11:00 am

Guest Preacher: Imam Djafer Sebkhaoui
                                 Al-Hidaya Center, Latham, NY

Worship Leader: Rev. Alexandra Lusak, Moderator
                              Rensselaerville Presbyterian Church                                   

Rev. Lusak will lead a brief prayer service followed by a lesson from Imam Sebkhaoui.

Imam Djafer Sebkhaoui is the co-founder and was the first principal of the Annur Islamic School in Schenectady. He is Imam and also co-founder of Al-Hidaya Center in Latham, Al-Hidaya Mosque in Troy and The Muslim Community of Troy. He has been actively involved in interfaith activities since 1990, including serving on the Sidney and Beatrice Albert Interfaith Lecturship Board and the Muslim-Catholic Dialogue Committee of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany.

Imam Sebkhaoui was born in Algeria. He earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Algeria and a master's degree in psychology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He and his wife, Salima, have four children and five grandchildren. 

Jon Walton is a graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He earned his M.Div. degree at Union Theological Seminary, New York City and his D.Min. degree at San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, California.  He has previously served congregations in New Canaan, Connecticut; Setauket, New York; and Wilmington, Delaware.   He is the former co-moderator of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians and continues to serve as a member of the board.  A noted preacher, he has spoken at some of America’s most well known pulpits including the Washington National Cathedral,  and innumerable college, seminary, and conference settings.  His lectures and sermons are published in a wide variety of sermon anthologies, books on preaching, and articles in professional journals.  He is the author of the book, Imperfect Peace: Teaching Sermons on Troubling Texts. - See more at: http://www.fpcnyc.org/about-us/pastoral-staff/getting-to-know-the-pastors.html#sthash.7DqSI0rf.dpuf
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.  

Anniversary Service Program

Montage of Anniverary Service Photos by John Eldridge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psvY2c2ikKM

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