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The Outreach and Mission Committee is beginning to collect needed articles for the Giffen Elementary School’s “Clothes Closet.” Articles may be left in the box designated for this purpose in Assembly Hall. Our O&M Committee is also making $1,500 available for Ms. Terry, who supervises the Clothes Closet, to spend for immediate winter needs. Debbie and Eric Fagans will be assisting Ms. Terry.

*Needed for our box: healthy snacks, soap, wash cloths, towels, deodorant, tooth brushes, tooth paste, several bath mats (for the school showers), small hand gloves, small feet socks.



If you have a prayer concern or a prayer need that you would like to have lifted in prayer on a continuing basis, please remember the prayer chain. You can email a request to or call the church office (518-449-7332). These will be forwarded to the First Pres prayer chain, a group of people that have committed to pray for the needs of others as they arise. These requests for prayer are separate and/or different from the “prayers of the people” that are wonderfully available each Sunday.

Please send any prayer requests to Jamie to be included in worship on Sunday.


New Educational Opportunity

Members of First Presbyterian’s Antiracism Task Force Will Lead
“Dismantling Racism, Building Racial Justice in Institutions”

            When: Four Wednesdays, 7—8:30 pm
           Where: FPC’s Rose Room
          Format: Pre-recorded webinars and group discussions; webinars
                         produced by Crossroads for the Association of Partners
                         in Christian Education and the Presbyterian Youth Workers

January 11: “How does Christian Education uphold white dominant values
                      and stifle racial justice work?”
January 18: “What is antiracism, and what does it require of Christians?”
January 25: “Why must Christians denounce white supremacy and embrace
                      a gospel vision for antiracism?”
February 1: “How can Christian educators cultivate values that challenge
                      white supremacy?”

Contact the church office (518-449-7332 or in advance to sign up & obtain the video link. Participants will be asked to view a 1-hour webinar at home before each gathering. On the Wednesday evenings, we will watch a related 30 minute Q & A segment together and then discuss.



Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Celebration
January 15, 2023 at 7 PM

Macedonia Baptist Church
26 Wilson Avenue, Albany NY
Featuring Rev. Jamel K. Robinson of Mt. Zion Baptist Church


Capital Area Council of Churches Emergency Overflow Shelter 

First Pres has made a commitment for several years to provide dinner for the men at the overflow shelter   This shelter serves people who have no other shelter options in Albany County during the cold weather, November until April.
Our slot is the third Monday of the month. We only have 4 slots left this season: January 16, February 20, March 20 and April 17.
Cooking a hearty dinner for 19 hungry men may sound daunting.  Here are some ideas to make it more doable:

  • Sign up to share a week with another church member.
  • Your church small group could take one week & challenge other small groups to do the same
  • You love to bake….but do not cook – volunteer to make dessert.
  • You don’t cook!!  How about purchasing a ready-made dessert or contribute money to a member who is cooking to help defray the overall cost.

See the signup sheet and info page in the narthax. Please contact Karen Brown or 518-817-2295 for more info.


2022 BOOKS CLOSING Friday, Jan 6, 2023     
All reimbursement requests must be in by Tuesday, Jan 3, 2023

Advent, Christmas & Epiphany

Join us at First Presbyterian Church
as we celebrate the birth of our Savior at Christmas,
and as we move into the new year.
Sunday, January 8, 2023
Epiphany Celebration
9:15 Education for children & adults
10:30 Worship Service

January Birthdays

Aiden Tañón-Elias                                     Wesley Frank
1/5                                                                1/22
Garret DeGraff                                          Liam Kite
1/9                                                                1/23
Tim O'Toole                                                Araglin Kite
1/11                                                              1/24
James Lamar                                              John Cheu
1/12                                                              1/25
Kenneth Howey                                          Mackenzie Robinson
1/12                                                              1/28
Colin Fletcher                                             Neelam Mathias
1/13                                                              1/29
Eva Rice                                                      Mason Kite
1/15                                                              1/29
Maureen Mooney                                       Eliza Ruth Clermont
1/18                                                              1/29
Sarah Clermont
If your birthday is this month and it's not listed, please let Jamie know so we can update our records. 


Tuesday, 1/3       9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                          12:00pm   Staff Meeting
                            5:30pm   Outreach & Mission Committee Meeting
                            5:30pm   Property Committee Meeting
Thurs., 1/5          7:00am   Men's Bible Study

Sunday, 1/8        9:15am   Preschool Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education 
                            9:15am   Adult Education
                            9:30am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
                          10:30am   Worship Service
                                           In-Person/Livestream on Facebook
                          11:30am   Fellowship Time
                          12:00pm   Youth Group

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

Tuesday, 1/10     9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                            6:30pm   Anti-Racism Task Force

Wednes., 1/11     7:00pm   Dads' Small Group
                            7:00pm   Dismantling Racism, Building Racial
                                           Justice in Institutions

Thurs., 1/12        7:00am   Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walks and Meditations
                            6:00pm   Finance Committee Meeting
                            6:30pm   Membership Committee Meeting

                            6:30pm   WPNA Meeting
                            7:00pm   Soloist/ Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, 1/15      9:15am   Preschool Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education 
                            9:15am   Adult Education
                            9:30am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
                          10:30am   Worship Service
                                           In-Person/Livestream on Facebook
                          11:30am   Fellowship Time

Tuesday, 1/17     9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                            7:00pm   Session Meeting
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