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Looking for some fellowship time?
Interested in joining other First Pres members at a safe gathering?
Willing to dress warmly and sit outdoors by a fire?
 
Harriett Seeley lives in Slingerlands and
wants to host some late fall and winter outdoor gatherings.
She’s collecting names and contact info of anyone interested.
Contact Harriet if interested  518-621-7172.
When the weather looks “good,” she’ll contact interested people,
letting them know the date and time of the gathering.
     The first 7 who respond to her can come!
All participants agree to wear a mask
and are encouraged to bring a hot drink.
Chairs, deck and firepit provided.
 
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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:
 

 
Eviction Defense Training - Tuesday, Nov 17, 6:30pm
With housing courts re-opening, nearly 1.5 million renters in New York State who have been unable to pay rent could face eviction despite "extending the moratorium." We're getting organized to defend ourselves and our neighbors against heartless landlords and the viciousness of a state that would take away peoples' homes during a pandemic.
RSVP HERE! During the training, join us to:
  • Learn about the housing crisis through our Poor People's Campaign analysis
  • Discuss what is at stake in this moment
  • Think about why organizing is important to housing and eviction defense
  • Share strategies to organize our neighbors and communities
  • Work with regional attendees to organize together.
Capital Region Organizing Meeting - Wednesday, Nov 18, 6:30pm
Join us for our next Capital Region organizing meeting! This is a great space to learn about the campaign, reflect on recent activities, and plan for upcoming events. The call will be held over Zoom. RSVP here!
 
Moral Monday Car Caravan - Monday, Nov 23, 2:30pm
Save the date!
On Monday, Nov. 23, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival will hold Moral Monday caravans in state capitols to call on the nation to mourn the nearly quarter million people who have died from COVID-19, call for a smooth transition of power and demand that all leaders commit to passing policies to heal the nation and those most hurt by the pandemics of COVID-19, systemic racism and poverty. More details coming soon!
 
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Our last November online Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation is Thursday, November 19, 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, November 19, 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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On Sunday, November 22, First Pres will hold its annual Bread for World Offering of Letters in support of an end to food insecurity under the guidance of the Social Justice and Peacemaking Committee. The Adult Education Class at 8:45am will be a conversation about Bread for the World and food insecurity with some time to address letters to our representatives in Congress. A special edition eblast will be published after worship on November 22 that will contain instructions for participating in the Offering of Letters as well as letters that you can print out and mail.
 

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FROM OUTREACH AND MISSION:

EQUINOX COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER
To the First Presbyterian Church Community and friends;
Although it may look different this year, the Annual Equinox Thanksgiving Community Dinner (“T-Day”) will continue to provide delicious Thanksgiving meals to thousands of our neighbors in need. With the cancellation of the in-person T-Day event preparations due to COVID-19, Equinox was determined to redesign the event to connect meal recipients with other meal resources by enlisting its volunteer corps and various community partners to prepare and deliver take-out meals—to continue to meet our community’s needs.

Equinox is “outsourcing” the meal preparation to local restaurants and food service entities which have the knowledge and capability of adhering to strict meal-prep and food-handling requirements. Designated volunteer drivers will pick up meals and provide contactless delivery throughout the Capital Region.

 “Rather than crowds of volunteers preparing meals, we will purchase specially made Thanksgiving dinners from local restaurants, caterers, grocery stores and others. In this way, we can safely continue our cherished community tradition while also supporting local businesses–so many of which have donated food items to our dinner in the past and are now struggling during the pandemic,” commented Christina Buff Rajotte, Equinox Director of Development & Marketing.

Last year, we provided nearly 11,000 meals to our Capital Region neighbors in need.” Equinox has been grateful to enlist new community partners, and many of its traditional partners in donating

 “Our goal is to raise $100,000 to purchase 10,000 meals.  to purchase 10,000 meals. In addition, St. Peter’s Health Partners and CDPHP (and its food services partner, Eurest) will be making and donating 1,000 meals each to ensure we can meet the needs of our community.

We invite you to become part of the community of neighbors to be a partner in this tradition First Pres has been has been a key sponsor for more than 30 years.   
To Order a Thanksgiving Day Meal to be delivered to Your Home Or
To Volunteer to be a Delivery Driver or to sponsor a Thanksgiving Meal:
You can call the T-Day Hotline at 518.434.0131, Visit the Website at www.equinoxinc.org.

Let’s continue to keep the spirit of the holiday for OUR NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS  FOR THIS HOLIDAY.  

 
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Education and Spiritual Formation each Sunday via Zoom!
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.
 
 

Calendar

Tuesday, 11/17   9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                            9:00am   Presbytery Meeting
                            7:00pm   Session Meeting

Wednes., 11/18 10:00am   Woman to Woman Small Group
                            1:00pm   Creation Care Class
                            7:00pm    B3 Small Group

Thursday, 11/19 7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                           12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                             4:30pm   Anti-Racism Task Force

Sunday, 11/22    8:45am    Adult Education 
                           9:15am   Children’s Education  
                         10:00am   Worship Service via Facebook
                         11:00am    Virtual Youth Group
                         11:15am   Congregational Meeting 

Monday, 11/23  6:00pm   Soloist Rehearsal

Tuesday, 11/24   9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                            6:30pm   FOCUS Board

Thursday, 11/26
                                          

Sunday, 11/29    8:45am    Adult Education 
                           9:15am   Children’s Education  
                         10:00am   In-Person Worship and Live Stream Worship
                                          (communion)
                         11:00am    Virtual Youth Group

Tuesday, 12/1   9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                          5:30pm   Property Committee Meeting
                          7:00pm   Membership Committee
                          7:30pm   Social Justice and Peacemaking Committee

Wednes., 12/2 11:00am   Staff Meeting

Thursday, 12/3 7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                           1:00pm   Sanctuary Decorating
                           4:30pm   Anti-Racism Task Force
                           7:30pm   Chancel Choir Virtual Meeting
                     
                           
             

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