A New Wind Blowing in the ADKs by Lucy Harris

Adirondack Church Without Walls (ChurchWow) has entered into its second year as a New Worshiping Community, and we are excited about the things that are happening. It seems the Spirit is breathing and moving in new and sometimes unexpected ways, and opening new doors for the work of ministry in the southern Adirondacks. To begin with, I am now serving in a part time pastoral role at Kingsbury Baptist Church, as well as leading ChurchWoW, and we are excited about the possibilities of the two communities partnering in this outreach ministry.

As many of our members have expressed concern over the fate of our natural environment under a new administration, and the anti-scientific sentiment that seems to underlie the gutting of environmental protections, I attended the April 22 March for Science, hoping, among other things, to bear witness to the fact that there are many Christians who value scientific inquiry and fact.  Many people commented that they were grateful to see the message that a Christian pastor could Love Science.

New Grant from PC(USA)

One big piece of news is that we just received approval for an Investment Grant of $25,000 from the PC(USA) national office.  We will be using some of that money this summer to hold a tent meeting in the Kingsbury area, with the goal of reaching out to folks in the more populated areas of Glens Falls/Queensbury, Lake George, Hudson Falls, and other surrounding communities.  We plan to have live music, food, and a time of worship and celebration.  We will be confirming the date and time of that event within a week or two.

North Creek Trash Walkers

Our next scheduled events are on May 21 and June 4.  On May 21 at 4:30, we will be hosting an event called “North Creek Trash Walkers.”  We will be inviting nearby church groups and townfolk to join us in cleaning up the roadsides and ditches and trails in town, followed by a pizza party.  On June 4 at 5 pm, we will celebrate Pentecost with an outdoor worship service (weather permitting) next to the Hudson River in North Creek.  We will incorporate music and sharing and prayers in a multi sensory service that will encourage active participation of all worshippers.  We will have a potluck fellowship time following that service.

Come Join Us!

Information on events can be found on our website: adkchurchwow.org; and on our Facebook page: ADK Churchwow.  We would love to welcome anyone from around the presbytery to join us for worship or one of our other community gatherings.  There is always a place (and food) for anyone who wants to celebrate with ADK Church Without Walls!


Rev. Lucy Harris lives in North Creek, NY, and is the pastor of ADK Church Without Walls.  She is also a whitewater rafting guide on the Hudson River Gorge, a ski lift operator at Gore Mt Ski Area, a tie dye artist and a musician, and is presently serving Kingsbury Baptist Church in a part-time role.  She is an avid lover of music, nature, and the arts, and is excited about sharing the good news of God’s love, especially with those who have never heard the gospel as good news for them.

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