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Applications for The Albany Synod Fellowship Program are now available!

Ministry sites within the bounds of the Regional Synod of Albany are invited apply to be a part of the Fellowship Program. This program pairs recent seminary graduates with ministry sites for a two-year placement. This is an incredible opportunity for both fellows and ministry sites for mutual learning and flourishing. All the information for both fellows and ministry sites can be found on the Regional Synod of Albany website, where you will also find applications. 

You're Invited to the Creation-Crisis Preaching Workshop with Leah Schade

When: May 20, 10am - 4pm
Where: First Reformed Church of Schenectady, 20 N Church Street
Cost: $30/church or $10/individual

Preaching "good news" in the face of environmental devastation, the climate crisis, and extreme energy extraction can feel overwhelming to pastors and congregations alike. This workshop will introduce a three-fold approach for preaching that addresses environmental justice issues with a particular eye towards congregational context (geography, culture, community, political tensions, economics, etc.). The goal of this workshop is to help preachers develop an environmentally-literate approach to preaching that honestly and creatively names the reality of our ecologically-violated world, while emphasizing a hope-filled "eco-resurrection" through Christ's redemption of Creation.

The Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade is Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship at Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky. An ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America since 2000, Leah has served congregations in rural, urban, and suburban settings. She earned both her MDiv and PhD degrees from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (now United Lutheran Seminary), and her book Creation-Crisis Preaching: Ecology, Theology, and the Pulpit (2015) is available from Chalice Press. Leah has served as an anti-fracking and climate activist, community organizer, and advocate for environmental justice issues. Her newest book Preaching in the Purple Zone: Ministry in the Red-Blue Divide is available from Rowman & Littlefield. Her forthcoming volume co-edited with Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, Rooted and Rising: Voices of Courage in a Time of Climate Crisis, contains essays from a cross section of faith leaders and activists offering their spiritual wisdom and energy for facing the difficult days ahead (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020). Leah is also the "EcoPreacher" blogger for Patheos.com: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/ecopreacher/

Questions? Contact Rev. John Paarlberg at jpaarlberg@gmail.com

Faithwalking 2019 

What is Faithwalking: It is our deep conviction that Jesus demonstrates the fully human, fully alive life to which we are called as Christ's disciples. As you participate in our ongoing spiritual formation process, you will discover your true self that is full of passion and desire to make an impact in the world. You will receive teaching, coaching, and support as you identify and remove the obstacles that stand in the way of living life as your true self. Our core work centers around helping you and those in your community to master the work of spiritual formation, inner healing, emotional transformation, and missional living.

For more information, contact Rev. Dr. Sherri Meyer-Veen at 
Faithwalking Coordinator, Regional Synod of Albany
(518) 231-2151 text or voice

Retreat Schedule:

Camp Fowler, Speculator, NY
Sunday, June 2 through Tuesday June 4.

To register, please visit

.And it was Good:  There is still time to register for most of our weeks at Camp Fowler. Our summer theme is dealing with how caring for creation is rooted in our sacred texts. From the beginning stories in Genesis, to the good news of Jesus - the 'light of the world', to the ending dreams of Revelation of God making 'all things new', we find again and again a call to be present in this world and to do the things to care for all creatures great and small. To register for your week at camp, go to:  https://www.campfowler.org/summer

Camp Fowler is looking for a summer chef!
Of all the roles to fill at summer camp, the Chef is often one of the most significant. If you know someone who wants to serve the Lord this summer by helping us prepare good, nutritious, tasty, and whole food to over 800 campers, let us know. For a full job description and details go HERE

Join us for a night of Folk/Americana music! Garret Szantner (Minister at Lynnwood Reformed Church, Best Friend to Amos the Church Dog, accurate impressionist, past quarterback and current Subaru driver), Mark Mares (Fellow to 4, I said 4! churches, kombucha loving, bongo/djembe/cajon playing fool and Lio Messi number one fan) and I (Jason White) will be playing some songs at Eden Cafe near Albany on the evening of Friday, May 10 from 7:30 to about 9:30. What's great is not only do we get to play music together which is a blast, but all ticket proceeds will go toward Albany Synod Ministries, which supports all of our churches. Get the date on your calendars! 
 See you at Eden Cafe on May 10th!

NY Landmarks Conservancy Sacred Sites Open House Weekend May 18-19


Many churches of the Regional Synod of Albany are registered as sacred sites with the New York Landmarks Conservancy. These churches are invited to register to be a part of the Sacred Sites Open House Weekend in order to showcase their building, legacy, and beauty. 

All the information on how to register or to see what houses of worship are participating in the open house weekend for you to visit, go to the Landmarks Conservancy website HERE

Events at the Reformed Church Center

The Reformed Church Center Looks at Worship and Preaching
In the 1950s and '60s, both the Reformed Church in America (RCA) and the Christian Reformed Church in North America undertook liturgical revisions that represented substantial shifts in how they lived out their liturgical and sacramental lives.  How did this come to pass? What are the continuing fruits of this liturgical revival, especially as both the CRC and the RCA become increasingly multicultural? These are questions which the Reformed Church Center hopes to explore in "Reformed Worship and the Liturgical Revival," a program on Thursday, April 11, 10:00-2:30 at New Brunswick Theological Seminary.
Emily R. Brink, internationally-known liturgical and hymnological scholar and Senior Research Fellow at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship in Grand Rapids, Michigan, will share findings from her work at the 2018-19 Alvin J. Poppen & John R. Young Fellow in Reformed Worship at NBTS as part of her keynote address.
Gregg A. Mast is president emeritus of NBTS, and in his forty-year ministry served as  a congregational pastor in Johannesburg, South Africa, Irvington, New Jersey, and Albany, New York; as  Minister of Social Witness and the Director of Ministry Services in the RCA; and as President of the RCA General Synod. 
Benjamín Alicea-Lugo is the Pastor of the St. Paul's Evangelical Reformed Church in Perth Amboy, NJ, since 1986, and a Spanish teacher at Old Bridge High School since 2002. He and his wife, Irma, are Co-Editors of Praise y Adoración BilingualHymnal / Himnario bilingue. 
Ursula Cargill, a minister and educational administrator, serves Agape House, a new RCA ministry in North Plainfield, NJ, as pastor, planter, and ministries leader.
Dan Joo is the lead pastor of Willow Grove, PA, Korean Reformed Church and current president of the Classis of Delaware-Raritan. His pastoral focus is on building a stronger community of disciples radically following Christ, bridging between the generations of Korean immigrants and raising the next generation leaders.
The suggested donation for the day, which includes lunch, is $10.00, but seminarians are welcome for free and everyone else is welcome regardless of the ability to pay. RSVP to jbrumm@nbts.edu by Monday, April 8.
Preaching in a Period of Polarization on April 25
This day-long workshop is open to everyone. The suggested donation for lunch will be $10.00; but everyone is welcome regardless of ability to pay. Lunch is free for all seminarians. NBTS is also able to offer .5 CEU to anyone who completes this program, at a cost of $25.00. Register via e-mail to jbrumm@nbts.edu by Monday, April 22nd. Please include your name, postal address, and telephone number; those applying for the .5 CEU must indicate the same in the e-mail.

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

RCA Grants Available

Flourishing Churches Grant:
There are six $50,000 grants available to help congregations repair or improve their building for outward-focused ministry to the community. Last year, seven congregations were served out of over sixty applications.
More information can be found at  www.rca.org/flourishing-churches-grant .
Please consider applying for this grant and get your application in before May 15.

For Clergy Financial Flourishing:
The Board of Benefits Services (BOBS) of the Reformed Church in America believes that financial burdens carried by pastors are barriers to effective ministry. If we can change this in a positive way, both pastors and congregations will flourish.  

About the grant:  The Ministerial Excellence Fund is used to give grants to pastors to relieve the burden of personal debt. Half of the fund is a generous gift from the Lilly Foundation, and BOBS will match those funds to double the amount to give away.
The Lilly Foundation states this conviction: Financial burdens carried by pastoral leaders are significant barriers to effective, faithful, and fruitful ministry. BOBS couldn't agree more, which is why it has utilized this fund to help clergy become financially healthy.  Along with distributing money, BOBS will offer financial planning and education to equip pastors to lead well in their ministries.

Find out more information   HERE

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

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