Albany

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.

Everyone who attends Fultonville Reformed Church has committed himself or herself to the work of welcome. Our small church of approximately 15 active members began to take God’s call to hospitality very seriously. As these members enrich their community—the small, rural, upstate New York village of Fultonville—they also grow closer as the body of Christ.

Amie Hausmann traveled to Jamaica on a family vacation and came back with more than good memories. God put a love for the people in her heart, and a calling on her life to share her faith through acts of service.

For 15 years, Old Saratoga Reformed Church and First Presbyterian Church in Oneonta have partnered to do mission work at the Pringle Home Orphanage in St. Mary's Parish, Jamaica.

There is nothing like hands-on mission work to revitalize and inspire congregations.

By Jeff McIlrath

What happens when a pastor with a heart for youth ministry moves to a church with a heart for youth ministry? The Pier.