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Lent at FPC

During Lent help to create APRIL SHOWERS
of welcome and appreciation
each Sunday in Assembly Hall.
Create a card of welcome and love
that will be given in APRIL to guests at
the FOCUS Breakfast program.
Create a card of thanks and appreciation
for a healthcare worker,
which we’ll deliver in APRIL to area hospitals.
You can create these cards at home as well
and drop them off at the church.
We’re hoping for lots of showers!
Join us online each Wednesday during Lent,
March 9, 16, 23, 30 and April 6,
for Taizé worship at 6:00 p.m.
We will livestream the service on Facebook.
Here is the Facebook link and here is the
Our traditional Taizé services include simple, meditative songs,
scripture, prayer and silence.  The liturgy for these services originated
with the Taizé community founded in France in 1940.
This community is an ecumenical, intentional community
with a twofold purpose: to seek communion with God
Finger Labyrinth Walks and Meditations occur each Thursday through April 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, March 10, 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!


COVID protocol update: The Ad Hoc Committee advising the Session on COVID protocols met on March 6 and has made recommendations to the session regarding changes in our protocols. The Session meets March 15 and will review the recommendations and make decisions about protocol changes. Thanks for your patience and please continue to pray for these two groups as they guide us in this unchartered territory.

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Interested in finding out more about First Pres? Have you been worshiping with us and are interested in learning about becoming a member?  If so, please contact Pastor Miriam ( or 518-449-7332). She will be zooming/meeting with interested people,  exploring their hopes and dreams for where you can serve God. 

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Please fill out your Time and Talent card
and return to the church.
Surface mail to FPC, 362 State St. Albany, NY 12210
Take a photo of this sheet or scan and send to
Jamie in the Church Office 


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The Youth are updating their space on the 2nd floor! Help us out with skills or donations! Do you have building or design skills? Do you sew? (hoping to make pillows out of youth musical T-shirts!!)  Please contact Molly via email or text/call if you can help.

Donations of gently used items requested:

Area rugs

Hanging contraptions for plants
Individual seating (bean bags, gaming chairs, comfortable armchairs)
Old throw pillows to upcycle
Floor cushions  


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Sabbatical News

Sabbatical News

In the fall of 2018, the Session of First Presbyterian Church acted unanimously to grant our co-pastors Miriam and Glenn a sabbatical leave in 2020. Early in 2019, specific plans were developed for the funding of this endeavor. First Pres applied for and received a grant provided by the Lilly Endowment National Clergy Renewal Program. 

The Leupolds unfortunately were not able to go on sabbatical in 2020 or 2021 because of the pandemic. We are happy to announce they will finally get to go on sabbatical in 2022.
Here are some FAQs (frequently asked questions) about the Clergy Renewal Program (aka Sabbatical): these answers were taken from the grant application that was submitted by Administration Committee and Miriam and Glenn and revised for 2022.
When will this happen?  May 1 will be Miriam and Glenn’s last Sunday at First Pres, and they will return to the church September 7.   In addition to the 3 months of sabbatical, the Leupolds are taking a month of their vacation after the sabbatical – this combination was recommended by other colleagues.
What is the theme of the sabbatical?  As a theme for our congregation and co-pastors’ renewal time, we have chosen the three phases of Christian pilgrimage: release, receive, return. Our co-pastors will take a break from the labors of ministry (release), have a time of remembering their purpose and call to ministry while engaging in activities that make their hearts sing (receive), and then head back to the congregation, rejuvenated by this time of renewal (return). The congregation will let go of (release) the pastors and established patterns for four months. We will gain (receive) new insights into our roles and a new understanding of the breadth of our work. We will seek to strengthen our already strong relationship with our pastors and look for ministry responsibilities that we need to be doing, going forward (return).
Who pays for all this? The fabulous news is that FPC applied for and received a grant from the Lilly Endowment to fund Miriam and Glenn’s travels and time away as well as providing funds for the congregation to use for pastoral coverage.

Who will lead worship and preach while they’re away? Session is contracting with the Rev. Dr. Amaury Tañón-Santos to be the Sabbatical Pastor for First Presbyterian Church beginning Monday, May 2, through Sunday, September 11, 2022.  Amaury has preached at First Pres and is known by many.  Amaury is the Executive Director of Schenectady Community Ministries. Job responsibilities include:
  • Prepare and deliver meaningful weekly sermons,
  • Lead and plan weekly worship.
  • Provide pastoral care to members in need by phone or visit
  • Lead or attend the Adult Education Class in May and June
  • Plan and officiate at baptisms and funerals as needed
  • Moderate Session meetings and attend Deacon board meetings
  • Interface with staff (custodian, office administrator, youth director, director of music)
If you have questions not covered above, please submit them to the Main Office, and we’ll add them to the others.

Advocacy Work

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 opportunities for education and advocacy 




It’s Movement Time: An Introduction to the Poor People’s Campaign.

What is the Poor People’s Campaign? What is the movement we are building? And why is this movement time? Join us as we discuss the history of the Poor People’s Campaign from 1968 to today, the strategies and structure of the campaign and their importance, and our local and statewide efforts. We will engage in conversation to identify ways we are all affected by the interlocking evils and explore ways we can work together to further our fight against these systems oppression and lift from the bottom. Whether you don’t know much about the Poor People’s Campaign or have been with us for a while, join us for this important conversation to move forward together.

Youth Group News

Read more here: COVID-19 cancels 2022 Presbyterian Youth Triennium



All youth in 6th-12th grades are invited to meet in the
youth room on the second floor.
Dinner will be served
Details on COVID protocols and directions here.



 Sign up for Text Reminders
All youth and parents, if you haven't already, please sign up for text alerts!
Text @mdowellb to 81010


March Birthdays

Harriet Seeley                                                Katharine Myers 
3/2                                                                   3/13
Roger Green                                                  Barbara Woodruff 
3/7                                                                   3/19
Andrew Banin                                               Kirsten Pruzek   
3/8                                                                   3/23
Dawn Knutson                                              Cynthia Winter
3/9                                                                   3/24
Alan Northrup                                              Lydia Green
3/10                                                                 3/26
Eric Weinhold                                               Benjamin April
3/12                                                                 3/27
Amy Jenal                                                      Paige Fitzgerald
3/13                                                                 3/31

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


Wednes., 3/9       6:00pm   Taizé services Livestreaming on Facebook
                             7:00pm   SWAT Team Meeting
                             7:00pm   Dads' Small Group Meeting

Thurs., 3/10       7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                         12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                           7:00pm   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal

 Sunday, 3/13     9:00am   Adult Education via Zoom
                            9:15am   Children’s Education via Zoom
                            9:30am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
                          10:30am   Worship Service In-Person/Livestream on
                          11:30am   Fellowship Time
                            5:00pm   Youth Gathering (6th through 12th grade)

Monday, 3/14    1:00pm   Covenant Group Meeting

Tuesday, 3/15     9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                            7:00pm   Session Meeting  

Wednes., 3/16    10:00am   Women to Women Small Group Meeting
                             6:00pm   Taizé services Livestreaming on Facebook

Thurs., 3/17       7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                         12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                           6:30pm   General Meeting of Capital Region
                                          Poor People’s Campaign
                           7:00pm   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal

 Sunday, 3/20     9:00am   Adult Education via Zoom
                            9:15am   Children’s Education via Zoom
                            9:30am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
                          10:30am   Worship Service In-Person/Livestream on
                          11:30am   Fellowship Time
                            5:00pm   Youth Gathering (6th through 12th grade)

Tuesday, 3/22     9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                            6:30pm   FOCUS Board Meeting  

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