What’s Next for our Transitional Presbyter

Dear Members and Friends of Albany Presbytery, As the end of my time with you has been approaching, many of you have asked me what I’m doing next.  The call process is long and confidential, but I am finally able to share what is next for me and answer the question so many of you have been so kind and gracious to ask me.   After nearly three and a half years my time as the Transitional … [Read more...]

Biblical Storytelling in Haiti by Tim Coombs

When I am not working for Albany Presbytery or my congregation, I am often involved in the work of the Network of Biblical Storytellers (http://nbsint.org/). Our mission is to “encourage everyone to learn and tell biblical stories” and by that we mean the world over.  To that end I’ve been on several mission trips with the Network; to the Gambia, Cameroon, and lately Haiti. Our way into Haiti … [Read more...]

Witnessing Community by Michael Plank

Not one person has called me to say they want to join our gym because they’re looking for a community.  They come looking for a physical transformation.  Those transformations are powerful to see.  In the last year alone, we had one woman who had struggled with Diabetes for years who was finally able to completely get off her insulin pump.  We had another woman who broke her back in an accident 17 … [Read more...]

Surrender Worship Youth Ministry at Brunswick Church by Kim Deal

"So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up..." ~Ephesians 4:11-12 What is Surrender Worship Ministry? The Surrender Worship Ministry Team is a group of high school students who gather weekly to plan and lead worship services at Brunswick Church, Troy, NY.  … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Unthinkable by Ruth Everhart, Author of Ruined

After I got raped, one of my problems was that my thoughts were unthinkable. This problem joined other, more pressing ones. Where could I be safe? Where could I sleep? And how could I get through the impending hours of darkness? I continually felt like I was jumping out of my skin. I’ll admit that I’d never been terribly comfortable in my skin. I was raised by Calvinists, after all. Everything … [Read more...]

Keeping Our Information Secure by Kim Deal

This past Fall we launched our new website and it has been very well received. You can review the 4 main areas where we focused our efforts to improve our website in the blog: Video Overview: Albany Presbytery Website Updates Next Step: Securing Confidential Information on Our Website We place a high value on transparency and openness however there are times when business posted on the website … [Read more...]

Easter Sunday | Another Resurrection

After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. But the angel said … [Read more...]

Holy Thursday/Good Friday | Unholy Time

Let me go over with you again exactly what goes on in the Lord’s Supper and why it is so centrally important. I received my instructions from the Master himself and passed them on to you. The Master, Jesus, on the night of his betrayal, took bread. Having given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, broken for you. Do this to remember me.” After supper, he did the same thing with the cup: … [Read more...]

Palm Sunday | Jesus Arrives

When they neared Jerusalem, having arrived at Bethphage on Mount Olives, Jesus sent two disciples with these instructions: “Go over to the village across from you. You’ll find a donkey tethered there, her colt with her. Untie her and bring them to me. If anyone asks what you’re doing, say, ‘The Master needs them!’ He will send them with you.” This is the full story of what was sketched earlier by … [Read more...]