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Events This Weekend

Join us on Sunday, September 19
 
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Adult Education at 9:00 am
Kick off Conversation.
All are welcome! Join us via zoom at 9:00!

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Virtual Youth Group- 6th graders-12th graders - at 9am.
Join us via Zoom (Link below) 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!

In-person worship reminder
With COVID-19 case numbers going up again locally,
it's especially important to follow the direction from
Session that social distancing be maintained during
in-person worship. This means maintaining at least a
6-foot distance between people in the pews,
unless they live in the same household.
 
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.
Remember to wear a mask.


 
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 at 11:30am.
 
After the service, join us in the parking lot 
(via Willett and State Street doors) for
Fellowship Time.
We’ll have drinks and snacks and
enjoy conversation with one another!
(unfortunately, if it’s raining we’ll have to cancel)
 
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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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Staff Transitions

After over 20 years of singing at FPC, Deborah Rocco is retiring as our soprano soloist. Sunday, September 19, will be her last service as soloist. We will honor her during the service and at the Fellowship Time to follow.
 
As announced earlier, after 25 years as Financial Administrator, Carlie D’Annunzio is retiring at the end of September. Please join us on Sunday, September 26, as we show our appreciation for a job well done. We will honor her during the service and at the Fellowship Time to follow.

Creation Care

Did you know that in our area less than half of the glass you put into single stream recycling is recycled?  Now you can bring clear glass to Honest Weight Food Co-op and it will be brought to TOMRA Recycling Co.  Drop off clear, clean, glass jars and bottles which are free of metal and caps.  Paper labels are OK. 


-from Capital Region Interfaith Creation Care Coalition
 via FPC's Social Justice and Peacemaking Committee

Nominating Committee

Are you Called to Serve?
 
            The Nominating Committee, including representatives from Session, Board of Deacons, and the congregation at large, is beginning to meet to identify members of our church family eligible to fill positions on Session vacated by Elders whose terms are expiring and to select an at-large member for next year’s Nominating Committee.
            The beauty of our Presbyterian system of governance is that, as a gathered body of Christ, we are empowered to determine our leadership and how we seek to be in the world and move in that direction, with God’s help. While the Nominating Committee considers all members listed in our FPC Directory, we realize that we are not always aware of individuals’ eagerness to assume leadership roles, or who possess “hidden” talents that support the ever-evolving life of our church family.
            The general expectation for individuals desiring to serve as Elders is that they be committed to supporting and promoting the life of the church as demonstrated by frequent attendance, regular stewardship through pledging, and involvement in one or more of the following: committee participation, teaching in CE, and volunteering in mission programs in the greater community. Specifically, this year, we seek nominees with special interests and skills in Outreach and Mission, Christian Ed, and Administration. Your assistance in discerning impassioned leadership is invaluable and greatly appreciated as we seriously and prayerfully work toward filling the vacancies. Near the end of November, a Congregational meeting will be held to elect nominees who have agreed to serve on Session and as the Congregation’s Nominating Committee member at-large for 2022.
            Feeling a Call to Serve, or know someone who does? Contact Marian Eaton, Chair, Nominating Committee: (518) 495-6121 or marianeaton@nycap.rr.com.  

From the Stewardship Committee

 
A Message from the Stewardship Committee
for your contemplation of Stewardship
Come and See, Together
 
 We sing our faith as a   congregation, as a choir.  We sing   hymns, old and new, telling the   stories of Christian faith through   the seasons of the church year, and   during the events of our lives.  Our   voices raise in praise and thanksgiving to God and in prayers of petition in times of troubles.  The great choral tradition is sung by the choir, the organ and instruments add their glorious sound to worship, and the harmonious ringing of the bell choir is added on special occasions.
 
In addition, the Minister of Music and choir participate in “First Friday in Albany” at the church providing leadership and refreshments for a program of music and arts and crafts for the church and surrounding community.
 
Your pledges support all of this ministry of music–the Minister of Music, the organist, the soloists, the instrumentalists, the bell ringers and their director, plus the costs of new choral music, equipment and upkeep.   Music is one way in which the message of faith is delivered and the call to service is inspired in our hearts.   Join, every voice, and sing.

Albany Presbytery Anti-Racism Task Force Survey


The Albany Presbytery formed an Anti-Racism Task Force in early 2021 with the task to lead Albany Presbytery in the work of dismantling structural racism. 

Please take 5 minutes to fill out the survey today! 
All members, friends, leaders and participants of a congregation or new worshipping community are invite to participate. 

To learn more and get involved, please follow us on Facebook at ARTF Albany Presbytery or email antiracismalbpby@gmail.com.

 
In solidarity and peace,
Albany Presbytery Anti-Racism Task Force
Mary Anne Davis and Molly Dowell Baum, co-chairs

Reviews of Anti-Racism Resources

Resource: Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving
Reviewed by Carol Green

 
If you're wondering how to start your anti-racism journey, I highly recommend reading this book by a white woman who discovers how much she doesn't know about race and racism.  This relatable account of the knowledge and experience she gains as well as "cringeworthy" mistakes she makes had a big impact on me.  I was shocked to learn how some government benefits, such as the GI bill, had been withheld from Americans of color, resulting in generations of lost wealth.  The discussion of white privilege is clear, and Irving's personal examples of the role of white privilege in her life helped me awaken to the privilege extended to me.  In addition, Irving suggests several steps to share our privilege with others. 

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

Youth Group News




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Youth & Families!

Please respond to the linked doodle poll to reschedule a couple summer events, and start planning for gatherings this fall.
Please mark ALL days that you/your youth would be available for an event.

Some possibilities would be for a service project, an outdoor gathering such as a pool party or fire pit, a weekend retreat, or a day at Soul Fire Farm. The times are not set in stone, but meant to be a general "morning", "afternoon", "evening" time slot. Please use the comments section to make any clarifications or suggestions.

We will ALWAYS be mindful of and follow best practices for safety regarding COVID-19. This is just a planning tool that will help in scheduling (and rescheduling as necessary).

Thank you in advance for your prompt responses! Click here to answer the poll! 

Opportunities

Would you like to read one of the scripture passages during the Sunday morning worship service? If so, please let Jamie know in the church office, and we'll put you into the schedule. 
 
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Adult Volunteers NEEDED! 
Sign up here: https://forms.gle/X34Y26tkqxsQgZg8A
 Questions? contact Molly or at (518) 810-3158 


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Vigil for Peace in Colombia
We invite you to be in prayer with an international and ecumenical community of people.

On the International Day of Peace, join the Third Annual International Ecumenical Prayer Vigil for Peace in Colombia.

It will be September 21, 2021 streaming at 3pm ET from Chile and Louisville.

The vigil will be live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube.

You can also visit PPF's facebook page to view.

 
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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:
 
 
 
Tuesday - September 21st, 6:30pm - Capital Region PPC General Organizing Meeting - Join us for our monthly meeting! RSVP here.
 
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The Capital Region Poor People's Campaign will be joining the Hudson Valley PPC Team in their first action! Molly and some others are going down tomorrow to support them and witness for Healthcare as a Human Right!  Contact Molly if you're interested in going.
 

Sign made by Lydia Green for previous PPC Healthcare Rally
 
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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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FreedomCon 2021 – Destined to Engage and Collaborate: Examining the Social/Political Dynamics of Native Americans and African Americans in the United States
 
September 25 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm $10

Through anecdotal historical and contemporary narratives, this seminar presents compelling evidence that Native Americans and African Americans have provided unique intertwining social, political and cultural contributions to the development of our United States society. This symbiotic relationship contributed to establishing collaborative agency between these similarly oppressed people in their efforts to gain equal rights and equal status in a world strongly opposed to such gains.

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Creative Action Unlimited is thrilled to announce the premiere of the FILM of Whitewashed: the racism project at the Madison Theater on October 15, 16, 22 and 23. (Online premiere is October 29.) Tickets go on sale October 1!
Directed by Michael Kennedy , cinematography by Jamel Mosely and featuring Archie, Danielle ColinDiaka Kaba HillZoë LewisAaron Joshua and Siobhan Shea. (Trailer by David Quinones Jr )

Follow the link to the trailer

Calendar

Thursday, 9/16  7:00am   Men's Bible Study via zoom

Sunday, 9/19      9:00am   Adult Education via zoom
                            9:00am  Virtual Youth Group
                            9:15am   Children's Education via Zoom
                          10:30am   In-Person/ Live Stream Worship
                                           on Facebook

                          11:30am   Fellowship Time Outside

Tuesday, 9/21     9:00am   Men's Bible Study via zoom
                            7:00pm   Session Meeting

Wednes., 9/22  10:00am   Women to Women Small Group via Zoom
                           5:00pm   Women's Small Group

Thursday, 9/23  7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)

Saturday, 9/25   12:00pm   Committal of Ashes; Fran Kamp

Sunday, 9/26      9:00am   Adult Education via Zoom
                            9:00am   Virtual Youth Group
                            9:15am   Children’s Education via Zoom
                          10:30am   In-Person Worship Service and
                                           Live Streaming Worship Service on Facebook

                          11:30am   Outside Fellowship Time and Retirement Celebration
                                          for Carlie D'Annunzio 

Monday, 9/27    1:00pm   Covenant Small Group

                            6:00pm   Nominating Committee via Zoom

Tuesday, 9/28     9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                          12:30pm   Staff Lunch
                            6:30pm   FOCUS Board Meeting

Thursday, 9/30    7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)

 
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