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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

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

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

MUSIC & WORSHIP
Craig Talarico, Chair
Sharon Ritzmann
Jane Smith

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
        Belinda Vair, Guest 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
The next regular meeting will be February 20 at 7:00pm.
—Roger Ritzmann, Clerk

THE MISSION COMMITTEE
Dave Ramsey's Smart Money Event started on January 17 and runs for 9 weeks.
        76% of people live paycheck to paycheck.
        64% of Americans cannot cover a $1,000 emergency.
        The leading cause of divorce is money fights & money issues.
        Beginning January 17, the First Presbyterian Church of Johnstown will be holding a
                Financial Peace University (FPU) class to help address these issues.
        FPU is a 9-week program that teaches people to gain control of their finances by
                following biblical principles. It meets once a week and classes run 1.5hrs.

Please share with anyone you know who may benefit from learning how to take control of their mon-ey. If you would like more information, please contact First Presbyterian Church at 518-762-8263
Brett Dening @ bdening@outlook.com please include FPU in the subject. Or you can visit
http://www.FPU.com

Membership and class materials are currently available for $109 online at http://www.fpu.com/1052202. Our Mission Committee has already purchased 11 membership kits that are available for purchase at $85 each at the First Presbyterian Church of Johnstown.
—Brett Dening

ADMINISTRATION, FINANCE & PERSONNEL COMMITTEE
The committee will be meeting February 13 at 6:00pm.
—Jane Smith & Carol Larter

BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS
The committee met on Jan. 3rd and the following items were discussed
• The Sanctuary audio system frequency has been changed on the pastors microphone.
• The water leak in the radiator in the Custodian room has been repaired.
• Plans for Spring Clean up and projects are being discussed.
The next committee meeting will be February 7 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!)
• Advent & Christmas Eve and Blue Christmas were well attended.
• Madrigal Choir event went well and everyone had an enjoyable time.
• Plans were discussed for the Lenten Season.
• Discussions in regards to the scheduling of organ & piano tuning.
• New oil candles have been order.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 6 at 4pm
—Craig Talarico

DEACONS' NOTES
The committee will be meeting February 7 at 6:30pm.
Christmas Gifts to Johnstown Schools
Thank you notes have been received from the Johnstown schools
It's Mardi Gras time
The Deacons will host a Mardi Gras Party NEW DATE WILL BE ANNOUNCED
Live Music by "The Dixie Land Band" Fun and Food
Please mark your calendar bring your friends, come and enjoy !
Prayer Chain
Kindly call the church office or any of Prayer Chain members with your prayer request Ruth Carey, Donna Chizek, Mona Cole, Liz Custer, Carol Hadcock, Jane Smith or Donna Van Aernam. If you would like to a part of the Prayer Chain we would be happy.
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 February 11 at 11:45am.
Adult Christian Education started back up in January
Being Disciples: Essentials of the Christian Life by Rowan Williams.

—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