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Events This Weekend

Join us on Sunday, February 28
 
Adult Education at 8:45 am
Roger Green will be leading a discussion of the book The Color of Law.
See the review of this book below.
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 attend any of our zoom meetings please contact
Miriam or Glenn.
 
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Worship Service at 10am.
We welcome the Rev. Dr. Mashona Walston,
pastor First Church Albany,
as our preacher for our Black History Month celebration.
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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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.

 

Lent at FPC

As a Lenten devotional discipline this year,
you are invited to pray with Scripture
as a way of discerning what God
is calling you to be and to do
during this season.
Here are the daily devotions.
Here are hymns which are used with Sundays’ devotions.
If you would like a printed copy of this devotion,
please email or call the church office (518-439-7492).

 
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Join us each Wednesday during Lent,
March 3, 10, 17 and 24,
for Taizé worship at 6:00 p.m.
We will livestream the service on Facebook.
Here is the link and here is the bulletin. 

Our traditional Taizé services will 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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We will continue to offer an online Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
on Thursdays in Lent at 12:30pm via Zoom. P
astor 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 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!

Reviews of Antiracism Resources

Resource: The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
Reviewed by: Alison Stonbely
Though I thought I understood quite a lot about systemic racism, The Color of Law shocked me to the core and left a sadness about the layers in which racism has permeated every facet of society!
 
Rothstein traces with great accuracy how the FHA, banks, neighborhood associations, the police, the Klan, the highway department, the IRS, realty agents, unions, federal and local governments, among other agencies, have all worked together to make sure that blacks stay in their segregated areas and do not build capital to do otherwise. In fact, much to my horror, I found out that beyond incarceration, which I knew about, many of these systems were set up to financially benefit from the black poor. Rothstein suggests remedies to these actions, but admits it will take a lot more than equal opportunity, at this point, to even begin to rectify the damage that has been done by these policies. 


It was not an easy book to read at first, but I believe it is a must for anyone who cares about racism! I believe that once you have read it, like me, you will be trying to get your head around what we can do to stamp out racism.
 
On February 28 at 8:45 am, Roger Green will facilitate a discussion on this book as part of the adult Christian Ed program sponsored by the Black History Month committee. Look for the Zoom link to join the meeting in this week’s First Pres eblast.
 
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.

 

Reviews:

Caste
Coop BLM Virtual Art Exhibit
Just Mercy

Opportunities

We want EVERYONE in our new directory coming out in May!

What do we need? 
Fresh, new pictures that show the new you 
and updated contact information.
You have lots of options!
Have you transformed during quarantine? 
Send in a brand-new picture to Jamie.
Do you like one of the pictures 
that you sent in for Pentecost or Christmas? 
Let Jamie know in an email.
Would you like someone else to take a fresh picture? 
Contact Ray Henrikson via email or call at 518-533-7441.
Please send your pictures as soon as possible! 
DEADLINE: March 2!


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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.

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Calendar

Thurs., 2/25       7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                            7:30pm   Chancel Choir Virtual Meeting

Sunday, 2/28      8:45am    Adult Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education  
                          10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                          11:00am   Virtual Youth Group
                            1:00pm   YG to volunteer at the Foodbank

Tuesday, 3/2       9:00am   Men's Bible Study

Wednes., 3/3     11:00am   Staff Meeting
                            6:00pm   Taizé service (livestreamed on FB)

Thurs., 3/4         7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                            4:30pm   Anti-Racism Task Force

Sunday, 3/7        8:45am    Adult Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education  
                          10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                          11:00am   Virtual Youth Group

Monday, 3/8       1:00pm   Covenant Group

Tuesday, 3/9      9:00am   Men's Bible Study

Wednes., 3/10    6:00pm   Taizé service (livestreamed on FB)
                            7:00pm   Women's Small Group
                            7:00pm   Dads' Small Group

Thurs., 3/11       7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                            7:30pm   Chancel Choir Virtual Meeting


Sunday, 3/14        8:45am    Adult Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education  
                          10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                          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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