2018 SUMMER SERVICES
THEME: “AND STILL WE RISE” *
(* after “And Still I Rise”, a poem by Maya Angelou)
SUNDAY, AUGUST 19
Rev. Alexandra Lusak
Rensselaerville Presbyterian Church
Sermon: “For Such A Time As This”
The Rev. Alexandra S. Lusak was appointed moderator of the Rensselaerville Presbyterian Church in November 2011. An honorably retired teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), she served as pastor and head of staff of the First United Presbyterian Church in Troy, NY from August 2000 to October 2010. Active in denominational governance, she has served on and chaired a variety of presbytery committees, and in 2005 and 2006 served as vice-moderator and moderator of Albany Presbytery. In 1999, she was privileged to serve as a commissioner from the Presbytery of West Jersey to the 211th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Fort Worth, Texas. Rev. Lusak holds a Master of Divinity degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, California, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Foreign Service and International Politics from the Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA. She is a musician, a gardener, an avid reader, a community activist and the parent of two adult sons.
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://drive.google.com/file/d/1I-yTQSgMxW74vH1hENSS4_2xHXVDh2Ty/view
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