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Bread for the World Offering of Letters

Our annual Bread for the World Offering of Letters will be held On Sunday. May 21, 2023. You will have the opportunity to write to your members of Congress who have the power to impact the policies and programs that can end hunger..

By asking our legislators to support the Farm Bill (reauthorized every 5 years) we will help support domestic nutrition programs like SNAP (food stamps), as well as funding for critical international food assistance programs.

We will have a representative from Bread for the World at our Adult Education class who will provide more detailed information about the Farm Bill. There will be time immediately after Adult Ed and during Fellowship time after the service to write your letters. Supplies will be provided.



Fresh Flowers for the sanctuary on Sundays may be donated in honor or in memory of a person or event. The cost is $80.  A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board outside the main office. You may contact Jamie directly at 518-449-7332 or



Got a Favorite Recipe?

We are looking forward to having our potluck picnic with Walls Temple AME Zion Church that is now scheduled for June 10th. We apologize for the delay but hope that many of you will join us at that time. We will meet at 1:00 PM at the Walls Temple Church and picnic outside on their lawn. 

Come make new friends! Bring a dish to share. There will also be some hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill. We are planning some outdoor games with plenty of laughter. Children are welcome and we will have some children’s games. We will move inside if there is rain.

We are still planning to put a combined cookbook together but there is no pressure to get this done before the picnic. Please consider handing in a recipe to be included.

Advocacy Work

This week in the Capital Region Poor People's Campaign:


Thursday, May 18, 6:30pm at Westminster Presbyterian (85 Chestnut St, Albany) and on Zoom - Capital Region PPC Organizing Meeting

Join us for our monthly meeting! We encourage everyone to show up in person if possible, but a zoom option is available. You can register here.

Looking Ahead:

Canvassing opportunities

Tuesday, May 23, 8:45am at Lansingburgh Boys and Girls Club
- Drive Through Food Distribution

Thursdays, beginning May 25, 7am-8:30am at FOCUS Breakfast Club (275 State St, Albany)

These are fantastic opportunities to meet our neighbors, share about the Poor People's Campaign, and connect people into our movement. No experience necessary, we'll make sure you're ready and prepped! 

Wednesday, May 31, 11am at the NYS Capitol - Tenant Takeover with Housing Justice 4 All

While housing decisions were removed from the budget process, we're still organizing to protect tenants and make housing a human right! More details coming soon, but you can register here.

Memo for Mission and Outreach

The Outreach and Mission Committee is collecting needed articles for the Giffen Elementary School’s “Clothes Closet” which goes beyond just clothes. Articles may be left in the box in the Assembly Hall designated for this purpose.  Items Needed: sweatpants size 6-7, 8-10, 12-14, 1x, 2x, 3x; girls leggings size 6-7 & 8-10; boys belts, small & big; girls belts small & big.

Youth News

2023 Summer Service & Reflection Trip

Click for FULL info sheet
Washington, D.C. July 30-Aug 5

To register your 6th-12th grader for this trip, please contact Molly.
A $50 deposit will secure your spot on the trip.


Upcoming Events:


Sunday, May 21 - Confirmation Sunday
10:30am - Confirmation during worship 
please come support & celebrate with your fellow youth!
Sunday, June 4 - More Light Sunday
10:10 am - Youth Usher in worship
12:00-2:00 pm - Lunch & Program in Youth Room
Sunday, June 11 - Pride Parade
9:15am - Decorate our vehicle with pride!!
11:45 am - Pride Parade 


Upcoming Events at First Pres

Upcoming Events at First Pres

May 21 – Confirmation
June 4 – More Light Sunday
Jun 10– 1:00pm Potluck Picnic with Walls Temple
June 11 – Pride Parade
June 18 – 9:30 summer worship time begins


Tuesday, 5/16     7:00pm   Session Meeting in Rose Room with Confirmation                                             Students

Wednes., 5/17  10:00am   Women to Women Small Group

Thurs., 5/18        7:00am   Men's Bible Study
                            6:30pm   WPNA Meeting
                            7:00pm   Worship Committee Meeting
                            7:00pm   Soloist/ Choir Rehearsal

 Sunday, 5/21     9:15am   Preschool Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education 
                            9:15am   Adult Education
                            9:30am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
                          10:30am   Worship Service in the sanctuary and                                                                 livestreaming on Facebook
                          11:45am   Fellowship Time
                          12:00pm   Youth Group
                            4:00pm   Albany Area Bread for the World meeting

Monday, 5/22   12:00pm   Exercise Class
                            1:00pm   Covenant Small Group

Tuesday, 5/23     6:30pm   FOCUS Board Meeting

Wednes., 5/24  12:00pm   Exercise Class
                           7:00pm   Dads' Small Group

Thurs., 5/25        7:00am   Men's Bible Study
                            7:00pm   Soloist/ Choir Rehearsal 

Friday, 5/22      12:00pm   Exercise Class

Sunday, 5/28      9:15am   Preschool Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education 
                            9:15am   Adult Education
                            9:30am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
                          10:30am   Worship Service in the sanctuary and                                                                 livestreaming on Facebook
                          11:45am   Fellowship Time

Monday, 5/29                   Office Closed

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Contact info: church office: 518-449-7332

May Birthdays

Mary Vail                                         Eric Fagans
5/16                                                   5/30
Rose Jackson                                   Sebastián Tañón-Elias
5/20                                                   5/30
Ray Henrikson                                Mary Kelly
5/22                                                   5/31
Todd Stevens                                               

If your birthday is this month and it's not listed, please let Jamie know so we can update our records. 
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