THEME: Finding Common Ground

Sunday, June 23
11:00 AM

Rev. Dr. Richard Spalding
Retired Chaplain, Williams College

Sermon: “Word One”

Rick Spalding has shared a summer Sunday at Rensselaerville almost every year since 2000 when he began serving as chaplain at Williams College, on the other side of the Taconic Ridge in western Massachusetts.  After retiring from that call in 2018, Rick spent 18 months as interim pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  He holds degrees from Yale Divinity School, Union Theological Seminary (New York City), and Hartford Seminary, and has contributed essays to the Feasting on the Word series and a volume on College and University Ministry in the 21st Century.  His ministry began in the Hudson Valley with four formative years as associate pastor at Westminster Church in Albany and three years of parish work and teaching in New York City.  He now lives in Ipswich, Massachusetts on “the North Shore” just above Cape Ann, where he continues to try to fathom the secrets of retirement.

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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://drive.google.com/file/d/1I-yTQSgMxW74vH1hENSS4_2xHXVDh2Ty/view

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