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Be a witness of support to the Black Lives Matter movement
every Tuesday from noon to 1:00pm.
 Join others on State S.t in front of Westminster Presbyterian Church
with your mask (not-optional) and a sign (optional).
This effort is being spear-headed by Elizabeth McMillan at WPC.
 
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FPC invites you to join us for an online Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation every Thursday (except 10/15) at 12:30pm in October! The sessions will be led by Pastor Miriam, Certified Advanced Labyrinth Facilitator. This time is open to all, whether you’ve walked a labyrinth in the past or not. We ask that you register for each event. 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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Needed: Caring Adults unafraid to be goofy, vulnerable, and compassionate!
Youth Group relies on the help of dedicated Adult Volunteers— Is God calling you to be one? Accompany our middle schoolers and high schoolers as we play, pray, serve, and worship. We currently meet virtually on Sundays after worship at 11am. We will be scheduling other socially distanced in-person opportunities (such as the Washington Park Neighborhood Association clean up this Sunday). Volunteers will be on a shared, rotating schedule that we will create together. Background checks, training and ongoing support for all volunteers working with youth. Please call (712-986-6010) or email Molly.

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Youth Group Fall Fun Night!
Sunday, October 11, in the church parking lot
6:00pm Food and games
7:30pm Movie Nightmare Before Christmas
NO SCHOOL Monday, October 12, so let's hang out on Sunday night! 
Who: 6th graders to 12th graders, bring a friend if you like
What: Food, games, and an outdoor movie screening: Nightmare Before Christmas
We will enjoy the fall air and each other's company--masked and social distanced of course. We'll pop some corn and enjoy the movie al fresco with hot drinks. Also pizza.
HOW: To mitigate risk, this is a masked, social distanced, outdoor event. Temperature checks and health screening questions at entry. Participants will be seated 6-feet apart from anyone not in their immediate bubble. Food and drink to be consumed while seated. 
Action steps:  Wear something cozy and bring a blanket! MASKS are required. Please bring a camp chair if you have one or something you may like to sit on. 

DEADLINE: email Molly by FRIDAY with who's coming. Please indicate any dietary needs or allergies.


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Do you care about creation in this time of global warming? Do you see a connection between environmental stewardship and the Christian faith? You are invited to join in a 5-part study on consecutive Wednesdays at 1 p.m. starting on October 21 and going through November 18.  We will be using resources from a series called Being Reformed, and our class title is Stewardship of Creation.  Please contact the church office to sign up in advance - and so we can send you the participant's booklet.  Sign up now so we can get the booklet to you in time.  This class will be led by Glenn Leupold.
 
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First Pres, through the Social Justice and Peacemaking Committee, has been working with the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Here are opportunities for education and advocacy:
 

Capital Region PPC October Organizing Call

Wednesday, Oct 21, 6pm, on Zoom

RSVP here for call info. Details at the Facebook event here.
 
Our next public, monthly organizing meeting! Join us over Zoom to learn about the work of the campaign in the Capital Region and to take action together.
This month we’re moving our meeting a little earlier than usual - and inviting everyone to participate in an event and fundraiser which begins at 7pm, held by our friend Loretta Pyles: “Attending to the embodiment of White Supremacy: A meditation and inquiry” - linked below.
Attending to the Embodiment of White Supremacy:
A Meditation and Inquiry
Wednesday, Oct 21, 7pm, on Zoom

RSVP here
In this zoom-based workshop, we will ground in earth, body, and breath, as we touch into the dis-comfort and dis-ease of the ways white supremacy becomes embodied. Includes a nourishing meditation and inquiry practice. People of all racial identities are invited into this space. Sliding scale donation of $15-$40. All proceeds will go to the Poor People’s Campaign. Zoom link will be sent after registration and before the event begins.
 
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You are encouraged to vote in the upcoming general election. In order to do so, you must be registered, and the deadline to do that is on or before October 9. Registration requires filling out a simple form that is available online. Or you may go in-person to your county’s Board of Elections office to register to vote.
 
Vote Early! (Saturday, October 24th – Sunday, November 1st)
If you want to make sure your vote is counted with all the other votes that are cast on Election Day, but do not want to go to the polls in person on Election Day, one option is to vote early in person at any of the following early voting locations:
(confirmed with Elections Commissioner Matt Clyne that any registered voter in the City of Albany can vote early at any of the 6 early voting locations listed above between October 24th and November 1st.)
          Hours for early voting at all early voting locations are:
          Saturday & Sunday: 9am-2pm
          Monday & Wednesday: Noon-8pm
          Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 9am-5pm

 
This gives you 9 different days to vote and an ability to pick which day, time and location is most convenient for you.
 

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Education and Spiritual Formation each Sunday via Zoom!
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.

Calendar

Tuesday, 10/6      9:00am      Men's Bible Study
                             4:30pm      Social Justice & Peacemaking
                                               Committee Meeting

                             7:00pm      Membership Committee Meeting     

Wednes., 10/7    11:00am     Staff Meeting

Thursday, 10/8     7:00am    Men's Bible Study

                            12:30pm    Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                              5:30pm    Property Committee Meeting
                            
Sunday, 10/11     
8:45am     Adult Education 
                              9:15am    Children’s Education  
                            10:00am    Worship Service via Facebook
                            11:00am     Virtual Youth Group
                              6:00pm     Youth Group Fall Fun Night

Monday, 10/12     1:00pm    Covenant Group

Tuesday, 10/13      9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                             12:00pm   Endowment Sub Committee

Wednes., 10/14     7:30pm   Dads' Small Group

Thursday, 10/15   7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                              4:30pm    Anti-Racism Task Force

Sunday, 10/18      
8:45am    Adult Education 
                              9:15am   Children’s Education  
                            10:00am   Worship Service via Facebook
                            11:00am    Virtual Youth Group

Tuesday, 10/20    9:00am    Men's Bible Study
                             7:00pm    Session Meeting

Wednes., 10/21  10:00am   Woman to Woman Small Group
                             1:00pm   Creation Care Class
                             7:00pm   B3 Small Group

Thursday, 10/22 7:00am   Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation


Sunday, 10/25    8:45am   Adult Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education  
                          10:00am   Worship Service via Facebook
                          11:00am    Virtual Youth Group



 
******* All meetings will be held via Zoom.*******
 
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