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701 Sand Creek Road, Colonie, New York 12205-2497 Bruce K. Cornwell, Pastor Telephone (518)869-5589 www.coloniereformed.


We Give Thanks
November 2011

Our Father in Heaven, We give thanks for the pleasure Of gathering together for this occasion. We give thanks for this food Prepared by loving hands. We give thanks for life, The freedom to enjoy it all And all other blessings. As we partake of this food, We pray for health and strength To carry on and try to live as You would have us. This we ask in the name of Christ, Our Heavenly Father. Amen - Harry Jewell

November Caring for Creation

Eco-Thanksgiving Buying only locally grown food is one good way to have an eco-friendly Thanksgiving. Locally grown food is good for your table, your health and the environment. Locally grown food tastes better than food that has to be grown and packaged for maximum shelf life, and it requires less fuel to reach store shelves. Locally grown food also contributes more to your local economy, supporting local farmers as well as local merchants.

In this issue:
New Roof Greatly Appreciated Two New Faces Join Consistory Celebration of Remembrance Samaritan Counseling Center November Mission of the Month

Upcoming Events
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Room for All Concert R&R One Great Hour of Sharing Thanksgiving Eve Messiah Concert Service of Remembrance

Nov 4 Nov 8 Nov 20 Nov 23 Dec 4 Dec 4

New Roof Greatly Appreciated

On Saturday, October 8th, the parsonage received a new roof. Many thanks to church members Matt Stein, David Lane, Mike York and roofer Henry Mormile and his crew - Steven and Rich (Besides roofing, Henry also does additions, siding, garages and remodeling. His phone number is 369-3237). Also, thanks to Vicki Lane for her help with cleaning up. It was a beautiful day to tackle this project and even though plywood had to be replaced, work was completed by late afternoon. The whole crew did an exceptional job. Again, many thanks. Bruce and Sandy

Matt and Mike team up.

David, Matt, Mike and others contribute time and talents for the new roof.


- Sue Bredice Thank you to everyone who gave of their time or talents to making the craft fair a success. A special thanks goes to Patti Van Kempen for chairing the event; Ralph and Pat Smaldone and Maggie George as the committee members and Ron Smith for advertising and promotion. We had a wonderful variety of baked goods and quilted decorative pieces to sell, yummy food at the concession and a quick cleanup at the end. It was a great community event! As usual, this years Craft Fair brought together many talents.

Ralph and Pat ran the kitchen. Yum, great chili.

Hand-crafted items were donated by the sewing group.

Many bakers contributed delectable treats.

Two New Faces Join Consistory Shawn has been a part of Community Reformed from his birth. He was baptised at Community Reformed, attended Sunday School, and On Sunday, September 18, Vicki Lane was installed as participated in Youth Choir and Youth Group. In Elder of Worship and Music, and Shawn Turner was the past several years, Shawn has contributed his ordained and installed as Deacon of Finance and gifts to Caf CRCC, the Ensemble and Cantata Personnel. groups, provided leadership through Evangelism and Welcome, managed the web site and Facebook Vicki is returning to Consistory after a one year absence, page, and advised on all things tech. having served as Elder of Youth Enrichment for several years. In addition, she has been a worship leader and Community Reformed is blessed that Vicki and liturgist many times, has emceed Caf CRCC, and Shawn have been led to share their many gifts for delighted our taste buds with her coffee-hour the work of Gods church. contributions. The two new faces on Consistory are old faces at Community Reformed.

The Meaning of Advent

November 27th is the start our Advent season and marks the beginning of our Church calendar year. Advent is a season of penitence, preparation, and anticipation for the Christ who came and will come again. As a child, as a sovereign ruler, Christ comes: God's gift to faithful people. During Advent we prepare for this sacred celebration in ways both personal and corporate. One of the ways we prepare together is by lighting the candles of the Advent wreath (a simple circle of greens), a symbol of eternal promise. As we light the four blue candles each Sunday during Advent, our focus is on the increasing crescendo of light as we approach the celebration of Jesus' birth. The white candle, known as the Christ candle, is lit with the other four on Christmas Eve to remind us that Jesus has come as the light of the world. May that light shine in your heart this Advent season.


HONEYBAKED HAM - Its never too early to plan for Christmas gifts! Once again we will be selling gift certificates to HoneyBaked Ham on December 11th. Check your list to see who would enjoy receiving a certificate. The Church receives 50% of all sales its a Win Win!!!

Celebration of Remembrance
Sunday, December 4 7:00 PM
As we unpack our Christmas decorations each year, we also unpack many memories. Ornaments on the Christmas tree were given by grandparents. Cookies are made using your mothers recipe. Foods are eaten over the holidays that are never eaten at any other time except as a family together on Christmas morn. But missing from each of our tables is someone we loved, someone who molded us into the persons we are, someone who shaped our holidays. The Celebration of Remembrance service celebrates those lives. In a season that becomes all too hectic, this is a moment of quiet to remember, to thank, and to share those who have passed from our sight but not our lives. Please feel free to bring a picture, a token, or a story to tell. All are welcome to attend this beautiful worship service.


Several times a year, a team from Community Reformed volunteers their time to serve dinner at the Schenectady City Mission. Because the dinner does not include dessert, our servers bring along brownies, cookies, or other homemade treats. Thanks to Vicky Lane and her son Ben, Mike York, BJ Todd, Maggie George and Sue Bredice for serving dinner in October. Once again, the diners were so appreciative of the brownies we brought and the great service provided by our volunteers. Our next scheduled serving is on December 1. If you have any questions or would like to know more about our service to the Schenectady City Mission, please see Pam Chandler.

Book Group News

Wagler paints a vivid portrait of Amish lifefrom his childhood days on the family farm, his Rumspringa rite of passage at age 16, to his ultimate decision to leave the Amish Church for good at age 26. Growing Up Amish is the true story of one mans quest to discover who he is and where he belongs. Novembers book selection is NewYork Times ebook Do you love to read and talk about books? You are bestseller Growing Up Amish, by Ira Wagler, a invited to attend the Book Group meeting on charming yet poignant coming of age story set Tuesday, November 22, at 7:00. Please contact amidst the backdrop of one of the most enigmatic Karen Reynolds if you have any questions. cultures in America todaythe Old Order Amish.

Our November Mission of the Month

Samaritan Counseling Center

Samaritan Counseling Center is the largest nonprofit, interfaith counseling practice in the Capital Region. It is a mental health safety net for people in our neighborhoods, schools, workplaces and congregations. Anxiety and depressionFamily or marital crisisSeparation or lossEmotional and behavioral issues of studentsDomestic violence, physical or sexual abuseWar-time related trauma. These are just some of the issues dealt with at the Samaritan Counseling Center. Since 1985, the Center has offered professional, compassionate counseling services to people in varying financial circumstances. There are few other affordable places available for people to turn to with their mental health burdens. The Centers therapists are all certified and licensed professionals, representing the disciplines of clinical social work, clinical psychology, marriage and family therapy, and pastoral counseling.

Christmas Gifts for Persons with HIV / AIDS

Wont you make the holidays brighter for HIV/AIDS clients and their families across upstate New York? Our gifts assist the most needy families who would not receive gifts themselves or be able to provide holiday gifts for their loved ones. The collection basket will be placed in the back of the sanctuary for the month of November. Please limit gifts to those listed below. The final day of donation acceptance will be Sunday, November 20

TOILETRIES for sensitive skin (Please no sample sizes) Toothpaste Toothbrushes (soft) Facial tissues Disposable razors (mens and womens) Non-perfumed soaps Deodorant Shampoo

Feminine products Body lotion Shaving cream Lotion Baby wipes and shampoo Baby wipes/Toilet paper Cleaning supplies / Multipurpose cleaning spray Laundry and dish detergents Gifts must not be wrapped. Thank you.

SONGS, STOLES AND STORIES You are cordially invited to a benefit concert on Friday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 PM at The First Church in Albany, 110 N. Pearl St., featuring:
The popular Albany Gay Men's Chorus, widely known for their rich harmonies, varied musical repertoire and positive contributions to the greater capital region. In addition to musical selections, a few members of the chorus will share their experience of being gay in the context of their faith communities. Guest Ann Kansfield, co-pastor with her partner, Jennifer Aull, of Greenpoint Reformed church in Brooklyn, and a founding member of Room for All, will share her story with us. The "Shower of Stoles" will also be displayed. This collection of liturgical stoles represents the lives and gifts of LGBT people of faith who serve their faith communities, or have been barred from serving because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The event is free and open to all - a freewill offering will be taken to benefit the work of Room for All. Refreshments will be served. For further information, please call 462-6040. One Great Hour of Sharing November 20 On November 20, Community Reformed will celebrate One Great Hour of Sharing, an offering that makes the love of Christ real for individuals and communities around the world who suffer the effects of disaster, conflict, or severe economic hardship, and for those who serve them through gifts of money and time. Because RCA congregations participated in our One Great Hour of Sharing offering this past year, Reformed Church World Service was able to: Support 56 food pantries in a year that has seen a nearly 30 percent increase in need in many areas of the country. Respond to immediate needs of Christians in Myanmar after their homes were burned down. Contribute to the response by our partner Church World Service to the 2010 floods in Pakistan. These are but a few of the specific ways in which One Great Hour of Sharing offerings were used in 2010 to bring new life and hope to God's children across the globe.

Thanksgiving Eve Service

Wednesday, November 23 7:30 PM We Gather Together to Ask The Lords Blessing
As the holiday season begins, we gather together to thank God for all the blessings we have been given. This special worship service features a simple meal of cheese, bread, grapes and cider shared around a table of friends. We reflect on Gods unlimited love and grace over the past year and Gods never ending presence in this changing world. Sign-up sheets for specific food donations will be available after Sunday services. All are welcome. In the spirit of thankful giving please bring a non-perishable food item for our pantry basket.

Community Reformed Church of Colonie

701 Sand Creek Rd Colonie, NY 12205-2497 Bruce K. Cornwell, Pastor Tel: (518) 869-5589 E-mail:

Bible Verse for November

In each issue of Cross and Comments 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 Gods word.

Psalm 69:30

I will praise Gods name in song And glorify Him with Thanksgiving

Happy November Birthday to

Barry Berberich Tina Bottini Judy Christensen Corky Cleveland Beth Colbert Isaiah Crosbourne Donna Davidson Anthony De Russo Richard Grounds Kevin Fitzpatrick David Lane Ralph Smaldone Olivia Stein Sarah Van Buren Stephanie Van Kempen Mark Van Kempen

Link Ink ~ a quick reference to websites in this months newsletter

Colonie Community Day Care Center

701 Sand Creek Rd Albany, NY 12205-2432 Carol Grasso, Director Tel: (518) 869-0131 E-mail:

Capital Region Theological Center Samaritan Counseling Center One Great Hour of Sharing Schenectady City Mission Room for All

Editor: Lou Ann Connelly Layout Designer: Shawn Turner Articles are due by the 15th of the month and may be submitted to or given to Lou Ann Connelly. A special thank you to Bob Becker for his years of service in preparing this newsletter.