Lisha’s Kill Reformed Church

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Welcome!

Thank you for visiting. We hope that you'll join us for Sunday morning worship at 9:30am and for other fellowship and activities during the week. We have recently redefined the focus of our church's ministry, and the key words are:

  • Connecting with God
  • Community with others
  • Caring for the world
Lisha’s Kill is a community in which we seek to know Jesus Christ and follow him in mission in our world. We offer a variety of opportunities for fellowship, personal growth, worship and service. As you browse our site, we hope that you will find a place you can call home!

We pray that you will join us as we seek “joy in the journey” in relationship with God and one another.

In the grace and peace of Christ,
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Pastor Lisa Vander Wal

Calendar Highlights

  • Summer Camp Days: July 20-24, 8:00am-4:00pm.

Pastor's Ponderings

Dear Friend,

As most of you know by now, we have embarked upon “The Hospitality Project” at Lisha’s Kill Reformed Church. We are finishing Bible Studies on the “Hospitality of God,” are continuing a sermon series about the same, and this fall will concentrate upon what the Bible has to say about our own hospitality toward others. We are emphasizing that hospitality is not simply setting a nice table, or providing good food at dinners, or even being good hosts. Rather, true and deep hospitality has to do with providing space for all to flourish—both inside and outside the walls of the church. It has to do with welcoming and making space for the “other” to thrive, whoever that “other” may be, just as God has done this for us.

True hospitality is so needed in our world today. We have become such an “uncivil” society, with barriers between people being erected virtually everywhere we look. We have become territorial in our politics, in our communities, and yes, even in the church. And this is certainly not what Jesus modeled for us in his relationships with those whom he encountered, healed and sent out to preach the good news of the Kingdom of God.

In my doctoral studies I have been doing a lot of reading about hospitality and also about the church. I am convinced that hospitality is the key to renewal in both our congregational and community. If we truly want the church to flourish as it has in previous decades, we must be humble about who we are and open to learn from others and allow each other to use all of our God-given gifts to do what we have said we are about as a church: “Connecting, Community and Caring.” None of us can do it alone, nor should we try; it takes all of us together to be a church that will be effective in spreading God’s good news to a world who desperately needs to hear it.

One reality I’ve been reading and hearing about is the “Nones” and the “Dones.” The “nones” are those who declare “none” in response to the question of religion on a census form. The number of “nones” has risen sharply in the past decade. But there is also an increasing number of “dones,” those who have been very involved in church life in the past, but now declare that they are “done” with the institutional church. Perhaps some of you fit this description.

But the good news is that God is never “done” with us, no matter who we are or how much we have—or have not—been involved in the life of the church, any church. God simply invites us to come and be involved with the project of spreading God’s good news—in word and in deed—to a world who needs it so intensely.

The words of a recent choir anthem are so fitting: “together we’ll spread the news that God is in our land… Yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.”

Joyfully serving with you,
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Pastor Lisa Vander Wal

518-346-2710
info@lishaskillchurch.org
2131 CENTRAL AVENUE
SCHENECTADY, NY 12304
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518-346-2710 • info@lishaskillchurch.org
2131 CENTRAL AVENUE, SCHENECTADY, NY 12304
(
click or tap here for directions)
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE • HEARING ASSISTIVE DEVICES AVAILABLE • NURSERY CARE AVAILABLE