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Social Justice & Peacemaking 

Our participation in the Pride Parade in Albany on Sunday. Unfortunately our decorated car broke down in the park waiting for the Parade to start so Owen Gilbo took it in stride and pushed the dolly with Jesus into the Parade!
Thanks Owen !

Looking for Some Fellowship Time?

Join other First Pres members at a safe gathering!


If you’re interested in hosting
a porch, patio or deck time at your home,
please contact the church office with details.

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 




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-income 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!



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Underground Railroad Education Center
Annual Juneteenth Freedom Day

Stephen & Harriet Myers Residence
194 Livingston Ave, Albany, NY
Saturday, June 18, 2022
12pm-4 pm.

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Members of the Albany Presbytery 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, so we can help you get connected and get there!

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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)
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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  

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

Sunday July 10- Youth Usher for Worship
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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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

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


Tuesday, 6/14    6:30pm   Anti-Racism Task Force Meeting

Wednes., 6/15   10:00am   Women to Women Small Group Meeting

Thurs., 6/16       7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                           5:30pm   Finance Committee Meeting
                           6:30pm   General Meeting of Capital Region Poor People’s                                              Campaign

Sunday, 6/19      9:30am   Worship Service
                                           In-Person/Livestream on Facebook
                          10:30am   Fellowship Time

Tuesday, 6/21    7:00pm   Session Meeting

Thurs., 6/23       7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)

Sunday, 6/26      9:30am   Worship Service
                                           In-Person/Livestream on Facebook
                          10:30am   Fellowship Time

Monday, 6/27    1:00pm   Covenant Group Meeting

Tuesday, 6/28    9:00am   Synod leadership team

                           6:30pm   FOCUS Board Meeting
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