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...]

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...]

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...]

“Camperships” Summer 2017 by Tim Coombs

Over the years I have learned that it takes people awhile to find money. Seems odd, but it’s true. It may be that when we are convinced that there is no “free lunch,” and we wonder if there is a “catch.”  But when it comes to Albany Presbytery’s Campership program, I can guarantee you there is no “catch.”  Really, it is free money to support our kids going to camp. The fund was created after … [Read more...]

American Values Religious Voices: A Project for Our Time by Hugh Nevin

Does the religious community, broadly conceived, have anything to say to the moment in which we find ourselves as Americans?  I believe it does; in fact, it is well on the way to doing so through American Values Religious Voices (www.valuesandvoices.com).  My intent is that those who read this blog become aware of this significant activity.  You may even find you want to share it with … [Read more...]

Tend My Sheep: Service of Installation for Rev. Annie Reilly by Rachel Mastin

Rev. Annie Reilly was installed as a pastor at the Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church​​​​​​​​​​ on Sunday, February 26, 2017. You can listen to Rachel's message online: Tend My Sheep: Service of Installation for Rev. Annie Reilly Today we’re reading a portion of the story that happens when Jesus appears to some of the disciples after he has risen. Just after daybreak, he appears … [Read more...]