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


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.

Rev. Leonard Sponaugle receives the charge during his installation


Sermons & Prayers



I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19

This summer we will be doing two new things: The first, this July, we will be hosting the second, Bridging the Urban Rural Divide conference. It is a several day event sponsored by the New York State Council of Churches. Its purpose is to help churches create and encourage positive change in their communities. The focus is mostly on economic issues.

I am pleased that we are doing this for several reasons. The first is somewhat cynical. Our ability to thrive as a church is increased or decreased by the size of our community. Growing economic activity - jobs will lead to an increase in our population and potential members. The second reason is that I think it is helpful to demonstrate to our neighbors that we care about more than strictly religious matters. We are concerned about all aspects of life! Finally, it is good stewardship to share our building.

The second, in August, we will be providing a Vacation Bible School for our community. We do this as a way of showing God's love to children. It will also be a multi day event.

These two events have two things in common. They both reach out to our community with things that are useful to them. And they both will require participation from all of us. Conveniently there will be many ways to contribute. The first event will need us to be good hosts: providing coffee, etc. and maybe ice cream out on our lawn. The second, VBS will need teachers, people to play games with the kids, make crafts, and to provide simple snacks.

Please make room in your schedules to be a part of these two new things here at F.P.C. There will be sign up sheets out soon.

Faithfully yours,
Pastor Leonard

Email for Pastor Leonard:



37 S. Market St., Johnstown, NY 12095
Ph: 518.762.8263 Fax: 518.762.2981