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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 10, 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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On Sunday morning, February 13, at 9:00, the Black History Month committee and Anti-Racism Task Force invite you to attend the online adult Christian education program.  Local activist Nell Stokes will share her experiences as a black teenager in Montgomery, Alabama before and during the time of the bus boycott in 1955-1956.  The boycott was initiated by the arrest of Rosa Parks and led by Martin Luther King, Jr., and Nell was a volunteer working on the boycott.  Watch for the Zoom link in upcoming First Pres eblasts. 
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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.

Youth Group News

In-person Youth Gathering will meet THIS Sun 2/13 5-7pm. 
We will break from gathering Sun 2/20,
the first weekend of Feb school break. 
Then we will resume In-person Youth Gathering Sun 2/27 . 



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Parents of High School Youth:
Please review your 2022 summer calendar and let Molly know if your rising 9th grader to graduating 12th grader will go to Triennium—July 24-27 in Indianapolis. More info @
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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

Sunday, 2/13      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-12th grade)

Monday, 2/14    1:00pm   Covenant Group

Tuesday, 2/15     9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                            5:30pm   Worship Committee Meeting
                            7:00pm   Session Meeting

Wednes., 2/16   10:00am   Women to Women Small Group

Thurs., 2/17       7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                         12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                           6:30pm   General Meeting of Capital Region Poor People’s                                              Campaign
                           7:00pm   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal

 Sunday, 2/20      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-12th grade)

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

                            6:30pm   FOCUS Board Meeting

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