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Coffee Hour is BACK!!!

Join us this Sunday for a
Zoom Fellowship Time!
After the service is over,
use this link
and join others from the First Pres community
 in a time of conversation.
We’ll also have some breakout rooms
which we’ll explain at the gathering.
 

Topic: Sunday Fellowship Time
Time: April 25, 2021 11:15 AM Eastern Time
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Events This Weekend


Join us on Sunday, April 25
 
Adult Education at 8:45 am
The Anti-Racism Task Force will host a discussion 
to find out what you think about their work thus far 
and what you would like to see in the future.   
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.
Who will our storyteller be this week?!?
Join us via zoom (invite below) at 9:15!

If you would like to join 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!

Click here to add or update your YOUTH's contact info.
 
Youth, Parents, or other Members & Friends, if you'd like to chat with our youth director, please use Molly's scheduling app to schedule a time-- by phone or video chat.

 
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Zoom Fellowship Time at 11:15am
use this link
 

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Youth Group – upcoming dates at the Food bank
April 25 - 12:30 – 3:00 pm
 
Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York
This is a masked and socially distanced activity,
and we'll have gloves to handle food. 
Participants provide their own transportation to & from the food bank. 
We have 12 volunteer spots to fill! Click here to sign up.
 
Need Food?
In addition to its member pantries, the Regional Food Bank and its community partners are hosting drive-thru pantries throughout its service area. Don’t hesitate. All are served.

DRIVE-THRU SCHEDULE  │ MEMBER PANTRY LOOK UP



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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.

 

Reviews on Racism

Resource: Lizzo Says Doing One Act of Anti-Racism Every Day is the 'New Bare Minimum' by Elizabeth Logan, article published in Glamour
Reviewed by Lillie McLaughlin

Grammy-award-winning musician Lizzo takes a complicated question (What can I do about racism?) and lists several concrete and intentional steps, such as supporting businesses owned by people of color, joining and/or donating to an organization engaging in anti-racism work, and educating yourself. Reading a book or article from the list compiled by the Antiracism Task Force is a good way to educate yourself.  Click here for the reading list for adults and here for children and youth. If you want a printed version mailed to you contact Jamie in the church office or call her at 518-428-8261. FPC has some of the books, and you are welcome to stop by and borrow a book.

Although Lizzo's list doesn't mention it, steps about working with young people should also be considered.


You are invited to join the anti-racism conversation this Sunday morning at 8:45-9:45 am via Zoom.  The Anti-Racism Task Force will host a discussion to find out what you think about their work thus far and what you would like to see in the future. 

 
Do you have an antiracism book or other resource you want to share?
 
One First Pres priority is “combating systemic racism both within and outside the church.”  Many of you are already reading and discussing books and articles that address this underlying racism, and the Membership Committee invites you to share your insights and thoughts in First Pres eblasts.  What did you find enlightening?  For whom would you recommend this particular book or article?  Reviews of other media addressing racism, such as movies, TV shows, podcasts and children’s resources are welcome.  Please email your mini review to: Carol Green.  Questions about reviews may be directed to Carol Green at email or call or text 518-331-1447.

 

Click here for past reviews

Opportunities

LibertyCon 2021
Staten Island’s Freedom Struggles and the Underground Railroad
April 24 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
 Staten Island, one of New York City’s five   boroughs, has a rich history that includes free   and freedom seeker African Americans. In   her research, Ms. Paige has uncovered   significant documentation that has brought   this history to light. Weaving historical   information with stories collected from first   person accounts told by people who came to   Staten Island from other places, we will learn about what they were willing to do to stay, how they accomplished their desires, and how this information is related with us today.
 
Click here for more information and to register.


 
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We offer an online Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation on Thursdays 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.. You can register here for Thursday, April 29, 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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Baby Institute Quilts and Blankets
 
A reminder to all knitters, crocheters and quilters to please keep the Baby Institute in mind as you look for a nice spring project to work on  busy as we move out of the winter months and into spring when hopefully we will leave the pandemic behind!  The Baby Institute that First Pres has been supporting for a number of years consists of a series of parenting classes led by Noelene Smith, MSW.  We have provided baby blankets handmade by members and friends of First Pres to each of the graduates of the classes.
 
Programming for the classes and other activities has necessarily been disrupted and modified during the past year.  However, the need for warm, comforting blankets is no less.There are no specific requirements for blankets- just warm, colorful knitted, crocheted, or quilted - all handmade with love to surround a new child with our prayers and support.  Blankets are appreciated at any time.   
 
For questions, or to arrange for pick-up, please contact
Harriet Seeley (518-621-7172, lcpcats@nycap.rr.com)
or Ann Songayllo Hannay (518-610-2300, annsong156@gmail.com).
We look forward to your participation!

 
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Education and Spiritual Formation each Sunday
Adult Education at 8:45am–9:45am
Children’s Education at 9:15am–9:45am
Virtual Youth Group at 11:00am
Find the Zoom links in Thursday’s eblast.

 
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CROP Hunger Walk 2021
We have one goal: building a world where there is enough for all.

 
Hunger is one of the greatest injustices facing our world, but it does not have to be this way. Ending hunger is possible in our lifetime. You can help make it happen. One way we help end hunger is join with our neighbors here in the Albany Area, to participate in the CWS Albany CROP Hunger WALK.
 
CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations or groups to raise funds to help end hunger in our communities and around the world. Last year the Albany CROP WALK raised $90,931.  Twenty-six food pantry agencies in the area received funds to help feed our neighbors suffering food insecurity.
 
The Albany CROP Hunger Walk 2021 has set a goal to raise $100,000 to help end hunger and poverty and contribute to long-term sustainable approaches to reduce or eliminate hunger.  As in years past, 25% of the funds we raise in  the Albany CROP Walk  will go to local  food pantries. 
 
The Walk has been named after the former director, John U. Miller.  The 2021 John U. Miller Memorial CROP Hunger Walk in Albany, New York, will once more be a virtual event.
 
You can also walk in your own neighborhood on May 2 or any time during the month of May. You may also, want to participate in the virtual Opening Ceremony (via Zoom) at 1:30pm on May 2. Click here to register to attend the ceremony to receive the link.
 
On May 2, we want to stand with neighbors in our community and around the world, who rely on food assistance programs. This year more than ever, it is so important to support our neighbors struggling in the face of poverty and food insecurity. and help to open new doors of opportunity for them.
 
As we begin to emerge from the COVID-19 Pandemic, and our day-to-day routines gradually begin to return to a new normal, we are reminded that many of our neighbors are still struggling to feed their families and themselves. We know that you are committed to CWS’s mission, no matter what. We want to ensure that the work of the CWS and our local food pantries will continue to be there for those who need assistance, in good and bad times.
 
First Presbyterian Church is committed to stamping out hunger.  We are organizing a team to participate in CROP WALK 2021. We want to do our part the help to end hunger one step at a time by participating in this year’s CROP Hunger Walk.
We encourage and invite everyone to join with us on May 2 to demonstrate our commitment to helping our neighbors. 
 
Our team is “First Presbyterian Church of Albany”.  Our Spring 2021 CROP Hunger Walk goal is $1,500 to begin. I know we can do much more!   
Click here to sign up and join our team. Scroll down to the “Browse Existing Teams” list and select “First Presbyterian Church of Albany.” Click on “Join the Team” in the right column. You do not have to register for team, but we do encourage you to do so to demonstrate our commitment to ending hunger. All walkers will receive a “Walking Partners” card and a “CROP WALK 2021” 40th anniversary T-Shirt.
 
Click here to donate
 You do not have to register for team, but we do encourage you to do so to demonstrate our commitment to ending hunger.
You can also send a check to Church office by the end of May.  Your check should be made out to “CWS/CROP” and put “CROP Walk 21” in the memo line.
 
If you would like an envelope to collect donations or have questions, please contact Annette Johnson.
 
Some Walk day logistics:
  • The Walk has been named after the former director, John U. Miller. 
  • It will once more be a virtual event. You can also walk in your own neighborhood on May 2 or any time during the month of May. 
  • To kick off the day, you may want to participate in the virtual Opening Ceremony (via Zoom) at 1:30pm on May 2.  Click here to register to attend the ceremony to receive the link.

Please support First Pres by joining the team, or donating on behalf of First Pres.  Either way, please join us on the “Walk”!!!
 
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FOCUS Anti-Racism Task Force
 
Why: Three years ago, the leadership of FOCUS began an intentional discernment of how to continue strengthening the bonds of our churches around common concerns and passions. Over the course of a year-long process concluding in 2019, four areas were identified to concentrate on in the near future: food insecurity, immigration, housing, and antiracism ministries.
 
Already invested in food insecurity ministries, and having convened an immigration task force in 2019 that concluded its work, we are now launching an Antiracism Task Force. This launch was delayed a full year as all of our congregations refocused ministry during the pandemic.
 
What: The group will be made up of interested people from our congregations, brought together to discuss and learn about racism. Using resources that each of us are aware of, or investigate, the group will be asked to explore the ways in which FOCUS may take a new step in antiracism ministry. Hearing from groups working in this area in our region, speaking to experts, and engaging in research together may be a part of the work.
 
When: The group will launch in June of this year. It will engage in learning together in the ways it decides are most relevant and helpful, in order to report back to the board in late 2021, or very early 2022. It is hoped the task force will offer recommendations on the next step(s) in our mutual exploration and work in antiracism ministries for FOCUS.
 
How to be involved: Use the information below to express your interest in joining this work as we begin this next phase of ministry.
  
FOCUS Task Force Interest/Registration
  
The FOCUS Anti-Racism Task Force is now forming.
An Administrator/Convener will be appointed by the Board
at their May meeting. If you would like to be a part of the learning, exploration, and discussion,
please email or mail the following information to:
 
Rev. Chris Vande Bunte
386 Delaware Ave
Delmar, NY 12054
cvandebunte@drchurch.org
 
 
I am interested in (check all that apply):
 
___ Antiracism Task Force (June to late 2021)
 
___Housing Task Force (Launching early to mid 2022)
 
 
Name:_________________________________
 
Email:_________________________________
 
Phone:________________________________
 
Home Congregation:_____________________
 
 
You will hear from the appointed Administrator
in late May about next steps.
 
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Calendar

Thurs., 4/22       7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                            4:30pm   Anti- Racism Task Force

Sunday, 4/25      8:45am    Adult Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education  
                          10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                          11:00am   Virtual Youth Group
                          11:15am   Fellowship Time via Zoom
                          12:30pm   Youth Group to volunteer at the Foodbank

Monday, 4/26    1:00pm   Covenant Meeting

Tuesday, 4/27    9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                         12:00pm   Endowment Sub Committee Meeting
                           6:30pm   FOCUS Board

Wednes., 4/28    6:30pm   Women's Small Group
                            7:00pm   Dads' Small Group 

Thurs., 4/29       7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                            7:30pm   Chancel Choir Virtual Meeting

Sunday, 5/2        8:45am    Adult Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education  
                          10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                          11:00am   Virtual Youth Group
                          11:15am   Fellowship Time via Zoom
                           1:30pm   Virtual CROP Walk

Tuesday, 5/4      9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                           5:30pm   Outreach and Mission Committee Meeting
                           5:30pm   Property Committee Meeting
                           7:00pm   Membership Committee Meeting
                           7:30pm   Social Justice & Peacemaking Committee Meeting


Wednes., 5/5    11:00am   Staff Meeting

Thurs., 5/6         7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                            4:30pm   Anti- Racism Task Force
                            7:30pm   Chancel Choir Virtual Meeting


 
******* All meetings will be held via Zoom.*******
 
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