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We will continue to offer an online Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation on Thursdays in January 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, January 28, 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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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 is an opportunity for education: 
 
 
On January 28 at 7pm we'll be starting our study of "Black Reconstruction in America" by W.E.B. Dubois! These collective studies are critically important for developing our clarity and unity in organizing. If you're interested in participating, fill out this short form. We'll be meeting every other Thursday.
 
 
 
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Please join us to celebrate the life of Fran Kamp




Saturday, January 30, 2021

Online Memorial Service: 2:00 PM

Online Reception to follow:

Please contact Sue Kamp at skamp1005@gmail.com, if you have questions.

Please feel free to forward to others.


 
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The Adult Class will begin its observance of African American History Month on January 31 at 8:45am.
The topic will be a discussion of the book, America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America by Jim Wallis (2015).
 
“Fifty years ago, Wallis was driven away from his faith
by a white church that considered dealing with racism to be taboo.
His participation in the civil rights movement
brought him back when he discovered
a faith that commands racial justice.
Yet as recent tragedies confirm,
we continue to suffer from the legacy of racism.” 
 
The class will be led by David Wood with Lillie McLaughlin assisting. 
You are encouraged to read the book in advance of the class 
BUT it is not necessary.

 
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The Session has called the congregation to meet on zoom on Sunday, January 31, at 11:15, following the 10:00 am worship service for the Annual Meeting of the Congregation and Corporation of First Presbyterian Church for the purpose of 1) receiving annual reports of Session, Board of Deacons, and other recognized groups of the church, 2) receiving the financial report of the year ending December 31, 2020, for information, 3) receiving 2021 budget for information, and 4) voting on changes in terms of call of co-pastors.

Glenn and Miriam Lawrence Leupold, Moderators of Session
Mary Rogers, Clerk of Session
 
Join Zoom Meeting by clicking here 
Meeting ID: 862 3828 4242
Passcode: 286917
Join Zoom Meeting with your phone:
        +1 646 558 8656

 
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Friends and Foundation Albany Public Library presents:
Book Review—Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents 
by Isabel Wilkerson.
Reviewer: Alice P. Green, PhD, executive director, 
Center for Law and Justice, 
& adjunct professor, the University at Albany, SUNY.
Tuesday, February 2, 12:00pm - 1:15pm
 
Register here
 
The FFAPL hosts regular book reviews, author talks, and special presentations on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 12:15 pm live via Zoom. These presentations are free and open to the public.
Zoom room opens at 11:55 for socializing beforehand.
Come talk about books with the Friends!

 
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Mark your calendars and plan to join us for 
Intergenerational Game Night
Sat Feb 13th, 4:30-6:30pm
 
Everyone is invited to join this virtual event. 
Zoom in to see your fellow FPC friends and members, connect, and play together. 
Feel free to prepare your own snacks or dinner to eat during the event. 
Stay posted for the Zoom link, and mark your calendars NOW! 

Email Molly with any game suggestions or requests, and questions of course. 
We can play Jackbox party games including Fibbage, Drawful, Quiplash, & Champ'd Up, or other games such as trivia, pictionary or charades altered for virtual play.
 
 
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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, 1/26      9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                             6:30pm   FOCUS Board

Wednes., 1/27   10:00am   Woman to Woman Small Group
                            6:30pm   Women's Small Group
                            7:00pm   Dads' Small Group

Thurs., 1/28       7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                            7:30pm   B3 Small Group

Sunday, 1/31     8:45am    Adult Education 
                           9:15am   Children’s Education  
                         10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                         11:15am   Annual Congregational Meeting via zoom
                         11:00am   Virtual Youth Group                      

Monday, 2/1     1:00pm    Covenant group


Tuesday, 2/2      9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                           5:30pm   Property Committee Meeting         
                           7:00pm   Membership Committee Meeting       
                           7:30pm   Social Justice & Peacemaking Committee Meeting

Wednes., 2/3    11:00am   Staff Meeting

Thurs., 2/4         7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                            4:30pm   Anti-Racism Task Force
                            7:30pm   Chancel Choir Virtual Meeting        

Sunday, 2/7       10:00am    FOCUS Worship 
                           11:00am   Virtual Youth Group      
 

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

Wednes., 2/10      6:30pm   Women's Small Group
                              7:00pm   Dads' Small Group

Thurs., 2/11         7:00am    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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