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

Events This Weekend

Join us on Sunday, March 28
 
Adult Education at special time 11:15am
Details below
 
* * * * * * * * * * *

Sunday School for Children at 9:15am 
Pre-K through 5th Graders:
Join for singing, Bible story, conversation and prayer.
Who will our storyteller be this week?!?
Join us via zoom (invite below) at 9:15!
 If you would like to join any of our zoom meetings please contact
Miriam or Glenn.
* * * * * * * * * * *
 
Worship Service at 10am.
We will be live streaming on Facebook.
Click here to connect on Sunday.
(additional information below, if needed)
You will find the bulletin for Sunday here.
Communion is being celebrated. You are invited to bring something
to eat and something to drink when you join us for on-line worship.
Using elements familiar to them,
Jesus used bread and wine for his Last Supper with his disciples.
If you’re unable to have juice and bread,
bring something familiar to you.

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.


* * * * * * * * * * *
 
Adult Education/Virtual Youth Group
at special time 11:15 am
via zoom link (below)
Harriet Myers - Wife, Mother, Activist, and Albany Resident
‘Meet’ Harriet Myers at the Adult /Youth Education class!
Hear her inspiring story.
Join with Paul and Mary Liz Stewart, co-founders of
Underground Railroad Education Center
and Scholars-in-Residence at Russell Sage College,
to learn about Mrs. Myers’ Underground Railroad activism
and her work for equity and justice 
for both free and freedom seeker Blacks in Albany. 
* * * * * * * * * * *
 
Our recorded worship services and bulletins are also available on our website.
Please send any prayer requests to Glenn so that we can include them in worship on Sunday.



 
* * * * * * * * * * *
 

 
INSTRUCTIONS Facebook Live Streaming: we’ll normally start broadcasting about 3 to 5 minutes before the service (so 9:55–9:57) with Trevor’s prelude. Any time after that go the main Facebook page for First Presbyterian Church of Albany. Very close to the top (or maybe just by scrolling down slightly) you’ll see the video with the words “Live now” or something similar. Click on the video and it will open into a larger window and play.  So just stay on the First Pres home page, no need to go into Events or any other sub-page.
 HELPFUL TIP: if you don’t see the livestream on the home page, refresh / reload your browser screen.  Don’t hesitate to call Dwight Cheu at 518.469.1544 if you have any problems.

 

Holy Week 

 
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.  Register here for Thursday, April 1, 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!

 
* * * * * * * * * * *

 
Holy Week Services live streamed on Facebook
Maundy Thursday, April 1, at 7:30pm
Communion is being celebrated. You are invited to bring something
to eat and something to drink when you join us for on-line worship.
Using elements familiar to them,
Jesus used bread and wine for his Last Supper with his disciples.
If you’re unable to have juice and bread,
bring something familiar to you.
Good Friday, April 2, at 7:30pm
Easter, April 4 at 10am

Reviews of Antiracism Resources

Resource: Gateway to Freedom:  The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad by Eric Foner (2015)
Reviewed by Ellen Eisenbraun
 

Award-winning historian Eric Foner has been writing about the Civil War and Reconstruction for more than half a century.  But it was his dog walker who planted the seed for this book when she told him about a manuscript (Gay’s Record of Fugitives) that she had recently come across while working on her senior thesis.  When Foner finally followed up on her lead months later, he found the handwritten journal “so riveting that it led me to embark on the research…that resulted in this book.”
 
I read Gateway to Freedom (230 pages if you omit the notes and index) in one week of evenings, and it was time well spent.  Focusing on New York as a crucial hub in the Underground Railroad between 1830 and 1860, Foner dispels myths, fills in gaps in our collective understanding, and shines a bright light on the courageous acts of many slaves and freemen and women who took great risks trying to secure
freedom for themselves and others.  
 
I believe we all benefit by learning more about the history of slavery and discrimination in our own region.  This book is a great place to begin, for ages 15 years and up. 

The Underground Railroad Education Center's co-founders, Mary Liz and Paul Stewart, will discuss Harriet Myers' role in Underground Railroad activism at this Sunday's Adult/Youth Education class at a special time - 11:15 am.  Here’s the zoom link to join the class.

 
Related Resources:
Adult Fiction: The Underground Railroad: A Novel by Colson Whitehead, 2016
Children’s Book: Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad 
   by Ellen Levine and Kadir Nelson,  2007  (gr. 1-5)
Local Museum: Underground Railroad Education Center/Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence
   194 Livingston Ave., Albany, NY   (all ages)
                                                                                              
                                               

                                    
 
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.
 

Reviews:

Caste
Coop BLM Virtual Art Exhibit
Just Mercy
The Color of Law

Where Do We Go From Here
So You Want To Talk About Race
Barracoon

 

Opportunities

Baby Institute Quilts and Blankets
 
A reminder to all knitters, crocheters and quilters to please keep the Baby Institute in mind as you look for a nice spring project to work on  busy as we move out of the winter months and into spring when hopefully we will leave the pandemic behind!  The Baby Institute that First Pres has been supporting for a number of years consists of a series of parenting classes led by Noelene Smith, MSW.  We have provided baby blankets handmade by members and friends of First Pres to each of the graduates of the classes.
 
Programming for the classes and other activities has necessarily been disrupted and modified during the past year.  However, the need for warm, comforting blankets is no less.There are no specific requirements for blankets- just warm, colorful knitted, crocheted, or quilted - all handmade with love to surround a new child with our prayers and support.  Blankets are appreciated at any time.   
 
For questions, or to arrange for pick-up, please contact
Harriet Seeley (518-621-7172, lcpcats@nycap.rr.com)
or Ann Songayllo Hannay (518-610-2300, annsong156@gmail.com).
We look forward to your participation!

 


* * * * * * * * * * *

One Great Hour of Sharing
Restoring Hope, Feeding the Hungry, Empowering the Oppressed,
We are the Church Together
 
It is once again the season for One Great Hour of Sharing.  This special offering supports three programs of our Church, (1) the Presbyterian Hunger Program (2) Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and (3) the Presbyterian Committee on Self-Development of People.  These programs funded by the One Great Hour of Sharing Special Offering provide safety, sustenance and hope for millions of people who lack access to sustainable food sources, clean water, sanitation, education, and opportunity.
 
This past year has been a challenge for everyone throughout the world.   Imagine how much more challenging it has been for those people already facing loneliness, hunger, inadequate shelter or racial injustice and oppression.  One Great Hour of Sharing allows those of us who are able, We the Church, to relieve some of the suffering and to lift up those who could desperately use a helping hand.  With this special offering, We the Church are given the opportunity to use our gifts to partner with those who struggle most.  Giving to the programs which use focused projects to assist people is one of the most important ways that We the Church, come together in mission and ministry. 

Consider a donation to this offering of our denomination. Donate here or send a check to the church and be sure to put “One Great Hour” in the note on the check.
 
 
* * * * * * * * * * *
 
Be a witness of support to the Black Lives Matter movement
every Tuesday from noon to 1:00pm.
 Join others on State S.t in front of Westminster Presbyterian Church
with your mask (not-optional) and a sign (optional).
This effort is being spear-headed by Elizabeth McMillan at WPC.
 
* * * * * * * * * * *
 

Calendar

Thurs., 3/25       7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                            7:30pm   Chancel Choir Virtual Meeting

Sunday, 3/28      9:15am   Children’s Education  
                          10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                          11:15am   Adult Education/ Virtual Youth Group

Tuesday, 3/30     9:00am   Men's Bible Study

Thurs., 4/1         7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                            7:30pm   Maundy Thursday Service
                                           (livestreaming on Facebook)

Friday, 4/2         7:30pm   Good Friday Service
                                          (livestreaming on Facebook)

Sunday, 4/4        8:45am    Adult Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education  
                          10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                          11:00am   Virtual Youth Group

Tuesday, 4/6      9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                           5:30pm   Outreach Mission Committee Meeting
                           5:30pm   Property Committee Meeting
                           6:00pm   Hymn Recording
                           7:00pm   Membership Committee Meeting
                           7:30pm   Social Justice & Peacemaking Committee Meeting

Wednes., 4/7    11:00am   Staff Meeting 

Thurs., 4/8         7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                            7:30pm   Chancel Choir Virtual Meeting


 

******* All meetings will be held via Zoom.*******
 
* * * * * * * * * * *
Contact info: please use this number 518-439-7492 (instead of church phone)

 
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 © *2020* *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