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Events this weekend

Join us Sunday, May 29,
for education, worship and fellowship!
 
Albany County’s CDC Community level is RED
so we’re following the RED protocols on Sunday.
Here are the complete charts.
Here is just the RED chart which is our level.
 
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Adult Education at 9:00-9:45 am

It's been a week of turmoil and violence, but also a week of beautiful weather and spring joys. During adult education this week, we'll share moments in which we caught a glimpse of God's creation -- whether in glimpsing a soaring hawk or feeling a fresh breeze. We'll pair our personal observations with poems, songs, and scripture that celebrate creation. Bring your favorite observation or poem or song that celebrates the creatures and land in which we live. Come and see the many ways that God is Good.

Children's Education at 9:15-9:45am
Join us via Zoom (links below) 

Preschool class will return in September
 
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 Worship Service at 10:30am.
Join us for worship together IN-PERSON
and via livestream on Facebook.

Click here to connect on Sunday.
You will find the bulletin for Sunday here.
Serving you this Sunday.


Mask wearing and social distancing are required.
We urge you to wear a high filtration mask
 – these are available upon entering the church building.
 
Thank you for your patience and kindness to each other.

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After the service, join us for Fellowship Time
 in Assembly Hall or outside on Willett Street, weather permitting.
Come & enjoy conversation with one another!


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Please send any prayer requests to Jamie 
so that we can include them in worship on Sunday.
 
Offering of Our Gifts
You can mail offering to: FPC, 362 State St, Albany, NY 12210
Or go on line to donate (www.firstpresalbany.org/donate/)
Thank you for your continued support of FPC ministries.

 

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.
Enjoy!

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Patio time at Harriet Seeley's home in Slingerlands
Beverages and appetizer provided
Please bring an appetizer to share.
Friday, June 3, 4:00 – 6:00
Saturday, June 4, 4:00 – 6:00 (Rain Date, ONLY)
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.

Trouble the Water


New and Exciting Educational Opportunity for the Entire Congregation

The new and exciting educational program “Trouble the Water:  Conversations to Disrupt Racism and Dominance" offered by the Anti Racism Task Force continues. Developed by the PC(USA) in response to the 222nd General Assembly’s call for church-wide conversations on race, the video series is designed to encourage conversations in local churches about race, racism, ethnicity and ethnocentrism.  Join us via Zoom on between 7:00-8:30 pm, to watch the videos and talk about them together.

The date and topic are:

                         Wed., June 1:     “Where Do We Go From Here?”
 
Check in next Tuesday's eblast for the Zoom link.

Advocacy Work

First Pres, through the Social Justice and Peacemaking Committee, has been
working with the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Here are opportunities for education and advocacy 
 

 

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Get on the New York bus to the June 18th Poor People's And Low-Wage Workers Assembly and Moral March On Washington.

New York is joining people from across the nation to gather in Washington, DC for the June 18th Poor People's and Low-Wage Workers Assembly and Moral March On Washington. We will come together after months of mobilizing and organizing for this declaration by poor and low-wealth people and our moral allies to say that this system is killing ALL of us and we can’t…we won’t…we refuse to be silent anymore!

Saturday, June 18 departure times and locations in New York state are listed below. We will be returning in the late evening on June 18. We encourage all who are able to donate to cover the cost of their seat ($75). Lunch will be provided. Proof of vaccination will be required.

Join Us! Register now to reserve your seat!

Opportunities

It's not too late to contribute to the CROP Walk. Please go to our web page at www.crophungerwalk.org/albanyny
You have until June 3 to make a donation if you choose.


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David Hinchen will not be in church this Sunday, May 29th.  If anyone is available to assist with Fellowship Time/coffee hour, please let us know.  Going forward, he plans to be in church on June 5th,12th, 26th and July 3rd, but seeking volunteers for June 19th and July 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st.
 

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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)
ds.hinchen@verizon.net

 

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Members of the Albany Presby Anti-Racism Task force will be joining the Mass Poor People's & Low-Wage Workers' Assembly this June 18, 2022 for a Moral March on Washington and to the Polls!

 

 

Watch here to see WHY We are going to D.C. this June 18, 2022 to join thousands of other folk from all over the country to do MORE! 

Three ways to #MeetUsInDC: 

  1.  Get on the New York bus to the June 18th Poor People's And Low-Wage Workers Assembly and Moral March On Washington! ANYONE can go on these buses provided by the NYS Poor People’s Campaign. No one will be left behind for lack of funds. Those who have funds, please donate $75 for your bus seat, and more for another bus seat if you have it.

  2. Groups are HIGHLY encouraged to form your own cohort from your congregation/community to travel and attend the March together June 18. That is a  great option if you want to make your own schedule and find a comfy room to stay overnight in DC. Go here to RSVP your group and find resources for planning your trip to DC June 18

  3. The ARTF is forming a cohort and has space for 2-3 more people to travel together by train and stay at an AirBnB in DC Friday-Sunday, June 17-19, including attending worship locally before returning to NY.

If you’re going to DC June 18, please let us know! If you want to go but don’t have a group to travel with, let us know. Contact us at https://www.facebook.com/artfalbpby, so we can help you get connected and get there!
 

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

 

Youth Group News





Parents/Caregivers, please take 5 minutes to respond to this Survey to help us set goals for our youth programming. 
 
Coming up: 
June 12- Celebrate Graduates & Albany Pride Parade
June 18- March on Washington D.C.
July 10- Youth Usher for Worship

 

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School Play? Sports Event? Music Concert?

If you/your 6th-12th grader has a special event coming up, please let our youth director, Molly, know & invite her to come! Please share photos and updates with Molly on experiences and accomplishments so we can celebrate with you. 

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We have several special events coming up this Spring and Summer. We hope you/your youth will join us in these opportunities to gather, serve, and have fun!

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

June Birthdays

Grace White                                      Humphry Wirba Suimola        
6/1                                                        6/19                                  
Dwight Cheu                                     Lucas Rogers
 6/2                                                       6/20  
Lillie McLaughlin                             Richard Gascoyne
 6/3                                                       6/22  
Adam Sperry                                     Dwight Smith   
 6/9                                                       6/23  
Eleanor Haase                                   Irene Slivoski
 6/9                                                       6/25 
Margaret Leupold                            Brianna Obi
 6/11                                                     6/27 
Pat Fritts                                           Alden Howard

 6/15                                                     6/28
Don Ragone                                       Yousaf Mathias 
6/15                                                      6/29 
Kathie Keck                                       David Hinchen
6/15                                                      6/29

Olivia Piacente                                   David Ashton
6/17                                                      6/29
Vincent Piacente
6/17

                                             
If your birthday is this month and it's not listed, please let Jamie know so we can update our records. 

Calendar

Thurs., 5/26      7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                           6:30pm   SWAT Team Meeting
                           7:00pm   Soloist/ Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, 5/29      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 Facebook
                          11:30am   Fellowship Time

Tuesday, 5/31     9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom 

Wednes., 6/1      7:00pm   Trouble the Water

Thurs., 6/2        7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                           4:30pm   337th Stated Meeting of Albany Presbytery

                           7:00pm   Soloist/ Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, 6/5        9:00am   Adult Education via Zoom
                            9:15am   Children’s Education via Zoom
                            9:30am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
                          10:30am   More Light Sunday
                                           In-Person/Livestream on Facebook
                          11:30am   Fellowship Time

Tuesday, 6/7    12:30pm   Staff Meeting
                           5:30pm   Membership Committee Meeting
                           5:30pm   Property Committee Meeting
                           5:30pm   Outreach & Mission Committee Meeting
                           5:30pm   Worship Committee Meeting
                           7:30pm   Christian Education Committee Meeting
                           7:30pm   Social Justice & Peacemaking Committee Meeting

Thurs., 6/9        7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                           6:30pm   SWAT Team Meeting
                           7:00pm   Soloist/ Choir Rehearsal

 
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