Reflections from the March 29th Presbytery Meeting at the First Presbyterian Church, Glens Falls

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The 312th Stated Meeting of the Albany Presbytery was held on March 29, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church, Glens Falls.  Below are a few snippets/reflections offered from some of the shared business.  Official minutes will be offered at the next Presbytery meeting.

Major agenda items from the March 29th meeting listed below include the following reports.  See below for more details.

  • Meeting Overview – Cara Molyneaux, Moderator, Albany Presbytery
  • Committee on Teaching Elders and Congregations – Sam Jackling & Holly Cameron
  • Committee on Representation and Nominations – Jerry McKinney
  • Transitional Presbyter’s Report – Shannan Vance-Ocampo
  • Church Development and Vitality Report – Tim Coombs
  • Speak Out – Announcements and Events

Cara Molyneaux, Moderator, Albany Presbytery
Meeting Overview

“Albany Presbytery met at First Presbyterian Church in Glens Falls for an evening meeting on March 29th. Two reports were presented for a first reading and therefore were not voted on but discussion was held.   Worship at the end of the meeting focused on leadership and service to the larger community and to the Presbytery. People were recognized for service to the Presbytery by standing to be acknowledged.”

Sam Jackling & Holly Cameron – Co-Chairs
Committee on Teaching Elders and Congregations Report

We had a second reading for the dismissal of the Cohoes congregation. They are up-to-date with paying off their PILP loan, and Board of Pensions dues. Payment for lost Basic Witness Support is expected soon. When final payment is made, the way will be clear and they will be dismissed as of that day.

We welcomed Amaury Tañón-Santos as a new member of Albany Presbytery.

Forms for reporting on validated ministries will be sent in the coming month to appropriate Teaching Elders.

Jerry McKinney – Chair
Committee on Representation and Nominations Report

The Committee on Representation & Nominations continues to recruit members for our committees.  We presented nominees for several committees, bringing us close to our needed numbers.  At the meeting, two attendees volunteered to serve—one for the Committee on Teaching Elders & Congregations and one for the Committee on Church Mission.

We do need volunteers to serve on the Committee on Teaching Elders & Congregations, the Committee on Church Mission, and the Committee on Church Development & Vitality.  For more information or to volunteer to serve, please contact Jerry McKinney ([email protected]).  Thank you!”

Shannan Vance-Ocampo, Transitional Presbyter
Transitional Presbyter’s Report

You can watch Shannan’s Presentation here: Coming Soon

Tim Coombs, Chair
Church Development and Vitality Report

The Ministry Plan team will begin their work after Easter. In the meantime, churches are encouraged to conduct their own Ministry Snapshots as described in the Congregational Renewal Plan approved by presbytery in February. Since most congregations recently conducted their Building and Financial Health Assessments, all that is needed now is the Congregational Census, the Life Cycle exercise and one of the two options listed.”

Speak Out: Announcement & Events

Laurie Bargstedt from Amsterdam Mexican Consulate is coming to Amsterdam in May.  For more information, see this Event on our Website: Mexican Consulate Visits Amsterdam

Michael BurkleyFundraising Dinner Scheduled for Friday, April 7th.  Please consider attending.

Katy StentaNazish Naseem, a candidate of Albany Presbytery, has been able to accept a chaplain position at Albany Medical Hospital, giving her two additional credits in Chaplaincy. Thank you Albany Presbytery for your prayers and support as Nazish forges a new way balancing family obligations and her clear call to ministry as the second Pakistani born woman to seek ordination. Nazish continues to thank God for helping her as she pursues her call to ministry. 

Thank you all for your service.  Official minutes will be offered at the next Presbytery meeting.  See you at Northville United Presbyterian Church Tuesday, June 6, 2017 beginning at 9:30am.


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