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Stewardship Committee

On Consecration Sunday, October 23rd, the Stewardship Committee prays that the church will come together to celebrate our recognition of the varied gifts we have received from God and how we may use those gifts to serve others. We hope that you can attend, so that we may together “rejoice in the Lord!”

Please contact Jamie at the Church Office, or place a reservation card from your pew in the offering plate to let us know that your voice will be added to the joyous acclamation!


Join us on Sunday mornings!
9:15-10:15 Education Classes
Godly Play Preschool Class (age 3 thru pre-k)
Children’ Education Class (K thru grade 5)
Adult Education Class
9:30am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
10:30 Worship: in-person and livestreaming on Facebook
11:30 Fellowship Time



The Outreach and Mission Committee is looking for several individuals to join our 6 on 6 dialogue team that will be meeting with representatives from the Walls Temple AME Zion congregation. Meetings will be held monthly to foster understanding, cooperation and mutual ministry support. For further information, please contact Debra or Eric Fagans ( Pastor Alphonso Meadows of Walls Temple has led worship at First Presbyterian as part of our Black History Month observance and participated in our Advent Carol sing-alongs.


Stop Funding Climate Chaos:  Rivers and Mountains Green Faith Circle in Columbia County is organizing a demonstration at TD Bank on October 14, 2022 at 4:30 - 5:15 in Academy Park across from the State Capital in Albany.  Faith leaders will convene to highlight the immorality of investments that steal the future from coming generations by asking TD Bank to divest of fossil fuels.  After signing a letter to TD Bank, we will proceed to the bank on Eagle Street to deliver the letter.  All are welcome to participate.

Thank you, Capital Region Interfaith Creation Care Coalition (

PS:  If your faith leader would like to participate or sign the letter to TD Bank, they can contact Michael Richarson:



St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
10 North Main Avenue
Albany, NY 12203

The Rev. Dr. Gary Dorrien
We are honored and delighted to welcome back the Rev. Dr. Gary Dorrien among the distinguished clergy who have roots in St. Andrew’s who are returning to help us celebrate our 125th anniversary. Please be sure to join us on Sunday, October 9 for our service at 9:30 a.m. and refreshments following.

Gary Dorrien teaches social ethics, theology, and philosophy of religion as the Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and Professor of Religion at Columbia University. Professor Dorrien is the author of 21 books and more than 300 articles that range across the fields of social ethics, philosophy, theology, political economics, social ad political theory, religious history, cultural criticism, and intellectual history.

Social critic Michael Eric Dyson wrote in 2021: “Gary Dorrien is the greatest theological ethicist of the twenty-first century, our most compelling political theologian, and one of the most gifted historians of ideas in the world.” Philosopher Cornel West describes Dorrien as “the preeminent social ethicist in North America today.” Dorrien told an interviewer in 2016: “I am a jock who began as a solidarity activist, became an Episcopal cleric at thirty, became an academic at thirty-five, and never quite settled on a field, so now I explore the intersections of too many fields.”

Gary Dorrien’s many awards include in 2018 the Choice Award of the American Library Association for his book Breaking White Supremacy: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Black Social Gospel, which Choice described as “intellectual history at its finest…A triumph of careful scholarship, rigorous argument, clear prose, unblinking judgments, and groundbreaking conclusions… Indispensable.”   In 2017, Dorrien won the Grawemeyer Award for The New Abolition: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Black Social Gospel. The citation quoted theologian William Stacy Johnson: “This is a magisterial treatment of a neglected stream of American religious history presented by one of this generation’s premier interpreters of modern religious thought operating at the top of his game.”

Dorrien has recently authored two major works on democratic socialism, Social Democracy in the Making: Political and Religious Roots of European Socialism (2019), and American Democratic Socialism: History, Politics, Religion, and Theory (2021), both published by Yale University Press.
We invite you to join with our Sacred Ground participants who will be discussing  Dorrien’s article “Recovering the Black Social Gospel: The figures, conflicts, and ideas that forged the ‘new abolition’” in a Zoom meeting at a date to be determined. You can find a link to this article at

October Birthdays

Gail Kelly                                      John Fitzgerald
 10/3                                                  10/21  
Katie Henrikson                           Susan Blabey
 10/4                                                  10/21  
Mia Robinson                               Jason Scarlett   
 10/7                                                  10/24  
James Jackson                              Alisa Samuel
10/8                                                   10/24 
David Wood                                   Bruce Brynolfson
10/10                                                 10/25 
Jack Holmes                                  Debra Fagans
10/14                                                 10/28
Imani Elad                                     Nancy Zimpher
10/16                                                 10/29 

If your birthday is this month and it's not listed, please let Jamie know so we can update our records. 


Tuesday, 10/4     9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                          12:00pm   Staff Meeting
                            5:30pm   Outreach & Mission Committee Meeting
                            6:30pm   Membership Committee Meeting
                            7:30pm   Christian Education Committee
                            7:30pm   Social Justice & Peacemaking Committee Meeting

Wednes., 10/5     7:00pm   Legacy Giving Subcommittee

Thursday 10/6    7:00am   Men's Bible Study
                             7:00pm   Choir/Soloists Rehearsal

Sunday, 10/9      9:15am   Preschool Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education 
                            9:15am   Adult Education
                            9:30am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
                          10:30am   Worship Service
                                           In-Person/Livestream on Facebook
                          11:30am   Fellowship Time

Monday, 10/10                  Office Closed
                            1:00pm   Covenant Group

 Tuesday, 10/11   9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                          11:30am   Clergy Meeting
                            6:30pm   Anti-Racism Task Force

Thursday 10/13  7:00am   Men's Bible Study
                             7:00pm   Choir/Soloists Rehearsal
                             7:00pm   WPNA Meeting

Saturday, 10/15   9:30am   Session Retreat

Sunday, 10/16    9:15am   Preschool Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education 
                            9:15am   Adult Education
                            9:30am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
                          10:30am   Worship Service
                                           In-Person/Livestream on Facebook
                          11:30am   Fellowship Time
                          12:00pm   Youth Group
                          12:00pm   Choir Rehearsal

 Tuesday, 10/18  9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                            7:00pm   Session Meeting

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