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Events this weekend

Join us online Sunday, January 30
for education, worship AND Congregational Meetings
 
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Adult Education at 9:00 am
Youth Education at 9:00am
Children's Education at 9:15am 
Join us via Zoom 
 
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 Worship Service at 10:30am.
Join us for worship together
via livestreaming on Facebook
Click here to connect on Sunday.
You will find the bulletin for Sunday here.


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 Special Congregational Meeting at 11:45am
and
Annual Congregational meeting at 11:50am
Details and zoom link below.
 
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Please send any prayer requests to Glenn 
so that we can include them in worship on Sunday.

Offering of Our Gifts
You can mail offering to: FPC, 362 State St, Albany, NY 12210
Or go online to donate (www.firstpresalbany.org/donate/)
Thank you for your continued support of FPC ministries.

 

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.

Opportunities

The Property Committee would like to correct an error in its 2021 Annual Report. Committee member John Myers' name was inadvertently omitted from the list of committee members. We apologize to John.
 

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Finger Labyrinth Walks and Meditations resume each Thursday in February 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 3, 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 Capital Area Council of Churches (CACC) Annual Assembly will be held on Tuesday, February 8th at 6pm.  Depending on restrictions, this may be either an in-person or virtual event.  More information on site will be forwarded when determined.

The purpose will be to pass a budget, vote on board members and officers hold discussion on potential ecumenical activities the CACC should pursue in the coming year.  

 
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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 dwightcheu@gmail.com. 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.

Youth Group News

In-person youth gathering
Sunday Jan 30, 2022 5-7pm
 
Please complete the
Proof of vaccination form
 
Sunday evening gatherings will resume for all youth in 6th-12th gradesPlease enter through the office door off the parking lot, and make sure to sign in for contact tracing.   In order to attend, you must have proof of vaccination and be symptom free.  Please complete the 
Proof of vaccination form
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. 

 

 

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Sign up for Text Reminders 

 

 

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

Text @mdowellb to 81010 

 

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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! Mdowellbaum@firstpresalbany.org
 
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Calendar

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
                                           Facebook
                          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

Thurs., 2/3         7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                         12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                           7:00pm   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, 2/6      10:00am   FOCUS Worship Service at
                                           First Church of Albany
                                           In-person and via Zoom

Tuesday, 2/8       9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                          11:30am   Clergy Meeting
                           6:00pm   CACC Annual Assembly
                           6:30pm   Anti Racism Task Force

Wednes., 2/9       6:30pm   SWAT Team
                             7:00pm   Dads' Small Group

Thurs., 2/10       7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                         12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                           7:00pm   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal

 
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