Reflections on the SARC Report from the Staffing Process Advisory Team (SPAT)

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ: The final report of the Synod of the Northeast Administrative Review Committee (SARC) for Albany Presbytery is now available on the presbytery website on the Presbytery Meetings page of the website.  On Nov. 15, members of the SARC will present it in person during our meeting at Saratoga.  Having been charged on your behalf with designing a process to help … [Read more...]

Reformation Reflections by Kathy Gorman-Coombs

Luther’s 95 Theses. Ferdinand Pauwels, via Wikimedia Commons Here I stand, I can do no other. This is what Martin Luther, the original reformer, has been believed to have said at the close of his speech at the “Diet of Worms,” a meeting at which he was told to either “take back” what he’d written in the 95 Theses that he’d nailed to the door of the Wittenberg Church on October 31, 1517—or be … [Read more...]

What the PC(USA) measures matters by Arthur Fullerton

This article was first published in the Presbyterian Outlook. Attending the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s most recent mid council leader gathering in St. Louis earlier this month, it was clear that the church is busy birthing something new. But like new wine in old wineskins, what we are becoming likely won’t fit our familiar categories. Nowhere is this more apparent than in our choice of what … [Read more...]

Reflections from the September 30th Presbytery Meeting at the United Presbyterian Church of Amsterdam

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-sept-30-presbytery-meeting/ The 314th Stated Meeting of the Albany Presbytery was held on September 30, 2017 at the United Presbyterian Church of Amsterdam. … [Read more...]

Reflections from the Synod’s Come To the Table Event by Scott DeBlock

I want to give a huge shout out and affirmation to the Synod’s Come To the Table Event held at Stony Point Center a few weeks ago! Over 150 Presbyterians gathered for a time of worship, reflection, and learning. As a new sojourner in this land of Presbyterians, it was great to see how the Synod of the Northeast is coming alongside presbyteries and congregations in new and exciting ways! From … [Read more...]

Elder Communion Training for Albany Presbytery by Tim Coombs

Churches without pastors often struggle to schedule supply preachers for worship, sometimes choosing to go with a member of their congregation if they cannot find an available pastor or commissioned ruling elder. This task, however, gets even more difficult on Sundays when communion is served, which for most of our churches, is traditionally the first Sunday of the month. In the past, only an … [Read more...]

We Need You — You Can Make a Difference! by Jerry McKinney

We Need You! This is an exciting—and challenging—time in the life of Albany Presbytery.  During these last three years of intentional transition we have been seeking ways to be more faithful and responsive to God’s call to be the Church of Jesus Christ. Do You Know What Albany Presbytery Does? There is more going on than you may know! Earlier this year, after several months of discussion … [Read more...]

Two Missions in Albany Presbytery Receive 2017 Presbyterian Women’s Thank Offering Grants by Charlotte Hasselbarth

This past spring Presbyterian Women (PW) give out annual Thank Offering grants. PW groups throughout PCUSA collect financial donations in the fall of each year to fund Thank Offering Grants. This is usually third mile giving. The tradition is that each woman gives in a tangible way to express her gratitude for the special blessings in her life. In the fall of 2016 enough money was collected to … [Read more...]

Mid Council Relations by Rev. Timothy B. Cargal, OGA

The following Mid Council bi-weekly newsletter can be online.  Click here for the original message. In a broken and fearful world the Spirit gives us courage … to unmask idolatries in Church and culture, to hear the voices of peoples long silenced, and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace.” (“A Brief Statement of Faith,” 11.65-71) The recent events in Charlottesville and the … [Read more...]

We Welcome Rev. Lynn Horan Back to Albany Presbytery

We are delighted to welcome Rev. Lynn Horan as an interim pastor serving the St. Peter's Presbyterian Church in Spencertown starting August 1st. 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 was born and raised in Guilderland and attended Guilderland High … [Read more...]