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Pi Day Refelctions

Pi Day Reflections
Pi Day was a great success! We had 30 pies!! Smiles and laughter and conversation filled the Fellowship Hall! The official total raised was $324.72! All money raised goes towards youth service projects.
Special thanks to youth Aiden, Sanyu, Sebastian, Charles Cameron, Ewan, Kaylee, Mason, Sally; to youth parents Kendra Smith-Howard, Sebagala Peter Kimuli, Jeannette Elias, and Maureen Mooney; to members Kathie Keck, David Hinchen, Leslie & Dwight Cheu, and Annette Johnson; and to the many pie bakers! Bragging rights go to:
Best Nut Pie:
6 votes for
Leslie Cheu’s Chocolate Pecan Pie!
Best Cream Pie:
Four-way tie!! Each with 6 votes, tied between
Kaylee & Mason Kite’s Vanilla Pudding Pie with fresh berries,
Sue Haney’s Coconut Cream Pie,
Deb Fagan’s Chocolate Cream pie with homemade whipped cream, and
Molly’s Gluten Free Grasshopper Pie (flavor profile: cookies and cream with mint Oreos).
Best Wildcard Pie:
With a pie that defies categories, but wowed the crowd with 9 votes,
Sue Haney’s Mincemeat Pie!
Best Citrus Pie:
10 votes for
 the Mooney/MacNaughton
family’s Atlantic Beach Pie!
(flavor profile: keylime with saltine crust)
Best Fruit Pie:
12 votes for
Blueberry Pie baked by ___________???*
Overall Favorites:
with 12 votes:
Blueberry Pie baked by ___________???*
with 10 Votes:
Ginormous Apple Pie made from 7 lbs of apples baked by Alison Stonbely
also with 10 Votes:
Atlantic Beach Pie baked by the Mooney/MacNaughton
*This pie was delivered before we had the labels ready. If you baked a blueberry pie, please email Molly to claim your bragging rights!!


 Easter Breakfast- April 9
9:15-10:15 am in the Fellowship Hall
This popular First Pres tradition and Youth Fundraiser is back!
Celebrate with family and friends before worship. Enjoy a delicious spread of warm breakfast casseroles, fresh fruit, and a chocolate fountain!

If you’d like to help, please sign up to contribute to the menu (casserole, fruit, juice, hot cross buns, croissants) items to be dropped off 8:30-9:00 am Sunday, April 9, or during office hours April 2-7.


Join us each Wednesday during Lent,

March 22, and 29,
for Taizé worship at 6:30 p.m.
in the Sanctuary or livestreaming on Facebook.
Here is the link and here is the bulletin.

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 through personal
prayer and the beauty of community prayer; 
and also be a leaven of peace and trust in the midst of humanity.  
Come spend time listening to God and be renewed for your journey.



Potted Easter Lilies will decorate the chancel for Easter Sunday.  They may be purchased in honor or in memory of a person or event at a cost of $16. per plant.  To sponsor a lily, please fill out the cards available in the pew racks or email or call Jamie in the church office at (518) 449-7332.


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


FOCUS Available Assistance & Volunteer Opportunities

 FOCUS Breakfast Soup Kitchen: Hot egg sandwiches, coffee and more! Join us 7 AM - 8:30 AM every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Westminster Presbyterian Church262 State Street. All are welcome! Local community organizations are here to serve our guests with information about housing, healthcare and job training.

The FOCUS Interfaith Food Pantry: open five days a week (Mondays through Fridays) from 10 AM - 12:45 PM. It is located at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 275 State Street. To place an order, please call: 518-443-0460, ext. 1.

Want to volunteer? FOCUS Churches is seeking volunteers to help at our Breakfast Soup Kitchen (Tu, Wed, Th; 6:45am to 8:45am) and our Interfaith Food Pantry (Five days a week, M to F, 10am to 1pm). Can you help us one day a week? Join us as we offer lavish hospitality for our Food Pantry and Breakfast guests.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact FOCUS Volunteer Coordinator Belinda Quaye: or call: 518-443-0460, ext. 2.


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: hoodies for little kids, 6-8, 10-12; small sneakers 8c, 9c, 10c, 11c and 12c; sweatpants for little kids, 4t, 5t, 5, 6, 8,. 10; hand sanitizers. Recently given out: 8 pairs of boys underwear and sweat pants; approx. same number of girl’s leggings; 6 pair of socks and 4 pair of boots.


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


Got a Favorite Recipe?

A small group of members of First Pres Church and Walls Temple AME Zion Church have been meeting to form a friendship between our two congregations that we hope will produce a partnership to stand against racism together.

As part of this effort, our congregations will be gathering on Saturday,
May 20 to share food at a getting-to-know-you picnic potluck outside in the afternoon. We thought that a great way to do this would be to invite everyone to share a favorite recipe in two ways. One is bringing that dish to the picnic potluck and the second to send in the recipe to be included in a joint cookbook that we will hand out at the picnic.

We hope that you will find this as exciting as we do. Please send your recipe to Jamie by April 15, so it can be included in the book. More information will follow as we get closer to the date.

Labyrinth Ministry

Walking a Sacred Path: Discovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Tool
First Presbyterian Church is launching its Labyrinth Ministry with our new Chartres 36ft labyrinth!
Join us Saturday, March 25, 1:00-3:30, or Saturday, April 15, 9:30-12:00  for a workshop to introduce people to the labyrinth and the spiritual practice of walking it. Pastor Miriam, a trained labyrinth facilitator, will facilitate.  Come find out more about this ancient spiritual tool and have the opportunity to walk on the new First Pres canvas labyrinth.
We hope that you will carve out time for this workshop. Sign up with Jamie in the church office (449-7332 or  If you have any questions, please contact Miriam at the church office (449-7332 or
People around the world are rediscovering the ancient practice of walking the labyrinth. Unlike a maze which has many paths, a labyrinth has only one path which leads to the center. While a maze is meant to trick and confuse you so you will lose your way, a labyrinth helps you find your way. Labyrinths have been found around the world with the most famous one found in the floor of the nave of Chartres Cathedral in France. First Pres’ new labyrinth is this pattern. Through the years people have used the labyrinth as a spiritual tool—a path of prayer, a walking meditation.


Advocacy Work


Wednesday, Mar 22nd 11am - Housing Justice For All day of action. We were snowed out last week but we still need to keep up pressure on the Governor and legislature to pass our housing platform! More details and RSVP here.

Thursday, Mar 23rd 8:30am - Food Distribution at Macedonia Baptist Church in Albany - let us know if you're available to canvass!

We are headed to Albany next Monday, March 27th for Fair Pay For Home Care!

New York’s population is aging rapidly — but the state is facing the worst home care shortage in the nation: we don’t have enough home care workers to care for the state’s older adults and people with disabilities. A recent survey found 20% of state home care positions are unfilled due to staff shortages.

Last year's state budget included a small wage increase for home care workers, but this year Gov. Hochul has proposed eliminating it and returning home care to a minimum wage job. This is unacceptable - and thankfully both the Assembly and Senate rejected the governor's cuts to home care in their budget proposals last week.

It's critical that we keep the pressure on the governor and legislature in these last two weeks of budget negotiations to raise wages for home care workers to a true living wage, ending the home care shortage in our state. That's why we're joining the Fair Pay for Home Care campaign at the Capitol in Albany next Monday, March 27th!

Click HERE to RSVP by this Wednesday to join the PPC contingent! Transportation help is available!


Youth News

Upcoming Events:


Sunday, April 2 (Palm Sunday)

12:00-2:00 pm- Lunch & Program in Youth Room

Sunday, April 9 (Easter)

9:15-10:15 am - Easter Breakfast hosted by Youth Group

Sunday, April 16 

10:10 am -Youth Usher for Worship

Sunday, April 23

12:00-2:00 pm- Lunch & Program in Youth Room* note this is the 4th Sunday, instead of our usual 3rd Sun mtg.

Upcoming Events at First Pres

Upcoming Events at First Pres

April 9 – 9:15 Easter Breakfast
April 16 – Labyrinth Dedication
April 23 – Earth Day Celebration
April 30 – Sundae Sunday
May 7 – CROP Walk
May 21 – Confirmation
June 4 – More Light Sunday
June 11 – Pride Parade
June 18 – 9:30 summer worship time begins


Tuesday, 3/21    9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom

Wednes., 3/22    6:30pm   Taizé Service in the sanctuary
                                          and livestreaming on Facebook
                            7:00pm   Dads' Small Group

Thurs., 3/23       7:00am   Men's Bible Study
                            7:00pm   Soloist/ Choir Rehearsal

Saturday, 3/25   1:00pm   Labyrinth Workshop

 Sunday, 3/26     9:15am   Preschool Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education 
                            9:15am   Adult Education
                            9:15am   Confirmation Class
                            9:30am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
                          10:30am   Worship Service in the sanctuary and                                                                 livestreaming on Facebook
                          11:45am   Fellowship Time

Monday, 3/27    1:00pm   Covenant Group

Tuesday, 3/28       9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                              6:30pm   FOCUS Board Meeting

Wednes., 3/29    6:30pm   Taizé Service in the sanctuary
                                          and livestreaming on Facebook

Thurs., 3/30       7:00am   Men's Bible Study
                            5:30pm   Albany Presbytery Meeting
                            7:00pm   Soloist/ Choir Rehearsal

 Sunday, 4/2       9:15am   Preschool Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education 
                            9:15am   Adult Education
                            9:15am   Confirmation Class
                            9:30am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
                          10:30am   Worship Service in the sanctuary and                                                                 livestreaming on Facebook
                          11:45am   Fellowship Time
                          12:00pm   Youth Group
                         12:00 pm   Choir Rehearsal

Tuesday, 4/4       9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                            1:15pm   Staff Meeting

* * * * * * * * * * *

Contact info: church office: 518-449-7332

March Birthdays

Kirsten Pruzek                       Elaine Popner
3/23                                          3/31
Lydia Green                            Paige Fitzgerald
3/26                                          3/31
Ben April                               

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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