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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. 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, 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!

Review of Antiracism resource

Resource: So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Reviewed by Roger Green  

I read the 240-page paperback in three or four hours over two days. The story was compelling because Ms. Oluo put a lot of herself, a “black, queer woman” with a white single mom, on the pages.

“It’s about race if a person of color thinks about race.” In the chapter about talking about race incorrectly, the primary subject was her own mom. “Why can’t I be talking about… anything but this.” Conversely, Ms. Oluo tells about her OWN failure to check her privilege. She explains intersectionality better than most people I’ve read.

More here

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.



Coop BLM Virtual Art Exhibit
Just Mercy
The Color of Law

Where Do We Go From Here


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!

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Join us for an Interfaith walk for Climate on Thursday, March 11, from 11:00am to 1:00pm.  We start at First Lutheran Church at 181 Western Ave., Albany (parking available) and proceed to a walk around the NYS Capitol and back with masks and social distancing.  Sponsored by GreenFaith, NY Renews, and Capital Region Interfaith Creation Care Coalition.  For more information go to the Events page of  

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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 is information from the PPC about an upcoming action.
Will you join us at 12pm ET on Moral Monday, 3/15 in Albany at the State Capitol Building’s Washington Ave entrance, as we deliver our 2021 Poor People’s Campaign Demands to our New York State legislative leadership and to Governor Cuomo?

We will stand united with folks across the country as they too deliver the Poor People’s Campaign’s Policy Priorities to legislative leaders and governors at their state capitals. Together, we are bringing attention to the impact of policies which promote systemic racism, poverty and inequality, the war economy and militarism, environmental devastation, and a corrupt moral narrative.
If you can’t join us in person, visit our Facebook page at 12pm ET to watch the livestream, and sign on to our NYS demands as we come together to support a policy agenda that centers the needs of poor and low-income people. Then join us again online at 3pm ET for a report back of actions from across the country.
There are 140 million poor and low-income people in our nation, and 8.6 million in New York State — we can’t wait another 50 years for change to come! The time to act is now.
Forward together,
The NYS Poor People’s Campaign
*Due to COVID-19, we are asking that all participants at the in-person event wear double masks and remain at least 8 feet apart at all times. If you are feeling the slightest of symptoms, we ask that you stay at home and watch the program online.

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Education and Spiritual Formation each Sunday
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.



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
                          11:00am   Walk for Climate
                          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         

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

Friday, 3/19        2:00pm   Sheryl Sheraw's Memorial Service
                                            (livestreaming on Facebook)

Sunday, 3/21      8:45am    Adult Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education  
                          10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                          11:00am   Virtual Youth Group

                          12:30pm   YG to volunteer at the Foodbank

Monday, 3/22     1:00pm   Covenant Group

Tuesday, 3/23    9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                           6:30pm   FOCUS Board

******* 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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