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Reviews of Antiracism Resources

Resource: the Alvin Ho series by Lenore Look, illustrated by Leuyen Pham
Reviewed by Kendra Smith-Howard     
Given recent harassment and violence towards members of the AAPI [Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders] community, anti-racist folks with kids in their lives might be looking for some good kids' books featuring Asian-American characters. If so, look no further than the Alvin Ho series! Written by Lenore Look and illustrated by Leuyen Pham, these chapter books are pitched at an elementary school audience. The protagonist, second-grader Alvin Ho, narrates the days of everyday life as if they are dramatic, epic adventures. It’s a family drama: Alvin admires his dad and big brother Calvin, respects his mom, respects and has a special connection with his Gungung (grandfather), and is perpetually annoyed (and yet loving) towards his baby sister, Anibelly.
The books reference Chinese-American traditions (the family celebrates Chinese New Year and in one book of the series visits China), but ultimately present Alvin as a kid who experiences many of the stresses and thrills of growing up. By presenting readers with a host of AAPI characters with a variety of personalities, the books help unravel the stereotypical portraits of Asian-American life.

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.
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During these pandemic days, we have been "broadcasting" our service online using Facebook.  While this is the first time in the long history of our church where we have been on the internet, it is not the first time that live worship services at First Pres have been broadcast to the public.  According to our historian, David Wood, we've been on the radio.  David penned a writeup about Dr. Adams' tenure as the pastor of our church that includes these sentences: "In the 1940’s, there were radio broadcasts of Sunday morning worship services, rotating among four central city churches, including ours. Initially, they were from 11:30 to 12:00, but later changed to 11:00 to 12:00, and then to afternoon broadcasts of transcriptions of the morning services."  So history repeats, but in a different way.


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We offer an online Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation on Thursdays 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.. You can register here for Thursday, May 6, 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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New York Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is thrilled to announce the launching of Getting Into Step: A Movement Podcast for the Long Haul, a collaborative project between the Kairos Center and the NYS Poor People's Campaign!
From the Carolinas to California, from the Bronx to the border, from the Appalachian hollers to Apache sacred lands, Getting Into Step: A Movement Podcast will explore what it means to build a social movement that addresses the interlocking injustices of our time. We will hear stories highlighting the plight, fight, and insight of the poor, pull pages from our movement songbook to learn how certain songs came to be and what they mean to us today, and take deep dives into the pressing questions of our movement.
Our pilot episode features a deep and wide-ranging conversation on building the independent political power of the poor with Min. Dr. Savina Martin of the National Union of the Homeless, Rev. Nelson Johnson of the Beloved Community Center in North Carolina, and Rev. West McNeill of the NYS Poor People's Campaign and the Labor-Religion Coalition of NYS.
This podcast is dedicated to illuminating the times in which we live, uniting leaders on the frontlines of struggle across the nation, and finding spiritual and intellectual grounding as we work to transform the world.
You can also listen to Getting Into Step wherever you like to listen your podcasts, including Spotify! Check this page for updates as the podcast goes up on new platforms.

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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.

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Tuesday, 5/4      9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                           5:30pm   Outreach and Mission Committee Meeting
                           5:30pm   Property Committee Meeting
                           7:30pm   Social Justice & Peacemaking Committee Meeting

Wednes., 5/5    11:00am   Staff Meeting

Thurs., 5/6         7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                            4:30pm   Anti- Racism Task Force
                            7:30pm   Chancel Choir Virtual Meeting

Sunday, 5/9        8:45am    Adult Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education  
                          10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                          11:00am   Virtual Youth Group
                          11:15am   Fellowship Time via Zoom

Monday, 5/10    1:00pm   Covenant Small Group meeting

Tuesday, 5/11     9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                          11:30am   Clergy Meeting

Wednes., 5/12    6:30pm   Women's Small Group
                            7:00pm   Dads' Small Group 

Thurs., 5/13       7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation

Sunday, 5/16      8:45am    Adult Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education  
                          10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                          11:00am   Virtual Youth Group
                          11:15am   Fellowship Time via Zoom

Tuesday, 5/18     9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                            7:00pm   Session Meeting

******* All meetings will be held via Zoom.*******
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