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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

Olga Kehoe
Natalie Klohck
Mary Niles
Barbara Remington


The Family of
Bob Barr
who passed away on April 2

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Consider this—
To the followers of Jesus in Rome, Paul wrote, "In Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us." (ROM. 12:5-6).

Among the gifts Paul mentioned are prophecy, service, teaching, encouragement, giving, leadership, and mercy. (VV.7-8).

Each gift is to be exercised freely for the good of all (1 COR. 12:7).
(Our Daily Bread
10 Easter Reflections)

Serving is most often done publicly,
but maybe a little anonymous service could help us learn to rest in God's opinion of us.
He who created us in His image values us so much that He gave us His Son and shows us His love each day.


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Rev. Leonard Sponaugle receives the charge during his installation

 

Sermons & Prayers

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PASTOR'S PONDERINGS

BEING A PART OF SOMETHING

Matthew 25:31-40: When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, 'Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.' Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?' And the king will answer them, 'Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.

I am excited to tell you that we are adding a mission this summer! We will be providing lunch to about thirty school aged children one weekday a week for most of the summer. The lunches will be made here at the church and then distributed down at the Band Shell.

The Bible verses above are one of many examples in Scripture of God's man-date that we who can provide food to hungry people. That act is one of the most basic ways of being faithful.
This new mission has come about because the school district cannot provide free lunches over the summer as they have done in the past. All their facilities are being remodeled and are unsafe for "little feet".

One of the best things about this new mission is there are several easy ways for anyone to participate: you can shop for the food, assemble the lunches, distrib-ute the lunches. The Mission committee will provide more details about this shortly. Regarding details, these bag lunches will consist of: a hearty sandwich, some kind of vegetable, a piece of fruit, a juice box, and a treat.

Recently I was asked what recent event in the church made me joyful? With-out hesitation I thought of our Halloween Pitstop when we provided food and drink on the front sidewalk to the kids and their parents as they walked through our neighborhood. I love it when we interact with our neighbors, and this new mission is another opportunity to do just that..

Faithfully,
Leonard

Email for Pastor Leonard: pastor@johnstownpresbyterian.org

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
37 S. Market St., Johnstown, NY 12095
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