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Youth Group

Halloween Trunk or Treat Sun Oct 30th! 12-2pm
The youth group will be helping to host a Family-friendly Halloween event for the community. This is a joint event with Trinity Methodist Church, one of our fellow FOCUS churches. 

Learn more about what a Trunk or Treat is by clicking here:

NEEDED! folx from the congregation to decorate their trunks and hand out treats to trick-or-treaters from the community. More details to follow. Questions? - contact Molly

A Message from the Social Justice and Peacemaking and Stewardship Committees

We are a congregation which strives to steward the many gifts we have received from God in service to others. One way we use our gifts to serve others is by working for peace and justice in our society. We carry out that bold goal in many ways through the work of the Social Justice and Peacemaking (SJ&P)
Committee. Through our collective Social Justice and Peacemaking efforts, we use our gifts to seek peace and justice by:
  • Advocating for the end of food insecurity by writing to our elected officials in our annual Bread for the World letter writing campaign.
  • Continuing to support our LGBTQ siblings by providing financial support locally for the Capital Pride Center and nationally to More Light Presbyterians and visibly demonstrate our support through our participation in the annual Capital District Pride Parade.
  • Remembering lives lost by lifting up their names on the Transgender Day of Remembrance.
  • Supporting the Poor People’s Campaign, including by providing a scholarship to an individual to attend the Poor People’s Campaign March on Washington.
  • Educating ourselves and our community about environmental justice and exploring becoming an Earth Care congregation.
None of this can happen without you, none of this can happen without us collectively stewarding our gifts to serve others. We hope you join us by embracing our call to be stewards and by your willingness to volunteer your time, talents, treasures, and most of all your prayers.

With you, we are a congregation that works for peace and justice in our society.


Join us on Sunday mornings!
9:15-10:15 Education Classes
Godly Play Preschool Class (age 3 thru pre-k)
Children’ Education Class (K thru grade 5)
Adult Education Class
9:30am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
10:30 Worship: in-person and livestreaming on Facebook
11:30 Fellowship Time
12-2pm Youth Group



An update about our Prayer Chain:  If you have a prayer concern or a prayer need that you would like to have lifted in prayer on a continuing basis, please remember the prayer chain. You can email a request to or call the church office (518-449-7332) and your request will be forwarded. Please note: This is a new email address, with a new facilitator: Grace White. Thanks go out to Harriet Seeley for the work she has done heading up this important care group at First Pres.

Information for those who are new or visiting: The First Pres prayer chain is a group of people that have committed to pray for the needs of others as they arise. These requests for prayer are separate and/or different from the “prayers of the people” that are wonderfully available each Sunday.

Another way to describe the prayer chain is to say that it consists of a group of people willing to “meet” with God as we mediate between God and humanity to release blessings. We are partners with the Almighty when we ask for those blessings according to His will. If you are not already a member of the prayer chain and wish to join, please contact Grace at


  • The request may remain private if you wish and not be open to the entire congregation.  Let us know in your email.  
  • All prayers are held in confidence
  • The prayer chain also prays for those mentioned in corporate worship.
  • You will not be contacted by anyone on the Prayer Chain.  Their job is JUST TO PRAY!  If you have other needs from the church, contact the church office.
  • Members of the Chain love updates on what they are praying for, so send along if possible.



Property Committee is having a church fall clean-up work Saturday on October 22nd with rain date on October 29th. We sure would appreciate help to enjoy coffee and doughnuts, camaraderie, and help to get our church grounds ready for winter. Many hands make light work. 9:00am-1:00pm.


The committee organizing Black History Month will meet on Sunday, October 30 after the service in the Rose Room and via Zoom. All are invited to attend. 


November 8, 2022 General Election Deadlines

MAIL REGISTRATION (N.Y. Election Law Section 5-210(3))
Applications must be postmarked no later than October 14, 2022 and received by a board of elections no later than October 19, 2022 to be eligible to vote in the General Election.

IN PERSON REGISTRATION (N.Y. Election Law Sections 5-210, 5-211, 5-212)
You may register at your local board of elections or any state agency participating in the National Voter Registration Act, on any business day throughout the year but, to be eligible to vote in the General Election, your application must be received no later than October 14, 2022. If honorably discharged from the US Military or have become a naturalized US Citizen after October 14, 2022, you may register in person at the Board of Elections up until October 29, 2022.

CHANGE OF ADDRESS (N.Y. Election Law Section 5-208(3))
Notices of change of address from registered voters received by October 19, 2022 by a county board of elections must be processed and entered in the records in time for the General Election.

2022 Voting by Absentee Ballot Deadlines



Sabbatical Share

So, what did Glenn and Miriam do while they were on their sabbatical?

Set aside an evening in November to find out!
On Friday, November 18, join us for a potluck supper at 6 pm.
Glenn and Miriam will offer a complete account of their grand adventure at 7pm.
There will be plenty of photos of Scotland, France, and several locations here in
the U.S. as proof of a time that brought renewal to your Co-Pastors.
Learn about the castles, cathedrals, churches, Neolithic sites,
labyrinths, food, birds, friends and family that made
their sabbatical a wonderful and meaningful experience.
Save the date now and sign up by contacting Jamie in the church office.

October Birthdays

Gail Kelly                                      John Fitzgerald
 10/3                                                  10/21  
Katie Henrikson                           Susan Blabey
 10/4                                                  10/21  
Mia Robinson                               Jason Scarlett   
 10/7                                                  10/24  
James Jackson                              Alisa Samuel
10/8                                                   10/24 
David Wood                                   Bruce Brynolfson
10/10                                                 10/25 
Jack Holmes                                  Debra Fagans
10/14                                                 10/28
Imani Elad                                     Nancy Zimpher
10/16                                                 10/29 

If your birthday is this month and it's not listed, please let Jamie know so we can update our records. 


Tuesday, 10/18   9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                            7:00pm   Session Meeting

Wednes., 10/19 10:00am   Women to Women Small Group

Thurs., 10/20      7:00am   Men's Bible Study
                             6:30pm   General Meeting of Capital Region Poor People’s                                                      Campaign
                             7:00pm   Choir/Soloists Rehearsal

Saturday, 10/22   9:00am   Church Fall Clean-Up

Sunday, 10/23    9:15am   Preschool Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education 
                            9:15am   Adult Education
                            9:30am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
                          10:30am   Consecration Sunday Worship Service
                                           In-Person/Livestream on Facebook
                          11:30am   Fellowship Time

Monday, 10/24   1:00pm   Covenant Group

 Tuesday, 10/25  9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                            6:30pm   FOCUS Board Meeting

Wednes., 10/26   7:00pm   Dads' Small Group

Thurs., 10/27      7:00am   Men's Bible Study
                            7:00pm   Choir/Soloists Rehearsal

Sunday, 10/30    9:15am   Preschool Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education 
                            9:15am   Adult Education
                            9:30am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
                          10:30am   Worship Service
                                           In-Person/Livestream on Facebook
                          11:30am   Congregational Meeting/Fellowship Time
                          11:45am   Black History Month Meeting
                          12:00pm   Halloween Trunk or Treat

Tuesday, 11/1     9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                          12:00pm   Staff Meeting
                            5:30pm   Property Committee Meeting
                            5:30pm   Worship Committee Meeting
                            5:30pm   Outreach & Mission Committee Meeting
                            6:30pm   Membership Committee Meeting
                            7:30pm   Christian Education Committee
                            7:30pm   Social Justice & Peacemaking Committee Meeting

Wednes., 11/2     5:00pm   Finance Committee Meeting

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