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 Based in Albany, NY, tenor soloist Joshua   Gurwitz is a new addition to the music   staff at First Presbyterian. He is also  founding member of the Greylock Opera   Collective (GOC), a new opera company   in North Adams, MA and was most   recently featured in GOC’s inaugural   performance, The Weeping Woman (a   new   opera based on the life of Picasso’s   muse, Dora Maar) in the role of Jaime   Sabartes-Gual.  Other notable roles include Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus and Joe   Boyd in Damn Yankees. In addition, Mr. Gurwitz has been a featured soloist in   an eclectic range of concert repertoire from J. S. Bach’s Christ Lag in   Todesbanden to Reena Esmail’s pioneering new work, This Love Between Us.
In 2018, Mr. Gurwitz was awarded first prize in the Advanced Division of the Joel Dolven Vocal Awards, a competition run by the Mendelssohn Club of Albany, NY. He has also won honors in 2011, 2012, and 2014 at the Art Song Festival held by the Eastern New York chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). In the 2020/1 season, Mr. Gurwitz will be featured in My Way of Life, a musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s Mrs. Warren’s Profession by Michael Dilthey and Brian Leahy Doyle and will make his role debut as Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with WOW Opera.
Mr. Gurwitz is a graduate of the vocal performance programs at the University at Albany, SUNY and the Aaron Copland School of Music, CUNY.  Welcome!


First Pres, through the Social Justice and Peacemaking Committee, has been working with the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Here are some opportunities for education and advocacy:

Wednesday, July 22, 6-8pm - NYSPPC 101 Workshop - RSVP here.

Looking to deepen your knowledge and understanding of the campaign, it's vision, values, and strategy? Join leaders from the NYS Poor People's Campaign for a participatory workshop where we'll dive into those topics and connect with next steps for action.
This will be a great workshop if you're new to the campaign, and an opportunity to grow your understanding and clarity around the campaign in a collective way.
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Parents of preschoolers through 5th graders: join with other FPC parents Thursday, July 23, at 9pm via zoom (in a separate email)! We had a great gathering on 7/9 and have decided to offer this every other week for a while, hoping that people can join whenever possible. All are welcome! We’ll be discussing how to talk with your kids about racism on 7/23.
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First Presbyterian Church is awarding Educational Grants to church members who seek financial assistance in continuing their education.  These funds may be used during the school year for any type of studies beyond high school.  A simple application can be obtained from the church office at  The dead line is September 1, 2020.


Worship Schedule

Note our worship times and invite a friend to worship with you virtually this summer!

July 26        10:00am    Worship Service via Facebook
August 2     10:00am    FOCUS Worship Service at First Church Albany
                                     (drive-in worship in their parking lot, 110 N. Pearl St.)
                                     An on-line service will also be available from the
                                     Synod of the Northeast
August 9     10:00am    Worship Service via Facebook

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