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Legacy Giving Lunch

Carrying the Light Forward – Do you care about the long-term vitality of First Presbyterian Church? Do you want to learn how to help carry the light of FPC forward so that we can continue to teach our young people, reach into our communities with caring support, and preach the gospel of Christ for years to come? If so, please join us for a fun (really--promise!) “Lunch and Learn” immediately following worship on Sunday, September 25, presented by the Legacy Giving Subcommittee. We’ll enjoy some great piano music by our own Michael Lister, delicious light luncheon fare (with really good brownies for dessert), and a door prize raffle with some great prizes.
For the “learn” part of the event, we will hear from the Rev. Rose Niles of the Presbyterian Foundation and a couple congregation members who have chosen to leave a legacy gift to FPC. This is a short presentation meant as an introduction to legacy giving and how it works. It is NOT a high-pressure event, and we expect that it will last about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
And, if you need more tempting, here are the door prizes for the raffle:
  • Two (2) tickets to the Chris Botti concert at The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall,
  • A beautiful photographic print created by our own Ray Henrikson,
  • A two-pound chocolate basket from Krause’s, and
  • A $200 gift certificate to Josie’s Table in Stuyvesant Plaza!
Although no RSVP is required, the committee would appreciate it if you could sign up with Jamie in the church office. That helps us know how many brownies to make!

A message from
Stewardship Committee

“But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly?  For all things come from thee, and of thy own have we given thee”
(1 Chronicles 29:14)
King David, addressing the assembled people of Israel, praised God and acknowledged that all gifts stem from God’s abundant bounty.  Generations later, the Apostle Peter encouraged the hearers of his First Epistle to employ the gifts received by God by using those gifts to serve others.  As Jesus instructed, we are at our greatest when we are servants of all.  What gifts do you have?  How can those gifts be used to serve others – both those within and without our First Presbyterian community?
This fall, the Stewardship Committee invites you to prayerfully consider the gifts you have received from God and how those gifts may be used to serve others in 2023. 


Join us on Sunday mornings!
9:15-10:15 Education Classes
Godly Play Preschool Class (age 3 thru pre-k)
Children’ Education Class (K thru grade 5)
Adult Education Class
9:30am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
10:30 Worship: in-person and livestreaming on Facebook
11:30 Fellowship Time



Education Grants Awarded

The Membership Committee is pleased to announce that our 2022 education grants have been awarded to nine First Pres members who are pursuing postsecondary education.  Each member has received a check for $555 to help with education costs, including tuition, room and board, books, and other materials.  The grants were awarded to: Sean Abunaw, Imani Elad, Matthew Fuscus, Lydia Green, Daniel Iyok, Arthur Iyok, Kathie Keck, Maggie Robinson, and Barbara Speck.  Congratulations to these scholars!


The Outreach and Mission Committee is looking for several individuals to join our 6 on 6 dialogue team that will be meeting with representatives from the Walls Temple AME Zion congregation. Meetings will be held monthly to foster understanding, cooperation and mutual ministry support. For further information, please contact Debra or Eric Fagans ( Pastor Alphonso Meadows of Walls Temple has led worship at First Presbyterian as part of our Black History Month observance and participated in our Advent Carol sing-alongs.



On October 3rd at 7pm, The Wizard’s Wardrobe will hold its Annual Readers Theatre at Cap Rep. The readers this year will include Alice Green and Paul Grondahl, along with the Children at the Well and others. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online through the website (, under "Latest News.” The theme for presentations this year is “Hope for Changing Times.” Casey Seiler, Editor of the Times Union, will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Our new chief operating officer, Diane Brown, will have a few words, also.

September Birthdays

Nancy Frank                                  Arthur Iyok
 9/1                                                   9/12  
Cenzi Brynolfson                           Rev. Shannon Vance-Ocampo
 9/1                                                   9/16  
Sarah Mackinski                           Heidi Iyok   
 9/2                                                   9/19  
Jessica Lamson                              Sofia Ocampo-Vance
9/2                                                    9/23 
Susan Haney                                  Ron Geuther
9/4                                                    9/26 
Sophia Yashib                                Joanne Gascoyne
 9/4                                                  9/27
Ann Hannay                                  Margaret Lamar King
9/6                                                   9/28 
Jeff Jacques                                   Susan Gierthy
9/7                                                   9/29
Sara Foss                                       Alison Stonbely
9/8                                                   9/29
Tara Lindsley                                Kevin Fuscus
9/9                                                   9/29
Bill Clark
Mark Gerling

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


Tuesday, 9/20     9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                            7:00pm   Session Meeting

Wednes., 9/21   10:00am   Women to Women Small Group

Thursday 9/22    7:00am   Men's Bible Study
                             6:00pm   Handbell Choir Rehearsal
                             7:15pm   Choir/Soloists Rehearsal

Sunday, 9/25       9:15am   Preschool Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education 
                            9:15am   Adult Education
                            9:30am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
                          10:30am   Worship Service
                                           In-Person/Livestream on Facebook
                          11:30am   Fellowship Time
                          11:30am   Legacy Giving Lunch

Monday, 9/26     1:00pm   Covenant Group

Tuesday, 9/27     9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                            6:30pm   FOCUS Board Meeting

Thursday 9/29    7:00am   Men's Bible Study
                             6:00pm   Handbell Choir Rehearsal
                             7:15pm   Choir/Soloists Rehearsal

Sunday, 10/2      9:15am   Preschool Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education 
                            9:15am   Adult Education
                            9:30am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
                          10:30am   Worship Service
                                           In-Person/Livestream on Facebook
                          11:30am   Fellowship Time

 Tuesday, 10/4    9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                          12:00pm   Staff Meeting
                            5:30pm   Outreach & Mission Committee Meeting
                            5:30pm   Property Committee Meeting
                            5:30pm   Worship Committee Meeting
                            6:30pm   Membership Committee Meeting
                            7:30pm   Christian Education Committee
                            7:30pm   Social Justice & Peacemaking Committee Meeting

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