VALATIE — The First Presbyterian Church of Valatie, 3212 Church St., Valatie, worships at 11 a.m. Sunday. Sunday School and Adult Education begins at 9:30 a.m.
HUDSON — “New to You,” the thrift shop at Christ Episcopal Church, 431 Union St., Hudson, features home décor, kitchen equipment, dinnerware, collectibles, crystal, china, and serving pieces, as well as jewelry, books, CDs, small furniture items, house wares, etc. New to You is open 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday and other times by appointment by calling 518-828-1329. Christmas merchandise, and needlework supplies and yarn, will be displayed from Nov. 30 through December. As you shop, enjoy a cup of coffee on us. All proceeds are used to fund community outreach. Convenient off-street parking on the circular driveway is located a few feet from Union & Court Streets.
Soup and Sandwich Nights
HUDSON — The First Reformed Church, 52 Green St., Hudson, will hold free soup and sandwich nights 5-6 p.m. Thursdays through March. Dine in only. The schedule is Dec. 5, Dec. 19, Jan. 2, Jan. 16, Feb. 6, Feb. 20, March 5 and March 19.
Pizza Take Out
GREENPORT — Sacred Heart-Mount Carmel Shrine, 442 Fairview Ave., Greenport, will be having pizza takeout Dec. 6. Orders can be called in from noon-6 p.m. with pickups from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Call 518-828-8775. Pizzas are $10 with additional toppings $1 each. Bake at home pizzas will be available.
Candlelight Night Open House
KINDERHOOK — Kinderhook Reformed Church, 21 Broad St., Kinderhook, annual Candlelight Night Open House will be held 5:30-8:30 p m. Dec. 6 in conjunction with Kinderhook Village Candlelight Walk celebration. KRC Open House will feature tours of the decorated sanctuary, the Fontanini Nativity, cookie decorating, refreshments and community fellowship in the Fellowship Room.
Christmas in Livingston
LIVINGSTON — The Township of Livingston will kick off the holiday season by hosting its annual “Christmas in Livingston” celebration on Dec. 6. At 5:30 p.m. the Linlithgo Reformed Church in Livingston on Church Road will hold a supper with a choice of soups, tossed salad and fresh baked bread. Free will offerings will be accepted. The annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Carol Singing is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Town Gazebo. Following at the Town Hall will be a dessert buffet and the Livingston Recreation Association will host a children’s Christmas party. The Livingston senior citizens holiday luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 7 at the Linlithgo Reformed Church in Livingston. Reservations may be made prior to Dec. 2. Leave a message at 518-851-9441 ext. 311.
NORTH CHATHAM — The North Chatham United Methodist Church, 4274 Route 203, North Chatham, Holiday Bazaar will be held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 7, sponsored by the United Methodist Women of the North Chatham and Grace (Nassau) churches. There will be a nice variety of vendors and this is a great chance to do some Christmas shopping locally. Lunch and a bake sale will be available and all proceeds will go to Mission Projects. For information, call 518-766-3535.
St. Nicholas Bazaar
MILLBROOK — Grace Church, 3328 Franklin Ave., Millbrook, 5th annual St. Nicholas Bazaar will be held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 7. The bazaar will include the sale of beautifully decorated holiday cookies and candies, and fine handcrafted items made by local artisans. Shop from a variety of hand-made crafts including knitted and felted clothing and accessories, beaded and silver jewelry, candles, hand-painted glassware, locally produced wool yarn and knitting needles, soaps and lotions, sunflower oil, wood-burned cutting boards, fabric totes, fine photography, unique tree ornaments, festive decorations, live holiday wreaths and greenery, and Mandala greeting cards. You will find gifts for your four-legged friends, your fashion-conscious family members, your co-workers, the eco-minded, and those with a sweet tooth. Choose your own assortment of festive holiday cookies from the traditional sugar and gingerbread cutouts, to the decadent raspberry rugelach, chocolate almond crescents, Italian pignoli, and caramel toffee. Cookies and candy will be boxed and sold by the pound. In addition, there will be a children’s craft activity at a cost of $5 per child. The supervised activity is designed for children 4-9. Admission to the event is free. For directions and information, visit www.gracemillbook.org or call 845-677-3064.
Holiday Cookie Walk
HUDSON — The UMW of Trinity United Methodist Church, 555 Joslen Blvd., Hudson, will be having a “Craft/Vendor Sale and Holiday Cookie Walk” 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 7. Stop by to choose from the area’s finest cookie creations. The various vendors will be selling soy candles, candies, dog bandanas/bows/signs, knitted & crocheted items, jewelry, wooden banks, and ornaments, just to name a few.
Parents Night Out
KINDERHOOK — Parents Night Out 5-8 p.m. Dec. 7 and Dec. 21 at the Kinderhook Reformed Church, 21 Broad St., Kinderhook. Free child care for kids 3 and older with dinner provided. Fun evening of age appropriate crafts, story-time and movie in a safe and nurturing environment. Preregistration required. For information and to register, call 518-758-6401.
RED HOOK — The Hollyday Bazaar will be held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Red Hook United Methodist Church, 4 Church St., Red Hook. Sales include attic treasures, crafts, jewelry, holiday wreaths and swags, toys, books, baked goods and candy, in addition to the snack bar for brunch or lunch and live music throughout the day. Everyone is welcome. For information, call 845-758-6283.
OLD CHATHAM — “The River and the Wall” will be screened Dec. 7. Potluck at 6 p.m. followed by the film at 7 p.m. in the Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse, 539 County Route 13, Old Chatham. The River and the Wall follows five friends on an immersive adventure through the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands as they travel 1,200 miles from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico on horses, mountain bikes, and canoes. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served and a moderated discussion will follow. For information, call 518-610-3735.
SCHODACK LANDING — The Reformed Dutch Church of Schodack at Muitzeskill, 902 Schodack Landing Road, Schodack Landing, annual Christmas Bazaar will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 7. The Christmas Bazaar will include new and gently used Christmas decorations, cards, gifts, and books, as well as a Luncheon Cafe and a Bake Sale. For information, call the Church office at 518-732-7500.
ALBANY — The Capital Region Jewish Genealogical Society annual meeting will be held 1-3 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York, 184 Washington Ave. Ext., Albany. CRJGS will be hosting a respected expert from New York City, who will deliver a presentation, “Post 1492 Sephardic Dispersion and A Guide to Sephardic Genealogy.” Sarina Roffé, the author of the book “Branching Out from Sepharad,” will provide an overview of how Sephardic Jews dispersed around the globe after 1492 and will discuss Sephardic resources for genealogy. Following the presentation, please join us to celebrate the holiday season (refreshments and goodies will be served).
Food and Fellowship Luncheon
NEW BALTIMORE — The Food and Fellowship Luncheon Program will be held noon-2 p.m. Dec. 11 at the New Baltimore Reformed Church, 52 Church St., New Baltimore. The menu (subject to change) is baked ham, escalloped potatoes, French style green beans and bread pudding. Following the meal, Shannon Friel (harpist) will be performing. This luncheon is open to all members of the community. To facilitate planning, reservations are encouraged by the Sunday before the luncheon. To make reservations, call the church at 518-756-8764 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Include name, contact number, and the number of reservations being made for this meal. If transportation or physical assistance is needed, leave that information as well. Dining space is limited to 60 seats. Free will offerings are graciously accepted to offset food costs.
SPENCERTOWN — St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church, 5219 County Route 7, Spencertown, Annual Christmas Bazaar will be held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 14. This family event includes a cookie walk, jewelry sale, handcrafted items and a silent auction. Also featured is a raffle for a unique handmade quilt. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Handicapped accessible.
GHENT — The Ghent Reformed Church, 1039 County Route 22, West Ghent, will a Blue Christmas service at 7 p.m. Dec. 21. This service is designed to provide comfort to those who are sad, who sorrow and who are depressed during the “holiday” season. Join us on this longest night of the year and leave your burdens at the foot of the cross. All are welcome.
GHENT — A candlelight Christmas Eve service will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 24 at the Ghent Reformed Church, 1039 County Route 22, West Ghent. Welcome the baby on this most holy of nights. After service, light refreshments will be served.
Remembering Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
HUDSON — The Columbia County Interfaith Committee will hold a gathering to remember the message of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 6 p.m. Jan. 19 at Shiloh Baptist Church, 14 Warren St., Hudson. The gathering will include musical performances, a stirring message from Rev. Darrell Gray from Missouri as well as refreshments. All are welcome to this a free event. Freewill offerings are welcome to help defray costs.