2018 SUMMER SERVICES
THEME: “AND STILL WE RISE” *
(* after “And Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou)
PREACHING SUNDAY, JUNE 24
Rev. Dr. Miriam Leupold,
First Presbyterian Church, Albany, NY
Sermon: “Shiprah and Puah”
Miriam Lawrence Leupold grew up in Winchester, Virginia, where she was baptized, confirmed, married and ordained (30 years ago in August) in the First Presbyterian Church. After graduating from the College of William and Mary, she attended Princeton Theological Seminary. Miriam completed her Doctor of Ministry degree in Christian Spirituality from Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia, in May 2006. She and her husband, Glenn, served churches in Jamestown, NY, and Dayton, OH, before becoming Co-Pastors of First Presbyterian Church in Albany in August 2006. Miriam is the mother to two young women – one entering her senior year of college (BFA in Metal) and one having just graduated from college and applying for internships (BFA Theatre). She enjoys being outside biking, birding, and gardening as well as being inside a movie theatre or live theatre.
220th Anniversary Celebration Service
A service of remembrance and celebration in observance of the 220th anniversary of the first service of worship in our first church building on September 11, 1796 was held on September 11, 2016.
Moderator Rev. Alexandra Lusak officiated. Rev. James Miller brought greetings from former moderator Rev. Robert Lamar and spoke about his own term as moderator. Members of the Session read remembrances from former moderators Rev. Donna Elia and Rev. Joseph Shook, passages from scripture and excerpts from the church history authored by Barbara Dudley and Nancy Chase. The Village Voices sang, led by church Music Director Jan Bishop.
Four new members were received into the church during the service. A gala reception followed in Conkling Hall.
Montage of Anniverary Service Photos by John Eldridge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psvY2c2ikKM
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