Upcoming Events

The Purple Pantry

Presbyterian Women has started an ongoing collection of personal care items (feminine care products, toothpaste, facial tissues, and deodorant, shampoo, soap, contact solution, tissues, cotton swabs & razors), for The Purple Pantry, which is the food pantry on the UAlbany Campus. Please leave donations in the box at the top of the stairs in the Christian Education Building or in the box in front of the Christian Education Building, labeled that they are for the Purple Pantry.

  Guilderland Food Pantry

 The Guilderland Food Pantry is in need of canned fruit, jelly, dish soap, laundry detergent, paper towels, jarred pasta sauce (pasta not needed at present) and shampoo. In addition to these ongoing needs, the following items are needed for the Easter meals, which are delivered during the week before Easter: Boxed scalloped potatoes, Canned fruit cocktail, Snack type crackers (Wheat Thins, Sociables, etc.)

Non-perishable items may be placed in the outside bin near the HUPC Education Building entrance, or in the bin next to the Food Pantry entrance at the below address. The Pantry is open Monday through Saturday, 9:30 to 11:00 AM to receive donations of any type.

Cash donations can be sent to the Guilderland Food Pantry, 4 Charles Park, Guilderland, NY 12084.

For more information, contact Cindy Schultz, HUPC liaison to the Guilderland Food Pantry,

Your generosity is deeply appreciated.

The deck box near the outside entrance of the Education Building will be used for ongoing Food Pantry and Purple Pantry donations and will be checked weekly. It will also be used for other items as needed. If there
are any questions, please contact Cindy Schultz.

Tech Team

We now have nine volunteers to operate the new audiovisual system for the church during worship. Four have completed training and four more are scheduled for training in April. We could still use volunteers. If you are interested in helping with this, please contact Karen Williamson.

Got fundraising ideas? Our 2021 church budget includes substantial income from fundraisers. We are putting together a group of members and friends to receive and generate fundraising ideas, and to hold and manage fundraisers. If you have fundraising ideas, expertise, or are willing to help, please contact
Sue Ferris. Thank you!

 The Guilderland Food Pantry has a back pack program, which sends food home every weekend with 60 kids. Currently, the Food Pantry’s most pressing need is donations of items for this program.  Needed are items the kids can prepare themselves or with limited supervision such as: 

  • tuna kits (pre-made tuna and crackers packaged together)
  • microwave mac and cheese (individual serving size)
  • microwave meals (ravioli, beef-a-roni, etc.)
  • microwave cup-a-noodles,
    – individual cold cereals. 

For more information, contact Cindy Schultz, HUPC liaison to the Food Pantry.  Your generosity is deeply appreciated. 

BOOK DRIVE FOR CHRIST CHILD SOCIETY,  Saturday, April 17th, 10:00 am–12:00 pm in the HUPC parking lot.  The Committee on Mission and Social Witness is planning to collect new and gently-used children’s books to donate to a local chapter of the Christ Child Society, which uses these books in programs designed to help women and children ages newborn to teen.  The Christ Child Society is a national organization (https://www.nationalchristchild.org/); Albany chapter https://www.facebook.com/christchildalbany/) whose mission is to help mothers and children in need. They run three local programs which include donated books: 

  • The Layette Program supplies over 20 agencies serving pregnant and parenting moms.  In addition to basic baby needs, each layette includes a new hard-covered book. 
  • The Comfort Bag Program, for ages infant to 14, supplies five domestic violence shelters and one foster care program.  Each handmade comfort bag includes basic hygiene needs for adults and children, coloring/activity books, crayons/colored pencils, stuffed animals and a new book. 
  • The Literacy Initiative partners with St. Peter’s Health Care Partners Children’s Health Center in Albany, which serves 40 children (newborn – 18 years) with a variety of well and sick visits. The children, many of whose families are food-insecure, receive Medicaid and/or speak English as their second language, are given a new or gently-used book at these visits. 

We hope you might purchase a few new children’s books and/or sort through your existing children’s books collection to see what you may be ready to donate.  For anyone unable to deliver books that day, please contact Cindy Schultz  or Nina Zanetti  to arrange a more convenient time prior to April 17th to have them picked up.  Thank you for your support of our book drive! 

The Mission & Social Witness Team announces the next volunteer opportunities at the Regional Food Bank, sorting donated food: Thurs.  April 22 & Thurs May 20, both are from 5 to 6:30 PMWe will have up to 9 slots available, first come, first served.

This is a good opportunity to serve the community, and the work is not difficult. If you are interested, please contact Wayne Gannett to sign up.

Food and Hunger News (from US News and World Report 3/19/2021)

Data from the anti-hunger advocacy group Feeding America and the U.S. Census Bureau shows that counties seeing the largest estimated increases in child food insecurity in 2020 compared with 2018 generally have much higher median household incomes than counties with the smallest increases. In Bergen County, NJ, where the median household income is $101,144, child hunger is estimated to have risen by 136%, compared with 47% nationally.

Thurs, Apr. 22, 10 am – noon: Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of Albany Zoom Spring Gathering, Nancy Pienta, Moderator of Presbyterian Women of First Presbyterian Church of Valatie, member of the Albany Presbytery Mission Committee, and member of the Peace-Making Task Force will speak on Creation Care – How Can We as a Church Respond to God’s Call?  

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Regularly-Scheduled Events

  • Every Sunday, 10:00 am – Worship Service on Zoom

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86764200810     Tel.  1-929-205-6099 

    Meeting ID:  867 6420 0810 


  •  Every Monday, 3:00 to 4:30 pm  (note time change) – Making Connections – Adult Bible Study, via Zoom. 

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85296543847     Tel. 1-929-205-6099 

    Meeting ID:  852 9654 3847 


  • Second Thursday of the month – Good News newsletter deadline. Send articles to Editor Mark Hutchinson at goodnewshupc@gmail.com.  


INSTRUCTIONS – Revised 4/8/20

Zoom Meetings:

With the recent upgrades to Zoom security, and in light of the Zoom-bombing that occurred during the Bible study this week, all of our more public Zoom meetings will now require passwords. Many of these meetings are recurring and the same Password is used for these meetings each week. When these meetings expire, there will be new links and new passwords. The links to the meetings will continue to be published, but the passwords will be removed.

First – if you enter by computer, tablet, Kindle, Smartphone, do what you always do – follow the link provided. (On-going meetings have the same link for multiple weeks, and Rev. Janice will alert you when a new link is needed). If you enter by non-smart phone or landline, you will dial in as usual, and then you will need to enter the meeting password.

Join Zoom Meeting: example https://zoom.us/j/162506373, or call phone 1-929-205-6099 Meeting ID: example 162 506 373. NOTE that the meeting ID is the numbers found in the “address”Password: example 123456. Again – call or text if you have an issue. Also, there is no local number to call for Zoom meeting, so yes, long distance charges do apply.

Second – if you enter the meeting before the moderator does, you will find yourself in a waiting room. Just hang out and wait. This is the second level of security, as Rev. Janice will then “open the door” and “let you in” to the meeting, and then close it again. What this means is that we will be in need of a second person to be a co-moderator, especially during worship, as it is difficult to do both at the same time. If you would like to volunteer, let me know. Remember, there is always grace! Zoom meetings all have the same instructions except that the Links, Meeting Identification Numbers (ID’s) and Passwords will change. We will note the data that changes in the corresponding event above.

Standard instructions follow:

-From your computer, tablet or smartphone, for visual and audio,
Click on the link to join the Zoom meeting: example https://zoom.us/j/123456789 Input the Meeting ID: example 123 456 789Input the password: example 123456


– From your telephone or cell phone, for audio only, dial by your location:

1-929-205-6099 US (New York)
Input the Meeting ID: example 123 456 789
Input the password: example 123456
Please Note: Depending on your phone plan, long-distance charges may apply.

To Leave a Telephone Message at the HUPC Office:

  1. Dial HUPC at 518-456-5410
  2. To skip the opening message, you may dial an extension at any time:
    10 – Office, or 11 – Rev. Janice
    (Or you can listen to the entire message and input the extension at the end.)
  3. When you reach the individual mailbox, press * to skip the message, and wait 5 seconds for the beep.
    (Or you can listen to the entire message and leave your message after the beep at the end.)
  4. Leave your message.
  5. Hang up.
    (Or you can press * to receive verification [after a few seconds] that your message has been sent.)

For More Information

Please check any of the following:

The Good News

Our website hamiltonunionpresbyterianchurch.org



Facebook at Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church – HUPC

Call the HUPC office at 518-456-5410 to leave a message.

Pastor:  pastorhu@HamiltonUnionPresbyterianChurch.org

Administrative Assistant:  hupc@HamiltonUnionPresbyterianChurch.org