Tribes Hill Pres Church Celebration FB

The Tribes Hill Presbyterian Church is in the midst of a year-long party.  It is our 175th Anniversary party and we are sharing it with our community of family and friends.  

On July 29, 1841 a group of faithful disciples “resolved to build a meeting house for the convenience and accommodation of the Presbyterian Church society and congregation of Tribes Hill and vicinity.”  From this humble beginning has grown a community of faith that has played an important part in the Hamlet of Tribes Hill over the intervening 175 years.  During it’s history Tribes Hill Presbyterian Church (at one point known as the United Presbyterian Church of Tribes Hill, NY) has had many changes.  It has grown in members to the point where it outgrew the original worship space.  The physical church has moved to a new location that allowed for expansion.  That move was a literal move, down the street and to the present location at the corner of Mohawk Drive (Main Street) and Elizabeth Street.  On September 1, 1955 the Sanctuary portion of the original church began its journey to its new site, followed by the Chapel section, a move that took a full month.  Over the months and years ahead the Tribes Hill Presbyterian Church continued to be an important center of faith for the community.

Celebratory Events Planned

This anniversary year the Tribes Hill Presbyterian family has already had several events as a part of our celebration.  Memorial Day Weekend we participated in the Tribes Hill Community Parade, entering a group of marchers, a restored 1937 Pick-up Truck carrying our oldest member and a contingent from our Choir.  Pastor Larry Greenwold and member Patricia Schwartz dressed in period costumes for the occasion.  August was a busy month for celebration activities.  We began the month with an Ice Cream Social / Bake Sale followed by a Chicken BBQ Dinner on the lawn.  The following Sunday we held an Old Fashioned Tent Meeting where we listened to our first minister, Rev. Asa L. Clark (Pastor Larry in period costume).

Our celebration continues on September 18 when we will hold a 175th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon.  The day will begin with an Anniversary Worship at 10:30 AM at the Church followed by the Luncheon at Winners Circle in Fonda, NY.  We have invited all living former pastors, all our members and former members to join us in a time of fellowship and a journey down memory lane.  We will welcome several guests to share their memories of the church as a part of our special program.  We will have a collection of memorabilia to peruse and a video presentation of old photographs.  

Several other events are planned to finish out our anniversary year.  In October we will have a Blessing of the Animals Worship Service and a Women’s Luncheon.  November will our annual Spaghetti Supper.  We will finish off the year with a Christmas Tree Lighting / Christmas Caroling evening in December.

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We invite and welcome all our friends to join us in this celebration.  For more information, contact our Pastor, Larry Greenwold.  Come Join Us As We Celebrate During 2016!

About Rev. Larry Greenwold

Rev. Larry Greenwold has been Stated-Supply at Tribes Hill Presbyterian Church for seven years. He has recently been named Stated Supply at United Presbyterian Church in Amsterdam in addition to Tribes Hill. He graduated from Union Seminary in New York City in 2001 and was ordained here in Albany Presbytery that same year. Prior to his service at Tribes Hill he served Jermain Presbyterian in Watervliet and as Interim Minister at Valatie. Throughout his seventeen years in the Presbytery he has been active in several committees. He is currently chairing the Committee for Church Development and Vitality and has recently been elected as a Commissioner to Assembly of the Synod of the Northeast from Albany Presbytery. Larry and his wife Kathie live in Niskayuna, NY.

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