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Reviews of Antiracism Resources

Resource: Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving
Reviewed by Carol Green

If you're wondering how to start your anti-racism journey, I highly recommend reading this book by a white woman who discovers how much she doesn't know about race and racism.  This relatable account of the knowledge and experience she gains as well as "cringeworthy" mistakes she makes had a big impact on me.  I was shocked to learn how some government benefits, such as the GI bill, had been withheld from Americans of color, resulting in generations of lost wealth.  The discussion of white privilege is clear, and Irving's personal examples of the role of white privilege in her life helped me awaken to the privilege extended to me.  In addition, Irving suggests several steps to share our privilege with others. 

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


From the Stewardship Committee

A Message from the Stewardship Committee.
For your contemplation of Stewardship
Come and See, Together
 We sing our faith as a congregation, as a choir.  We sing hymns, old and new, telling the stories of Christian faith through the seasons of the church year, and during the events of our lives.  Our voices raise in praise and thanksgiving to God and in prayers of petition in times of troubles.  The great choral tradition is sung by the choir, the organ and instruments add their glorious sound to worship, and the harmonious ringing of the bell choir is added on special occasions.
In addition, the Minister of Music and choir participate in “First Friday in Albany” at the church providing leadership and refreshments for a program of music and arts and crafts for the church and surrounding community.
Your pledges support all of this ministry of music–the Minister of Music, the organist, the soloists, the instrumentalists, the bell ringers and their director, plus the costs of new choral music, equipment and upkeep.   Music is one way in which the message of faith is delivered and the call to service is inspired in our hearts.   Join, every voice, and sing.


Sunday morning schedule September 19 through October 31
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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Are you someone who worships online on Sundays?

You may have wondered what offering boxes we’re referring to during the service. as you leave the sanctuary.

Here’s a photo of one of them – they are
in the back of the church by the doors


 You may have wondered how people are taking communion without coming forward to receive the element and with no one serving them in the pews. Well, here’s a photo of two of the sealed communion elements that worshipers pick up each Sunday as they come into the sanctuary. Worshipers pull back the top film back to reveal a wafer to eat and then pull back the next film to reveal juice to drink.


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Adult Volunteers NEEDED! 
Sign up here:
 Questions? contact Molly or at (518) 810-3158 

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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:
Tuesday - September 21st, 6:30pm - Capital Region PPC General Organizing Meeting - Join us for our monthly meeting! RSVP here.
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Be a witness of support to the Black Lives Matter movement
every Tuesday from noon to 1:00pm.
 Join others on State S.t in front of Westminster Presbyterian Church
with your mask (not-optional) and a sign (optional).
This effort is being spear-headed by Elizabeth McMillan at WPC.

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Creative Action Unlimited is thrilled to announce the premiere of the FILM of Whitewashed: the racism project at the Madison Theater on October 15, 16, 22 and 23. (Online premiere is October 29.) Tickets go on sale October 1!
Directed by Michael Kennedy , cinematography by Jamel Mosely and featuring Archie, Danielle ColinDiaka Kaba HillZoë LewisAaron Joshua and Siobhan Shea.
(Trailer by David Quinones Jr )

Follow the link to the trailer

Youth Group News

Youth & Families!

Please respond to the linked doodle poll to reschedule a couple summer events, and start planning for gatherings this fall.
Please mark ALL days that you/your youth would be available for an event.

Some possibilities would be for a service project, an outdoor gathering such as a pool party or fire pit, a weekend retreat, or a day at Soul Fire Farm. The times are not set in stone, but meant to be a general "morning", "afternoon", "evening" time slot. Please use the comments section to make any clarifications or suggestions.

We will ALWAYS be mindful of and follow best practices for safety regarding COVID-19. This is just a planning tool that will help in scheduling (and rescheduling as necessary).

Thank you in advance for your prompt responses! Click here to answer the poll! 


Tuesday, 9/14     9:00am   Men's Bible Study via zoom
                          11:30am   Clergy Meeting

Wednes, 9/15    10:00am   Woman to Woman Small Group

Thursday, 9/16  7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)

Sunday, 9/19      9:00am   Adult Education via Zoom
                            9:00am   Virtual Youth Group
                            9:15am   Children’s Education via Zoom
                          10:30am   In-Person Worship Service and
                                           Live Streaming Worship Service on Facebook
                          11:30am   Outside Fellowship Time

Tuesday, 9/21    9:00am   Men’s Bible Study via zoom
                            7:00pm  Session Meeting

Thursday, 9/23    7:00am   Men’s Bible Study (Rose Room)

Saturday, 9/25   12:00pm   Committal of Ashes; Fran Kamp

Sunday, 9/26      9:00am   Adult Education via Zoom
                            9:00am   Virtual Youth Group
                            9:15am   Children’s Education via Zoom
                          10:30am   In-Person Worship Service and
                                           Live Streaming Worship Service on Facebook
                          11:30am   Outside Fellowship Time

Monday, 9/27    1:00pm   Covenant Small Group

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