Faithwalking 101 in Schoharie

Thursday, 09 March 2017 by

Faithwalking 101 comes to Schoharie NY, May 6-7, 2017 The Faithwalking Retreat is a weekend retreat that focuses on the work of personal transformation that leads to missional living. This intense and impactful time introduces you to the foundational values and skills of living as a disciple of Jesus at all times and in all places of your everyday life.

Feb. 6  2017 Leviticus 19:34: “The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.” Deuteronomy 10:17-19: “For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord

Direct Link to the FAQ

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 by

Frequently Asked Questions about the 2016 proposed amendments to the Book of Church Order, an educational tool by the Regional Synod of Albany, is available here: 2016-general-synod-faq

Beginning and Beyond 2016

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 by

It’s that time of year again when new-to-their-call pastors from around Albany Synod come together for three days at Camp Folwer to learn, fellowship, and retreat. Letters have been sent out inviting and encouraging all those pastors who have been in their current call for three or fewer years to join us at Camp Folwer.

Conflict Happens..So Make It Useful!

Wednesday, 07 September 2016 by

A Healthy Communication Workshop For Elders, Deacons, Church Leaders, Pastors, Christian Educators, Members of Personnel Committees and Pastoral Relations Committees and anyone who wants to improve their communication skills. Event Workshops Include: Getting Out of the Parking Lot, Off the Internet, and Into the Same Room! -Understanding Group Dynamics- The Bible Says WHAT?!? -Scriptural Study

Officers’ Letter

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 by

Rev. Nancy Ryan, President, and Rev. Kent McHeard, Vice-President of the Regional Synod of Albany have written a letter to the synod in light of the culture and outcomes of the General Synod meeting of 2016. This letter was emailed, mailed, and posted on Facebook. In case you missed it, or would like another copy,

Regional Synod Meeting

Tuesday, 10 May 2016 by

The Regional Synod met on May 1 and 2 at Camp Fowler. It was a very good meeting, punctuated by the early spring chill of the mountains, delicious local food, and refreshing worship. Here is the workbook, including reports from the executives and committees. The minutes of this meeting will be made available in June.

New Resources

Thursday, 21 January 2016 by

The Regional Synod of Albany has gotten several requests for assistance with crafting Child Protection Polices in order for churches to get into compliance with their insurance companies. While this is a fine reason to have a Child Protection policy in place, we also believe that churches should be safe spaces for everyone, particularly for

Welcome Ali Stone

Thursday, 21 January 2016 by

The Regional Synod of Albany is happy to introduce our new Administrative Assistant, Ali Stone. Ms. Stone is a Schenectady local and a graduate of Saint Rose University. She will be the voice on the other end of the phone and will be the answerer to many of your emails. Feel free to say hello

Reflections on Retirement

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 by

Some Reflections for Pastors Nearing Retirement by the Rev. Jan Hoffman My husband, Craig, and I served as pastors of the First Reformed Church of Scotia for over 21 years. The congregation knew our ages, that in 2015 we were turning 67 and 65, and they expected our retirement sooner rather than later. But the congregation didn’t