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Events This Weekend


Join us on Sunday, May 2
 
Adult Education at 8:45 am
Join us as we explore the gospel of Luke.
All are welcome! Join us via zoom (invite below) at 8:45!
 
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Sunday School for Children at 9:15am 
Pre-K through 5th Graders:
Join for singing, Bible story, conversation and prayer.
Who will our storyteller be this week?!?
Join us via zoom (invite below) at 9:15!
If you would like to join any of our zoom meetings please contact 
Miriam or Glenn

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Worship Service at 10am.
We will be live streaming on Facebook.
Click here to connect on Sunday.
(additional information below, if needed)
You will find the bulletin for Sunday here.
Communion is being celebrated. You are invited to bring something
to eat and something to drink when you join us for on-line worship.
Using elements familiar to them,
Jesus used bread and wine for his Last Supper with his disciples.
If you’re unable to have juice and bread,
bring something familiar to you.

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.



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Virtual Youth Group- 6th graders-12th graders - at 11am/after worship
During this time of Spiritual Formation we may:
 
                            *play games
                            *build relationship with each other
                            *reflect on the worship service
                            *try different spiritual practices/types of prayer 
                            *make meaning of the world around us
                            *explore and tell our individual stories
                            *co-create service projects
                            *develop youth leadership
 
Join us via Zoom (invite below and by email) at 11:00!

Click here to add or update your YOUTH's contact info.
 
Youth, Parents, or other Members & Friends, if you'd like to chat with our youth director, please use Molly's scheduling app to schedule a time-- by phone or video chat.

 
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Fellowship Time at 11:15am
Join us this Sunday for a
Zoom Fellowship Time!
After the service is over,
use the link below for your phone or computer
and join other from the First Pres community
 in a time of conversation.
We’ll also have some breakout rooms
which we’ll explain at the gathering.
Click to join the Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 892 5046 4693
Passcode: welcome  (if needed)
 One tap mobile
+16465588656,,89250464693#,,,,*8792529# US (New York)
+13126266799,,89250464693#,,,,*8792529# US (Chicago)

 

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CROP Hunger Walk 2021 – Sunday, May 2
We have one goal: building a world where there is enough for all.

The CROP Hunger Walk is a community-wide event sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations or groups to raise funds to help end hunger in our communities and around the world. The Albany CROP Hunger Walk 2021 will once more be a virtual event.
 
You can also walk in your own neighborhood on May 2 or any time during the month of May. You can participate in the virtual Opening Ceremony (via Zoom) at 1:30pm on May 2. Click here to register to attend the ceremony to receive the link.
  
First Presbyterian Church is committed to stamping out hunger.  Click here to sign up and join our team.  Scroll down to the “Browse Existing Teams” list and select “First Presbyterian Church of Albany.” Click on “Join the Team” in the right column. You do not have to register for team, but we do encourage you to do so to demonstrate our commitment to ending hunger. All walkers will receive a “Walking Partners” card and a “CROP WALK 2021” 40th anniversary T-Shirt.
 
Click here to donate. You can also send a check to Church office by the end of May.  Your check should be made out to “CWS/CROP” and put “CROP Walk 21” in the memo line.
 
If you have questions, please contact Annette Johnson.
 
Please support First Pres by joining the team 
or donating on behalf of First Pres.
Either way, please join us on the “Walk”!
 

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Our recorded worship services and bulletins are also available on our website.
Please send any prayer requests to Glenn so that we can include them in worship on Sunday.


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INSTRUCTIONS Facebook Live Streaming: we’ll normally start broadcasting about 3 to 5 minutes before the service (so 9:55–9:57) with Trevor’s prelude. Any time after that go the main Facebook page for First Presbyterian Church of Albany. Very close to the top (or maybe just by scrolling down slightly) you’ll see the video with the words “Live now” or something similar. Click on the video and it will open into a larger window and play.  So just stay on the First Pres home page, no need to go into Events or any other sub-page.
 HELPFUL TIP: if you don’t see the livestream on the home page, refresh / reload your browser screen.  Don’t hesitate to call Dwight Cheu at 518.469.1544 if you have any problems.

 

Reviews on Racism

Resource: Where Do We Go From Here/Chaos or Community? by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Reviewed by David Wood
 
Debbie Fagans’ review of this book led me to read it myself. Here are my comments.
 
Dr. King was dismayed by the conditions in Chicago when he tried to work in that city. There have been many changes in the half century since the publication of this book, as shown by the fact that the mayor of the city is now a Black woman. But many problems persist, as shown by the looting of Michigan Avenue’s “Miracle Mile” a couple of years ago when a Black Lives Matter march was taken over by looters.
 
It is noteworthy that White men had to be persuaded to grant the vote to women a century ago, and they were so persuaded by, in part, unremitting pressure from women marchers. King believed that similar pressure by peaceful marches by Black people and their allies will be needed to effect needed changes in the lives of BIPOC.
 
I am attaching a document that gives the Table of Contents of Dr. King’s book and five paragraphs of quotes and my further comments.

See more here.
 

Do you have an antiracism book or other resource you want to share?
 
One First Pres priority is “combating systemic racism both within and outside the church.”  Many of you are already reading and discussing books and articles that address this underlying racism, and the Membership Committee invites you to share your insights and thoughts in First Pres eblasts.  What did you find enlightening?  For whom would you recommend this particular book or article?  Reviews of other media addressing racism, such as movies, TV shows, podcasts and children’s resources are welcome.  Please email your mini review to: Carol Green.  Questions about reviews may be directed to Carol Green at email or call or text 518-331-1447.

 

Click here for past reviews

 

Opportunities

The Albany County Department of Health
will hold a free vaccine clinic today,
Thursday, April 29, at the Times Union Center.
The clinic is from 4-6:30 p.m.
 
You do not need an appointment but are encouraged to register. You can sign up here. The vaccine is free and no insurance is required Please bring identification and wear a mask. The Times Union Center is located at 51 South Pearl St., and free parking is available in the garage on Beaver Street. The vaccination is Pfizer-BioNTech, which requires a second vaccine that will be given on May 20. If you can’t make it on May 20, please don’t register for this clinic. You are eligible for the vaccine if you live, work or study in New York State; 16- and 17-year-olds are eligible but must bring this consent form with a parent or guardian signature.
 
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FOCUS Churches of Albany
Albany County Department of Health
and 
CDPHP 
are sponsoring a 
COVID Vaccination "Walk-Up" Site  
at the FOCUS Interfaith Food Pantry
(located at Emmanuel Baptist Church 
275 State Street, Albany, NY) 
Friday, April 30th
10am to 1pm
No early registration is necessary.
Anyone may walk in.
The Pfizer COVID vaccine is available. 



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Baby Institute Quilts and Blankets
 
A reminder to all knitters, crocheters and quilters to please keep the Baby Institute in mind as you look for a nice spring project to work on  busy as we move out of the winter months and into spring when hopefully we will leave the pandemic behind!  The Baby Institute that First Pres has been supporting for a number of years consists of a series of parenting classes led by Noelene Smith, MSW.  We have provided baby blankets handmade by members and friends of First Pres to each of the graduates of the classes.
 
Programming for the classes and other activities has necessarily been disrupted and modified during the past year.  However, the need for warm, comforting blankets is no less.There are no specific requirements for blankets- just warm, colorful knitted, crocheted, or quilted - all handmade with love to surround a new child with our prayers and support.  Blankets are appreciated at any time.   
 
For questions, or to arrange for pick-up, please contact
Harriet Seeley (518-621-7172,lcpcats@nycap.rr.com)

or Ann Songayllo Hannay (518-610-2300, annsong156@gmail.com).
 
 
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First Pres Church, through the Social Justice and Peacemaking Committee, has been working with the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival as well as the Labor–Religion Coalition. Here are opportunities for you for education and advocacy:

 

May Day: Teach-In, Rally, March

 
Teach-In: Friday, April 30, 7pm, Online
Rally: Saturday, May 1, 1pm, Albany Medical Center (43 New Scotland Ave)
March: Saturday, May 1, 2pm - New Scotland Ave to Washington Park
Teach-In: Join on April 30 at 7pm for a Zoom discussion of the workers’ movement from a group of esteemed panelists who will provide insightful answers to the question, “What way forward for the workers’ movement?” RSVP for call info here.

Rally: Join Albany Med nurses and allies from labor and community to celebrate May Day, International Workers’ Day! Albany is a workers’ town, built and run by working people. Albany Med is the nurses’ house—run by NYSNA RNs.

March: After the rally the group will then march to the Washington Park Amphitheater for live music, performances and speeches, where community and labor organizations will be tabling and encouraging people to get involved in the workers’ struggle.
 
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Deadline Extended to April 30!

 
Apply Now!

Albany Presbytery has camp scholarships for children to attend a Christian camp this summer. Awards are $100-$250, and it is a very quick online process. The campership money goes straight to the camp of your choice. Camp Fowler is one great option relatively nearby, and they have family camps in August for children younger than 3rd grade to attend with their family. 
 
 
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NEW PODCAST
 
 
 
New York Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is thrilled to announce the launching of Getting Into Step: A Movement Podcast for the Long Haul, a collaborative project between the Kairos Center and the NYS Poor People's Campaign!
 
From the Carolinas to California, from the Bronx to the border, from the Appalachian hollers to Apache sacred lands, Getting Into Step: A Movement Podcast will explore what it means to build a social movement that addresses the interlocking injustices of our time. We will hear stories highlighting the plight, fight, and insight of the poor, pull pages from our movement songbook to learn how certain songs came to be and what they mean to us today, and take deep dives into the pressing questions of our movement.
 
Our pilot episode features a deep and wide-ranging conversation on building the independent political power of the poor with Min. Dr. Savina Martin of the National Union of the Homeless, Rev. Nelson Johnson of the Beloved Community Center in North Carolina, and Rev. West McNeill of the NYS Poor People's Campaign and the Labor-Religion Coalition of NYS.
 
 
This podcast is dedicated to illuminating the times in which we live, uniting leaders on the frontlines of struggle across the nation, and finding spiritual and intellectual grounding as we work to transform the world.
 
You can also listen to Getting Into Step wherever you like to listen your podcasts, including Spotify! Check this page for updates as the podcast goes up on new platforms.

 
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Education and Spiritual Formation each Sunday
Adult Education at 8:45am–9:45am
Children’s Education at 9:15am–9:45am
Virtual Youth Group at 11:00am
Find the Zoom links in Thursday’s eblast.

 
 
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Calendar

Thurs., 4/29       7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                            7:30pm   Chancel Choir Virtual Meeting

Sunday, 5/2        8:45am    Adult Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education  
                          10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                          11:00am   Virtual Youth Group
                          11:15am   Fellowship Time via Zoom
                           1:30pm   Virtual CROP Walk

Tuesday, 5/4      9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                           5:30pm   Outreach and Mission Committee Meeting
                           5:30pm   Property Committee Meeting
                           7:30pm   Social Justice & Peacemaking Committee Meeting

Wednes., 5/5    11:00am   Staff Meeting

Thurs., 5/6         7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                            4:30pm   Anti- Racism Task Force
                            7:30pm   Chancel Choir Virtual Meeting

Sunday, 5/9        8:45am    Adult Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education  
                          10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                          11:00am   Virtual Youth Group
                          11:15am   Fellowship Time via Zoom

Monday, 5/10    1:00pm   Covenant Small Group meeting

Tuesday, 5/11     9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                          11:30am   Clergy Meeting

Wednes., 5/12    6:30pm   Women's Small Group

                           7:00pm   Dads' Small Group

Thurs., 5/13      7:00am    Men's Bible Study



 
******* All meetings will be held via Zoom.*******
 
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Contact info: please use this number 518-439-7492 (instead of church phone)

 
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