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Events This Weekend

Join us on Sunday, March 14
 
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!
 
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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 meetings 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.

 

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 17 and 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 18, 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: So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Reviewed by Roger Green  
                                
 

I read the 240-page paperback in three or four hours over two days. The story was compelling because Ms. Oluo put a lot of herself, a “black, queer woman” with a white single mom, on the pages.

“It’s about race if a person of color thinks about race.” In the chapter about talking about race incorrectly, the primary subject was her own mom. “Why can’t I be talking about… anything but this.” Conversely, Ms. Oluo tells about her OWN failure to check her privilege. She explains intersectionality better than most people I’ve read.

More here

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

 

Opportunities

We want EVERYONE in our new directory coming out in May!
You have options:
  1. Send in a new picture to Jamie in the church office.
  2. Like your picture you sent in for Pentecost? Tell Jamie to use that one. 
  3. Like the photo you see during the prelude on Sundays? Tell Jamie to use that one.
  4. We’ll even let you use your 2016 directory photo, but you have to tell Jamie.
  5. Would you like someone else to take a fresh picture? Contact Ray Henrikson via email or call at 518-533-7441.
 
Please send your pictures as soon as possible!
DEADLINE EXTENDED: March 17!
 
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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 is information from the PPC about an upcoming action.
Will you join us at 12pm ET on Moral Monday, 3/15 in Albany at the State Capitol Building’s Washington Ave entrance, as we deliver our 2021 Poor People’s Campaign Demands to our New York State legislative leadership and to Governor Cuomo?
 
 
We will stand united with folks across the country as they too deliver the Poor People’s Campaign’s Policy Priorities to legislative leaders and governors at their state capitals. Together, we are bringing attention to the impact of policies which promote systemic racism, poverty and inequality, the war economy and militarism, environmental devastation, and a corrupt moral narrative.
 
If you can’t join us in person, visit our Facebook page at 12pm ET to watch the livestream, and sign on to our NYS demands as we come together to support a policy agenda that centers the needs of poor and low-income people. Then join us again online at 3pm ET for a report back of actions from across the country.
 
SIGN YOUR NAME!
 
There are 140 million poor and low-income people in our nation, and 8.6 million in New York State — we can’t wait another 50 years for change to come! The time to act is now.
 
Forward together,
The NYS Poor People’s Campaign
 
*Due to COVID-19, we are asking that all participants at the in-person event wear double masks and remain at least 8 feet apart at all times. If you are feeling the slightest of symptoms, we ask that you stay at home and watch the program online.
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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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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., 3/11       7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                          11:00am   Walk for Climate
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                            7:30pm   Chancel Choir Virtual Meeting

Sunday, 3/14      8:45am    Adult Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education  
                          10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                          11:00am   Virtual Youth Group

Monday, 3/15   12:00pm   Moral Monday

Tuesday, 3/16     9:00am   Men's Bible Study         

Wednes., 3/17   10:00am   Woman to Woman Small Group
                            6:00pm   Taizé service (livestreamed on FB)     

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


                

******* 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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