Join us for our upcoming Holy Week Services. As always, ALL are welcome! If you are looking for a casual, friendly, affirming church, you've come to the right place!
Palm Sunday (3/25): Join us for our children's Palm Processional and celebration. Rev. Vanderbeck preaching. 10:30 AM worship.
Maundy Thursday (3/29): A partnership with First Reformed Church of Schenectady. The Lord's Supper will be observed. Rev. Vanderbeck presiding. 7:30 PM, located at 8 N Church St....
Good Friday (3/30): A quiet, reflective service located at Trinity. 12:00 noon.
Easter Sunday (4/1): Christ is risen! Hallelujah! Join us for this joyous celebration with organ, Easter Hymns, and a gathering of the Lord's Supper. ALL are welcome, Rev. Vanderbeck preaching.
**THIS SATURDAY, Mar. 10**
The Trinity Food Pantry is open from 10 AM - 12 Noon. Come on by! We require NO ID or proof-of-residency or paperwork. ALL are welcome!
We also have our monthly FREE community pancake breakfast happening at the same time! Even if you don't need to visit the pantry, come in, get a free stack of pancakes, cup of coffee or some OJ and get to know your neighbors. Any donations will go right back to the food pantry. We hope to see you!
There is a LOT to be angry about in our world right now - people starving, children being killed in our schools by gun violence, threats of war and destruction, corrupt politicians and capital greed... but have you ever been told you're TOO angry? That maybe you should just "calm down?" Or maybe you're too "worked up?"
Sunday, we're going to look at one of the most controversial passages in the Bible, John 2:13:22. In this text, Jesus, in a fit of rage, literally drives out m...erchants from the Temple with a whip. Jesus was certainly passionate and angry... but I wonder how many of us, had we witnessed that interaction, might've thought to ourselves... "he just needs to calm down!"
Where is there a place for anger? How are we supposed to be angry? Are we allowed to destroy property over injustice like Jesus did? What about those who protest racism in our streets who are often wrongly and unfairly portrayed as "looters"? After all, didn't Jesus do the same thing?
Come Sunday, we'll try and work it out together. Communion will also be served. 10:30 AM.
Our church was recently awarded a "Verified Clear" badge from Church Clarity - an organization whose goal is to provide clarity on church policy disclosure as it relates to LGBTQ people. We are proud to be certified as a verified clear church due to our clear positions on LGBTQ affirmation at all points in our life and ministry. If you are looking for other churches that are welcoming and affirming, check out Church Clarity.
We've entered into the season of Lent. This Sunday, we'll explore what that means. Do we REALLY need to be reminded of our frailty and humility? Our world is BROKEN, no doubt about it. Just this past Wednesday, on Ash Wednesday (the beginning of Lent), we saw the sheer depravity and brokenness of the world in yet another shooting massacre in Parkville, Florida. This Sunday, we come to explore what Scripture asks of us in light of such brokenness, frailty, and sorrow.
If you've ever asked the question - "Where is God in all this mess?!" you're not alone. Let's answer that question together. Sunday, 10:30 AM.
We'll be offering "ashes-to-go" at Trinity Reformed Church on Wednesday, from 7:30-9:00 AM. Stop by on your way to work, on your way to school, or just as you start your day. Receive the imposition of ashes as we enter into the season of Lent. A reminder that "we are dust, and to dust we shall return." A reminder for us to return to God in all we do.
At 7:00 PM, we'll be offering a joint Ash Wednesday service with First Reformed Church of Schenectady at 8 N Church St., Schenectady NY. Join us.
This Sunday is "Transfiguration Sunday" - the day in the church year that commemorates Jesus being revealed as one from heaven, leading to the declaration of Jesus being the son of God.
This was a miraculous event, to be sure. And sometimes, it is easy for us to get caught up in big, splashy, grandiose events; missing the small things in life. As we prepare to enter the season of Lent (in which we are called to remember the small things), may this Sunday be a time for us to refocus on that which is significant. May we each experience our own transfigurations. Join us this Sunday at 10:30 AM.
Join us for a free community pancake breakfast! All are welcome!
(Free-will offerings collected will benefit our food pantry, which will also be open at this time.)
On Friday, January 26, from 4 PM - 7 PM, Trinity Reformed Church will be hosting a Baked Ziti Dinner to raise money for Patty's Place! Patty's Place is a local organization partnered with Schenectady Inner City Ministry (SICM) that works with women at risk of abuse and exploitation, as well as area sex workers, and provides safe, supportive, and confidential services and referrals.
All proceeds from this dinner will go towards the purchase of necessary hygiene supplies for Patty's Place guests.
Suggested donation for dinner is $10/adults, $5/children. If you would like to receive a ticket for guaranteed seating, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Takeout is also available and walk-ins welcome. Please join us for this incredible event!
Due to the EXTREME COLD - the office will be closed today, Friday, January 5. Also, the Epiphany Party that was scheduled for Saturday, January 6 has been rescheduled to after church on Sunday. Stay inside and stay WARM!
If you need resources during this arctic blast, send a message and we'll do our best to connect you.
If your new year's resolution was to get to church, we're here to make it easier! Starting this Sunday, January 7, our service will begin one half-hour later - at 10:30 AM.
Use that extra half-hour to sleep in, grab your coffee, and let the snowplows dig you out so you can make it to church safely. Join us as we start this year off with communion, fellowship, and worship! See YOU this Sunday!
Trinity Reformed Church - Rotterdam, NY is happy to be sponsoring this important event! See you there!
Patty's Place is excited to share that we will be hosting a Ziti Dinner Fundraiser! The dinner will be held on January 26th, 2018 at 705 Curry Rd, Schenectady N...Y from 4:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. Menu items will include ziti, salad, bread and homemade desserts. Adults are $10 and Children are $5. RSVP's are appreciated but walk-ins are welcome! Please feel free to contact Rachael Williams at (518)723-0232 or via email email@example.com
Wishing you all a very blessed Christmas! We celebrate God coming into the world, and in the word of the classic Christmas carol - “Truly he taught us to love one another! His way is love and his gospel is peace!”
Spread love. Share peace.
Jesus came not simply to save us from our sins, but to redeem that which is broken; to enter into the muck and the mire of the world out of love. Share this good news in word and in deed; let us make the world a better place, this Christma...s season.
Rev. Jonathan Vanderbeck
Join us for a traditional "Lessons and Carols" service this coming Sunday, December 24, at 9:30 AM (yes, in the morning). We'll be singing all the classics, hear the recitation of the Christmas story from a variety of tellers, and have you on your way to whatever other things you have going on.
We elected to hold our service in the morning for a variety of reasons:
1.) We understand that late-night Christmas eve services are often difficult for families with young children -... it's often hard enough as it is to get children to bed on Christmas eve!
2.) Many of our older members have a hard time seeing and driving in the evening. We realize many would not be able to make a late night candlelight service.
3.) Many people have plans with family in the evening. We want to accommodate those who might not be able to make another service on Sunday.
If you're looking for a small, casual, unrehearsed, fully welcoming and affirming church, come see us on Sunday morning at 9:30 AM. We hope to see you there. And whatever your plans are, may you have the happiest of holidays and know of God's love for you in this season.
~Rev. Jonathan Vanderbeck, Minister
This week we celebrate the second Sunday in Advent, traditionally the Sunday of peace. But truthfully, the world does not seem very peaceful right now. People are worried about paying their bills, often wondering if they should buy food or medication. Threats of war with North Korea and the Middle East seem to pervade our news. Unrest due to ongoing racism and xenophobia continues. And simply wondering how to get everything done in this Holiday season can seem like too much.
Join us this Sunday for a chance to take a breather. We can't make your problems go away, but for one hour, come in, be greeted with a warm smile, enter into a space that is safe, and be refreshed. 10 AM. You know where to find us.