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Events This Weekend

Please join us to celebrate the life of Fran Kamp

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Online Memorial Service: 2:00 PM

Online Reception to follow

Please contact Sue Kamp at skamp1005@gmail.com, if you have questions.

Please feel free to forward to others.


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Join us on Sunday, January 31
 
Adult Education at 8:45am.
The Adult Class will begin its observance of
Black History Month this Sunday.
The topic will be a discussion of the book, America's Original Sin: Racism,
 White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America by Jim Wallis (2015).
“Fifty years ago, Wallis was driven away from his faith by a white church that considered dealing with racism to be taboo.
His participation in the civil rights movement
brought him back when he discovered a faith that commands racial justice.
Yet as recent tragedies confirm, we continue to suffer
from the legacy of racism.” 
The class will be led by David Wood with Lillie McLaughlin assisting .
You are encouraged to read the book in advance of the class
BUT it is not necessary.
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.  
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.
Candle of Remembrance
Today we begin our celebration of African American History Month
a day early with a Litany of Remembrance and the lighting of a candle.
It is a tradition among many in the African American community
to remember the ancestors during large gatherings and celebrations
 such as family reunions, weddings and
African American history observances often with a litany, prayers and a candle.
We continue that tradition with our Litany of Remembrance
on the first Sunday and the lighting of the candle of remembrance
each Sunday during African American History Month.
 
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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Annual Congregational Meeting at 11:15
 
Join Zoom Meeting by clicking here 
Meeting ID: 862 3828 4242
Passcode: 286917
Join Zoom Meeting with your phone:
+1 646 558 8656
 
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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.
 
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Combating Systemic Racism

Share Your Antiracist Reading Insights
 
One First Pres priority is “combating systemic racism both within and outside the church.”  A number of events in the last year highlight the urgency of taking steps to overcome systemic racism: the mob of predominately white people who met little resistance as they stormed our nation’s Capitol on January 6 compared to the violent treatment of some Black Lives Matter protestors; the killing of black people, including George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, sometimes by white police officers; and the higher death rate among black and brown victims of COVID-19. 
 
What can we do to overcome systemic racism?  One crucial step is to learn more about underlying biases in our institutions and in ourselves. 
 
Many church members are already reading and discussing books and articles that address this underlying racism.  Whether you are reading antiracist articles and books on your own or with a group, the Membership Committee invites you to share your insights and thoughts with fellow members in First Pres eblasts.  What did you find enlightening?  For whom would you recommend this particular book or article?  Reviews of children’s books on antiracism are also welcome.  We also invite reviews of other media addressing racism, such as movies, TV shows, and podcasts.
 
Please email your mini book reviews to: Carol Green.  Questions about book reviews may be directed to Carol Green at email or call or text 518-331-1447.
 
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Opportunities


We will continue to offer an online Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation on Thursdays 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 4, 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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Friends and Foundation Albany Public Library presents:
Book Review—Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents 
by Isabel Wilkerson.
Reviewer: Alice P. Green, PhD, executive director, 
Center for Law and Justice, 
& adjunct professor, the University at Albany, SUNY.
Tuesday, February 2, 12:00pm - 1:15pm
 
Register here
 
The FFAPL hosts regular book reviews, author talks, and special presentations on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 12:15 pm live via Zoom. These presentations are free and open to the public.
Zoom room opens at 11:55 for socializing beforehand.
Come talk about books with the Friends!
 
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Mark your calendars and plan to join us for 
Intergenerational Game Night
Sat Feb 13th, 4:30-6:30pm
 
Everyone is invited to join this virtual event. 
Zoom in to see your fellow FPC friends and members, connect, and play together.  Feel free to prepare your own snacks or dinner to eat during the event. Stay posted for the Zoom link, and mark your calendars NOW! 

Email Molly with any game suggestions or requests, and questions of course. We can play Jackbox party games including Fibbage, Drawful, Quiplash, & Champ'd Up, or other games such as trivia, pictionary or charades altered for virtual play.

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Be a witness of support to the Black Lives Matter movement
every Tuesday from noon to 1:00pm.
 Join others on State S.t in front of Westminster Presbyterian Church
with your mask (not-optional) and a sign (optional).
This effort is being spear-headed by Elizabeth McMillan at WPC.
 

Calendar

Thurs., 1/28       7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                            7:30pm   B3 Small Group

Sunday, 1/31     8:45am    Adult Education 
                           9:15am   Children’s Education  
                         10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                         11:15am   Annual Congregational Meeting via zoom
                         11:00am   Virtual Youth Group                      

Monday, 2/1     1:00pm    Covenant group

Tuesday, 2/2      9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                           5:30pm   Property Committee Meeting         
                           7:00pm   Membership Committee Meeting       
                           7:30pm   Social Justice & Peacemaking Committee Meeting

Wednes., 2/3    11:00am   Staff Meeting

Thurs., 2/4         7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                            4:30pm   Anti-Racism Task Force
                            7:30pm   Chancel Choir Virtual Meeting        

Sunday, 2/7       10:00am    FOCUS Worship 
                           11:00am   Virtual Youth Group        

Tuesday, 2/9        9:00am   Men's Bible Study

Wednes., 2/10      6:30pm   Women's Small Group
                              7:00pm   Dads' Small Group

Thurs., 2/11         7:00am    Men's Bible Study


Saturday, 2/13     4:30pm   Intergenerational Game Night

Sunday, 2/14     8:45am    Adult Education 
Happy                9:15am   Children’s Education  
Valentine's       10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
Day                   11:00am   Virtual Youth Group              

                

******* 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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