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...]

Advent 2017: Freedom is a Blessing by Sadaf Sadiq

Reflections on: John 1:6-8, John 1:19-28 It is a great honor to share the word of the Lord with you. It has also been 13 years since God has brought us to this wonderful land and every year it is amazing to see how people prepare to celebrate Christmas. We decorate, share gifts, invite friends over, cut cake and share happiness with each other. Not just USA but all over the world, Christmas is … [Read more...]

Book Review: “Building Your Story Brand” by Donald Miller Shared by Tim Coombs

I was introduced to Donald Miller’s book, Building Your Story Brand, at the Synod’s “Come to the Table” event this past September. It is a fairly, quick read, and though it was written for businesses, the book has profound implications for how congregations present themselves to their community. Miller examines what makes for a good story and applies that to how we are to understand both our … [Read more...]

Advent 2017: This Advent, consider the camel-cloth-clad content creator by Kyle Coombs

Mark 1: 1-8 The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you,    who will prepare your way”— “a voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord,    make straight paths for him.’” And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of … [Read more...]

Telling My Story: A YAV Experience to Zambia by Olivia Orth

As I sat there on the pew in late October frustrated and feeling alone waiting for praise team to start, Maggie came and sat down beside me for our first real conversation. One thing you should know about me, is that I like to be a very punctual person.  One thing you should know about Zambia, is that scheduled events usually have fluid start times. So here I am sitting alone at my church in … [Read more...]

Albany Presbytery Constructive Workshop Announced by Ted Wright

Everyone who shares interest in understanding and improving our common life as Presbyterians is urged to attend a special half-day event at: New Covenant Church 916 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203 January 20, 2018 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch: $8.00/person The focus of this event will be an in-depth conversation about questions and concerns arising from the recent synod committee (SARC) … [Read more...]

Advent 2017: Reflections on Mark 13 by Rev. Bill Dodge, HR

Advent is a very un-American season. We expect things to be done NOW! If we cannot get what we want right now, then we want to know WHEN, right down to the minute. We assume we are in control of our lives and of all the people and events surrounding our lives. Reading Mark 13 should bring us up short in all those assumptions, even as Jesus had to tell Peter and the others: “But about that day or … [Read more...]

TrailPraisers: A New Experiential Worship Experience

Make Your Own Path to God Experiential Worship Join us as we launch a brand new experiential worship service, designed to be inclusive of individuals with all abilities and mental capacities. A place where the abled and differently-abled, the neurotypical and non-neurotypical are invited to a worship that invites each individual to experience and make their own path to God. We want to start … [Read more...]

Addendum: Reflections on the SARC Report by Michael Burkley

This letter is an addendum to the letter published on November 20, 2017: Reflections on the SARC Report by Michael Burkley November 28, 2017 Oops!  That’s what I feel like right now.  I was upset when I wrote my November 17th post that ended up in the Presbytery Blog, and I hope it shows.  I waited awhile before I wrote it to get a bit more perspective on my thoughts about the recent … [Read more...]