Zoom Gathering to Discuss
the Vision 2020 Task Force Report

The General Synod formed a task force two years ago to research possible scenarios for the future of the Reformed Church in America (RCA). Their final report has been released. Click here to read it. 

The officers and staff of the Regional Synod of Albany invite you to join a zoom gathering Thursday July 30 4 PM OR 7 PM

Members of the Vision 2020 Task Force will be present to clarify information, answer questions and hear your feedback.

Questions? contact Abby Norton-Levering, Synod Ministries Coordinator, nortonlevering@gmail.com

Big News from Churches Learning Change!

Need a place to process all of the change you've been living? Leaders involved with CLC are expressing repeatedly how grateful they are for CLC, especially during pandemic times. The next round of Churches Learning Change IS technically beginning this fall, and we are extending the sign on deadline to December 1.

Know that you want to participate? Sign on now!
Contact Ali at Clcbigeast@gmail.com OR

Not sure?
  • Check out www.churcheslearningchange.com
  • Have a conversation with Sherri Meyer-Veen, Abby Norton-Levering, Mike Meyer-Veen, Megan Hodgin, Greg Town, or Edie Lenz. They'd be happy to speak with you and/or your leadership team.
  • Jump into a Faithwalking course this fall and give it a try. Faithwalking is a part of the Churches Learning Change process, and Faithwalking 101 is retreat #1 for Churches learning change.
Any individual, regardless of CLC participation, is welcome to Faithwalking 101 or Faithwalking Foundations Module 1. If your church chooses to join CLC later, you can credit the fees that you pay for the retreat toward your first CLC payment.

Fall opportunities for Faithwalking include three Faithwalking 101 in-person retreats (tentatively moving forward with precautions) and three Faithwalking Foundations options. For more info and to register, go to nyfaithwalking.com

SMB Grants Can Help

As the church considers when, how, and if regathering in person for worship is safe, you may need things to do so. The Synod Ministries Board offers grants for up to $1000 for new endeavors in Revitalization, Discipleship, and Mission. As the practical and physical considerations of ministry change, you are invited to apply for grant support.

The process is easy.
  1. Check out the application. It's on the website in two forms.
  2. Work with your committee or consistory to answer all the questions.
  3. Get approval for this grant from your consistory and your classis. If you don't know what the process of approval is for your classis, check with your clerk. This double endorsement for the grant request is in keeping with our polity in how churches communicate with the Regional Synod.
  4. Send the completed grant requisition to rsa.comscoordinator@gmail.com. This happens when you hit "submit" on the Google Doc and no further action is necessary. If you're using the downloaded form from the website, simply scan (or photograph) the completed pages and email them as at attachment.
  5. Your grant will then be considered by a small committee of SMB members. They read every grant, discuss, ask questions, get clarification, and ultimately approve the request. We want to disperse grant money.
  6. The approved grant gets emailed to Bob Hoffman, Administrator for the Regional Synod. He writes a check and the Ali Stone, our Bookkeeper and Office Manager extraordinaire puts that check in the mail to you. Once a grant is submitted, the approval process ideally takes about two weeks.

Already have an idea that just needs a little funding boost?