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Interested in finding out more about First Pres? Have you been worshiping with us and are interested in learning about becoming a member?  If so, please contact Pastor Miriam ( or 518-449-7332). She will be zooming/meeting with interested people,  exploring their hopes and dreams for where you can serve God. 

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Please fill out your Time and Talent card
and return to the church.
Surface mail to FPC, 362 State St. Albany, NY 12210
Take a photo of this sheet or scan and send to
Jamie in the Church Office 


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Finger Labyrinth Walks and Meditations occur each Thursday through April at 12:30pm via Zoom. Pastor Miriam, Certified Advanced Labyrinth Facilitator, leads each session, and our time together is 30 minutes. This time is open to all, whether you’ve walked a labyrinth in the past or not. Register here for Thursday, February 24, to receive the zoom link. Please have a Finger Labyrinth available - you can download a paper version if you don’t have your own or Jamie in the church office. Join us!

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The Youth are updating their space on the 2nd floor! Help us out with skills or donations! Do you have building or design skills? Do you sew? (hoping to make pillows out of youth musical T-shirts!!)  Please contact Molly via email or text/call if you can help.

Donations of gently used items requested:

Area rugs

Hanging contraptions for plants
Individual seating (bean bags, gaming chairs, comfortable armchairs)
Old throw pillows to upcycle
Floor cushions  


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A message from the
Social Justice and Peacemaking Committee

In honor of Black History Month, the Post Office has issued a commemorative stamp in honor of the sculptor Edmonia Lewis. Ms. Lewis is a local. She was born in 1844 in Rensselaer County and went to school in Albany. She first established herself as a professional artist in Boston. In1865 she moved to Rome. Italy where she began to work in marble and earned wide recognition for her work. She died in London in 1907 but her work lives on in many museums including 8 pieces in the Smithsonian. Click here to see her stamp. The SJ&P Committee encourages you to purchase her stamps at your local post office.

A message from the
Black History Month Committee

Black History Month is a time to celebrate food! We at First Pres usually have a sit down lunch together. We can't do that this year, but we can celebrate the variety of food in the African American community and support two highly praised and well known local blackowned businesses. How about traditional southern African American food: fried chicken, mac and cheese, cornbread? Then try Allie B's Cozy Kitchen, on Clinton Ave. Or try African, Asian and Caribbean inspired food prepared by Umana's Restaurant, on Washington Ave. Try both!! Your tastebuds will thank you! They both do takeout. Information and menus are on their websites.

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 


The Right To Health and the 3rd Reconstruction: A Truth Commission on Healthcare, Tuesday February 22, 6:30pm-8:30pm
At a time when an estimated 50% of insured New Yorkers lack access to basic healthcare we will gather together to hear from community members and leaders in the Hudson Valley as they share their personal experiences and call on state leaders to pass legislation providing comprehensive, universal healthcare. Covid-19 has laid bare the systemic disparities in healthcare across New York and around the nation and world, but it doesn’t have to be this way. No one should have to choose between rent, food, and healthcare in the richest nation on earth. All New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status, have a human right to healthcare.

At these Truth Commission events we lift up the “plight, fight and insight” of the poor and dispossessed not only highlighting the pain and injustice we experience, but also the ways that people on the front lines of poverty, racism, militarism and ecological devastation are resisting, organizing, and coming up with solutions to our problems. This truth commission will feature music and testimony from directly impacted leaders, as well testimonies by leaders from, The NYS Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, Campaign for New York Health, New York State Nurses Association, Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, and Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) - NY Metro Chapter, connecting these experiences to the national healthcare crisis.




Join Together And Sing!

From its beginning, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival has been anchored in the cultural arts! Music and art sustains  and supports us, just as we sustain and support each other.

In this same spirit, the NYS PPC Arts and Culture Team is hosting a Movement-wide gathering that will be part base building, part sharing, and 100% uplifting!

Whether you’re new to the Movement, or have been here since its beginning, come out and join us.

No matter where you come from, where you’ve been, or the body in which you live, our time together promises to build you up for the days ahead.

As We Lift Our Voices, So We Lift Each Other!




It’s Movement Time: An Introduction to the Poor People’s Campaign.

What is the Poor People’s Campaign? What is the movement we are building? And why is this movement time? 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.

Youth Group News

Read more here: COVID-19 cancels 2022 Presbyterian Youth Triennium



In-person Youth Gathering Resumes this Sun 2/27 5-7pm.
All youth in 6th-12th grades are invited to meet in the
youth room on the second floor.
Dinner will be served
Details on COVID protocols and directions here.



 Sign up for Text Reminders
All youth and parents, if you haven't already, please sign up for text alerts!
Text @mdowellb to 81010



Tuesday, 2/22     9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                            6:00pm   Legacy Giving Subcommittee Meeting
                            6:30pm   FOCUS Board Meeting

Wednes., 2/23     6:30pm   SWAT Team
                             7:00pm   Dads' Small Group

Thurs., 2/24      7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                         12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                           7:00pm   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal

Saturday, 2/26 11:00am   Service of Witness to the Resurrection for
                                           Betty Curtis

 Sunday, 2/27      9:00am   Adult Education via Zoom
                            9:15am   Children’s Education via Zoom
                            9:30am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
                          10:30am   Worship Service In-Person/Livestream on
                          11:30am   Fellowship Time
                            5:00pm   Youth Gathering (6th through 12th grade)

Monday, 2/28    1:00pm   Covenant Group

Tuesday, 3/1       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
                            7:30pm   Christian Education Committee Meeting
                            7:30pm   Social Justice & Peacemaking Committee Meeting

Wednes., 3/2      7:00pm   Ash Wednesday Service

Thurs., 3/3        7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                         12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                           6:30pm   Anti- Racism Task Force
                           7:00pm   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal

 Sunday, 3/6       9:00am   Adult Education via Zoom
                            9:15am   Children’s Education via Zoom
                            9:30am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
                          10:30am   Worship Service In-Person/Livestream on
                          11:30am   Fellowship Time
                            5:00pm   Youth Gathering (6th through 12th grade)

Monday, 3/7       1:00pm   PEO Meeting (Rose Room)

Tuesday, 3/8       9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                          11:30am   Clergy Meeting  

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