From the Pastor’s Study

As we anticipate Sunday, May 15, 2022


While I will freely admit that I’m puzzled sometimes at how slow the disciples were to catching onto what Jesus was trying to teach them, my puzzlement doesn’t generally last long when I take even a casual look at myself and know I am also missing the richness that Jesus is offering.  I like to try, or at least consider, “happy” to be something I can find in the world.  True “joy,” on the other hand, comes from God.  Struggles and hardship can get us off center and give us feelings of anxiety, fear, hopelessness, and steal our joy.  We long for, we pray for, the day when our sorrow turns to joy.  Our joy may come and go, but the day will come when it will be everlasting!  John 16:12-22


Notes for This Sunday, May 15, The Fifth Sunday of Easter


8:30 a.m. Traditional worship with Holy Communion

9:30 a.m. Coffee fellowship

9:30 a.m. Kingdom Kids (Sunday School), Bible classes, and Confirmation

11:00 a.m. Contemporary worship with Holy Communion

School Prayer – Amanda Childe – Half-day kindergarten

Sister Congregation Prayer – Our Savior Lutheran Church in Centereach


Opportunities This Week (Week of May 15)

We pray for God’s blessings on each of these!


6:30 p.m. Church Council


7:00 p.m. Worship team rehearsal in church


            6:00 p.m. Council of Elders

            7:00 p.m. Choir


10:00 a.m. Women’s Bible Study in the Fellowship Room

7:00 p.m. Thrive youth group meets in the school

7:00 p.m. Men’s Bible Fellowship in the Fellowship Room


9:30 a.m. Women's Breakfast - cafeteria

Sunday, May 22 – Sixth Sunday of Easter

8:30 a.m. Traditional worship with Holy Communion

9:30 a.m. Coffee fellowship

9:30 a.m. Kingdom Kids (Sunday School) and Bible studies

11:00 a.m. Contemporary worship with Holy Communion


News and Updates


From the Women's Board – Women’s Breakfast – The women’s Breakfast is Saturday, May 21 at 9:30 a.m. in the school cafeteria.  Please sign up in the narthex on Sunday or call the church office 518.459.2248.


Graduates – If you are graduating from high school, college, graduate school, or another program, please contact Pastor Wrede at to discuss a day of honoring graduates in June.


From Heather Baird – Food Pantry – Please consider donating the following items for the Food Pantry.  Collection points are outside the church office door and in the breezeway.

·         May 15 – Proteins: dried or canned beans; peanut butter; canned stew, chili, ravioli, tuna, chicken and salmon.  Please consider low sodium options.

·         May 22 – Grains: nutritious breakfast cereals and oatmeal, macaroni and cheese, pasta, one-pound bags of rice, packages of cookies and crackers, cake and brownie mixes, and granola bars.

·         May 29 – Condiments and kitchen staple items: shelf-stable milk (brands like Horizon or FairLife), powdered milk, cooking oil (olive, corn, etc.), mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, salad dressings, vinegar, jams and jellies.


Garage Sale – Our Savior’s Garage Sale is Saturday, June 25 in the school gym (Community Life Center).  Needed: furniture, clothes, toys, kitchenware, sports equipment, tools, electronics, knickknacks, etc.  Please include size on items like sheets and drapes.  Drop off: Please contact Arletta Finger 518.441.4808 or Tom Roemke 518.669.0790 to arrange a time for drop off, to arrange for home pick up, or to volunteer (sorting, pricing on Thursday mornings at 11:00 a.m.) or helping with setup or takedown.  Proceeds support the Launch Pad.


From Arletta Finger – Coffee Fellowship!  Arletta Finger is now the coordinator of the Sunday morning coffee time held in the Fellowship Room after the first service and before the education hour.  She is setting up a schedule of people who are willing to bring in snacks (rolls, donuts, muffins, etc.) on a designated Sunday.  If you are willing to provide snacks on a scheduled basis, please contact Arletta at 518.441.4808.