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A Message from the Stewardship Team

Many thanks to all who filled out a financial pledge card
for 2022 in worship or sent it to the church.
If you have not done so, we hope you will do so soon.
If you didn’t receive a pledge card OR cannot find your card,
click here for one you can fill out and send
via email or surface mail to the address listed.
Another option is to go onto our website and fill out a pledge card online.

A Message from Social
Justice & Peacemaking Committee

Have you ever gone without food so that your children could eat? Have you worried about how poor nutrition will affect your child's learning ability? Do you work full time (or more) and still can't make enough to adequately feed your family?

Millions of people here in the US and around the world find themselves in those situations every day. What can we here at First Pres do? Join us on Sunday, November 7 at 9:00 am as we engage in collective action through letter writing to express our concern and demand action from our elected officials. Bread for the World, an  international organization devoted to ending food insecurity, asks church communities to join them in contacting our national elected representatives. We will hear from Rev. Cho, head of Bread for the World. Christ calls us to "feed the hungry." Please join us.

Reviews of Antiracism Resources

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

Sunday morning schedule
9:00–9:45 Virtual Youth Group (Grades 6 thru 12) via zoom
9:00–9:45 Adult Education Class via zoom
9:15–9:45 Children’ Education Class (K thru Gr 5) via zoom
10:30 Worship: in-person and livestreaming on Facebook
11:30 Fellowship Time outside weather permitting

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WANTED: 4 people willing to take one Sunday a month to facilitate the use of our propane patio heaters for Fellowship Time. Responsibilities: position and hook up the propane tanks on Sunday morning, turn on heaters prior to Fellowship Time, turn off heaters after Fellowship Time and unhook the propane tanks so the heaters and propane can be stored safely. If interested please contact Pastor Miriam.  


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The Session has called the congregation to meet in-person the sanctuary and virtually on zoom on Sunday, November 14, at 11:45 following the 10:30 am worship service for the purpose of acting on the recommendations of the Nominating Committee.
-Glenn and Miriam Lawrence Leupold, Moderators of Session
-Mary Rogers, Clerk of Session


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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:

 


All these links and more resources are available and shareable through our Linktree: https://linktr.ee/capregionnysppc

Wednesday, Nov 3 - 6:30pm - Base Building Workshop - Join us as we orient ourselves and strategize to build the movement in our region. We'll discuss what we mean by 'base building', opportunities to share about the campaign and upcoming events, and practice organizing conversations together. RSVP here.

Saturday, Nov 6 - 11am - Climate Emergency Rally and March - From the Facebook event: "The world’s governments are meeting this month in Glasgow, Scotland for the 26th world climate summit. It is time for the US to promote emergency global climate action and stop obstructing it, as it has in past Global Climate Summits." The event will begin at the Radix Center and include a march to the Federal Building in Albany. Facebook Event here. If you plan to attend, reply to this e-mail and we'll connect you with other PPC participants.

Saturday, Nov 13 - 11:30am - Albany Demands Climate Action - From the Facebook event: "As part of a statewide effort led by the NY Renews coalition, Citizen Action and other capital district organizations are planning a huge action in Albany on November 13th from 11:30am to 2pm to make a bold statement to our legislators: CLIMATE JUSTICE MUST BE YOUR TOP PRIORITY." Facebook Event here. If you plan to attend, reply to this e-mail and we'll connect you with other PPC participants.

 


 

DATE CHANGE - Tuesday Dec 7, 6pm - Hunger, Housing, and the 3rd Reconstruction, a Capital Region Truth Commission - Join us on December 7th to learn from the plight, fight, and insight of Capital Region community members who are engaged in struggles around food and housing insecurity. In recent years, New York has passed transformative legislation to meet the needs of poor and marginalized communities relating to food and housing. At the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated the extent of these crises and thrown millions into poverty and precarity. RSVP here. RSVP here.
 

 

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The Wizard’s Wardrobe will be conducting our two-day tutor training at our space at 20 Rensselaer Street on Nov. 13 & 20. It runs from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. A light breakfast will be served along with beverages and snack. Just bring a sandwich for lunch.

Since our program provides free, one-on-one tutoring to elementary students in the South End, we cannot take students unless we have a tutor waiting for them.

Please contact Debbie Fagans at edfagans@mac.com or 518-776-0664 if you are interested.

 

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT IPH

Interested in exploring job opportunities at IPH, formally the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless? Since its establishment in 1984, First Pres has been strongly aligned with this special non-profit organization which addresses the needs of the homeless and low-income community with services that specifically encourage self-sufficiency, empowerment and stability.
 
 Success, of course, depends on the employment of a dedicated, skilled and compassionate staff—from Cook to Clothing Pantry Attendant to Direct Support Staff, to Communications Manager and more.
 
 Listed among the “Best Places to Work” by the Times Union and the Albany Business Review, IPH has much to offer. To learn about current available positions, check their website at https://www.iphny.org/jobs.  Additional questions?  Feel free to contact FPC member Carol Bullard by phone or e-mail: 518-463-8256 or carol.f.bullard@gmail.com.

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Youth Group News


 

Calendar

Tuesday, 11/2      6:00am   General Election Day Voting
                             9:00am   Men’s Bible Study via zoom
                             5:30pm   Membership Committee Meeting
                             5:30pm   Outreach & Mission Committee Meeting
                             5:30pm   Property Committee Meeting
                             7:30pm   Christian Education Committee Meeting
                             7:30pm   Social Justice & Peacemaking Committee
                                            Meeting

Wednes., 11/3   10:00am   Presbytery Meeting
                            5:00pm   Finance Committee Meeting

 Thursday, 11/4  7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                            7:15pm   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, 11/7      9:00am   Adult Education via Zoom
                            9:00am   Virtual Youth Group
                            9:15am   Children’s Education via Zoom
                            9:45am   Soloists Rehearsal
                          10:30am   In-Person Worship Service and
                                           Live Streaming Worship Service on Facebook
                          11:30am   Outside Fellowship Time

Monday, 11/8     1:00pm   Covenant Small Group

Tuesday, 11/9      9:00am   Men’s Bible Study via zoom
                           11:30am   Clergy Meeting
                             6:30pm   Anti-Racism Task Force

Wednes., 11/10 11:00am   Staff Meeting
                            6:30pm   SWAT Team
                            7:00pm   Dads' Small Group

 Thurs., 11/11      7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                             7:15pm   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, 11/14     9:00am   Adult Education via Zoom
                            9:00am   Virtual Youth Group
                            9:15am   Children’s Education via Zoom
                            9:45am   Soloists Rehearsal
                          10:30am   In-Person Worship Service and
                                           Live Streaming Worship Service on Facebook
                          11:45am   Congregational Meeting
                                           Willett St Fellowship Time (after congregational                                               meeting)


Tuesday, 11/16    9:00am   Men’s Bible Study via zoom
                             7:00pm   Session Meeting
                             7:00pm   Dads' Small Group

 
 
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