Albany

Despite some arguments to the contrary, short-term mission trips can be positive experiences for both visitors and hosts. 

Our faith directs us to be champions for the voiceless, including the natural environment. Many Christians have adopted “green” habits as a result of their faith.

Life is hard—often very hard—for those living under military occupation with continuing land confiscations, restrictions on travel, arbitrary arrests and detention, and ongoing violence.

As one church seeks new methods of outreach, it discovers ways to help victims of human trafficking right in its own community.

Recently, Bethany Reformed Church of Albany had the opportunity to become involved with Family Promise to help care for our neighbors in the Capital Region—and the results have been nothing but transformative.

None of the five young pastors in one New York clergy cohort grew up there. But they’ve all come to love serving on the East Coast.

A summer camp where children learn to sew and to cook? First Reformed Church of Wynantskill thinks it’s a great idea. Their campers create things to share with neighbors in need.

Just before Christmas, several Muslims hosted a special after-worship coffee hour at First Reformed Church of Scotia. It was their way to say thank you. 

Rusty Lewis is the first ever honorary deacon at Johnstown Reformed Church. The position was created to affirm Rusty’s gifts, honor his abilities, and enrich the church. 

“That was the best worship service I’ve ever been to,” my 10-year-old daughter told me on the way home from church on September 14. I asked her why. “There was something for me to do through the whole service,” she replied.

That day we had held an intergenerational “Back to School Blessing” brunch and worship service at our church, Altamont Reformed Church in Altamont, New York. It was a special service that my family and I will never forget.