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A Message from the Stewardship Team

Thanks to everyone who has made a financial pledge to support First Presbyterian Church and its meaningful work in 2022. If you have not yet made a pledge, there is still time! You may make a pledge online or you can contact Jamie in the church office  or 518-449-7332, and she can email or surface mail you a pledge card.

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


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 


Saturday, Nov 13 - 11:30am - Albany Demands Climate Action - From the Facebook event: "As part of a statewide effort led by the NY Renews coalition, Citizen Action and other capital district organizations are planning a huge action in Albany on November 13th from 11:30am to 2pm to make a bold statement to our legislators: CLIMATE JUSTICE MUST BE YOUR TOP PRIORITY." Facebook Event here. If you plan to attend, reply to this e-mail and we'll connect you with other PPC participants.


DATE CHANGE - Tuesday Dec 7, 6pm - Hunger, Housing, and the 3rd Reconstruction, a Capital Region Truth Commission - Join us on December 7th to learn from the plight, fight, and insight of Capital Region community members who are engaged in struggles around food and housing insecurity. In recent years, New York has passed transformative legislation to meet the needs of poor and marginalized communities relating to food and housing. At the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated the extent of these crises and thrown millions into poverty and precarity. RSVP here. RSVP here.

A Message from Social Justice & Peacemaking Committee

What happens with the water you use to wash your fruits and vegetables. Right down the drain? Try saving it and using it to water your houseplants!
 The little things we do are just as important as the big things.


Sunday morning schedule
9:00–9:45 Virtual Youth Group (Grades 6 thru 12) via zoom
9:00–9:45 Adult Education Class via zoom
9:15–9:45 Children’ Education Class (K thru Gr 5) via zoom
10:30 Worship: in-person and livestreaming on Facebook
11:30 Fellowship Time outside weather permitting

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There has been a lot to lament over the last two years.  COVID 19 has taken people from our midst and changed plans and altered many aspects of our lives. The climate. Our economy. Our political situation and the threats to it. Discrimination against people of color. We have much to lament.  Next Sunday, November 14, the theme of our worship service will be lament. We’ll explore lament in scripture, and its place in our lives today. After all that we’ve been through and lost in the past 20 months, we need a safe place to name that loss and grieve changes which we didn’t want in our lives. There is a biblical tradition of expressing lament and sorrow. Sunday’s service will offer a time and a place for us to lament to a loving God. Join us in-person or on Facebook.

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The Session has called the congregation to meet in-person the sanctuary and virtually on zoom on Sunday, November 14, at 11:45 following the 10:30 am worship service for the purpose of acting on the recommendations of the Nominating Committee.
-Glenn and Miriam Lawrence Leupold, Moderators of Session
-Mary Rogers, Clerk of Session

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WANTED: 4 people willing to take one Sunday a month to facilitate the use of our propane patio heaters for Fellowship Time. Responsibilities: position and hook up the propane tanks on Sunday morning, turn on heaters prior to Fellowship Time, turn off heaters after Fellowship Time and unhook the propane tanks so the heaters and propane can be stored safely. If interested please contact Pastor Miriam.  

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The Wizard’s Wardrobe will be conducting our two-day tutor training at our space at 20 Rensselaer Street on Nov. 13 & 20. It runs from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. A light breakfast will be served along with beverages and snack. Just bring a sandwich for lunch.

Since our program provides free, one-on-one tutoring to elementary students in the South End, we cannot take students unless we have a tutor waiting for them.

Please contact Debbie Fagans at or 518-776-0664 if you are interested.


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“It Takes a Village”-- Addressing Gun Violence
League of Women Voters of Albany County Virtual Forum
November 15, 2021, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Please Register to Attend

The League of Women Voters of Albany County will present “It Takes a Village”— Addressing Gun Violence, on Monday, November 15, 2021 from 7:00 to 8:30pm. In partnership with the Capital Area Council of Churches and the Rockefeller Institute of Government, the forum will bring together Capital region experts to discuss the tragedy of gun violence.  They will share their insights into the causes, consequences, and short- and long-term solutions to save lives.

In addressing the issue recently, the CDC has called gun violence in America a “serious public health threat” and, to date, has allocated close to ten million dollars for research. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky simply stated in an interview this past August, “Let’s agree. We don’t want people to die.”

In concurrence with that simple but powerful statement, the panelists will seek to focus on how we can address this public health and safety crisis locally and the measures we can take as a “village”.

       Craig Apple, Sheriff, Albany County
       Bishop Avery Comithier, Pastor at Elijah Missionary Church
       Alice Green, Executive Director of the Center for Law and Justice
       John T. McDonald III, New York State Assembly member for the 108th
       Richard Williams, 518 SNUG Outreach Worker from Trinity Alliance
       Moderator: Joseph Popcun, Executive Director of the Regional Gun
       Violence Research Consortium at the Rockefeller Institute of
       Government, SUNY

The panel represent community and faith-based leaders, law enforcement officials, state legislators, and street outreach workers, bringing critical perspective on the toll of gun violence and how we can reduce it through positive changes in education, employment, health and social services, and public safety in Albany. This forum will inform and inspire the audience to support a variety of investments and interventions through advocacy for, and involvement within, our community.

To attend the forum, register to receive the zoom link.

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Interested in exploring job opportunities at IPH, formally the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless? Since its establishment in 1984, First Pres has been strongly aligned with this special non-profit organization which addresses the needs of the homeless and low-income community with services that specifically encourage self-sufficiency, empowerment and stability.
 Success, of course, depends on the employment of a dedicated, skilled and compassionate staff—from Cook to Clothing Pantry Attendant to Direct Support Staff, to Communications Manager and more.
 Listed among the “Best Places to Work” by the Times Union and the Albany Business Review, IPH has much to offer. To learn about current available positions, check their website at  Additional questions?  Feel free to contact FPC member Carol Bullard by phone or e-mail: 518-463-8256 or

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Youth Group News

Youth in grades 9-12 are invited to come hang out together Sunday evenings. Games, movies, check-ins, mind/body/spiritual exercises, interrogating the Bible, sometimes doing homework in the same room as others. This is your time and space— youth will take part in planning and leading what we do together.

We will be following current First Pres pandemic safety protocols for being indoors including masking and distancing. 
Please let Molly know if you can come! or 518-810-3158.

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Tuesday, 11/9      9:00am   Men’s Bible Study via zoom
                           11:30am   Clergy Meeting
                             5:00pm   Worship Committee Meeting
                             6:30pm   Anti-Racism Task Force

Wednes., 11/10 11:00am   Staff Meeting
                            5:30pm   Ad Hoc Committee Meeting
                            6:30pm   SWAT Team
                            7:00pm   Dads' Small Group

 Thurs., 11/11      7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                             7:15pm   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, 11/14     9:00am   Adult Education via Zoom
                            9:00am   Virtual Youth Group
                            9:15am   Children’s Education via Zoom
                            9:45am   Soloists Rehearsal
                          10:30am   In-Person Worship Service and
                                           Live Streaming Worship Service on Facebook
                          11:45am   Congregational Meeting
                                           Willett St Fellowship Time (after congregational                                               meeting)
                           5:00pm   High School Youth Group

Tuesday, 11/16    9:00am   Men’s Bible Study via zoom
                             7:00pm   Session Meeting

Wednes., 11/17  10:00am   Women to Women Small Group

Thurs., 11/18       7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                             7:15pm   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, 11/21     9:00am   Adult Education via Zoom
                            9:00am   Virtual Youth Group
                            9:15am   Children’s Education via Zoom
                            9:45am   Soloists Rehearsal
                          10:30am   In-Person Worship Service and
                                           Live Streaming Worship Service on Facebook
                          11:30am   Outside Fellowship Time
                            5:00pm   High School Youth Group

Monday, 11/22   1:00pm   Covenant Small Group

Tuesday, 11/23    9:00am   Men’s Bible Study via zoom
                             6:30pm   FOCUS Board

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