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Join us on Thursday, February 16th at 6:30pm for a Capital Region Poor People's Campaign Organizing Meeting! We'll be discussing possible organizing around the impending Medicaid cutoffs, as well as hearing from leaders in the Fair Pay for Homecare Campaign. RSVP to the meeting here.

We'll meet in person at Westminster Presbyterian (85 Chestnut St), but also have a Zoom option. Call info will be shared after you RSVP.


Each Wednesday during Lent (February 22 - March 29) we'll be having Taize services in the sanctuary at 6:30pm. Would you be interested in helping to set up the candles for these services? It can be done any time after worship Sunday and before 6pm Wednesday. If you're interested, please contact Pastor Miriam


Fresh Flowers for the sanctuary on Sundays may be donated in honor or in memory of a person or event. The cost is $80.  A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board outside the main office. You may contact Jamie directly at 518-449-7332 or


The Tuesday morning Bible Guys, who meet weekly on Zoom at 9 a.m., are looking for new members. If you are interested, please get in touch with Roger Green at


The Outreach and Mission Committee is collecting needed articles for the Giffen Elementary School’s “Clothes Closet” which goes beyond just clothes. Articles may be left in the box in the Assembly Hall designated for this purpose.  Items needed: Youth shoes sizes: 10,11 12 & 13. Items given: 25 pairs of pants, 30 pairs of underwear, 5 pairs of socks & 4 jackets.


Join us online for Finger Labyrinth Walks and Meditations each Thursday through February at 12:30pm via Zoom. Pastor Miriam, Certified Advanced Labyrinth Facilitator, leads each session, and our time together is 30 minutes. This time is open to all, whether you’ve walked a labyrinth in the past or not. Register here to receive the zoom link. Please have a Finger Labyrinth available - you can download a paper version if you don’t have your own or Jamie in the church office. Join us!


Whitewashed:  The Racism Project
Saturday, February 18, 3:00pm
Please join us!


Please join members of Westminster’s Racial Justice Vigil Team and First Presbyterian’s Anti-Racism Task Force on Saturday, February 18, at 3:00 pm for a film and conversation about the history and ongoing impact of racial oppression in America.
Westminster’s Racial Justice Vigil has taken place every Tuesday since September 2020.  Local activist Shirey Archie joins on his lunch break from his job. Archie was profiled by Paul Grondahl in the Times Union this past October. Several First Pres members went to see the stage production of Whitewashed: The Racism Project, which Archie co-created with director Michael Kennedy and a group of local actors. 
As part of our ongoing effort to deepen our understanding of systemic racism, the Racial Justice Vigil team and FPC’s Anti-Racism Task Force are hosting a viewing of the film version of Whitewashed.  Afterwards, we’ll talk about the film and the issues it raises with Archie and director Michael Kennedy.  Please join us!
Whitewashed: The Racism Project - Following a year of collaborative writing and rehearsing by a cast of local Black actors and activists, Whitewashed premiered as a stage production in September 2019 and performed locally to sold out houses until live performances were halted due to COVID-19. This production confronts white fragility and internalized racism by presenting the history and present-day experiences of being Black in America. See the trailer here. The film lasts approximately 75 minutes.
Where: At the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 85 Chestnut Street, Albany. Venue parking is limited but street parking is also available.
Cost: Free of charge and open to the community.  Donations in support of the work of Creative Action Unlimited, “a theater company committed to sharing the stories of marginalized and vulnerable members of our society…in order to create meaningful social change,” will be gladly received.



Please Sign Up to Provide a Meal for the Youth Group!

We’re asking that families please sign up to take a turn to provide a meal for our regular meetings.

Click the link to sign up→ Meal Train for Youth Lunches


Albany Presbytery is seeking to hire a part-time (12-15 hours/week) Administrative Support Services person "to provide administrative and communications support to the Presbytery enabling effective and hospitable administrative support."  Click here for more details. If you or someone you know is interested, cover letter and resume can be sent to . 

A message from FOCUS ministry:
We need volunteers!

Due to illness, a termination, and a grant reducing weekly staff work hours, we have been stretched very thin as we try to meet the needs of our guests. One year ago, in January 2022, we served 32 breakfast guests a day.  On January 5th this year we served 92 breakfasts.  We are close to tripling the numbers of people we are serving at our FOCUS soup kitchen.  We are struggling to do this with fewer staff.  And we are struggling to do this when the food supply chain is interrupted and we need to spend a lot of time finding food and non-food supplies at an increasing number of purchasing sites.  Our Food Pantry guests are also increasing. Here’s how you can help:
FOCUS Breakfast Program at Westminster (Our doors are open Tues, Wed and Thurs 7am to 8:30am) 
- Wednesday & Thursdays 6:45am to 8:45am (to help serve breakfast - by handing out coffee, breakfast plates, milk & juice, or bags of to-go lunch)
Breakfast Cook or Prep Cook (this commitment involves arriving early: around 5:45am to 6am and working until 8:30am or 8:45am.)  We need folks who can be "back-up cooks" or "back-up prep cooks" when our current volunteer cooks take a much-deserved break.  We need folks who are available Tuesday or Wednesday or Thursday. 
Thursday clean-up (8:30am to 9:30am)  Since Thursday is our last day of the week to offer breakfast, we do a deep clean on Thursday morning.  Can you help us during this hour?  We sweep, mop, move items to our storage bin, and often move tables, chairs and plastic barriers to accommodate other groups who may use the fellowship hall during Thursday to Sunday. 
- Tuesday & Thursday Pastoral Care 6:45am to 8:45am -- listen and talk with individual guests, many of whom have few people available/willing to listen to their hopes and needs. 
FOCUS Food Pantry at Emmanuel Baptist
Thursday Pick up Food Orders at Regional Food bank (in Latham) from mid-morning to late morning. Or Help to Unload a Truck which comes to drop off groceries for our Food Pantry.
Belinda Quaye, our awesome Volunteer Coordinator, is happy to train you and schedule you. Send her an email:

Youth News

Sunday Feb 19

12-2pm Lunch and Program on the 2nd floor

February Birthdays

Michael Lister                                        Sahil Yashib
2/15                                                          2/21
Sanyu Kimuli                                         Fiona McKinney
2/17                                                          2/24
Jace Brown                                            Ze Samuel
2/18                                                           2/24
Molly Dowell Baum                              Jeannette Elias
2/19                                                          2/26
Karen Brown                                         Robert Stevens
2/19                                                          2/27
Deborah Shoup

If your birthday is this month and it's not listed, please let Jamie know so we can update our records. 


Tuesday, 2/14     9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                            6:30pm   Anti-Racism Task Force

Wednes., 2/15   10:00am   Women to Women Small Group

Thurs., 2/16        7:00am   Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                            7:00pm   Soloist/ Choir Rehearsal

Saturday, 2/18    3:00pm   Whitewashed: The Racism Project

 Sunday, 2/19     9:15am   Preschool Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education 
                            9:15am   Adult Education
                            9:30am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
                          10:30am   Worship Service in the sanctuary and                                                                 livestreaming on Facebook
                          11:45am   Fellowship Time
                          12:00pm   Youth Group

Monday, 2/20                    Office Closed

Tuesday, 2/21     9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                            7:00pm   Session Meeting

Wednes., 2/22    6:30pm   Ash Wednesday Service
                           7:15pm   Dads' Small Group

Thurs., 2/23        7:00am   Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                            7:00pm   Soloist/ Choir Rehearsal

 Sunday, 2/26     9:15am   Preschool Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education 
                            9:15am   Adult Education
                            9:30am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
                          10:30am   Worship Service in the sanctuary and                                                                 livestreaming on Facebook
                          11:45am   Fellowship Time

Monday, 2/27    1:00pm   Covenant Group

Tuesday, 2/28     9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                            6:30pm   FOCUS Board Meeting

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