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Events this weekend

Join us Sunday, March 27,
for education, worship and fellowship!
 
This Sunday marks the beginning of new COVID guidelines.
Albany County’s CDC Community level is GREEN,
so we’re following the GREEN protocols on Sunday.
Here is the letter that went to
congregation introducing these guidelines.
Here are the complete charts.
Here is just the GREEN chart which is our level.
 
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Adult Education at 9:00 am
During the season of Lent, the Adult Education class will be taking a close look at the last few chapters of the Gospel of Luke.  We'll be discussing his Passion, death and his rising.  Luke's community created a unique perspective on the meaning of all that Jesus did while he was among us. Make this class a central part of your Lenten devotional activities. We think it will "fill you to the brim" with Good News. The class will meet on Zoom at 9:00 am.  

Children's Education at 9:15am 
Join us via Zoom (links below)
 
In person classes will resume on Sunday, April 3,
from 9:15-10:15 in the church building!

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 Worship Service at 10:30am.
Join us for worship together IN-PERSON
and via livestream on Facebook.

Click here to connect on Sunday.
You will find the bulletin for Sunday here.

Mask wearing is optional. You may choose to still wear a mask
and sit apart from anyone who is not wearing a mask.
If you are not wearing a mask,
please be considerate of those near you
who are still masked and practice social distancing
for their wellbeing and peace of mind.
Thank you for your patience and kindness to each other.

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After the service, join us for Fellowship Time
 in Assembly Hall.
Enjoy conversation with one another 
and create a card for our April Showers!
(see below for details)!

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Please send any prayer requests to Jamie 
so that we can include them in worship on Sunday.



Offering of Our Gifts

You can mail offering to: FPC, 362 State St, Albany, NY 12210
Or go online to donate (www.firstpresalbany.org/donate/)
Thank you for your continued support of FPC ministries.

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Lent at FPC



During Lent help to create APRIL SHOWERS
of welcome and appreciation
each Sunday in Assembly Hall.
Create a card of welcome and love
that will be given in APRIL to guests at
the FOCUS Breakfast program.
Create a card of thanks and appreciation
for a healthcare worker,
which we’ll deliver in APRIL to area hospitals.

You can create these cards at home as well
and drop them off at the church.
We’re hoping for lots of showers!

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Join us online each Wednesday during Lent,

March 30 and April 6,
for Taizé worship at 6:00 p.m.
We will livestream the service on Facebook.
Here is the Facebook link and here is the bulletin.


Our traditional Taizé services 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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Finger Labyrinth Walks and Meditations occur each Thursday through April 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 31, 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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Advocacy Work

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 are opportunities for education and advocacy 
 

 

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Join the Capital Region Poor People's Campaign and partner organizations, including the Columbia County Sanctuary Movement and NYS Nurses Association, for a Healthcare Justice Townhall!

In this virtual gathering, we’ll hear from directly impacted leaders in the struggle to fight for universal, equitable and accessible healthcare testify about the limits and failures of the for-profit healthcare system and then discuss how we all can resist, educate, and organize ourselves against it.

This event will be held over Zoom. Registrants will receive the call info.

Register Here


Contact newyork@poorpeoplescampaign.org for more information!

A message from the
Social Justice and Peacemaking Committee

Living on the Hinge of History - The Moral Claim of the Climate Crisis

God has granted each of us the opportunity to address the greatest moral crisis humanity has ever faced. All of Albany Presbytery is invited to a workshop presented by the Rev. Jim Antal on March 24th at 7pm on Zoom to explore how we can dive more deeply in responding to this call. We will examine not only the most recent science, but also our grief over the loss of our home. We will ponder how a few generations of humans have reaped immeasurable profits by devastating God’s great gift of creation as they built the modern world. We will see how we are living amidst a theological emergency in which the preservation of God’s creation has been reduced to an ideological debate. And we will identify the actions churches are taking as they seek to be faithful amidst the long emergency.

Click here to view article and future zoom link.

Opportunities

FELLOWSHIP TIME:  We're pleased to announce that Fellowship Time is once again being held in Assembly Hall, immediately following the Sunday Worship Service.  The Hospitality Team Coordinator Deacon David Hinchen is organizing this effort. As we no longer have a custodian and are no longer relying on flocks to oversee this task, we're seeking members of the congregation to assist with making coffee, bringing snacks, setting up and putting things away.  If you're available on any upcoming Sundays, please contact:

David Hinchen
(518) 489-1854 (call or text)
ds.hinchen@verizon.net
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FOCUS EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE ON SUNDAY, APRIL 17

Easter Sunday (April 17, 2022) at 6:30am
Swan Street Stairs, west side of Capital Park


This 30-minute outdoor worship service will be followed with light refreshments 
(baked goods, Easter eggs, coffee, tea and juice), 
offered via "tailgate" for all who wish to safely gather socially.
Please bring a lawn chair for your comfort (no seating will be provided).

This fundraiser will enable us to continue our outreach through our Interfaith Food Pantry, Breakfast Club, Outreach & Community Gardening Projects.




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Brooks "To- Go" Chicken BBQ Fundraiser for FOCUS


Brooks "To- Go" Chicken BBQ Fundraiser for FOCUS 
Tuesday, April 19th, 3 to 6pm 
at Delmar Reformed Church  
$15 for each to-go meal.

People can place their orders:
- by going to our website ( focuschurches.net )
or
- by using the QR scan, found on the flyer
or
- by calling FOCUS: 518-443-0460 ext. 1

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Please fill out your Time and Talent card
and return to the church.
Surface mail to FPC, 362 State St. Albany, NY 12210
Take a photo of this sheet or scan and send to
Jamie in the Church Office 

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

 

Youth Group News


All youth in 6th-12th grades are invited to meet in the
youth room on the second floor.
Dinner will be served
Details on COVID protocols and directions here.

 

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

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March Birthdays

Harriet Seeley                                                Katharine Myers 
3/2                                                                   3/13
Roger Green                                                  Barbara Woodruff 
3/7                                                                   3/19
Andrew Banin                                               Kirsten Pruzek   
3/8                                                                   3/23
Dawn Knutson                                              Cynthia Winter
3/9                                                                   3/24
Alan Northrup                                              Lydia Green
3/10                                                                 3/26
Amy Jenal                                                     Benjamin April
3/13                                                                 3/27
                                                                        Paige Fitzgerald
                                                                        3/31

If your birthday is this month and it's not listed, please let Jamie know so we can update our records. 

Calendar

Thurs., 3/24       7:00am   Men's Bible Study Breakfast
                         12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                           7:00pm   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal

 Sunday, 3/27     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
                                           Facebook
                          11:30am   Fellowship Time
                          12:00pm   Legacy Giving Subcommittee
                            5:00pm   Youth Gathering (6th through 12th grade)

Monday, 3/28    1:00pm   Covenant Group Meeting

Tuesday, 3/29     9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                            6:00pm   Finance Committee Meeting


Wednes., 3/30     6:00pm   Taizé service Livestreaming on Facebook

Thurs., 3/31       7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                         12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                           7:00pm   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal

 Sunday, 4/3       9:15am   Adult Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education 
                            9:30am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
                          10:30am   Worship Service In-Person/Livestream on
                                           Facebook
                          11:30am   Fellowship Time
                          12:00pm   Choir Rehearsal
                            5:00pm   Youth Gathering (6th through 12th grade)

Tuesday, 4/5       9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                          12:30pm   Staff Meeting


Wednes., 4/6      6:00pm   Taizé service Livestreaming on Facebook

Thurs., 4/7        7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                         12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                           7:00pm   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
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