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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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NOAH DINNER TEAM
SUNDAY, DEC. 2, 2018

12:00-1:00pm
TEAM 1-PRES

William Martelle
Ruth Carey
Betsy Thomas
Mona Cole
Donna Chizek
Ed Martellle
Helen Thompson

SESSION COMMITTEES

ADMINISTRATION,
PERSONNEL & FINANCE

Carol Larter, Chair
Jim Hinkle
Brenda Meador
Sue Peck
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
Helen Thompson
Donna VanAernam

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
        Shirleen Farrar, 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 (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)
        Emily Dening (2019)
        Sue Peck (2019)
        Sharon Ritzmann (2019)
        Helen Thompson (2020)
        Donna VanAernam (2019), Chair
        Youth
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Treasurer
        Laura M. Ruehle

WORSHIP ASSISTANTS IN ADVENT
The Season of Advent will include additional candles and readings during the four Sunday mornings before Christmas Eve, and of course more of the same during the Christmas Eve worship service. Please consider participating in this, either as an individual or as a family. (Actually, a couple of friends could join together to light and read.) It would be helpful if I would know the services are covered well before Advent. Please decide to do this and let me know.
Thanks,
— Pastor Leonard

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SESSION
The next regular meeting will be Tuesday, December 12 at 7:00pm.
—Roger Ritzmann, Clerk

MESSAGE FROM OUR ORGANIST & CHOIR DIRECTOR

Greetings all!!
Happy Holidays and welcome to advent. The choir is busy rehearsing for the advent season, as well as Christmas Eve.
Liz and Carter are also working on solos for the season which are sure to be very moving and meaningful for this time of year.
Preludes, Offertories, and Postludes will consist of arrangements of Christmas classics for organ and piano.
Please join us for worship and Christmas Eve to celebrate the season with music.
Sincerely,
— Belinda Vair

THE MISSION COMMITTEE
Mission of the Month for December will be the Christmas Joy Offering..

—Brett Dening
ThankYou
FROM:
• Peace & Global Witness program of $317.00
• City Mission of Schenectady of $265.00
• Presbyterian Mission-Special Mission of $317.00

ADMINISTRATION, FINANCE & PERSONNEL COMMITTEE
The committee will be meeting December 11at 6:00pm.
—Carol Larter

BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS
The committee met on November 14 and the following items were discussed:
The yearly winterizing of the church building and yard has been completed.
Painting the ladies restroom and the kitchen pantry floor is completed.
Steeple spot lightbulb has been replaced and new light fixtures were put in the pantry as well.
New this year the church will be using Lawn Tech to remove snow and salt sidewalks.
Upcoming projects we will be working on rejuvenating the floor tiles, along with other projects in the Sanctuary. And other on-going projects for the winter.
The next committee meeting will be December 12 at 9:30am.
—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 of our fellow parishioners are invited to share their talent during worship. For information or questions, please see Craig Talarico or Belinda Vair.
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Hanging of the Green was held on November 18 and new candles were ordered for the Christmas Season.
Discussion and review on both music for Dinner Church and the 2019 budget.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, December 4at 4:30 pm
—Craig Talarico

DEACONS' NOTES
A Time for Helping and Giving
We will be providing Christmas gifts to families for the three grade schools of Johnstown.
This season there are 3 families, 8 children, ranging in ages from 6 months old to 14 years old, and all are boys. Let's help to bring a Merry Christmas with gifts for these children.
The board is up with a Family's #, boys ages, sizes, their needs and a wish list.
Kindly sign up and provide a gift. Please bring your wrapped gifts by Dec 16th.
Please label the wrapped gift with the Family's # and child's age.
Please keep in your prayers Maryde King.
The committee will be meeting December 5 at 6:30pm.

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

ThriftStore

The thrift store is doing well, but we really need more help. Just four hours now and then. You won't believe the big difference giving a few hours a month makes.
The job description is as follows:
1. Open the store
2. Sit by the desk
3. Assist customers
4. Cash them out
5. Close the store at the end of the day.
Please consider signing up to help, you can find the sign-up sheet on the side table in the Knox Chapel.
—Mona Cole

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION & SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Please consider joining us, hope to see you November 11 at 11:45am..
—Liz Custer

Volunteer

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