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Events This Weekend

Join us on Sunday, March 7
 
Adult Education at 8:45 am
Join us as we explore the gospel of Luke.
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.  
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.
Evelyn and Teeling, children of Todd and Marcy Stevens, will be baptized.
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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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.

 

Welcome New Members

The following people joined First Presbyterian Church at the Session meeting on February 16 and were recognized in worship, February 21.  
If you were “zooming” with us, you would have “met” them.


 
 Amy Jenal is a college Educator and Adminstrator at   Mildred Elley College, with two grown sons, Eli and   Thomas. She is uniting with us by letter of transfer   from the Pleasantville Presbyterian Church.  Amy was   quite active there, serving as an Elder, Deacon,   Superintendent of Sunday School and teacher, Advent Craft Fair coordinator, Rummage sale worker, and Youth group volunteer!  Her interests include gardening, horses, writing, cooking and reading. She’s currently involved in the Women’s Small Group.

 
Katherine Keck (Kathie) is an accountant for the New York State Thruway and also works part time at Target. In addition she finds time to volunteer as a tutor at Wizards Wardrobe! She has two girls, Anne-Marie and Angelina, 25 and 21, respectively. Kathie joins First Presbyterian by Affirmation of Faith. Since she began attending First Pres as the pandemic began, she has only worshiped via Facebook and looks forward to worshipping with others in the sanctuary!


 William O. Pettit,III, or Bill, is no stranger to First   Pres. Living across the street from the church, Bill has   been the person to get the first phone call from the   security company whenever the alarm goes off at the   church! Thank you, Bill! He served in the Vestry of St.   Andrews church from 2000 to 2002. During covid times   he has felt led to join First Pres.

Lent at FPC

As a Lenten devotional discipline this year,
you are invited to pray with Scripture
as a way of discerning what God
is calling you to be and to do
during this season.
Here are the daily devotions.
Here are hymns which are used with Sundays’ devotions.
If you would like a printed copy of this devotion,
please email or call the church office (518-439-7492).

 
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Join us each Wednesday during Lent,
March 10, 17 and 24,
for Taizé worship at 6:00 p.m.
We will livestream the service on Facebook.
Here is the link and here is the bulletin. 

Our traditional Taizé services will include simple, meditative songs,
scripture, prayer and silence.  The liturgy for these services originated
with the Taizé community founded in France in 1940.
This community is an ecumenical, intentional community
with a twofold purpose:  to seek communion with God

 
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We will continue to offer an online Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
on Thursdays in Lent at 12:30pm via Zoom. P
astor 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, March 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!

 

Reviews of Antiracism Resources

Resource: Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Reviewed by Debbie Fagans             

This is Dr. King’s last book and was published
not long before his assassination. Having achieved the Voting Rights Act of 1965, King moved on to addressing the economic situation
of his people. When he moved to Chicago and tried to bring the civil rights movement to the north, he found that racism was as alive there as in the south. When you read the book, you will feel that it was written just last week and not in 1967. We still have a long way to go to reach equity, but King describes the way to get 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.

Reviews:

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

Opportunities

 
We want EVERYONE in our new directory coming out in May!
You have options:
  1. Send in a new picture to Jamie in the church office.
  2. Like your picture you sent in for Pentecost? Tell Jamie to use that one.
  3. Like the photo you see during the prelude on Sundays? Tell Jamie to use that one.
  4. We’ll even let you use your 2016 directory photo, but you have to tell Jamie.
  5. Would you like someone else to take a fresh picture? Contact Ray Henrikson via email or call at 518-533-7441.
 
Please send your pictures as soon as possible!
DEADLINE EXTENDED: March 10!

 
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The New York State Poor People’s Campaign, with support from NYS Labor-Religion Coalition Interns Maya Manaktala,Soli Garzon, and Tucker Boyd, will be hosting an Art Build on March 7, 2021 2-4pm on Zoom
Following a segment of political education, students will be given time to create: in whichever way comes most naturally (i.e. a poster, a song, a painting, poetry, a dance, or anything you can think of). This Art build will center a space for Students to process topics of systemic racism, poverty, militarism, ecological devastation, and the distorted moral narrative in creative means. Students will be asked to consider the National PPC’s 14 policy priorities for the first 100 days, while creating.
If you have connections to college and university students, please share this invitation with them!
 

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We will once again have Easter Lilies decorating the chancel of the sanctuary on Easter Sunday. Anyone who would like to sponsor a lily in honor or memory of a loved one will have that noted in the bulletin.  There are two ways to make your dedication. 1) By mailing a check to the church for a minimum of $16 per lily, along with a note that spells out the dedication as well as name of the dedicator. It MUST arrive at the church by March 23. 2) By emailing the church office a note that spells out the dedication as well as name of the dedicator. Then visit the website and make your payment on line. Deadline is March 23.


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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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Calendar

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

Sunday, 3/7        8:45am    Adult Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education  
                          10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                          11:00am   Virtual Youth Group

Monday, 3/8       1:00pm   Covenant Group

Tuesday, 3/9      9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                           6:30pm   Ad Hoc Committee Meeting

Wednes., 3/10    6:00pm   Taizé service (livestreamed on FB)
                            7:00pm   Women's Small Group
                            7:00pm   Dads' Small Group

Thurs., 3/11       7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                            7:30pm   Chancel Choir Virtual Meeting

Sunday, 3/14      8:45am    Adult Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education  
                          10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                          11:00am   Virtual Youth Group

Tuesday, 3/16     9:00am   Men's Bible Study  
                          10:00am   Albany Presbytery Meeting

Wednes., 3/17   10:00am   Woman to Woman Small Group

                             6:00pm   Taizé service (livestreamed on FB)
 
 Thurs., 3/18      7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                            4:30pm   Anti-Racism Task Force
       
                

******* 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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