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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
& STEWARDSHIP
Carol Larter, Chair
Jim Hinkle
Brenda Meador
Sue Peck
Jane Smith
Laura Ruehle

STRUCTURE, BUILDING & GROUNDS
Jerry Meador, Co-chair
Tom Ruehle, Co-chair
Ron Chizek
Oakley Cole
Ron Custer
Linda Hinkle
Sandy Lane

EDUCATION, FELLOWSHIP & WORSHIP
Liz Custer, Co-Chair
Craig Talarico, Co-Chair
Emily Dening
Jane Smith
Helen Thompson
Donna VanAernam

MISSION & OUTREACH
Brett Dening, Co-Chair
Carol Hadcock, Co-Chair
Ruth Carey
Liz Custer
Ron Custer
Sharon Ritzmann
Helen Thompson

NOMINATING
Tom Ruehle, Session Clerk
Vice Moderator
Ruth Carey (2021)
Donna Chizek (2021)
Mona Cole (2021)
5 members from the congregation


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
        Elizabeth Custer (2020)
        Brett Dening (2018)
        Carol Hadcock (2019)
        Carol Larter (2019)
        Jerry Meador (2021)
        Tom Ruehle (2020), Clerk of Session
        Craig Talarico (2021)
Deacons
        Betsy Camarra (2020)
        Ron Custer (2020)
        Emily Dening (2021)
        Sue Peck (2019)
        Sharon Ritzmann (2019)
        Helen Thompson (2020)
Treasurer
        Laura M. Ruehle

SESSION
The next regular meeting will be Tuesday, February 19 at 7:00pm.
—Tom Ruehle, Clerk

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION, FELLOWSHIP & WORSHIP
Our next meetings will be:
Tuesday, February 5 at 7pm and Sunday, February 10 after refreshment time
—Liz Custer & Craig Talarico

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CHRISTMAS SHOE BOXES

This fall I let everyone know that we would be trying something different this year for box stuffing. Beginning in January we will be bringing in something different each month to stuff the boxes. Then in November we will have a "pack the boxes" event. We packed 20 boxes this year and I hope we can double that next year. So in January we will be bringing in hats, scarves, and gloves (stretch knit kind). We will be leaving the mitten tree up to receive our donations. Please be generous and fill our tree!
—Liz Custer


MESSAGE FROM OUR ORGANIST & CHOIR DIRECTOR

Greetings everyone!!
I am freezing, and I am ready for summer. Ok rant over.
I have been looking at some new music for the choir which you will hear later this year. Some of the Introits have a simple hand bell part to add to the texture of these service openers. We have a lovely set of hand bells that I would like to utilize more. I also have found a wonderful collection of specially arranged favorite hymns that will be used for preludes and offertories. I hope you enjoy lis-tening to them as much as I enjoy playing them.
The choir will be singing a new introit beginning this month entitled "In This Very Room" which has some very moving lyrics to set the tone for worship service. I hope you like it.
See you in church.
— Belinda Vair

MISSION & OUTREACH
Mission of the Month for February will be Haven of Hope.

—Brett Dening & Carol Hadcock
ThankYou
FROM:
Your kindness and generosity in making so many Christmases merry and bright again this year.
From Staff, Students and Families of Pleasant Avenue School.

ADMINISTRATION, FINANCE & PERSONNEL COMMITTEE
The committee will be meeting February 12 at 6:00pm.
—Carol Larter

STRUCTURE, BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS
The committee is busy completing several different projects like replacing the "down spot" bulbs in the Sanctuary, painting the kitchen floor and work on or removing the video and audio cables in the balcony. While continuing to finishing up some of the other projects that we have been working on this winter.
We are busy preparing the building and grounds for not only weekly events and worship, but the upcoming Lenten and Easter Season. Plans are being made for many areas to have touch up or repainting done both inside and out, once the weather warms up and the snow melts.
(Report by Ron Chizek)
The next committee meeting will be February 13 at 9:30am.
—Jerry Meador & Tom Ruehle

WORSHIP & MUSIC COMMITTEE

Our new Mission Statement: To provide opportunity for meaningful worship for all. (It was lost, but now it is found!)
• Preparations during the Christmas Services went well and I thank everyone for their help.
• The committee reviewed the budget.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 5 at 7:00 pm
—Craig Talarico

DEACONS' NOTES
The next committee meeting will be February 6 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

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

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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