Introducing Kate Kotfila, Vice Moderator 2018

Kate transferred her credentials from the Hudson Mohawk Association of the United Church of Christ to the PCUSA, Albany Presbytery 28 years ago when her “part-time temporary stated supply to assist the pastor for 12 weeks” call in 1984 became a full-time position in 1988. After serving the Brunswick Church as Associate Pastor for 25 years she left that position to care for her daughter’s health … [Read more...]

Awe Keeps us Alive by Larry Deyss

A snowy owl in flight. By Bert de Tilly, via Wikimedia Commons. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Have you ever seen a Snowy Owl in the wild?  If you have you will never forget it. There was an early January report of a sighting of a Snowy Owl at Albany International  Airport.  If you were lucky, you could see it from Sicker Road which runs … [Read more...]

A Farewell from Rev. Elizabeth Shen O’Connor

As we begin the new year, we can't help but be attentive to the new things God is doing in our midst. It is with joy that I tell you of God's new call for me. Mid-February, I will begin a solo pastor call serving Meadow Springs Presbyterian Church in Richland, WA. My last Sunday with Brunswick Church will be January 14th, and shortly thereafter my family and I will be "westward bound." Meadow … [Read more...]

Epiphany: Unity & Peace for All Nations by Gabriel Kwadwo Ofori-Okai

Matthew 2:1-2: In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage. Matthew 2:9-12: When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, … [Read more...]

Presbyterian Rainbow Celebrates Fellowship in Transition by Terry Diggory

Presbyterian Rainbow, the LGBTQ advocacy group in Albany Presbytery, is intentionally undergoing a transition in our mode of operation, becoming less of an independent organization and more of a network of cooperating congregations and individuals.  Members of Albany Presbytery are invited to share in a time of reflection and celebration of this evolving fellowship on January 6, 2018, 10:00 AM, at … [Read more...]

Christmas 2017: For ALL the People by Rev. Lucy Harris

Photo credit: Ken Stone - Times of San Diego Reflection on Luke 2:1-20 Whenever I read this passage from Luke, I always linger on the pronouncement that the good news of great joy is “for all the people.” Such a broad and inclusive invitation and promise!  As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the promised Christ, who is the bringer of joy and peace to all who welcome him, may each of us be … [Read more...]

Advent 2017: Messengers from God by Rev. Sandy Damhof

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, “Do not be … [Read more...]

Christmas Greetings from our Moderator & Vice Moderator

Merry Christmas! I am still enough of a kid at heart that the first real snow of the season always fills me with joy. The steady flakes and the white blanket covering the lawn and trees look magical. The muffled quiet of a steady snow makes me think of Silent Night. Of course none of us knows the actual time of year of Jesus’s birth. Growing up I remember some scholars said it actually took … [Read more...]

2018 Listing of Overtures for the Office of the General Assembly by Dan Rogers

In the months before each meeting of the General Assembly (GA) presbyteries send overtures to the Office of the General Assembly (OGA) to be considered by the GA. Each overture must have the concurrence of at least one other presbytery to be presented to a GA committee for consideration. As of December 12, 2017, a total of 19 overtures have been sent to OGA as shown on this table. Click here to … [Read more...]

Introducing Andrea Joy Holroyd, Temporary Parish Leader – Schoharie United Presbyterian Church

We are delighted to welcome Andrea Joy Holroyd as Temporary Parish Leader serving the United Presbyterian Church in Schoharie. We wanted to take a moment to connect and learn a little more about her. Before we get started, can you tell us a little bit about where you grew up, any siblings, your family, etc? I grew up attending Union Presbyterian Church in Schenectady through my high school … [Read more...]