Introducing the #GA222 Commissioners from #AlbPresby

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General Assembly 222 – June 18-25, 2016

We have a few people heading to the 222nd meeting of the General Assembly in Portland, Oregon.  That is pretty exciting. But even more than just informing you of who will be there, we want to share with you how you can engage and be a part of the action, even from the opposite side of the of the US.

It will be easier than ever before to follow the events and activities at #GA222

Before we share with you an overview of who is going, let’s list a few resources for you.  

Social Media:
Hashtags: #Ga222  #pcusa  #AlbPresby #PresbyGA

Search these tags in Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and even Google to see the online “conversations” that are happening.

Our commissioners will be blogging regularly.  Watch our blog site and Albany Presbytery social media channels and make sure you see all our activities.

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“LIKE” the Albany Presbytery Page: https://www.facebook.com/albanypresbytery/

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“FOLLOW” the @AlbPresby Twitter Profile:
https://twitter.com/AlbPresby

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“FOLLOW” Albany Presbytery at: albanypresbytery

PC(USA) Channels:
Facebook:
Spirit of GA: https://www.facebook.com/spiritofga
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.): https://www.facebook.com/pcusa/?fref=ts

Twitter: @Presbyterian: https://twitter.com/Presbyterian

Web Resources:
Albany Presbytery Blog Site: http://albanypresbytery.org/blog/

Calendar Event on Albany Presbytery website

PC(USA): http://oga.pcusa.org/section/ga/222nd-general-assembly-2016/

Online Streaming:
Streaming and participating with the Opening Worship at GA on 6/18 – 2:00 pm EDT
Technology Expands the Congregation for Opening Worship at GA

Schedule of Events:
Online Guidebook app:
One-stop shopping best describes the 2016 Guidebook app for the 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), which kicks off June 18 in Portland, Oregon.

Schedule of Events Here

Who is going to General Assembly from Albany Presbytery?

Albany Presbytery Commissioners:

Samantha Brewer SM
Samantha Brewer – Young Adult Advisory Delegate (YAAD)
Follow Sam on Instagram: sammy_brew 

1) What church community do you affiliate with in our Presbytery?
First United Church Presbyterian- Hoosick Falls, NY

2) What are you looking forward to?
YAAD!

I’m looking forward to being a part of something “super Presbyterian” and meeting other young adults who share the same faith as I do. Also, I’ve never been to the West Coast so the geographic location of GA 222 is amazing!

3) What committee are you serving on?
I’m serving on Committee 6 – Polity and Ordered Ministry

4) Would you like to share why you feel called to serve in this way?
I come from a small Presbyterian Church with dwindling numbers. In other churches, I would still be considered a kid at 21. In my church, I’ve been thrust into a major role from a young age. I feel called to interact with other Presbyterians to learn how to keep my church alive, perhaps in different ways than we know or have already tried. I’m excited to see how my role in my church differs from others my age around the country.

Lynn Brown SM
Lynn Brown – Commissioner
Follow Lynn on Twitter at: @LynnBrown2763

1) What church community do you affiliate with in our Presbytery?
St. Peter’s, Spencertown, NY

2) What are you looking forward to?
Being part of our larger church at work

3) What committee are you serving on?
Social Justice Issues

4) Would you like to share why you feel called to serve in this way?
I’m such a Presby-nerd – I just love the whole scene! And it is a huge honor to participate as a commissioner. The Holy Spirit really does show up and it is awesome to be part of it!

Glenn Leupold SM
Glenn Leupold – Commissioner
Follow Glenn on Twitter at: @PastorGlennFPC

1) What church community do you affiliate with in our Presbytery?
First Presbyterian Church, Albany

2) What are you looking forward to?
Being a part of the workings of the connectional church; the fun experiences; seeing old friends.

3) What committee are you serving on?
#10 Mission Coordination

4) Would you like to share why you feel called to serve in this way?
Since I was randomly assigned to the committee, I am guessing you are referring to serving as a commissioner.  I would say the same reasons apply as in question 2.  Being part of the connectional church in action; the learning moments; the fun events; catching up with old friends.

Others Attending General Assembly 222 from Albany Presbytery

Shannan SM
Shannan Vance-Ocampo
Follow Shannan on Twitter: @svanceocampo

1) What church community do you affiliate with in our Presbytery?
As the Transitional Presbyter, I am affiliated with all our congregations and worshipping communities in Albany Presbytery.

2) What brings your to General Assembly?
I am headed to GA to support our commissioners in their ministry, network, and to participate in some of the work of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship and the Presbyterian Mission Agency since I’m on both of their boards.  

3) What are you looking forward to?
I am most looking forward to fellowship and worship.  Next up are the elections of our new co-moderators and next Stated Clerk.  

Bill Levering SM
Bill Levering

1) What church community do you affiliate with in our Presbytery?
First Reformed Church in Schenectady

2) What brings your to General Assembly?
I’ll be there as a member of the GA Mission Responsibility Through Investment Committee: Read more about it here: https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/mrti/

This year MRTI comes in with a moderate recommendation on fossil fuel divestment. To learn more, see this article: Advocacy group asks ‘why wait?’ on fossil fuel divestment

Karen Pollan SM 2
Karen Pollan

1) What church community to you affiliate with in our Presbytery?
Delmar Presbyterian Church

2) What is bringing you to GA 222?
learning, resourcing

3) What are you looking forward to?
Connecting with friends, worship

Miriam Lawrence Leupold
Miriam Lawrence Leupold

1) What church community to you affiliate with in our Presbytery?
First Presbyterian Church, Albany

2) What is bringing you to GA 222?
I am going to GA to learn and connect with people.

3) What are you looking forward to?
I’m looking forward to seeing friends from across the denomination that I have met at various places throughout my life. I’m also looking forward to seeing how the Spirit moves, and being with so many people for worship, especially the singing!