5/12/2023 Amy Heebner Performs/Albany City Hall
On Friday, May 12, at 11:30, our organist, Amy Heebner, who is also a carillonneur, will perform a special Tulip Festival musical program on Albany City Hall's historic 1927 carillon, a unique instrument consisting of 49 bells that range in size from 27 to 11,200 pounds. This concert takes place right before the Street Scrubbing event at noon, a re-enactment to honor our Dutch heritage.
Amy will be playing a variety of Spring tunes. Programs will be available in front of City Hall. The carillon can be heard pretty much throughout Downtown Albany.
Also, if you have Spectrum cable, tune in Friday morning to Spectrum News (Channels 1 or 9) and you may catch the interview their newscaster had with Amy, including photographic footage taken inside the bell tower, a place only those with special permission are allowed to access.We are so proud of our multi-talented Amy!
2/12/2023 Music: Preparing for the Lenten Season
The choir is preparing for the Lenten season. We are practicing music to accompany our services of worship and praise to the Lord as we meditate on the unfathomable sacrifice the Lord made for our salvation.
We welcome any who would like to join us in our musical offerings. We rehearse at 3:30 on Thursdays. Besides our regular services, we are preparing for the joint Ash Wednesday service to be held at Clarksville Reformed Church on February 22 at 7 p.m.
Please join us in music and praise as we enter this most sacred time of year.
4/22/2022 What a Day!
This past Easter Sunday was one of the finest moments I’ve had with URC. After a long hiatus from social gatherings, we had a wonderful Easter breakfast together. Thanks to the preparation of all the volunteers under Bonnie Bahanan’s leadership, everything was delicious and the decorations and favors were splendid.
Then there was the worship service . . . Wow!
The choir was stellar, the singing robust, and the pews were filled! (Someone reported that they counted over 50 worshipers.) We had visitors with us and more than a few of us had family and friends worshiping with them. Through it all, the joy and hope of the resurrection of our Lord was palpable. It was a wonderful day!
Now our life together continues. Here are a few bits and pieces about that:
*** We received word from the Onesequathaw Reformed Church that they are having a special event on Thursday, the 28th of April at 7pm. They are showing a video of the musical “The Witness,” which features our own Chuck Phillips (the late husband of Cindy Phillips and brother of Belinda Phillips). This musical depicts the life of Christ as told by the Apostle Peter. There will be an Ice Cream Social following the performance.
*** I will be away the next couple of Sundays. We are visiting family in Tennessee and North Carolina. Rusty Riley will preach on the 24th and our own Belinda Phillips will be preaching on May 1st. I will be back for Mothers Day which will include communion and a special coffee hour after the service.
*** Very soon we will unveil our new web site. Al de Paz has done a wonderful job getting it started.
*** Our prayers are with the Slingerlands. Don had a fall on the ice and broke bones in his foot. He just completed surgery (it was the same surgeon that operated on Sandy). That makes two Slingerlands with broken feet on the mend. As our prayer chain email said, “Isn’t this taking this togetherness thing too far?” Maybe, but still, we're praying for them both!
Many of you have shared that you’ll be praying for our safe travels. That’s much appreciated.
Grace and Peace,Pastor Dave
4/8/2022 “Palm/Passion Sunday”
4/3/2022 Welcome back!!
Well, it has certainly been a while...
Wearing masks at the worship services is now your personal choice.
We encourage anyone who is practicing caution because of health concerns to tell others if they are getting “too close for your comfort.” We should all be aware that we have older folk with compromised immunity worshiping with us.
We will start enjoying coffee hours again! Our first one will be Mother’s Day, May 8th. There’s a sign-up sheet in church to volunteer to host coffee hours. After the first one on Mother's Day, coffee hours will be on the first Sunday of each month, starting in June.