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Members of First Presbyterian’s Antiracism Task Force will conclude
 a series called “Dismantling Racism, Building Racial Justice in Institutions”


        When:  Wednesday, February 8, 7—8:30 pm
      Where: via zoom
     Format: Pre-recorded webinars and group discussions; webinars produced by Crossroads for the Association of Partners in Christian Education and the Presbyterian Youth Workers Association

      Topic: “How can Christian educators cultivate values that
                            challenge white supremacy?”

Contact the church office (518-449-7332 or in advance to sign up, obtain the video link and obtain the zoom link.  Participants will be asked to view a 1-hour webinar at home before each gathering. On Wednesday evening, we will watch a related 30 minute Q & A segment together and then discuss.



Fresh Flowers for the sanctuary on Sundays may be donated in honor or in memory of a person or event. The cost is $80.  A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board outside the main office. You may contact Jamie directly at 518-449-7332 or


The Outreach and Mission Committee is collecting needed articles for the Giffen Elementary School’s “Clothes Closet” which goes beyond just clothes. Articles may be left in the box in the Assembly Hall designated for this purpose.  Items needed: healthy snacks, soap, wash cloths, towels, deodorant, tooth brushes, tooth paste, several bath mats (for the school showers), small hand gloves, small feet socks, wash cloths, children sized long-sleeved shirts, sweat-shirts, or hoodies. 


Join us online for Finger Labyrinth Walks and Meditations each Thursday through February 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 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!


Whitewashed:  The Racism Project
Saturday, February 18, 3:00pm
Please join us!


Please join members of Westminster’s Racial Justice Vigil Team and First Presbyterian’s Anti-Racism Task Force on Saturday, February 18, at 3:00 pm for a film and conversation about the history and ongoing impact of racial oppression in America.
Westminster’s Racial Justice Vigil has taken place every Tuesday since September 2020.  Local activist Shirey Archie joins on his lunch break from his job. Archie was profiled by Paul Grondahl in the Times Union this past October. Several First Pres members went to see the stage production of Whitewashed: The Racism Project, which Archie co-created with director Michael Kennedy and a group of local actors. 
As part of our ongoing effort to deepen our understanding of systemic racism, the Racial Justice Vigil team and FPC’s Anti-Racism Task Force are hosting a viewing of the film version of Whitewashed.  Afterwards, we’ll talk about the film and the issues it raises with Archie and director Michael Kennedy.  Please join us!
Whitewashed: The Racism Project - Following a year of collaborative writing and rehearsing by a cast of local Black actors and activists, Whitewashed premiered as a stage production in September 2019 and performed locally to sold out houses until live performances were halted due to COVID-19. This production confronts white fragility and internalized racism by presenting the history and present-day experiences of being Black in America. See the trailer here. The film lasts approximately 75 minutes.
Where: At the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 85 Chestnut Street, Albany. Venue parking is limited but street parking is also available.
Cost: Free of charge and open to the community.  Donations in support of the work of Creative Action Unlimited, “a theater company committed to sharing the stories of marginalized and vulnerable members of our society…in order to create meaningful social change,” will be gladly received.



Please Sign Up to Provide a Meal for the Youth Group!

We’re asking that families please sign up to take a turn to provide a meal for our regular meetings.

Click the link to sign up→ Meal Train for Youth Lunches


Albany Presbytery is seeking to hire a part-time (12-15 hours/week) Administrative Support Services person "to provide administrative and communications support to the Presbytery enabling effective and hospitable administrative support."  Click here for more details. If you or someone you know is interested, cover letter and resume can be sent to . 



A message from FOCUS ministry:
We need volunteers!

Due to illness, a termination, and a grant reducing weekly staff work hours, we have been stretched very thin as we try to meet the needs of our guests. One year ago, in January 2022, we served 32 breakfast guests a day.  On January 5th this year we served 92 breakfasts.  We are close to tripling the numbers of people we are serving at our FOCUS soup kitchen.  We are struggling to do this with fewer staff.  And we are struggling to do this when the food supply chain is interrupted and we need to spend a lot of time finding food and non-food supplies at an increasing number of purchasing sites.  Our Food Pantry guests are also increasing. Here’s how you can help:
FOCUS Breakfast Program at Westminster (Our doors are open Tues, Wed and Thurs 7am to 8:30am) 
- Wednesday & Thursdays 6:45am to 8:45am (to help serve breakfast - by handing out coffee, breakfast plates, milk & juice, or bags of to-go lunch)
Breakfast Cook or Prep Cook (this commitment involves arriving early: around 5:45am to 6am and working until 8:30am or 8:45am.)  We need folks who can be "back-up cooks" or "back-up prep cooks" when our current volunteer cooks take a much-deserved break.  We need folks who are available Tuesday or Wednesday or Thursday. 
Thursday clean-up (8:30am to 9:30am)  Since Thursday is our last day of the week to offer breakfast, we do a deep clean on Thursday morning.  Can you help us during this hour?  We sweep, mop, move items to our storage bin, and often move tables, chairs and plastic barriers to accommodate other groups who may use the fellowship hall during Thursday to Sunday. 
- Tuesday & Thursday Pastoral Care 6:45am to 8:45am -- listen and talk with individual guests, many of whom have few people available/willing to listen to their hopes and needs. 
FOCUS Food Pantry at Emmanuel Baptist
Thursday Pick up Food Orders at Regional Food bank (in Latham) from mid-morning to late morning. Or Help to Unload a Truck which comes to drop off groceries for our Food Pantry.
Belinda Quaye, our awesome Volunteer Coordinator, is happy to train you and schedule you. Send her an email:

Youth News

Sunday Feb 19

12-2pm Lunch and Program on the 2nd floor

February Birthdays

Linda Stevens                                         Molly Dowell Baum
2/8                                                            2/19
Annabel Lewis                                        Karen Brown
2/8                                                            2/19
Marian Eaton                                         Deborah Shoup
2/10                                                          2/20
Sharon Steffens                                      Sahil Yashib
2/10                                                          2/21
Kelsey Mayo                                           Fiona McKinney
2/10                                                          2/24
Mirabelle Beck                                       Ze Samuel
2/11                                                          2/24
Michael Lister                                        Jeannette Elias
2/15                                                          2/26
Sanyu Kimuli                                         Robert Stevens
2/17                                                          2/27
Jace Brown                                        

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


Tuesday, 2/7       9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                            1:15pm   Staff Meeting
                            5:30pm   Outreach and Mission Committee Meeting
                            6:30pm   Membership Committee Meeting
                            7:30pm   Christian Education Committee Meeting
                            7:30pm   Social Justice & Peacemaking Committee Meeting

Wednes., 2/8      7:00pm   Dismantling Racism, Building Racial
                                           Justice in Institutions

Thurs., 2/9         7:00am   Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                            6:30pm   WPNA Meeting 
                            7:00pm   Soloist/ Choir Rehearsal

 Sunday, 2/12     9:15am   Preschool Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education 
                            9:15am   Adult Education
                            9:30am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
                          10:30am   Worship Service In-Person/Livestream on
                          11:45am   Fellowship Time

Monday, 2/13    1:00pm   Covenant Group

Tuesday, 2/14     9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                            6:30pm   Anti-Racism Task Force

Wednes., 2/15   10:00am   Women to Women Small Group

Thurs., 2/16        7:00am   Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                            7:00pm   Soloist/ Choir Rehearsal

Saturday, 2/18    3:00pm   Whitewashed: The Racism Project

 Sunday, 2/19     9:15am   Preschool Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education 
                            9:15am   Adult Education
                            9:30am   Soloist/Choir Rehearsal
                          10:30am   Worship Service In-Person/Livestream on
                          11:45am   Fellowship Time
                          12:00pm   Youth Group

Tuesday, 2/21     9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom
                            7:00pm   Session Meeting

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