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Sundae Sunday– April 30


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



Got a Favorite Recipe?

Picnic on May 20 postponed Unfortunately, our joint picnic with Walls Temple scheduled for May 20 has to be postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. It will be rescheduled so you can continue to send in those recipes!  Check next week’s eblast and next Sunday’s bulletin for the new date.

Memo for Mission and Outreach

CROP Hunger Walk 2023
We have one goal: building a world where there is enough for all


Hunger is one of the greatest injustices facing our world, but it does not have to be this way. Ending hunger is possible in our lifetime. You can help make it happen.

One way we help end hunger is join with our neighbors here in the Albany Area, to participate in the CWS Albany CROP Hunger WALK. CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations or groups to raise funds to help end hunger in our communities and around the world.

The Albany CROP Hunger Walk 2023, one of the largest in the United States, has set a goal to raise $100,000 to help end hunger and poverty and contribute to long-term sustainable approaches to reduce or eliminate hunger. As in years past, 25% of the funds we raise in the Albany CROPWALK will go to local food pantries.
Last year the Albany CROP WALK raised funds for twenty-six food pantry agencies in the area to help feed our neighbors suffering food insecurity.

On May 7th we want to stand with neighbors in our community and around the world, who rely on food assistance programs. This year more than ever, it is so important to support our neighbors struggling in the face of poverty, food insecurity and create opportunities to open new doors.
The John U. Miller Memorial CROP Hunger Walk in Albany, named after the former director, will be a “live”  and virtual event. The Walk will take place on Sunday, May 7th, starting and ending at First Lutheran Church, 181 Western Ave. in Albany.

In-person registration begins at 12:30pm, with opening ceremonies at 1:15 (also on Zoom) and begin at 1:30pm.

You can choose a 1-mile or 3-mile loop with the in person WALK on May 7th;  walk as a small group in your neighborhood on the day of the WALK;  or “walk” virtually in your own neighborhood any time during the month of May.

At First Presbyterian Church we are  committed to stamping out hunger and want to do our part to help end hunger one step at a time. We want to ensure that the work of the CWS and our local food pantries will continue to be there for those who need assistance, in good and tough times. We have registered a team for First participate in CROP WALK 2023.

Our team is “Albany First Presbyterian Church,” and our goal is $2,000 this year but  I know we can do more!

To join our team, please go to the Albany CROP Hunger Walk Web Page to register.


The First Presbyterian Church web page is


Go to “Join or Start a Team” and select,

  Visit to register and set up your team. We also encourage you to invite others to join with us on May 7th to demonstrate our commitment to helping our neighbors.



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: hoodies for little kids, 6-8, 10-12; small sneakers 8c, 9c, 10c, 11c and 12c; sweatpants for little kids, 4t, 5t, 5, 6, 8,. 10; hand sanitizers. Recently given out: 8 pairs of boys underwear and sweat pants; approx. same number of girl’s leggings; 6 pair of socks and 4 pair of boots.

Advocacy Work

Strike Poverty!

On May 1 our church with members Annette Johnson, Sue Haney and Rev. Molly Dowell Baum hosted about 30 people for breakfast beginning at 8:30am prior to the march to the Capitol. Arriving around 10am more members of the NYPPC from around the state joined us as we prepared banners and signs.

Our Poor People’s State of the State Petition was delivered to the Governor.

If you would like to follow/get involved in some of these activities please follow the New York Poor People’s Campaign on Facebook or talk with Molly or Sue Haney for more information.

Youth News


Crop Walk - May 7

Register Here to walk as part of our team

(First Lutheran Church, 181 Western Ave)

Youth will again walk as part of the First Pres team! It’s easy to raise money online. Get started raising money to fight hunger in the Capital District and worldwide by registering on First Pres’s team. It’s super easy to share out on social media from the Crop walk webpage, or youth may get a donations envelope to ask friends and family and neighbors to support ending hunger. 



2023 Summer Service & Reflection Trip

Click for FULL info sheet
Washington, D.C. July 30-Aug 5

To register your 6th-12th grader for this trip, please contact Molly.
A $50 deposit will secure your spot on the trip.


Upcoming Events:


Sunday, May 7 - Crop Walk
12:00-2:00pm - Lunch & Crop Walk 
Sunday, May 21 - Confirmation Sunday
10:30am - Confirmation during worship 
please come support & celebrate with your fellow youth!
Sunday, June 4 - More Light Sunday
10:10 am - Youth Usher in worship
12:00-2:00 pm - Lunch & Program in Youth Room
Sunday, June 11 - Pride Parade
9:15am - Decorate our vehicle with pride!!
11:45 am - Pride Parade 


Upcoming Events at First Pres

Upcoming Events at First Pres

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, 5/2       9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                            1:15pm   Staff Meeting
                            5:30pm   Property Committee Meeting
                            7:30pm   Christian Education Committee Meeting

Thurs., 5/4          7:00am   Men's Bible Study
                            7:00pm   Soloist/ Choir Rehearsal 

Friday, 5/5          5:30pm   First Friday Gallery Opens
                             6:00pm   First Friday Concert

Sunday, 5/7        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
                          12:00pm   Youth Group
                            1:15pm   CROP Walk

Monday, 5/8       1:00pm   Covenant Group

Tuesday, 5/9       9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                            6:30pm   Anti-Racism Task Force

Wednes., 5/10     7:00pm   Dads' Small Group

Thurs., 5/11        7:00am   Men's Bible Study
                            6:30pm   WPNA Meeting
                            7:00pm   Soloist/ Choir Rehearsal 

Sunday, 5/14      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

Tuesday, 5/16     9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                            7:00pm   Session Meeting in Rose Room with Confirmation                                             Students

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Contact info: church office: 518-449-7332

May Birthdays

Peg Schalit                                                 Mary Vail
5/2                                                                5/16
Meddy Jacques                                          Rose Jackson
5/2                                                                5/20
Janna Pfluger-Boucher                             Ray Henrikson
5/4                                                                5/22
Owen Gilbo                                                Todd Stevens
5/7                                                                5/29
Pastor Miriam                                            Eric Fagans
5/9                                                                5/30
Henry Burke                                               Sebastián
5/12                                                               5/30
Susan Sneeringer                                        Mary Kelly
5/14                                                               5/31
Sam Rogers                                       

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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