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A Message from the Stewardship Team

Many thanks to all who filled
out a financial pledge card

for 2022 in worship or sent it to the church.
We have received 100 pledges to date totaling $275,866
.
This represents 9 new pledges and one-third of the pledges increased.
If you have not submitted your pledge card, we hope you will do so soon.
We are counting on you!
If you didn’t receive a pledge card OR cannot find your card,
click here for one you can fill out and send
via email or surface mail to the address listed.
Another option is to go onto our website and fill out a pledge card online.

 

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 
 


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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.

Opportunities

Sunday morning schedule
9:00–9:45 Virtual Youth Group (Grades 6 thru 12) via zoom
9:00–9:45 Adult Education Class via zoom
9:15–9:45 Children’ Education Class (K thru Gr 5) via zoom
10:30 Worship: in-person and livestreaming on Facebook
11:30 Fellowship Time outside weather permitting

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WANTED: 2 additional 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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State Street Forum
Thursday, November 18, 2021, 12 noon to 1:00 pm
The Child Care Crisis


Our country's child care industry is in crisis.  Already strained before the pandemic, child care centers and providers are now unable to retain and recruit staff and pay expenses while families increasingly find child care unaffordable and inaccessible.  Parents cannot return to work without reliable child care, so the child care crisis affects our entire economy.  This is an issue that directly impacts faith communities--including those who house or sponsor child care centers and all who care about families.  Join us for a discussion about how we can advocate for solutions that support both parents and child care providers.


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You can contact the Equinox hotline to sign up to help with delivery of meals or to order a dinner.




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Poverty and lack of opportunity rob many people of their joy and make life a daily struggle just to survive. Through your fair trade purchases, you can bring not only joy, but also opportunities and dignity to the families of artisans who produce beautiful, useful and unusual products that you, your family and friends will enjoy.

This Advent and Christmas season please consider buying fair trade gifts from Mayan Hands at their website www.mayanhands.org.   Doing so will connect you, and the recipient of your special gift, to our sisters and brothers in Guatemala.  We are all our human family. We are all brothers and sisters in Christ, and Jesus asked his followers to love one another. You can shop on their website and they 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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JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT IPH

Interested in exploring job opportunities at IPH, formally the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless? Since its establishment in 1984, First Pres has been strongly aligned with this special non-profit organization which addresses the needs of the homeless and low-income community with services that specifically encourage self-sufficiency, empowerment and stability.
 
 Success, of course, depends on the employment of a dedicated, skilled and compassionate staff—from Cook to Clothing Pantry Attendant to Direct Support Staff, to Communications Manager and more.
 
 Listed among the “Best Places to Work” by the Times Union and the Albany Business Review, IPH has much to offer. To learn about current available positions, check their website at https://www.iphny.org/jobs.  Additional questions?  Feel free to contact FPC member Carol Bullard by phone or e-mail: 518-463-8256 or carol.f.bullard@gmail.com.

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Youth Group News


 
Dear youth & youth parents,

We will have in-person gatherings for youth in high school on Sunday evenings 5-7pm!!

Youth will enter from the parking lot door & sign-in each week (for contact tracing + attendance purposes). We will follow safety protocols including masking and distancing while in doors. If/when we eat, it MUST be distanced. We will meet either in the 2nd flr youth room OR one of the larger 3rd flr Upper Rooms depending on group size. New air purifiers in spaces throughout the building will further mitigate risk.
This is for high schoolers only at this time. 

Please text or email Molly (518-810-3158) if you can join us Sunday 5-7pm! And pls indicate your pizza preference (cheese or pepperoni). 
We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Calendar

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

Thurs., 11/25       Office Closed
                            

Friday, 11/26         Office Closed

Sunday, 11/28    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

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