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Looking for Some Fellowship Time?

 Join other First Pres members at a safe gathering!
Below is an opportunity.
Each gathering is outside*.
Chairs are provided.
Numbers limited to groups of 6.
Reservations required.

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Patio time at Harriet Seeley's home
Beverages and appetizer provided
Please bring an appetizer to share if you'd like.
Friday, August 26, 4:30 – 6:30
RSVP via church office.

Patio time at Linda & Bob Steven's home
Beverages and appetizer provided
Please bring an appetizer to share if you'd like.
Friday, September 2, 5:30 – 7:30
RSVP via church office.
* in case of inclement weather, the host will determine
if the event will be cancelled or postponed.

If you’re interested in hosting
a porch, patio or deck time at your home,
please contact the church office with details.


Please join Ludovit Linczenyi's relatives and friends on Tuesday, August 23, 2022, at the McVeigh Funeral Home, 208 N. Allen Street, NY 12206 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The family request all visitors to please wear a mask. Also only enter the funeral home from the rear parking lot doorway.



Create a "Welcome Home" Message for Glenn and Miriam!
The Membership Committee invites you to create a brief and personal video message for our co-pastors, Miriam and Glenn Leupold, to welcome their return from sabbatical in September.  Focusing on the "refresh and return" part of their Sabbatical theme, think about answering one or two of these questions: 
  • What did you miss most about Glenn and Miriam?
  • What did you do to "refresh" yourself during their sabbatical time (May to August)? 
  • What are your hopes for their return?
  • What is some special news about you, your family or First Pres?
On Sundays August 21 and 28, Dwight Cheu will be available to videotape your message in the church library before the worship service from 8:30-9:15am and after the service. 

Would you prefer to create your own video message?  Please follow these instructions, and submit your video to
  1. Use a location with good lighting and relatively quiet. If in bright sunlight try to position yourself in the shade. 
  2. Hold the phone / tablet sideways so that the video is in landscape mode. Try to keep the phone as still as possible. 
  3. Closer is better. Try to fill the frame with the upper half of the subject. 
  4. Duration: 10 - 15 seconds. 
We will also have stationery available on Sunday mornings for anyone who would like to write a "welcome home" message for Glenn and Miriam. For questions, please contact: Carol Green at, 518-331-1447.
Save the Date - Sunday, September 11 - Welcome Home!
Soon we will welcome back our co-pastors, Glenn and Miriam Leupold! They will join us in the First Pres sanctuary for their first worship service since returning from their sabbatical. Save the date and plan to stay for a celebration immediately following the service.


Handbell Choir Returns

Bell Choir rehearsals will resume Thursday, September 15, at 6:00pm in the sanctuary.  We are looking for several new members for what is a very unique and fun musical experience.  Experience ringing bells is not necessary, however, the ability to read music, especially rhythm and counting, and  follow a score is required. 

We perform for occasional Sunday worship services, Christmas Eve service and  possibly for First Friday programs.  Regular attendance at rehearsals is expected.  We will, of course, observe COVID protocols as required.  If you are interested in joining us, please contact Jack Holmes via email at  I would like to hear from returning members as well.  




FELLOWSHIP TIME:  We're pleased to announce that Fellowship Time is once again being held either in Assembly Hall or outside on Willett St. following the Sunday Worship Service. The Hospitality Team Coordinator Deacon David Hinchen is organizing this effort. As we no longer have a custodian and are no longer relying on flocks to oversee this task, we're seeking members of the congregation to assist with making coffee, bringing snacks, setting up and putting things away.  If you're available on any upcoming Sundays, please contact:

David Hinchen
(518) 489-1854 (call or text)

August Birthdays

John Myers                                     Pharryll Elad
 8/1                                                    8/18  
Bridgid O'Connor Brown              Diane Cornell
 8/1                                                    8/19  
Helen Lewis                                     Ernest John   
 8/1                                                    8/21  
Barbara Speck                                 Melanie Hickman
8/7                                                     8/21 
Laura Schultz                                  Kate Prussing
8/9                                                     8/23 
Kendra Smith-Howard                  Cindy Dickson
 8/12                                                  8/24
Colleen Bowers                               Joshua Gurwitz
8/16                                                   8/25 
Maggie Robinson                           Tony Luisi
8/16                                                   8/26
Lee Helsby                                       Margaret Zettle
8/17                                                   8/27
Dee Dee Edwards                            Katie Lamar
8/17                                                   8/31

Carol Bullard

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

Summer Worship Schedule

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

August 28         9:30am   In-Person/ Live Stream Worship on Facebook
September 4    10:00am   FOCUS Worship Service In-Person & Online
                                         at Westminster Presbyterian Church

                                         (262 State Street, Albany)
September 11    9:30am   In-Person/ Live Stream Worship on Facebook


Tuesday, 8/23      6:00am   Primary Elections
                             3:00pm   Service of Witness to the Resurrection Ludovit Linczenyi
                                            McVeigh Funeral Home (on N. Allen St)
                             6:30pm   FOCUS Board Meeting

Wednes., 8/24     7:00pm   Session Meeting

Thursday 8/25    7:00pm   Legacy Giving Subcommittee Meeting via Zoom

Sunday, 8/28      9:30am   Worship Service
                                           In-Person/Livestream on Facebook
                          10:30am   Fellowship Time

Sunday, 9/4      10:00am   FOCUS Worship Service at Westminster Presbyterian Church
 Tuesday, 9/6      5:30pm   Outreach & Mission Committee Meeting
                            5:30pm   Property Committee Meeting
                            5:30pm   Worship Committee Meeting
                            6:30pm   Membership Committee Meeting
                            7:30pm   Christian Education Committee
                            7:30pm   Social Justice & Peacemaking Committee Meeting
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