The Christmas Joy Offering has been a cherished Presbyterian tradition since the 1930's
The Offering distributes gifts equally to the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions and to Presbyterianprelated racial ethnic schools and colleges, and so much more.



Thank you to everyone who participates in placing a flower arrangement for our Sunday Services.
The following dates are still open:
Dec. 31, Jan. 21, March 11 and April 29
If you would like to remember or honor someone on any of these dates,
please let me know.
Carol Hadcock
Flower Chairperson

Items for the Johnstown Food Pantry


Dr. Les & Cynthia Morgan
Missionaries in Bengladesh

Just a report on the thrift store. It is doing well, but we really could use more help.
Just four hours now and then.
The job description is as follows:
1. Open the store
2. Sit by the desk
3. Assist customers
4. Cash them out
5. Close the store at the end of the day.
Please consider signing up to help, you can find the sign-up sheet on the side table in the Knox Chapel.
Thank you,
—Monda Cole


37 S. Market St., Johnstown, NY 12095
Ph: 518.762.8263 Fax: 518.762.2981
Email: office@johnstownpresbyterian.org



The members of First Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) of Johnstown, believe that we are called to be the people who embody the love of God in Jesus Christ thereby becoming covenant people in who Christ again lives. We will work especially hard to provide programs for youth, educational and informational programs for the community (i.e. Parenting, aging parents, family issues, Habitat for Humanity, the Food Pantry, Hospice) and tending to people with special needs through in-home visitations and providing spiritual care in area nursing homes. We will plan and celebrate a Spirit filled, prayerful worship service each Sunday and we will provide Christian education for children and adults. We care about the connectional church and we will participate in Presbytery, Synod, General Assembly governance through prayers, financial resources, and serving as delegates and commissioners. We will participate in local ecumenical programs (i.e. Johnstown Council of Churches) and support global church reconciliation through the World Council of Churches.

A Wonderful New Thing
Below is an article describing our new program run by the deacons to keep in touch with all the members of the congregation. Often such programs are called shepherding programs, but the name doesn't matter, what is important is the regular effort to care for, build relationships, and create community.
My children have gone ear blind to the words, "nothing good happens by accident". Nevertheless it is true. I am grateful that our deacons are willing to increase their work in order to expand their caring.
Please welcome their efforts with enthusiasm and thanks.
Hopefully yours,
Pastor Leonard

Project Life Saver

The Deacons are supporting a mission project that will benefit the residents of Fulton County with a donation of $300.00 This program allows for the monitoring of children with Autism and Developmental Disabilities also Alzheimer patients. It allows the use of GPS tracking if they wander off or become lost.
A Time for Helping and Giving - As in many years past, the Deacons have reaching out to the third grade schools in Johnstown to help provide a Merry Christmas with gifts for the children of our city. There will be poster board listing the gender, sizes and wish list for each child. We are asking the congregation to help the Deacons to make this a good holiday for these children.
Our Service - Beginning in January 2018, the deacons will be initiating a new emphasis in our service to this con-gregation. The Book of Order states that "The office of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of sympathy, witness and service after the example of Jesus Christ." We feel as deacons, to carry out this charge, we need to personally get to know everyone in the congregation by making contacts pe-riodically throughout the year. These conversations are a great opportunity to let us know if you have noticed that someone you know who usually attends church is missing or ill so that we can check on what their needs might be. This effort is not an attempt to keep track of individual church attendance, but a genuine attempt to make sure someone who needs help doesn't slip through the cracks. So, when you are approached by a deacon, take a minute to chat and get acquainted, for we think it will be an opportunity to bring us all closer togethe..
Prayer Chain
Do you need prayers or know of someone who might?
Kindly call the church office or any of Prayer Chain members with your prayer request, and they are: Ruth Carey, Donna Chizek, Mona Cole, Liz Custer, Carol Hadcock, Jane Smith or Donna Van Aernam. If you would like to be a part of the Prayer Chain, we would be happy to add you to the list.
—Donna VanAernam, Chairperson

Prayer Chain Group for 2017.
Do you need prayers or know of someone who might? Kindly call the church office or any of Prayer Chain members with your prayer request: Ruth Carey, Donna Chizek, Mona Cole, Liz Custer, Carol Hadcock, Jane Smith or Donna Van Aernam.
If you would like to be a part of the Prayer Chain, we would be happy to add you to the list. 

If there is anyone who would like to attend church services but is unable to drive, please call the church office (762-8263).

Prayers are asked for some members of our congregation who are not feeling well. Remember we are here if anyone needs us. Please contact a deacon or Joanne at the church office to ask for help.


Our Free Lunch to the neighborhood has expanded from one Saturday a month to two Saturdays each month! This is wonderful! This program / ministry is making a difference in our neighborhood. It is not just food that people are receiving. The companionship around the table is a joy to see and experience.
Of course, another benefit to this expansion is another opportunity for you to participate in mission. Please prayerfully consider helping out at our free lunch program and contact Helen Thompson for details.

The Twin Cities Council of Churches
has asked all churches for help with the Food Pantry all through the year. There is a wooden chest in the vestibule for your convenience. Please take a moment to share with the less fortunate in our community. Your thoughtfulness will be appreciated by all concerned. If you have any questions please call the church office. Again, thank you for helping us with this important task.

The Council of Churches Food Pantry is expanding its hours of operation to include every Wednesday from 4:00 - 6:00. If you are interested in volunteering one Wednesday a month please call Roger Rhodes (256-5766) or Carol McGrattan (774-8780).

Some items needed are:
Peanut Butter - Jelly - cereal - instant oatmeal - canned fruit - spaghetti sauce - tomatoes - meals in a can - (stew, ravioli, spaghettio's, or boxed hamburger helper, etc.)boxed macaroni and other types of pasta, canned meats - tuna, chicken. All food items must be non-perishable. Plastic and cans are preferable over glass jars.

Check out the links below for information about the Presbyterian Church in our area, in our country and around the world.

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) www.pcusa.org
Presbyterian News www.pcusa.org/navigation/news.htm
Presbytery of Albany www.albanypresbytery.org
Presbyterian Outlook http://www.pres-outlook.com/