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Looking for Some Fellowship Time?

 Join other First Pres members at a safe gathering!
Below is an opportunity.
Each gathering is outside*.
Chairs are provided.
Numbers limited to groups of 6.
Reservations required.

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Patio time at Linda & Bob Steven's home
Beverages and appetizer provided
Please bring an appetizer to share if you'd like.
Friday, September 2, 5:30 – 7:30
RSVP via church office.
* in case of inclement weather, the host will determine
if the event will be cancelled or postponed.

If you’re interested in hosting
a porch, patio or deck time at your home,
please contact the church office with details.


Do you need more wonder and spontaneity in your life? Joy and curiosity? No one has more of these attributes than a child, and especially those children under five.
This September, First Pres is reigniting a preschool-aged Sunday school class. In preparation, Nancy St. John, a specialist in the Montessori-style Godly Play, will be offering a training August 20, from 9 am to 3 pm to help instruct volunteer teachers on the techniques of Godly Play. Participants will be provided with instructional materials and lunch.
If you are interested in learning more, or participating in the workshop – and thereby adding more joy and wonder about the mysteries of faith – please contact Kendra Smith-Howard at


Create a "Welcome Home" Message for Glenn and Miriam!
The Membership Committee invites you to create a brief and personal video message for our co-pastors, Miriam and Glenn Leupold, to welcome their return from sabbatical in September.  Focusing on the "refresh and return" part of their Sabbatical theme, think about answering one or two of these questions: 
  • What did you miss most about Glenn and Miriam?
  • What did you do to "refresh" yourself during their sabbatical time (May to August)? 
  • What are your hopes for their return?
  • What is some special news about you, your family or First Pres?
On Sundays August 21 and 28, Dwight Cheu will be available to videotape your message in the church library before the worship service from 8:30-9:15am and after the service. 

Would you prefer to create your own video message?  Please follow these instructions, and submit your video to
  1. Use a location with good lighting and relatively quiet. If in bright sunlight try to position yourself in the shade. 
  2. Hold the phone / tablet sideways so that the video is in landscape mode. Try to keep the phone as still as possible. 
  3. Closer is better. Try to fill the frame with the upper half of the subject. 
  4. Duration: 10 - 15 seconds. 
We will also have stationery available on Sunday mornings for anyone who would like to write a "welcome home" message for Glenn and Miriam. For questions, please contact: Carol Green at, 518-331-1447.
Save the Date - Sunday, September 11 - Welcome Home!
Soon we will welcome back our co-pastors, Glenn and Miriam Leupold! They will join us in the First Pres sanctuary for their first worship service since returning from their sabbatical. Save the date and plan to stay for a celebration immediately following the service.




FELLOWSHIP TIME:  We're pleased to announce that Fellowship Time is once again being held either in Assembly Hall or outside on Willett St. following the Sunday Worship Service. The Hospitality Team Coordinator Deacon David Hinchen is organizing this effort. As we no longer have a custodian and are no longer relying on flocks to oversee this task, we're seeking members of the congregation to assist with making coffee, bringing snacks, setting up and putting things away.  If you're available on any upcoming Sundays, please contact:

David Hinchen
(518) 489-1854 (call or text)

August Birthdays

John Myers                                     Pharryll Elad
 8/1                                                    8/18  
Bridgid O'Connor Brown              Diane Cornell
 8/1                                                    8/19  
Helen Lewis                                     Ernest John   
 8/1                                                    8/21  
Barbara Speck                                 Melanie Hickman
8/7                                                     8/21 
Laura Schultz                                  Kate Prussing
8/9                                                     8/23 
Kendra Smith-Howard                  Cindy Dickson
 8/12                                                  8/24
Colleen Bowers                               Joshua Gurwitz
8/16                                                   8/25 
Maggie Robinson                           Tony Luisi
8/16                                                   8/26
Lee Helsby                                       Margaret Zettle
8/17                                                   8/27
Dee Dee Edwards                            Katie Lamar
8/17                                                   8/31

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

Summer Worship Schedule

Note our worship times and invite a friend to worship with you this summer!

August 21         9:30am   In-Person/ Live Stream Worship on Facebook
August 28         9:30am   In-Person/ Live Stream Worship on Facebook
September 4    10:00am   FOCUS Worship Service In-Person & Online
                                         at Westminster Presbyterian Church

                                         (262 State Street, Albany)
September 11    9:30am   In-Person/ Live Stream Worship on Facebook


Wednes., 8/17   10:00am   Women to Women Small Group

Thursday, 8/18   6:30pm   General Meeting of Capital Region
                                            Poor People’s Campaign

Sunday, 8/21      9:30am   Worship Service
                                           In-Person/Livestream on Facebook
                          10:30am   Fellowship Time

Tuesday, 8/23      6:00am   Primary Elections
                             6:30pm   FOCUS Board Meeting

Wednes., 8/24     7:00pm   Session Meeting

Sunday, 8/28      9:30am   Worship Service
                                           In-Person/Livestream on Facebook
                          10:30am   Fellowship Time

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