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Thank You!

The Membership Committee thanks everyone who joined together for First Pres's joyful Sabbatical Celebration last Sunday.  It was such a wonderful and happy occasion to welcome the return of Co-pastors Miriam and Glenn and to thank Pastor Amaury for serving as our Sabbatical pastor!  About 100 members and friends attended the picnic in our parking lot, feasted on sandwiches, shortbread cookies, and ice cream, chatted with each other, and played games. 

It took the work of many people to host this celebration, and the committee sincerely thanks everyone who helped out.  We especially want to recognize Paloma Luisi, Jamie Mamone, Dwight Cheu, and Owen Gilbo and the Property Committee for making the plan a reality. 

With sincere appreciation, 
The Membership Committee - Ray Henrikson, David Hinchen, Jessica Lamson, Kelsey Mayo, Kate Pruzek, Roseline Takor, and Carol Green (chair)


Advocacy Work

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 


Join us on Thursday September 15th at 6:30pm for a Capital Region Poor People's Campaign Organizing Meeting! This month we'll be meeting on Zoom only, not in-person.

Call info will be sent after you RSVP.

The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is bringing together people across the country who are organizing to build a broad and deep national moral movement — led by the poor, impacted, clergy and moral agents and reflecting the great moral teachings — to unite our country from the bottom up. Continue Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s work confronting the interlocking evils of systemic racism, poverty, militarism, and ecological devastation.

Learn more about this campaign and how you can take part!
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Looking for Some Fellowship Time?

 Join other First Pres members at a safe gathering!

If you’re interested in hosting
a porch, patio or deck time at your home,
please contact the church office with details.


The Outreach and Mission Committee is looking for several individuals to join our 6 on 6 dialogue team that will be meeting with representatives from the Walls Temple AME Zion congregation. Meetings will be held monthly to foster understanding, cooperation and mutual ministry support. For further information, please contact Debra or Eric Fagans ( Pastor Alphonso Meadows of Walls Temple has led worship at First Presbyterian as part of our Black History Month observance and participated in our Advent Carol sing-alongs.


Handbell Choir Returns

Bell Choir rehearsals will resume Thursday, September 15, at 6:00pm in the sanctuary.  We are looking for several new members for what is a very unique and fun musical experience.  Experience ringing bells is not necessary, however, the ability to read music, especially rhythm and counting, and  follow a score is required. 

We perform for occasional Sunday worship services, Christmas Eve service and  possibly for First Friday programs.  Regular attendance at rehearsals is expected.  We will, of course, observe COVID protocols as required.  If you are interested in joining us, please contact Jack Holmes via email at  I would like to hear from returning members as well.  



FELLOWSHIP TIME:  We're pleased to announce that Fellowship Time is once again being held either in Assembly Hall or outside on Willett St. following the Sunday Worship Service. The Hospitality Team Coordinator Deacon David Hinchen is organizing this effort. As we no longer have a custodian and are no longer relying on flocks to oversee this task, we're seeking members of the congregation to assist with making coffee, bringing snacks, setting up and putting things away.  If you're available on any upcoming Sundays, please contact:

David Hinchen
(518) 489-1854 (call or text)

On October 3rd at 7pm, The Wizard’s Wardrobe will hold its Annual Readers Theatre at Cap Rep. The readers this year will include Alice Green and Paul Grondahl, along with the Children at the Well and others. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online through the website (, under "Latest News.” The theme for presentations this year is “Hope for Changing Times.” Casey Seiler, Editor of the Times Union, will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Our new chief operating officer, Diane Brown, will have a few words, also.

September Birthdays

Nancy Frank                                  Arthur Iyok
 9/1                                                   9/12  
Cenzi Brynolfson                           Rev. Shannon Vance-Ocampo
 9/1                                                   9/16  
Sarah Mackinski                           Heidi Iyok   
 9/2                                                   9/19  
Jessica Lamson                              Sofia Ocampo-Vance
9/2                                                    9/23 
Susan Haney                                  Ron Geuther
9/4                                                    9/26 
Sophia Yashib                                Joanne Gascoyne
 9/4                                                  9/27
Ann Hannay                                  Margaret Lamar King
9/6                                                   9/28 
Jeff Jacques                                   Susan Gierthy
9/7                                                   9/29
Sara Foss                                       Alison Stonbely
9/8                                                   9/29
Tara Lindsley                                Kevin Fuscus
9/9                                                   9/29
Bill Clark
Mark Gerling

If your birthday is this month and it's not listed, please let Jamie know so we can update our records. 


Tuesday, 9/13      6:30pm   Anti-Racism Task Force

Thursday 9/15    7:00am   Men's Bible Study
                             6:00pm   Handbell Choir Rehearsal
                             6:30pm   General Meeting of Capital Region
                                            Poor People’s Campaign
                             7:15pm   Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, 9/18       9:15am   Intergenerational Event 
                            9:30am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
                          10:30am   Worship Service
                                           In-Person/Livestream on Facebook
                          11:30am   Fellowship Time

Tuesday, 9/20     9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                            7:00pm   Session Meeting

Wednes., 9/21   10:00am   Women to Women Small Group

Thursday 9/22    7:00am   Men's Bible Study
                             6:00pm   Handbell Choir Rehearsal
                             7:15pm   Choir/Soloists Rehearsal

Sunday, 9/25       9:15am   Adult Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education 
                            9:15am   Preschool Education
                            9:30am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
                          10:30am   Worship Service
                                           In-Person/Livestream on Facebook
                          11:30am   Fellowship Time
                          12:00pm   Legacy Giving Lunch

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