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Session Highlights

Survey says…
 
The session was grateful to all those who replied to our recent survey to gauge whether people feel comfortable returning to in-person activities and whether they were willing to take necessary steps to do so safely and respectfully for all those gathered.
 
Among the main take-homes:
  • Nearly 100 people responded to the survey. Of these respondents, almost all have been vaccinated.
  • Half of respondents were comfortable returning to large group in-person activities held inside, while for others – only small group or outdoor activities were comfortable at this time.
  • The survey asked about whether a variety of factors would affect decisions about whether to attend church. Over half of the respondents stated that they were committed to attending in person – even if it meant modifications to worship activities.
    • The factors that seemed to raise congregants’ concerns about whether to attend in person were the absence of fans in the summer heat and the possible restriction of congregational singing.
    • The presence of masked, unvaccinated children did not seem to be of concern to those who responded.
 
Moving forward, session is seeking to use this evidence, as well as public health guidance, to honor the survey respondents’ deep desire to return to in-person worship as well as to follow the commandment to “love one another” by guarding the health and safety of those most vulnerable.

 
-Submitted by Kendra Smith-Howard     

Events This Weekend


Join us on Sunday, May 30
 
Adult Education at 8:45 am
Join us as we explore the gospel of Luke.
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.
Who will our storyteller be this week?!?
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.
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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Fellowship Time at 11:15am
Join us this Sunday for a
Zoom Fellowship Time!
After the service is over,
use the link below for your phone or computer
and join other from the First Pres community
 in a time of conversation.
We’ll also have some breakout rooms
which we’ll explain at the gathering.
Click to join the Zoom Meeting 

 

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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.

 

Looking for some Fellowship Time?

Join other First Pres members at a safe gathering!
Below are some opportunities.
Each gathering is outside*.
Chairs are provided.
Numbers limited to groups of 10.
Reservations required.
Enjoy!

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Patio time at Miriam and Glenn’s in Delmar
Beverages and appetizer provided
If you wish, bring an appetizer to share.
Friday, May 28, 5:00 – 7:00
Saturday, May 29, 5:00 – 7:00
Friday, June 4, 5:00 – 7:00
Saturday, June 5, 5:00 – 7:00
Friday, June 18, 5:00 – 7:00
Saturday, June 19, 5:00 – 7:00
RSVP via church office.
 
 
* in case of inclement weather, the host will determine
if the event will be cancelled or postponed
 
If you’re interested in hosting
a porch, patio or deck time at your home,
please contact the church office with details.

Opportunities

First Pres, through the Social Justice and Peacemaking Committee, has been working with the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Here is an opportunity for education and advocacy: 
 
 
The Poor People's Campaign New York State chapter has planned a number of actions for May and June. Click here for more details.

 
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We offer an online Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation on Thursdays in May and June 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. You can register here for Thursday, June 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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Art Build & Picnic
Hosted by our Youth Group and the Capital District Poor People's Campaign
Monday May 31, 
12:00 pm -3:00 pm (Memorial Day)
FPC Parking Lot/Washington Park

 
If you don't already have plans for Memorial Day, please plan to come to this! We honor those who have died, by advocating for the health of those still living.  Health Care Justice SAVES LIVES!!
  
Gather in the FPC Parking Lot. We will picnic together, learn about Healthcare as a Human Right, create banners and signs for upcoming events. Families and Friends are welcome and encouraged to join us!


 
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The Property Committee is hosting a Church Workday
 on Saturday, June 5, beginning at 9:00 am.
Various projects both inside and outside the
church building will be addressed. 
Contact Owen Gilbo, chair of Property Committee,
to volunteer or with any questions.
 
 
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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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Reviews of Anti-Racism Resources

Resource: The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Reviewed by Roger Green

In February 2015, the Adult Education class at First Pres delved into the 2010 book The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. It remains one of the most significant texts in the literature of the current civil rights era.

We may be familiar with the era of Jim Crow, after Reconstruction, and surely it was a devastating period of American history. The fiction, however, is that it ended. It just morphed, in no small part because of the so-called "War on Drugs," which was more war on black communities throughout the country.

As Brown University professor Glenn C. Loury wrote in the front of the 2012 paperback version of the book, that the author "argues convincingly that the huge racial disparity of punishment in America is not the mere result of neutral state action. She sees the rise of mass incarceration as opening up a new front in the historic struggle for racial justice. And she's right. If you care about justice in America, you need to read this book!"

More here 

         
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.
 
Click here for past reviews

 

Youth Group

Virtual Youth Group will continue at 11am on Sundays, while we also add in-person events:


Art Build & Picnic

Memorial Day - Monday May 31 

12:00 pm -3:00 pm 
meet at the FPC Parking Lot 
(see yellow graphic under opportunities banner) 
Calling all youth to come out for a fun afternoon, making our voices heard and amplifying those of our fellow poor and disposed folx. We are co-hosting this event, so if you don't have plans already, please be there!  

Calendar

Thurs., 5/27       7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                            5:00pm   Ad Hoc Committee Meeting

Saturday, 5/29  10:00am   Muslim Soup Kitchen day

Sunday, 5/30      8:45am    Adult Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education  
                          10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                          11:00am   Virtual Youth Group
                          11:15am   Fellowship Time via Zoom

Monday, 5/31   12:00pm   Art Build & Civil Disobedience Training
                                           at FPC Parking Lot/Washington Park

Tuesday, 6/1       9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                            5:30pm   Outreach and Mission Committee Meeting
                            5:30pm   Property Committee Meeting
                            7:30pm   Social Justice & Peacemaking Committee Meeting

Wednes., 6/2     11:00am   Staff Meeting
                            5:30pm   Special Session Meeting

Thurs., 6/3         7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                            4:30pm   Anti- Racism Task Force
                            7:30pm   Chancel Choir Virtual Meeting

Saturday, 6/5      9:30am   Church Work Day

Sunday, 6/6        8:45am    Adult Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education  
                          10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                          11:00am   Virtual Youth Group
                          11:15am   Fellowship Time via Zoom

Tuesday, 6/8       9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                            6:30pm   Stewardship Committee Meeting


Wednes., 6/9      6:30pm   Women's Small Group

Thurs., 6/10       7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation



 
******* 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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