Upcoming Events

 Backpack to School Event
Saturday, August 27, 11 am – 2 pm

Every August, families receive letters from school. These letters are exciting! Who will the new teacher be? When is the first day? What will I need? For some, these letters bring smiles and anticipation (if not a little sadness that summer will be coming to an end).

For many, however, these letters bring a twinge of anxiety, particularly around the “school supply” lists. Backpacks, notebooks, pencils, erasers… parents start doing the math, adding up how much all of this will cost. In the last few months, with rising inflation and consumer costs, these anxieties are only going to grow more severe. One parent shared with me that, between their three school-aged children, last year they spent over two hundred dollars on school supplies alone – not to mention back-to-school clothes, shoes, and haircuts!

This year, our congregation will be stepping up to meet the needs presented by these challenges, to give some help and ease the burden on families in our school district. We will be collecting from now until the event at the end of the month, the following items: backpacks, no. 2 pencils, rulers, composition notebooks, 2 pocket folders, child-safe scissors, and erasers. On Saturday, August 27, we will have a “Backpack to School” event, where families in our community will be invited to come and get a backpack stuffed with school supplies for the coming academic year. Additionally, we will have a cookout to celebrate with these families and our community, activities for all ages, and some time for fellowship with our neighbors in Guilderland and beyond.

All donations for this endeavor are welcome now through August 24th. There is a box in the hallway for these donations.

If you are interested in helping out with the event on August 27th, please see Pastor Kyle! Any and all help is welcome! Thank you!


Then mark your calendar to head over to Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church, at 2265 Western Ave., Guilderland, on Wednesday, September 28, for our next (and last for 2022) BROOKS CHICKEN BBQ!

NO price inflation here! Full chicken dinners, including 1/2 chicken, baked potato, cole slaw, roll, butter and utensils are STILL just $14. Can’t beat that for a dinner anywhere! Half chickens alone are also available for $9. Great for another meal or hungry kids!

We will be serving from 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm, or until sold out, which often happens before 6. So come early, get some take-out to eat at the soccer or baseball game, or just to treat the family (and give the cook a night off!). Everyone loves Brooks chicken BBQ!


Presbyterian Women will be starting a new Bible study, this September, “What My Grandmothers Taught Me, Learning From the Women in Matthew’s Genealogy of Jesus.” This study discusses the various women in the book of Matthew who might have influenced Jesus’ life and what we can learn from them. Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, Mary, and others are included. The study explores their stories. The reader is led to a richer idea of what the good news is. If you would like to purchase this study for our Presbyterian Women’s Circle meetings, your own private use or use in another group, contact Joanne Wagner at 355-1408 or jnnwgnr@yahoo.com by Thurs, Sept 1. There will be an option for a free used copy. Joanne Wagner is taking orders for both new and used copies. The new study books are $10 and $15 for large print. Payment is due when they arrive, which will be in mid Sept.

We will begin our new Bible study at our next Circle Meeting on Tues, Sept 27. We will meet from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Rev. Kyle Delhagen will introduce the new study and lead a discussion on Lesson 1, “Family Ties”. Bring a bag lunch. Beverage and dessert will be provided. There will be a Zoom option.

Hamilton Union’s Mask Policy Changed on July 3rd –

We have gone mask OPTIONAL!

The Session has determined, that due to low Covid numbers, we are going mask optional! Although masks will not be required, individuals may still choose to wear a mask at any time, and we expect that some members will continue to do so. We strongly encourage everyone to take into account their own personal and family circumstances and health concerns in deciding whether to wear a mask or not in the church building and during worship. As always, we greatly appreciate everyone’s respect for others’ individual circumstances and choices.

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.

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.

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!

Please find the QR code for HUPC donations pictured below. This is another means of donating to our church. Simply open your camera app on your electronic device as if you were taking a photo of the code. When you do this, a notification with the donation website will appear at the top of your screen.

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Regularly-Scheduled Events

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

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86764200810     Tel.  1-929-205-6099 Meeting ID:  867 6420 0810


  • Every Tuesday, 5:00 pm – Upcoming Events and Bulletin Deadline.  Please submit to the church office at hupc@hamiltonunionpresbyterianchurch.org or 518-456-5410.  Ann can provide help with writing.  


  • 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. Kyle
    (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:  RevKyle@HamiltonUnionPresbyterianChurch.org

Administrative Assistant:  hupc@HamiltonUnionPresbyterianChurch.org