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Events This Weekend

Join us on Sunday, February 7
 
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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.


 If you would like to join our zoom meetings please contact Miriam or Glenn.
 
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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.

With Great Appreciation

Al Easton has served as Treasurer of First Presbyterian
Church for over 20 years and has decided it is time to retire. Being a dedicated servant, Al agreed to serve through January so he could give one last Annual Report on the state of the church’s financial health at the Annual Congregational Meeting this past Sunday. After making that report, those attending (on Zoom) showed their gratitude with a round of applause. The next time
you see or speak to Al, please add your own expression
of gratitude and thank him for his long and faithful years
of service to First Pres.

Reviews of Antiracism Resources

One First Pres priority is “combating systemic racism both within and outside the church.”  A number of events in the last year highlight the urgency of taking steps to overcome systemic racism: the mob of predominately white people who met little resistance as they stormed our nation’s Capitol on January 6 compared to the violent treatment of some Black Lives Matter protestors; the killing of black people, including George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, sometimes by white police officers; and the higher death rate among black and brown victims of COVID-19. 
 
What can we do to overcome systemic racism?  One crucial step is to learn more about underlying biases in our institutions and in ourselves. 
 
Many church members are already reading and discussing books and articles that address this underlying racism.  Whether you are reading antiracist articles and books on your own or with a group, the Membership Committee invites you to share your insights and thoughts with fellow members in First Pres eblasts.  What did you find enlightening?  For whom would you recommend this particular book or article?  Reviews of children’s books on antiracism are also welcome.  We also invite reviews of other media addressing racism, such as movies, TV shows, and podcasts.
 
Please email your mini book reviews to: Carol Green.  Questions about book reviews may be directed to Carol Green at email or call or text 518-331-1447.

 

Reviews:

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Opportunities

The Adult Class Black History Month Opportunities Sunday via zoom
February 14 at 8:45– Presentation of Allegories on Race and Racism
February 21 at 11:15 – Frank Keetz on the Negro Baseball League
February 28 at 8:45 – Discussion of The Color of Law

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In February we’ll be officially welcoming
all those who wish to join First Presbyterian Church!
If you’re interested in becoming a member,
please contact Miriam for details
518-439-7492 or email.


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We will continue to offer an online Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation on Thursdays in February 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, February 11, 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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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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  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., 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 via zoom 
                           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

Saturday, 2/13     4:30pm   Intergenerational Game Night

Sunday, 2/14     8:45am    Adult Education 
Happy                9:15am   Children’s Education  
Valentine's       10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
Day                   11:00am   Virtual Youth Group    

Monday, 2/15                   Holiday Office Closed

Tuesday, 2/16    9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                           7:00pm   Session Meeting   

Wednes., 2/17  10:00am   Woman to Woman Small Group
                           6:00pm   Ash Wednesday Taizé service (livestreamed on FB)

Thurs., 2/18       7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                            4:30pm   Anti-Racism Task Force
                            7:30pm   Chancel Choir Virtual Meeting  

         
                

******* 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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