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Lent at FPC




Join us on March 2, at 7:00pm

for our Ash Wednesday worship service:
in-person and livestreaming on Facebook.
Here is the bulletin and here is the FB link.
 
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During Lent help to create APRIL SHOWERS
of welcome and appreciation
each Sunday in Assembly Hall.
Create a card of welcome and love
that will be given in APRIL to guests at
the FOCUS Breakfast program.
Create a card of thanks and appreciation
for a healthcare worker,
which we’ll deliver in APRIL to area hospitals.
 
You can create these cards at home as well
and drop them off at the church.
We’re hoping for lots of showers!
 
 
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Join us online each Wednesday during Lent,
March 9, 16, 23, 30 and April 6,
for Taizé worship at 6:00 p.m.
We will livestream the service on Facebook.
The link will be in Thursday's eblast
and here is the bulletin.
 
Our traditional Taizé services include simple, meditative songs,
scripture, prayer and silence.  The liturgy for these services originated
with the Taizé community founded in France in 1940.
This community is an ecumenical, intentional community
with a twofold purpose: to seek communion with God
 
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Finger Labyrinth Walks and Meditations occur each Thursday through April 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, March 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!

A Message from the
Social Justice and Peacemaking Committee

The invasion of the Ukraine by Russia has us all praying for the people of the Ukraine. PC(USA) Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson has issued a statement  on behalf of the Presbyterian Church stating in part, "We stand in solidarity with Ukraine and lift up her people, praying for their safety." He goes on to enumerate steps to bring an end to the Russian invasion. Please click here to read the entire statement.

Opportunities

COVID protocol update: The Ad Hoc Committee advising the session on COVID protocols is meeting on March 6 and will make a recommendation to the session regarding any changes in our protocols. The Session meets March 15 and will review the recommendation and make decisions about any protocol changes. Thanks for your patience and please continue to pray for these two groups as they guide us in this unchartered territory.
 

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Interested in finding out more about First Pres? Have you been worshiping with us and are interested in learning about becoming a member?  If so, please contact Pastor Miriam (mleupold@firstpresalbany.org or 518-449-7332). She will be zooming/meeting with interested people,  exploring their hopes and dreams for where you can serve God. 

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Please fill out your Time and Talent card
and return to the church.
Surface mail to FPC, 362 State St. Albany, NY 12210
Take a photo of this sheet or scan and send to
Jamie in the Church Office 

 

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Climate Rally in Albany


 

"The earth was created for a purpose, not for profit."
 
This is the moment: the big push to fund the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA). Governor Hochul said $1b; Senator Stewart-Cousins said $3-4b. NYSERDA says it needs $10b. We know New York needs $15b to fund all four buckets of state initiatives. We are taking our case to the governor's mansion and the state legislature. Join us. Let's show them what moral courage looks like, what righteous indignation sounds like.
All the information is on the registration landing page, including bus sign ups.
  
 
March 2022
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Sign up today, and march in our faith corner!
REGISTER



 
 

















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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
Plants

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

 

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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 

 

 

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It’s Movement Time: An Introduction to the Poor People’s Campaign.

What is the Poor People’s Campaign? What is the movement we are building? And why is this movement time? Join us as we discuss the history of the Poor People’s Campaign from 1968 to today, the strategies and structure of the campaign and their importance, and our local and statewide efforts. We will engage in conversation to identify ways we are all affected by the interlocking evils and explore ways we can work together to further our fight against these systems oppression and lift from the bottom. Whether you don’t know much about the Poor People’s Campaign or have been with us for a while, join us for this important conversation to move forward together.

Youth Group News



Read more here: COVID-19 cancels 2022 Presbyterian Youth Triennium

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All youth in 6th-12th grades are invited to meet in the
youth room on the second floor.
Dinner will be served
Details on COVID protocols and directions here.

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

 

Calendar

Tuesday, 3/1       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
                            7:30pm   Christian Education Committee Meeting
                            7:30pm   Social Justice & Peacemaking Committee Meeting

Wednes., 3/2      7:00pm   Ash Wednesday Service


Thurs., 3/3        7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                         12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                           6:30pm   Anti- Racism Task Force
                           7:00pm   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal


 Sunday, 3/6       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
                            5:00pm   Youth Gathering (6th through 12th grade)
                            6:00pm   Ad Hoc Committee

                            7:30pm   Administration Committee Meeting

Monday, 3/7       1:00pm   PEO Meeting (Rose Room)

Tuesday, 3/8       9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                          11:30am   Clergy Meeting  

Wednes., 3/9       6:00pm   Taizé services Livestreaming on Facebook

                             7:00pm   SWAT Team
                             7:00pm   Dads' Small Group

Thurs., 3/10       7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                         12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                           7:00pm   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal

 Sunday, 3/13     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
                            5:00pm   Youth Gathering (6th through 12th grade)

Monday, 3/14    1:00pm   Covenant Group

Tuesday, 3/15     9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                            7:00pm   Session Meeting  

 
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March Birthdays

Harriet Seeley                                                Katharine Myers 
3/2                                                                   3/13
Roger Green                                                  Barbara Woodruff 
3/7                                                                   3/19
Andrew Banin                                               Kirsten Pruzek   
3/8                                                                   3/23
Dawn Knutson                                              Cynthia Winter
3/9                                                                   3/24
Alan Northrup                                              Lydia Green
3/10                                                                 3/26
Eric Weinhold                                               Benjamin April
3/12                                                                 3/27
Amy Jenal                                                      Paige Fitzgerald
3/13                                                                 3/31


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