Sunday, they designed ban-
danas for the Mohawk-Hudson River Humane
Society. The Humane Society has dogs wear at-
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The Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center:
Panera Bread:
Capital Region Theological Center:
ConKerr Cancer:
Traveler’s Aid:


MAY’S MISSION OF THE MONTH —————–—-— pg. 3
CARING FOR CREATION ———-—————————– pg. 4
BOOK GROUP NEWS —————-———————-——– pg. 8
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Bible Verse for May Prayer of the Month

May We give you everlasting thanks,

O God,
In each issue of Cross and Com- For the marvels of your great
ments we offer you a Bible verse to
contemplate, study and memorize. It
is our hope that this will be one more
way you can connect with God’s As the flowers blossom and
word. bloom around us
“Do not fear, for I am with We lift our hearts in joy and cel-
you; do not be afraid, for I am ebration

your God.” Amen.

Isaiah 41:10 ~~ Joyce Blakney Duerr

while working together and fellow-

(Youth in Action — Continued from page 1)

tractive and eye-catching bandanas shipping with one another. (Read

when they are out in the community. more about this visit on Page 10)
It has been a very helpful tool in
As many are aware, the Schuyler Inn
finding homes for the many dogs
is a homeless shelter in our area. Vol-
they house.
unteers provide monthly parties for the
On a few Sundays, they also carried residents where they can enjoy them-
on a Youth Group tradition of baking selves and get items they need. In
for the Ronald McDonald House. April, the youth group volunteered at
RMH provides a comfortable, home the party, providing activities for the
environment for families that have to young and young at heart. The youth
travel to seek treatment at the Chil- and residents had a wonderful time
dren’s Hospital at Albany Medical making crafts and playing games. The
Center. The Youth Group enjoys bak- youngest residents had a blast playing
ing treats and making cards of en- in the macaroni bin!
couragement for these families facing These committed missionaries are
such challenging times. ―Thank you‖ Sarah Bottini, Dan and Justin DeRus-
to Sue and Melissa Bredice and Doris so, Samantha Dillon, Emily Finlan,
Neese for delivering the goodies! Kai l ey Kowal ski , Bi l l y Kress,
Another traditional Youth Group mis- Dominique and Lexy Kuentzel, and
sion is volunteering at the Regional Laura Wunsch. Jim Colbert and Lisa
Food Bank. There they worked dili- McGee have been instrumental in ful-
gently on repackaging frozen foods, filling these projects.
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" your neighbor as yourself." Matthew 22:39
Sister Share is an initiative of ner, works with local Christian minis-
RCA Women’s Ministries in tries around the world to support vic-
Cooperation with RCA Global tims of human trafficking and to edu-
Mission. cate and protect girls and women at
risk of exploitation. Your gift will help
"Through Sister Share, we
address the sexual exploitation of wom-
are taking a firm stand
en and children around the world.
against the injustice that is
leveled against women and  Feed a hungry child in Nicaragua. In
children around the world," says Claudette Bluefields, Nicaragua, one of the poor-
Reid, RCA coordinator for women's minis- est areas of Central America, children
tries. "Sister Share is a way for us to part- regularly scrounge through the city
ner with Christ, who declared, 'Truly I tell dump for food. Donations to a feeding
you, just as you did it to one of the least of program in Bluefields will provide a dai-
these who are members of my family, you ly meal and medical care for 60 of these
did it to me'" (Matthew 25:40). children.
Poverty, hunger, human trafficking, and vi-  Provide pregnancy support services
olence affect countless women and children in Welland, Ontario. Elisha House
all over the world. According to the World reaches out to young women in crisis by
Health Organization, 600,000 women die providing free pregnancy tests, counsel-
every year in developing countries from ing, and support services, including
complications arising from pregnancy and post-abortion counseling, parenting
childbirth. In addition, 9 million of the support groups, and mentoring pro-
world's refugees are children. grams.
Your Mission of the Month donation will
 Help women heal in Sudan. The past
work to combat these evils in many ways
21 years of brutal civil war have left
throughout the world.
women in Sudan with emotional as well
 Give marginalized women in India a as physical scars. Women who are lead-
place to belong and become financial- ers in their churches want to learn
ly self-sufficient. Blue Mango provides a counseling skills in order to minister to
supportive, healing environment and an other women who are suffering. Your
income-generation program for 60 gift will help provide workshops to bring
women who are affected by AIDS, wid- these women together for training.
owed, physically disabled, or victims of  Provide a cow for impoverished
domestic abuse. families in India. Owning a cow helps
 Support ministry to victims of mod- bring dignity and hope to people in this
ern-day slavery. Each year hundreds rural region; families can earn 60 to 80
of thousands of women and girls world- rupees a day (about $2 U.S.) from milk
wide are trafficked across international sales. The income from a single cow can
borders and forced into the sex trade. ensure that a family has enough to eat
Break the Chains, an RCA mission part- every day.
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Caring For Creation

May 2011
Watch Your Water
 The best time to water outdoors is in the morning, both to reduce water waste and
to promote healthy flora. Morning air is cooler, so less water is lost to evaporation
than during the middle of the day. If you water in the evening, you run the risk of
promoting fungi and bacterial diseases.

 It may surprise you, but commercial car washes use water more efficiently, typical-
ly using 45 gallons of water per car. Home washers typically use between 80 and
140 gallons. Commercial car washes must also drain their wastewater into sewers,
versus simply running it across your driveway into the land.

 Don't ignore that dripping faucet or leaky pipe joint. One faulty faucet wastes 3
gallons of water per day, reports the U.S. Geological Survey. So get a pipe wrench
and tighten those seals, replace old and worn hardware, and call your neighbor-
hood plumber if you need help. Every drop really does add up!

Read more:

Scenes From Our

Pillowcase Party

Happy May Birthdays to…

Christopher Bottini Steven Bottini

Frances Burt Joanne Gulum
Alma Lee Marilyn Matrazzo Joanne could do this
Little red wagon of pillow-
cases goes room to room at
Linda Murphy Zane Nelsen with her eyes shut.
Albany Med
Matthew Stein Frances Turton
Emma York

(If you haven’t told us the birthday months

of your family members and would like them
included in this monthly feature, please con-
tact Lou Ann Connelly at 356-3745 or
Linda looks like she’s having fun The pillowcases keep coming
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Pillowcase Party Brings Smiles to Sick Kids
Lou Ann Connelly
“…for it is God who works in you..” Sew and Reap quilt group in support of
Philippians 2:13 ConKerr Cancer, an international organiza-
tion that recruits volunteers to make and
Fifty avid and caring volunteers came to-
distribute cheerful pillowcases to children
gether at Community Reformed on April 2
facing life-threatening illnesses.
to construct nearly 200 pillowcases for sick
children at Albany Medical Center. Named and dedicated to the memory of
Cindy Kerr’s son, Ryan, who succumbed to
A Great Party cancer several years ago, the organization
The party on was a now has hundreds of chapters around the
sew-in. Guests world bringing smiles to sick kids.
were invited via
posters in local fab- Pillowcases delivered
ric shops, invita- The regional co-
tions to other Re- ordinator for
formed Churches, ConKerr Can-
connections through cer, Carrie
local quilt guilds, Knepp, ar-
Doris greeted everyone
with a smile and announcements ranged for
in the Spotlight. some of the
Carrie of ConKerrCancer friends
The prayer and hope was for 25 people to from CRCC deliver pillowcases volunteers to
attend. God brought twice that number. visit the Chil-
dren’s Unit at the hospital a few days after
The event opened with a short prayer and dedi- the party.
cation. Then 34 sewing machines went into ac-
tion, while more than a dozen others ironed, Amy and Robin, two Child Life Specialists, met
trimmed, provided food, and did the go-fer work. them in the lobby of the hospital and conduct-
ed them around the wing. Child Life Special-
Thanks to the generosity of the quilt group,
ists work with young patients and their families
every guest won a raf- to help them understand and cope with their
fle prize, and one hap-
illness the stresses of hospitalization.
py participant went
home with the grand They explained that the unit treats about 60
prize for guessing how patients at any one time, ranging in age
many buttons were in from newborn to 21 years old.
Victoria sews with a smile
a jar. The group was able to deliver the pillowcas-
As each pillowcase was finished it went up on es to the unit, and
the clothes line strung across the sanctuary even got to hand
until the line sagged beneath the weight. some of them out
More decorated the chairs around the room. to three of the
teens there. Soon
A delicious light lunch and yummy desserts word got around
rewarded the hard workers.
the wing and the
And it was great to see the party featured group found them- Many pillowcases will bring
on YNN news later that day. selves giving out many smiles
The Pillowcase Party was hosted by the (Continued on page 8)
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Having Your Sweets… and Helping Others Too!
It has become a ritual for the Bredices. Every
Tuesday and Saturday evening, Sue and Barry
drive to Panera’s on Wolf Road, pick up unsold
pastries, bring them to the church and spend
the rest of the evening wrapping coffeecakes,
cookies and loaves of bread in plastic wrap in
preparation for distribution the next morning.
The ―bread table‖ not only provides people with a
variety of treats, but also grants them an oppor-
tunity to support two important causes: Visions of
Hope at the Village of Colonie Outreach Center
headed by Sue Bredice and Joan Rueckert and
the missionary work being done in Budapest,
abilities, working with the school and families to
Hungary, by Carolyn and Dick Otterness.
make sure the students have the right place-
Visions of Hope (Helping Others Through Personal ment and support services.‖
Experience) provides referral and support ser-
In addition, the Center serves as an alternate
vices to children and families facing challenging
learning site for students from South Colonie
situations ranging from behavioral and school
and runs Youth Power, a mentoring program
problems to mental health and juvenile justice
linking people in the science and technology
issues. The Center has been in a state of transi-
fields with 13-to-17-year-olds.
tion ever since federal funding ran out last Octo-
ber, forcing the closure of two other program ―The kids set weekly goals like completing their
sites. But the Village of Colonie board was so homework every day or taking steps to get a job,‖
impressed by the family-centered programs cre- Sue explained. Successful completion of the goal
ated by Sue and her staff that the board made a earns an incentive, such as a trip to the movies.
commitment to maintain the Colonie program
Because ―parents have just as much need as the
and the facility. Sue and Joan were equally com-
children,‖ Visions of Hope runs a parent support
mitted to meeting what they considered a vital
group that meets twice a month. And because of
need of area residents and worked as volunteers
the number of homeless and mentally challenged
during the six-month transition.
people living in nearby motels, the Center also
―We’re very good at linking people up with ser- operates an emergency food pantry.
vices because we’ve both had personal experi-
Donations from the ―bread table‖ are used to
ences using these services,‖ Sue said. ―We pro-
meet specific needs of the youngsters and fami-
vide educational advocacy for students with dis-
lies. School supplies, bus passes, gift certifi-
cates, summer camp registration fees and
emergencies, such as offsetting costs for day
care are just a few of the ways these donations
have been spent. The ―bread fund‖ not only
provides those little everyday extras that all of
us take for granted, but when a need arises that
can’t be met any other way, it sometimes turns
the impossible into the possible.
Nothing from the bread table goes to waste.
Breads and pastries that aren’t taken by the
church congregation and visitors are distributed
by Bruce to other programs.

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Book Group News
(Pillowcase Party Brings Smiles to Sick Kids — Continued from page 6)
pillowcases to some hopeful siblings.
Karen Reynolds Many deserve thanks

Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance So many people partici-

of things hoped for, the evidence of things pated in a myriad of
not seen.” ways to make this event
a blessing to the sick kids
“A Jew cannot live without miracles.” Yid-
dish proverb
of our area.
Abby and Debi collaborate Every one of them de-
With these two quotes be-
gins May’s Book Group serves thanks.
selection, Snow in August, Thanks to the entire congregation for your
by Pete Hamill. generosity in funding the purchase of fabric for
For Michael, and eleven- the pillowcases.
year-old Irish Catholic boy, Thanks to our quilt group members who collab-
1940s Brooklyn is a world orated to plan and execute the party, and fi-
still shaped by life in the
nanced the door prizes and favors.
Old Country, a world
where informing on a fellow Irishman is the Thanks to Jen Stein for organizing our luncheon
worst crime imaginable--worse even than and thanks to our church family who helped out
the violent crimes committed by some of by preparing food, sewing, ironing, and trimming.
those fellows. So Michael keeps silent after
witnessing the gang beating of an elderly Thanks to our young help-
shopkeeper, finding solace in the company ers: Tyler, Harmony, Gabri-
of Rabbi Hirsch, a Czech refugee whom he elle, and Emily.
meets by chance. From this serendipitous Thanks to others who helped
beginning blossoms a unique friendship--
set up and take down.
one that proves perilous to both when the
Falcons catch up with them. God has truly completed a Sue understands it’s a
good work in you. pressing matter
The friendship between a Catholic boy and
an elderly Jewish rabbi might seem as un-
likely as, well, snow in August. But the re- (Having Your Sweets…. And Helping Others Too — Continued from page 7)
lationship between young Michael Devlin The Bredices and CRCC have been participating in
and Rabbi Judah Hirsch is only one of the the Panera Bread Dough-nation Program for two and
many miracles large and small contained a half years. ―Panera’s is very community oriented,‖
in this novel. Sue said. ―They operate ―green‖ stores, work with
the schools to hire developmentally challenged
Maggie George leads May’s Book Group
workers, and run their Bread Dough-nation Program
to support area non-profits‖.
Looking ahead to June, the book selection
Working with the program is ―a passion for Barry
will be Great Expectations by Charles Dick-
and me,‖ she continued. And as they package the
ens. The meeting is to be led by LouAnn
pastries and breads, the smell takes Barry back to
the days when he was a baker…only this bread
If you have read a book that you really en- makes life better for some of society’s most disad-
joyed and would like to share it with the vantaged people right here in Colonie and half way
group we are always open to and welcome around the world in Hungary.
suggestions of good reads.
Next Month: How proceeds from the Bread Table help
We hope you will plan on coming and in- missionaries Dick and Caroyn Otterness with their
vite you to bring a friend. work with the Roma (Gypsy) people in Hungary.
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Flea Market Volunteers Needed
CRCC’s Annual Flea Market comes alive this ly bring your gently used items to the
year on Saturday, May 21. church on the morning of the Flea Market.

Beginning at 9:00 and going till 3:00, the But just as importantly, you can help by
parking lot will be filled with a myriad of volunteering a few hours of your time. The
booths offering great bargains on house- Fund Raising committee is looking for vol-
hold items, toys, books, and scores of mis- unteers to assist in the following ways:
cellaneous items offered at discount prices.
 Set up on Saturday morning at 6:30 AM

And you can help make this important fund  Work at the Snack Bar for 2 hours (9 to
raising event a great success. 11 AM, 11 to 1PM, 1 to 3PM)
 Cook at the grill
Naturally, you can support the annual CRCC  Assist sales at the Women’s Group table
Flea Market by coming out to shop at the
 Clean up at end of day at 3 PM
many booths that will be set up. Invite your
family and friends as well, and let them Please see Ralph Smaldone or Sue Bred-
know of the great deals we will have for ice if you are able to help.
Finally, you can hope for sunny skies and
pleasant breezes.
In addition, we are accepting donations of
items you’ve been saving for that garage But whatever the weather, make this event
sale you never got around to having. Simp- a part of your day.


Lou Ann Connelly

Craft books, cook books, children’s books, mysteries, romances, histories, devo-
tional books, biographies…

Once again the CRCC Book Group will be selling gently used books at the upcom-
ing Flea Market on May 21.

Book donations can be given to Karen Reynolds or brought to church from 6:00 –
8:00 PM on Friday, May 20.

Please notify Karen at 869-2348 or to arrange drop-off

of donated books at any other time.
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Doris Neese
Please help us fill the White Elephant table at this year’s Flea Market, May
Bring your donated items to church that Saturday morning, and we’ll turn
your unwanted stuff into much needed funds for camperships for Camp
Fowler and for needy families in our community.
Your unwanted dishes, kitchen gadgets, tableware, toys, or other small items
could be someone else’s treasure.

Youth Group at Schuyler Inn

Joyce Karl
On Sunday afternoon, April 3rd the CRCC all commented on the smiles – the interac-
Youth Group attended a party at Schuyler tion and the enthusiasm of the teens from
Inn. Once each month a party is held for Community Reformed. They asked later if
the residents at Schuyler. Schuyler Inn is a they would return to the next party. A true
homeless shelter located on Broadway in compliment indeed!
Menands. The families are placed there The youth leaders - Sarah Huiest, Jim Col-
though the Traveler’s Aid. Each family is
bert and Lisa McGee - are to be compli-
given one room in this old motel. Meals are mented for their work with these children.
also provided. The parties are meant to
Parents and the youth involved should be
add some cheer into lives that have seen very proud of themselves and their chil-
too much disappointment, and hardships.
dren. I was proud to say they were from
The Youth group, represented by Sarah ―my‖ church.
Bottini, Samantha Dillon, Justin De Russo,
Several ministers and people from other
Dominique and Lexy Kuentzel brought ac-
churches said things like ―we don’t have
tivities to entertain toddlers. One of the ac-
tivities they brought was a bin of macaroni that many children in our church,‖ ―Our
and sand toys. It was the biggest hit of the kids would never get involved,‖ and ―These
day. One toddler sat right down and didn’t kids are so genuinely happy to be here‖.
move for 2 hours! He was so busy playing How blessed we are to have this group of
in the macaroni. teens and leaders as part of the life and
Other adults present from various churches works of CRCC!

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