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Events This Weekend

Join us on Sunday, December 19
for education, caroling, worship and fellowship

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Adult Education at 9:00 am
Youth Education at 9:00am
Children’s Education at 9:15am 

Join us via Zoom

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 Carol Singing outside on Willett Street 

at 10:10am, prior to worship.
Song sheets available – please wear your mask!

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Worship Service at 10:30am.
In-person and livestreaming!

Enter via door on Willett St by the ramp.
(please wear a mask and social distance)

We continue to live stream on Facebook.
Click here to connect on Sunday.
You will find the bulletin for Sunday here.

Offering of Our Gifts

You can mail offering to: FPC, 362 State St, Albany, NY 12210
Or go on line to donate (
Thank you for your continued support of FPC ministries.

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After the service, join us for 
Fellowship Time & A Carol Sing
in the parking lot.
Come & enjoy time with one another!

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Wondering what to expect on Sunday?
Click here to view a video
Session members created
to give you a sense of what to expect
coming back to in-person worship. 

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Advent and Christmas Services 

Thursday, December 16, Blue Christmas Service
Combined service of FOCUS churches
6:30 pm at The First Church, 110 N. Pearl St.
In-person only
Sunday, December 19, Fourth Sunday of Advent
9:00 Education for Youth and Adults via zoom
9:15 Education for children via zoom
10:10 Carol Singing on Willett Street
10:30 Worship Service
In-person and Livestreaming on Facebook
11:30 Fellowship Time
11:45 – 12:45 Carol Sing in the Parking Lot

 Friday, December 24, Christmas Eve
7:15 pm Musical Prelude
7:30 pm A Service of Lessons and Carols
In-person and Livestreaming on Facebook 
Saturday, December 25, Christmas Day
11:00 am Worship Service online only
Join us to hear a story, sing carols and pray!
Livestreaming on Facebook  
Sunday, December 26, Second Day of Christmas
Virtual Worship Service provided by
The Synod of the Northeast

Sunday, January 2, Ninth Day of Christmas
10:30am Worship Service
In-person and Livestreaming on Facebook
11:30am Fellowship Time


Assistance for Refugees from Afghanistan

Since the month of November, more than 150 Afghan evacuees have arrived in Albany.  They are being welcomed and supported by USCRI-Albany (US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants – Albany), the official agency that settles refugees in the Capital Region. While each family receives an initial stipend for the first month’s rent and utilities, your donations to USCRI-Albany will help provide funding for these families’ other basic needs during these first weeks and months. 
On-line donations can be sent to USCRI Albany through this link: DONATE- USCRI Albany - USCRI (
Donations can be sent by mail to:
99 Pine Street, Suite 101
Albany, NY  12207

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Do you remember seeing pictures of many of our congregation before and after worship on the Facebook livestream service? This was popular, and we'd like to "see" you again. Please send a selfie or have someone take your picture and send it to Jamie in the church office TODAY! Make sure you identify yourself as you like to be call and include family member names if you want those included. 

We hope all of you will participate, and if you want to include some of your Christmas decorations as backdrop, we would like that too (although not necessary). Looking forward to truly "seeing" you all!

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 Thursday, December 16

6:30 p.m.
First Church in Albany
110 N Pearl Street

The Advent and Christmas season is a wonderful time of year, and yet it is also a time accompanied with grief and sorrow for many. A Blue Christmas service is a time to name and honor our grief during this time. All are invited on Thursday, December 16th starting at 6:30pm for a time of worship, reflection, and fellowship.

The service will be in-person only, and masks will be required. Please park in the parking lot off of Sheridan Ave and Chapel Street. The service will be held in the Stephen James Chapel.

Please contact the office of The First Church in Albany if you have any questions: (518) 463-4449.



Finger Labyrinth Walks and Meditations occur each Thursday in December 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, December 23, 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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2021 BOOKS CLOSING Friday, Jan 7, 2022     
All reimbursement requests must be in by Tuesday, Jan 4, 2022 

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WANTED – Passionate People who believe every child should have the chance to reach their full potential. If this describes you, please join the Wizard’s Wardrobe family of tutors. We have our last training of this school year coming up after the holidays on January 8 & 15.
The two-day training considers how racism and poverty affect our students’ learning and teaches the trainees about the 5 components of reading, brain development and lesson planning.

Our elementary students come twice a week for an hour and a half each time. Each student has one (or two) tutor(s) that meet with them one-on-one consistently throughout the school year. When a tutor can come only once a week, the student is assigned two tutors.

Our training takes place at our space at 20 Rensselaer Street in Albany, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. A light breakfast, beverages and refreshments are provided. To register call 518-776-0664 or send an email to

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Would you like to help run the audio-visual systems during the church service? You would control the soundboard, which broadcasts the audio throughout the sanctuary and the Internet broadcasting software that delivers the Facebook livestream. And, of course, you'd receive full training. 

Our team shares these duties so that your commitment would be between 8 - 12 Sundays per year. 

If interested, please contact Dwight Cheu at We also welcome high school students too -- this would be a great introduction to audio and video broadcasting.
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The Youth are updating their space on the 2nd floor! We are looking for donations of gently used items to update & refresh the space. Please contact Molly or 518-810-3158 if you have any of the following to donate:

Large TV to hang on wall (that works with Roku),
wall mount for large TV,
Area rugs,
Plants and/or hanging contraptions for plants,
Individual seating (bean bags, gaming chairs, comfortable arm chairs),
Cushions for floor sitting.

Youth Group News

High school youth gatherings are TBD for the rest of the year. Please text Molly at (518) 810-3158 to indicate if you/ your youth is available this Sun Dec 19 and/or Sun Jan 2.

A Message from Social Justice & Peacemaking Committee

Gift giving time is here! It is also a time to think about all that wrapping paper, bags and bows. The December issue of Real Simple magazine offers several easy ideas for recycling: Avoid buying bags, balloons, and bows made of polyester film, do the quick scrunch test-if you crumple paper and it bounces back, it likely cannot be recycled and think about buying wrapping paper that includes recycled materials. Click here to find more information about recycling during the Christmas season.

The little things we do are just as important as the big ones.

Looking Ahead
January Book Group

FOCUS Churches Book Study
Stride Toward Freedom

Wednesdays in January 2022
7:00-8:30 p.m.
 Please join us for a four-part conversation on Stride   Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, Martin Luther King's classic account of the first successful large-scale act of nonviolent resistance in America: the Montgomery bus boycott.  A young Dr. King wrote Stride Toward Freedom just 2 years after the successful completion of the boycott. In his memoir about the event, he tells the stories that informed his radical political thinking before, during, and after the boycott—from first witnessing economic injustice as a teenager and watching his parents experience discrimination to his decision to begin working with the NAACP. Throughout, he reflects on how his Christian faith inspired and sustained his activism, and how his activism shaped his faith.
Structured conversation will be facilitated by Joe Paparone, who is the Lead Organizer for the Labor-Religion Coalition and a long-time friend of FOCUS.
January 5 – the context of Montgomery and integration in 1955
January 12 – nonviolence and social change
January 19 – the role of faith communities
January 26 – King’s development between Montgomery and the Poor People’s Campaign

Books may be purchased through  the Open Door Bookstore in Schenectady. ( or may be available through your local library.
We'll meet on Zoom, Wednesday evenings in January, from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Advance Registration required. Click here


Thurs., 12/16      7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                            6:30pm   Blue Christmas Service at
                                           the First Church in Albany
                            7:15pm   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, 12/19    9:00am   Adult Education via Zoom
                            9:00am   Youth Education via Zoom
                            9:15am   Children’s Education via Zoom
                            9:45am   Soloists Rehearsal
                          10:10am   Carol Singing on Willett Street
                          10:30am   In-Person Worship Service and
                                           Live Streaming Worship Service on Facebook
                          11:30am   Fellowship Time
                         11:45 am   Carol Sing in Parking Lot
                            5:00pm   High School Youth Gathering (TBD)

Tuesday, 12/21   9:00am   Men’s Bible Study via zoom

Wednes., 12/22   7:00pm   Dads' Small Group

Thurs., 12/23     Pastor Glenn's 60th Birthday!!!
                            7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                            7:15pm   Soloist Rehearsal

Friday, 12/24     6:00pm   Musicians Rehearsal
                            7:15pm   Christmas Eve Service Musical Prelude
                                           In-Person/Livestream on Facebook
                            7:30pm   Christmas Eve Service In-Person/Livestream
                                           on Facebook

Saturday, 12/25 11:00am   Christmas Worship Livestream on Facebook

Sunday, 12/26    10:30am   Virtual Worship Service provided by
                                             The Synod of the Northeast 

Monday, 12/27                   Office Closed
                             1:00pm   Covenant Group

Tuesday, 12/28    9:00am   Men’s Bible Study via zoom 

Thurs., 12/30      7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
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