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ABOVE: Ann Stefka, Organist and Choir Director for over 30 years, retires.
Thank you SO very much for bringing beautiful music to our services!
We wish you all the best.


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ABOVE: Rev. Leonard Sponaugle, Pastor

BELOW: Brett Dening plays carillon

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ABOVE: Preparing Meals to Share
BELOW: Ron Chizek
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SESSION COMMITTEES

ADMINISTRATION,
PERSONNEL & FINANCE

Carol Larter, Chair
Brenda Meador
Laura Ruehle
Jane Smith

BUILDING & GROUNDS
Ronald Chizek, Chair
Oakley Cole
Ron Custer
Linda Hinkle
Sandy Lane

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION & SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT
Liz Custer, Chair
Emily Dening

MISSION, OUTREACH
& YOUTH

Brett Dening, Chair
Sharon Ritzmann
Liz Custer
Ron Custer
Ruth Carey
Helen Thompson

MUSIC & WORSHIP
Craig Talarico, Chair
Carol Hadcock
Sharon Ritzmann
Jane Smith

NOMINATING & STEWARDSHIP
Session
Deacon
5 members from the congregation

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

                

Serving You

OUR STAFF SERVING YOU
        The Rev. Leonard Sponaugle, Pastor
        Belinda Vair, Organist and Choir Director
        Joanne Freeman, Secretary
        The Reverend Carter B. Adriance, Congregational Associate

CHURCH OFFICE HOURS

        Monday / Wednesday / Friday — 8:30am to 12:30pm
        Tuesday / Thursday — 12:45pm to 4:45pm

OUR CHURCH OFFICERS
Session
        Ronald Chizek (2018)
        Elizabeth Custer (2020)
        Brett Dening (2018)
        Carol Larter (2019)
        Tom Ruele (2020)
        Craig Talarico (2018)
        Roger Ritzmann, Clerk of Session
        Vacant 3 year term
        Vacant 3 year term
        Vacant 3 year term
Deacons
        Betsy Camarra (2020)
        Ron Custer (2020)
        Donna Davidson
        Emily Dening (2019)
        Sue Peck (2019)
        Sharon Ritzmann (2019)
        Helen Thompson (2020)
        Donna VanAernam (2019), Chair
        Youth (unfilled)
Treasurer
        Laura M. Ruehle

SESSION
The next regular meeting will be Tuesday, April 17 at 7:00pm.
—Roger Ritzmann, Clerk

MESSAGE FROM OUR NEW ORGANIST & CHOIR DIRECTOR

Greetings All!
I hope everyone's Easter was joyful. I also hope spring is on the way! A special thank you to the choir for their extra work during Holy Week. Thank you also to Liz Custer for her very moving rendition of an Easter Hallelujah performed on Easter Sunday. We have talented choir members. The choir will continue to sing a mixture of traditional and contemporary anthems during Easter time to enhance the worship service. Have a great month and THINK SPRING!!
Regards,
Belinda

THE MISSION COMMITTEE
A special thank you from:
Doctors without Borders for our generous gift of $222

Mission of the Month—
Church World Services

—Brett Dening

ADMINISTRATION, FINANCE & PERSONNEL COMMITTEE
The committee will be meeting April 10at 6:00pm.
—Carol Larter

BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS
The next committee meeting will be April 4 at 9:30am.
• We will be preparing to start the Spring clean-up of the grounds now that the weather is better.
• The new flooring for Clinton & office hallways with be starting on April 16th. Along with prepping the choir loft for new floors.
• The Sanctuary carpets will be professionally cleaned later this spring.
• Check the bell tower and the top of the main steeple as the decoration on top of the steeple has blown off during the winter. Lazy 8's will help with getting photos of the area with their drone.
—Ron Chizek

WORSHIP & MUSIC COMMITTEE

Our new Mission Statement: To provide opportunity for meaningful worship for all. (It was lost, but now it is found!)
• All Easter Worships were well attended.
• The new oil candles have been added .
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 3at 7:00 pm
—Craig Talarico

DEACONS' NOTES
The committee will be meeting April 4at 6:30pm.

• A monetary donation to JHS Post Prom Party, we have supported this program for many
years, and it helps provide a safe and a fun filled evening for all attend. They have sent us a thank you letter for the donation.
• Prayer Chain has been updated if you need or know someone that needs prayers, please
feel free to contact the church office or any members of the prayer chain.
Members are: Liz Custer, Jane Smith, Ruth Carey, Carol Hadcock, Mona Cole, Carol Larter, Sue Peck, Donna Chizek, Donna VanAernam.

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THE DEACONS STORY
We are the Deacons, we take care of your house.
Keeping the pews stocked, not with a church mouse.
Our monies are well spent to help those in trouble.
We aid kids of all ages and older folks, too. We reach out with visits and pretty flowers too Looking into the future we do have some plans andask for God's Blessing. We work thru his hands
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Pink & Blue—Boy or Girl
As in the past the deacons have honored parents, grandparents and great grandparents announcing the birth of the newest member of their family. Please let Joanne in the office know of the birth or Carol Hadcock, so the rose can be ordered.

—Donna VanAernam, Chairperson

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION & SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Please consider joining us at our next meeting on April 81 at 11:45am.
—Liz Custer

COMMUNITY FREE LUNCH PROGRAM
Our Free Lunch to the neighborhood has expanded from one Saturday a month to two Saturdays each month! This is wonderful! This program / ministry is making a difference in our neighborhood. It is not just food that people are receiving. The companionship around the table is a joy to see and experience.
Of course, another benefit to this expansion is another opportunity for you to participate in mission. Please prayerfully consider helping out at our free lunch program and contact Helen Thompson for details.
—Helen Thompson
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WHEN TO CALL THE PASTOR

Never quite sure when to call the Pastor?
Below is a list of occasions when the Pastor might be helpful:

When there is a serious illness
Before hospitalization or surgery
When a new baby has arrived
When death has occurred
When you are anxious about someone else
When a young person is about to leave home
When there are domestic troubles
When you face a difficult decision
When you are bothered about your Christian faith
When you are thinking about getting married
When you want to make your life count for more
Other ...
In doubt as to whether or not to call?
PLEASE CALL!!
If you do not call, we do not know.
Church office — 762-8263


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PASTORS OF FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, Johnstown, New York

TOP LEFT—Reverend Robert S. Magee, 1965
TOP RIGHT— Reverend Raymond A. Ketledge (1929-1957), pastor-emeritus,
and Reverend Nathaniel T. Goodwin, October 9, 1960,
after the formal presentation of the title
LOWER LEFT—Reverend E. Elwood Carey, 1969-1985
LOWER CENTER—Reverend Barry Paul Murr, 1986-1996
LOWER RIGHT—Dr. Earl S. Johnson, Jr., 1998-2011