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Lent at FPC

As a Lenten devotional discipline this year,
you are invited to pray with Scripture
as a way of discerning what God
is calling you to be and to do
during this season.
Here are the daily devotions.
Here are hymns which are used with Sundays’ devotions.
If you would like a printed copy of this devotion,
please email or call the church office (518-439-7492).
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Beginning on Ash Wednesday, February 17,
and continuing for other Wednesdays in Lent
(February 24, March 3, 10, 17 and 24)
join us for Taizé worship at 6:00 p.m.
We will livestream the service on Facebook.
Here is the link and here is the bulletin.
    Please bring a bit of ash, dirt or oil with you for the service.
Our traditional Taizé services will include simple, meditative songs,
scripture, prayer and silence.  The liturgy for these services originated
with the Taizé community founded in France in 1940.
This community is an ecumenical, intentional community
with a twofold purpose:  to seek communion with God
through personal prayer and the beauty of community prayer;
and also be a leaven of peace and trust in the midst of humanity.
Come spend time listening to God and be renewed for your journey.

Come Join In!

Hello! 2020 was a difficult year,
and I’m sure we were all changed by it.
Just to make sure that we all recognize each other
when we worship in person again,
we thought it would be a great idea to update our photo directory!
What do we need?
Fresh, new pictures that show the new you
and updated contact information.
You have lots of options!
Have you transformed during quarantine?
Send in a brand-new picture to Jamie.
Do you like one of the pictures
that you sent in for Pentecost or Christmas?
Let Jamie know in an email.
Would you like someone else to take a fresh picture?
Contact Ray Henrikson via email or call at 518-533-7441.
Please send your pictures as soon as possible!
(But definitely by March 2.)

Review of Antiracism resource

Resource: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Reviewed by: Rachel Smith
Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy, is the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative and, subsequently, a renowned speaker.  From his days as a young lawyer in the South through the growth of the EJI and his own development, he relates personal interactions with those he serves, primarily inmates on death row.  The book covers his efforts for justice for all:  children, women, and others on the fringes of society as he succinctly includes much about judicial systems throughout the country. The tone of his writing is so warm and intimate that you feel as if he could be your best friend.  It’s an enticing book for any time but it is especially relevant during Black History Month.  Look for it in your local library or bookstore and you’re guaranteed a fascinating read.
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.




Coop BLM Virtual Art Exhibit


The new two-part documentary series, 
The Black Church: This is our Story, This is our Song, 
begins this evening.
The film explores the 400 year old history of the Black Church and reveals how the community has worshipped and, through their spiritual journeys, found ways to bring their faith traditions from Africa to the New World.  
Tuesday, February 16, 9:00 -11:00 pm
The Black Church: This is our Story, This is our Song Part 1 
Wednesday, February 17, 9:00 – 11:00 pm
The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song Part 2
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The Adult Class Black History Month Opportunities Sunday via zoom
February 21 at 11:15 – Frank Keetz on the Negro Baseball League
Local baseball historian Frank M. Leetz has literally written  the book on The Mohawk Colored Giants of Schenectady. It is a story of the history of Negro League baseball in the Capital Region. There was a special on WMHT on the topic in the late 2010s, in which Frank was interviewed. Frank will be speaking for the FPC Adult Education class at a SPECIAL TIME, Sunday, February 21, at 11:15 a.m. He’ll discuss the team’s impact on the area, as well as stories of other standouts from the area like Edsall Walker. Walker was born in Catskill, played ball in Albany and then moved on to play for one of the most famous Negro League teams, the Homestead Grays, alongside baseball legends like Josh Gibson, Cool Papa Bell, and many others. Frank Leetz was a High School social studies teacher for 38 years.
February 28 at 8:45 – Discussion of The Color of Law

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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 is an opportunity for education and advocacy:

February 16, 6:30pm, General Organizing Meeting
Our general organizing meeting will be Tuesday, February 16th at 6:30pm on Zoom. We meet every month, on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, to learn together, strategize, and advance our work building the movement for justice. RSVP here and share the Facebook event!
At this meeting we'll be discussing various dimensions to the healthcare crisis and why the NYSPPC has decided to focus on housing and healthcare as organizing issues to unite our class.
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We will continue to offer an online Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation on Thursdays during Lent 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 for Thursday, February 18, 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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LibertyCon 2021
Freedom Road: the Struggle for Justice Continues
The 19th annual public history conference organized by
Underground Railroad Education Center
The first in a ten month series -
The Kidnapping Club: Wall Street, Slavery, and Resistance on the the Eve of the Civil War
Saturday, February 27 at 3:00pm eastern time - click here for information and registration
Engage with nationally known activists, authors and  researchers in this monthly series of virtual presentations with moderated conversation focusing on the nation’s unprecedented and long overdue examination of systemic racism in America from 3:00pm-4:30pm on Saturdays in 2021.
Complete Details with Registration Information are available at
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 As part of the First Presbyterian Black History Month celebration,
the congregation always enjoyed the annual luncheon.
Unfortunately, things are different this year due to COVID.
 In lieu of the luncheon, the Black History Month Committee has compiled
 recipes from members of the Committee and friends.
The BHM Committee has also created a list of black-owned restaurants
for your use and reference.
We’d like to encourage all of you to make use of this list
to support these restaurants and food businesses during this difficult time.
We also hope you will enjoy these recipes
to try out at home during this month and beyond.
Stay tuned for further information regarding
a possible Zoom gathering in March
for fellowship and discussion about the recipes and meals
we have enjoyed from these collections.

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Education and Spiritual Formation each Sunday
Adult Education at 8:45am–9:45am (11:15-12:15 on 2/21)
Children’s Education at 9:15am–9:45am
Virtual Youth Group at 11:00am
Find the Zoom links in Thursday’s eblast.



Tuesday, 2/16    9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                           7:00pm   Session Meeting   

Wednes., 2/17  10:00am   Woman to Woman Small Group
                           6:00pm   Ash Wednesday Taizé service (livestreamed on FB)

Thurs., 2/18       7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                            4:30pm   Anti-Racism Task Force

Sunday, 2/21      8:45am    Adult Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education  
                          10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                          11:00am   Virtual Youth Group    

Monday, 2/22    1:00pm    Covenant Group
                            6:00pm   Hymn Recording

Tuesday, 2/23    9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                           6:30pm   FOCUS Board   

Wednes., 2/24    6:00pm   Taizé service (livestreamed on FB)
                            7:00pm   Women's Small Group
                            7:00pm   Dads' Small Group

Thurs., 2/25       7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                            7:30pm   Chancel Choir Virtual Meeting

Sunday, 2/28      8:45am    Adult Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education  
                          10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                          11:00am   Virtual Youth Group

                            1:00pm   YG to volunteer at the Foodbank

Tuesday, 3/2       9:00am   Men's Bible Study

Wednes., 3/3     11:00am   Staff Meeting
                            6:00pm   Taizé service (livestreamed on FB)

******* All meetings will be held via Zoom.*******
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Contact info: please use this number 518-439-7492 (instead of church phone)

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