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IN MEMORIAM
Please keep the family of
Barbara Remington
in your prayers
as well as
the family of
Mary Niles

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 no other time in the history of Christianity did love so characterize the entire church as it did in the first three centuries. And Roman society took note. Tertullian reported that the Romans would exclaim, "See how they love one another!"

Justin Martyr sketched Christian love this way: "We who used to value the acquisition of wealth and possessions more than anything else now bring what we have into a common fund and share it with anyone who needs it. We used to hate and destroy one another and refused to associate with people of another race or country. Now, because of Christ, we live together with such people and pray for our enemies."

The attentive among you will have noticed that I did not put words from the Bible at the top of my article, which is my normal practice. Above are observations about the early church and its participants from two of its most important leaders, Tertullian and Justin Matyr, who observed and noted how people treated each other.

What they noticed was relentless love in their relationships with each other. Today we would use the word community to describe such a group of people. Recently I have been starting meetings by asking the com-mittee members to find ways to increase and improve community here at our church. We learned through the mediation process that we need to work on this.

To that end, the Session has spent countless hours reviewing the Church Roll to make sure we know who our community is. You will see the names below. They are not just people we go to church with, these are your brothers and sisters in Christ! They are obligated to you, and you are obligated to them. We are to love each other and enjoy being loved.

So gaze and feast upon the people we are connected to through Jesus Christ:

Faithfully,
Leonard

Diana Ackernecht
Christine Benson
Quincy Brabant
Timothy Burton
Andrew Camarra
Betsy Camarra
Stephen Camarra
David Carey
Kerrie Carey
Ruth Carey
Donna Chizek
Ronald Chizek
Mona Cole
Oakley Cole
Mildred Cramer
Robert Cross
Liz Custer
Ron Custer
Donna Davidson
Brett Dening
Emily Dening
Lucy Diener
Rosann Frye
Robert Gates
Martha Gates
Jahnn Gibson
Beverly Grant
Carol Hadcock
Ellen Hart
Tamara Healy
Meghan Heroth
Jim Hinkle
Linda Hinkle
Thomas Horning
Deborah Hutchinso
Barbara Johnson
Olga Kehoe
Larry King
Maryde King
Natalie Klohck
Andra Kollar
Emily Kralovic
Walt Lane
Sandy Lane
Nicole Lanza
Carol Larter
Dottie MacVean
Paul MacVean
Fred Maderic
Pat Maderic
Dan Malmborg
Kristi Miner
Edward Martelle
Kelly Martelle
Sarah Martelle
William Martelle
Jacob Martelle
Jillian Martelle
Roberta May
Warren May
Brenda Meador
Jerry Meador
Ruth Miller
Joseph Miner
Kristi Miner
Mary Niles
David Ormiston
Sue Peck
Ginger Perham
Bill Pollak
Winnie Pollak
Florence Reed
Fran Reed
Roger Ritzmann
Sharon Ritzmann
Laura Ruehle
Ashley Ruehle
John Ruehle
Josh Ruehle
Andy Schreivogl
Diane Schreivogl
Dave Smith
Janet Smith
Jane Smith
Peter Smith
Norma Streeter
Mary Sutton
Christine Sutton
John Swedick
Lisa Swedick
Evan Swedick
Morgan Swedick
Sydney Swedick
Craig Talarico
Barbara Taylor
Betsy Thomas
Helen Thompson
Kaitlyn Thompson
Belinda Vair
Valachovic Glenn
Valachovic Kathy
Barbara Valachovic
Donna Van Aernam
Jean Van Pelt
Bill Van Voast
Janice Vertucci
Bill Waldron
Betsy Waldron
Peter Welker
Judy Welker
Marcia Winn

Email for Pastor Leonard: pastor@johnstownpresbyterian.org

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
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