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Holy Week Services
Livestreamed on Facebook
 
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Join us on April 1 at 7:30pm
Maundy Thursday Worship Service
Click here connect on Thursday.
(additional information below, if needed)
You will find the bulletin for Thursday here.
 
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Albany Presbytery's Combined Maundy Thursday Service
can be found at any time here
and the bulletin here.


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Join us on April 2 at 7:30pm
Good Friday Worship Service
Click here to connect on Friday.
(additional information below, if needed)
You will find the bulletin for Friday here.

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Join us on Easter Sunday, April 4
 
Sunday School for Children at 9:15am 
Pre-K through 5th Graders:
Join for singing, Bible story, conversation and prayer.
Who will our storyteller be this week?!?
Join us via zoom (invite below) at 9:15!
 If you would like to join any of our zoom meetings please contact
Miriam or Glenn.
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Worship Service at 10am.
We will be live streaming on Facebook.
Click here to connect on Sunday.
(additional information below, if needed)
You will find the bulletin for Sunday here.
Communion is being celebrated. You are invited to bring something
to eat and something to drink when you join us for on-line worship.
Using elements familiar to them,
Jesus used bread and wine for his Last Supper with his disciples.
If you’re unable to have juice and bread,
bring something familiar to you.

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One Great Hour of Sharing
Restoring Hope, Feeding the Hungry, Empowering the Oppressed,
We are the Church Together
 
It is once again the season for One Great Hour of Sharing.  This special offering supports three programs of our Church, (1) the Presbyterian Hunger Program (2) Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and (3) the Presbyterian Committee on Self-Development of People.  These programs funded by the One Great Hour of Sharing Special Offering provide safety, sustenance and hope for millions of people who lack access to sustainable food sources, clean water, sanitation, education, and opportunity.
 
This past year has been a challenge for everyone throughout the world.   Imagine how much more challenging it has been for those people already facing loneliness, hunger, inadequate shelter or racial injustice and oppression.  One Great Hour of Sharing allows those of us who are able, We the Church, to relieve some of the suffering and to lift up those who could desperately use a helping hand.  With this special offering, We the Church are given the opportunity to use our gifts to partner with those who struggle most.  Giving to the programs which use focused projects to assist people is one of the most important ways that We the Church, come together in mission and ministry. 

Consider a donation to this offering of our denomination. Donate here or send a check to the church and be sure to put “One Great Hour” in the note on the check.
 

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Offering of Our Gifts
You can mail offering to: FPC, 362 State St, Albany, NY 12210
Or go on line to donate (www.firstpresalbany.org/donate/)
Thank you for your continued support of FPC ministries.


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Our recorded worship services and bulletins are also available on our website.
Please send any prayer requests to Glenn so that we can include them in worship on Sunday.


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INSTRUCTIONS Facebook Live Streaming: we’ll normally start broadcasting about 3 to 5 minutes before the service (so 9:55–9:57) with Trevor’s prelude. Any time after that go the main Facebook page for First Presbyterian Church of Albany. Very close to the top (or maybe just by scrolling down slightly) you’ll see the video with the words “Live now” or something similar. Click on the video and it will open into a larger window and play.  So just stay on the First Pres home page, no need to go into Events or any other sub-page.
 HELPFUL TIP: if you don’t see the livestream on the home page, refresh / reload your browser screen.  Don’t hesitate to call Dwight Cheu at 518.469.1544 if you have any problems.

 

Opportunities

Capital Youth Speak-Out
Saturday April 03, 2021 @ 2:55pm
Preventing Community Violence
 
Promo Video
 
Do you care about police brutality and the over-policing of Black and brown bodies? This is your chance to speak up. Youth Voices will be amplified and heard as the city of Albany Equity Agenda, united with multiple local organizations, works to fulfill the Executive Order 203, to Reimagine and Reform Policing in Albany.
 
Registration here



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We offer an online Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation on Thursdays 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 for Thursday, April 8, 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!
 
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Baby Institute Quilts and Blankets
 
A reminder to all knitters, crocheters and quilters to please keep the Baby Institute in mind as you look for a nice spring project to work on  busy as we move out of the winter months and into spring when hopefully we will leave the pandemic behind!  The Baby Institute that First Pres has been supporting for a number of years consists of a series of parenting classes led by Noelene Smith, MSW.  We have provided baby blankets handmade by members and friends of First Pres to each of the graduates of the classes.
 
Programming for the classes and other activities has necessarily been disrupted and modified during the past year.  However, the need for warm, comforting blankets is no less. There are no specific requirements for blankets- just warm, colorful knitted, crocheted, or quilted - all handmade with love to surround a new child with our prayers and support.  Blankets are appreciated at any time.   
 
For questions, or to arrange for pick-up, please contact
Harriet Seeley (518-621-7172, lcpcats@nycap.rr.com)
or Ann Songayllo Hannay (518-610-2300, annsong156@gmail.com).
We look forward to your participation!
 
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Be a witness of support to the Black Lives Matter movement
every Tuesday from noon to 1:00pm.
 Join others on State S.t in front of Westminster Presbyterian Church
with your mask (not-optional) and a sign (optional).
 
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Calendar

Thurs., 4/1         7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                            7:30pm   Maundy Thursday Service
                                           (livestreaming on Facebook)

Friday, 4/2         7:30pm   Good Friday Service
                                          (livestreaming on Facebook)

Sunday, 4/4        9:15am   Children’s Education  
                          10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)

Tuesday, 4/6      9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                           5:30pm   Outreach and Mission Committee Meeting
                           5:30pm   Property Committee Meeting
                           6:00pm   Hymn Recording
                           7:00pm   Membership Committee Meeting
                           7:30pm   Social Justice & Peacemaking Committee Meeting

Wednes., 4/7    11:00am   Staff Meeting   

Thurs., 4/8         7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                            4:30pm   Anti- Racism Task Force
                            7:30pm   Chancel Choir Virtual Meeting

Sunday, 4/11      8:45am    Adult Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education  
                          10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                          11:00am   Virtual Youth Group

Monday, 4/12    1:00pm   Covenant Meeting

Tuesday, 4/13    9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                         11:30pm   Clergy Meeting
                         12:00pm   Endowment Sub Committee Meeting 


Wednes., 4/14   6:30pm   Women's Small Group
                           7:00pm   Dads' Small Group  


Thurs., 4/15       7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                            

 

******* All meetings will be held via Zoom.*******
 
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Contact info: please use this number 518-439-7492 (instead of church phone)

 
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