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Events this weekend

Join us Sunday, May 8,
for education, worship and fellowship!
Albany County’s CDC Community level is RED
so we’re following the RED protocols on Sunday.
Here are the complete charts.
Here is just the RED chart which is our level.
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Adult Education at 9:00-9:45 am
What role does faith play in addressing the climate and
biodiversity crises of our time? 
Christianity has sometimes been taken to task as a cause of the ecological crisis. Presbyterian thinker Lynn White Jr.’s classic 1967 essay, for instance, notes how uniquely anthropomorphic Christianity is, compared to other world religions. And yet, the Bible teems with creatures and seeds. Theologians and White himself have identified Christian ethics that provide a more expansive place for our religious obligations to the natural world. What are they? Might stewardship for the earth play a role in deepening our faith? How? Kendra Smith-Howard will lead this session and conversation about these issues.

Join us via Zoom (link below)

Children's Education at 9:15-9:45am
Join us via Zoom (links below) 

Preschool class will return in September
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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 and social distancing are required.
We urge you to wear a high filtration mask
 – these are available upon entering the church building.
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 or outside on Willett Street, weather permitting.
Come & enjoy conversation with one another!

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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 on line to donate (
Thank you for your continued support of FPC ministries.

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Trouble the Water

New and Exciting Educational Opportunity for the Entire Congregation

The new and exciting educational program “Trouble the Water:  Conversations to Disrupt Racism and Dominance" offered by the Anti Racism Task Force continues. Developed by the PC(USA) in response to the 222nd General Assembly’s call for church-wide conversations on race, the video series is designed to encourage conversations in local churches about race, racism, ethnicity and ethnocentrism.  Join us via Zoom on the next five consecutive Wednesday evenings, between 7:00-8:30 pm, to watch the videos and talk about them together.

Come to as many evenings as you can!  The dates and topics are:

                         Wed., May 11:   “Whiteness”
                         Wed., May 18:   “Racial Identity”
                         Wed., May 25    “Intersectionality and Disruption”
                         Wed., June 1:     “Where Do We Go From Here?”
Click here for the Zoom link.

 A Message from the Social Justice and Peacemaking Committee

Come Visit the Sustainable Albany Tent at Tulip Fest 2022


What:  The 1st ever “Sustainable Albany Tent” at the Albany Tulip Festival

When:  Sat. May 7 and Sun. May 8 from 11 am to 6 pm

Where: Washington Park, Albany, in a 30x60’ tent near the food vendors and                tulip beds

Who:  Many environmentally-focused organizations from in and around
            Albany will have information tables.  Plus there will be ½ hour
            workshops - see list & schedule here.

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 



Get on the New York bus to the June 18th Poor People's And Low-Wage Workers Assembly and Moral March On Washington.

New York is joining people from across the nation to gather in Washington, DC for the June 18th Poor People's and Low-Wage Workers Assembly and Moral March On Washington. We will come together after months of mobilizing and organizing for this declaration by poor and low-wealth people and our moral allies to say that this system is killing ALL of us and we can’t…we won’t…we refuse to be silent anymore!

Saturday, June 18 departure times and locations in New York state are listed below. We will be returning in the late evening on June 18. We encourage all who are able to donate to cover the cost of their seat ($75). Lunch will be provided. Proof of vaccination will be required.

Join Us! Register now to reserve your seat!


The New York State Museum will host an in-person screening of the documentary, “Searching for Timbuctoo” on Thursday, May 5, 2022, at 7 p.m. in the Huxley Theatre. The film will be followed by a Q&A session with the filmmaker, Paul Miller.

The documentary recounts the history of New York abolitionist Gerrit Smith who responded to an 1846 state law, intended to prevent Black men from voting, by donating 120,000 acres of land to 3,000 Black families so they might meet the voting law’s eligibility requirements. The settlement, which came to be called Timbuctoo, was lauded by such abolitionists as Frederick Douglass and John Brown.


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FELLOWSHIP TIME:  We're pleased to announce that Fellowship Time is once again being held either in Assembly Hall or outside on Willett St. 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)


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


Youth Group News


Parents/Caregivers, please take 5 minutes to respond to this Survey to help us set goals for our youth programming. 



Youth Celebrations:

Congratulations to Dorothy Sperry and the Albany High Falcons Robotics team! Read about how the team made it to the top third of  the National Championship in Houston last week. Listen to Dorothy describe how the team’s robot works in this radio interview with WAMC 90.3


Highlights from CROP Walk:

Youth Leaders Sierra and Molly walking with Sally! And Titus the dog!

The route took us right by another youth’s house, so we stopped to see Lydia!



School Play? Sports Event? Music Concert?

If you/your 6th-12th grader has a special event coming up, please let our youth director, Molly, know & invite her to come! Please share photos and updates with Molly on experiences and accomplishments so we can celebrate with you. 


We have several special events coming up this Spring and Summer. We hope you/your youth will join us in these opportunities to gather, serve, and have fun!

Upcoming Events: 

May 22- Youth Usher for Worship

June 12- Albany Pride Parade

June 18- March on Washington D.C.



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

May Birthdays

Robert Dreher                                       Mary Vail                                
5/1                                                            5/16                                  
Meddy Jacques                                      Rose Jackson
 5/2                                                           5/20  
Peggy Schalit                                          Rowan Lindsley Fletcher
 5/2                                                           5/20  
Janna Pfluger-Boucher                         Ray Henrikson   
 5/4                                                           5/22  
Owen Gilbo                                            Jacquelyn Ellsworth
 5/7                                                           5/29 
Miriam Lawrence Leupold                  Todd Stevens
 5/9                                                          5/29 
Karen Smith                                          Eric Fagans

 5/10                                                        5/30
Susan Sneeringer                                  Sebastian Mikel Tañón-Elias 
5/14                                                         5/30 
Sam Rogers                                           Mary Kelly
5/15                                                         5/31

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


Thurs., 5/5         7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)

Sunday, 5/8        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

Monday, 5/9      1:00pm   Covenant Group Meeting

Tuesday, 5/10     9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom 
                            6:30pm   Anti-Racism Task Force

Wednes., 5/11     7:00pm   Trouble the Water
                            7:30pm   Dads' Small Group Meeting

Thurs., 5/12      7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                           6:30pm   SWAT Team Meeting
                           7:00pm   Soloist/ Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, 5/15      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

Tuesday, 5/17     9:00am   Men's Bible Study via Zoom 
                            7:00pm   Session Meeting

Wednes., 5/18   10:00am   Women to Women Small Group Meeting
                            7:00pm   Trouble the Water

Thurs., 5/19      7:00am   Men's Bible Study (Rose Room)
                           6:30pm   General Meeting of Capital Region Poor
                                          People’s Campaign

                           7:00pm   Soloist/ Choir Rehearsal
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