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Special Announcement

Due to rising COVID infections,
we are pausing our in-person worship
 for Sunday, January 16.
Join us for worship together
via livestreaming on Facebook
at 10:30am those two Sundays.
Here is the link to the service,
and you can find the bulletin here.
Session will determine at its January 18 meeting
whether in-person worship will resume on January 23.

Events this weekend

Join us online Sunday, January 16
for education and worship
 
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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.
 
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.


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Health and Safety
of our Community
A Message from the Ad Hoc Committee

The contagiousness of Omicron has made it inherently more unsafe to gather. There is significant scientific data that the variant is more contagious and is less likely to be prevented by the vaccine. Our local community is facing the highest cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Statistically, if we gather 100 vaccinated individuals, there would be folks with active covid-19. With the belief that our church must be a safe place to gather and keeping the care and concern of others in the highest regard, we are faced with a challenge. Thankfully this variant is seemingly less severe but that does not mean it will not cause serious illness or death.
 
First Presbyterian worshiped virtually (no in-person) on January 9 and will do so on January 16 as well. Session meets on January 18 and will carefully consider and plan for future Sundays.
 
Mask wearing
 
When we do gather, our most important safety provision is masking. The CDC has acknowledged the virus is airborne and we cannot rely on the adage of six feet plus masking plus vaccination if available. We must add better masks to this equation in order to keep each other safe. We are requesting folks switch to high-filtration face masks such as KF94, KN95s, or N95s. These should cover your nose with an adjustable nose bridge and be snug to the face with minimal gaps. During the service, we will require the use of one of these masks. Surgical or cloth masks will not be allowed inside the church. The congregation is encouraged to bring their own high filtration face mask, but we will provide one to all who are unable to procure their own. Our staff has been wearing these masks since mid-December.
 
Thank you for your patience, adherence and flexibility as we journey together!

A Message from Social Justice & Peacemaking Committee

Activities in observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day - Monday, January 17th

Event 1.

Happy New Year! On behalf of Mayor Sheehan, the Office of Cultural Affairs invites you to attend the Dr. MLK Jr. Beloved Community March on Monday, January 17th at 11am. The March begins in front of the New York State Museum on Madison Avenue. There will be a bus available for those who are unable to walk the route. 

We hope you can join us! If you have any questions please contact Keith Morales at kmorales@albanyny.gov


Event 2.

Labor and community groups throughout Albany are coming together virtually on January 17, 2022, to celebrate the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  
We want YOU to join us! We hope you will join us for this event from 5p-7pm on Monday, January 17, 2022.
This event will be live-streamed via Facebook - find more info here

Direct any questions to  council@albanylabor.org  and see you January 17th!

Opportunities

Do you remember seeing pictures of many of our congregation before and after worship on the Facebook livestream service? This was popular, and we'd like to "see" you again. Please send a selfie or have someone take your picture and send it to Jamie in the church office TODAY! Make sure you identify yourself as you like to be call and include family member names if you want those included. 

We hope all of you will participate, and if you want to include some of your Christmas decorations as backdrop, we would like that too (although not necessary). Looking forward to truly "seeing" you all!

 

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Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration – Celebration will be held on Saturday, January 15, his actual birthday.  It is an interfaith service with prayer, music and a remembrance.  The keynote speaker is Reverend Michael Poindexter of Macedonia Baptist Church.  It is a virtual service available on the Capital Area Council of Churches (CACC) Facebook page and YouTube channel.
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Capital Area Council of Churches (CACC) in partnership with Alzheimer’s Association and Albany Guardian Society will host a webinar on January 19 – 1:30pm to 3:00pm for clergy, church leaders and anyone interested in learning more about creating dementia friendly congregations. The main speaker will be Rev. Dr. Cynthia Huling Hummel. She is a retired Presbyterian minister living with Alzheimer’s.
 
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The General Meetings of the Capital Region Poor People’s Campaign are moving to the third Thursday of each month, so this month will be January 20th, 6:30pm.

You can RSVP for call info here.
 
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Join Us in January to Mobilize for the Environment New York State has become a leader in the care of Creation by passage of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act in 2019.  Join us on January 25 at 11 AM to 3 PM at the NYS Capitol underground concourse for the Climate Can’t Wait Mobilization Rally.  We are asking the Governor and Legislature to prioritize climate in the 2022 budget so that NYS can move forward in climate and environmental remediation.  For more information, go to our Events page at www.capitalcreationcare.org.  
 
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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

All youth and parents, if you haven't already, please sign up for text alerts! 
Text @mdowellb to 81010 

 
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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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Sunday evening gatherings will resume for High School youth. 
Sundays 5-7pm. 

We have updated air filtration units in rooms throughout the building. N95 masks are available to youth who want/need one.. We will continue to follow local and state COVID safety guidance, such as distancing & masking indoors. Please enter through the office door off the parking lot, and make sure to sign in for contact tracing.  
 
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Save the date: 
Monday Jan 17, 2022
Youth activities TBA
 
 
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Calendar

Thurs., 1/13        7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                             5:00pm   Finance Committee Meeting

Saturday, 1/15    7:00pm   CACC 
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Sunday, 1/16       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
                            5:00pm   High School Youth Gathering

Monday, 1/17                    Office Closed
                            5:00pm   Celebrating the life & Legacy of
                                           Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tuesday, 1/18      9:00am   Men’s Bible Study via zoom                            
                           12:00pm   Endowment Subcommittee Meeting
                             7:00pm   Session Meeting

Wednes., 1/19    10:00am   Women to Women Small Group
                             1:30pm   
Capital Area Council of Churches Webinar
                             7:00pm    FOCUS Book Study

Thurs., 1/20        7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                             6:30pm   General Meeting of Capital Region Poor
                                            People’s Campaign
                            7:00pm   Soloist/ Choir Rehearsal

Saturday, 1/22  10:00am   Albany Presbytery Meeting

Sunday, 1/23      9:00am   Adult Education via Zoom
                            9:00am   Youth Education via Zoom
                            9:15am   Children’s Education via Zoom
                            9:45am   Soloists Rehearsal TBD
                          10:30am   Worship Service on Facebook TBD
                          11:30am   Fellowship Time TBD
                            5:00pm   High School Youth Gathering 

Monday, 1/24     1:00pm   Covenant Group

Tuesday, 1/25      9:00am   Men’s Bible Study via zoom
                            11:00am   Mobilize for the Environment                            
                             6:30pm   FOCUS Board


Wednes., 1/26     6:30pm   SWAT Team
                             7:00pm   Dads' Small Group
                             7:00pm   FOCUS Book Group

Thurs., 1/27        7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                            7:00pm   Soloist/ Choir Rehearsal
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