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MEMBER & FRIENDS
UPDATE

Here are some updates about our church family that we have permission to share:

Congratulations to Tamara Healy and Tim Flint! They celebrated their wedding vows this past Sunday, July 18. Pastor Blake officiated— our support and God's blessings go with them.

Shirleen Farrar sends her greetings to all of you in the church as she continues her recovery at home. She and her dog Frankie really enjoyed the picnic lunch we delivered on the 4th of July.

• Prayers for Jean Van Pelt who is celebrating that her most recent eye doctor visit was successful and she will not need surgery this month.

Please pray for Donna Chizek and Ron as Donna's sister Shirley recently passed away. It is always so hard to say goodbye.

Please continue your prayers for Rosa Ruehle for several health concerns.

• Barbara Johnson continues her recovery now at home. Please keep her and Earl in your prayers.

• We met a young woman in our community who is in need of housekeeping jobs.
If you would like to hire a housekeeper for any length of time or for just a one time cleaning please call Pastor Blake for information.

• We continue our prayers for all the families in Florida grieving after the collapse of the apartment building in Miami. Prayers also for the emergency workers and their tireless efforts.

• Prayers for the members of the Tribes Hill Presbyterian Church. After 180 years of ministry in that community, the church celebrated its final worship service on June 27.

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

Rosa Ruehle
Shirleen Farrar
Janice Vertucci
Sharon Ritzmann
Maryde King
Barbara Johnson
Roseanne Frye
Carol Hadcock
Donna Chizek

Include any prayers
you may have in your heart

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A MEMORIAL GIFT
• The bronze plaque to thank the family and friends of Roger Ritzmann has arrived. It will be mounted on the wall near the new sound and steaming equipment given in his memory..

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ABOVE: Advent candles, purchased with memorial funds given in honor of William B. & Martha W. Gates.

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MichaelCasey ABOVE: Pastor Blake with Michael Casey, Young Adult Advisory Delegate who attended the General Assembly. Michael addressed the congregation during Worship on October 25, 2020.

FIRST
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
37 S. Market Street
Johnstown, NY 12095
Ph: 518.762.8263
Fax: 518.762.2981
Email: office@johnstownpresbyterian.org

 

Sermons & Prayers

ZOOM WORSHIP & WORSHIP in the SANCTUARY at 10:30AM
At 10:30 am we host ZOOM Worship on-line. If you do not ZOOM, you may come and be with us in the sanctuary with masks on, and at least 10 feet apart from each other. Here is the link for you to join us.
CLICK THIS LINK for ZOOM worship
or
Call this number on your phone: 646-558-8656
Then enter the meeting ID: 862 5702 9475
CLICK HERE for the Bulletin

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Brett & Pastor Blake prepare for Zoom worship

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PODCAST WORSHIP
The weekly Podcasts will continue with a half hour of worship that you may listen to at a time of your choosing. These will be posted every Thursday afternoon. You can use the links below to find each one of them or simply go on FACEBOOK and search for "Blake Blakesley" and the most recent podcasts will come up.

PASTOR BLAKE'S PODCASTS

This week's podcast is a half hour of worship to convince you that you are enough for God to use. You can click on this link to hear the podcast at your own convenient time.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/8864714

The July 8 podcast is a half hour of worship about the power of singing.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/8821934

The July 1 half hour of worship is in celebration of Independence Day.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/879022

The June 24 podcast encourages us to love our enemies.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/8753995

The June 17 is in honor of fathers and father figures in our lives that offer us a glimpse of God's love. https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/8714205

The June 10 podcast is a half hour of worship to ask forgiveness and offer love to the LGBTQ+ community. https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/8673506

The June 3 podcast asks the question, "If I want to be a peacemaker, how do I begin?" https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/8640481

The May 27 podcast is a half hour of worship that asks the question, "Can we be trusted to tell the truth?" https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/8595581

The May 20 podcast gives thanks for those who are working for peace in the Middle East. https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/8550793

The May 13 podcast gives thanks for friends who are there for us when we need them in our darkest hours. .https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/8508415

The May 6 podcast is a half hour of worship to broaden our understanding of God as loving Father and Mother. https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/8466869

The April 29 podcast is a half hour of worship about the story of the rich man and Lazarus. https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/8422807

The April 22 podcast challenges us to take the care of our planet and the care of each other more seriously. https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/8379530

The April 15 podcast is a reminder of the need to act even in times of overwhelming despair. https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/8335548

The April 8 podcast is in praise of eyewitness accounts that change the world.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/8291887

The April 1 podcast is a celebration of Easter. https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/8247691

The March 25 podcast considers the qualities of MERCY.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/8209686

The March 18 podcast asks the question, "Why walk when you can fly"
as it challenges us to soar with Jesus. https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/8164917

The March 11 podcast is about including friends of other faiths. .
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/8117569

The March 4 podcast is about giving your love away.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/8069580

The February 25 podcast is about working to change the world for future generations.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/8023036

The February 18 podcast is about temptation and the season of Lent.
It starts with the story of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/7944055

The February 11 podcast is about combating racism— the third of three podcasts
during Black History Month. It's based on the story of Lydia in the book of Acts.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/7790092

The February 4 podcast is about systemic racism —
the second of three podcasts about Black History Month.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/7659382

Last week's podcast is about slavery—
the first of three podcasts about Black History Month.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/7536172

The January 28 podcast is about the new President and our mercy.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/7411828

The January 21 podcast is about the new President and our mercy.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/7411828

The January 14 podcast is about challenging our beliefs about right and wrong.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/7280719

The January 7 podcast is about making sense of the senseless violence and destruction that happened at our capitol.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/71784

The December 28 podcast is a vision from Isaiah about new things in a new year.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/7067671

The December 17 podcast is about JOY. Choose joy each and every day.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/6863499

The December 10 podcast is about PEACE.
The peace of Christ is a powerful tool in a world filled with conflict.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/677588

The December 3 podcast is about HOPE.
Does everything need to be hopeful for us to have hope?
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/6658402

The November 19 podcast is about the inner conflict between good and evil in all of us. Why can't we do what we know is right?
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/6442066

The November 12 podcast is all about PEACE.
Inner peace, personal peace, lasting peace, God's peace that passes all understanding.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/6328096

The November 5 podcast asks the question, "Does God have faith in us?"
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/6223504

The October 29 podcast tackles the important question,
"What do we do after the election is over?"
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/6124678

The October 22 podcast tells the story of Ananias and Sapphira
who met a foul end in a story in the book of Acts.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/6014530

The October 15 podcast is all about shaking off the coma brought on by the enormity of the problems we face. It's based on a poem from Isaiah.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/5900077

The October 8 podcast is centered on a letter that Paul wrote to his dear friend Timothy.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/5791024

The October 1 podcast is all about that first Presidential debate.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/5678545

The September 24 podcast is a challenge to become great in a new way.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/5576272

The September 17 podcast is about how this just might be your time to stand up for what is right. It is based on the story of Esther.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/5473462

The September 10 podcast is about how forgiveness can set you free.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/5374057

The September 3 podcast is about how Psalm 23 speaks to us at this time in history.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/5262715

The August 27 podcast is about hating others who do not agree with us.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/5161819

The August 20 podcast is about acts of kindness and how they change the world.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/5066762

The August 13 podcast is about being an outcast and the ways we create outcasts by excluding others.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/4982309

The August 6 podcast is about how hard it is to have faith in anything anymore. It's based on the 14th Chapter of Matthew where Peter tries to walk on the water.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/4882229

The July 30 podcast is all about God's amazing love in an unfair world.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/4770671

The July 23 podcast is all about parables of the kingdom of heaven from Matthew 13.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/4684832

The July 16 podcast is all about Jacob's Ladder and the assurance that God is with us even in our moments of despair. It's based on Genesis 28.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/4582364

The July 9 podcast is about how to pray when you just don't know how to pray. It's based on the fascinating Psalm 119.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/4492655

The July 2 podcast is about the arguments we have with ourselves about what is right and what is wrong. It comes from the letter that Paul wrote to the churches in Rome.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/4413716

EARLIER PODCASTS
June 25      https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/4314851
June 18      
https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/422514
June 11      https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/4123331
June 4        https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/4033814
May 28      https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/3937772
May 21      https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/385849
May 14      https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/3744002
May 7        https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/3659218
April 30      https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/3555079

April 23      https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/3465676
April 16      https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/3384706
Easter         https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/3316654
Maundy Thursday Communion
                  https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/3287596
April 2        https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/3212047
March 26   https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/3119509
March 19   https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/3047896

And just for fun, a sing along podcast with just music https://www.buzzsprout.com/937951/3361036