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

FaithDiscipleship

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 Groups for Adults on Sunday mornings, Wednesday nights or throughout the week – there are ways to get involved and go to the next level available for every life stage and age level!

Sunday Mornings — Fall 2020

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.

The Holy Spirit and You

How well do you know the third person of the Trinity? Do you know that Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit as a gift from the Father? Join us for an in-depth study of the Holy Spirit in Scripture and in your life today.

When: Sundays at 9:40 am
Where: Room C01
Teacher: Barbara Iuliano

Growing in Prayer

A group for prayer and fellowship with those seeking a deeper understanding of prayer. We will actively study Scripture and pray together as we seek to better know the Lord’s heart for us and for the world.

When: Sunday at 9:40 am
Where: Room C10 & Online
Teacher: Mina Georgy

Walking In Step with Jesus

Together we will explore what it means to live life with Jesus. We will identify nine areas of this “life of faith”, and discuss how we can act on them in a way that can produce lasting change in our lives and our culture.

When: Sunday at 9:40 am
Where: Downstairs Conf. Rm at 9:40am
Teacher: Pastor Bob, Steve Nygaard, and others

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.

When:  TBA
Where: TBA

Baptism/Child Dedication Class

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

When:  TBA
Where: TBA


Wednesday Night FaithGroups 

The goal of Wednesday Night FaithGroups  is to help adults grow as disciples following the Lord Jesus. 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.

Corporate Prayer Meeting

We are privileged to be able to pray to our Heavenly Father whose ears are open to us!  With all that is going on in our country and world it is a blessing to gather together in prayer.

When: Wednesdays at 6:30 pm
Where: Room C09 and Online
Facilitator: Hal Miller

Victory Over Darkness

Using Neil Anderson’s classic book, we will look at productive ways to discover who we are in Christ. When we realize our true identity we can become the person Christ empowers us to be.

When: Wednesdays at 6:30 pm
Where: Room C01
Teacher: Esther Denham


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 or online 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 at 6:30 am
Where: Room C09
Leaders: Hal Miller

Moms in Prayer

Be encouraged as you are surrounded by other women who have a heart to cover their children, grandchildren and schools in prayer! This fall is unlike any other, and our children NEED our prayer, whether in public, private or homeschool; from preschool to college and young adults.

When: Mondays at 9:30-10:45 am
Where: At Church
Leaders: Karen Slisher

Women’s Bible Study

In this study we are going to look at the different times and ways God comes down to personally interact with humanity. We will look at this subject through the Old Testament, into the New Testament in the life of Jesus, the disciples, and then onto us “Christ in us the hope of glory.”

When: Mondays at 6:30 pm
Where: Room C09 & Online
Teacher: Barbara Iuliano

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 at 8:30 am
Where: Room C10 & Online
Leaders: Rich Ward

Women’s Prayer & Bible Study

“A Heart of Grace” – Studies in the book of Jonah
The story of Jonah vividly portrays the grace of God toward the non-believing world. It challenges the believer to view even his perceived enemies with the same gracious spirit.

When: Wednesdays at 9:15-11:00 am
Where: Fireside Room & Online
Leaders: Ruth Lightcap & Lucille Healy

What the Women Saw: Discovering Jesus Through the Eyes of Women

Through this six-session study, we will discover who Jesus is through the unique perspective of women in the Bible. We will study the lives of Mary, Martha, Mary Magdalene, and others, and learn from their faith and failures, and be reminded that Jesus cared for and valued the women who surrounded him. He equipped them, listened to them, walked with them, healed them, and empowered them. And he does the same for you now.

When: Thursday Nights at 7:30 pm
Where: Online
Leaders: Becky Hancock

Relyea Life Team

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

Where: Online
Leader: Barry Relyea

Moritz/Healy Small Group

Small group for men and women ages 50+. Topic to be decided.

When: Sundays at 11:40 am
Where: Room C10 and Online
Leaders: Ken Moritz & Steve Healy

Iuliano Home Group

Meeting regularly to hear teaching from Barbara, pray, and share a meal.

When: Sunday Afternoon, 1x Month
Where: Various Homes
Leaders: Blasé & Barbara Iuliano

Twardy Home Group

Study focused on engaging our community and world with a mission viewpoint.

When: 1st & 3rd Sundays, 4:00-5:30 pm
Where: Burnt Hills
Leaders: Joe & Joy Twardy

Families with Teens Group

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

When: Sundays at 4:30, Bi-monthly
Where: At Church
Leaders: Denhams, Slishers & Sealings

Miller Home Group

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

When: 1st & 3rd Sundays, 5:30-8:00 pm
Where: At Church
Leaders: Hal & Darlene Miller

Wadsworth Home Group

Good discussion and a meal, ages 15+. Focusing on building our families closer to each other and God. Using material from RightNow Media.

When: Sundays 5:00-8:00 Bi-monthly
Where: Charlton
Leaders: Wade & Rhonda Wadsworth

Norris and Bird Home Group

Meeting at the home of Dale Norris, and led by Tom Bird. Studying a book of the Bible TBD.

When: Sundays at 6:00 pm, Bi-Monthly
Where: Clifton Park
Leaders: Tom Bird

Port Small Group

A 10-week group focused on learning to Follow God from examples of people in the Bible.
Get the kids settled then join us online for a practical study & discussion.

When: Mondays 8:15-9:15
Where: Online
Leader: Bob Port

College & Young Adults

Enjoy exploring faith and community with others at a similar stage of life, each Tuesday.

When: Tuesdays at 7 pm
Where: At Church
Leader: Jon Werthmuller

“Sowers of Faith”

Meeting for fellowship, and using our talents for the Lord, we make quilts for people who are ill or need comforting, and dresses for children in Romania. Contact Maria Rao for the most up-to-date information.

Where: Online – Contact Maria at mrao2@nycap.rr.com
Leader: Maria Rao

A Gathering of Knitters

Meeting for fellowship and to use our talents for the Lord. Contact Maria Rao for the most up-to-date information.

Where: Online
Leader: Maria Rao

Any Mom, Any Age, Any Stage.  We all either need a mom figure or can be one in some else’s life. We desire to teach our children to honor Jesus and others.

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 in 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.

FaithMoms normally meets Thursdays 9:15 – 11 am from September through May, except during school vacations, however due to the state of COVID, we have chosen to take this semester off.

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.

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FaithStudents

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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FaithKids

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.

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.

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 at awana@faithcrossroads.org.

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-6th Grades

Truth & Training reflects the passion of Awana to teach third through sixth grade boys and girls with 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.

FaithWorship

Adoration is love given with deep affection. The term comes from the Latin adōrātiō, meaning “to give homage or worship to someone or something. Worship expressed through music and corporate singing is one of the ways we show our adoration for God and His Son Jesus Christ.

Worship is our response to God for what he has already done for us. We come together as a family to worship God corporately and to experience His presence. This gathering results in a refreshing time where we can look at what God has done for us and how He has changed our lives.

We have two 70-minute Sunday services that are designed to give God glory through music, offerings, preaching and other forms of media. It is important for us to be centered in God’s word through these methods of communication.

If you are interested in sharing your musical gifts or being a part of the media team at Faith, please contact Paul.

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We invite you to a night to focus on God on Wednesdays during the school year. We have FaithStudents Youth Group for junior and senior high students, and FaithGroups or prayer meeting for adults.

Our vision as a church is to exalt God, equip fellow believers and to evangelize those who do not have a relationship with Christ. To help us fulfill that vision, we invite you to join us on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Our objectives are:

  • To refresh our focus on God in the middle of the week.
  • To reach the community by providing convenient midweek opportunities to grow and fellowship, centering on God’s word.
  • To keep connected with those whose weekends have work, travel and family responsibilities.

What to expect?

  • Casual dress
  • A family focus
  • Biblical teaching
  • An opportunity to pray

FaithHelps

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. 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.

If you are interested in serving, please stop by our FORMS page and fill out the serving form.

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.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to reach out to Bob at pastorbob@faithcrossroads.org.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Knitting Ministry meets to fellowship while using their knitting talents to make items for area ministries. Two groups meet once a month to sew dresses for orphans and to make quilts for those in need of physical or emotional comfort.

FaithMissions

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”!

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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

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