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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 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. 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 18, 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!

Review of Antiracism resource

Resource: Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"
By Zora Neale Hurston

Reviewed by Miriam Lawrence Leupold

In 1927 anthropologist and writer Zora Neale Hurston set out for Alabama to hear 86-year-old Cudjo Lewis’ first-hand account of the raid he experienced in Africa that brought him to the United States as a slave. Fortunately for the reader, Ms. Hurston didn’t limit their conversation to just the raid. While many books talk about the slave trade, this book tells of the life of a slave in his own words. Mr. Lewis’ story is difficult to hear, but it is so important to bear witness to his life.
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.



Coop BLM Virtual Art Exhibit
Just Mercy
The Color of Law

Where Do We Go From Here
So You Want To Talk About Race



We want EVERYONE in our new directory coming out in May!
You have options:
  1. Send in a new picture to Jamie in the church office.
  2. Like your picture you sent in for Pentecost? Tell Jamie to use that one. 
  3. Like the photo you see during the prelude on Sundays? Tell Jamie to use that one.
  4. We’ll even let you use your 2016 directory photo, but you have to tell Jamie.
  5. 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!
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Need Food?

In addition to it's member pantries, the Regional Food Bank and its community partners are hosting drive-thru pantries throughout its service area. Don’t hesitate. All are served.


Please RSVP today: 
Youth Group Volunteers this Sunday at the Food Bank! 

Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York
Sunday, March 21st, Meet at 12:30pm at the Food Bank's parking lot. Our shift is 1-3pm.
965 Albany-Shaker Rood, Latham NY, 12210

We have 12 volunteer spots to fill! Confirm your spot with Molly, ASAP.

This is a masked and socially distanced activity, and we'll have gloves to handle food.  Participants provide their own transportation to & from the food bank. 

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We will once again have Easter Lilies decorating the chancel of the sanctuary on Easter Sunday. Anyone who would like to sponsor a lily in honor or memory of a loved one will have that noted in the bulletin.  There are two ways to make your dedication. 1) By mailing a check to the church for a minimum of $16 per lily, along with a note that spells out the dedication as well as name of the dedicator. It MUST arrive at the church by March 23. 2) By emailing the church office a note that spells out the dedication as well as name of the dedicator. Then visit the website and make your payment on line. Deadline is March 23.
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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.



Tuesday, 3/16     9:00am   Men's Bible Study         

Wednes., 3/17   10:00am   Woman to Woman Small Group
                            6:00pm   Taizé service (livestreamed on FB)     

Thurs., 3/18       7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                            4:30pm   Anti-Racism Task Force

Friday, 3/19        2:00pm   Sheryl Sheraw's Memorial Service
                                            (livestreaming on Facebook)

Sunday, 3/21      8:45am    Adult Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education  
                          10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                          11:00am   Virtual Youth Group
                          12:30pm   YG to volunteer at the Foodbank

Monday, 3/22     1:00pm   Covenant Group

Tuesday, 3/23    9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                           6:30pm   FOCUS Board 

Wednes., 3/24   6:00pm   Taizé service (livestreamed on FB)   
                           7:00pm   Dads' Small Group
                           7:00pm   Women's Small Group

Thurs., 3/25       7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                            7:30pm   Chancel Choir Virtual Meeting

Sunday, 3/28      9:15am   Children’s Education  
                          10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                          11:15am   Adult Education/ Virtual Youth Group

Tuesday, 3/30     9:00am   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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