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ABOVE: Rev. Leonard Sponaugle, Pastor

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Summer music quintet
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

Oakley Cole
Carol Larter, Co-Chair
Brenda Meador
Laura Ruehle
Jane Smith, Co-Chair

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

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION & SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT
Liz Custer, Chair

MISSION, OUTREACH
& YOUTH

Brett Dening

MUSIC & WORSHIP
Craig Talarico, Chair
Jane Smith
Sharon Ritzmann

NOMINATING & STEWARDSHIP
Oakley Cole, Chair
Deacon
5 members from the congregation

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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
        Ann Stefka, Organist and Choir Director
        Joanne Freeman, Secretary
        The Reverend Carter B. Adriance, Congregational Associate
        Zachary Gatto, Custodian

CHURCH OFFICE HOURS

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

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

SESSION NOTES
The recent discussions of congregational life facilitated by Dr. Keli Rugenstein revealed a variety of questions and concerns. In anticipation of her final report and evaluation, the Session has already begun to identify those things that we, as a congregation, can do to foster communication and provide opportunities for expansion of "community."

Next MEDIATION GATHERING is scheduled for Sunday, June 11 at 2 pm:
All are invited to listen, talk, and problem solve.
The gathering will again be led by Dr. Rugenstein. The pastor will not be present.
Isaiah 1:18...Come now, let us reason together…

ADMINISTRATION, FINANCE & PERSONNEL COMMITTEE
The Administration, Finance, and Personnel Committee wishes to thank everyone who has pledged to support the Capital Campaign. As you may know, we are trying to restore the endowment funds which the church had to borrow from in order to pay for emergency building maintenance (boiler and roof replacements) as well as to fund additional capital projects such as updating the malfunctioning sound system.

The Capital Campaign has received twenty-one pledges totaling about $48,000. The campaign runs from 2017-2019. If you have not pledged and wish to do so, it is not too late. Contributions may be given monthly, yearly or as a one-time gift. You may choose whichever way you find to be convenient for you. If you need a pledge card for the Capital Campaign, there are some in the pew racks or you can contact the church office..
—Jane Smith & Carol Larter

BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS
During the May 2 meeting we discussed:
        The on-going projects and clean up from the winter of the grounds and building,
                and getting ready for the spring and summer.
        Continuing the painting of the Christian Education rooms upstairs.
Other areas the committee is looking into:
        Repairs of the center stained glass window on the north side of the Sanctuary.
        Some brick & grout work on the front of church under the main steeple area.
        Clean brick of algae as necessary and seal brick on lower front of church.
—Ron Chizek

WORSHIP& MUSIC COMMITTEE
        At the May 2nd meeting we reviewed and currently we are asking all of our fellow parishioners to share their musical talent with us. All are welcome! For more information or questions, please see Craig Talarico or Ann Stefka.
        The committee is continuing to clean and polish the brass candle holders.
        The next meeting will be on Tuesday, June 4th at 4:30pm
—Craig Talarico

MUSIC NOTES
June 4 – Pentecost
Breathe on Me, Breath of God, by Jay Rouse
In memory of family by Donna Van Aernam.

June 11 – Trinity Sunday
God's Grace is So Amazing, by Mark Hayes

June 18 – Fathers Day
Peace Like a River,, by Donald Moore

June 25 - Eleventh Sunday Ordinary Time
Rejoice, the Lord is King, by Stan Pethel

SUMMER CHOIR REHEARSAL AT 10AM STARTS ON JUNE 18
—Ann Stefka

DEACONS' NOTES
Prayer Chain
Do you need prayers or know of someone who might?
Kindly call the church office or any of Prayer Chain members with your prayer request, and they are: Ruth Carey, Donna Chizek, Mona Cole, Liz Custer, Carol Hadcock, Jane Smith or Donna Van Aernam. If you would like to be a part of the Prayer Chain, we would be happy to add you to the list.

As many of you may or may not know, Bev Grant is now living in Texas.
If you would like to send her a note, her address is:
7610 Manor Oaks Drive, Dallas Texas 75248 
—Donna VanAernam, Chairperson

THE MISSION COMMITTEE

Mission of the Month for June will be the City Mission of Schenectady.
Read the expanded mission report on the Mission Page or by clicking here.
—Brett Dening

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