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Events This Weekend

Join us on Sunday, November 14
for education, worship and fellowship
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Adult Education at 9:00 am
All are welcome! Join us via zoom at 9:00!
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Virtual Youth Group- 6th graders-12th graders - at 9am.
Join us via Zoom at 9:00!
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Children's Education at 9:15am 
Pre-K through 5th Graders:
Join for singing, Bible story, conversation and prayer.
Join us via zoom at 9:15!

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Worship Service at 10:30am.
In-person and livestreaming!
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There has been a lot to lament over the last two years.  COVID 19 has taken people from our midst and changed plans and altered many aspects of our lives. The climate. Our economy. Our political situation and the threats to it. Discrimination against people of color. We have much to lament. Sunday, November 14, the theme of our worship service will be lament. We’ll explore lament in scripture, and its place in our lives today. After all that we’ve been through and lost in the past 20 months, we need a safe place to name that loss and grieve changes which we didn’t want in our lives. There is a biblical tradition of expressing lament and sorrow. Sunday’s service will offer a time and a place for us to lament to a loving God. Join us in-person or on Facebook.
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Please plan to arrive early
so you can be checked in
at the one entry door on Willett St by the ramp.
If you are handicapped, please park in the church lot,
and check in at the elevator door.

With COVID-19 case numbers still high locally,
it's especially important to follow the direction from
Session: maintain at least a 6-foot distance between
people in the pews, unless they live in the same household 
and remember to wear a mask.

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We continue to live stream on Facebook.
Click here to connect on Sunday.
You will find the bulletin for Sunday here.

Offering of Our Gifts
You can mail offering to: FPC, 362 State St, Albany, NY 12210
Or go on line to donate (
Thank you for your continued support of FPC ministries.

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Congregational Meeting at 11:45am
Join us in-person in the sanctuary after worship
or via zoom for a meeting of the congregation.
We will hear and vote upon the report of the Nominating Committee.
Zoom Link - Congregational Meeting
Time: Nov 14, 2021 11:45 AM
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 827 5238 0780
Passcode: 726035
One tap mobile

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Fellowship Time after Congregational Meeting

After the service, join us on Willett Street for
Fellowship Time
We’ll have drinks and snacks and
enjoy conversation with one another!

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Wondering what to expect on Sunday?
Click here to view a video
Session members created
to give you a sense of what to expect
coming back to in-person worship. 

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A Message from Stewardship Committee

Thanks to everyone who has made a financial pledge to support First Presbyterian Church and its meaningful work in 2022. If you have not yet made a pledge, there is still time! You may make a pledge online or you can contact Jamie in the church office  or 518-449-7332, and she can email or surface mail you a pledge card.


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 

Saturday, Nov 13 - 11:30am - Albany Demands Climate Action - From the Facebook event: "As part of a statewide effort led by the NY Renews coalition, Citizen Action and other capital district organizations are planning a huge action in Albany on November 13th from 11:30am to 2pm to make a bold statement to our legislators: CLIMATE JUSTICE MUST BE YOUR TOP PRIORITY." Facebook Event here. If you plan to attend, reply to this e-mail and we'll connect you with other PPC participants.


DATE CHANGE - Tuesday Dec 7, 6pm - Hunger, Housing, and the 3rd Reconstruction, a Capital Region Truth Commission - Join us on December 7th to learn from the plight, fight, and insight of Capital Region community members who are engaged in struggles around food and housing insecurity. In recent years, New York has passed transformative legislation to meet the needs of poor and marginalized communities relating to food and housing. At the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated the extent of these crises and thrown millions into poverty and precarity. RSVP here. RSVP here.

A Message from Social Justice & Peacemaking Committee

What happens with the water you use to wash your fruits and vegetables. Right down the drain? Try saving it and using it to water your houseplants!
The little things we do are just as important as the big things.

Youth Group News


Youth in grades 9-12 are invited to come hang out together Sunday evenings. Games, movies, check-ins, mind/body/spiritual exercises, interrogating the Bible, sometimes doing homework in the same room as others. This is your time and space— youth will take part in planning and leading what we do together.

We will be following current First Pres pandemic safety protocols for being indoors including masking and distancing. 
Please let Molly know if you can come! or 518-810-3158.




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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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Every year at this time, until last year, we have hosted a sale by Mayan Hands in our Assembly Hall. They bring wonderful handcrafted fair-trade crafts and gifts.  Such sales are a lifeline for artisans in Guatemala, even more so now that they are facing many limitations because of Covid 19 and find it difficult to provide for their families. With our purchases we have helped them transcend extreme poverty, gain a voice in their communities, protect their environment and continue living within the cultural traditions they cherish. Because they are earning a fair return for their work, their children can attend school and will have a brighter future.

Unfortunately, we again can’t have a sale in person this year. In lieu of a holiday sale at the church, please consider going their website where you can find everything you have seen in previous years and more, and buy gifts for your family and loved ones.  Through your fair trade purchases you will continue partnering with these hardworking and talented women, help them to feed their families and bring dignity and hope to their communities.  Mayan Hands will ship the items to you or to your loved ones. You can include a gift message if you’d like.

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WANTED: 4 people willing to take one Sunday a month to facilitate the use of our propane patio heaters for Fellowship Time. Responsibilities: position and hook up the propane tanks on Sunday morning, turn on heaters prior to Fellowship Time, turn off heaters after Fellowship Time and unhook the propane tanks so the heaters and propane can be stored safely. If interested please contact Pastor Miriam.  


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The Wizard’s Wardrobe will be conducting our two-day tutor training at our space at 20 Rensselaer Street on Nov. 13 & 20. It runs from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. A light breakfast will be served along with beverages and snack. Just bring a sandwich for lunch.

Since our program provides free, one-on-one tutoring to elementary students in the South End, we cannot take students unless we have a tutor waiting for them.

Please contact Debbie Fagans at or 518-776-0664 if you are interested.


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“It Takes a Village”-- Addressing Gun Violence
League of Women Voters of Albany County Virtual Forum
November 15, 2021, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Please Register to Attend


The League of Women Voters of Albany County will present “It Takes a Village”— Addressing Gun Violence, on Monday, November 15, 2021 from 7:00 to 8:30pm. In partnership with the Capital Area Council of Churches and the Rockefeller Institute of Government, the forum will bring together Capital region experts to discuss the tragedy of gun violence.  They will share their insights into the causes, consequences, and short- and long-term solutions to save lives.

In addressing the issue recently, the CDC has called gun violence in America a “serious public health threat” and, to date, has allocated close to ten million dollars for research. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky simply stated in an interview this past August, “Let’s agree. We don’t want people to die.”

In concurrence with that simple but powerful statement, the panelists will seek to focus on how we can address this public health and safety crisis locally and the measures we can take as a “village”.

       Craig Apple, Sheriff, Albany County
       Bishop Avery Comithier, Pastor at Elijah Missionary Church
       Alice Green, Executive Director of the Center for Law and Justice
       John T. McDonald III, New York State Assembly member for the 108th
       Richard Williams, 518 SNUG Outreach Worker from Trinity Alliance
       Moderator: Joseph Popcun, Executive Director of the Regional Gun
       Violence Research Consortium at the Rockefeller Institute of
       Government, SUNY

The panel represent community and faith-based leaders, law enforcement officials, state legislators, and street outreach workers, bringing critical perspective on the toll of gun violence and how we can reduce it through positive changes in education, employment, health and social services, and public safety in Albany. This forum will inform and inspire the audience to support a variety of investments and interventions through advocacy for, and involvement within, our community.

To attend the forum, register to receive the zoom link.


Thurs., 11/11      7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                             7:15pm   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, 11/14     9:00am   Adult Education via Zoom
                            9:00am   Virtual Youth Group
                            9:15am   Children’s Education via Zoom
                            9:15am   Soloists Rehearsal
                          10:30am   In-Person Worship Service and
                                           Live Streaming Worship Service on Facebook
                          11:45am   Congregational Meeting
                                           Willett St Fellowship Time (after congregational                                               meeting)
                           5:00pm   High School Youth Group

Tuesday, 11/16    9:00am   Men’s Bible Study via zoom
                             7:00pm   Session Meeting

Wednes., 11/17  10:00am   Women to Women Small Group

Thurs., 11/18       7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                             7:15pm   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, 11/21     9:00am   Adult Education via Zoom
                            9:00am   Virtual Youth Group
                            9:15am   Children’s Education via Zoom
                            9:45am   Soloists Rehearsal
                          10:30am   In-Person Worship Service and
                                           Live Streaming Worship Service on Facebook
                          11:30am   Outside Fellowship Time
                            5:00pm   High School Youth Group

Monday, 11/22   1:00pm   Covenant Small Group

Tuesday, 11/23    9:00am   Men’s Bible Study via zoom
                             6:30pm   FOCUS Board

Thurs., 11/25       
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