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


Bob Cross
Lucy Diener
Philip & Roseanne Frye
Bev Grant

Tamara Healy
Barbara Johnson
Olga Kehoe
Natalie Klohck
Mary Niles
Barbara Remington


And any prayers
you may have in your heart

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Consider this—
From our experiences in life, what has God taught us? How have we experienced His faithfulness and love? In what ways has the Lord's love shaped out lives?
It's not how far we've traveled in life, but what we've brought back that counts.
(David McCasland)

As the years add up, God's faithfulness keeps multiplying.
(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


Genesis 23:1-6: "Sarah lived one hundred twenty-seven years; this was the length of Sarah's life. And Sarah died at Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan; and Abraham went in to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her. Abraham rose up from beside his dead, and said to the Hittites, "I am a stranger and an alien residing among you; give me property among you for a burying place, so that I may bury my dead out of my sight." The Hittites answered Abraham, "Hear us, my lord; you are a mighty prince among us. Bury your dead in the choicest of our burial places; none of us will withhold from you any burial ground for burying your dead."

SAVE THE DATE:
Please plan to stay after worship on July 23rd. We will gather in front of the church building and re-dedicate a memorial stone.

Years ago, one of my classmates in seminary wrote in one of their Christmas letters that, "So we left Elko, NV for my new call leaving Maddy's marker behind". Those words have stayed with me. After seminary one of their children had died and they buried her body in a cemetery in Elko. Often we ground our past and important memories in a specific place. I think it is a way of not letting something we care about become diffuse in our hearts and minds. Knowing that a loved one's body is in a specific place somehow firms up our memory of them. And it is not only the resting places of bodies. Consider how healing it was to put every name of a lost military member on the Vietnam Memorial Wall.

Because of the waxing and waning of decorative landscaping we have moved Mildred E. Reese's Memorial Stone. Because of the significance of remembering loved ones, it is important that we take the time to remember her again..

Faithfully,
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