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A Message form Social Justice & Peacemaking Committee

Activities in observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day - Monday, January 17th

Event 1.

Happy New Year! On behalf of Mayor Sheehan, the Office of Cultural Affairs invites you to attend the Dr. MLK Jr. Beloved Community March on Monday, January 17th at 11am. The March begins in front of the New York State Museum on Madison Avenue. There will be a bus available for those who are unable to walk the route. 

We hope you can join us! If you have any questions please contact Keith Morales at

Event 2.

Labor and community groups throughout Albany are coming together virtually on January 17, 2022, to celebrate the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  
We want YOU to join us! We hope you will join us for this event from 5p-7pm on Monday, January 17, 2022.
This event will be live-streamed via Facebook - find more info here

Direct any questions to  and see you January 17th!


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:

On Monday, January 17th at 5pm (MLK Day) we’re joining with numerous local organizations, including the Albany County Central Federation of Labor and the Albany NAACP:

“Labor & Community: United for Social Justice”


The event will include:

  • a historical and contemporary look at Dr. King’s legacy.
  • a documentary titled “Be Alright Be Alright” recounting stories of the sanitation workers, the labor strike that changed the civil rights movement.
    We will engage on the implications for workers today.
  • labor and community leaders will engage in a roundtable and neighborhood discussion on the Albany Multi-craft Apprenticeship Preparation Program (MAPP) and the role such labor initiatives play in communities of color, along with ways to improve and expand such initiatives.

Proof of vaccination will be required at the door for in-person attendees, and the event will be live streamed at


The General Meetings of the Capital Region Poor People’s Campaign are moving to the third Thursday of each month, so this month will be January 20th, 6:30pm. You can RSVP for call info here.

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Join Us in January to Mobilize for the Environment
New York State has become a leader in the care of Creation by passage of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act in 2019.  Join us on January 25 at 11 AM to 3 PM at the NYS Capitol underground concourse for the Climate Can’t Wait Mobilization Rally.  We are asking the Governor and Legislature to prioritize climate in the 2022 budget so that NYS can move forward in climate and environmental remediation.  For more information, go to our Events page at  

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Would you like to help run the audio-visual systems during the church service? You would control the soundboard, which broadcasts the audio throughout the sanctuary and the Internet broadcasting software that delivers the Facebook livestream. And, of course, you'd receive full training. 

Our team shares these duties so that your commitment would be between 8 - 12 Sundays per year. 

If interested, please contact Dwight Cheu at We also welcome high school students too -- this would be a great introduction to audio and video broadcasting.

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The Youth are updating their space on the 2nd floor! We are looking for donations of gently used items to update & refresh the space. Please contact Molly or 518-810-3158 if you have any of the following to donate:

Area rugs,
Plants and/or hanging contraptions for plants,
Individual seating (bean bags, gaming chairs, comfortable arm chairs),
Cushions for floor sitting.


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Youth Group News

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


Please review your 2022 summer calendar and let Molly know if your high school youth (rising 9th grader to graduating 12th grader) can join us!


Sunday evening gatherings will resume for High School youth. 
Sundays 5-7pm. 

We have updated air filtration units in rooms throughout the building. N95 masks are available to youth who want/need one.. We will continue to follow local and state COVID safety guidance, such as distancing & masking indoors. Please enter through the office door off the parking lot, and make sure to sign in for contact tracing.  

Save the date: 
Monday Jan 17, 2022
Youth activities TBA



Tuesday, 1/11      9:00am   Men’s Bible Study via zoom                            
                           11:30am   Clergy Meeting
                             6:30pm   Anti-Racism Task Force

Wednes., 1/12     6:30pm   SWAT Team
                             7:00pm   Dads' Small Group
                             7:00pm   FOCUS Book Study

Thurs., 1/13        7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                             5:00pm   Finance Committee Meeting
                             7:00pm   Soloist Rehearsal

Sunday, 1/16       9:00am   Adult Education via Zoom
                            9:00am   Youth Education via Zoom
                            9:15am   Children’s Education via Zoom
                          10:30am   Worship Service Livestream on
                            5:00pm   High School Youth Gathering

Monday, 1/17                    Office Closed

Tuesday, 1/18      9:00am   Men’s Bible Study via zoom                            
                           12:00pm   Endowment Subcommittee Meeting
                             7:00pm   Session Meeting

Wednes., 1/19    10:00am   Women to Women Small Group
                             7:00pm    FOCUS Book Study

Thurs., 1/20        7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                             6:30pm   General Meeting of Capital Region Poor
                                            People’s Campaign
                            7:00pm   Soloist/ Choir Rehearsal

Saturday, 1/22  10:00am   Albany Presbytery Meeting

Sunday, 1/23      9:00am   Adult Education via Zoom
                            9:00am   Youth Education via Zoom
                            9:15am   Children’s Education via Zoom
                            9:45am   Soloists Rehearsal TBD
                          10:30am   Worship Service on Facebook TBD
                          11:30am   Fellowship Time TBD
                            5:00pm   High School Youth Gathering 

Monday, 1/24     1:00pm   Covenant Group

Tuesday, 1/25      9:00am   Men’s Bible Study via zoom                            
                             6:30pm   FOCUS Board
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