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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


And any prayers
you may have in your heart

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Consider this—
God our Shelter, be a strong presence in the lives of neighbors who, having survived the winds and rains of Harvey, now face grief, uncertainty and weary days. May our generosity in prayer and in tangible signs of support overflow more than floodwaters, to sustain your work of healing and rebuilding and bring comfort and strength to those who suffer.
AMEN



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Rev. Leonard Sponaugle receives the charge during his installation

 

Sermons & Prayers

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PASTOR'S PONDERINGS

17 learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow. Come now, let us argue (reason) it out, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be like snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; - Isaiah 1:17-19r

Reading, Listening, Talking, Reasoning, Praying - Together


Years ago an Elder said something that has stayed with me. I had recently preached a sermon about a very controversial subject. This particular Elder happened to have agreed with my position, but not everyone in the congregation had. He wanted to remind me of the danger of saying controversial things while preaching, because it is a setting where one person gets to talk and everyone else has to listen. So, if a person is enraged by something a preacher says in a sermon, they cannot respond because of the setting. Nevertheless, I certainly will sometimes say controversial things while preaching. But, if possible, I try to say such things in a conversational setting. All of the above is a long-winded introduction to our upcoming 2018-2019 Education Program. The way we do teaching and learning here is interactive or conversational.

Consider, in our social media saturated society how often do we get to listen and talk with each other? The answer to that question is, not enough! Our education opportunities provide many things, but, perhaps, most important of them all is a place to listen and talk with each other.

Adult Education:
Thursdays 9:30 am - 10:30 am - caffeinated coffee provided
Thursdays 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm - decaffeinated coffee provided
Classes will begin on Thursday, September 20.
Classes will not be held on Thanksgiving or on the Thursday following Christmas.
This year our first book will be Slow Church Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus. One reviewer wrote: "This beautifully crafted book offers perceptive analyses, asks crucial questions and provides gracious wisdom for finding ways to live more fully attentive to God and to our particular time and place". Our second book will be chosen by the participants, and the third book will be Future Faith: Ten Challenges Reshaping Christianity in the 21st Century.

Children's Education:
Sundays 10:45 am - 11:30 am, beginning Sunday, September 23. Classes will not be held on the Sunday after Thanksgiving or on the Sunday after Christmas.
This year we are using the curriculum resource, Holy Moly. It teaches via persons / characters (Abraham, Jesus, etc.) in both Testaments in the Bible. It includes kids using their Bibles, a hands-on activity, and a video component.

Please participate and be a part of these opportunities to learn and to listen to one another.
The start to the new program year will be a picnic after worship on September 9. Books for Adult Education will be available, and some materials from Holy Moly will also be out so that parents and kids can get a preview of the curriculum resource.

Faithfully yours,
Pastor Leonard

Email for Pastor Leonard: pastor@johnstownpresbyterian.org

 

 

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