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Welcome New Members

On Sunday, March 26, we welcomed two new members during worship.
Emily and Matt Desmarais


 Join us each Wednesday during Lent,
March 29,
for Taizé worship at 6:30 p.m.
in the Sanctuary or livestreaming on Facebook.
Here is the link 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 through personal
prayer and the beauty of community prayer; 
and also be a leaven of peace and trust in the midst of humanity.  
Come spend time listening to God and be renewed for your journey.



Join Outlook Editor/Publisher Teri McDowell Ott in a conversation with Kendall Vanderslice, a professional baker and practical theologian.

In this webinar, participants will learn how to bake bread alongside Kendall. The resulting bread can be used at home or as communion for one of their Holy Week worship services (this workshop takes place on Tuesday of Holy Week). Participants will learn how to mix up a batch of dough together, then Kendall will walk everyone through the process of shaping and baking dough — they’ll be able to complete this process with their own dough by the next morning.

During this demonstration, Teri and Kendall will speak about the spirituality of baking — specifically baking bread — and Kendall will be available for questions. Register


Potted Easter Lilies will decorate the chancel for Easter Sunday.  They may be purchased in honor or in memory of a person or event at a cost of $16 per plant.  Deadline Sunday, April 2. To sponsor a lily, please fill out the cards available in the pew racks or email or call Jamie in the church office at (518) 449-7332. 


Easter Breakfast- April 9
9:15-10:15 am in the Fellowship Hall
This popular First Pres tradition and Youth Fundraiser is back!
Celebrate with family and friends before worship. Enjoy a delicious spread of warm breakfast casseroles, fresh fruit, and a chocolate fountain!

If you’d like to help, please sign up to contribute to the menu (casserole, fruit, juice, hot cross buns, croissants) items to be dropped off 8:30-9:00 am Sunday, April 9, or during office hours April 2-7.


Fresh Flowers for the sanctuary on Sundays may be donated in honor or in memory of a person or event. The cost is $80.  A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board outside the main office. You may contact Jamie directly at 518-449-7332 or


The Tuesday morning Bible Guys, who meet weekly on Zoom at 9 a.m., are looking for new members. If you are interested, please get in touch with Roger Green at


FOCUS Available Assistance & Volunteer Opportunities

 FOCUS Breakfast Soup Kitchen: Hot egg sandwiches, coffee and more! Join us 7 AM - 8:30 AM every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Westminster Presbyterian Church262 State Street. All are welcome! Local community organizations are here to serve our guests with information about housing, healthcare and job training.

The FOCUS Interfaith Food Pantry: open five days a week (Mondays through Fridays) from 10 AM - 12:45 PM. It is located at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 275 State Street. To place an order, please call: 518-443-0460, ext. 1.

Want to volunteer? FOCUS Churches is seeking volunteers to help at our Breakfast Soup Kitchen (Tu, Wed, Th; 6:45am to 8:45am) and our Interfaith Food Pantry (Five days a week, M to F, 10am to 1pm). Can you help us one day a week? Join us as we offer lavish hospitality for our Food Pantry and Breakfast guests.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact FOCUS Volunteer Coordinator Belinda Quaye: or call: 518-443-0460, ext. 2.


The Outreach and Mission Committee is collecting needed articles for the Giffen Elementary School’s “Clothes Closet” which goes beyond just clothes. Articles may be left in the box in the Assembly Hall designated for this purpose.  Items Needed: hoodies for little kids, 6-8, 10-12; small sneakers 8c, 9c, 10c, 11c and 12c; sweatpants for little kids, 4t, 5t, 5, 6, 8,. 10; hand sanitizers. Recently given out: 8 pairs of boys underwear and sweat pants; approx. same number of girl’s leggings; 6 pair of socks and 4 pair of boots.



Got a Favorite Recipe?

A small group of members of First Pres Church and Walls Temple AME Zion Church have been meeting to form a friendship between our two congregations that we hope will produce a partnership to stand against racism together.

As part of this effort, our congregations will be gathering on Saturday,
May 20 to share food at a getting-to-know-you picnic potluck outside in the afternoon. We thought that a great way to do this would be to invite everyone to share a favorite recipe in two ways. One is bringing that dish to the picnic potluck and the second to send in the recipe to be included in a joint cookbook that we will hand out at the picnic.

We hope that you will find this as exciting as we do. Please send your recipe to Jamie by April 15, so it can be included in the book. More information will follow as we get closer to the date.

Labyrinth Ministry

Walking a Sacred Path: Discovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Tool
First Presbyterian Church is launching its Labyrinth Ministry with our new Chartres 36ft labyrinth! We will dedicate the labyrinth after worship on April 16.
Join us Saturday, April 15, 9:30-12:00 for a workshop to introduce people to the labyrinth and the spiritual practice of walking it. Pastor Miriam, a trained labyrinth facilitator, will facilitate.  Come find out more about this ancient spiritual tool and have the opportunity to walk on the new First Pres canvas labyrinth.
We hope that you will carve out time for this workshop. Sign up with Jamie in the church office (449-7332 or  If you have any questions, please contact Miriam at the church office (449-7332 or
People around the world are rediscovering the ancient practice of walking the labyrinth. Unlike a maze which has many paths, a labyrinth has only one path which leads to the center. While a maze is meant to trick and confuse you so you will lose your way, a labyrinth helps you find your way. Labyrinths have been found around the world with the most famous one found in the floor of the nave of Chartres Cathedral in France. First Pres’ new labyrinth is this pattern. Through the years people have used the labyrinth as a spiritual tool—a path of prayer, a walking meditation.


Advocacy Work


Tuesday, Mar 28th 6-8pm - Screening of "Living Broke in Boom Times" at Skidmore college (and via Zoom). Living Broke in Boom Times has condensed three groundbreaking documentary films (Takeover, Poverty Outlaw & Outriders) spanning a decade of an American movement to end poverty, into segments of ideal length for educational use or advocacy workshops, with new wrap-around commentary from key activists who led the movement. Cheri Honkala, Willie Baptist and Liz Theoharis discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the organizing, and the lessons learned from hard-won experience.  As the economic inequality gap in the United States continues to increase, this film gains evermore relevance. Following the screening there will be a panel discussion. Register here.

Wednesday, Mar 29th 11am - Housing Justice For All day of action - as the budget season concludes we need to keep up the pressure! More details and RSVP Here.

Wednesday, Mar 29th 6:30pm - Planning meeting for May Day Poor People's State of the State Petition Delivery! We'll be continuing our conversation from our last general meeting, planning our action for May 1st. Register for the call info here.

Friday, Mar 31 - Food Distribution at Lansingburgh Boys & Girls Club. 

Youth News

Upcoming Events:


Sunday, April 2 (Palm Sunday)
12:00-2:00 pm- Lunch & Program in Youth Room

Sunday, April 9 (Easter)
Easter Breakfast hosted by Youth Group 
8:15-10:15 am - First Shift
8:45-10:45 am - Second Shift

Sunday, April 16 
10:10 am -Youth Usher for Worship

Sunday, April 23
12:00-2:00 pm- Lunch & Program in Youth Room* note this is the 4th Sunday, instead of our usual 3rd Sun mtg.


Summer Service & Reflection Trip 
Washington, D.C. July 30-Aug 5
Total Cost: $850 per student ($283 3way-split between Family/Church/Fundraising)*
Ages: completed 6th -12th grade


On this trip, we will stay blocks away from our Nation's Capitol at Washington Seminar Center at Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church. Youth will serve alongside a local agency addressing food insecurity or homelessness. We will also visit our NY State Representative’s offices on Capitol Hill and visit the National Museum of African American History & Culture. Participants will help design the itinerary. We will prepare our own meals and bring our own bedding, & towels.

To register your 6th-12th grader for this trip, please contact Molly. 
A $50 deposit will secure your spot on the trip.

*additional financial assistance is available

Upcoming Events at First Pres

Upcoming Events at First Pres

April 9 – 9:15 Easter Breakfast
April 16 – Labyrinth Dedication
April 23 – Earth Day Celebration
April 30 – Sundae Sunday
May 7 – CROP Walk
May 21 – Confirmation
June 4 – More Light Sunday
June 11 – Pride Parade
June 18 – 9:30 summer worship time begins

Holy Week

Join us at First Presbyterian
during Holy Week
for a time of spiritual renewal
Palm/Passion Sunday
Sunday, April 2
9:15 Education classes for Preschool, K-Grade 5 & adults
10:30 Worship Service
in the sanctuary and livestreamed on Facebook
Maundy Thursday
Thursday, April 6
7:30 Communion and Tenebrae Service
in the sanctuary and livestreamed on Facebook
Good Friday
Friday, April 7
7:30 Worship Service
in the sanctuary and livestreamed on Facebook
Sunday, April 9
Sunrise FOCUS Service at 6:30
Swan Street Stairs, west side of Capital Park
Please bring a lawn chair for your comfort (no seating will be provided).

9:15 Easter Breakfast
hosted by the youth in Assembly Hall
Worship Service at 10:30am
in the sanctuary and livestreamed on Facebook
Fellowship Time
following the service in Assembly Hall


Tuesday, 3/28       9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                              6:30pm   FOCUS Board Meeting

Wednes., 3/29    6:30pm   Taizé Service in the sanctuary
                                          and livestreaming on Facebook

Thurs., 3/30       7:00am   Men's Bible Study
                            5:30pm   Albany Presbytery Meeting
                            7:00pm   Soloist/ Choir Rehearsal

 Sunday, 4/2       9:15am   Preschool Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education 
                            9:15am   Adult Education
                            9:15am   Confirmation Class
                            9:30am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
                          10:30am   Worship Service in the sanctuary and                                                                 livestreaming on Facebook
                          11:45am   Fellowship Time
                          12:00pm   Youth Group
                         12:00 pm   Choir Rehearsal

Tuesday, 4/4       9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                            1:15pm   Staff Meeting

Wednes., 4/5     6:30pm   Choir Rehearsal

Thurs., 4/6         7:00am   Men's Bible Study
                            6:30pm   Choir Call Time
                            7:30pm   Maundy Thursday Service in the Sanctuary and                                                 livestream on Facebook

Friday, 4/7          6:30pm   Choir Call Time
                             7:30pm   Good Friday Service in the Sanctuary and                                                          livestream on Facebook

Saturday, 4/8      1:00pm   Brass Rehearsal

 Sunday, 4/9       6:30am   Easter Sunrise Service 
                            9:15am   Easter Breakfast 
                            9:30am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
                          10:30am   Worship Service in the sanctuary and                                                                 livestreaming on Facebook
                          11:45am   Fellowship Time

Monday, 4/10                    Office Closed
                            1:00pm   Covenant Group

Tuesday, 4/11     9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                          12:00pm   Endowment Subcommittee Meeting

                            6:30pm   Anti Racism Task Force
* * * * * * * * * * *

Contact info: church office: 518-449-7332

April Birthdays

Harry (Skip) Meislahn                 Gail Scott
4/5                                                   4/24
Ronald Pettis                                 David Chapin
4/6                                                   4/25
Fred Forba                                    Ekong Takor  
4/6                                                   4/25
Elizabeth Leupold                        Robin Dowell Baum
4/7                                                   4/26
John Minerbrook                         John Knutson
4/17                                                 4/27
Sarah John                                   John Abunaw
4/17                                                4/27
Eli Rice                                         Ani Dowell Baum
4/17                                                4/30
Joyce Bascom

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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