Our Mission

Faith Church is a loving congregation of believers in the greater capital region, NY. We are committed to sharing the good news locally, regionally and globally. We seek to make disciples who grow in their relationship with God, are transformed to be more like Christ, and display his character by proclaiming the Good News.

OUR BELIEFS

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We are a “great commission” church.  Jesus commanded, “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel!”  We have the best news.

Our Lord describes the sphere of outreach to “Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the uttermost part of the earth.”  This means we are responsible for local impact and global outreach. Our ministry style is “partnership” (Philippians 1:4-6).  We do not serve alone, but in relationships with others who share our mission and vision!

Our family, neighbors, friends and co-workers are our “Jerusalem.” Our “Samaria” encompasses our neighboring Schenectady where we partner with the City Mission, Youth for Christ, Alpha Pregnancy Care Center, Hope Prison Ministry and local churches.

However, our mission does not stop there. We are passionate about sharing the Good News around the world with missionary partners in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America.  Jesus said, “ALL THE WORLD”!

Helping Others

When we serve others we have the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ in our world.   Whether it is helping in our children’s ministry or going on a missions trip the experience will deepen our relationship with Jesus and at the same time help others deepen their relationship with Jesus.

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Need Help?

When you are facing a challenge, complex life situation, or you just need someone to talk there are services and people who want to help. We are here to encourage you as you walk though this life as you strive to be like Jesus. You can find help through the programs below as well as other places Youth and Small Groups.

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Helping is a connecting point ministry. Our focus is on being a bridge to help people from all walks of life grow closer to Christ. Our prayer is that those with whom we come into contact feel that God loves them and that we at Faith want to come alongside them. As we minister to those who have need, whether material or spiritual, it is as an act of worship.

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Faith Food Pantry is a local outreach ministry providing food, paper products, detergent, and personal hygiene items.  Everyone in the area is welcome to visit the pantry when they are in need.  The Pantry is open every Friday from 9am-12pm and is staffed by our friendly volunteers.

This group supports adoptive and foster families as they answer God’s call to help waiting children.  Whether you are an adoptive or foster family or would just like to come alongside, this may be of interest to you.

This ministry helps fund people in need of financial help and aid.

City Mission Meal Service

Faith provides people to serve the evening meal, the third Thursday every other month.  One person does a brief devotional prior to the meal then the meal is served.  This is a wonderful way to show Jesus’ love to those who receive a meal at the mission.

Visitation

This ministry exists to extend care and encouragement to those who are not able to connect as readily in fellowship due to health, age, or special circumstances.

Manna Meals

This ministry offers a meal, daily or every other day for a specified period of time when there is a hospitalization or other serious need within a family.

Grief Care

Grief ministry’s goal is to support those who have lost a loved one by supplying support, reading materials and notes of encouragement to family members.

Sewing/Quilting

Two groups meet once a month to sew dresses for orphans and to make quilts for those in need of physical or emotional comfort.

Knitting

Knitting Ministry meets to fellowship while using their knitting talents to make items for area ministries.

More Ways to Connect

Adult Ministries are a collection of ministries focused on providing opportunities for adults to grow stronger in their faith. This is accomplished through discipleship, mentoring, encouragement, and instruction in God’s Word, all while building lasting friendships along the way! A variety of Adult Ministries meet not only on Sunday but throughout the week as well. In all these ministries, adults are challenged to dig into God’s Word, learn truth, and become more like Him in everyday life, while being compelled to introduce others to Him. We invite you to explore the life Christ has for you as we grow together in these ministries.

Be sure to join us in a small group setting for Faith Bible Classes on Sunday mornings or in Faith Small Groups throughout the week – there are ways to get involved and go to the next level available for every life stage and age level!

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me….” (Matthew 19:14)

Children truly are a gift from God and we as parents are obligated to love and fear the Lord. We at Faith believe even the youngest ages can learn about God’s love and grace.

Our nurseries serve children ages 3 months to 3 years. We separate children into 5 different age groups and provide age appropriate activities and instruction during both church services. For the 2 and 3 year old children, a Sunday School lesson is taught involving a Bible story and songs. We are committed to providing a safe, friendly, healthy environment for all workers and children.

We have a wonderful group of volunteers who are assembled to serve your children. What a blessing it is to love and nurture the next generation of God’s people.

In Deuteronomy 11:18-19 God instructs us to “fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds: tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up…” God has mandated parents to provide a Biblical foundation for their children. It is through that foundation that children are enabled to stand firm as they grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ and prepares them to live and serve with a transforming influence within their communities. We desire to partner with families on this journey, helping to equip and train children to think and act Biblically in all areas of life within a safe and loving environment.

The mission of FaithStudents  ministry is to equip and encourage students (Junior High, Senior High, College and Career) to love and know Jesus.  We connect with Jesus through the Bible and then apply what we are learning by living out our faith. (Colossians 1:9-10)

FaithStudents 7-12th grade meets on Sunday mornings at 10 am for teaching, fellowship and breakfast. We also meet on Wednesday nights 6:30-8:00 pm when school is in session as part of Faith’s Family Worship Night.

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“Any Mom, Any Age, Any Stage, we all either need a mom figure or can be one in some else’s life.”

Ladies will have the option to choose from these studies for the Fall 2019 semester: Who Do You Say that I AM? A Fresh Encounter for Deeper Faith by Becky Harling; He Speaks to Me: Preparing to Hear from God by Priscilla Shirer; Angels: What the Bible Teaches About Angels; and a Parenting study, using Parenting with Love and Logic for the first half of the semester and Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp for the second half.

FaithMoms is a group of ladies who love Jesus and seek God to know Him more and honor Him in all we do. Through various Bible study topics that change each semester, we cover themes such as holiness, women of the Bible, parenting, and specific books of the Bible. We offer childcare each week for children from 6 weeks – 5 years old.

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“We desire to teach our children to honor Jesus and others.”

FaithMoms also realize that we need one another as moms to encourage each other in this journey. We meet weekly and seek to support, love, encourage, and pray for one another. We love to share ideas that work, have fun together, gain feedback from each other, support one another through struggles and grow together.

At the same time as FaithMoms children ages 6 weeks – 5 years old are able to attend our FaithKids program. There your child is given the opportunity to play, participate in a Bible-based story time, make crafts, sing songs, and have a snack. All under the loving care of our FaithKids staff.

Awana helps churches and parents work together to develop spiritually strong children and youth who faithfully follow Jesus Christ. Awana programs offer a proven approach for evangelizing and discipling kids in the church and community. Club nights consist of gym games, Bible teaching and small group time focused on scripture memory and Bible knowledge.

Faith is excited to offer these great programs every Wednesday night 6:30-8:00 from September to Mid-May.  Please email the Commanders with any questions you may have or to volunteer.

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Steps to Register for Awana

  1. Fill out Awana Medical Release Form and bring to Awana (you can download a copy here to fill out at home).
  2. Use Awana Payment Form (download or get one at church) to calculate your family’s total cost for dues, books, uniforms and optional bags. Bring form and payment to church. Awana secretaries can help you if you’re not sure what your child(ren) need. Payment arrangements and scholarships are available if needed — please don’t stay home because money is an issue.
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Cubbies – 3 and 4 Year Olds

This program is open to children of participating Awana volunteers. (parents must remain in the building per church policy)
The Awana club for preschoolers is built on these premises:

• Young children can and should receive spiritual training
• Home is the primary place for spiritual training

Sparks – Kindergarten Through 2nd Grade

Sparks club meetings combine learning with fun to create an atmosphere of irresistible excitement for churched and unchurched kids alike. Club meetings are divided into three segments:

• Bible teaching, worship, award presentations and the gospel message
• Small group interaction and completion of Bible-based lessons
• Age-appropriate games on the Awana game circle

T & T (Truth & Training) – 3rd-4th and 5th-6th Grade

Truth & Training reflects the passion of Awana to teach third through sixth grade boys and girls the truth of God’s Word and to train them to follow Christ in their daily lives.

Trek – Middle School

Trek® challenges middle-school students to consider their destiny in Christ and pursue it through life application of God’s Word.

Journey – High School

Journey features an energetic look, biblically based content, life application and an emphasis on Scripture memory with relevant tools for in-depth, focused discipleship.

Sunday Mornings — Fall 2019

These Sunday classes are designed to deepen your knowledge of the Bible. Also, they are to help you get to know who we are and how you can get involved at Faith.


Parenting & Marriage

We will meet as a small group weekly to dig into God’s Word, pray together, care for one another, and encourage each other in our daily walk with God and our families.

When: Sundays, 10:30 am
Where: Room C01
Facilitators: Mitch and Meg Soden

Young Career Adults

Young adults early in their career life meet to study God’s word, encourage one another and apply God’s truths in the context of their lives.

When: Sundays, 10:30 am
Where: Room C02
Facilitators: Jeremy and Jean Armstrong

The Gospel through Muslim Eyes

Ever wondered how your Muslim neighbor views the Gospel? Are you interested in ways to deepen your understanding of the hope we have in Christ? Join us for a study of the Gospel as seen through the perspective of Islam. We will be using books by former Muslim Nabeel Qureshi, along with other readings.

When: Sundays, 10:30 am
Where: Room C03
Teacher: Randy Voges

Revelation

An in-depth study of future prophesies and the message to the church and believers today. We will use LifeChange (Navpress) study guide and our Bible.

When: Sundays, 10:30 am
Where: Room C09/10
Facilitator: Sue Groh


Pathways

A class for those interested in becoming members of Faith or anyone who wants to learn more about our church and how they can get involved. Offered at various times throughout the year; watch for an announcement of the next scheduled date. Meets Sunday mornings.

Baptism/Child Dedication Class

These classes explain the process of baptism and child dedications and are offered throughout the year at various times.


Faith Groups for Adults: part of Family Worship Night

Faith Groups for Adults is part of Family Worship Night, with the goal to help adults grow as disciples following the Lord Jesus. Family Worship Night resumes on September 11, 2019. Groups meet in classrooms following family Worship time in the sanctuary at 6:30. The objective is to develop our Christian worldview, to live out those truths and to communicate the Good News to others.

Freedom in Christ

We will use Neil Anderson’s two books, Victory Over the Darkness and The Bondage Breaker, and our Bibles, to explore scriptural truths about who we are, that will “set the captive free,” (Isaiah 61:1, Luke 4:18).

When: Wednesday from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Room C01
Teacher: Sue Groh

Passing the Baton: Leadership Development

Leadership transitions are part of God’s plan for His people throughout history. As Pastor Peter prepares to “pass the baton” of leadership at Faith, what can we learn from biblical examples of leadership transition to apply to our church, families, community and workplace?

When: Wednesday from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Room C02
Teacher: Pastor Peter Mason

Developing Authentic Relationships with Self, God, and Others

In order for us to experience more meaningful relationships, they need to be based in reality. The Fall has twisted our ability to see and relate to ourselves, God, and others in authentic, meaningful, and transformative ways. Christ came that we might have life. He brings shalom — peace, wholeness, restoration, and realness to relationships. This class will focus on helping individuals better see relationships and offer practical skills and ways to take steps toward working out redemption with ourselves (relationship with our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors), God, and others.

When: Wednesday from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Room S02 (in the Sanctuary Wing)
Teacher: Paul Caprera, Christian Counselor, CCA Hope


Faith Small Groups

In addition to the above Groups that meet on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights at church, we have many small groups that meet at other times. Some meet in homes, a few meet in other locations and some meet at church at times other than Sunday morning/Wednesday night.

Men’s Prayer Group

Men meeting weekly for prayer. We pray for the requests submitted by members of the Faith Family.

When: Mondays 6:30 am
Where: Room C02
Leader: Hal Miller

Moms in Prayer

Women praying for their children and grandchildren and their schools.

When: Mondays 9:45 – 10:45 am
Where: Ballston Lake
Leaders: Karen Slisher

Monday Evening Women’s Bible Study: Breaking Free

Beth Moore considers the Bible Study Breaking Free to be her life message. This study leads you through Isaiah 61:1-4 to discover the transforming power of Christian freedom by drawing parallels between the captive Israelites and the spiritual strongholds in our lives.

When: Mondays 6:30 pm
Where: Small Junior High Room upstairs
Facilitator: Carolyn Norris

Monday Evening Women’s Bible Study: How to Study the Bible

As Christians, we have read the Bible, we know Bible stories, we’ve been taught about the Bible. But what does it mean to study the Bible and how do we apply its principles to our daily lives? Come and learn how to study the Bible so you can grow in your knowledge of God’s Word.

When: Mondays 6:30 pm
Where: Church
Teacher: Barb Iuliano

Lightcap Life Team

Small group for men. Study topic for Fall 2019 to be determined.

When: Tuesdays 6:00 am
Where: Church
Leaders: Andy Lightcap

Comfort Quilts

Women using our talents for the Lord, making quilts for people who are ill or who need comforting.

When: Every 2nd Tuesday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Church
Contact Person: Maria Rao

Fellows of Righteousness

A group of Christian men studying God’s Word together as we seek to grow into Christ-likeness, build relationships and enhance spiritual learning. We will be studying the Gospel of Matthew.

When: Wednesdays 8:30 am
Where: Room C02
Leaders: Rich Ward

Wednesday Morning Women’s Prayer & Bible Study

Bible study and prayer time for women wanting to go deeper in their study of scripture. Currently studying the life of David. We have coffee and a snack,and the time is evenly divided between study and group prayer.

When: Wednesday from 9:15 am – 11:00 am
Where: Small Junior High Room upstairs
Leaders: Joan Goebel & Lucille Healy

Relyea Life Team

A group for retired men. Studying Ephesians, using the John Stott study guide.

When: 1st & 3rd Thursdays am
Where: Burnt Hills Cafe
Leaders: Barry Relyea

FaithMoms

A group of ladies who love Jesus and seek God to know Him more and honor Him in all we do. Through various Bible study topics that change each semester, we cover themes such as parenting, holiness, women of the Bible and specific books of the Bible. We currently have 4 small groups and also have special brunch programs 3 times during the year. We offer childcare each week for children 6 weeks – 5 years old.

When: Thursdays 9:15 am – 11:00 am
Where: Church
Leaders: Sherry Neville & Kat Diaz

Sewing Dresses for Romania

Women using our talents for the Lord, making dresses for children in Romania.

When: Every 4th Thursday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Church
Contact Person: Maria Rao

A Gathering of Knitters

Women using our talents for the Lord, and meeting for fellowship and knitting.

When: Thursday evenings 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Where: Maria Rao’s home, Rexford
Contact Person: Maria Rao

Chosen

This group supports adoptive and foster families as they answer God’s call to help waiting children. Open to anyone who is or is interested in becoming or supporting adoptive or foster families.

When: Thursdays monthly 6:30 pm
Where: Church
Leaders: Maryann Bowman & Erin O’Leary

Men’s Basketball & Bible Study

Men meeting for basketball, followed by a brief time of study and prayer.

When: Fridays 6:00 am
Where: Church gym
Leaders: Bill Norris

Mentoring for Women

Explore the depths of walking with Jesus with sisters in Christ through Bible study, doctrines of our faith, sharing, prayer, and reading classic Christian books.

When: Saturdays Monthly 9 am – 12 noon October 19, November 16, More dates TBA
Where: Sue Groh’s home
Leaders: Sue Groh

Twardy Home Group

A mixed groups of adults. Study topic for the 2019-2020 year to be determined. This group is currently full.

When: Every 3rd Sunday 4:00 pm
Where: Burnt Hills
Leaders: Joe & Joy Twardy

Wadsworth Home Group

A mixed groups of adults/families. Good discussion and a meal, ages 15+. Focusing on building our families closer to each other and God. Using material from RighNow Media.

When: Sundays bi-weekly 5:00 pm
Where: Charlton
Leaders: Wade & Rhonda Wadsworth

Miller Home Group

Married couples and adult singles. Group participation as we watch a Bible lesson video or do a Bible study with discussion and a time of prayer and fellowship.

When: 2nd & 4th  Sundays 5:30 pm
Where: Clifton Park (rotating homes)
Leaders: Hal & Darlene Miller

Norris Home Group

A mixed group of adults, studying the book of Daniel. This group is currently full.

When: Sundays bi-weekly 6 pm
Where: Clifton Park
Leaders: Tom Bird, Dale & Carolyn Norris

Voges Family Group

A mixed group focused on prayer and fellowship. Members have high school aged children.

When: Sundays, bi-weekly
Where: Clifton Park
Leaders: Randy & Heather Voges

Iuliano Home Group

A mixed groups of adults. Studying the book of Esther.

When: Sunday late afternoons, monthly
Where: Rotating houses
Leaders: Blase & Barbara Iuliano

Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.

Billy Graham

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.

C. S. Lewis

Counseling

We know that life is complex and at times very difficult.  We need the perspective of godly counselors to make wise decisions based on God’s Word. Faith has partnered with Christian Counseling Associates (CCA) of Delmar, New York.  We are CCA’s Northwest Capital Region location.  We are encouraged to help provide this resource to meet the great need for Christian counseling in our area.

If you have questions or want to make an appointment, please contact Christian Counseling Associates at 518-439-0033, ext 2 or visit their website ccahope.com.  They also have an on campus (at Faith) extension 518-399-2220 ext. 250
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Prayer Requests

Ken Moritz

My brother Bob's cancer has shrunk to the point where he can have a Pet Scan and Brain scan on Wed. He needs prayers of comfort, mercy and grace. Lift up the medical team with wisdom and collaboration during this time of testing and treatment. May this trial open the door for witnessing to him and his family the Gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Christ is All

Ken

Received: June 10, 2019

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