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Events this weekend

Saturday, February 26
Service of Witness to the Resurrection 
 Betty Curtis
in the sanctuary at 11:00am
and livestream on Facebook, 
click here to connect on Saturday.
Handicapped parking is available in our parking lot. 



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Join us Sunday, February 27,
for education, worship and fellowship!
 
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Adult Education at 9:00 am
The Adult  Education class this Sunday concludes its Black History Month observance with a class on Timbuctoo. In the mid 1800's, New York State law dictated that African-Americans must own at least $250 in real estate or a house in order to obtain the right to vote. Determined to help would-be voters secure this right, abolitionists divided 120,000 acres of untouched land and granted them to three thousand African-Americans living in New York State.


Children's Education at 9:15am 
Join us via Zoom (links below)
 
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 Worship Service at 10:30am.
Join us for worship together IN-PERSON
and via livestream on Facebook.
The Rev. Al Meadows from Walls Temple A.M.E. Zion
church 
will be our guest speaker for Black History Month.



Click here to connect on Sunday.
You will find the bulletin for Sunday here.

Note: We ask that everyone over 2 years of age
wear a high-filtration mask (KN95, KF94)
and will provide them at the door for all who need them.

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After the service, join us for Fellowship Time
 in Assembly Hall.
Come & enjoy conversation with one another!

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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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Lent at FPC

Join us on March 2, at 7:00pm
for our ASH WEDNESDAY worship service:
in-person and livestreaming on Facebook.
Here is the bulletin and here is the FB link.

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During Lent help to create APRIL SHOWERS
of welcome and appreciation
each Sunday in Assembly Hall.
Create a card of welcome and love
that will be given in APRIL to guests at
the FOCUS Breakfast program.
Create a card of thanks and appreciation
for a healthcare worker,
which we’ll deliver in APRIL to area hospitals.

You can create these cards at home as well
and drop them off at the church.
We’re hoping for lots of showers!

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Join us online each Wednesday during Lent,

March 9, 16, 23, 30 and April 6,
for Taizé worship at 6:00 p.m.
We will livestream the service on Facebook.
The link will be in next Thursday's eblast
and here is the bulletin.

Our traditional Taizé services 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

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Finger Labyrinth Walks and Meditations occur each Thursday through April 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, March 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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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 
 

 

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Join Together And Sing!

From its beginning, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival has been anchored in the cultural arts! Music and art sustains  and supports us, just as we sustain and support each other.

In this same spirit, the NYS PPC Arts and Culture Team is hosting a Movement-wide gathering that will be part base building, part sharing, and 100% uplifting!

Whether you’re new to the Movement, or have been here since its beginning, come out and join us.

No matter where you come from, where you’ve been, or the body in which you live, our time together promises to build you up for the days ahead.

As We Lift Our Voices, So We Lift Each Other!

RSVP Here

 

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It’s Movement Time: An Introduction to the Poor People’s Campaign.

What is the Poor People’s Campaign? What is the movement we are building? And why is this movement time? 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.

RSVP Here

Opportunities

Please fill out your Time and Talent card

and return to the church.
Surface mail to FPC, 362 State St. Albany, NY 12210
Take a photo of this sheet or scan and send to
Jamie in the Church Office 

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The Youth are updating their space on the 2nd floor! Help us out with skills or donations! Do you have building or design skills? Do you sew? (hoping to make pillows out of youth musical T-shirts!!)  Please contact Molly via email or text/call if you can help.

Donations of gently used items requested:

Area rugs
Plants
Hanging contraptions for plants
Individual seating (bean bags, gaming chairs, comfortable armchairs)
Old throw pillows to upcycle
Floor cushions  

A Message from Social Justice & Peacemaking Committee

In honor of Black History Month, the Post Office has issued a commemorative stamp in honor of the sculptor Edmonia Lewis. Ms. Lewis is a local. She was born in 1844 in Rensselaer County and went to school in Albany. She first established herself as a professional artist in Boston. In1865 she moved to Rome. Italy where she began to work in marble and earned wide recognition for her work. She died in London in 1907 but her work lives on in many museums including 8 pieces in the Smithsonian. The SJ&P Committee encourages you to purchase her stamps at your local post office.

A Message from
The Black History Month Committee

Black History Month is a time to celebrate food! We at First Pres usually have a sit down lunch together. We can't do that this year, but we can celebrate the variety of food in the African American community and support two highly praised and well known local blackowned businesses. How about traditional southern African American food: fried chicken, mac and cheese, cornbread? Then try Allie B's Cozy Kitchen, on Clinton Ave. Or try African, Asian and Caribbean inspired food prepared by Umana's Restaurant, on Washington Ave. Try both!! Your tastebuds will thank you! They both do takeout. Information and menus are on their websites.

Youth Group News

😢 Sad news regarding Triennium: 😢

COVID-19 cancels 2022 Presbyterian Youth Triennium





Read more here: COVID-19 cancels 2022 Presbyterian Youth Triennium

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In-person Youth Gathering Resumes this Sun 2/27 5-7pm.
All youth in 6th-12th grades are invited to meet in the
youth room on the second floor.
Dinner will be served
Details on COVID protocols and directions here.

 

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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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Calendar

Thurs., 2/24      7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                         12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                           7:00pm   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal

Saturday, 2/26 11:00am   Service of Witness to the Resurrection for
                                           Betty Curtis

 Sunday, 2/27      9:00am   Adult Education via Zoom
                            9:15am   Children’s Education via Zoom
                            9:30am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
                          10:30am   Worship Service In-Person/Livestream on
                                           Facebook
                          11:30am   Fellowship Time
                            5:00pm   Youth Gathering (6th through 12th grade)

Monday, 2/28    1:00pm   Covenant Group

Tuesday, 3/1       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
                            7:30pm   Christian Education Committee Meeting
                            7:30pm   Social Justice & Peacemaking Committee Meeting

Wednes., 3/2      7:00pm   Ash Wednesday Service 
                                          In-Person/Livestream on Facebook


Thurs., 3/3        7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                         12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                           6:30pm   Anti- Racism Task Force
                           7:00pm   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal

 Sunday, 3/6       9:00am   Adult Education via Zoom
                            9:15am   Children’s Education via Zoom
                            9:30am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
                          10:30am   Worship Service In-Person/Livestream on
                                           Facebook
                          11:30am   Fellowship Time
                            5:00pm   Youth Gathering (6th through 12th grade)
                            7:30pm   Administration Committee Meeting

Tuesday, 3/8       9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                          11:30am   Clergy Meeting  


Wednes., 3/9       6:00pm   Taizé services Livestream on Facebook
                             7:00pm   SWAT Team
                             7:00pm   Dads' Small Group

Thurs., 3/3        7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                         12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                           6:30pm   General Meeting of Capital Region
                                          Poor People’s Campaign

                           7:00pm   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
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