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We offer an online Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation on
Thursdays in June 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.. You can register here for Thursday, June 24, 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!
 
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July Learning Cafe
   White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
   Thursday, July 8, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81279032179
 

 
White Fragility
 
In this talk, race and social justice educator Robin DiAngelo helps audiences understand the dynamics of White Fragility, how we come to engage in them, and how we can move beyond them. Based on her #1 New York Times bestselling book White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, Dr. DiAngelo helps audiences and organizations develop an antiracist framework based on education, self-awareness, and engaged practice.
We are expecting a lot of questions for the Q&A portion of this session and we ask that you submit your questions early to efoulks@earlycareandlearning.org. We will try our best to get as many of your questions answered as possible. Thank you.
Register


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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 are opportunities for education and advocacy:
 
 
The Voter Suppression laws underfoot right now are Jim Crow 2.0. We are still fighting the civil war in this country. Systemic racism disguised as “states rights” threatens to destroy our democracy and threatens the very lives of our BIPOC & LGBTQ+ siblings.
 
YESTERDAY, June 21, Poor People’s Campaign Chapters of the around the country called for a Third Reconstruction and kicked off 365 days of fighting forward to the National Poor People’s March on Washington in June 2022! If you weren’t able to log on for yesterday’s powerful Moral Monday (Virtual and Live Event), take some time to watch the recording! The video kicks off with energizing music and includes many powerful stories from people directly impacted by poverty.
 
TOMORROW: 
On Wednesday, June 23rd we’ll bring our Moral March on Manchin and McConnell directly to Washington D.C. alongside leaders of the Kentucky and West Virginia Poor People’s Campaign. Folx from West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Ohio and New York will be traveling to D.C. And YOU can be part of it too!

 
 
Senator Manchin’s position on the filibuster is hurting West Virginians of all races, genders, and religions, and especially the 710,000 poor and low-income people in West Virginia. If you can’t get on the bus, call his office and let him know that you stand with the people in West Virginia who are calling for living wages of at least $15 / hour, expanded UI, guaranteed health care, housing and an infrastructure plan that meets all of our needs.
 

 
The manipulations and tactics of those like Manchin, McConnell and the ruling wealthy elite call for a mass movement of poor and low-wealth people and their allies demanding a Third Reconstruction. We are that movement.
 
Join us on Wednesday, June 23rd!
The NYS Poor People’s Campaign
Forward together, not one step back!
Rev. Dr. William Barber and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis
Co-Chairs, Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

Reviews of Antiracism Resources

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.
 
Click here for past reviews

 

Special Thanks

Thanks to those who helped with Church Workday on June 5!
And a special shout out to Katie Henrikson and other gardeners 
who have worked especially hard to spruce up FPC’s gardens
 – both for Fellowship Time but also for the Stoop Stroll
this Saturday, June 26, in the church’s neighborhood.







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Some photos from Worship and Fellowship Time on Sunday, June 20!
 

 

 

Calendar

Tuesday, 6/22     6:00am   Primary Day
                            6:30pm   FOCUS Board

Wednes., 6/23     6:30pm   Women's Small Group

Thurs., 6/24      12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation

Sunday, 6/27    10:00am   In-Person Worship Service (communion)
                                           Live Streaming Worship Service on Facebook

                          11:00am   Outside Fellowship Time

Monday, 6/28    1:00pm   Covenant Small Group


Wednes., 6/30    7:00pm   Dads' Small Group

Friday, 7/2         5:00pm   Patio Gathering with Miriam and Glenn

Sunday, 7/4      10:00am   FOCUS Worship livestreaming on Facebook 

Tuesday, 7/6       5:30pm   Property Committee Meeting
                            6:30pm   Stewardship Committee Meeting

Wednes., 7/7     11:00am   Staff Meeting

Sunday, 7/11    10:00am   In-Person Worship Service (communion)
                                           Live Streaming Worship Service on Facebook

                          11:00am   Outside Fellowship Time



 
******* All meetings will be held via Zoom.*******
 
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