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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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The Capital Area Council of Churches (CACC) Annual Assembly will be held on Tuesday, February 8th at 6pm.  Depending on restrictions, this may be either an in-person or virtual event.  More information on site will be forwarded when determined.

The purpose will be to pass a budget, vote on board members and officers hold discussion on potential ecumenical activities the CACC should pursue in the coming year.  
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On Sunday morning, February 13, at 9:00, the Black History Month committee and Anti-Racism Task Force invite you to attend the online adult Christian education program.  Local activist Nell Stokes will share her experiences as a black teenager in Montgomery, Alabama before and during the time of the bus boycott in 1955-1956.  The boycott was initiated by the arrest of Rosa Parks and led by Martin Luther King, Jr., and Nell was a volunteer working on the boycott.  Watch for the Zoom link in upcoming First Pres eblasts. 
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The Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless (IPH) has the following jobs available. Please visit the website to learn more, and to apply.
Direct Support Staff – Safe Haven – Seasonal
Direct Support Staff – Per diem
Ahana House Resident Care – Full Time
Program Assistant – Full Time
Shelter Case Manager – South Ferry St. – Full Time
Housing Case Manager – Full Time
Cook – Ahana House – Part Time
Facilities Project Assistant – Full time 

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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 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! 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

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


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Youth Group News

Sunday Youth program changes:
We will no longer meet via zoom on Sunday mornings
Sunday evening gatherings continue for all youth in 6th-12th gradesWe meet in the youth room on the second floor.
High filtration masks are required in the building. We have updated air filtration units in rooms throughout the building. Eating is suspended for the time being so we can keep masks on the entire time.
Current Protocol:
To attend in-person youth events, you must be symptom free and provide proof of vaccination (upload here). Please enter through the office door off the parking lot. If the door is locked, please text Molly. Upon entry, sanitize hands & sign in (for contact tracing purposes). KN95 masks are available at the sign-in station if you need one.




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All youth and parents, if you haven't already, please sign up for text alerts!
Text @mdowellb to 81010



Parents of High School Youth:
Please review your 2022 summer calendar and let Molly know if your rising 9th grader to graduating 12th grader will go to Triennium—July 24-27 in Indianapolis. More info @
Parent Meeting TBA


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
                           7:30pm   Social Justice & Peacemaking Committee Meeting

Thurs., 2/3         7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                         12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation

Sunday, 2/6      10:00am   FOCUS Worship Service at
                                           First Church of Albany
                                           In-person and via Zoom
5:00pm   Youth Gathering (6th-12th grade)

Tuesday, 2/8       9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                          11:30am   Clergy Meeting
                           6:00pm   CACC Annual Assembly
                           6:30pm   Anti Racism Task Force

Wednes., 2/9       6:30pm   SWAT Team
                             7:00pm   Dads' Small Group

Thurs., 2/10       7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                         12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                           7:00pm   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, 2/13      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
                          11:30am   Fellowship Time
                            5:00pm   Youth Gathering (6th-12th grade)

Monday, 2/14    1:00pm   Covenant Group

Tuesday, 2/15     9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                            7:00pm   Session Meeting

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