The Committee on Representation & Nominations Needs Your Help by Jerry McKinney

The Committee on Representation & Nominations (CRN) is working diligently to complete our work so that we can present a full slate of nominations to our committees. As we looked at our current committee membership, we learned that only 25% of our congregations are represented on Presbytery committees. That’s why we need your help! We need suggestions of folks who might be willing to … [Read more...]

PWSNE 2018 Fall Gathering Summary Report

This is a summary report of the PW in the Synod of the Northeast Fall Gathering that was held on Sept. 28-29, 2018. Our Moderator Lisa Gray added in a separate email a special thank you to Donna Rahmann who led the PW bible study workshop and to Charlotte Hasselbarth for shared a video clip about the book: "Something Beautiful Happened" which describes the story of a woman's relatives hiding … [Read more...]

A Celebration of Our Synod by Becca Lawson Putman

I am grateful to have had the opportunity to serve as a Commissioner to the 2018 Synod Assembly.  This is the first time I have ever been to Synod Assembly, so there were some things that I hadn’t been aware of before I got there. One is that most of the “business” of the Synod is handled by the Synod Commission. This is part of the New Way Forward, which was adopted a few years ago. What that … [Read more...]

2019 Presbyterian Youth Triennium Informational Webinar

The planning for the 2019 Presbyterian Youth Triennium trip has begun. Hear directly from people who have participated as a Youth, on a Work Crew, as an adult chaperone, and finally from the Albany Presbytery Triennium Registrar. Our hosts include: Christy D'Ambriosio - Albany Presbytery Triennium Registrar Rev. Rebecca Lawson Putman - Northville United Presbyterian Church Andy … [Read more...]

Worship-Framed Meeting: 2018 Synod Assembly by Katy Stenta

Synod of the Northeast met as one of the most diverse and oldest Synods in the United States. As such, we have an opportunity to pave the way for how the church should exist in modern times. Rev. Dr. Diane Givens Moffet and Opening Worship At Presbytery Rev. Dr. Diane Givens Moffett gave a prophetic sermon about that we are what we do, and that's how we define our faith. She called on us to … [Read more...]

Reflections from the September 15 Presbytery Meeting at Brunswick 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 directly into your communications: https://albanypresbytery.org/september-15-presbytery-meeting The 319th Stated Meeting of the Albany Presbytery was held on September 15, 2018 at the Brunswick Church. Below are a few … [Read more...]

Report from the 2018 Synod Assembly by Bill Henderson

This was my first experience as a Commissioner to the Synod of the Northeast’s Biennial Conference. During the 2016 Synod, a New Way Forward had been revealed. The reality of the changes made was a whole new way of doing the work of the Synod. The two-day agenda was built around worship, with the theme taken from Esther ‘For such a time as this’ (Esther 4:14). This overall format worked extremely … [Read more...]

4 Reasons to Help with Our New Website by Kim Deal

Would you have 30 minutes to share with us?  For a variety of reasons, we need to create a new website. (If you are interested in the details, please contact me at: [email protected]) We are planning to keep the same menu structure We are looking to add a few enhancements The site will need a slightly updated design (how it looks, not how it is organized) Focus … [Read more...]

Want to Save the Republic? by Debbie Fagans

Give the gift of literacy to a child. Our free, after-school, one-on-one tutoring program in the South End of Albany is called the Wizard’s Wardrobe and ended its first full year of tutoring in June. We are now getting ready to start the 2018-2019 school year. And we need more tutors. This past year was a successful one. Most of the children gained more than a year’s growth academically. One … [Read more...]

Resilient Church Network by Tim Coombs

We know the tough realities: We are living in a very different world than we did 20-30 years ago. Not only has the economy changed, but there is a high mistrust of institutions including the church. Sadly, many (most?) people just don’t consider belonging to a church as a necessary part of their life anymore. In response, nearly every church has asked, “how do we get more members?” or “how do we … [Read more...]