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Christmas Worship
Join us for in-person and live streaming worship services!

Join us Christmas Eve, December 24
In-person and livestreaming
Prelude Music begins at 7:15pm
A Service of Lessons and Carols at 7:30pm
 
Please enter via door on Willett St by the ramp.
Doors open at 6:45. Masks required.
We continue to social distance
 and will have overflow seating in Assembly Hall.
Join us in-person or on Facebook.

Click here to connect on Christmas Eve.
You will find the Christmas Eve bulletin Eve here.
 
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Join us Christmas Day, December 25
Worship Service at 11am
Livestreaming on Facebook only.
 
Join us (even in your pjs!) for worship – lots of carol singing,
scripture lessons, a story sermon and prayers.

Click here to connect on Christmas morning.
You will find the Christmas Day bulletin here.
 
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Join us the 2nd Day of Christmas, December 26
Worship Service provided by
The Synod of the Northeast
 https://www.synodne.org/christmastide-worship

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Sunday, January 2, Ninth Day of Christmas

10:30am Worship Service
In-person and Livestreaming on Facebook
11:30am Fellowship Time



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

Opportunities

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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Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is ready to help tornado and storm victims. If you'd like to provide a donation, gifts can be made online at pcusa.org/DT21, by phone at (800) 872-3283, or by check using the below reply device. You can also text PDA to 41444 to donate.
 

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Finger Labyrinth Walks and Meditations occur each Thursday in December 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, December 23, 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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Assistance for Refugees from Afghanistan

Since the month of November, more than 150 Afghan evacuees have arrived in Albany.  They are being welcomed and supported by USCRI-Albany (US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants – Albany), the official agency that settles refugees in the Capital Region. While each family receives an initial stipend for the first month’s rent and utilities, your donations to USCRI-Albany will help provide funding for these families’ other basic needs during these first weeks and months. 
 
On-line donations can be sent to USCRI Albany through this link: 
DONATE- USCRI Albany - USCRI (refugees.org)
Donations can be sent by mail to:
USCRI-Albany
99 Pine Street, Suite 101
Albany, NY  12207

 
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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:

Large TV to hang on wall (that works with Roku),
Roku, 
wall mount for large TV,
Area rugs,
Plants and/or hanging contraptions for plants,
Individual seating (bean bags, gaming chairs, comfortable arm chairs),
Cushions for floor sitting.

 

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2021 BOOKS CLOSING Friday, Jan 7, 2022     
All reimbursement requests must be in by Tuesday, Jan 4, 2022 

Youth Group News

High school youth gatherings are TBD for the rest of the year. Please text Molly at (518) 810-3158 to indicate if you/ your youth is available Sunday Jan 2.

A Message from Social Justice & Peacemaking Committee

Gift giving time is here! It is also a time to think about all that wrapping paper, bags and bows. The December issue of Real Simple magazine offers several easy ideas for recycling: Avoid buying bags, balloons, and bows made of polyester film, do the quick scrunch test-if you crumple paper and it bounces back, it likely cannot be recycled and think about buying wrapping paper that includes recycled materials. Click here to find more information about recycling during the Christmas season.

The little things we do are just as important as the big ones.

Looking Ahead
January Book Group


FOCUS Churches Book Study
Stride Toward Freedom
Wednesdays in January 2022
7:00-8:30 p.m.
 
 Please join us for a four-part conversation on Stride   Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, Martin Luther King's classic account of the first successful large-scale act of nonviolent resistance in America: the Montgomery bus boycott.  A young Dr. King wrote Stride Toward Freedom just 2 years after the successful completion of the boycott. In his memoir about the event, he tells the stories that informed his radical political thinking before, during, and after the boycott—from first witnessing economic injustice as a teenager and watching his parents experience discrimination to his decision to begin working with the NAACP. Throughout, he reflects on how his Christian faith inspired and sustained his activism, and how his activism shaped his faith.
 
Structured conversation will be facilitated by Joe Paparone, who is the Lead Organizer for the Labor-Religion Coalition and a long-time friend of FOCUS.
January 5 – the context of Montgomery and integration in 1955
January 12 – nonviolence and social change
January 19 – the role of faith communities
January 26 – King’s development between Montgomery and the Poor People’s Campaign


Books may be purchased through  the Open Door Bookstore in Schenectady. (opendoor-bookstore.com) or may be available through your local library.
We'll meet on Zoom, Wednesday evenings in January, from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Advance Registration required. Click here

Calendar

Tuesday, 12/21   9:00am   Men’s Bible Study via zoom

Wednes., 12/22   7:00pm   Dads' Small Group

Thurs., 12/23     Pastor Glenn's 60th Birthday!!!
                            7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                            7:15pm   Soloist Rehearsal

Friday, 12/24     6:00pm   Musicians Rehearsal
                            7:15pm   Christmas Eve Service Musical Prelude
                                           In-Person/Livestream on Facebook
                            7:30pm   Christmas Eve Service In-Person/Livestream
                                           on Facebook

Saturday, 12/25 11:00am   Christmas Worship Livestream on Facebook

Sunday, 12/26    10:30am   Virtual Worship Service provided by
                                             The Synod of the Northeast 
                                             https://www.synodne.org/christmastide-worship

Monday, 12/27                   Office Closed
                             1:00pm   Covenant Group

Tuesday, 12/28    9:00am   Men’s Bible Study via zoom 

Thurs., 12/30      7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)      
 

Sunday, 1/2        9:45am   Soloists Rehearsal
                          10:30am   In-Person Worship Service and
                                           Live Streaming Worship Service on Facebook
                          11:30am   Fellowship Time

Tuesday, 1/4        9:00am   Men’s Bible Study via zoom
                            
                             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 Committee Meeting
                             7:30pm   Social Justice & Peacemaking Committee
                                            Meeting

 
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