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Bread for the World Offering of Letters

Thank you to all who participated in Sunday's Offering of Letters. We are sending 80 letters to our Congressional representatives letting them know how important working to eliminate food insecurity is to us. 

If you are sending letters from home, please let us know at, so we can include you in our count.




What is Pinksterfest? Why are we learning about it on Pentecost Sunday? What does it have to do with Albany’s Dutch heritage? What does slavery have to do with it? And what does June 3rd have to do with any of this? Come to Adult Ed on Sunday May 28th and learn the answers to these questions and more. 



We are looking forward to having our potluck picnic with Walls Temple AME Zion Church scheduled for June 10th. We will meet at 1:00 PM at  Walls Temple Church, 27 Delaware St in Albany, and picnic outside on their lawn. 

Come make new friends! Bring a dish to share. There will also be hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill. We are planning some outdoor games with plenty of laughter. Children are welcome!! We will move inside if there is rain.

RSVP at by June 1st with the number who will be attending.

We are still planning to  publish a First Pres/Walls Temple cookbook of favorite recipes. So keep the recipes coming.

PS If using GPS, be sure to put in 21 Delaware ST, not Ave.



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

Advocacy Work

This week in the Capital Region Poor People's Campaign:


Canvassing opportunities

Thursdays, beginning May 25, 7am-8:30am at FOCUS Breakfast Club (275 State St, Albany)

These are fantastic opportunities to meet our neighbors, share about the Poor People's Campaign, and connect people into our movement. No experience necessary, we'll make sure you're ready and prepped! 

Wednesday, May 31, 11am at the NYS Capitol - Tenant Takeover with Housing Justice 4 All

While housing decisions were removed from the budget process, we're still organizing to protect tenants and make housing a human right! More details coming soon, but you can register here.

Memo for Mission and Outreach

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: sweatpants size 6-7, 8-10, 12-14, 1x, 2x, 3x; girls leggings size 6-7 & 8-10; boys belts, small & big; girls belts small & big.

Youth News

On Sunday, May 21, two confirmation students joined the church as Active Members: Kaylee Kite and Charles Cameron Hunter. We are delighted to have them join First Pres and they were greeted after worship with cupcakes and handshakes. Congratulations to Kaylee and Charles!  Charles was also baptized.


Our Prayers are with Pharryll Elad (12th grade) on the recent passing of his father. May the whole family feel the presence of The Divine Comforter as they remember his life and grieve his death.


June is PRIDE!
June is Pride Month! A chance to celebrate the beloved diversity of God-given sexuality and gender identity and expression. It's also a chance to make our voices heard that as a collective church, we SAY GAY and Protect Trans Youth! In fact, our theme this year is "Protect Trans Youth." 

We are looking forward to displaying the youth group's collection of Pride flags in Assembly Hall during the month of June!
At our June 4 meeting after worship 12-2pm in the youth room, we will create some signs and banners and decorations for the parade. We will be marching in the Pride Parade June 11 along with others from First Pres. Come to the parking lot at 9:15am to decorate Molly's van for the parade!

Worship Leadership - June 4
Youth will serve as ushers for worship June 4. Please arrive around 10am so we can prepare and review how to pass the offering plates! 
We also need a scripture reader-- volunteers? who hasn't done it?

Spring Concert? Performance? Big Game coming up?
Invite Molly! Just send me a text or email, as Your youth director, I would love to witness your brilliant Light in the world, and cheer you on!


Please Sign Up to Provide a Meal

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

Thank you to Kendra, parent of Sebastian, who helped make the online sign-up!



Upcoming Events:


Sunday, June 4 - More Light Sunday
10:10 am - Youth Usher in worship
12:00-2:00 pm - Lunch & Program in Youth Room

Sunday, June 11 - Pride Parade
9:15am - Decorate our vehicle with pride!! parking lot
11:30 am - Pride Parade
12:00-2:00 pm- Lunch & Program in Youth Room

July 1-5 - Service & Reflection Trip to Washington, DC
Some adjustments are coming to our trip, the biggest being shortening it to Aug 1-5. Please stay tuned.


Hope to see you soon!

In solidarity and peace,


Upcoming Events at First Pres

Upcoming Events at First Pres

June 4 – More Light Sunday
Jun 10– 1:00pm Potluck Picnic with Walls Temple
June 11 – Pride Parade
June 18 – 9:30 summer worship time begins


Wednes., 5/24     7:00pm   Dads' Small Group
Thurs., 5/25        7:00am   Men's Bible Study
                            7:00pm   Soloist/ Choir Rehearsal 

Sunday, 5/28      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, 5/29                   Office Closed

Thurs., 6/1          7:00am   Men's Bible Study

Friday, 6/2          5:30pm   First Friday Gallery Opens
                            6:00pm   First Friday Concert

Sunday, 6/4        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

Tuesday, 6/6       1:15pm   Staff Meeting
                            7:30pm   Christian Education Committee Meeting

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Contact info: church office: 518-449-7332

May Birthdays

Todd Stevens                                    Sebastián Tañón-Elias
5/29                                                   5/30
Eric Fagans                                      Mary Kelly
5/30                                                   5/31    

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