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Congregational Meetings – January 30

Please plan to attend these important meetings as we’ll be celebrating our ministry in 2021 and talking about plans for First Pres’ future. 
The Session has called the congregation to meet on January 30 via Zoom link here at 11:45am for a special meeting of the Congregation and Corporation of First Presbyterian Church for the purpose of approving changes in the Bylaws of First Presbyterian Church which will allow for virtual meetings and electronic notice of meetings.
Click here for the text of those changes
The Session has called the congregation to meet via Zoom link here on Sunday, January 30, at 11:50am for the Annual Meeting of the Congregation and Corporation of First Presbyterian Church for the purpose of 1) receiving annual reports of Session, Board of Deacons, and other recognized groups of the church, 2) receiving the financial report of the year ending December 31, 2021, for information, 3) receiving 2022 budget for information, and 4) voting on changes in terms of call of co-pastors.  
Glenn and Miriam Lawrence Leupold, Moderators of Session
Mary Rogers, Clerk of Session
Session has decided, in order to maximize participation during this pandemic, our meetings will be held virtually via Zoom (instead of in-person). So we’ll meet via Zoom at 11:45am to vote on changes to our Bylaws. When that meeting finishes, we’ll adjourn that meeting and call to order the Annual Meeting. Worship on January 30 will be livestreamed on Facebook at 10:30.



Wednesday, January 19, Noon: “Excluded No More” Campaign Launch 
Noon gathering at East Capitol Park, Albany, marching to Executive Mansion, 138 Eagle St., Albany. 
The Capital District event in a series of statewide actions launching a campaign for a $3B Excluded Worker Fund to complete outreach begun in 2021, and a  permanent “Undocufund” to meet similar emergency needs in the future ($800M  for the first year). Masks required.  For more information contact; 518-306-1313. 


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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:

The General Meetings of the Capital Region Poor People’s Campaign are moving to the third Thursday of each month, so this month will be January 20th, 6:30pm. You can RSVP for call info here.

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Saturday, January 22, 10:30am - It's Movement Time: An Introduction to the Poor People's Campaign - RSVP Here

Join us as we discuss the history of the Poor People’s Campaign from 1968 to today, the strategies and structure of the campaign and their importance, and our local and statewide efforts. We will engage in conversation to identify ways we are all affected by the interlocking evils and explore ways we can work together to further our fight against these systems oppression and lift from the bottom. Whether you don’t know much about the Poor People’s Campaign or have been with us for a while, join us for this important conversation to move forward together.

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A conversation with Alice Green, a champion of the marginalized and powerless in New York’s Capital Region since the 1960s

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 25

Page Hall

135 Western Avenue on the University at Albany downtown campus.

The event is free and open to the public. Masks required for all attendees.

Alice Green will discuss her new memoir, We Who Believe in Freedom: Activism and the Struggle for Social Justice, with Writers Institute Director Paul Grondahl, author of the book’s foreword and a journalist who has covered her singular career for more than three decades.

A leading local activist and organizer addressing a variety of social issues, including racial justice, prison reform, voter equality, and community policing, she holds multiple degrees from UAlbany, including a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, and is the founder and executive director of Albany’s Center for Law and Justice.

The program is co-sponsored by The Women’s Institute at Russell Sage College.

More information about this event at

The event kicks off the NYS Writers Institute’s 39th season of bringing literary luminaries and creative artists to the Capital Region. More than 20 events will be presented throughout the spring season, including the 2nd annual Albany Film Festival on Saturday, April 2.

More information to be announced next week.

Important reminder: All events are subject to change. We will post updates on and via our mailing list.

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Join Us in January to Mobilize for the Environment
New York State has become a leader in the care of Creation by passage of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act in 2019.  Join us on January 25 at 11 AM to 3 PM at the NYS Capitol underground concourse for the Climate Can’t Wait Mobilization Rally.  We are asking the Governor and Legislature to prioritize climate in the 2022 budget so that NYS can move forward in climate and environmental remediation.  For more information, go to our Events page at  

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Deacons Flock Team is in need of members from the Rensselaer, Guilderland/Schenectady, and Albany West flocks to serve as communication hubs for those flocks. This is not an appointed position and one will serve until he/she lets us know otherwise. The primary role is to keep appropriate FPC community contacts appraised of what is going on in your flock i.e. someone in the flock had a baby--yea!, someone has COVID and needs help--boo. Given the size of the West Albany flock we are hoping perhaps two people can fill this role. Please contact Chas Kite ( or text (518-598-6841) if your are interested. Thank you.
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The Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless (IPH) has the following jobs available. Please visit the website to learn more, and to apply:
Direct Support Staff – Safe Haven – Seasonal
Direct Support Staff – Per diem
Ahana House Resident Care – Full Time
Program Assistant – Full Time
Shelter Case Manager – South Ferry St. – Full Time
Housing Case Manager – Full Time
Cook – Ahana House – Part Time
Facilities Project Assistant – Full time 

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

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The Youth are updating their space on the 2nd floor! We are looking for donations of gently used items to update & refresh the space. Please contact Molly or 518-810-3158 if you have any of the following to donate:

Area rugs,
Plants and/or hanging contraptions for plants,
Individual seating (bean bags, gaming chairs, comfortable arm chairs),
Cushions for floor sitting.


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Youth Group News

Our MLK Day of Solidarity & Service 
is still ON!!

Whether or not it happened yesterday on MLK day. We’re continuing this movement 365 anyway, so send in your photo!  (Dorothy currently holds the record for quickest photo reply). 
Please send Molly a photo of what you’re doing to be of SERVICE to our community, and/or being in SOLIDARITY with the poor & dispossessed. 

NEW In-Person Safety Requirements

Sunday evening gatherings will resume for all youth in 6th-12th grades.  In order to attend, you must have proof of vaccination and be symptom free. Please email or text Molly your proof of vaccination. Masking is required in the building, with new First Pres mask requirements in effect. We will provide KN95 masks if you need one. Eating is suspended for the time being so we can keep masks on the entire time. We have updated air filtration units in rooms throughout the building. Please enter through the office door off the parking lot, and make sure to sign in for contact tracing.  


Sign up for Text Reminders 

All youth and parents, if you haven't already, please sign up for text alerts! 

Text @mdowellb to 81010

Triennium info
Please review your 2022 summer calendar and let Molly know if your high school youth (rising 9th grader to graduating 12th grader) can join us!


Tuesday, 1/18      9:00am   Men’s Bible Study via zoom                            
                           12:00pm   Endowment Subcommittee Meeting
                             7:00pm   Session Meeting

Wednes., 1/19    10:00am   Women to Women Small Group
                             7:00pm    FOCUS Book Study

Thurs., 1/20        7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                             6:30pm   General Meeting of Capital Region Poor
                                            People’s Campaign
                            7:00pm   Soloist/ Choir Rehearsal

Saturday, 1/22  10:00am   Albany Presbytery Meeting

Sunday, 1/23      9:00am   Adult Education via Zoom
                            9:00am   Youth Education via Zoom
                            9:15am   Children’s Education via Zoom
                            9:45am   Soloists Rehearsal TBD
                          10:30am   Worship Service on Facebook TBD
                          11:30am   Fellowship Time TBD
                            5:00pm   High School Youth Gathering 

Monday, 1/24     1:00pm   Covenant Group

Tuesday, 1/25      9:00am   Men’s Bible Study via zoom
                           11:00am   Mobilize for the Environment
                             6:30pm   FOCUS Board

Wednes., 1/26      6:30pm   SWAT Team
                             7:00pm   Dads' Small Group
                             7:00pm    FOCUS Book Study

Thurs., 1/27        7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                             7:00pm   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal

Saturday, 1/29    1:00pm   Session Retreat

Sunday, 1/30      9:00am   Adult Education via Zoom
                            9:00am   Youth Education via Zoom
                            9:15am   Children’s Education via Zoom
                          10:30am   Worship Service Livestream on
                          11:45am   Special Congregational Meeting via Zoom

                          11:50am   Annual Congregational Meeting via Zoom
                            5:00pm   High School Youth Gathering

Tuesday, 2/1       9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                          12:30pm   Staff Meeting
                           5:30pm   Membership Committee Meeting
                           5:30pm   Outreach & Mission Committee Meeting
                           5:30pm   Property Committee Meeting
                           5:30pm   Worship Committee Meeting
                           7:30pm   Christian Education Committees 
                           7:30pm   Social Justice & Peacemaking Committee Meeting

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