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Events This Weekend

Join us on Sunday, December 13
Third Sunday of Advent
 
Adult Education at 8:45am.
Join us as we explore the gospel of Luke.
All are welcome! Join us via zoom 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 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!
Email info@firstpresalbany.org to be added to the YG list or YG parent list.
 
 
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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.
 

Opportunities

You know those great pictures of your fellow congregants that scroll on your screen before our on line Sunday services?  Don’t you love seeing their smiling faces after all this time?  We really want MORE!
 
Please take some family pictures on your phone and send them digitally to our church office.
Pets included? Great!  Christmas decorations featured? Fantastic!  (we would especially love this!)

Deadline for submission is December 10 to be included in the televised Sunday services.  

If you are not confident taking the picture and submitting it digitally, we will help you out!  Contact Jamie at the church office or at 518-428-8261, and we will set you up with one of our esteemed photographers.  Those pictures will be taken safely outdoors.  
Thanks for helping us with this beloved bit of Sunday mornings. 
 
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Would you like to sponsor a poinsettia plant to decorate the sanctuary in Advent and Christmas this year?  You may do so in honor or memory of a loved one, and that dedication will be noted in the worship bulletin on December 20, 24, 25 & 27. There are two ways to make your dedication. 1) By mailing a check to the church for a minimum of $16 per poinsettia, along with a note that spells out the dedication as well as name of the dedicator. It MUST arrive at the church by December 13. 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 December 13.
 
Our goal is to have all the flowers sponsored as well decorate the sanctuary for our celebration of Jesus’ birth and the 12 days of Christmas.
 
 
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The Flock Team is born
“What’s a flock, and who are my flock Deacons?” If you’ve ever had these questions, keep reading for answers. The board of Deacons has been restructured to better meet the needs of the congregation. The board is no longer divided in a manner where each flock receives designated deacons. Now we have a Flock Team, a group of deacons responsible for maintaining the flocks, which are smaller regional communities within the larger congregation. Over the next few weeks we will be looking to find members of the congregation who would be willing to be their flock communication designee. There is no formal “task” with this role other than to serve as a communication hub for your flock. This could mean anything from a monthly email to your flock or simply communicating any needs within your flock to the whole flock. If you are asked to serve in this capacity, we hope you’ll agree to serve.  Or, if you are interested in being your flock’s communication hub, please contact Chas Kite, Flock Team Coordinator.
 
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Anyone interested in working on FPC's Black History Month program for 2021: we will be joining the scheduled Anti-Racism Task Force Zoom meeting on Thursday, December 17, but not until 5:15 PM. Be on the lookout for the ARTF link, and attend at 5:15 pm. Bring your programming ideas.

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Finger Labyrinth Walks and Meditations continue on each Thursday in December 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, December 17, 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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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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Virtual Carol Sing
Friday, December 18, at 6:30pm
Sign up now!!!
Click here to register,
and a zoom link will be sent to you.

 

 
 
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 B
lue Christmas Service

with the FOCUS Churches

Sunday Evening, December 20

6:00 p.m. via Zoom

 Look for zoom link in future eblasts.
 

 We have experienced unprecedented loss   this year  Family   and friends have   succumbed to death in the pandemic.     Thousands have lost economic security;   some have lost   businesses built over a   lifetime  Most of us have lost   beloved   rhythms of life that enriched us with   variety in   our activities and with the   presence of others.  We can also   name many losses related to hatred and violence.  Join the   FOCUS community for a short time of worship on the   longest night of the year.  Through scripture, prayer, music and candlelight, we will acknowledge our sorrow and grief and take comfort in knowing that God came and dwelt among us in the midst of hardship.


 
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Calendar

Thurs., 12/10    7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                         12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation

Sunday, 12/13   8:45am    Adult Education 
                           9:15am   Children’s Education  
                         10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                         11:00am   Virtual Youth Group

Tuesday, 12/15  9:00am   Men's Bible Study

Wednes., 12/16 10:00am   Woman to Woman Small Group

Thurs., 12/17     7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                         12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                           4:30pm   Anti-Racism Task Force       

Friday, 12/18     6:30pm   Virtual Carol Sing
                           
Saturday, 12/19 10:00am   Church Cleaning

Sunday, 12/20   8:45am    Adult Education 
                           9:15am   Children’s Education  
                         10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                         11:00am   Virtual Youth Group
                           6:00pm   Blue Christmas Service
                                          

Tuesday, 12/22 6:30pm   FOCUS Board

Thurs., 12/24   7:30pm   Christmas Eve Worship Service
                                        

Friday, 12/25  11:00am   Christmas Worship Service
                                        
                         
Sunday, 12/27 10:00am   Live Stream Worship (Communion)


 
******* All meetings will be held via Zoom.*******
 
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