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Events This Weekend


Join us on Saturday, May 15
 
Garden Workday at First Pres at 2:00pm
We will plant flowering annuals
to fill in the bare spots in the garden.
We can make the garden bloom for the
Center Square garden walk, at the end of June.
Planting is always a satisfying activity,
With results that will be with us for months, into the fall.
The church has a limited number of garden tools,
so bring your own (labeled) if you've got them.
The rain date will be Sunday, the 16th, 2pm.
 Contact Katie Henrikson via email 
or call 518-533-7441 if you have questions.
 
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Join us on Sunday, May 16
 
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.

 

Opportunities

Reminder – please take the survey by TODAY, Thursday, May 13!
 
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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: 
 
 
Join the NYS Poor People's Campaign on Thursday, May 20 at 7-8:30pm ET for our monthly meeting for faith leaders and members of faith communities. These meetings include meditation and prayer, reflection on the important role of people of faith in the Poor People’s Campaign, and discussion of ways for faith leaders and faith communities to engage with the PPC at the local, state and national level.  
 
This month, we are thrilled to be hosting a discussion with Shailly Gupta Barnes, policy director for the Poor People's Campaign and the Kairos Center. She will share with us how the Hindu teachings of her childhood have informed her commitment to anti-poverty work and she will talk about the PPC's current policy initiatives, including the national resolution which will be launched on May 24. To register, click here.

RSVP HERE!
 
 
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LibertyCon 2021
Documenting Racially Restrictive Covenants
virtually on Saturday, May 22, at 3pm


Mara Cherkasky first wrote about racially restrictive covenants in the mid-1990s and has been systematically documenting and mapping them in Washington, DC since 2014. . .

Read More
 
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WPC Church School Food Drive


Saturday, May 22, 2021
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Westminster Pres Church parking lot
 Many neighbors are in especial economic difficulty in the pandemic. The drive-thru Food Drive is our way of showing kindness to our neighbors and guests at the FOCUS food pantry. The purpose is to help stock the pantry. 
 
Non-perishable donation items - for example:
  • Canned items: vegetables, fruits, and soups
  • Packaged goods: pasta, rice or cereal, and shelf or canned milk
  • Personal care items: toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo/conditioner 
 
When people arrive to donate, they should pull up into the parking lot, pop open their trunks and the children and youth will pick up the donations and shut the trunks. Helpers will bag or box items. All helpers will wear masks. 
 
This is a wonderful opportunity to support our children and youth in helping our neighbors contact John Bossung 518-275-8205, or Molly Dowell Baum 712-986-6010 with any questions.


 
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SAVE THE DATE! YOUTH & FRIENDS
Art Build & Civil Disobedience Training
Memorial Day, May 31, 12-3pm 
FPC Parking Lot, picnic, banner/signs together 
Health Care Justice SAVES LIVES!!
Hosted by Youth Group and the Capital District Poor People's Campaign

 
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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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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 21, 5:00 – 7:00
Saturday, May 22, 5:00 – 7:00
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.

Reviews of Anti-Racism Resources

Resource: Inheriting the Trade: A Northern Family Confronts Its Legacy as the Largest Slave-Trading Dynasty in U.S. History
By Thomas Norman DeWolf
Reviewed by Miriam Lawrence Leupold
 
Did you know that one of the largest US slaveholding families lived in Rhode Island? In 2000 Katrina Colston Browne wrote a letter to her ‘kith and kin’ to invite them to explore with her their common ancestors, the DeWolf family. She had been working on a documentary about the DeWolfs, the role of New England in slavery and the legacy of all this in the present. Thomas Norman DeWolf signed on for the exploration. This book shares his experience as he travels from New England to West Africa to Cuba with 9 other DeWolf descendants and learns about the slave trade and their ancestors’ involvement in it. Mr. DeWolf shares their firsthand experiences and how this family deals with what they learn. 

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

Thurs., 5/13       7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation

Saturday, 5/15   2:00pm   Garden Work Day at the Church

Sunday, 5/16      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, 5/18     9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                            7:00pm   Session Meeting

Wednes., 5/19   10:00am   Woman to Woman Small Group

Thurs., 5/20        7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                            4:30pm   Anti- Racism Task Force
                            7:30pm   Chancel Choir Virtual Meeting

Sunday, 5/23      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, 5/24     1:00pm   Covenant Small Group meeting

Tuesday, 5/25     9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                            6:30pm   FOCUS Board 


Wednes., 5/26    6:30pm   Women's Small Group
                            7:00pm   Dads' Small Group

Thurs., 5/27       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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