Monday, October 5
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New York, Vermont
In 2013 we set off on a new route in ministry. We began a presbytery-wide process of discernment and evaluation about fresh paths forward. We are exploring our past and seeing how adaptive change can help us grow into new ways of “doing church” for this time. We seek greater avenues of faithfulness, connection, and missional service with our communities as we remain rooted in theological imagination.
Instead of closing a church building after a congregation decided to end its season of ministry in the urban center of Troy, New York, the presbytery has taken a bold step into mission partnership, creating the Oakwood Community Center. The center is led by an interfaith community board and includes three new congregations, yoga, rehabilitation programs, Soul Café, a music recording studio, and a food pantry.
In the more rural northern tier of the presbytery, our Hudson Falls congregation has taken the leap of faith to birth a new worshiping community based around the CrossFit strength-and-conditioning program. They seek to “offer the surrounding area a single place where the human needs for connection, spirituality, and physical health can be met in community with others, striving to live into the fullest expression of humanity in the bodies God has given us.” Their new ministry began in September 2014 and is our first of what we expect to be many new worshiping communities!
In all things we are seeking innovation, risk, and new horizons of ministry—trusting always in the Triune God to light our path and guide our steps.
Albany Presbytery encompasses 67 congregations, as well as new-immigrant fellowships, campus ministries, ecumenical partnerships, and military chaplaincies, serving 11 counties in upstate New York and Vermont.
—Rev. Shannan R. Vance-Ocampo, transitional presbyter
Let us join in prayer for
Rev. Shannan R. Vance-Ocampo, transitional presbyter
Ruling Elder H. Daniel Rogers, stated clerk
Rev. Dr. Timothy Coombs, associate for transformation
Susanna Braymer, administrative assistant
Carlie D’Annunzio, financial manager
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
O Lord our God, you are always inviting us to change, to grow, to go down a new path. We crave stability, and yet you push us beyond our comfort zones into the places you have planned for us. Grant us strength and courage. In your holy name we pray. Amen.