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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 ( 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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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, February 17, 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!

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In partnership with NYS Writers Institute

UAlbany Speaker Series




Thursday, February 17, 2022

7 p.m.

Campus Center Ballroom



Conversation and Q&A



Political Strategist


Huma Abedin is a political strategist and vice-chair of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential campaign as well as the author of the new memoir Both/And: A Life in Many Worlds (Nov. 2021). Abedin tells the remarkable story of her Indian and Pakistani family, her Muslim faith, her Saudi Arabian childhood, her 1996 White House internship with then-First Lady Hillary Clinton, and her subsequent career as personal aide, trusted advisor, Middle East expert, and chief of staff for the former New York Senator. 





2022 Annual Celebration honoring

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 


Wednesday, February 23, 2022

7 p.m.

Campus Center Ballroom


Keynote Speaker


Human Rights and Prison Reform Activist




Anthony Ray Hinton spent 30 years on death row in Alabama for a crime he did not commit. A passionate speaker for social justice, Hinton was freed in 1995 with the help of renowned legal advocate Bryan Stevenson. Mr. Hinton’s story is chronicled in Stevenson’s bestselling 2014 book Just Mercy, and in the 2019 major motion picture of the same name.





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Face masks are required for everyone in attendance as well as adherence to all other COVID safety guidelines

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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

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


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A message from the
Social Justice and Peacemaking Committee

In honor of Black History Month, the Post Office has issued a commemorative stamp in honor of the sculptor Edmonia Lewis. Ms. Lewis is a local. She was born in 1844 in Rensselaer County and went to school in Albany. She first established herself as a professional artist in Boston. In1865 she moved to Rome. Italy where she began to work in marble and earned wide recognition for her work. She died in London in 1907 but her work lives on in many museums including 8 pieces in the Smithsonian. Click here to see her stamp. The SJ&P Committee encourages you to purchase her stamps at your local post office.

A message from the
Black History Month Committee

Black History Month is a time to celebrate food! We at First Pres usually have a sit down lunch together. We can't do that this year, but we can celebrate the variety of food in the African American community and support two highly praised and well known local blackowned businesses. How about traditional southern African American food: fried chicken, mac and cheese, cornbread? Then try Allie B's Cozy Kitchen, on Clinton Ave. Or try African, Asian and Caribbean inspired food prepared by Umana's Restaurant, on Washington Ave. Try both!! Your tastebuds will thank you! They both do takeout. Information and menus are on their websites.

Youth Group News

We will break from gathering Sun 2/20, the first weekend of Feb school break. 
In-person Youth Gathering will resume Sun 2/27 @ 5-7pm.


Sunday Youth program changes:
We will no longer meet via zoom on Sunday mornings
Sunday evening gatherings continue for all youth in 6th-12th gradesWe meet in the youth room on the second floor.
High filtration masks are required in the building. We have updated air filtration units in rooms throughout the building. Eating is suspended for the time being so we can keep masks on the entire time.
Current Protocol:
To attend in-person youth events, you must be symptom free and provide proof of vaccination (upload here). Please enter through the office door off the parking lot. If the door is locked, please text Molly. Upon entry, sanitize hands & sign in (for contact tracing purposes). KN95 masks are available at the sign-in station if you need one.



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



Parents of High School Youth:
Please review your 2022 summer calendar and let Molly know if your rising 9th grader to graduating 12th grader will go to Triennium—July 24-27 in Indianapolis. More info @
Parent Meeting TBA


Tuesday, 2/15     9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                            5:30pm   Worship Committee Meeting
                            7:00pm   Session Meeting

Wednes., 2/16   10:00am   Women to Women Small Group

Thurs., 2/17       7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                         12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                           6:30pm   General Meeting of Capital Region Poor People’s                                                  Campaign
                           7:00pm   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal

Friday, 2/18       2:00pm   Service of Witness to the Resurrection for
                                           Mike Attwell

 Sunday, 2/20      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
                          11:30am   Fellowship Time

Tuesday, 2/22     9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                            6:00pm   Legacy Giving Subcommittee Meeting
                            6:30pm   FOCUS Board Meeting

Wednes., 2/23     6:30pm   SWAT Team
                             7:00pm   Dads' Small Group

Thurs., 2/24      7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                         12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                           7:00pm   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal

 Sunday, 2/27      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
                          11:30am   Fellowship Time

Monday, 2/28    1:00pm   Covenant Group

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
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