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A message from
Stewardship Committee

“But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly?  For all things come from thee, and of thy own have we given thee”
(1 Chronicles 29:14)
King David, addressing the assembled people of Israel, praised God and acknowledged that all gifts stem from God’s abundant bounty.  Generations later, the Apostle Peter encouraged the hearers of his First Epistle to employ the gifts received by God by using those gifts to serve others.  As Jesus instructed, we are at our greatest when we are servants of all.  What gifts do you have?  How can those gifts be used to serve others – both those within and without our First Presbyterian community?
This fall, the Stewardship Committee invites you to prayerfully consider the gifts you have received from God and how those gifts may be used to serve others in 2023. 


Join us on Sunday mornings!
9:15-10:15 Education Classes
Godly Play Preschool Class (age 3 thru pre-k)
Children’ Education Class (K thru grade 5)
Adult Education Class
9:30am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
10:30 Worship: in-person and livestreaming on Facebook
11:30 Fellowship Time



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.


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, 9/27     9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                            6:30pm   FOCUS Board Meeting

Thursday 9/29    7:00am   Men's Bible Study
                             6:00pm   Handbell Choir Rehearsal
                             7:00pm   Choir/Soloists Rehearsal

Sunday, 10/2      9:15am   Preschool Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education 
                            9:15am   Adult Education
                            9:30am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
                          10:30am   Worship Service
                                           In-Person/Livestream on Facebook
                          11:30am   Fellowship Time

 Tuesday, 10/4    9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                          12:00pm   Staff Meeting
                            5:30pm   Outreach & Mission Committee Meeting
                            5:30pm   Property Committee Meeting
                            5:30pm   Worship Committee Meeting
                            6:30pm   Membership Committee Meeting
                            7:30pm   Christian Education Committee
                            7:30pm   Social Justice & Peacemaking Committee Meeting

Thursday 10/6    7:00am   Men's Bible Study
                             6:00pm   Handbell Choir Rehearsal
                             7:00pm   Choir/Soloists Rehearsal

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

Monday, 10/10                  Office Closed
                            1:00pm   Covenant Group

 Tuesday, 10/11   9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                          11:30am   Clergy Meeting
                            6:30pm   Anti-Racism Task Force

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