News from First Presbyterian Church!
View this email in your browser

Events This Weekend

Join us on Sunday, October 24
for education, worship and fellowship
* * * * * * * * * * *

Over the past month, the Stewardship Committee has invited the congregation to, “Come and See, Together,” all of the good that First Presbyterian Church does in our individual lives, our collective life as a community of faith, and in the wider community.

According to the Gospel of John, Jesus called his first disciples by inviting them to follow him and to “come and see.” Through the life, ministry, and mission of First Presbyterian Church we are continually called to join together as a community to come and see the good things done by First Presbyterian Church to further the kingdom of heaven.

How will you respond to Jesus’ call? The Stewardship Committee invites you to join us on Sunday, October 24th, for Consecration Sunday, to “Come and See, Together,” and to celebrate the gift that is First Presbyterian. 

Worship at 10:30 am 
in-person or via Facebook livestream 
followed by 
Celebration Fellowship Time 
under a heated tent in the parking lot

with cider donuts and a chance 
for extended conversation!

 * * * * * * * * * * *

Adult Education at 9:00 am
The Adult Education Class this week will be a time to share
anecdotes, vignettes, very short stories and the like that give you a
sense of hope for the world during these difficult times. 
Please bring them to the class, ready to share.

All are welcome! Join us via zoom at 9:00!
 * * * * * * * * * * *
Virtual Youth Group- 6th graders-12th graders - at 9am.
Join us via Zoom at 9:00!
 * * * * * * * * * * *
Children's Education at 9:15am 
Pre-K through 5th Graders:
Join for singing, Bible story, conversation and prayer.
Join us via zoom at 9:15!

 * * * * * * * * * * *

Worship Service at 10:30am.
In-person and livestreaming!
Please plan to arrive early
so you can be checked in
at the one entry door on Willett St by the ramp.
If you are handicapped, please park in the church lot,
and check in at the elevator door.

With COVID-19 case numbers still high locally,
it's especially important to follow the direction from
Session: maintain at least a 6-foot distance between
people in the pews, unless they live in the same household 
and remember to wear a mask.

* * * * * * * * * * *

We continue to live stream on Facebook.
Click here to connect on Sunday.
You will find the bulletin for Sunday here.

Offering of Our Gifts
You can mail offering to: FPC, 362 State St, Albany, NY 12210
Or go on line to donate (
Thank you for your continued support of FPC ministries.

* * * * * * * * * * *
Celebration Fellowship Time at 11:30am.
join us under the large, heated tent in the parking lot.

We’ll have drinks and snacks and
enjoy conversation with one another!

* * * * * * * * * * *
Wondering what to expect on Sunday?
Click here to view a video
Session members created
to give you a sense of what to expect
coming back to in-person worship. 

* * * * * * * * * * *

Message from the
Stewardship Committee

Investing in our youth is investing not only in our future, but our now.  The Youth of First Presbyterian church participate in community service, spiritual activism, mind-body-spiritual practices, interrogating the scriptures and Christian tradition. Through weekly meetings, trips, study, and fellowship, youth are accompanied in their journey of building their individual belief system amidst the supportive and loving faith community. Coming soon: a new opportunity for youth to explore “Our Whole Lives” through Lifespan Sexuality Education curriculum. Stay tuned for more on this burgeoning program!
We practice trust. We practice being the Beloved Community. 
I invite you to invest in Sally, Mason, Aiden, Lauryn, Eli, Chance, Kaylee, Eva, Daniel, Ewan, Cameron, Sanyu, Luke, Pharryll, Allure, Parris, Brianna, Dorothy, Lidia and Lydia, Andrew, Sophia. These young people are already changing the world. Be part of it!


A Message from Social
Justice & Peacemaking Committee

Most (plastic) bags of candy in the Halloween aisles contain sweets that are individually-wrapped in plastic. But you can find some Halloween candy that is better for the environment.
  • A number of candies come in paper boxes, e.g. Smarties, M&Ms;, Nerds, Dots, Milk Duds, Glossette chocolate-covered raisins or peanuts, Junior Mints, Popeye Candy Sticks, Chewy Lemonhead, Whoppers, and more.
  • Pixy Sticks and waxed paper-wrapped toffees, such as Bits-O-Honey, are good options. Some mini chocolate bars come wrapped in paper. You might be able to find Glee Gum or another variety without plastic packaging.  

The little things we do to help our earth are just as important as the big things.

Youth Group News

Youth Ushers Needed THIS Sunday 10/24: Please sign up!

It’s our turn again, middle & high schoolers, to serve as ushers in worship! This is an important way we serve our community in a ministry of hospitality. Please email Molly (, or call/text 518-810-3158 to let Molly know if you can serve. 

* * * * * * * * * * *


Fellowship Time

Looking for some fellowship time?
Join other First Pres members at an outdoor, lower risk gathering!
Below are some opportunities.
Each gathering is outside*.
Chairs are provided.
Numbers limited to groups of 6 to 8.
Reservations required.

  * * * * * * * * * * *

Porch time at David Hinchen’s in Albany
Thursday, October 28, 5:00-6:30pm
Beverages & snacks provided.
You are welcome to bring a snack to share.
RSVP to David via email or 518-489-1854

 * * * * * * * * * * *

Patio time at Miriam and Glenn’s in Delmar
Friday, October 29 at 4:00pm
Saturday, October 30 at 4:00pm
Hot and cold beverages provided.
You are welcome to bring a snack to share.
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 safe outside gathering,
please contact Office Administrator Jamie
to let her know the details.


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 We also welcome high school students too -- this would be a great introduction to audio and video broadcasting.

* * * * * * * * * * *

Would you like to read one of the scripture passages during the Sunday morning worship service? If so, please let Jamie know in the church office, and we'll put you into the schedule. 

* * * * * * * * * * *


Interested in exploring job opportunities at IPH, formally the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless? Since its establishment in 1984, First Pres has been strongly aligned with this special non-profit organization which addresses the needs of the homeless and low-income community with services that specifically encourage self-sufficiency, empowerment and stability.
 Success, of course, depends on the employment of a dedicated, skilled and compassionate staff—from Cook to Clothing Pantry Attendant to Direct Support Staff, to Communications Manager and more.
 Listed among the “Best Places to Work” by the Times Union and the Albany Business Review, IPH has much to offer. To learn about current available positions, check their website at  Additional questions?  Feel free to contact FPC member Carol Bullard by phone or e-mail: 518-463-8256 or

* * * * * * * * * * *
Creative Action Unlimited is thrilled to announce the premiere of the FILM of Whitewashed: the racism project at the Madison Theater on October 22 and 23. (Online premiere is October 29.) Tickets go on sale October 1!
Directed by Michael Kennedy , cinematography by Jamel Mosely and featuring Archie, Danielle ColinDiaka Kaba HillZoë LewisAaron Joshua and Siobhan Shea. (Trailer by David Quinones Jr )

Follow the link to the trailer


Thursday, 10/21 7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                            7:15pm   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, 10/24    9:00am   Adult Education via Zoom
                            9:00am   Virtual Youth Group
                            9:15am   Children’s Education via Zoom
                            9:45am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
                          10:30am   Consecration Sunday
                                           In-Person Worship Service and
                                           Live Streaming Worship Service on Facebook
                          11:30am   Celebration Fellowship Time under tent

Monday, 10/25   1:00pm   Covenant Small Group

Tuesday, 10/26    9:00am   Men’s Bible Study via zoom
                             7:00pm   FOCUS Board

Wednes., 10/27  6:30pm   Women's Small Group
                           7:00pm   Dads' Small Group

Thursday, 10/28 7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                            5:00pm   Porch time at David Hinchen’s in Albany

Friday, 10/29     4:00pm   Patio Time with Miriam and Glenn

Satur., 10/30      4:00pm   Patio Time with Miriam and Glenn

Sunday, 10/31    9:00am   Adult Education via Zoom
                            9:00am   Virtual Youth Group
                            9:15am   Children’s Education via Zoom
                            9:45am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
                          10:30am   In-Person Worship Service and
                                           Live Streaming Worship Service on Facebook
                          11:30am   Outside Fellowship Time
                          11:30am   Offering Counter Training

Tuesday, 11/2      6:00am   General Election Day Voting
                             9:00am   Men’s Bible Study via zoom
                             5:30pm   Membership Committee Meeting
                             5:30pm   Outreach & Mission Committee Meeting
                             5:30pm   Property Committee Meeting
                             5:30pm   Worship Committee Meeting 
                             7:30pm   Christian Education Committee Meeting
                             7:30pm   Social Justice & Peacemaking Committee

Wednes., 11/3    11:00am   Staff Meeting
                             5:00pm   Finance Committee Meeting

 Thursday, 11/4  7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                            7:15pm   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal

* * * * * * * * * * *

Contact info: church office: 518-449-7332,, 
First Pres website First Pres website
FPC Youth FPC Youth
To email the Church Office To email the Church Office
FPC Facebook page FPC Facebook page
FPC Youth Facebook page FPC Youth Facebook page
Copyright © *2021* *First Presbyterian Church*, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
362 State Street
Albany, NY 12210

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list