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Helping Children at Giffen Memorial Elementary School

A bright future includes a strong educational start! This isn’t exactly news, but it takes the support and commitment of many to make education accessible to all. Giffen Memorial Elementary School is located in a low income area in South Albany where the student population is primarily African-American and immigrant. Many tutors are required to work with the students during the school day. Westminster Presbyterian Church is encouraging members to join with Albany's First Presbyterian Church in their partnership with Giffen Memorial Elementary School in Albany's South End to: Tutor in the Classrooms at Giffen Memorial Elementary School Put tutors in classrooms to help teachers during the scho

Reaching Out to Schuyler Inn's Homeless Families

Sometimes, we need help to “make ends meet.” Many of us live paycheck to paycheck and unexpected circumstances can lead to major problems. We work with the Schuyler Inn to assist families who are working to get their lives back in order. The Schuyler Inn is an emergency housing shelter. Many of these families are facing extreme financial difficulties. Often they arrive at Schuyler only with the clothes that they are wearing. Westminster volunteers are needed to help improve the lives of homeless families and children living at Schuyler Inn in Menands. This former motel, owned by Peter Young Housing, Industries and Treatment (PYHIT), has a contract with Albany County to serve homeless famili

What’s a Kirkin’? Come find out!

Bagpipes, drums and tartan banners! So, what’s the "Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan" worship service all about? A Little History – Scottish Heritage The Kirkin’ is a celebration of the Scottish roots of the Presbyterian heritage. This tradition originated in the United States during World War II, when it was introduced by the late Peter Marshall at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. Kirking, from the Scottish Gaelic word kirk, which means church, and in this usage means ‘blessing.’ A kirkin’ can be thought of as the gathering of families to enter into the House of the Lord to worship and praise. The colorful woven tartans that are displayed during the service are symbols of the love and t

Partnerships in Ghana - Westminster Mission Team Trip: July 25 - Aug 9

In the picture shown above, Pastor Jim Reisner spoke to a group of Children at the Okushibri Community School on Thursday, July 28. The team returns on August 5 to complete the school's new library; Westminster sent the money to purchase the wood for library furniture. Jones Ntorinkansah, Tema Planning Committee Chair for the 2016 Westminster visit to Ghana (a member of Greenwich Meridian) has been sending daily reports about Mission Team activities. There have also been text reports from Rev. Alice Kyei-Anti (Mama Alice), a Westminster visitor in 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2012. See below for a daily digest. You can learn more about this Mission Trip and what we plan to do while in Ghana in the B

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