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Join us on Sunday, July 25 
Worship Service at 10am.
In-person and livestreaming!
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Presbyterians are making a difference all over the world — and we’re saying thank you through song!

Summer of Song: A Concert Series brought to you by the Presbyterian Giving Catalog is our gift to you and the many others across the country who have come together to make a positive impact in the lives of people in need.

In this spirit, please join us July 21 at 7 p.m. EDT for a performance by The Stillman College Concert Choir. The gifted students of Stillman College — a Presbyterian-affiliated historically black college in Tuscaloosa, Alabama — will share sacred and secular music from the Renaissance to present.

Use the link below to join the concert on July 21, or to revisit our June performance from Elizabeth Stockton Perkins.

Stay tuned for updates on the final concert in August, coming soon!

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Explore the Presbyterian Giving Catalog and
discover more ways to make a difference.

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FreedomCon 2021
Racist Violence is as American as Cherry Pie

Virtually on Saturday, July 24 at 3pm Eastern Time

SNCC chair H. Rap Brown was excoriated after a July 1967 press conference where he told reporters: “I say violence is necessary. Violence is a part of America’s culture. . .  Read More

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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:

This week, the Poor People’s Campaign launched a season of Nonviolent Moral Direct Action - watch Monday’s video and take action here.
In the coming Mondays there will be actions in DC and New York State. Our state locations haven’t been finalized yet, but the Capital Region is planning to support actions in the Hudson Valley or New York City. If you’re available on Monday July 26th to travel and take part, please reply to this e-mail.
The next Capital Region PPC meeting will be Tuesday, July 20th, 6:30pm. RSVP for call info here. We’ll discuss the upcoming Moral Mondays as well as our plans for August and September. We’ll also continue to develop our working groups, which you can sign up to join here.

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The First Presbyterian Church awards educational grant to church members who seek financial assistance in continuing their education. These funds may be used during the school year for any type of studies beyond high school. All you need to do is fill out the application and send it to the church. The deadline is August 1st 2021. For additional information please contact Roseline Takor at

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Reviews of Antiracism Resources

Resource: Summer of Soul
Reviewed by Roger Green

In the summer of 1969, there was a massively successful music festival in New York State. The documentary Summer of Soul recounts the Harlem Cultural Festival taking place on six weekends, drawing about 300,000 people. It had big-name artists such as Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, Gladys Knight and the Pips, the Chambers Brothers, and The 5th Dimension.

The festival was recorded, but the film sat in a vault for nearly half a century. Questlove (Ahmir-Khalib Thompson) of the band The Roots edited down over 50 hours of film that tells the story about not only the festival but the historical context in which it took place. 

These are extraordinary performances. Questlove's favorite: Mahalia Jackson asking Mavis Staples for assistance singing "Precious Lord." See the movie in a theater or on Hulu.

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.
Click here for past reviews


FOCUS Worship

 August 1  FOCUS Worship 10:00 AM
 Emmanuel Baptist Church, 275 State Street
 Emmanuel is delighted to host the second   FOCUS service of the summer on August 1It will  be on Zoom and in-person. We will bear witness to a baptism and celebrate communion and enjoy the presence of other members of the FOCUS community. You do not want to miss it!
To attend in person, please do these two things:
  • Call or email Dorothy in the EBC office to reserve a seat in the sanctuary,no later than Thursday, July 29., 518-465-5161
  • Wear a mask, regardless of your vaccination status.
To attend on Zoom, use the link and passcode below and bring your own communion elements to your worship space
Topic: FOCUS Worship August 1
Time: Aug 1, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 931 8573 8164
Password: FOCUS
To Dial In:  646 558 8656 US (New York)


Saturday, 7/24   2:00pm   Youth Group Pool Party

Sunday, 7/25    10:00am   In-Person Worship Service (communion)
                                           Live Streaming Worship Service on Facebook

                          11:00am   Outside Fellowship Time

Sunday, 8/1      10:00am   FOCUS Worship Service (communion)
                                          at Emmanuel Baptist Church
                                          Live Streaming Worship Service on Facebook

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