Apr
15
10:00 AM10:00

Easter Egg Hunt

Join us for an Easter Egg hunt. The hunt is for children 10 and under.

When you arrive make your way done to the Fellowship Hall where you will make your own Easter Egg basket. Then the Egg Hunt will commence. (Will be indoors if the weather is bad). We will exchange found eggs for candy. After the hunt we will have stations for kids to do crafts and to listen to some Easter Stories. 

Questions? email john.compton@thecobblestonechurch.org

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Apr
14
6:30 PM18:30

Good Friday Tenebrae

The Good Friday Tenebrae service. 

The service of Tenebrae, meaning "darkness" or "shadows," has been practiced by the church since medieval times. Once a service for the monastic community, Tenebrae later became an important part of the worship of the common folk during Holy Week. We join Christians of many generations throughout the world in using the liturgy of Tenebrae.


Tenebrae is a prolonged meditation on Christ's suffering. Readings trace the story of Christ's passion, music portrays his pathos, and the power of silence and darkness suggests the drama of this momentous event. As lights are extinguished, we ponder the depth of Christ's suffering and death; we remember the cataclysmic nature of his sacrifice as we hear the overwhelming sound of the hammering of nails, remembering that Christ was pierced for us.

 Childcare will be provided for the service.

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Apr
14
1:00 PM13:00

Good Friday Reflection

The Good Friday reflection will be a Tenebrae service. 

The service of Tenebrae, meaning "darkness" or "shadows," has been practiced by the church since medieval times. Once a service for the monastic community, Tenebrae later became an important part of the worship of the common folk during Holy Week. We join Christians of many generations throughout the world in using the liturgy of Tenebrae.


Tenebrae is a prolonged meditation on Christ's suffering. Readings trace the story of Christ's passion, music portrays his pathos, and the power of silence and darkness suggests the drama of this momentous event. As lights are extinguished, we ponder the depth of Christ's suffering and death; we remember the cataclysmic nature of his sacrifice as we receive real nails, remembering that Christ was pierced for us.

 Childcare will not be provided for the service. 

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Mar
1
5:30 PM17:30

Ash Wednesday (evening)

Ash Wednesday begins the season of the Church year known as Lent, which is characterized by a focus on penitence, fasting, prayer, and works of charity and begins forty days (excluding Sundays) prior to Easter. If you would like more information about Lent, feel free to pick up the documents in the Narthex titled, “What is Lent” or “On Keeping a Holy Lent.”

(Childcare provided at this service).

Wondering why one would observe Lent, check here

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Mar
1
1:00 PM13:00

Ash Wednesday (afternoon)

Ash Wednesday begins the season of the Church year known as Lent, which is characterized by a focus on penitence, fasting, prayer, and works of charity and begins forty days (excluding Sundays) prior to Easter. If you would like more information about Lent, feel free to pick up the documents in the Narthex titled, “What is Lent” or “On Keeping a Holy Lent.”

Wondering why one would observe Lent, check here

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Dec
24
5:00 PM17:00

Christmas Eve Service

Join us on Christmas Eve for a traditional service of Lessons and Carols. We will read several passages of Scripture concerning the birth of Jesus Christ into the world (lessons) and we will sing in joyful response to his coming (carols). The service will be at 5pm. (We will also be having regular service on Christmas day at 10am).

 

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Nov
12
9:00 AM09:00

Conflict Transformation Seminar

Conflict destroys many good congregations, relationships, and workplaces. Come to this seminar led by the Mediation Team of the Regional Synod of Albany to learn some skills and receive training on how you can help transform conflict in our church and in your personal life. The event is Nov. 12th from 9am to 4pm (lunch included) at Niskayuna Reformed Church. The consistory has decided to cover the cost of any Cobblestone person who desires to attend ($20). We need to register by October 15th. Let John know if you would like to go.

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Mar
26
10:00 AM10:00

Easter Egg Hunt

Join us for an Easter Egg hunt. The hunt is for children 10 and under.

When you arrive make your way done to the Fellowship Hall where you will make your own Easter Egg basket. Then you will be allowed to search the church for hidden eggs (unless it becomes miraculously warmer). We will exchange found eggs for candy. After the hunt we will have stations for kids to do crafts, and to listen to some Easter Stories. 

Questions? email john.compton@thecobblestonechurch.org

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Mar
25
5:30 PM17:30

Good Friday Tenebrae Service

The Good Friday Tenebrae service. 

The service of Tenebrae, meaning "darkness" or "shadows," has been practiced by the church since medieval times. Once a service for the monastic community, Tenebrae later became an important part of the worship of the common folk during Holy Week. We join Christians of many generations throughout the world in using the liturgy of Tenebrae.


Tenebrae is a prolonged meditation on Christ's suffering. Readings trace the story of Christ's passion, music portrays his pathos, and the power of silence and darkness suggests the drama of this momentous event. As lights are extinguished, we ponder the depth of Christ's suffering and death; we remember the cataclysmic nature of his sacrifice as we hear the overwhelming sound of the hammering of nails, remembering that Christ was pierced for us.

 Childcare will be provided for the service.

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Mar
25
1:00 PM13:00

Good Friday Reflection

The Good Friday reflection will be a Tenebrae service. 

The service of Tenebrae, meaning "darkness" or "shadows," has been practiced by the church since medieval times. Once a service for the monastic community, Tenebrae later became an important part of the worship of the common folk during Holy Week. We join Christians of many generations throughout the world in using the liturgy of Tenebrae.


Tenebrae is a prolonged meditation on Christ's suffering. Readings trace the story of Christ's passion, music portrays his pathos, and the power of silence and darkness suggests the drama of this momentous event. As lights are extinguished, we ponder the depth of Christ's suffering and death; we remember the cataclysmic nature of his sacrifice as we receive real nails, remembering that Christ was pierced for us.

 Childcare will not be provided for the service. 

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Aug
26
6:00 PM18:00

Conversations for the Common Good: Art for a Brighter World

Art is part of our humanity and it is a powerful link that can help us bring a little more humanity to a struggling world. Whether you are the recipient of performing or visual arts, and it strikes a note in your emotional being, or you are an artisan who is benefiting from fair trade prices to improve your life, art connects us all.

Michelle McIlroy will lead a discussion about art, its importance in our humanity, and the real possibilities art has for bringing light to this world.  What is your art?  How can you use it to bring a little more beauty and humanity to the place that we call home?

 

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Aug
19
6:00 PM18:00

Conversations for the Common Good: "Road to Character"

David Brooks (Op-ed columnist for The New York Times) begins his new book, “The Road to Character,” by discussing the two types of virtues: resume and eulogy. We all claim that eulogy virtues are the most important and yet, most of our lives are focused on resume virtues. Brooks, throughout his book, presents several examples of various people who have walked this road to developing eulogy virtues.

Join John Compton, pastor of Cobblestone Church and host of the CFCG, as he leads a discussion about the ideas in this book, focussing on some of the forgotten words from what Brooks calls, the ‘old moral ecology.’ (You do not need to read the book to participate in the conversation).

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Jul
29
6:00 PM18:00

Conversation for the Common Good: Needle Exchanges and More

One may think that giving syringes to a person addicted to drugs would just be enabling destructive behavior, but that is not what the research shows. Several countries, states, and cities have discovered that providing clean syringes and other services have actually reduced drug usage in an area.

Join Hannah Busman, who has worked this past year with Project Safe Point, a needle exchange program under the umbrella of Catholic Charities, will lead a discussion on the work that she has done and what the research has shown to truly be effective to help those who find themselves suffering from drug addiction.

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Jul
15
6:00 PM18:00

Conversation for the Common Good: Why Does She Stay?

This past year has highlighted that domestic abuse can be prevalent in all types of life situations. In the fall we saw an all-star athlete’s career come crashing down as he was caught on video striking his then fiancee (now wife) in an elevator. We then mourned as a community when a local woman was fatally shot by a previous partner.

Join Wendi Gapcznki-Bekkering and LuAnn Santabarbara, both staff members of the YWCA who focus on domestic abuse, as they lead a discussion about some of the hidden forces in effect with domestic abuse that will address that ever present question around domestic abuse, ‘why does she stay?’

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Jun
24
6:00 PM18:00

Conversations for the Common Good: Race in America Over 50 Years

DeLois Ford was just a teenager when she joined Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others marching from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. She has since moved to upstate New York. And though much time and distance separates her from her time marching with Dr. King she still finds herself in a country where racism is a present reality.

Join DeLois Ford, a staff member of the YWCA, as she shares stories of her life that reflect how the topic of race has changed in America over the last 50 years.

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Jun
17
6:00 PM18:00

Conversation for the Common Good: Death by Poverty

More girls have been killed in the last fifty years, precisely because they were girls, than men were killed in all the wars of the twentieth century. Across the developing world, women and girls are discriminated against, and disproportionately affected by poverty and all of her downstream effects. As we examine global poverty, it can be rightly said that the key to economic progress may very well be unleashing women’s potential.

Join Ashley Dickens, representative of HOPE International, as she talks about some of the most heart-wrenching issues facing women in the developing world, and what it might look like to empower and unleash those same women to break the chains of poverty.

 

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Jun
17
to Aug 26

Conversations for the Common Good

In a world that is so often divided by political lines,  personal interests, and religious beliefs we often lose sight of the common good that we can pursue together. “Common Good” is anything that increases the well-being for all people without harming others. Join us for a series of discussions about various topics that promote the common good. Each conversation will go from 6-8pm and will take place at the Bier Abbey (613 Union St.).

The details for each Conversation are published on their own date below.

 

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May
30
8:30 AM08:30

Feasting By the Riverside

This is a day-long (8:30am-3pm, coffee and lunch included) workshop especially for Elders, and Deacons, but also other church people to deepen their love and understanding of the sacraments (baptism and communion). Assistant Professor, Dr. Sue Rozeboom, from Western Theological Seminary will be doing most of the teaching for the day, with others offering workshops related to the sacraments. The cost is free for Cobblestone people (the consistory is covering the cost) and lunch and childcare will both be provided. If you are interested in attending please contact John (john.compton@thecobblestonechurch.org).

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May
3
12:30 PM12:30

Crop Walk

Walk with us and/or donate to support the Church World Service and Schenectady Inner City Mission on a CROP Walk to end hunger at home and abroad.  25% of collected funds stay local, and the rest help to fight hunger worldwide. For more information on how to walk or donate please visit the following link:
http://hunger.cwsglobal.org/site/TR/2015CROPHungerWalks/TR-CHW2015?pg=entry&fr_id=20350

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May
1
to May 31

SICM Food Drive in May

In the month of May (on Sundays) we will be collecting items for the SICM food pantry. Items that can be donated: Non-Perishable food, especially canned vegetables and fruits; Dry-goods, cereal and oatmeal; Hygiene products, bars of soap and feminine products.

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Apr
4
10:00 AM10:00

Easter Egg Hunt

Join us for an Easter Egg hunt. The hunt is for children 10 and under.

When you arrive make your way done to the Fellowship Hall where you will make your own Easter Egg basket. Then you will be allowed to search the church for hidden eggs (unless it becomes miraculously warmer). We will exchange found eggs for candy. After the hunt we will have two stations for kids to do crafts, and to listen to some Easter Stories. 

Questions? email john.compton@thecobblestonechurch.org

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Dec
24
7:00 PM19:00

Christmas Eve Service

Join us on Christmas Eve for a traditional service of Lessons and Carols. We will read several passages of Scripture concerning the birth of Jesus Christ into the world (lessons) and we will sing in joyful response to his coming (carols). The service will be at 7pm. 

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