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Events This Weekend

Join us on Sunday, November 21
for education, worship and fellowship
 
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Adult Education at 9:00 am
Owen Gilbo will lead the class: “Gender Identity Education as Prevention Against Anti-Transgender Violence.”
All are welcome! Join us via zoom at 9:00!
 
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Youth Education at 9am.
Join us via Zoom at 9:00!
 
 
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Children's Education at 9:15am 
Pre-K through 5th Graders:
Join for singing, Bible story, conversation and prayer.
Join us via zoom at 9:15!

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

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Please plan to arrive early
so you can be checked in
at the one entry door on Willett St by the ramp.
If you are handicapped, please park in the church lot,
and check in at the elevator door.
 

With COVID-19 case numbers still high locally,
it's especially important to follow the direction from
Session: maintain at least a 6-foot distance between
people in the pews, unless they live in the same household 
and remember to wear a mask.

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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 (www.firstpresalbany.org/donate/)
Thank you for your continued support of FPC ministries.

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Fellowship Time Outside

After the service, join us on Willett Street for
Fellowship Time
We’ll have drinks and snacks and
enjoy conversation with one another!
 

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Join us as we begin to plan for Black History Month. We’ll meet in-person in the Rose Room at 11:30 and also via zoom-use this link. All are welcome!


 
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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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Advocacy Work

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 
 
  

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DATE CHANGE - Tuesday Dec 7, 6pm - Hunger, Housing, and the 3rd Reconstruction, a Capital Region Truth Commission - Join us on December 7th to learn from the plight, fight, and insight of Capital Region community members who are engaged in struggles around food and housing insecurity. In recent years, New York has passed transformative legislation to meet the needs of poor and marginalized communities relating to food and housing. At the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated the extent of these crises and thrown millions into poverty and precarity. RSVP here. RSVP here.

A Message from Social Justice & Peacemaking Committee

What happens with the water you use to wash your fruits and vegetables. Right down the drain? Try saving it and using it to water your houseplants!
The little things we do are just as important as the big things.

Youth Group News


 
Dear youth & youth parents,

We will have in-person gatherings for youth in high school on Sunday evenings 5-7pm!!

Youth will enter from the parking lot door & sign-in each week (for contact tracing + attendance purposes). We will follow safety protocols including masking and distancing while in doors. If/when we eat, it MUST be distanced. We will meet either in the 2nd flr youth room OR one of the larger 3rd flr Upper Rooms depending on group size. New air purifiers in spaces throughout the building will further mitigate risk.
This is for high schoolers only at this time. 

Please text or email Molly (518-810-3158) if you can join us Sunday 5-7pm! And pls indicate your pizza preference (cheese or pepperoni). 
We look forward to seeing you soon!

 
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Congratulations to Lydia Green!! 

For being an academic superstar

inducted last week into 

Albany High School’s Arista Chapter of 

National Honor Society!


 

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Opportunities

You can contact the Equinox hotline to sign up to help with delivery of meals or to order a dinner.



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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 dwightcheu@gmail.com. We also welcome high school students too -- this would be a great introduction to audio and video broadcasting.

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Poverty and lack of opportunity rob many people of their joy and make life a daily struggle just to survive. Through your fair trade purchases, you can bring not only joy, but also opportunities and dignity to the families of artisans who produce beautiful, useful and unusual products that you, your family and friends will enjoy.

This Advent and Christmas season please consider buying fair trade gifts from Mayan Hands at their website www.mayanhands.org.   Doing so will connect you, and the recipient of your special gift, to our sisters and brothers in Guatemala.  We are all our human family. We are all brothers and sisters in Christ, and Jesus asked his followers to love one another. You can shop on their website and they will ship the items to you or to your loved ones. You can include a gift message if you’d like.


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WANTED: 2 additional people willing to take one Sunday a month to facilitate the use of our propane patio heaters for Fellowship Time. Responsibilities: position and hook up the propane tanks on Sunday morning, turn on heaters prior to Fellowship Time, turn off heaters after Fellowship Time and unhook the propane tanks so the heaters and propane can be stored safely. If interested please contact Pastor Miriam.  

Calendar

Thurs., 11/18       7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                             7:15pm   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, 11/21     9:00am   Adult Education via Zoom
                            9:00am   Youth Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education via Zoom
                            9:45am   Soloists Rehearsal
                          10:30am   In-Person Worship Service and
                                           Live Streaming Worship Service on Facebook
                          11:30am   Outside Fellowship Time
                          11:30am   Black History Month Planning
                            5:00pm   High School Youth Gathering

Monday, 11/22   1:00pm   Covenant Small Group

Tuesday, 11/23    9:00am   Men’s Bible Study via zoom

Thurs., 11/25       Office Closed
                            

Friday, 11/26         Office Closed

Sunday, 11/28    9:00am   Adult Education via Zoom
                            9:00am   Youth Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education via Zoom
                            9:45am   Soloists Rehearsal
                          10:30am   In-Person Worship Service and
                                           Live Streaming Worship Service on Facebook
                          11:30am   Outside Fellowship Time
                            5:00pm   High School Youth Gathering

Tuesday, 11/30    9:00am   Men’s Bible Study via zoom
                             6:30pm   FOCUS Board Meeting via zoom

 
Wednes., 12/1    11:00am   Staff Meeting

Thurs., 12/2       7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                          12:00pm   Presbytery Meeting
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walks and Meditation
                            7:15pm   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal

Saturday, 12/4    9:00am   Officer Training

 
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