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Reviews of Antiracism Resources

Resource: The ABCs of Black History written by Rio Cortez and illustrated by Lauren Semmer
Reviewed by Carol Green      

Yes, this is a children’s book.  However, many adults will appreciate it also, and not just to read to your children and grandchildren.  The vibrant illustrations showing people with a spectrum of skin tones and the engaging text in rhyme will capture your attention, remind you of what you know about black history, and fill in some of the gaps.  A teaching colleague showed it to me, and it is a joyful find!
Here are a couple of samples:
“A is for anthem, a banner of song” with words from “Lift Evry Voice and Sing” included in the illustration; and
“H is for Harlem,” with the text and illustrations identifying luminaries in the Harlem Renaissance.
A word about black history: Black history is American history, but much of it has been left out of our U.S. history classes and textbooks. The ABCs of Black History will help your family be intentional about adding in broader knowledge of people, events, and terms. “The More to Explore” section in the front of the book recommends additional books, websites, museums, and poetry for families while the back of the book features several pages of details about the subjects mentioned.
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.


Coop BLM Virtual Art Exhibit
Just Mercy
The Color of Law

Where Do We Go From Here
So You Want To Talk About Race
Gateway to Freedom


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.  Register here for Thursday, April 8, 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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Youth Group – upcoming dates at the Food bank
April 25 and May 30 - 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.

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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.  Visit 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”!!!


Tuesday, 4/6      9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                           5:30pm   Outreach and Mission Committee Meeting
                           5:30pm   Property Committee Meeting
                           6:00pm   Hymn Recording
                           7:00pm   Membership Committee Meeting
                           7:30pm   Social Justice & Peacemaking Committee Meeting

Wednes., 4/7    11:00am   Staff Meeting   

Thurs., 4/8         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, 4/11      8:45am    Adult Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education  
                          10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                          11:00am   Virtual Youth Group

Monday, 4/12    1:00pm   Covenant Meeting

Tuesday, 4/13    9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                         11:30pm   Clergy Meeting
                         12:00pm   Endowment Sub Committee Meeting 

Wednes., 4/14   6:30pm   Women's Small Group
                           7:00pm   Dads' Small Group  

Thurs., 4/15       7:00am    Men's Bible Study

Sunday, 4/18      8:45am    Adult Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education  
                          10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                          11:00am   Virtual Youth Group

Tuesday, 4/20    9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                           7:00pm   Session Meeting

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