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Events This Weekend


Join us on Sunday, May 9
 
Adult Education at 8:45 am
Join us as we explore the gospel of Luke.
All are welcome! Join us via zoom (invite below) at 8:45!
 
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Sunday School for Children at 9:15am 
Pre-K through 5th Graders:
Join for singing, Bible story, conversation and prayer.
Who will our storyteller be this week?!?
Join us via zoom (invite below) at 9:15!
If you would like to join any of our zoom meetings please contact 
Miriam or Glenn.
 
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Worship Service at 10am.
We will be live streaming on Facebook.
Click here to connect on Sunday.
(additional information below, if needed)
You will find the bulletin for Sunday here.
Communion is being celebrated. You are invited to bring something
to eat and something to drink when you join us for on-line worship.
Using elements familiar to them,
Jesus used bread and wine for his Last Supper with his disciples.
If you’re unable to have juice and bread,
bring something familiar to you.

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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Virtual Youth Group- 6th graders-12th graders - at 11am/after worship
During this time of Spiritual Formation we may:
 
                            *play games
                            *build relationship with each other
                            *reflect on the worship service
                            *try different spiritual practices/types of prayer 
                            *make meaning of the world around us
                            *explore and tell our individual stories
                            *co-create service projects
                            *develop youth leadership
 
Join us via Zoom (invite below and by email) at 11:00!

Click here to add or update your YOUTH's contact info.
 
Youth, Parents, or other Members & Friends, if you'd like to chat with our youth director, please use Molly's scheduling app to schedule a time-- by phone or video chat.

 
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Fellowship Time at 11:15am
Join us this Sunday for a
Zoom Fellowship Time!
After the service is over,
use the link below for your phone or computer
and join other from the First Pres community
 in a time of conversation.
We’ll also have some breakout rooms
which we’ll explain at the gathering.
Click to join the Zoom Meeting

 

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Our recorded worship services and bulletins are also available on our website.
Please send any prayer requests to Glenn so that we can include them in worship on Sunday.

 
 
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INSTRUCTIONS Facebook Live Streaming: we’ll normally start broadcasting about 3 to 5 minutes before the service (so 9:55–9:57) with Trevor’s prelude. Any time after that go the main Facebook page for First Presbyterian Church of Albany. Very close to the top (or maybe just by scrolling down slightly) you’ll see the video with the words “Live now” or something similar. Click on the video and it will open into a larger window and play.  So just stay on the First Pres home page, no need to go into Events or any other sub-page.
 HELPFUL TIP: if you don’t see the livestream on the home page, refresh / reload your browser screen.  Don’t hesitate to call Dwight Cheu at 518.469.1544 if you have any problems.

 

Reviews of Anti-Racism Resources

Resource: the Alvin Ho series by Lenore Look, illustrated by Leuyen Pham
Reviewed by Kendra Smith-Howard     
 
Given recent harassment and violence towards members of the AAPI [Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders] community, anti-racist folks with kids in their lives might be looking for some good kids' books featuring Asian-American characters. If so, look no further than the Alvin Ho series! Written by Lenore Look and illustrated by Leuyen Pham, these chapter books are pitched at an elementary school audience. The protagonist, second-grader Alvin Ho, narrates the days of everyday life as if they are dramatic, epic adventures. It’s a family drama: Alvin admires his dad and big brother Calvin, respects his mom, respects and has a special connection with his Gungung (grandfather), and is perpetually annoyed (and yet loving) towards his baby sister, Anibelly.
 
The books reference Chinese-American traditions (the family celebrates Chinese New Year and in one book of the series visits China), but ultimately present Alvin as a kid who experiences many of the stresses and thrills of growing up. By presenting readers with a host of AAPI characters with a variety of personalities, the books help unravel the stereotypical portraits of Asian-American life.

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

 

 

Opportunities

We offer an online Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation on Thursdays 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.. You can register here for Thursday, May 13, 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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 There will be a garden workday at First Pres on Saturday, May 15, from
2-4PM. We will plant flowering annuals to fill in the bare spots in the
garden. We can make the garden bloom for the Center Square garden walk,
at the end of June. Planting is always a satisfying activity, with
results that will be with us for months, into the fall.

The church has a limited number of garden tools, so bring your own
(labeled) if you've got them. The rain date will be Sunday, the 16th, at
the same time. Contact Katie Henrikson via email or call 518-533-7441 if you have questions.
 
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LibertyCon 2021
Documenting Racially Restrictive Covenants
virtually on Saturday, May 22, at 3pm


 
 
Mara Cherkasky first wrote about racially restrictive covenants in the mid-1990s and has been systematically documenting and mapping them in Washington, DC since 2014. . .
 
 
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Baby Institute Quilts and Blankets
 
A reminder to all knitters, crocheters and quilters to please keep the Baby Institute in mind as you look for a nice spring project to work on  busy as we move out of the winter months and into spring when hopefully we will leave the pandemic behind!  The Baby Institute that First Pres has been supporting for a number of years consists of a series of parenting classes led by Noelene Smith, MSW.  We have provided baby blankets handmade by members and friends of First Pres to each of the graduates of the classes.
 
Programming for the classes and other activities has necessarily been disrupted and modified during the past year.  However, the need for warm, comforting blankets is no less. There are no specific requirements for blankets- just warm, colorful knitted, crocheted, or quilted - all handmade with love to surround a new child with our prayers and support.  Blankets are appreciated at any time.   
 
For questions, or to arrange for pick-up, please contact
Harriet Seeley (518-621-7172, lcpcats@nycap.rr.com)
or Ann Songayllo Hannay (518-610-2300, annsong156@gmail.com).

 
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Education and Spiritual Formation each Sunday
Adult Education at 8:45am–9:45am
Children’s Education at 9:15am–9:45am
Virtual Youth Group at 11:00am
Find the Zoom links in Thursday’s eblast.

 
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Creation Care

The greenest part of the waste reduction triangle begins at the top and goes down from there.  Here we explore refuse and reduce in detail.
 
 
  
Refuse to buy products that are wasteful or have unnecessary packaging.  Advocate for your municipality to adopt laws to reduce waste such as banning single use plastic bags.
Reduce the use of wasteful and non-recyclable products and packaging and reduce the amount of stuff you buy.
Reuse items rather than throwing them away.  Intrinsic to this concept is to repair rather than replace.
Repurpose items for another use, which is also known as upcycling.  Be creative and have fun with it.  
Recycle as a last resort and find out what is recyclable in your area and what is not.  To recycle more, go to Terracycle.com.
 
More on refusing and reducing:
Remember when your soap came in a bar rather than a plastic bottle?  Plastic bottles are not always recycled, but paper boxes, metal, and glass are more likely to be.  
Here are some small-business websites for nice soap that is Ec0-friendly.  You can get bars or powders for shampoo, conditioner, dish soap, oral care, and much more.  
 
Blueland (plastic free cleaning—buy a bottle once and refill for laundry, dishes, and cleaning)
TruEarth (laundry sheets, or just google “Laundry Sheets”)
Blue Poppy Bath and Body (skin care, shampoo and conditioner bars, shaving, gift sets)
Chloemasonsoaps (bar soap, shampoo bars, pet, etc.)
MeMotherEarth (kitchen, bath, oral, beauty, and pet care)
ShadyCreekFarmNC (bar soap, laundry, gifts, lip balm, and salves)
Broomstick Apothecary  (toothpaste powder in a tin rather than a tube and natural makeup and skincare)
Rainwater Botanicals (natural skin care, makeup, deodorants, and perfume)
PackageFreeShop (oral hygiene, shaving, cleaning, laundry, zero-waste gift sets, etc.)

Calendar

Thurs., 5/6         7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                            4:30pm   Anti- Racism Task Force
                            7:30pm   Chancel Choir Virtual Meeting

Sunday, 5/9        8:45am    Adult Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education  
                          10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                          11:00am   Virtual Youth Group
                          11:15am   Fellowship Time via Zoom

Monday, 5/10    1:00pm   Covenant Small Group meeting

Tuesday, 5/11     9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                          11:30am   Clergy Meeting

Wednes., 5/12    6:30pm   Women's Small Group
                            7:00pm   Dads' Small Group 

Thurs., 5/13       7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation

Sunday, 5/16      8:45am    Adult Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education  
                          10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                          11:00am   Virtual Youth Group
                          11:15am   Fellowship Time via Zoom


Tuesday, 5/18     9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                            7:00pm   Session Meeting


Wednes., 5/19   10:00am   Woman to Woman Small Group

Thurs., 5/20        7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                            4:30pm   Anti- Racism Task Force
                            7:30pm   Chancel Choir Virtual Meeting



 
******* All meetings will be held via Zoom.*******
 
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Contact info: please use this number 518-439-7492 (instead of church phone)

 
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