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...]

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

Please share this information with all those interested in the work and opportunities happening in the Albany Presbytery. You may use the following URL to embed the directly into your communications: http://albanypresbytery.org/reflections-march-29-presbytery-meeting/ The 312th Stated Meeting of the Albany Presbytery was held on March 29, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church, Glens Falls. … [Read more...]

Reflections from the 2017 NEXT Conference by Katy Stenta

This is my fourth year at Nextchurch, a conference which often has a pulse on where the church is right now. The conference this year focused on Division and Reconciliation with its theme of “Walls and Wells” based upon the “Woman at the Well” scripture. (Great links to most of this were provided in Tim Coomb’s blog) I go to Nextchurch to be energized in ministry, hear excellent preaching and … [Read more...]

Reflections from the 2017 NEXT Conference by Tim Coombs

The theme of this past NEXT Church was “Wells and Walls.” Throughout the week the conference focused on the story of Jesus and the woman at the well in John 4, which was most convenient for everyone who would have be preaching on that lectionary text that coming Sunday!  Over the 48-hour event we heard five different wonderful sermons on different parts of the text, dealing with how Jesus sought … [Read more...]

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...]