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You're Invited! 
Safe Church Learning Event in Palmyra, NY

Join with other pastors, elders, Christian educators, deacons, and those who are passionate about keeping vulnerable people safe in churches for this special education event. We'll gather at Palmyra Reformed Church for a day of learning, worship, and fellowship. Participants will come away with a better understanding on how to spot and stop abuse, prevent the circumstances where abuse can occur at church, and have their current Safe Church policies reviewed by liability insurance professionals.
Saturday, January 12 (snow date January 19)
Palmyra Reformed Church
 232 Canandaigua Street Palmyra, NY 14522
and Fellowship begins at 9am
Program runs from 9:30am - 3pm. 
 Coffee, snacks, and lunch are included
The day will begin with worship
Payment is due at sign-in. The cost is $5 per person or $25 for a team of 5 or more from one church.

Double Header: Theology on Tap and Hymnsing

On January 16, Wolf Hollow is the place to be.

4:30-6 PM Theology on Tap: 
Rev. Dr. Al Janessen and Rev. Matthew Van Maastricht led us in a discussion about how we can draw from the Reformed creeds and confessions as we seek unity. Discussion open to all and sponsored by Albany Synod Executive Committee
6-7 PM Dinner by Buzzard's Bay BBQ (cost: $15/pp)
7-8 PM Beer+Hymns, led by the Rev. Jordan White

Join us for the whole evening or just a portion of the festivities.

You're Invited to the Freedom In Ministry Conference 
January 11-13, 2019

Program Theme: Caring for Those Seeking Refuge
Program Leader: JJ TenClay, Refugees Ministry Coordinator, RCA Global Missions
Worship Leader: Rev. Amy Nyland, Executive Minister of the Regional Synod of New York
Program Coordinator: Rev. Rodney Haveman, Pastor, Parkside Community Church Westwood, NJ

This event is for clergy and their spouses. Registration is $100 for first time attendees and $150 for returning attendees, if registration is sent in by Dec. 1. Cost is the same if clergy spouses also attend. Registration forms can be requested from Rev. Haveman at ( 201) 321-1764.

It's time to register for
the Pastors+Families Retreat


We know you need a break
We created the Pastors+Families Retreat because we recognized that there are some unique challenges to being part of a pastor's family. Here's an opportunity to connect with others in the same boat. We know the importance of the work you do on a daily basis, but we also know that you need time to rest and time to spend with those you love. 

With a desire to fill that need, Camp Fowler is partnering with the Regional Synod of Albany to provide a retreat for you to come to unplug and rest for a couple days. There will be programming for families, as well as for children, so that adults can spend time in their own activities and conversations. We will eat good food, play outside, and be in community together. 

Cost is  $100 per family and includes lodging in Chi Rho Lodge, programming, and all meals. This cost is offset by the Regional Synod of  Albany, the Synod Ministries Board, and Camp Fowler.

February 19-21, 2019

Call for Submissions

Is your congregation doing something really unique with Christian Education? Have you experimented with different times, age groups, locations, materials? What success stories do you have that the rest of the Synod could learn from? 

Send a  300 word write up about your Christian Education and two high resolution photos to the Regional Synod Communications Coordinator at 

Ecumenical Advocacy Days

Save the date for the regional Ecumenical Advocacy Day on February  27, in Albany. The day will begin with plenary sessions and workshops, followed by lunch, and meetings with assigned legislators. The host church as yet to be confirmed.
Areas of focus: Environment ( esp. climate change and fossil fuel divestment), Incarceration, Economic Justice (housing, food security) and Immigration.

A national Ecumenical Advocacy Days are also being planned for April 5-8 in Washington DC. There is an effort to organize leaders from the RCA to attend this year. More information about the focus and goals of this project can be found HERE

If you are interested in more details or how to get involved in either of these, please be in touch with Rev. John  Paarlberg by email at jpaarlberg@gmail.com

Year End Contributions

For the Regional Synod of Albany and the Synod Ministries Board, the last day for  2018 contributions will be January 11. 

Happening at a Church Near You


Brooks' BBQ - Dec. 9th, 2PM until Sold Out
Lynnwood Reformed Church
3714 Carman Rd.
Schenectady, NY 12303
Drive Trhu ONLY
Chicken/Rib Dinners $11/$13
Chicken/Rib a la carte $6/$9

The Regional Synod of Albany
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Check us out @inthistogetherforgood and follow us to see photos posted from events all over the Synod. 

Want to 'gram your event for the Synod? Contact Reilly at rsa.comscoordinator@gmail.com to guest host our Instagram account!

Not on Instagram but don't want to miss out on the fun? All of our photos can be found in our Photo Gallery over on our website.
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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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