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Events This Weekend

Join us on Sunday, January 17, 2021
 
Adult Education at 8:45am.
Join us as we explore the gospel of Luke.
All are welcome! Join us via zoom (invite below) at 8:45!
 
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Sunday School for Children at 9:15am 
Pre-K through 5th Graders:
Join for singing, Bible story, conversation and prayer.  
Join us via zoom (invite below) at 9:15!

 If you would like to participate in 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.

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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Virtual Youth Group- 6th graders-12th graders - at 11am/after worship
During this time of Spiritual Formation we may:

 
                            *play games
                            *build relationship with each other
                            *reflect on the worship service
                            *try different spiritual practices/types of prayer 
                            *make meaning of the world around us
                            *explore and tell our individual stories
                            *co-create service projects
                            *develop youth leadership
 
Join us via Zoom (invite below and by email) at 11:00!
Email info@firstpresalbany.org to be added to the YG list or YG parent list.

 
 
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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

Please keep the Cameroonian people and the Presbyterian Church of Cameroon in your prayers. 
For the latest details click here.  

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Please be aware that if you are contacted about getting a vaccine at CVS, this may be a scam. To be certain, contact your local CVS before giving out your information.

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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: 
 
                       
 
The Poor People's Campaign National Co-Chairs released this statement, 
in reaction to the events in DC on 1/6/21.

Join the NYS Poor People's Campaign on Thursday, January 14, 7-8:30 pm for our monthly meeting for faith leaders and members of faith communities. These meetings include meditation and prayer, reflection on the important role of people of faith in the Poor People’s Campaign, and discussion of ways for faith leaders and faith communities to engage with the PPC at the local, state and national level as we combat the interlocking evils of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation and the distorted moral narrative of Christian nationalism. Join us!

This meeting will be held over Zoom. RSVP to receive the call in information prior to the event. 

“Rise Up: The Struggle Continues,” Virtual MLK Holiday Labor and Community Celebration
 
On Monday January 18, 11am-1pm, will be the 22nd Capital District MLK Holiday Labor and Community Celebration. There will be speakers, poetry, and break out groups for discussion of different topics. Learn more at the Facebook event.
January 19 General Organizing Meeting
 
The general organizing meeting will be Tuesday, January 19, at 6:30pm on Zoom. We meet every month, on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, to learn together, strategize, and advance our work building the movement for justice. RSVP here and share the Facebook event!

At this meeting we will introduce and have time to strategize with our newly formed working groups! You can learn more and let us know your interest in these groups by filling out this short form.

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The Capital District Area Labor Federation is hosting a day of service in honor of Rev. Martin Luther King's birthday! We will be working at the Regional Food Bank which is located at 965 Albany-Shaker Road in Latham.

The event will be socially distant and we will be wearing masks and gloves.

The shift is Monday, January 18th from 9 am to 10:30 am. If we get more than 30 volunteers, we will do a second shift from 10:30 to noon.

If you would like to volunteer please RSVP to Mark at memanatian@cdalf.org
 


 

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MLK JR. DAY OF SERVICE

Make Martin Luther King Jr. Day a “day on, not a day off.”

Mon Jan 18, 2021, 1-3pm

Youth Group will be serving at the 
Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York 

 Confirm your spot with Molly 
 

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We will continue to offer an online Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation on Thursdays in January 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, January 21, 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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The Session has called the congregation to meet in the Sanctuary on Sunday, January 31, at 11:15, following the 10:00 am worship service for the Annual Meeting of the Congregation and Corporation of First Presbyterian Church for the purpose of 1) receiving annual reports of Session, Board of Deacons, and other recognized groups of the church, 2) receiving the financial report of the year ending December 31, 2020, for information, 3) receiving 2021 budget for information, and 4) voting on changes in terms of call of co-pastors.
 
Glenn and Miriam Lawrence Leupold, Moderators of Session
Mary Rogers, Clerk of Session

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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).
This effort is being spear-headed by Elizabeth McMillan at WPC.


 
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Calendar

Thurs., 1/14       7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                            5:00pm   Finance Committee Meeting

Sunday, 1/17     8:45am    Adult Education 
                           9:15am   Children’s Education  
                         10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                         11:00am   Virtual Youth Group

Monday, 1/18   Martin Luther King Jr. Day
                          

Tuesday, 1/19      9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                             7:00pm   Session Meeting

Wednes., 1/20     7:00pm   Care Team

Thurs., 1/21       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, 1/24     8:45am    Adult Education 
                           9:15am   Children’s Education  
                         10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                         11:00am   Virtual Youth Group


Tuesday, 1/26      9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                             6:30pm   FOCUS Board


 
******* 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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