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IN MEMORIAM
Please keep the families of
Mary Niles & Marcia Winn
in your prayers

PRAYER LIST
Please keep members of our
Church Family in your prayers:


Bob Cross
Lucy Diener
Philip & Roseanne Frye
Bev Grant

Olga Kehoe
Natalie Klohck


And any prayers
you may have in your heart

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Consider this—
God, thank You for the beautiful promise of a home. Please bring peace to our world, and provide for the needs of all of Your children.
God promises His children a peaceful home in His kingdom.
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(Our Daily Bread
June-August)



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Rev. Leonard Sponaugle receives the charge during his installation

 

Sermons & Prayers

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PASTOR'S PONDERINGS

At Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty firmament! Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his surpassing greatness!
Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with clanging cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! Let everything that breathes praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
Psalm 150


When I shared the news in Sunday worship that Ann Stefka is retiring after 31 years of service as our Organist and Choir Director I realized it was one of those moments when an expected thing is also a surprising one. Of course, Ann was going to retire someday, but after decades of seeing her regularly play any person naturally just gets used to it, and without thinking assumes it will go on indefinitely.

Ann has been a gift to this congregation; she will be missed, and not forgotten!

Naturally, our Session accepted her retirement notice with regret, sadness, and thanks. Then after we pulled our hearts out of our stomachs, we began putting an action plan in place. We will ad-vertise in several places, but realize it may take considerable time to fill the position. Simply put, the organ has not been a popular instrument for quite some time, so fewer people have been learning how to play it. This means we will have to be patient and flexible. There will be worship services when we have guest musicians; which means there will be awkward moments when a hymn starts before it should and other such things.

So, pray, be patient, be flexible, trust a good musician is out there for us, and be willing to laugh through the awkward moments.

I have had several disturbing conversations about hearing in our worship services recently. Two people have told me that they do not come to worship anymore because they cannot hear the service. Another person has told me they can hear everything in worship except for me. And yet another per-son has stopped coming because they got the false impression that the devices we have to help peo-ple hear are only distributed on a limited basis.

If you are having trouble hearing please, please, please, use the devices we offer; just ask an usher for one. If the device does not make it possible for you to hear, when you return the device after worship tell the usher that you still couldn't hear and your name. We will follow up with you.

Faithfully,
Pastor Leonard


Email for Pastor Leonard: pastor@johnstownpresbyterian.org

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