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Special Announcement 

Due to the high number of COVID infections,
we are pausing our  in-person worship
for Sunday, January 23.
Join us for worship together at 10:30am
via livestreaming on Facebook
Here is the link to the service,
and you can find the bulletin here.

Worship on January 30 will be 10:30
via livestreaming on Facebook
with Congregational Meetings via Zoom after worship.

Events this weekend

Join us online Sunday, January 23
for education, worship AND FELLOWSHIP
 
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Adult Education at 9:00 am
Youth Education at 9:00am
Children's Education at 9:15am 
Join us via Zoom 
 
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 Worship Service at 10:30am.
Join us for worship together
via livestreaming on Facebook
Click here to connect on Sunday.
You will find the bulletin for Sunday here.
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 FELLOWSHIP TIME at 11:45am.
Join us via Zoom link
 While we aren’t gathering at the church,
we still gather AS the church!
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Please send any prayer requests to Glenn 
so that we can include them in worship on Sunday.

Offering of Our Gifts
You can mail offering to: FPC, 362 State St, Albany, NY 12210
Or go online to donate (www.firstpresalbany.org/donate/)
Thank you for your continued support of FPC ministries.

 

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Congregational Meetings – January 30

Please plan to attend these important meetings as we’ll be celebrating our ministry in 2021 and talking about plans for First Pres’ future. 
 
The Session has called the congregation to meet on January 30 via Zoom link here at 11:45am for a special meeting of the Congregation and Corporation of First Presbyterian Church for the purpose of approving changes in the Bylaws of First Presbyterian Church which will allow for virtual meetings and electronic notice of meetings.
 
Click here for the text of those changes
 
The Session has called the congregation to meet via Zoom link here on Sunday, January 30, at 11:50am for the Annual Meeting of the Congregation and Corporation of First Presbyterian Church for the purpose of 1) receiving 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, 2021, for information, 3) receiving 2022 budget for information, and 4) voting on changes in terms of call of co-pastors.  
 
Glenn and Miriam Lawrence Leupold, Moderators of Session
Mary Rogers, Clerk of Session

Opportunities

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If you need a COVID-⁠19 test now, please see other testing resources for free testing locations in your area.

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Do you remember seeing pictures of many of our congregation before and after worship on the Facebook livestream service? This was popular, and we'd like to "see" you again. Please send a selfie or have someone take your picture and send it to Jamie in the church office TODAY! Make sure you identify yourself as you like to be call and include family member names if you want those included. 

We hope all of you will participate, and if you want to include some of your Christmas decorations as backdrop, we would like that too (although not necessary). Looking forward to truly "seeing" you all!

 

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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 General Meetings of the Capital Region Poor People’s Campaign are moving to the third Thursday of each month, so this month will be January 20th, 6:30pm. You can RSVP for call info here.


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Saturday, January 22, 10:30am - It's Movement Time: An Introduction to the Poor People's Campaign - RSVP Here

Join us as we discuss the history of the Poor People’s Campaign from 1968 to today, the strategies and structure of the campaign and their importance, and our local and statewide efforts. We will engage in conversation to identify ways we are all affected by the interlocking evils and explore ways we can work together to further our fight against these systems oppression and lift from the bottom. Whether you don’t know much about the Poor People’s Campaign or have been with us for a while, join us for this important conversation to move forward together.
 

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A conversation with Alice Green, a champion of the marginalized and powerless in New York’s Capital Region since the 1960s

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 25

Page Hall

135 Western Avenue on the University at Albany downtown campus.

The event is free and open to the public. Masks required for all attendees.

Alice Green will discuss her new memoir, We Who Believe in Freedom: Activism and the Struggle for Social Justice, with Writers Institute Director Paul Grondahl, author of the book’s foreword and a journalist who has covered her singular career for more than three decades.

A leading local activist and organizer addressing a variety of social issues, including racial justice, prison reform, voter equality, and community policing, she holds multiple degrees from UAlbany, including a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, and is the founder and executive director of Albany’s Center for Law and Justice.

The program is co-sponsored by The Women’s Institute at Russell Sage College.

More information about this event at https://www.nyswritersinstitute.org/alicegreen-2022

The event kicks off the NYS Writers Institute’s 39th season of bringing literary luminaries and creative artists to the Capital Region. More than 20 events will be presented throughout the spring season, including the 2nd annual Albany Film Festival on Saturday, April 2.

More information to be announced next week.

Important reminder: All events are subject to change. We will post updates on https://www.nyswritersinstitute.org/ and via our mailing list.
 


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Join Us in January to Mobilize for the Environment
New York State has become a leader in the care of Creation by passage of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act in 2019.  Join us on January 25 at 11 AM to 3 PM at the NYS Capitol underground concourse for the Climate Can’t Wait Mobilization Rally.  We are asking the Governor and Legislature to prioritize climate in the 2022 budget so that NYS can move forward in climate and environmental remediation.  For more information, go to our Events page at www.capitalcreationcare.org.  
 
 
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Finger Labyrinth Walks and Meditations resume each Thursday in 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 for Thursday, February 3, 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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Would you like to help run the audio-visual systems during the church service? You would control the soundboard, which broadcasts the audio throughout the sanctuary and the Internet broadcasting software that delivers the Facebook livestream. And, of course, you'd receive full training. 

Our team shares these duties so that your commitment would be between 8 - 12 Sundays per year. 

If interested, please contact Dwight Cheu at dwightcheu@gmail.com. We also welcome high school students too -- this would be a great introduction to audio and video broadcasting.
 
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The Youth are updating their space on the 2nd floor! We are looking for donations of gently used items to update & refresh the space. Please contact Molly or 518-810-3158 if you have any of the following to donate:

Area rugs,
Plants and/or hanging contraptions for plants,
Individual seating (bean bags, gaming chairs, comfortable arm chairs),
Cushions for floor sitting.

Youth Group News

Our MLK Day of Solidarity & Service 
PHOTO CHALLENGE 
is still ON!!
Please send Molly a photo of what you’re doing to be of SERVICE to our community, and/or being in SOLIDARITY with the poor & dispossessed. 
Whether or not it happened yesterday on MLK day. We’re continuing this movement 365 anyway, so send in your photo!  (Dorothy currently holds the record for quickest photo reply). 


 
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NEW In-Person Safety Requirements

 

Sunday evening gatherings will resume for all youth in 6th-12th grades.  In order to attend, you must have proof of vaccination and be symptom free. Please email or text Molly your proof of vaccination. Masking is required in the building, with new First Pres mask requirements in effect. We will provide KN95 masks if you need one. Eating is suspended for the time being so we can keep masks on the entire time. We have updated air filtration units in rooms throughout the building. Please enter through the office door off the parking lot, and make sure to sign in for contact tracing.  

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Sign up for Text Reminders 

 

 

All youth and parents, if you haven't already, please sign up for text alerts! 

Text @mdowellb to 81010 

 

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Triennium info

 

Please review your 2022 summer calendar and let Molly know if your high school youth (rising 9th grader to graduating 12th grader) can join us! Mdowellbaum@firstpresalbany.org
 
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Calendar

Thurs., 1/20        7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                             6:30pm   General Meeting of Capital Region Poor
                                            People’s Campaign
                            7:00pm   Soloist/ Choir Rehearsal

Saturday, 1/22  10:00am   Albany Presbytery Meeting

Sunday, 1/23      9:00am   Adult Education via Zoom
                            9:00am   Youth Education via Zoom
                            9:15am   Children’s Education via Zoom
                          10:30am   Worship Service Live Stream on Facebook 
                          11:45am   Fellowship Time via Zoom
                            5:00pm   High School Youth Gathering 

Monday, 1/24     1:00pm   Covenant Group

Tuesday, 1/25      9:00am   Men’s Bible Study via zoom
                           11:00am   Mobilize for the Environment              
                             6:30pm   FOCUS Board

Wednes., 1/26      6:30pm   SWAT Team
                             7:00pm   Dads' Small Group
                             7:00pm    FOCUS Book Study

Thurs., 1/27        7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                             7:00pm   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal

Saturday, 1/29    1:00pm   Session Retreat

Sunday, 1/30      9:00am   Adult Education via Zoom
                            9:00am   Youth Education via Zoom
                            9:15am   Children’s Education via Zoom
                          10:30am   Worship Service Livestream on
                                           Facebook
                          11:45am   Special Congregational Meeting via Zoom
                          11:50am   Annual Congregational Meeting via Zoom
                            5:00pm   High School Youth Gathering

Tuesday, 2/1       9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                          12:30pm   Staff Meeting
                           5:30pm   Membership Committee Meeting
                           5:30pm   Outreach & Mission Committee Meeting
                           5:30pm   Property Committee Meeting
                           5:30pm   Worship Committee Meeting
                           7:30pm   Christian Education Committees 
                           7:30pm   Social Justice & Peacemaking Committee Meeting

Thurs., 2/3         7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                           7:00pm   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal

 
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