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.
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
WHAT IS THE CROP HUNGER WALK?
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.
ALBANY CROP HUNGER WALK
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.
HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE
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.
JOINING THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN’S TEAM
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 Pres.to 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 http://www.crophungerwalk.org/albanyny 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: