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Welcome Home Picnic - September 11
RSVP by September 7

Looking for Some Fellowship Time?

 Join other First Pres members at a safe gathering!
Below is an opportunity.
Each gathering is outside*.
Chairs are provided.
Numbers limited to groups of 6.
Reservations required.

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Patio time at Linda & Bob Steven's home
Beverages and appetizer provided
Please bring an appetizer to share if you'd like.
Friday, September 2, 5:30 – 7:30
RSVP via church office.
* in case of inclement weather, the host will determine
if the event will be cancelled or postponed.

If you’re interested in hosting
a porch, patio or deck time at your home,
please contact the church office with details.


The Law and the Prophets

A documentary film on the Israeli occupation of Palestine
Saturday, September 10, 2 p.m., at the Madison Theatre
1036 Madison Ave, Albany, NY

Since June 1967, Israel has controlled, in one way or another, the lives of the Palestinians living in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Over the course of fifty years, this control has become more sophisticated, more systematic, and harder to recognize.
The Law and the Prophets is a feature documentary that amplifies the voices of the brave, determined individuals, both Palestinian and Israeli, who are trying to expose the destructive, unjust, and sometimes invisible ways in which Israel exploits and oppresses Palestinians. Their voices deserve to be heard.
The director, Joshua Vis, will be present for a time of Q. & A following the screening. Joshua is a Church Engagement Facilitator for Israel/Palestine for the Reformed Church in America. He leads immersion tours to Israel/Palestine to deepen participants’ engagement with scripture and with the people who
are living under the occupation.
The screening is free and open to the public. Reservations requested. RSVP



Handbell Choir Returns

Bell Choir rehearsals will resume Thursday, September 15, at 6:00pm in the sanctuary.  We are looking for several new members for what is a very unique and fun musical experience.  Experience ringing bells is not necessary, however, the ability to read music, especially rhythm and counting, and  follow a score is required. 

We perform for occasional Sunday worship services, Christmas Eve service and  possibly for First Friday programs.  Regular attendance at rehearsals is expected.  We will, of course, observe COVID protocols as required.  If you are interested in joining us, please contact Jack Holmes via email at  I would like to hear from returning members as well.  




FELLOWSHIP TIME:  We're pleased to announce that Fellowship Time is once again being held either in Assembly Hall or outside on Willett St. following the Sunday Worship Service. The Hospitality Team Coordinator Deacon David Hinchen is organizing this effort. As we no longer have a custodian and are no longer relying on flocks to oversee this task, we're seeking members of the congregation to assist with making coffee, bringing snacks, setting up and putting things away.  If you're available on any upcoming Sundays, please contact:

David Hinchen
(518) 489-1854 (call or text)

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. 

Summer Worship Schedule

Note our worship times and invite a friend to worship with you this summer!

September 4    10:00am   FOCUS Worship Service In-Person & Online
                                         at Westminster Presbyterian Church

                                         (262 State Street, Albany)
September 11    9:30am   In-Person/ Live Stream Worship on Facebook


Sunday, 9/4      10:00am   FOCUS Worship Service at 
                                           Westminster Presbyterian Church
Tuesday, 9/6       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

Thursday 9/8     7:00pm   Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, 9/11      9:30am   Worship Service
                                           In-Person/Livestream on Facebook
                          10:30am   Welcome Home Picnic

Monday, 9/12      1:00pm   Covenant Group

Tuesday, 9/13      6:30pm   Anti-Racism Task Force

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