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Join us on Sunday, July 18 
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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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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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

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
Reviewed by David Wood

This is a 300-page book written for teenagers. The style is breezy with a little slang thrown in. Almost every page has a separate note in the separate section “Source Notes” that I did not discover until I had finished the book. Moral of the story: read the table of contents thoroughly.
The book traces the idea of race from its beginning with Aristotle through the early days of the great explorers into modern times. It includes useful discussion about segregationists, assimilationists and ultimately antiracists. If you couldn’t face Kendi’s original, I recommend this as a useful introduction.

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



Tuesday, 7/13     6:00pm   B3 Small Group

Thurs., 7/15       7:30pm   Chancel Choir Meeting

Sunday, 7/18    10:00am   In-Person Worship Service (communion)
                                           Live Streaming Worship Service on Facebook

                          11:00am   Outside Fellowship Time

Saturday, 7/24   4:00pm   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
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