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Congregational Meetings – January 30

Please plan to attend these important meetings as we’ll be celebrating our ministry in 2021 and talking about plans for First Pres’ future. 
The Session has called the congregation to meet on January 30 via Zoom link here at 11:45am for a special meeting of the Congregation and Corporation of First Presbyterian Church for the purpose of approving changes in the Bylaws of First Presbyterian Church which will allow for virtual meetings and electronic notice of meetings.
Click here for the text of those changes
The Session has called the congregation to meet via Zoom link here on Sunday, January 30, at 11:50am for the Annual Meeting of the Congregation and Corporation of First Presbyterian Church for the purpose of 1) receiving annual reports of Session, Board of Deacons, and other recognized groups of the church, 2) receiving the financial report of the year ending December 31, 2021, for information, 3) receiving 2022 budget for information, and 4) voting on changes in terms of call of co-pastors.  
Glenn and Miriam Lawrence Leupold, Moderators of Session
Mary Rogers, Clerk of Session
Session has decided, in order to maximize participation during this pandemic, our meetings will be held virtually via Zoom (instead of in-person). So we’ll meet via Zoom at 11:45am to vote on changes to our Bylaws. When that meeting finishes, we’ll adjourn that meeting and call to order the Annual Meeting. Worship on January 30 will be livestreamed on Facebook at 10:30.



Finger Labyrinth Walks and Meditations resume each Thursday in February 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, February 3, 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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The Capital Area Council of Churches (CACC) Annual Assembly will be held on Tuesday, February 8th at 6pm.  Depending on restrictions, this may be either an in-person or virtual event.  More information on site will be forwarded when determined.

The purpose will be to pass a budget, vote on board members and officers hold discussion on potential ecumenical activities the CACC should pursue in the coming year.  
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The Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless (IPH) has the following jobs available. Please visit the website to learn more, and to apply:
Direct Support Staff – Safe Haven – Seasonal
Direct Support Staff – Per diem
Ahana House Resident Care – Full Time
Program Assistant – Full Time
Shelter Case Manager – South Ferry St. – Full Time
Housing Case Manager – Full Time
Cook – Ahana House – Part Time
Facilities Project Assistant – Full time 

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Would you like to help run the audio-visual systems during the church service? You would control the soundboard, which broadcasts the audio throughout the sanctuary and the Internet broadcasting software that delivers the Facebook livestream. And, of course, you'd receive full training. 

Our team shares these duties so that your commitment would be between 8 - 12 Sundays per year. 

If interested, please contact Dwight Cheu at We also welcome high school students too -- this would be a great introduction to audio and video broadcasting.

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The Youth are updating their space on the 2nd floor! We are looking for donations of gently used items to update & refresh the space. Please contact Molly or 518-810-3158 if you have any of the following to donate:

Area rugs,
Plants and/or hanging contraptions for plants,
Individual seating (bean bags, gaming chairs, comfortable arm chairs),
Cushions for floor sitting.


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Youth Group News

NEW In-Person Safety Requirements

Sunday evening gatherings will resume for all youth in 6th-12th grades.  In order to attend, you must have proof of vaccination and be symptom free. Please email or text Molly your proof of vaccination. Masking is required in the building, with new First Pres mask requirements in effect. We will provide KN95 masks if you need one. Eating is suspended for the time being so we can keep masks on the entire time. We have updated air filtration units in rooms throughout the building. Please enter through the office door off the parking lot, and make sure to sign in for contact tracing.  


Sign up for Text Reminders 

All youth and parents, if you haven't already, please sign up for text alerts! 

Text @mdowellb to 81010

Triennium info
Please review your 2022 summer calendar and let Molly know if your high school youth (rising 9th grader to graduating 12th grader) can join us!


Tuesday, 1/25      9:00am   Men’s Bible Study via zoom
                           11:00am   Mobilize for the Environment              
                             6:30pm   FOCUS Board

Wednes., 1/26      6:30pm   SWAT Team
                             7:00pm   Dads' Small Group
                             7:00pm    FOCUS Book Study

Thurs., 1/27        7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                             7:00pm   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal

Saturday, 1/29    1:00pm   Session Retreat

Sunday, 1/30      9:00am   Adult Education via Zoom
                            9:00am   Youth Education via Zoom
                            9:15am   Children’s Education via Zoom
                          10:30am   Worship Service Livestream on
                          11:45am   Special Congregational Meeting via Zoom
                          11:50am   Annual Congregational Meeting via Zoom
                            5:00pm   High School Youth Gathering

Tuesday, 2/1       9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                          12:30pm   Staff Meeting
                           5:30pm   Membership Committee Meeting
                           5:30pm   Outreach & Mission Committee Meeting
                           5:30pm   Property Committee Meeting
                           5:30pm   Worship Committee Meeting
                           7:30pm   Christian Education Committees 
                           7:30pm   Social Justice & Peacemaking Committee Meeting

Thurs., 2/3         7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                         12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                           7:00pm   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, 2/6      10:00am   FOCUS Worship Service at
                                           First Church of Albany

Tuesday, 2/8       9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                          11:30am   Clergy Meeting
                           6:00pm   CACC Annual Assembly

                           6:30pm   Anti Racism Task Force

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