There are several feeding ministries as well as ministries that support caring for God’s creation and each other here at Our Redeemer. You’re invited in doing “God’s Work with Our Hands”. Please contact us for details, questions or new ministry ideas.
Schenectady Salvation Army Soup Kitchen
Our Redeemer volunteers prepare and serve a hot turkey sandwich lunch at the Schenectady Salvation Army about 8 times per year. Prep work is done separate of the Friday afternoon serving time.
Schenectady Bethesda House Sandwiches for the guests
Every second Sunday of the month, a group of volunteers come together between our 9am and 11 am worship services to make 160 sandwiches. The sandwiches (on rare occasion just the fixings) are brought to Bethesda House the next day.
Friday Family Lunch Program
Beginning the first Friday after school is out for summer break and ending once school starts, Our Redeemer invites folks to stop in on Fridays from 11:30 to 12:30 for a FREE lunch. We offer a healthy lunch and sometimes an opportunity for our visitors to help with an ongoing project.
Harvest for the Hungry
Donations of non-perishable food, hygiene items and money are collected and distributed by volunteers to the Schenectady Inner City Ministry and Scotia-Glenville food pantries. Our Redeemer gives over 1,000 lbs of food/essential items and $2,000 to these food ministries annually.
SICM/ USDA NY State Education Summer Lunch Program
Each summer, the Schenectady Inner City Ministry (SICM) coordinates feeding programs for children in the Schenectady area. Our Redeemer recruits three volunteers each day for two weeks of lunch distribution; 1 week at Collins Park, Scotia and 1 week at Steinmetz Homes, Schenectady.
Each first Sunday in May, Our Redeemer participates in the Schenectady CROP Walk. The CROP Walk is a Church World Service community-led fund raising event to end hunger. Annually, CROP Hunger Walkers raise nearly $10 million to support assistance to 1,900 local food banks, CWS development projects and disaster assistance globally.
Ink Cartridge and Small Electronics Recycling
Collection bins are located in the Fellowship Hall for recycling ink cartridges and small electronics such as cell phones, iPods/iPads/tablets, ebook readers, cameras, calculators video game consoles, games and accessories. These items are shipped to Planet Green to be recycled, and the church receives funds for the items we ship.
Stamps for A Living
Canceled stamps may be donated by placing them in the collection bin provided in the Fellowship Hall. Stamps for a Living is a program that offers meaningful employment to adults with mental and physical disabilities. Patients of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington DC process donated cancelled postage stamps for resale and other uses.
Aluminum Tab Collection
Collected and donated at the annual Upstate NY Synod Assembly. They are recycled, and profits used to support Synod programs.
Box Tops for Education
We have a collection bin for these in our Fellowship Hall.
Heart Shaped Pillows for Ellis Hospital
Every year, 30 to 50 heart shaped pillows are created and given to the Cardiac Unit at Ellis Hospital. The material is purchased, cut, sewn, and stuffed by volunteers during fellowship time and delivered to the hospital. These pillows are used by heart surgery patients to cushion their coughs after surgery.
We support other ministries as well, such as Fostering Futures, Habitat for Humanity, Lutheran World Relief (tied fleece blankets, quilts, school kits, personal care kits etc.), Lutheran Disaster Response, The Joan Nicole Prince Home, Home Furnishings Program, Protestant Campus Ministries of Union College and the State University at Albany, Safe House, Booth Home, YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter and other partnerships.