Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of Albany, 2018 Spring Gathering

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Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of Albany

Spring Gathering

Saturday, April 14, 2018 – 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

First Presbyterian Church in Valatie


Rhonda Sanchez, the representative from the Presbyterian Women in the Synod of the Northeast to the 2016 USA Mission Experience Trip will share her experiences and insights. The theme of the trip to the San Francisco Bay area was Out of Darkness… into the Light. 

The goals of the trip were to:

– learn about human trafficking, domestic violence and immigration issues

– develop skills to advocate for immigrants and survivors of human trafficking

– identify resources women can use to help eliminate slavery and domestic violence

– examine the myths and realities of immigration

– explore personal immigration stories


Communion will be celebrated by Rev. Kathi Jones.


General Information

– Bring a bag lunch. Beverage and dessert provided.

– Registration fee of $5.00 will be collected at the door.

– A freewill offering will be collected for Mercy Beyond Borders, an organization that helps women and young girls primarily in South Sudan and Haiti to have a voice that will enable them to participate in the country’s economy by providing scholarships, adult literacy classes and assistance with starting income generating businesses.


For further information contact:

Rosalie Hemingway at 518-758-7886 or

Charlotte Hasselbarth at 518-356-0637 or

Directions to the First Presbyterian Church of Valatie

3213 Church Street, Valatie, NY 12184 – Phone 518-758-7886

From the North: Take I-87 south to exit 6/7 east toward Troy. Exit to 787 Southbound and continue to the exit for I-90 East toward Boston. Move to the left and continue onto I-90 east. Continue on I-90 to exit 12 (last exit before the Thruway), and turn right onto Route 9. Go six miles on route 9 to the round-about, entering from the left lane. Continue around the circle to the third exit which is route 9. Get in the left lane at Cumberland Farms, which will be on your left, and turn left toward route 203 to get onto Main Street. Take the second left onto Church Street. The church driveway is on the right soon after reaching the top of the hill. Turn right into the driveway prior to the church building and continue to the parking lot on your right. (Note:. The street on the north side of the church is one way west so you cannot circle around the church on that street. and you must turn left when exiting the church parking areas.)

From the West: Take the Thruway/I-90 east to exit 21A onto the Berkshire Spur and continue to exit B-1. Stay to the right after the toll booths and turn left onto route 9 south. Follow above instructions to the church.

Alternative from the West: Take I-90 through Albany, get off at exit 12. Follow above instructions to the church.

From the South: Take the NYS Thruway I-87 north to exit 21A onto the Berkshire Spur and follow the instructions above or take the Taconic Parkway to Route 203 west toward Chatham and continue on route 203 until crossing the bridge coming into Valatie. Turn left onto Main St and take the second right onto Williams Street. Continue north on Williams St and turn left into the church parking area. It is shorter to get off the Thruway in Catskill but more confusing so follow your GPS if taking that route. It is also shorter to get off the Taconic Parkway onto route 82 west and then turn north on Route 9H to the Valatie exit. Turn left at the end of the exit ramp onto route 9 north and then right onto Main St Valatie just past the Valatie Medical Arts Building. Follow above.

From the East: Take the Massachusetts Turnpike to the Berkshire Spur of the Thruway, take exit B-1 and follow the directions above or take any road leading to Route 9, go north or south depending on which side of the Berkshire spur you are on and follow the directions from route 9 to the church.



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