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Canaan Congregational Church April, 2024


We are excited to introduce the Canaan Congregational Church’s e-newsletter to the community which features a colorful logo depicting the beautiful window in our sanctuary. Our goal is to keep the community and surrounding towns informed through news items, feature articles, event announcements, notices of seasonal activities, profiles on our residents, and more. The frequency of our publication is transitioning to a weekly publication from a monthly one.

Already, we have connected our website as well as our Facebook page with the newsletter, and will expanding further into the social media world and adding Instagram.

Please feel free to share any announcements, missives, and tidbits with us at:

After all, the community is our collective eyes and ears!

Don’t Miss the Opportunity to Attend a Concert to Benefit Operation Unite New York on Saturday, April 6 at 3 P.M. at the Spencertown Academy

Bask in the sounds and sensations provided by trios, duets and solos played by Anthony Bracewell, violin, Julian Müller, cello, and Gili Melamed-Lev, piano as they perform music by Piazzolla, Mendelssohn, Arvo Pärt, Bach, Saint-Saëns and more.
The mission of the Hudson-based Operation Unite, New York, is to produce well-rounded, progressive youth who will enter adulthood with a sense of direction, self-esteem, and social consciousness, and subsequently reinvest themselves into the community from whence they came.
General admission tickets are $30 and $10 for students, to purchase log onto:

Enjoy a Night of Poetry and Music

Saturday, April 20 at 7 P.M. at the First Congregational Church, 514 Main St., Dalton

The First Congregational Church in Dalton, MA is excited to welcome back Reverend Bert Marshall and introduce Poet Ketu Oladuwa for a magical night where music and poetry intertwine. Musicians Doug Rich, bass; Zoe Krohne, vocals and Willie Sordillo are also featured. A free donation will be collected and a reception follows the evening’s performance.

How to Keep You and Your Family Safe from Disasters

With severe weather events becoming more commonplace, you and your family can be prepared by registering for the NY Citizen Preparedness Training Program. The Canaan Protective Fire Company is hosting this course on:

Friday, April 26 at 4 P.M. at 2126 Route 295, Canaan
All participants must register in advance.


This course will provide an introduction on responding to a natural or man-made disaster. Learn how to develop a family emergency plan and what supplies are needed to stock up on.

Each family that attends will receive a Preparedness kit. This life saving course is sponsored by the NY State Governor, the Town of Canaan, the Town of Lebanon, and the Canaan Protective Fire Company.

Stocking the Chatham Food Pantry

Many Columbia County residents rely on local food pantries to ensure they are getting their basic nutritional needs met. However, as edible items are their focus, pantries are unable to offer staples such as toilet paper, toothpaste, diapers, laundry detergent, wet wipes etc. Furthermore, SNAP (the federal food program previously known as “Food Stamps”) does not cover non-food items. Understanding this need, Canaan Congregational has stepped up and created a drop off center for residents to make donations of such dry goods.

Both a large wicker basket, inside the entrance hall of the Church by the the office door, and a plastic bin outside the church on the porch, have been installed by the congregation to collect such items which are delivered to the Chatham Food Pantry weekly. Please join us and help our neighbors by contributing to this important initiative.

Sharing Our Lovely Church with the Community

Since the rebuilding of the church, we decided to offer individuals and groups the opportunity to rent our space for weddings, retirement parties, birthday celebrations etc.

Most recently, we focused our energy in reaching out to not-for profit organizations seeking to connect with residents in this part of the county. The response has been enthusiastic!

As we have no pews, our space is configurable. We can accommodate groups up to sixty people depending upon your event’s configuration.
Should you work for, or are a member of group, charity, or foundation interested in reaching out to residents in Canaan or the surrounding towns and villages, as well as our neighbors in Massachusetts, contact us for information at: