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A message from FOCUS ministry:
We need volunteers!

Due to illness, a termination, and a grant reducing weekly staff work hours, we have been stretched very thin as we try to meet the needs of our guests. One year ago, in January 2022, we served 32 breakfast guests a day.  On January 5th this year we served 92 breakfasts.  We are close to tripling the numbers of people we are serving at our FOCUS soup kitchen.  We are struggling to do this with fewer staff.  And we are struggling to do this when the food supply chain is interrupted and we need to spend a lot of time finding food and non-food supplies at an increasing number of purchasing sites.  Our Food Pantry guests are also increasing. Here’s how you can help:
FOCUS Breakfast Program at Westminster (Our doors are open Tues, Wed and Thurs 7am to 8:30am) 
- Wednesday & Thursdays 6:45am to 8:45am (to help serve breakfast - by handing out coffee, breakfast plates, milk & juice, or bags of to-go lunch)
Breakfast Cook or Prep Cook (this commitment involves arriving early: around 5:45am to 6am and working until 8:30am or 8:45am.)  We need folks who can be "back-up cooks" or "back-up prep cooks" when our current volunteer cooks take a much-deserved break.  We need folks who are available Tuesday or Wednesday or Thursday. 
Thursday clean-up (8:30am to 9:30am)  Since Thursday is our last day of the week to offer breakfast, we do a deep clean on Thursday morning.  Can you help us during this hour?  We sweep, mop, move items to our storage bin, and often move tables, chairs and plastic barriers to accommodate other groups who may use the fellowship hall during Thursday to Sunday. 
- Tuesday & Thursday Pastoral Care 6:45am to 8:45am -- listen and talk with individual guests, many of whom have few people available/willing to listen to their hopes and needs. 
FOCUS Food Pantry at Emmanuel Baptist
Thursday Pick up Food Orders at Regional Food bank (in Latham) from mid-morning to late morning. Or Help to Unload a Truck which comes to drop off groceries for our Food Pantry.
Belinda Quaye, our awesome Volunteer Coordinator, is happy to train you and schedule you. Send her an email:


The Session has called the congregation to meet in the Sanctuary on Sunday,
January 29, following the 10:30 am worship service for the Annual Meeting of the Congregation and Corporation of First Presbyterian Church for the purpose of 1)hearing annual reports of Session, Board of Deacons, and other recognized groups of the church, 2) receiving the financial report of the year ending December 31, 2022, for information, 3) receiving 2023 budget for information, and 4) voting on changes in terms of call of co-pastors.

Glenn and Miriam Lawrence Leupold, Moderators of Session
Marian Eaton, Clerk of Session



During the months of January and February, our Music Director Michael Lister will be taking a hiatus involving additional responsibilities with the Department of Music and Theater at The University at Albany. He will return for the FOCUS service on February 5 and will resume his responsibilities on March 6. During the time he is away, guest conductor Xavier Ortiz-Reyes will assume the leadership of the choir, and Trevor Kahlbaugh and our soloists will continue to minister through music alongside the choir. More details about Xavier will be shared in upcoming Eblasts.  


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: healthy snacks, soap, wash cloths, towels, deodorant, tooth brushes, tooth paste, several bath mats (for the school showers), small hand gloves, small feet socks, wash cloths, children sized long-sleeved shirts, sweat-shirts, or hoodies. 


Join us online for Finger Labyrinth Walks and Meditations each Thursday through February 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 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!


Please Sign Up to Provide a Meal for the Youth Group!

We’re asking that families please sign up to take a turn to provide a meal for our regular meetings.

Click the link to sign up→ Meal Train for Youth Lunches



Educational Opportunity

Members of First Presbyterian’s Antiracism Task Force are
leading a series called “Dismantling Racism, Building Racial Justice in Institutions”


        When:  Wednesdays, 7—8:30 pm
      Where: via zoom
     Format: Pre-recorded webinars and group discussions; webinars produced by Crossroads for the Association of Partners in Christian Education and the Presbyterian Youth Workers Association

      January 25: “What is antiracism, and what does it require of Christians?”
      February 1: “Why must Christians denounce white supremacy and                                       embrace a gospel vision for antiracism?”
      February 8: “How can Christian educators cultivate values that
                            challenge white supremacy?”

Contact the church office (518-449-7332 or in advance to sign up, obtain the video link and obtain the zoom link.  Participants will be asked to view a 1-hour webinar at home before each gathering. On the Wednesday evenings, we will watch a related 30 minute Q & A segment together and then discuss.



What has God called us to do with all that is entrusted to us? God calls us to be good stewards, and that means making investments that are consistent with our values as well as pushing corporations to be better global citizens. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) does both, and this webinar will be your opportunity to learn more.

During this webinar, you’ll hear from Mission Responsibility through Investment, which pushes companies to be better global citizens, and New Covenant Trust Company at the Presbyterian Foundation, which offers socially responsible investments. NCTC will also look back on the economic themes driving markets in 2022 and share some tips for investors heading into what may be an uncertain year in 2023.

Speakers include:

  • Rev. Kerri N. Allen, Chair of MRTI
  • Rob Fohr, Director of Faith-Based Investing and Corporate Engagement for the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. (PCUSA)
  • Rev. Jihyun Oh, New Covenant Trust Company Board Member
  • Greg Rousos, President and CEO, New Covenant Trust Company
  • James Carey, Director of Investment & Portfolio Management Services, New Covenant Trust Company

Time: January 31, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. EST


Youth News

Sunday, January 29

Congregational Meeting immediately following worship.

**Youth who have been confirmed are members of First Pres and have Voice and Vote in this meeting!** Exercise your vote!

Sunday, February 5

10:30am Joint Worship w FOCUS Churches

12-2pm Lunch and Program on the 2nd floor


Sunday Feb 19

12-2pm Lunch and Program on the 2nd floor

January Birthdays

Araglin Kite                                             
John Cheu                                           
Mackenzie Robinson                                     
Neelam Mathias                                           
Mason Kite                                       
Eliza Ruth Clermont     
If your birthday is this month and it's not listed, please let Jamie know so we can update our records. 


Tuesday, 1/24     9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                            6:30pm   FOCUS Board Meeting

Wednes., 1/25    7:00pm   Dismantling Racism, Building Racial
                                           Justice in Institutions

Thurs., 1/26        7:00am   Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
Albany Presbytery Meeting via zoom
                            7:00pm   Soloist/ Choir Rehearsal

 Sunday, 1/29     9:15am   Preschool Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education 
                            9:15am   Adult Education
                            9:15am   Inquirers’ Class
                            9:30am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
                          10:30am   Worship Service
                                           In-Person/Livestream on Facebook
                          11:45am   Annual Meeting followed by Fellowship Time

Tuesday, 1/31     9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                            7:30pm   Legacy Giving Subcommittee Meeting

Wednes., 2/1      7:00pm   Dismantling Racism, Building Racial
                                           Justice in Institutions

Thurs., 2/2         7:00am   Men's Bible Study
                            7:00pm   Soloist/ Choir Rehearsal

 Sunday, 2/5       9:15am   Preschool Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education 
                            9:15am   Adult Education
                            9:30am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
                          10:30am   FOCUS Winter Worship Service
                                           In-Person/Livestream on Facebook
                          11:45am   Fellowship Time
                          12:00pm   Youth group

Tuesday, 2/7       9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                          12:00pm   Staff Meeting
                            5:30pm   Outreach Committee Meeting
                            5:30pm   Property Committee Meeting
                            5:30pm   Worship Committee Meeting
                            6:30pm   Membership Committee Meeting
                            7:30pm   Christian Education Committee Meeting
                            7:30pm   Social Justice & Peacemaking Committee Meeting
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