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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
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

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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

Volunteer
Just a thank you to those who help in the thrift store.
Just a thank you to those who help in the thrift store.
To date we have made $2,374.00 for the church this year. If we want to keep this going, we could use more volunteers. We have many good comments on the store.
Thank you
Please remember to sign-up to help. We can always use more help with the many projects and help manning the store.
— Mona Cole

SESSION
The next regular meeting will be September 18 at 7:00pm.
—Roger Ritzmann, Clerk

MESSAGE FROM OUR ORGANIST & CHOIR DIRECTOR

Welcome to the coming of fall that brings milder temperatures, colorful foliage and pumpkin spice! The work on the piano is finished. The hammers have been replaced and the action of the keys has been adjusted. The sound has been worked on to create a brighter and cleared tone. The instrument has also been tuned and is ready for the season. The choir has been working on some new anthems as well as some old favorites.
We are preparing music of a variety of styles, as well as trying again some acopella selections. The choir meets before church every Sunday morning and works hard to provide music to enhance our worship service. They continue to be a very talented and dedicated group as well as a pleasure to work with. Thank you choir members for all you do!
Sincerely,
Belinda

THE MISSION COMMITTEE
Mission of the Month for September will be Peace & Global Witness

—Brett Dening

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

BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS
The next committee meeting will be September 12 at 9:30am.
Now that summer is nearing an end….Soon we will be preparing the building for the fall cool and winters cold bite. The church grounds are looking really nice.
—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!)
A meeting was held on May 1. Below are some of the items discussed:
• Organ was tuned for the summer.
• Belinda reported she was getting good feedback regarding the music.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, September 4 at 7:00 pm
—Craig Talarico

DEACONS' NOTES
The committee will be meeting September 5 at 6:30pm.

• Prayer Chain - if you need or know someone that needs prayers, please feel free to
contact the church office or any members of the prayer chain.
The 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.

— Donna Van Aernam

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
Holy Smokes! Can it really be September already? The summer went by very quickly!
Our Christian Education committee has been active all summer. We met, finalized and conducted the Vacation Bible School program "Moose On The Loose," planned for new curriculum and readied our space for the new year.
Many thanks for all of the work done by the many members of our church family for "Moose On the Loose". I could NOT have done it without you. Your dedication was above and beyond the call of duty. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
We will be having our "Kick Off Sunday" on Sunday, September 9, 2018. We will have registration for all the young people who will be joining us this year. There will be a potluck picnic, following worship, on the side lawn (weather permitting) or in the dining hall (in case of rain). Please sign up in the Knox room.
Bring a dish to pass, hot dogs and beverages will be supplied by the Christian Education Committee.
Unfortunately, classes for our children will not begin until Sunday, September, 23, 2018, both of the teachers that signed up will be out of town until that day. If there is anyone in the congregation who would like to teach, even if you only have one Sunday, please sign up in the Knox Room. Classes will not be held on the Sunday after Thanksgiving or on the Sunday after Christmas.
—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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Volunteer

COMFORT BAGS FOR PATIENTS UNDERGOING DIALYSIS
at Nathan Littauer Hospital

THANK YOU!
The NCW and Men's Group would like to thank everyonewho donated and/or helped with the groups mission of filling comfort bags with items useful for patients undergo-ing dialysis at N.L.H.
Altogether we were able to deliver over 40 over stuffed goody bags to them.

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