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Sexual Harassment Prevention Training 

New York State has mandated that all those employed in the state be trained for the prevention of workplace sexual harassment by October 9, 2019. This mandate applies to all church employees as well. The Regional Synod of Albany is providing this training as a resource for all churches; pastors, educators, secretaries, members of personnel committees, and other interested parties. 

First Reformed Church of Schenectady
Wednesday, September 18, 5:30 - 8:30pm
Dinner provided

Training will be provided by Rachel Breidster.  Rachel is a change agent and advocate for justice and equity with over 20 years of experience in teaching, professional development, group facilitation, and instructional design. Rachel's educational background in social stratification and educational design, coupled with her subject matter expertise in social welfare, public health, and state government, inform her dynamic approach to engaging learners in productive, memorable, and meaningful dialogue about complex topics that inform and impact the ways that we-and the  people we interact with- work, live, and love.

Registration is $10 per person and payable by cash or check at the training.

Also, stay tuned for a second training to happen in the Western part of the Synod. Details to be announced soon!

Christian Educators' Summit 2019

Focusing on the theme: "Knowing You are Beloved" the Regional Synod of Albany presents the Christian Educator's Summit again this fall. Come hear keynote speaker, Rev. Marijke Strong, and partake in workshops centered around the theme. All Christian Educators, Sunday School Teachers, Elders, Pastors, Youth Leaders, Deacons, everyone are welcome to attend! 

September 14, 9am - 4pm
Niskayuna Reformed Church
$25 for individuals, $30 for families or $75 for groups

Albany Synod School of Ministry 

Are you a Commissioned Preaching Elder? Are you in process of becoming one? The newly formed Albany Synod School of Ministry has on-line classes for you! Registration is live for the first course, "Reformed Church in America Doctrinal Standards" taught by Rev. Dr. Allen Janssen. Head over to the registration page for all the details.

Thank you Sandy!

The Regional Synod of Albany says goodbye to our longtime office finance manager. Sandy Narusky served us well, always as a friendly and funny office presence. She brought an immense professionalism to keeping all of the ins and outs of the Regional Synod organized. After 7 years in her position, Sandy and her family will be moving to Syracuse. 

Before departing, Sandy worked closely with our office manager, Ali Stone, to seamlessly transfer the managing of finances into Ali's very capable care. Sandy's last day in the office was August 16. Thank you Sandy! 

Happening at a Church Near You

The Johnstown Reformed Church, located at 351 North Perry St. in Johnstown, will present the film documentary:  Harnessing Nature - Building the Great Sacandaga Lake on Thursday, August 29th at 7:00 p.m.  The program is free and open to the public. The documentary chronicles the incredible story of the engineering and undertaking of creating the Great Sacandaga Lake.  The show includes first-hand accounts of valley residents and original documents describing this amazing creation.  For some Sacandaga Valley residents, it meant the loss of their homes, farmland and communities.  For further information, please call the Johnstown Reformed Church at 518-762-7869 

Lynnwood Reformed Church
Brooks Barbecue
Thursday August 29th 3PM until sold out
Chicken/Rib Dinners $12/$13
Chicken/Rib a la carte $8/$9

Tell Your Church's Story

Are you a part of a Reformed or Christian Reformed church? Is your church or a church you know interested in writing a congregational history? Need some support or encouragement? Do you want to produce a volume that is professionally copyedited and produced for reasonable costs AND have the opportunity to share your story with a wider audience?
The Congregational History Series of the Reformed Church in America may be for you!

Find out more information HERE
or talk to Rev. Matthew  van Maastricht

Grants are Available for You!

Do you have a new ministry that needs a little seed money? Is it focused on discipleship, mission, or revitalization?
Apply for a Synod Ministries Grant for up to $1,000. 

The grant for can be found HERE. Once completed, it will be reviewed by the Synod Ministries Board and you will be notified quickly about your request and if your application was approved. Most projects receive funding within a month of their application. 

Questions? Contact Reilly at rsa.comscoordinator@gmail.com

Regional Synod of Albany
1790 Grand Blvd
Schenectady, NY 12309
                   518-374-4573     www.albanysynod.org      synodalbany@gmail.com

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