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Vaccine Info

Many of you have been wondering about how to get vaccinated. Janna Boucher has been helping people and passed along these TIPs!
 
Right now anyone 65 and older, people employed in groups 1a and 1b, and age 16-64 with comorbidities are eligible. Don’t discount the applicability of comorbidities. It does have a long list of very serious conditions but also includes some more common conditions such as high blood pressure, asthma, type 2 diabetes, and obesity (BMI over 30). It doesn’t take a lot to go to a BMI calculator and punch in height/weight to find out your number. BMI doesn’t take into account fitness, health or muscle mass, so there is no shame in finding this number out.
 
What type of proof do you need for a comorbidity? That’s easy! you can do one of three things:
1. bring a dr note that simply states you meet the eligibility
2. bring proof of your condition (such as prescriptions etc)
3. self-certify by stating in an affirmation that you have a qualifying condition (simply state your qualifying condition). 
 
ALBANY COUNTY
Albany County announces periodically that they will be posting a link at a particular time on their website for a vaccine POD at the Times Union Center (last week they announced on Friday for Monday appts). I believe you also need to be an Albany County resident. Albany County is only authorized to vaccinate people in group 1b and those of any age (16 and  up) with comorbidities. 
 
Here is the link to the Albany County website:
https://www.albanycounty.com/departments/health/coronavirus-covid-19
 
NEW YORK STATE
NYS is also running sites in various locations throughout the State. All of those sites are open to anyone in the state. You will need to enter information into the “Am I Eligible” link to get to the list of sites. Even though those sites may say “no appointments”, click on the appointments link anyway and keep refreshing the site.  Cancelations and miscellaneous days periodically pop up. 
 
Here is the link to the NYS website:
https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov
 
If you’d rather speak with someone, here is the phone number: 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).
 
ALBANY MEDICAL CENTER
Albany Med is designated as the hub for vaccine information in the Capital District. They are maintaining a list of available vaccine locations and links by County on their website. 
 
Here is their link:
https://www.amc.edu/CapitalRegionVax/index.cfm
 
PHARMACIES
There are also several pharmacies that are participating in a Federal program for appointments. Those are mostly only for age 65 and up but that could change. You’ll need to go to each individual website to check for appointments:
Hannaford
Walgreens
CVS
Rite Aid
Price Chopper
 
FEDERAL SITES
There is a new site at the Albany Armory on Washington Avenue that will begin providing 1,000 vaccines per day on March 3. This is only open to people in the following zip codes but that will open up more broadly in the future. Check the NYS website for updates:
 
Albany, Schenectady, Troy: Washington Avenue Armory
195 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY
Eligible Zip Codes: 12202, 12206, 12210, 12209, 12207, 12222, 12180, 12307, 12308, 12305, 12304

Lent at FPC

As a Lenten devotional discipline this year,
you are invited to pray with Scripture
as a way of discerning what God
is calling you to be and to do
during this season.
Here are the daily devotions.
Here are hymns which are used with Sundays’ devotions.
If you would like a printed copy of this devotion,
please email or call the church office (518-439-7492).
 
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Join us each Wednesday during Lent,
March 3, 10, 17 and 24,
for Taizé worship at 6:00 p.m.
We will livestream the service on Facebook.
Here is the link and here is the bulletin


Our traditional Taizé services will 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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We will continue to offer an online Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
on Thursdays in Lent 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 4, 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!

Youth News

“A joyful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22


Every week, we practice JOY together as an act of resistance!
Join us for Virtual Youth Group at 11am after Sunday worship. 

 

Thank you to youth and families who served at the foodbank this Sunday! Shout outs to: Chance Davis, Lydia & Carol Green, Luke Eaton, Ewan McNaughton, Margaret Leupold, and the Dowell Baum Family (Molly’s whole crew came out- Thank you, Robin, DD, & Ani!) 

Our next opportunity to serve at the foodbank is Mar 21 Sun 1-3pm. Email Molly to RSVP. We have 12 spots to fill. Please let me know if you can come as soon as you know! We also need 1-2 parents/adults to join us. Below is a complete list of future dates at the foodbank.

Mar 21 Sun 1-3pm

Apr 25 Sun 1-3pm

May 30 Sun 1-3pm

Review of Antiracism resource

Resource: Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Reviewed by Debbie Fagans             

This is Dr. King’s last book and was published
not long before his assassination. Having achieved the Voting Rights Act of 1965, King moved on to addressing the economic situation
of his people. When he moved to Chicago and tried to bring the civil rights movement to the north, he found that racism was as alive there as in the south. When you read the book, you will feel that it was written just last week and not in 1967. We still have a long way to go to reach equity, but King describes the way to get there.
 
Do you have an antiracism book or other resource you want to share?
 
One First Pres priority is “combating systemic racism both within and outside the church.”  Many of you are already reading and discussing books and articles that address this underlying racism, and the Membership Committee invites you to share your insights and thoughts in First Pres eblasts.  What did you find enlightening?  For whom would you recommend this particular book or article?  Reviews of other media addressing racism, such as movies, TV shows, podcasts and children’s resources are welcome.  Please email your mini review to: Carol Green.  Questions about reviews may be directed to Carol Green at email or call or text 518-331-1447.


 

Reviews:

Caste
Coop BLM Virtual Art Exhibit
Just Mercy
The Color of Law

Opportunities

Come Join In!



Hello! 2020 was a difficult year,
and I’m sure we were all changed by it.
Just to make sure that we all recognize each other
when we worship in person again,
we thought it would be a great idea to update our photo directory!
What do we need?
Fresh, new pictures that show the new you
and updated contact information.
You have lots of options!
Have you transformed during quarantine?
Send in a brand-new picture to Jamie.
Do you like one of the pictures
that you sent in for Pentecost or Christmas?
Let Jamie know in an email.
Would you like someone else to take a fresh picture?
Contact Ray Henrikson via email or call at 518-533-7441.
Please send your pictures as soon as possible!
(But definitely by March 2.)


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WALK FOR CLIMATE
 
Join us for an Interfaith walk for Climate on Thursday, March 11, from 11:00am to 1:00pm.  We start at First Lutheran Church at 181 Western Ave., Albany (parking available) and proceed to a walk around the NYS Capitol and back with masks and social distancing.  Sponsored by GreenFaith, NY Renews, and Capital Region Interfaith Creation Care Coalition.  For more information go to the Events page of www.capitalcreationcare.org.  

 

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Education and Spiritual Formation each Sunday
Adult Education at 8:45am–9:45am
Children’s Education at 9:15am–9:45am
Virtual Youth Group at 11:00am
Find the Zoom links in Thursday’s eblast.

 

Calendar

Tuesday, 3/2       9:00am   Men's Bible Study

Wednes., 3/3     11:00am   Staff Meeting
                            6:00pm   Taizé service (livestreamed on FB)

Thurs., 3/4         7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                            4:30pm   Anti-Racism Task Force

Sunday, 3/7        8:45am    Adult Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education  
                          10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                          11:00am   Virtual Youth Group


Monday, 3/8       1:00pm   Covenant Group

Tuesday, 3/9      9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                           6:30pm   Ad Hoc Committee Meeting

Wednes., 3/10    6:00pm   Taizé service (livestreamed on FB)
                            7:00pm   Women's Small Group
                            7:00pm   Dads' Small Group

Thurs., 3/11       7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                            7:30pm   Chancel Choir Virtual Meeting

Sunday, 3/14      8:45am    Adult Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education  
                          10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                          11:00am   Virtual Youth Group


Tuesday, 3/16     9:00am   Men's Bible Study               


 
******* All meetings will be held via Zoom.*******
 
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Contact info: please use this number 518-439-7492 (instead of church phone)

 
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