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We offer an online Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation on
Thursda
ys in 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 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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Virtually on Saturday, June 26 at 3pm Eastern Time
100 years ago, in the wake of the Tulsa Race Massacre, wealthy African Americans from Oklahoma joined Little Liberia, an economic opportunity to improve the lives of African Americans in the U.S. through economic advancement in Mexico. . .
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July Learning Cafe
   White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
   Thursday, July 8, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81279032179
 

 
White Fragility
 
In this talk, race and social justice educator Robin DiAngelo helps audiences understand the dynamics of White Fragility, how we come to engage in them, and how we can move beyond them. Based on her #1 New York Times bestselling book White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, Dr. DiAngelo helps audiences and organizations develop an antiracist framework based on education, self-awareness, and engaged practice.
We are expecting a lot of questions for the Q&A portion of this session and we ask that you submit your questions early to efoulks@earlycareandlearning.org. We will try our best to get as many of your questions answered as possible. Thank you.
Register

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On behalf of First Pres, THANK YOU to all who contributed to the 2021 CROPWALK!
We more than doubled our First Pres of $1,500.  We raised $3,500!

Over the past 16 months as we have seen the increasing food insecurity in our own backyard, across the nation and around the world.     The need for ongoing aid and assistance has never been more critical and the need so great.  The CROPWALK was indeed a wonderful effort to help address the issues of hunger and inequity in access to food “one step at a time”.

It should be noted that the Albany Walk exceeded their goal of $100,000 which means 25% of the funds raised will be put to immediate use right here in the Albany area to address hunger and food insecurity. Once again, thank you for your generosity and commitment to ending hunger and helping to ensure our neighbors, locally and globally, are provided for.

 

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, June 18, 5:00 – 7:00
Friday, July 2, 5:00 – 7:00
Saturday, July 3, 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.

 

Reviews of Antiracism Resources

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

 

Calendar

Tuesday, 6/15     7:00pm   Session Meeting

Wednes., 6/16     3:00pm   1st Annual Brooks Barbeque Fundraiser
                            7:00pm   Dads' Small Group

Thurs., 6/17       7:00am    Bible Guys Breakfast
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                            4:30pm   Anti- Racism Task Force
                            7:00pm   Finance Committee Meeting
                            6:00pm   Chancel Choir Meeting

Friday, 6/18        5:00pm   Patio Gathering with Miriam and Glenn

Sunday, 6/20    10:00am   In-Person Worship Service (communion)
                                           Live Streaming Worship Service on Facebook

                          11:00am   Outside Fellowship Time

Tuesday, 6/22     6:00am   Primary Day
                            6:30pm   FOCUS Board

Wednes., 6/23     6:30pm   Women's Small Group

Thurs., 6/24      12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation

Sunday, 6/27    10:00am   In-Person Worship Service (communion)
                                           Live Streaming Worship Service on Facebook

                          11:00am   Outside Fellowship Time

Monday, 6/28    1:00pm   Covenant Small Group





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