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Events This Weekend

Join us on Friday, March 19
 
A Service of Witness to the Resurrection
for Sheryl Sheraw
Friday, March 19, at 2:00pm
livestreamed on Facebook 
 
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Join us on Sunday, March 21
 
Adult Education at 8:45 am
Join us as we explore the gospel of Luke.
All are welcome! Join us via zoom (invite below) at 8:45!
 If you would like to join any of our zoom meetings please contact
Miriam or Glenn.

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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!
 
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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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Youth Group Volunteers this Sunday at the Food Bank! 
Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York
Sunday, March 21st, Meet at 12:30pm 
at the Food Bank's parking lot. 
Our shift is 1-3pm.
  965 Albany-Shaker Rood, Latham NY, 12210
518-786-3691 www.regionalfoodbank.net


  We have 12 volunteer spots to fill! 
Confirm your spot with Molly, ASAP.  
 
  This is a masked and socially distanced activity, 
and we'll have gloves to handle food.  
Participants provide their own transportation to & from the food bank.  


 
Need Food?

In addition to it's member pantries, the Regional Food Bank and its community partners are hosting drive-thru pantries throughout its service area. Don’t hesitate. All are served.

DRIVE-THRU SCHEDULE  │ MEMBER PANTRY
 LOOK UP
 
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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.

 

Lent at FPC

As a Lenten devotional discipline this year,
you are invited to pray with Scripture
as a way of discerning what God
is calling you to be and to do
during this season.
Here are the daily devotions.
Here are hymns which are used with Sundays’ devotions.
If you would like a printed copy of this devotion,
please email or call the church office (518-439-7492).

 
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Join us each Wednesday during Lent,
March 24,
for Taizé worship at 6:00 p.m.
We will livestream the service on Facebook.
Here is the link and here is the bulletin. 

Our traditional Taizé services will 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

 
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We will continue to offer an online Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
on Thursdays in Lent 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, March 25, 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!

Reviews of Antiracism Resources

Resource: Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"
By Zora Neale Hurston

Reviewed by Miriam Lawrence Leupold

 
In 1927 anthropologist and writer Zora Neale Hurston set out for Alabama to hear 86-year-old Cudjo Lewis’ first-hand account of the raid he experienced in Africa that brought him to the United States as a slave. Fortunately for the reader, Ms. Hurston didn’t limit their conversation to just the raid. While many books talk about the slave trade, this book tells of the life of a slave in his own words. Mr. Lewis’ story is difficult to hear, but it is so important to bear witness to his life.
 
Do you have an antiracism book or other resource you want to share?
 
One First Pres priority is “combating systemic racism both within and outside the church.”  Many of you are already reading and discussing books and articles that address this underlying racism, and the Membership Committee invites you to share your insights and thoughts in First Pres eblasts.  What did you find enlightening?  For whom would you recommend this particular book or article?  Reviews of other media addressing racism, such as movies, TV shows, podcasts and children’s resources are welcome.  Please email your mini review to: Carol Green.  Questions about reviews may be directed to Carol Green at email or call or text 518-331-1447.
 

Reviews:

Caste
Coop BLM Virtual Art Exhibit
Just Mercy
The Color of Law

Where Do We Go From Here
So You Want To Talk About Race

 

Opportunities

First Pres, through the Social Justice and Peacemaking Committee, has been working with the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. On Monday, 3/15, FPC members rallied with other PPC supports and presented 14 Policy Priorities to Heal the Nation: A Moral and Economic Agenda for the First 100 Days to the legislature.
 
 No Half Measures – A Rally   to Demand NYS Legislature invests in our NY-this supports the PPC agenda as well as New York State Council of Churches’ budget agenda.
 
What: Rally & March to Invest In Our NY! No Half Measures!
Where: Washington Park Albany (Soldiers & Sailors Monument) 
When: Tuesday, March 23rd @ 11 AM - 1 PM
 
Calling all to join Vocal New York Tuesday to rally & march demanding no half-measures!
Information from their call: The NYS budget is days away from being finalized and we need your help to ensure elected representatives take action to Invest in our New York! We need elected representatives to address the harms caused by COVID. We need them to address the harms caused by Cuomo. We need the elected representatives of NYS to address these harms in the budget closed on April 1st! #NoHalfMeasures!
New Yorkers are suffering and are in peril statewide due to the pandemic and the plague of harms caused and endorsed by Cuomo. New Yorkers are in need of proper funding for comprehensive housing, education, healthcare, and harm reduction services! We know there is an avenue to funding the programming we need and we know this answer lies in the IONY package of bills. We need the Senate Majority Leader & the Speaker of the House to have the political will to step into their leadership and challenge Cuomo and provide New Yorkers with the true leadership we deserve during this critical moment.
RSVP here to join us!
Join us & our comrades from throughout the state as we meet in Washington Park on Tuesday & march to bring our demands to the steps of the Capitol! We will be joined by our comrades from Housing Justice For All, Citizen Action, AQE, DSA, Rise & Resist, many other organizations, and we would love to see your organization there!
Let's flood Albany with a resounding call for justice & equity!
Boxed lunches will be provided thanks to AQE so please RSVP.
A safety team will be on-site.
Masks & physical-distancing required.
 


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Adult Education/Virtual Youth Group

together on Sunday, March 28
at special time 11:15 am
Harriet Myers - Wife, Mother, Activist, and Albany Resident
‘Meet’ Harriet Myers at the Adult /Youth Education class!
Hear her inspiring story.
Join with Paul and Mary Liz Stewart, co-founders of
Underground Railroad Education Center
and Scholars-in-Residence at Russell Sage College,
to learn about Mrs. Myers’ Underground Railroad activism
and her work for equity and justice 
for both free and freedom seeker Blacks in Albany. 
 
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We will once again have Easter Lilies decorating the chancel of the sanctuary on Easter Sunday. Anyone who would like to sponsor a lily in honor or memory of a loved one will have that noted in the bulletin.  There are two ways to make your dedication. 1) By mailing a check to the church for a minimum of $16 per lily, along with a note that spells out the dedication as well as name of the dedicator. It MUST arrive at the church by March 23. 2) By emailing the church office a note that spells out the dedication as well as name of the dedicator. Then visit the website and make your payment on line. Deadline is March 23.
 
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The One Great Hour of Sharing Offering is traditionally received at First Pres on Easter.  There are three programs supported by One Great Hour of Sharing - Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People. They all work in different ways to serve individuals and communities in need. From initial disaster response to ongoing community development, their work fits together to provide people with safety, sustenance, and hope.  Your support of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance helps churches like the MLK Community Church in Springfield, MA, that was attacked by an arsonist. PDA is working with this African American church, and First Pres is holding some of their worship bibles to help with their restoration. Consider a donation to this offering of our denomination. Donate here or send a check to the church and be sure to put “One Great Hour” in the note on the check.
 
 
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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., 3/18       7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                            4:30pm   Anti-Racism Task Force

Friday, 3/19        2:00pm   Sheryl Sheraw's Memorial Service
                                            (livestreaming on Facebook)

Sunday, 3/21      8:45am    Adult Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education  
                          10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                          11:00am   Virtual Youth Group
                          12:30pm   YG to volunteer at the Foodbank

Monday, 3/22     1:00pm   Covenant Group

Tuesday, 3/23    9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                           6:30pm   FOCUS Board 

Wednes., 3/24   6:00pm   Taizé service (livestreamed on FB)   
                           7:00pm   Dads' Small Group
                           7:00pm   Women's Small Group

Thurs., 3/25       7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                            7:30pm   Chancel Choir Virtual Meeting

Sunday, 3/28      9:15am   Children’s Education  
                          10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                          11:15am   Adult Education/ Virtual Youth Group

Tuesday, 3/30     9:00am   Men's Bible Study

Thurs., 4/1         7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                            7:30pm   Maundy Thursday Service 
                                           (livestream on Facebook)     

Friday, 4/2         7:30pm   Good Friday Service (livestream on Facebook)     

******* All meetings will be held via Zoom.*******
 
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Contact info: please use this number 518-439-7492 (instead of church phone)

 
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