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Special Announcement

Due to rising COVID infections,
we are pausing our in-person worship
 for two Sundays, January 9 and 16.
Join us for worship together
via livestreaming on Facebook
at 10:30am those two Sundays.
Here is the link to the service,
and you can find the bulletin here.
Session will determine at its January 18 meeting
whether in-person worship will resume on January 23.

Events this weekend

Join us online Sunday, January 9
for education and worship
 
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Adult Education at 9:00 am
Youth Education at 9:00am
Children's Education at 9:15am 
Join us via Zoom (links below)
 
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 Worship Service at 10:30am.
Join us for worship together
via livestreaming on Facebook

Click here to connect on Sunday.
You will find the bulletin for Sunday here.
 
Please send any prayer requests to Glenn 
so that we can include them in worship on Sunday.

Offering of Our Gifts
You can mail offering to: FPC, 362 State St, Albany, NY 12210
Or go online to donate (www.firstpresalbany.org/donate/)
Thank you for your continued support of FPC ministries.


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Opportunities


WANTED – Passionate People who believe every child should have the chance to reach their full potential. If this describes you, please join the Wizard’s Wardrobe family of tutors. We have our last training of this school year coming up after the holidays on January 15 & 22.

The two-day training considers how racism and poverty affect our students’ learning and teaches the trainees about the 5 components of reading, brain development and lesson planning.

Our elementary students come twice a week for an hour and a half each time. Each student has one (or two) tutor(s) that meet with them one-on-one consistently throughout the school year. When a tutor can come only once a week, the student is assigned two tutors.

Our training takes place at our space at 20 Rensselaer Street in Albany, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. A light breakfast, beverages and refreshments are provided. To register call 518-776-0664 or send an email to edfagans@mac.com.


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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:
 


On Monday, January 17th at 5pm (MLK Day) we’re joining with numerous local organizations, including the Albany County Central Federation of Labor and the Albany NAACP:

“Labor & Community: United for Social Justice”



The event will include:

  • a historical and contemporary look at Dr. King’s legacy.
  • a documentary titled “Be Alright Be Alright” recounting stories of the sanitation workers, the labor strike that changed the civil rights movement.
    We will engage on the implications for workers today.
  • labor and community leaders will engage in a roundtable and neighborhood discussion on the Albany Multi-craft Apprenticeship Preparation Program (MAPP) and the role such labor initiatives play in communities of color, along with ways to improve and expand such initiatives.
 

Proof of vaccination will be required at the door for in-person attendees, and the event will be live streamed at www.albanylabor.org
 

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The General Meetings of the Capital Region Poor People’s Campaign are moving to the third Thursday of each month, so this month will be January 20th, 6:30pm. You can RSVP for call info here.
 

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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 dwightcheu@gmail.com. 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:

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

Youth Group News

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

 
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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! Mdowellbaum@firstpresalbany.org
 
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Sunday evening gatherings will resume for High School youth. 
Sundays 5-7pm. 

We have updated air filtration units in rooms throughout the building. N95 masks are available to youth who want/need one.. We will continue to follow local and state COVID safety guidance, such as distancing & masking indoors. Please enter through the office door off the parking lot, and make sure to sign in for contact tracing.  
 
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Save the date: 
Monday Jan 17, 2022
Youth activities TBA
 
 
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Calendar

Thurs., 1/6          7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                            7:00pm   Soloist Rehearsal

Sunday, 1/9        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
                                           Facebook
                            5:00pm   High School Youth Gathering 

Monday, 1/10     1:00pm   Covenant Group

Tuesday, 1/11      9:00am   Men’s Bible Study via zoom                            
                           11:30am   Clergy Meeting
                             6:30pm   Anti-Racism Task Force

Wednes., 1/12     6:30pm   SWAT Team
                             7:00pm   Dads' Small Group

Thurs., 1/13        7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                             5:00pm   Finance Committee Meeting
                             7:00pm   Soloist Rehearsal

Sunday, 1/16       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
                                           Facebook
                            5:00pm   High School Youth Gathering

Monday, 1/17                    Office Closed

Tuesday, 1/18      9:00am   Men’s Bible Study via zoom                            
                           12:00pm   Endowment Subcommittee Meeting
                             7:00pm   Session Meeting


Wednes., 1/19    10:00am   Women to Women Small Group

Thurs., 1/20        7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                             6:30pm   General Meeting of Capital Region Poor
                                            People’s Campaign

                            7:00pm   Soloist/ Choir Rehearsal
 
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