Staffing Process Advisory Team July 21 Meeting Update by Ted Wright

What follows is the second in a series of updates.  This Advisory Team gathered for the first time on June 30 – see our former blog post – and then for a second time for five hours on July 21.  Joining that second meeting was a newcomer, Samantha Brewer, a young adult from the Hoosick Falls church. Staffing Process Advisory Team assignment, as delegated by presbytery’s Coordinating Committee: “To … [Read more...]

Presbyterian Women: Synod of the Northeast Triennial Gathering by Charlotte Hasselbarth

From Fri, Aug. 18 – Sat., Aug. 19, the Presbyterian Women in the Synod of the Northeast Triennial Gathering will be at The Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Colonie. The theme is "Houehold of Faith" based on the scripture: "...you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God's people and also members of his household..." ~Ephesians, chapter 2:17-21 Who is the … [Read more...]

Albany Presbytery Staffing Process Advisory Team

Discerning the most appropriate staffing pattern to support this Presbytery’s mission has proven difficult.  Several recent Presbytery meetings demonstrated failure to reach consensus.  (Learn more on the Transitional Planning page of our website.) We need -- and in God’s time we can afford -- to consider our process, not just the outcome.  Can we improve our collective conversation about God’s … [Read more...]

Mandatory New York’s Paid Family Leave: Effective Jan 1, 2018

Paid Family Leave (PFL) will begin on January 1, 2018 This Insurance policy will be a rider/addition to your Disability Insurance. This Mandatory Employer Insurance Policy is set-up to be FULLY FUNDED BY EMPLOYEES. NYS has determined that starting JULY 1, 2017 deductions will be or can be taken from employees as a payroll deduction. If EMPLOYER DOES NOT WANT employees to contribute to … [Read more...]

Farewell from Rev. Jim Reisner

These 15 years in Albany Presbytery have been most rewarding for Martha and me. We leave behind many dear friends and colleagues, and many fond memories. We regret we've run out of time, and will not have the chance to say goodbye directly to many of our friends in Albany Presbytery. I greatly appreciated being given the opportunity to preach at the June meeting of presbytery. Martha accepted a … [Read more...]

Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide by Peter Cook, New York State Council of Churches

It’s a challenge sometimes for a church to do ministry given a complex political landscape that fixates on whether someone lives in a “red” rural or “blue” urban community. How do you offer the Gospel amidst a heated debate about whether your church is too left or too right, too political or not political enough? Brian McLaren in a recent article, in the Christian Century, “How to be a Purple … [Read more...]

Reflections from the June 6th Presbytery Meeting at the Northville United Presbyterian Church

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: https://albanypresbytery.org/reflections-june-6-presbytery-meeting/ The 313th Stated Meeting of the Albany Presbytery was held on June 6, 2017 at the Northville United Presbyterian Church.  Below … [Read more...]

2017 Rensselaerville Summer Worship Series

The Rensselaerville Presbyterian Church announces its schedule of summer services: Every Sunday June 25 through September 3 11:00 a.m. 1454 County Route 351 (Main St), Rensselaerville, NY Everyone is welcome. Each year, guest preachers from different faith traditions are invited to deliver sermons on a common theme.  The Summer  2017 theme is:  “Finding A Way Forward: Is There A Path To … [Read more...]

Introducing Victor Doe, Student Pastor at Mayfield Presbyterian Church

We are delighted to welcome Victor Doe as an student pastor in the Albany Presbytery serving at Mayfield Presbyterian Church.  We wanted to take a moment to connect and learn a little more about him. Before we get started, can you tell us a little bit about where you grew up, any siblings, your family, etc? I was born unto the union of Mr. and Mrs. Paul W. Doe, in Bong County Central … [Read more...]

Truth Commission on Poverty in NYS by Joe Paparone

Despite New York’s great wealth, more than 3 million New Yorkers live below the federal poverty line, and millions more struggle to make ends meet. In Schenectady, Albany, and Rensselaer counties, 4 in 10 households earn less than the cost of living. The Truth Commission on Poverty in New York State will seek to shine a light on these realities and - most importantly - the leadership and … [Read more...]