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Session Highlights 

At its regular meeting on Tuesday, 5/19, the Session:
  • Welcomed two new members: Melanie Ebbing and George Hickman (photo and bio in a future eblast).
  • Reviewed the survey results. Many thanks to all who participated. A synopsis of these results will be sent out next week.
  • Reported that we are on track to meet the “Make it Safer” metrics recommended by the Ad Hoc Committee for returning to in-person worship.
                  o Vaccination rates in Albany Co. have reached 50.6%
                   (52.2% of ages 18+ New Yorkers are fully vaccinated)
                  o Incidence rate 5.8/100K in Albany Co.
  • Requested the Ad Hoc Committee review their previous guidelines for in-person worship making any changes as needed and send to Session.
Session will hold a special meeting the beginning of June to set a date for opening the church for in-person worship. Worship will continue to be broadcast on Facebook for those unable to attend in person. Look for more information in June.

Events This Weekend


Join us on Saturday, May 22
 
Food Drive 3-5:00pm
Westminster Pres Church parking lot
 Many neighbors are in special economic difficulty in the pandemic.
The drive-thru Food Drive is our way of showing kindness
 to our neighbors and guests at the FOCUS food pantry.
 The purpose is to help stock the pantry. 
 
 Non-perishable donation items - for example:
Canned items: vegetables, fruits, and soups
Packaged goods: pasta, rice or cereal, and shelf or canned milk
Personal care items: toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo/conditioner 
 
All helpers will wear masks. 
Helpers will bag or box items.
will pick up the donations and shut the trunks.
pop open their trunks and the children and youth
When people arrive to donate, they should pull up into the parking lot,
 
This is a wonderful opportunity to support the children and youth
 in helping our neighbors contact John Bossung 518-275-8205, 
or Molly Dowell Baum 712-986-6010 with any questions.
 
 
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Join us on Sunday, May 23
 
Adult Education at 8:45 am
The Anti-Racism Task Force is leading the class.
Did you know that First Pres. has been involved
 in the South End of Albany since 2011?
Come on May 23 to the 8:45 AM
Adult Sunday school class to find out
the answer and how you can become
involved in our community efforts. 
All are welcome! Join us via zoom (invite below) at 8:45!
 
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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.

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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.



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Virtual Youth Group- 6th graders-12th graders - at 11am/after worship
During this time of Spiritual Formation we may:
 
                            *play games
                            *build relationship with each other
                            *reflect on the worship service
                            *try different spiritual practices/types of prayer 
                            *make meaning of the world around us
                            *explore and tell our individual stories
                            *co-create service projects
                            *develop youth leadership
 
Join us via Zoom (invite below and by email) at 11:00!

Click here to add or update your YOUTH's contact info.
 
Youth, Parents, or other Members & Friends, if you'd like to chat with our youth director, please use Molly's scheduling app to schedule a time-- by phone or video chat.
 
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Fellowship Time at 11:15am
Join us this Sunday for a
Zoom Fellowship Time!
After the service is over,
use the link below for your phone or computer
and join other from the First Pres community
 in a time of conversation.
We’ll also have some breakout rooms
which we’ll explain at the gathering.
Click to join the Zoom Meeting 

 

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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.


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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.

 

Looking for some Fellowship Time?

Join other First Pres members at a safe gathering!
Below are some opportunities.
Each gathering is outside*.
Chairs are provided.
Numbers limited to groups of 10.
Reservations required.
Enjoy!

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Patio time at Miriam and Glenn’s in Delmar
Beverages and appetizer provided
If you wish, bring an appetizer to share.
Saturday, May 22, 5:00 – 7:00
Friday, May 28, 5:00 – 7:00
Saturday, May 29, 5:00 – 7:00
Friday, June 4, 5:00 – 7:00
Saturday, June 5, 5:00 – 7:00
Friday, June 18, 5:00 – 7:00
Saturday, June 19, 5:00 – 7:00
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.

Opportunities

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 and advocacy: 
 
 
 
Join the NYS Poor People’s Campaign on Thursday, May 20 at 7-8:30pm ET for our monthly meeting for faith leaders and members of faith communities. These meetings include meditation and prayer, reflection on the important role of people of faith in the Poor People’s Campaign, and discussion of ways for faith leaders and faith communities to engage with the PPC at the local, state and national level.  
 
This month, we are thrilled to be hosting a discussion with Shailly Gupta Barnes, policy director for the Poor People’s Campaign and the Kairos Center. She will share with us how the Hindu teachings of her childhood have informed her commitment to anti-poverty work and she will talk about the PPC’s current policy initiatives, including the national resolution which will be launched on May 24. To register, click here.
 
RSVP HERE!
 
The Poor People’s Campaign New York State chapter
has planned a number of actions for May and June.
Click here for more details

 
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LibertyCon 2021
Documenting Racially Restrictive Covenants
virtually on Saturday, May 22, at 3pm


Mara Cherkasky first wrote about racially restrictive covenants in the mid-1990s and has been systematically documenting and mapping them in Washington, DC since 2014. . .

Read More
 
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MARCH ON THE CAPITOL:
REMEMBERING GEORGE FLOYD RALLY AND MARCH

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 6:00 PM EDT
East Capitol Park

March to the New York Capitol to demand accountability and real reform, join us to remember George Floyd's life and all those lives who have been lost, forgIf otten, and demand Cuomo create real steps to reinvent and make our communities safe for all lives, especially Black, Indigenous, Two Spirit, migrant and all marginalized communities; not false executive orders like the Executive Order 203 which has not brought real comprehensive change.

Join us on the 1 year anniversary of George Floyd's murder.


Event info here

 

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We offer an online Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation on Thursdays in May and June 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 27, 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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SAVE THE DATE! YOUTH & FRIENDS
Art Build & Civil Disobedience Training
Memorial Day, May 31, 12-3pm 
FPC Parking Lot, picnic, banner/signs together 
Health Care Justice SAVES LIVES!!
Hosted by Youth Group and the Capital District Poor People's Campaign

 
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The Property Committee is hosting a Church Workday
 on Saturday, June 5, beginning at 9:00 am.
Various projects both inside and outside the
church building will be addressed. 
Contact Owen Gilbo, chair of Property Committee,
to volunteer or with any questions.
 
 
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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.

 
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Reviews of Anti-Racism Resources

Resource: small great things by Jodi Picoult
Reviewed by Katie Henrikson            
 
This book is a deep dive into racism and white privilege, and at the same time a very well-written, tightly-plotted page turner. There is a Black maternity nurse, a serious white supremacist couple, a dead baby, a white public defender, and all their families. The story is told from many perspectives with great development of their personalities as well as the ideas of white privilege and systemic racism, all in an engaging fictional narrative.  The Black nurse has done her best to fit into a white world while her sister lives in the projects, unapologetically committed to her Black heritage.  The public defender thinks she is not prejudiced at all. The White supremacists don’t want a Black nurse to touch their baby, and the story goes on from there.
         
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.
 
Click here for past reviews

 

Youth Group

Virtual Youth Group will continue at 11am on Sundays, while we also add the following in-person events:

Food Drive for our FOCUS Pantry
Saturday,  May 22, 3-5pm

FPC Youth will HOST this event along with Westminster. Meet at Westminster Pres Church parking lot, enter from Chestnut Street btwn Dove and Swan. We will be accepting donations from cars that drive up and bagging/boxing items to restock our FOCUS food pantry. 
 
This is a good chance to mingle with the youth of our sister congregation down the street, and put our hands to work for our friends and neighbors who use the FOCUS food pantry. This is a masked, outdoor activity.

 
 
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Memorial Day Monday, May 31, 12-3pm 
Art Build & Picnic 


First Pres Youth will be co-hosting this event with the Poor People's Campaign. If you don't already have plans for Memorial Day, please plan to come to this. Great opportunity to bring a friend! We honor those who have died, by advocating for the health of those still living.
 
Gather in the FPC Parking Lot. We will picnic together, learn about Healthcare as a Human Right, create banners and signs for upcoming Healthcare actions.



 

FOCUS News

Calendar

Thurs., 5/20        7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                            4:30pm   Anti- Racism Task Force
                            7:30pm   Chancel Choir Virtual Meeting

Sunday, 5/23      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, 5/24     1:00pm   Covenant Small Group meeting

Tuesday, 5/25     9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                            6:30pm   FOCUS Board 

Wednes., 5/26    6:30pm   Women's Small Group
                            7:00pm   Dads' Small Group

Thurs., 5/27       7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation

Saturday, 5/29  10:00am   Muslim Soup Kitchen day

Sunday, 5/30      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, 5/31   12:00pm   Art Build & Civil Disobedience Training
                                           at FPC Parking Lot/Washington Park

Tuesday, 6/1       9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                            5:30pm   Outreach and Mission Committee Meeting
                            5:30pm   Property Committee Meeting
                            7:00pm   Membership Committee Meeting
                            7:30pm   Social Justice & Peacemaking Committee Meeting


Wednes., 6/2     11:00am   Staff Meeting

Thurs., 6/3         7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                            4:30pm   Anti- Racism Task Force
                            7:30pm   Chancel Choir Virtual Meeting



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