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Events this weekend

Join us Sunday, May 15,
for education, worship and fellowship!
Albany County’s CDC Community level is RED
so we’re following the RED protocols on Sunday.
Here are the complete charts.
Here is just the RED chart which is our level.
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Adult Education at 9:00-9:45 am
Join in a conversation with Fred Boehrer, executive director of FOCUS ministry to hear updates on how this organization continues to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor in the capital region. What drives and inspires him? How and why you might you play a more vital role?

Join us via Zoom (link below)

Children's Education at 9:15-9:45am
Join us via Zoom (links below) 

Preschool class will return in September
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 Worship Service at 10:30am.
Join us for worship together IN-PERSON
and via livestream on Facebook.

Click here to connect on Sunday.
You will find the bulletin for Sunday here.
Serving you this Sunday.

Mask wearing and social distancing are required.
We urge you to wear a high filtration mask
 – these are available upon entering the church building.
Thank you for your patience and kindness to each other.

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After the service, join us for Fellowship Time
 in Assembly Hall or outside on Willett Street, weather permitting.
Come & enjoy conversation with one another!

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Please send any prayer requests to Jamie 
so that we can include them in worship on Sunday.
Offering of Our Gifts
You can mail offering to: FPC, 362 State St, Albany, NY 12210
Or go on line to donate (
Thank you for your continued support of FPC ministries.

Trouble the Water

New and Exciting Educational Opportunity for the Entire Congregation

The new and exciting educational program “Trouble the Water:  Conversations to Disrupt Racism and Dominance" offered by the Anti Racism Task Force continues. Developed by the PC(USA) in response to the 222nd General Assembly’s call for church-wide conversations on race, the video series is designed to encourage conversations in local churches about race, racism, ethnicity and ethnocentrism.  Join us via Zoom on the next five consecutive Wednesday evenings, between 7:00-8:30 pm, to watch the videos and talk about them together.

Come to as many evenings as you can!  The dates and topics are:

                         Wed., May 18:   “Racial Identity”
                         Wed., May 25    “Intersectionality and Disruption”
                         Wed., June 1:     “Where Do We Go From Here?”
Click here for the Zoom link.

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 



Get on the New York bus to the June 18th Poor People's And Low-Wage Workers Assembly and Moral March On Washington.

New York is joining people from across the nation to gather in Washington, DC for the June 18th Poor People's and Low-Wage Workers Assembly and Moral March On Washington. We will come together after months of mobilizing and organizing for this declaration by poor and low-wealth people and our moral allies to say that this system is killing ALL of us and we can’t…we won’t…we refuse to be silent anymore!

Saturday, June 18 departure times and locations in New York state are listed below. We will be returning in the late evening on June 18. We encourage all who are able to donate to cover the cost of their seat ($75). Lunch will be provided. Proof of vaccination will be required.

Join Us! Register now to reserve your seat!


Announcements // Anuncios

Freedom Church of the Poor
Days of Liberation
Join us this Sunday, May 15th, at 6:00pm ET / 5:00pm CT / 4:00pm MT / 3:00pm PT.
Zoom link here

La Iglesia del Pueblo
Días de Liberación
Únase a nosotrxs este domingo 15 de Mayo a las 7:30pm ET / 6:30pm CT / 5:30pm MT / 4:30pm PT.
Enlace Zoom Aquí

Actions // Acciónes
If you live in the Los Angeles area, register to attend the upcoming Poor People's Campaign Mobilization Tour stop on 5/16 at 4:30 PT. If you live in the Memphis area, register to attend the PPC Mobilization Tour stop on 5/23 at 4:30pm CT.

Register for the Mass Poor People's and Low-Wage Workers' Assembly  and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls on June 18, 2022. Volunteer to support mobilizing efforts. Check out our Organizer's Manual and brainstorm on how to mobilize your community for the assembly.

Email Adam ( if you are interested in leading a study/discussion in your community using the We Cry Justice Study Series.

Check out and share our Quick Facts on Militarism and Quick Facts on Housing as these resources offer an overview of key issues facing the 140 million poor and low-income people in the nation. The set of facts also includes links and additional resources for further study and research.

Prayers of and for the People / Oracion del Pueblo

Lift up the cares of the community and hold one another in prayer //
Levanten las preocupaciones de la comunidad y abrácense unos a otros en oración.

Collection // Colleción

Contribute to the Ithaca Starbucks United Strike Fund. //
Contribuya al Fondo del Huelgo del Ithaca Starbucks United.

Last Week // La Semana Pasada

Freedom Church of the Poor
Days of Liberation: Do not Oppress the Day Laborer

La Iglesia del Pueblo
Días del Liberación: No Oprimas al Jornalero

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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)


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The Youth are updating their space on the 2nd floor! Help us out with skills or donations! Do you have building or design skills? Do you sew? (hoping to make pillows out of youth musical T-shirts!!)  Please contact Molly via email or text/call if you can help.

Donations of gently used items requested:

Area rugs
Hanging contraptions for plants
Individual seating (bean bags, gaming chairs, comfortable armchairs)
Old throw pillows to upcycle
Floor cushions  


Youth Group News


Parents/Caregivers, please take 5 minutes to respond to this Survey to help us set goals for our youth programming. 


School Play? Sports Event? Music Concert?

If you/your 6th-12th grader has a special event coming up, please let our youth director, Molly, know & invite her to come! Please share photos and updates with Molly on experiences and accomplishments so we can celebrate with you. 


We have several special events coming up this Spring and Summer. We hope you/your youth will join us in these opportunities to gather, serve, and have fun!

Upcoming Events: 

May 22- Youth Usher for Worship

June 12- Albany Pride Parade

June 18- March on Washington D.C.



 Sign up for Text Reminders
All youth and parents, if you haven't already, please sign up for text alerts!
Text @mdowellb to 81010 

May Birthdays

Robert Dreher                                       Mary Vail                                
5/1                                                            5/16                                  
Meddy Jacques                                      Rose Jackson
 5/2                                                           5/20  
Peggy Schalit                                          Rowan Lindsley Fletcher
 5/2                                                           5/20  
Janna Pfluger-Boucher                         Ray Henrikson   
 5/4                                                           5/22  
Owen Gilbo                                            Jacquelyn Ellsworth
 5/7                                                           5/29 
Miriam Lawrence Leupold                  Todd Stevens
 5/9                                                          5/29 
Karen Smith                                          Eric Fagans

 5/10                                                        5/30
Susan Sneeringer                                  Sebastian Mikel Tañón-Elias 
5/14                                                         5/30 
Sam Rogers                                           Mary Kelly
5/15                                                         5/31

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


Thurs., 5/12      7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                           6:30pm   SWAT Team Meeting
                           7:00pm   Soloist/ Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, 5/15      9:00am   Adult Education via Zoom
                            9:15am   Children’s Education via Zoom
                            9:30am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
                          10:30am   Worship Service
                                           In-Person/Livestream on Facebook
                          11:30am   Fellowship Time

Tuesday, 5/17     9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom 
                            7:00pm   Session Meeting

Wednes., 5/18   10:00am   Women to Women Small Group Meeting
                            7:00pm   Trouble the Water

Thurs., 5/19      7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                           6:30pm   General Meeting of Capital Region Poor
                                          People’s Campaign
                           7:00pm   Soloist/ Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, 5/22      9:00am   Adult Education via Zoom
                            9:15am   Children’s Education via Zoom
                            9:30am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
                          10:30am   Worship Service
                                           In-Person/Livestream on Facebook
                          11:30am   Fellowship Time

Monday, 5/23     1:00pm   Covenant Group Meeting

Tuesday, 5/24     9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom 
                            7:00pm   FOCUS Board Meeting

Wednes., 5/25     7:00pm   Trouble the Water
                            7:30pm   Dads' Small Group Meeting

Thurs., 5/26      7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                           6:30pm   SWAT Team Meeting
                           7:00pm   Soloist/ Choir Rehearsal

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