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Events this Weekend

Good Friday Worship
Friday, April 7, 7:30pm 
A service on the anniversary of Jesus' death: 
storytelling, music, prayers and silence.
(in the sanctuary and livestreamed on Facebook)
Click here for bulletin
Click here to connect on Friday.
Serving you this Friday.

Celebration of the Resurrection
Sunday, April 9
Sunrise FOCUS Service at 6:30am
Swan Street Stairs, west side of Capital Park
Please bring a lawn chair for your comfort (no seating will be provided).

9:15am Easter Breakfast

in the Fellowship Hall
This popular First Pres tradition and Youth Fundraiser is back!
Celebrate with family and friends before worship. Enjoy a delicious spread of warm breakfast casseroles, fresh fruit, and a chocolate fountain!

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10:30am Worship Service in the sanctuary
and live streaming 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 for  Fellowship Time 
in Assembly Hall.

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.


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

On behalf of the Church, the Mission and Outreach Committee's budgeted Disaster Relief fund, sent a $500.00 donation to Presbyterian Disaster Relief to help address critical needs related to the Syria-Turkey earthquakes.


Lenten Offering

Around the world, millions of people lack access to sustainable food sources, clean water, sanitation, education, and opportunity. The three programs supported by One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS)Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People — 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. Received during the season of Lent (February 22 – April 9), each gift to OGHS helps to improve the lives of people in these challenging situations. The Offering provides us a way to share God’s love with our neighbors in need. In fact, OGHS is the single, largest way that Presbyterians come together every year to work for a better world.  
You are invited to contribute at any time during this season and we’ll formally dedicate this offering on Easter Sunday, April 9.  You will find OGHS envelopes in the pews, and if donating by check, please put OGHS in the memo line of your check made out to First Presbyterian Church, Albany. You can also give online and select the One Great Hour of Sharing fund.




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.


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:


2 Bookshelves: 3 to 4 feet long                                    
& 3 to 4 feet high
                 1 Cabinet with shelves
                 and door – preferably

If you have these items and would like to donate them to FPC, please contact Pastor Miriam.


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 9 (Easter)
Easter Breakfast hosted by Youth Group 
8:15-10:15 am - First Shift
8:45-10:45 am - Second Shift

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 9 – 9:15 Easter Breakfast
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


Friday, 4/7          6:30pm   Choir Call Time
                             7:30pm   Good Friday Service in the Sanctuary and                                                          livestream on Facebook

Saturday, 4/8      1:00pm   Brass Rehearsal

Sunday, 4/9        6:30am   Easter Sunrise Service 
                            9:15am   Easter Breakfast 
                            9:30am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
                          10:30am   Worship Service in the sanctuary and                                                                 livestreaming on Facebook
                          11:45am   Fellowship Time

Monday, 4/10                    Office Closed
                            1:00pm   Covenant Group

Tuesday, 4/11     9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                            6:30pm   Anti Racism Task Force

Wednes., 4/12    7:00pm   Dads' Small Group

Thurs., 4/13        7:00am   Men's Bible Study
                            6:30pm   WPNA Meeting
                            7:00pm   Soloist/ Choir Rehearsal 

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 

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Contact info: church office: 518-449-7332

April Birthdays

Elizabeth Leupold                        David Chapin
4/7                                                   4/25
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                                            

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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