St. Nicholas Bazaar
MILLBROOK — Grace Church, 3328 Franklin Ave., Millbrook, will hold its St. Nicholas Bazaar 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 8. The Bazaar will include the sale of fine handcrafted items made by 25 local artisans, and beautifully decorated holiday cookies and delectable chocolates. Shop from a variety of hand-made crafts including hats and capes made from Alpaca fiber, hand-painted children’s stools, knitted and felted clothing, beaded and gold jewelry, one-of-a-kind decorations, locally produced yarn and knitting needles, leather dog leashes and collars, pottery, unique tree ornaments, upcycled natural Christmas décor, wooden treasures, clothing for infants and young children, and much more. Choose your own assortment of festive holiday cookies from the traditional Linzer, ultimate sugar, Santa shortbread, spritzes, peppermint canes, and decadent chocolate truffles and caramel toffee, to the extraordinary gingerbread men. Cookies and candy will be boxed and sold by the pound. Admission to the event is free. For directions and information, visit www.gracemillbook.org/bazaar/or call 845-677-3064.
ANCRAM — The Material Girls of St. John’s Lutheran Church will be holding a holiday clearance sale 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 8 in the church hall behind the church, 1273 County Route 7, Ancram. Sale of one of a kind hand sewn items.
CHATHAM — A Cabaret to benefit Hudson’s Operation Unite will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at The Chatham Synagogue, 1536 Route 28, Chatham. Featuring music from The Great American Songbook and Beyond with performers Rachel Weisman, Joel Merker, & Gary Gelfenbien, vocals; John Sauer, piano & Otto Gardner, bass. Tickets are $25 and include dessert table, glass of wine, coffee and tea. Tickets available at www.moodsandmelodies.eventbrite.com; or at the door as room is available.
Candlelight Night Open House
KINDERHOOK — Kinderhook Reformed Church annual Candlelight Night Open House will be held 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 14 in conjunction with Kinderhook Village’s Candlelight walk celebration. The open house will feature tours of the beautiful sanctuary with the nearly life-sized Fontanini Nativity, together with Christmas music, cookie decorating, refreshments, and community fellowship in the Fellowship Room. For information, contact 518-758-6401.
Parents Night Out will 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 22, free child care for children 3 and older at Kinderhook Reformed Church, 21 Broad St., Kinderhook. Preregistration is required and can be made by calling 518-758-6401. Kinderhook Reformed Church Annual Lesson and Carols Christmas Worship Service celebrating the birth of Christ directed by David Smith 4-5:30 p.m. Dec. 23. See kinderhookreformedchurch.com for details.
Holiday Cookie Walk
STUYVESANT FALLS — The Church of St. Joseph, 1820 Route 9, Stuyvesant Falls, will hold the eighth annual Holiday Cookie Walk 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 16. Delicious holiday cookies baked by talented members of our faith community will be sold by the pound.
RED HOOK — The Red Hook Area Council of Churches is sponsoring a Blue Christmas service at 7 p.m. Dec. 19 at the United Methodist Church, 4 Church St., Red Hook. This service is for anyone finding it difficult to celebrate and be joyous this Christmas season. Light refreshments will follow the service.
GHENT — The holidays can be difficult for us all: the stresses and strains of trying to offer a time of celebration take their toll. Many people find they have trouble feeling “in the spirit” of things, whether because of the recent or anticipated death of a family member or friend, the end of a marriage, the loss of work, or other trying change.
The Ghent Reformed Church will be gathering together at 7 p.m. Dec. 21 for A Blue Christmas Service of the Longest Night at the church, 1039 County Route 22, Ghent. It is so named because it is near the winter solstice, the longest night of the year. But the name is also fitting because, despite the trappings of gifts, special meals and Christmas carols, the season can be a darker than “normal” time of the year for those who struggle with loss. Everyone is welcome to this service designed to bring you some peace, hope and reconciliation. After service, coffee and cookies will be served.
Soup and Sandwich Lunch
STUYVESANT — The Stuyvesant Reformed Church, Route 9J and Church Street, Stuyvesant, will serve a free soup and sandwich lunch 11 a.m.-1 p.m. the first Saturday of the month through April.
STUYVESANT — The Stuyvesant Reformed Church, SRC Stitchers are gathering up their tools and supplies and getting their sewing machine dusted off for a new season of mending and simple clothing repairs. The simple things members of the community need taken care of. The Stitchers meet 10 a.m.-noon the third Saturday of the month through April in the basement of the Church at the corner of Church Street and Route 9J in Stuyvesant. The Stitchers will be prepared to do simple repairs, (hems, zippers etc) while you wait. More involved repairs may need more time and we would tell you if we need more time. The fee will be by donation.
RHINEBECK — Grace Bible Fellowship Church, 6959 Route 9, Rhinebeck, holds Christmas Eve worship at 7 p.m. Dec. 24. The service will include hymn singing, special music, scripture readings and more. The service will conclude with the Lighting of the Candles. For information, call 845-876-2122.
KINDERHOOK — Kinderhook Reformed Church, 21 Broad St., Kinderhook, annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 24.
GHENT — Ghent Reformed Church, 1039 County Route 22, Ghent, has a live nativity program planned outside the front of the Church at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 24. A formal service of carols and scriptures will be presented in the Church at 6 p.m. with a coffee hour to follow.