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Capital Campaign Swings Into High Gear!

Steeple Work is Beginning! Words aren’t the only way to share what we believe. Our building can speak for us. We say we are committed to the well-being and stability of our neighborhood. We are stewards of an historic and highly visible building in the heart of Albany. We have a role as a vital part of the Downtown Albany community. We will keep providing hospitality and welcoming spaces for people in all walks of life and with various missions, as we have for more than 150 years. We say we are a welcoming people. We want people to look at Westminster Church and see that it is a physically welcoming space for everyone. Part of being a welcoming community is to ensure that all know that their

Thank you and An Invitation: April 29, 2018

Thank You I want to thank everyone who has made my first month at Westminster Presbyterian Church a great experience. People have welcomed me in conversations as I try to get to know you better. Those on Session, Trustees, various committees, and those involved with activities have put up with my questions and been patient as I try to get up to speed. I have been invited to share in calling on members less able to get out on their own by some of you. Others have invited me to share in activities or groups they are involved with. An Invitation: April 29, 2018 I have an invitation for you in return. I'm asking the congregation to come on Sunday, April 29, and stay for a conversation after chur

What Does the Future Hold for Westminster Presbyterian Church?

I’m sure that question is on the minds of people here at the church. You now have me as your interim pastor. What comes next in your work to call a new pastor? First of all, together we’ll continue the effort you have been sharing to maintain the life and mission of WPC. The worship, fellowship, caring, and mission outreach of the church provides the following: a foundation on which to keep building a future; the support for one another that renews and recharges people; and the focus not just on our internal community but also on Christ’s caring for the community and world around us. Second, the Session will begin discussing at its April meeting the Congregational Assessment process that we

Celebrate Holy Humor Sunday, April 8th

Many American churches are resurrecting an old Easter custom begun by the Greeks in the early centuries of Christianity − "Holy Humor Sunday" celebrations of Jesus' resurrection on the Sunday after Easter. For centuries in Eastern Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant countries, the week following Easter Sunday, including "Bright Sunday" (the Sunday after Easter), was observed by the faithful as "days of joy and laughter" with parties and picnics to celebrate Jesus' resurrection. Churchgoers and pastors played practical jokes on each other, drenched each other with water, told jokes, sang, and danced. The custom was rooted in the musings of early church theologians (like Augustine, Gregory of Ny

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