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Lent at FPC

During Lent help to create APRIL SHOWERS
of welcome and appreciation
each Sunday in Assembly Hall.
Create a card of welcome and love
that will be given in APRIL to guests at
the FOCUS Breakfast program.
Create a card of thanks and appreciation
for a healthcare worker,
which we’ll deliver in APRIL to area hospitals.
You can create these cards at home as well
and drop them off at the church.
We’re hoping for lots of showers!
Join us online each Wednesday during Lent,
April 6,
for Taizé worship at 6:00 p.m.
We will livestream the service on Facebook.
Here is the Facebook link and here is the

Our traditional Taizé services include simple, meditative songs,
scripture, prayer and silence.  The liturgy for these services originated
with the Taizé community founded in France in 1940.
This community is an ecumenical, intentional community
with a twofold purpose: to seek communion with God
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, April 7, 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!

Holy Week

Join us at First Presbyterian during Holy Week for a time of spiritual renewal

Palm/Passion Sunday
Sunday, April 10
9:15 Education classes for adults and K-grade 5
10:30 Worship Service
In-person in the sanctuary and
also livestreamed on Facebook
Maundy Thursday
Thursday, April 14
7:30 Communion and Tenebrae Service
In-person in the sanctuary and
also livestreamed on Facebook

Good Friday
Friday, April 15
Pray and Reflect with FOCUS Churches
anytime between 4:00 – 8:00pm
Five of the FOCUS Churches of Albany invite you to spend time
in prayer and reflection in our sanctuaries. 
Each church will offer some interactive prayer stations
which will help you to focus as you light a candle,
take a meditative walk around a labyrinth (FPC),
kneel at the cross, shape a vessel out of clay,
reflect on scripture and more. 
You are also welcome to just come and sit
and enjoy the beauty of our historic buildings. 
Some churches will offer live music during this time (FPC).

Four of our churches are within walking distance from each other:  
Emmanuel Baptist Church at 275 State Street
First Presbyterian Church at 362 State Street
Trinity United Methodist Church at 235 Lark Street
Westminster Presbyterian Church at 262 State Street.
Those who wander between our churches
will encounter a few outdoor prayer stations along the way.
First Church in Albany, located at 110 North Pearl Street,
will offer the Stations of the Cross around the exterior of their building.
A booklet, available at each church or online,
will offer directions, instructions and some readings to inspire you.
Sunday, April 17
Sunrise FOCUS Service at 6:30
Swan Street Stairs, west side of Capital Park
This 30-minute outdoor worship service
will be followed with light refreshments 
(baked goods, Easter eggs, coffee, tea and juice), 
offered via “tailgate” for all who wish to safely gather socially.
Please bring a lawn chair for your comfort (no seating will be provided).

9:15 Education classes for adults and K-grade 5
Worship Service at 10:30am
In-person in the sanctuary and
also livestreamed on Facebook
Fellowship Time
following the service in Assembly Hall


FELLOWSHIP TIME:  We're pleased to announce that Fellowship Time is once again being held in Assembly Hall, immediately following the Sunday Worship Service.  The Hospitality Team Coordinator Deacon David Hinchen is organizing this effort. As we no longer have a custodian and are no longer relying on flocks to oversee this task, we're seeking members of the congregation to assist with making coffee, bringing snacks, setting up and putting things away.  If you're available on any upcoming Sundays, please contact:

David Hinchen
(518) 489-1854 (call or text)
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Brooks "To- Go" Chicken BBQ Fundraiser for FOCUS

Brooks "To- Go" Chicken BBQ Fundraiser for FOCUS 
Tuesday, April 19th, 3 to 6pm 
at Delmar Reformed Church  
$15 for each to-go meal.

People can place their orders:
- by going to our website ( )
- by using the QR scan, found on the flyer
- by calling FOCUS: 518-443-0460 ext. 1

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Please fill out your Time and Talent card
and return to the church.
Surface mail to FPC, 362 State St. Albany, NY 12210
Take a photo of this sheet or scan and send to
Jamie in the Church Office 

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CROP Hunger Walk 2022
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.

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.
The Albany CROP Hunger Walk 2022, 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 CROP Walk  will go to local  food pantries.
On May 1st , 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 this year. The Walk will take place on Sunday, May 1, 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, walk as a small group or 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 are organizing a team to participate in CROP WALK 2022.
Our team is “Albany First Presbyterian Church,” and our goal is $8,000 this year. I know we can do this!
To join our team, please go to the Albany CROP Hunger Walk Web Page to register.
The web page is
  • Go to “Join or Start a Team”
  • select “Albany First Presbyterian Church” and join the team.
We also encourage you to invite others to join with us on May 1st  to demonstrate our commitment to helping our neighbors.


  • 58 People have registered
  • 24 Teams have registered
  • 1,471 Social Media Reach
  • $8,621.52 Raised

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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  


Advocacy Work

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 


It’s Movement Time: An Introduction to the Poor People’s Campaign.
What is the Poor People’s Campaign? What is the movement we are building? And why is this movement time? Join us as we discuss the history of the Poor People’s Campaign from 1968 to today, the strategies and structure of the campaign and their importance, and our local and statewide efforts. We will engage in conversation to identify ways we are all affected by the interlocking evils and explore ways we can work together to further our fight against these systems oppression and lift from the bottom. Whether you don’t know much about the Poor People’s Campaign or have been with us for a while, join us for this important conversation to move forward together.

Register Here

Youth Group News

Hello, 6th-12th Grade Youth & Families!
We will no longer meeting Sun evenings. Parents/Caregivers, Please take 5 minutes to respond to this Survey to help us set goals for our youth programming.

Some special events will be coming up, so please Mark your calendars and watch for updates!
Save the Dates: 

May 1- Crop Walk

June 18- March on Washington

If you/your 6th-12th grader has a special event coming up, please let Molly know
& invite her to come!


Update: Transitions in youth ministries - No longer meeting Sun evenings. Next Youth event is youth ushering Sunday morning April 3 which will be followed by a lunch and program for all youth 6-12 grades.


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


April Birthdays

Skip Meislahn                                        Gail Scott 
4/5                                                               4/24
Lynn Ellsworth                                       David Chapin
4/5                                                               4/25
Ron Pettis                                                Ekong Takor   
4/6                                                               4/25
Fred Forba                                              Robin Dowell Baum
4/6                                                               4/26
Elizabeth Leupold                                  Susan Easton
4/7                                                               4/27
John Minerbrook                                   John Knutson
4/17                                                               4/27
Sarah John                                             John Abunaw
4/17                                                             4/27
Joyce Bascom                                         


If your birthday is this month and it's not listed, please let Jamie know so we can update our records. 


Tuesday, 4/5       9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                          12:30pm   Staff Meeting
                            7:30pm   Social Justice & Peacemaking Committee Meeting

Wednes., 4/6      6:00pm   Taizé service Livestreaming on Facebook

Thurs., 4/7        7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                         12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                           5:30pm   Presbytery Meeting
                           6:00pm   Anti-Racism Task Force
                           7:00pm   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, 4/10      9:15am   Adult Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education 
                            9:30am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
                          10:30am   Palm/Passion Worship Service
                                           In-Person/Livestream on Facebook
                          11:30am   Fellowship Time
                          12:00pm   Legacy Giving Subcommittee Meeting

Monday, 4/11    1:00pm   Covenant Group Meeting

Tuesday, 4/12     9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom

Wednes., 4/13    6:30pm   SWAT Team Meeting
                           7:00pm   Dads' Small Group Meeting

Thurs., 4/14      7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                         12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                           6:15pm   Soloist/ Choir Rehearsal (Rose Room)
                           7:30pm   Maundy Thursday Service
                           8:45pm   Soloist/ Choir Rehearsal

Friday, 4/15        4:00pm   Good Friday

Saturday, 4/16  10:00am   Youth- planting food trees with Radix Center

                           11:00am   Easter Instrumental Rehearsal

Sunday, 4/17      6:30am   Sunrise FOCUS Service 
                            9:15am   Adult Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education 
                            9:15am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
                          10:30am   Worship Service
                                           In-Person/Livestream on Facebook
                          11:30am   Fellowship Time

Tuesday, 4/19     9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                            7:00pm   Session Meeting
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