Communion Training for Albany Presbytery by Holly Cameron & Sam Jackling

Through the years, Committee on Ministry has been responsible to help congregations who do not have a Teaching Elder available to officiate at communion.  Often in these cases, Ruling Elders are trained and approved by the presbytery to officiate, so the worshipping community can still celebrate the sacrament. As we began to discuss responsibilities under the new committee structure, this is a … [Read more...]

Youth Reflections from the Annual High School Youth Leadership Forum

In February, 40 delegates (6 adults and 34 youth) from churches all over New York State traveled to New York City for the Annual High School Youth Leadership Forum.  Sixteen (16) youth from Westminster, First Presbyterian Church in Albany and Bethany Presbyterian Church, Menands, NY attended.  Many with scholarship assistance from the Presbytery. The program was offered through the United … [Read more...]

Introducing Rev. Dr. Amaury Tañón-Santos, At-Large Member, Albany Presbytery

We are delighted to welcome Rev. Dr. Amaury Tañón-Santos to the Albany Presbytery.  Amaury is currently serving the Church as the Synod Networker for the Synod of the Northeast and is moving to the Capital Region.  Being new to our area, we took a moment to connect with him. Before we get started, can you tell us a little bit about where you grew up, any siblings, etc? I was born and … [Read more...]

Lent 3 | Water is Life

Directed by God, the whole company of Israel moved on by stages from the Wilderness of Sin. They set camp at Rephidim. And there wasn’t a drop of water for the people to drink. The people took Moses to task: “Give us water to drink.” But Moses said, “Why pester me? Why are you testing God?” But the people were thirsty for water there. They complained to Moses, “Why did you take us from Egypt and … [Read more...]

We Welcome Rev. Donna Frischknecht Jackson Back to Albany Presbytery

We were delighted to welcome Rev. Donna Frischknecht Jackson back to Albany Presbytery during the Presbytery meeting on February 4, 2017.  Donna was a previously a member of Albany Presbytery and we wanted to catch up and share more about her for everyone. Before we get started, can you tell us a little bit about where you grew up, any siblings, etc? I grew up in the hustle and bustle of … [Read more...]

Lent 2 | The Call to Journey

Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” So Abram went, as the … [Read more...]

Second Annual Convention of Northeast Presbyteries by Arthur Fullerton

Though the normal response to an invitation to a Synod meeting might be "What sin have I committed to be punished so?", in fact the Synod of the Northeast Second Annual Convention of Presbyteries was a great opportunity for fellowship and learning about what some of our fellow presbyteries are doing to embrace 21st century ministry. We had representatives from 21 out of 22 presbyteries in … [Read more...]

We Welcome HR Rev. Ted Wright Back to Albany Presbytery

We were delighted to welcome Rev. Ted Wright back to Albany Presbytery during the Presbytery meeting on February 4, 2017.  Ted was a previously a member of Albany Presbytery and we wanted to catch up and share more about him for everyone. Before we get started, can you tell us a little bit about where you grew up, any siblings, etc?   After brief stints in Williamstown, Kingston, and … [Read more...]

Introducing Rev. Henry Kim, New Senior Pastor – Brunswick Church

We were delighted to welcome Rev. Henry Kim as the new Senior Pastor for the Brunswick Church in Troy NY. Being new to our area, we took a moment to connect with Henry and learn a little more about him. You can also read the email introduction written by Rev. Elizabeth Shen O'Connor here. Before we get started, can you tell us a little bit about where you grew up, any siblings, etc?  My … [Read more...]

Lent 1 | Temptation

Next Jesus was taken into the wild by the Spirit for the Test. The Devil was ready to give it. Jesus prepared for the Test by fasting forty days and forty nights. That left him, of course, in a state of extreme hunger, which the Devil took advantage of in the first test: “Since you are God’s Son, speak the word that will turn these stones into loaves of bread.” Jesus answered by quoting … [Read more...]