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Labyrinth Happenings

 On Thursday, March 9, five members of   the Labyrinth Ministry Team unpacked   First Pres’ new 36ft labyrinth. It came in   three pieces which needed to be unrolled   and put together. Picture on left shows the   three pieces along with Alison Stonbely,   Sue Haney, Betsy Hadden and Harriet Seeley.

The photo on the right shows them putting it together using the very strong velcro sewn to the fabric. Shoes covered so labyrinth stays clean.

  On the left, finished assembling it and standing
  in the center of the labyrinth. The group, along      with Miriam, then took a walk on the labyrinth.

Come learn more about walking the labyrinth at an introductory workshop on Saturday, March 25, 1:00-3:30 or Saturday, April 15, 9:30-12:00. After worship on April 16, we’ll dedicate the labyrinth.



 Join us each Wednesday during Lent,
March 15, 22, and 29,
for Taizé worship at 6:30 p.m.
in the Sanctuary or livestreaming on Facebook.
Here is the link and here is the bulletin.

Our traditional Taizé services include simple, meditative songs, 
scripture, prayer and silence.  The liturgy for these services originated
with the Taizé community founded in France in 1940.
This community is an ecumenical, intentional community
with a twofold purpose: to seek communion with God through personal
prayer and the beauty of community prayer; 
and also be a leaven of peace and trust in the midst of humanity.  
Come spend time listening to God and be renewed for your journey.



Pi/Pie Day is coming!

How far around does your caring go?

Help us prove that the equation for caring is equal to

3.14159 x First Pres Albany Pie Bakers!

What: Special Fellowship Time offering some of the best pies you have ever tasted!

When: Sunday, March 19th immediately following worship

Where: Fellowship Hall

How much? $3.14 for all the pie slices you can sample!


How can you help?

Please bake a pie & bring it to church on Sunday 3/19 before church.
The more varieties the better!
Apple, pecan, chocolate, banana cream? Yum!
All proceeds will benefit the 
service projects of First Pres youth!!
Sign-up here to tell us what pie(s) you'll bake!




Potted Easter Lilies will decorate the chancel for Easter Sunday.  They may be purchased in honor or in memory of a person or event at a cost of $16. per plant.  To sponsor a lily, please fill out the cards available in the pew racks or call Jamie in the church office at (518) 449-7332.


Fresh Flowers for the sanctuary on Sundays may be donated in honor or in memory of a person or event. The cost is $80.  A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board outside the main office. You may contact Jamie directly at 518-449-7332 or


The Tuesday morning Bible Guys, who meet weekly on Zoom at 9 a.m., are looking for new members. If you are interested, please get in touch with Roger Green at


FOCUS Available Assistance & Volunteer Opportunities

 FOCUS Breakfast Soup Kitchen: Hot egg sandwiches, coffee and more! Join us 7 AM - 8:30 AM every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Westminster Presbyterian Church262 State Street. All are welcome! Local community organizations are here to serve our guests with information about housing, healthcare and job training.

The FOCUS Interfaith Food Pantry: open five days a week (Mondays through Fridays) from 10 AM - 12:45 PM. It is located at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 275 State Street. To place an order, please call: 518-443-0460, ext. 1.

Want to volunteer? FOCUS Churches is seeking volunteers to help at our Breakfast Soup Kitchen (Tu, Wed, Th; 6:45am to 8:45am) and our Interfaith Food Pantry (Five days a week, M to F, 10am to 1pm). Can you help us one day a week? Join us as we offer lavish hospitality for our Food Pantry and Breakfast guests.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact FOCUS Volunteer Coordinator Belinda Quaye: or call: 518-443-0460, ext. 2.


The Outreach and Mission Committee is collecting needed articles for the Giffen Elementary School’s “Clothes Closet” which goes beyond just clothes. Articles may be left in the box in the Assembly Hall designated for this purpose.  Items needed: Youth shoes sizes: 10,11 12 & 13. Items given: 25 pairs of pants, 30 pairs of underwear, 5 pairs of socks & 4 jackets.


Please Sign Up to Provide a Meal for the Youth Group!

We’re asking that families please sign up to take a turn to provide a meal for our regular meetings.

Click the link to sign up→ Meal Train for Youth Lunches


Got a Favorite Recipe?

A small group of members of First Pres Church and Walls Temple AME Zion Church have been meeting to form a friendship between our two congregations that we hope will produce a partnership to stand against racism together.
As part of this effort, our congregations will be gathering on Saturday, May 20th to share food at a getting-to-know-you picnic potluck outside in the afternoon. We thought that a great way to do this would be to invite everyone to share a favorite recipe in two ways. One is bringing that dish to the picnic potluck and the second to send in the recipe to be included in a joint cookbook that we will hand out at the picnic.

We hope that you will find this as exciting as we do. Please send your recipe to Jamie by March 31st, so it can be included in the book. More information will follow as we get closer to the date.

Labyrinth Ministry

Walking a Sacred Path: Discovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Tool
First Presbyterian Church is launching its Labyrinth Ministry with our new Chartres 36ft labyrinth!
Join us Saturday, March 25, 1:00-3:30, or Saturday, April 15, 9:30-12:00  for a workshop to introduce people to the labyrinth and the spiritual practice of walking it. Pastor Miriam, a trained labyrinth facilitator, will facilitate. Come find out more about this ancient spiritual tool and have the opportunity to walk on the new First Pres canvas labyrinth.
We hope that you will carve out time for this workshop. Sign up with Jamie in the church office (449-7332 or  If you have any questions, please contact Miriam at the church office (449-7332 or
People around the world are rediscovering the ancient practice of walking the labyrinth. Unlike a maze which has many paths, a labyrinth has only one path which leads to the center. While a maze is meant to trick and confuse you so you will lose your way, a labyrinth helps you find your way. Labyrinths have been found around the world with the most famous one found in the floor of the nave of Chartres Cathedral in France. First Pres’ new labyrinth is this pattern. Through the years people have used the labyrinth as a spiritual tool—a path of prayer, a walking meditation.


Advocacy Work


Thursday, Mar 16th - Our next monthly Capital Region PPC organizing meeting, in person and on zoom! We'll begin planning our Poor People's State of the State petition delivery to the Governor on May Day! RSVP here.

Youth News

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, March 19

9:15-10:30 am- Set up for Pi Day Event

11:45 am-2:00 pm- Pi Day Event

Sunday, April 2 (Palm Sunday)

12:00-2:00 pm- Lunch & Program in Youth Room

Sunday, April 9 (Easter)

9:15-10:15 am - Easter Breakfast hosted by Youth Group

Sunday, April 16 

10:10 am -Youth Usher for Worship

Sunday, April 23

12:00-2:00 pm- Lunch & Program in Youth Room* note this is the 4th Sunday, instead of our usual 3rd Sun mtg.

Upcoming Events at First Pres

Upcoming Events at First Pres

March 19 – Pie/Pi Day
April 9 – 9:15 Easter Breakfast
April 16 – Labyrinth Dedication
April 23 – Earth Day Celebration
April 30 – Sundae Sunday
May 7 – CROP Walk
May 21 – Confirmation
June 4 – More Light Sunday
June 11 – Pride Parade
June 18 – 9:30 summer worship time begins


Tuesday, 3/14       9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                              6:30pm   Anti-Racism Task Force

Wednes., 3/15     10:00am   Women to Women Small Group
                              6:30pm   Taizé Service in the sanctuary
                                             and livestreaming on Facebook

Thurs., 3/16       7:00am   Men's Bible Study
                            7:00pm   Soloist/ Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, 3/19     9:15am   Preschool Education 
                           9:15am   Children’s Education 
                           9:15am   Adult Education
                           9:30am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
                         10:30am   Worship Service in the sanctuary and                                                                  livestreaming on Facebook 
                         11:45am   Youth Fundraiser Pi/Pie Day during 
                                          Fellowship Time
                         12:00pm   Youth Group

Tuesday, 3/21    9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom

Wednes., 3/22    6:30pm   Taizé Service in the sanctuary
                                          and livestreaming on Facebook
                            7:00pm   Dads' Small Group

Thurs., 3/23       7:00am   Men's Bible Study
                            7:00pm   Soloist/ Choir Rehearsal

Saturday, 3/25   1:00pm   Labyrinth Workshop

 Sunday, 3/26     9:15am   Preschool Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education 
                            9:15am   Adult Education
                            9:15am   Confirmation Class
                            9:30am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
                          10:30am   Worship Service in the sanctuary and                                                                 livestreaming on Facebook
                          11:45am   Fellowship Time

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Contact info: church office: 518-449-7332

March Birthdays

Sonia Muniz                                  Ben April
3/15                                                 3/27
Barbara Woodruff                        Elaine Popner
3/19                                                 3/31
Kirsten Pruzek                              Paige Fitzgerald
3/23                                                 3/31
Lydia Green                           

If your birthday is this month and it's not listed, please let Jamie know so we can update our records. 
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