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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

11 For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. 12 Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you.
— Jeremiah 29:11-12

GOALS
2018 greets us with all the possibilities a new year offers. Of course there will be some surprises, and we will react to them in the best possible ways. We can also shape what happens in this new year by setting goals. I want to tell you about three of them.

We will successfully transition our music ministry to a new organist and choir director. Of course we have to find the new person, and the search is al-ready well underway. In addition we will need to welcome that person and help her or him to adjust to our ways of doing things. In addition we will need to adjust to some of his or her ways. Music is a combination of art and science; no two keyboardists play exactly same way. There will be some bumps and some pleasant surprises along the way.

The Session will engage in some education and training. The role of the Ruling Elder in the Presbyterian church is one of spiritual leader. But that fancy title is not well fleshed out. Conveniently there are good guides and programs for this. It will require a de-emphasis on "business" at our meetings for a time. I think it will in time result in a better functioning Session.
I remain convinced that Dinner Church is a worthy idea. It is a new way to reach out to our neighborhood, and it addresses the crisis of loneliness and disconnection in our culture. I know launching a new thing is difficult. Please continue to pray for this idea.

Goals are often pushed to the side by unforeseen events. Nevertheless it helps to set a course. I invite you to help me hold myself accountable to these goals by asking me about them. And don't be afraid to set some goals regarding your life of faith as well.

Faithfully yours,
HAPPY NEW YEARS
Pastor Leonard


Email for Pastor Leonard: pastor@johnstownpresbyterian.org

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