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Events This Weekend

Join us on Sunday, January 24, 2021
 
Adult Education at 8:45am.
Join us as we explore the gospel of Luke.
You do not need to have attended previous classes to find it meaningful.
The class will be led by Glenn Leupold.
All are welcome! Join us via zoom (invite below) at 8:45!
 
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Sunday School for Children at 9:15am 
Pre-K through 5th Graders:
Join for singing, Bible story, conversation and prayer.  
Join us via zoom (invite below) at 9:15!
 If you would like to join any of our zoom mer=etings please contact
Miriam or Glenn.
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Worship Service at 10am.
We will be live streaming on Facebook
Click here to connect on Sunday.
(additional information below, if needed)
You will find the bulletin for Sunday here.
 
Communion is being celebrated. You are invited to bring something
to eat and something to drink when you join us for on-line worship.
Using elements familiar to them,
Jesus used bread and wine for his Last Supper with his disciples.
If you’re unable to have juice and bread,
bring something familiar to you.

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


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Virtual Youth Group- 6th graders-12th graders - at 11am/after worship
During this time of Spiritual Formation we may:

 
                            *play games
                            *build relationship with each other
                            *reflect on the worship service
                            *try different spiritual practices/types of prayer 
                            *make meaning of the world around us
                            *explore and tell our individual stories
                            *co-create service projects
                            *develop youth leadership
 
Join us via Zoom (invite below and by email) at 11:00!

Click here to add or update your YOUTH's contact info.

Youth, Parents, or other Members & Friends, if you'd like to chat with our youth director, please use Molly's scheduling app to schedule a time-- by phone or video chat.

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 Our recorded worship services and bulletins are also available on our website.
 
Please send any prayer requests to Glenn so that we can include them in worship on Sunday.
 
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INSTRUCTIONS Facebook Live Streaming: we’ll normally start broadcasting about 3 to 5 minutes before the service (so 9:55–9:57) with Trevor’s prelude. Any time after that go the main Facebook page for First Presbyterian Church of Albany. Very close to the top (or maybe just by scrolling down slightly) you’ll see the video with the words “Live now” or something similar. Click on the video and it will open into a larger window and play.  So just stay on the First Pres home page, no need to go into Events or any other sub-page.
 HELPFUL TIP: if you don’t see the livestream on the home page, refresh / reload your browser screen.  Don’t hesitate to call Dwight Cheu at 518.469.1544 if you have any problems.
 

Opportunities

We will continue to offer an online Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation on Thursdays in January 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, January 28, 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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Zoom Gathering
to Remember and Honor the Life
of the Rev. Kathleen Buckley
Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 4:00 pm
 
Kathleen was an active and beloved member of Albany Presbytery for many years before changing her denominational affiliation to the United Church of Christ and moving to Canton NY to serve as University Chaplain for St. Lawrence University. She died on January 12, 2020. Kathleen's friends in Albany Presbytery had hoped to hold a memorial service for her in our presbytery. The pandemic prevented this from happening. Now, one year after Kathleen's death, we have decided to gather on Zoom for a time of remembrance and thanksgiving for Kathleen's life, on January 21, 2021 at 4:00 pm. Kathleen was known for gift giving. In light of this, you are invited to bring a gift she gave you to the zoom gathering. We will each have the opportunity to share our stories and the meaning of our gifts. 
 
Here is the Zoom link for the memorial gathering:
 
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Meeting ID: 840 9907 4416
Passcode: 798656
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Meeting ID: 840 9907 4416
Passcode: 798656

 
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The Adult Class will begin its observance of Black History Month on January 31 at 8:45am.
The topic will be a discussion of the book, America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America by Jim Wallis (2015).

 
“Fifty years ago, Wallis was driven away from his faith
by a white church that considered dealing with racism to be taboo.
His participation in the civil rights movement
brought him back when he discovered
a faith that commands racial justice.
Yet as recent tragedies confirm,
we continue to suffer from the legacy of racism.” 
 
The class will be led by David Wood with Lillie McLaughlin. 
You are encouraged to read the book in advance of the class.
 
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The Session has called the congregation to meet on zoom on Sunday, January 31, at 11:15am, following the 10:00 am worship service 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, 2020, for information, 3) receiving 2021 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
 
 
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Friends and Foundation Albany Public Library presents:
Book Review—Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents 
by Isabel Wilkerson.
Reviewer: Alice P. Green, PhD, executive director, 
Center for Law and Justice, 
& adjunct professor, the University at Albany, SUNY.
Tuesday, February 2, 12:00pm - 1:15pm
 
Register here: https://albanypubliclibrary.libcal.com/event/7326067
 
The FFAPL hosts regular book reviews, author talks, and special presentations on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 12:15 pm live via Zoom. These presentations are free and open to the public.
Zoom room opens at 11:55 for socializing beforehand.
Come talk about books with the Friends!
 
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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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Calendar

Thurs., 1/21       7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                            4:30pm   Anti-Racism Task Force
                            7:30pm   Chancel Choir Virtual Meeting

Sunday, 1/24     8:45am    Adult Education 
                           9:15am   Children’s Education  
                         10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                         11:00am   Virtual Youth Group

Tuesday, 1/26      9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                             6:30pm   FOCUS Board

Wednes., 1/27   10:00am   Woman to Woman Small Group
                            6:30pm   Women's Small Group
                            7:00pm   Dads' Small Group

Thurs., 1/28       7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                            7:30pm   B3 Small Group

Sunday, 1/31     8:45am    Adult Education 
                           9:15am   Children’s Education  
                         10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                         11:15am   Annual Congregational Meeting via zoom
                         11:00am   Virtual Youth Group                        

Tuesday, 2/2      9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                           5:30pm   Property Committee Meeting         
                           7:00pm   Membership Committee Meeting       
                           7:30pm   Social Justice & Peacemaking Committee Meeting

Wednes., 2/3    11:00am   Staff Meeting

Thurs., 2/4         7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                            4:30pm   Anti-Racism Task Force
                            7:30pm   Chancel Choir Virtual Meeting        

Sunday, 2/7       10:00am    FOCUS Worship 
                           11:00am   Virtual Youth Group
                


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