The first church I served was a small church, once in a rural setting now yielding to housing subdivisions. About 10 years before I arrived the church had decided to build a new building across the street from the historic wooden original building. It was a single floor church with cinderblock walls with an exterior facing. On top was a 20 foot fiberglass steeple on a box frame.
In my second year there, the steeple developed a crack after a high wind storm. Four men of the church got up on the roof and took it down. One of the men took it to his garage, and was able to patch the fiberglass crack. In 2 weeks, the same 4 men put up the repaired cross.
Westminster Presbyterian Church is starting the second phase of a capital campaign designed to raise a half-million dollars. About half that amount has been raised, and the church is now going public to raise the rest.
If you’re not a churchgoer (and fewer people are these days), you could easily assume that Sunday is the most active day of the week at Westminster. You would be wrong.
Serving God and His People
Our building was built with a beautiful steeple pointing toward the heavens, while we seek to serve God and His people here on Earth
Westminster has a long history of opening its doors to the Albany community. As a long- time member, even I was not aware of...
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 en...
On Saturday January 27h at 1:00 p.m. Westminster will again host a Zumba Party fundraiser in support of kids orphaned by the Ebola disease in both Sierra Leone and Liberia. We suggest a donation of $15. or more but all are welcome. Ebola headlines are history but Ebola's child survivors still need help. Read on....
It has been a few months more than three years since Americans could not turn on their televisions without hearing reports of the Ebola epidemic sweeping across West Africa. We all saw images of bodies in the streets of African cities and dying patients attended by hospital workers dressed in what seemed to be space suits more suit...
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
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.