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Walking a Sacred Path: Discovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Tool
Join us Saturday, April 15, 9:30-12:00.
First Presbyterian Church is launching its Labyrinth
Ministry with our new Chartres 36ft labyrinth!
Join us Saturday, April 15, 9:30-12:00 for a workshop to introduce people to the labyrinth and the spiritual practice of walking it. Pastor Miriam, a trained labyrinth facilitator, will facilitate.  Come find out more about this ancient spiritual tool and have the opportunity to walk on
the new First Pres canvas labyrinth.
We hope that you will carve out time for this workshop. Sign up with Jamie in the church office (449-7332 or  If you have any questions, please contact Miriam at the church office (449-7332 or
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Join us Sunday, April 16,
for education, worship and fellowship!

Join us for Christian Education 
on Sunday 9:15-10:15 
Godly Play Preschool Class
Sunday School for Kindergarten through Grade 5
Adult Education (in the Rose Room and via zoom)
The Adult Education Class this Sunday will be led by Ellen Eisenbraun and is titled "An invitation to Ponder, Like Mary."

Join us in the Rose Room or via Zoom
Zoom invitation – Adult Education

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 884 9949 5143
Passcode: 500445

Worship Service at 10:30am.
Join us for worship together 
in the sanctuary and livestreaming on Facebook.

Click here for bulletin
Click here to connect on Sunday.
Serving you this Sunday.

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After the service, join us in Assembly Hall
for the Dedication of the Labyrinth
and in the Rose Room for Fellowship Time.
Come enjoy conversation with one another!

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Mask wearing is optional since
Albany County’s CDC Community level is green.

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Please send any prayer requests to Jamie 
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 on line to donate (
Thank you for your continued support of FPC ministries.


Patricia A. Fennell, MSW, LCSW-R, scientist & clinician, will discuss her book, Managing Chronic Illness Using the Four-Phase Treatment Approach: A Mental Health Professional’s Guide to Helping Chronically Ill People on Tuesday, April 18, at noon, at the Washington Avenue branch of the Albany Public Library, 161 Washington Avenue. 



Got a Favorite Recipe?

A small group of members of First Pres Church and Walls Temple AME Zion Church have been meeting to form a friendship between our two congregations that we hope will produce a partnership to stand against racism together.

As part of this effort, our congregations will be gathering on Saturday, May 20, at 1:00pm to share food at a getting-to-know-you picnic potluck outside in the afternoon. We thought that a great way to do this would be to invite everyone to share a favorite recipe in two ways. One is bringing that dish to the picnic potluck and the second to send in the recipe to be included in a joint cookbook that we will hand out at the picnic.

We hope that you will find this as exciting as we do. Please send your recipe to Jamie by April 15, so it can be included in the book. More information will follow as we get closer to the date.



The Tuesday morning Bible Guys, who meet weekly on Zoom at 9 a.m., are looking for new members. If you are interested, please get in touch with Roger Green at


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

Memo for Mission and Outreach

BROOKS BBQ! Tuesday, April 18th, 3 to 6pm 
at Delmar Reformed Church parking lot 
To pre-order your delicious "to-go" Chicken BBQ meals (and for more info), please go to:




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

Save the Date - Monday, April 17 - We'll be delivering a Faith Leader letter calling on the legislature to End Medical Debt! Plans for the day are coming together, but will likely include a lunch and gathering after the delivery. Stay tuned for more details.

Thursday, April 20 6:30pm - Our next Capital Region organizing meeting! We'll continue getting ready for May Day! The meeting will be in-person and on zoom, register here.

Sunday, April 30 -The NYSPPC Van Tour will be arriving in the Capitol Region that Sunday afternoon, and we'll likely have a dinner and art build to get ready for May Day. Stay tuned for details!

Youth News

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, April 16 
10:10 am -Youth Usher for Worship

Sunday, April 23
12:00-2:00 pm- Lunch & Program in Youth Room* note this is the 4th Sunday, instead of our usual 3rd Sun mtg.


Summer Service & Reflection Trip 
Washington, D.C. July 30-Aug 5
Total Cost: $850 per student ($283 3way-split between Family/Church/Fundraising)*
Ages: completed 6th -12th grade

On this trip, we will stay blocks away from our Nation's Capitol at Washington Seminar Center at Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church. Youth will serve alongside a local agency addressing food insecurity or homelessness. We will also visit our NY State Representative’s offices on Capitol Hill and visit the National Museum of African American History & Culture. Participants will help design the itinerary. We will prepare our own meals and bring our own bedding, & towels.

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

*additional financial assistance is available


Upcoming Events at First Pres

Upcoming Events at First Pres

April 16 – Labyrinth Dedication
April 23 – Earth Day Celebration
April 30 – Sundae Sunday
May 7 – CROP Walk
May 21 – Confirmation
June 4 – More Light Sunday
June 11 – Pride Parade
June 18 – 9:30 summer worship time begins


Saturday, 4/15    9:30am   Labyrinth Workshop

Sunday, 4/16     9:15am   Preschool Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education 
                            9:15am   Adult Education
                            9:30am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
                          10:30am   Worship Service in the sanctuary and                                                                 livestreaming on Facebook
                          11:45am   Labyrinth Dedication during Fellowship Time

Tuesday, 4/18     9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                            3:00pm   Brooks BBQ
                            7:00pm   Session Meeting

Wednes., 4/19    10:00am   Women to Women Small Group

Thurs., 4/20        7:00am   Men's Bible Study
                            7:00pm   Soloist/ Choir Rehearsal 

Sunday, 4/23     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

Monday, 4/24     1:00pm   Covenant Group

Tuesday, 4/25     9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                            6:00pm   Finance Committee Meeting
                            6:30pm   FOCUS Board Meeting

Wednes., 4/26     7:00pm   Dads' Small Group

Thurs., 4/27        7:00am   Men's Bible Study
                            7:00pm   Soloist/ Choir Rehearsal 

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Contact info: church office: 518-449-7332

April Birthdays

John Minerbrook                        Ekong Takor
4/17                                                4/25
Sarah John                                   Robin Dowell Baum
4/17                                                4/26
Eli Rice                                         John Knutson  
4/17                                                4/27
Joyce Bascom                              John Abunaw
4/20                                                4/27
Gail Scott                                      Ani Dowell Baum
4/24                                                4/30
David Chapin                                       

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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