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REV. GW “BLAKE”
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has been a pastor for more than 35 years serving churches in Indiana, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Wisconsin, and now in Johnstown as the interim pastor of First Presbyterian Church.

Through the years, he and his wife, Lynn have led more than 30 mission trips with up to 150 youth and adults all over North America including Alaska, Mexico, and Nova Scotia. He has traveled to the Middle East on missions of peace on two separate occasions with Christian, Muslim, and Jewish leaders. Formerly, he was Senior Pastor of the 1,000 member Presbyterian Church in Newtown, PA and he initiated an active Prison Ministry in the North Philadelphia area of Bucks County and later in Durango, CO.

He has served as the Moderator of the Presbytery of Philadelphia and as Presbytery Cluster Leader in the Presbytery of Western Colorado as well as chairing the Committee on Ministry in both Philadelphia and Colorado.

Blake is an avid banjo and guitar player as well as a song leader. He holds a BA from Grinnell and Simpson College and an MDiv from Christian Theological Seminary. Lynn has served as a Family and Consumer Science High School teacher in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Colorado. Prior to coming to Johnstown, Blake served as interim pastor for the First Presbyterian Church of Shawano, Wisconsin for 2½ years where Lynn worked for Safe Haven Women’s shelter and volunteered for SAM25 homeless shelter.

Lynn and Blake have raised 3 children and are blessed with five grandchildren.

Pastor Blake conducts
worship services each month at
WELLS HOUSE.
If
you would ever like to join him,
let him know and he can arrange for you to attend
.

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Thanks to each person helping in the THRIFT STORE and with the FREE COMMUNITY LUNCHES!

BELOW: The choir is back!
Contact Belinda Vair to join.

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ABOVE: Walt reads scripture during worship
BELOW: Oakley helps with clean up
in the kitchen
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ABOVE: Belinda and Helen sing
"Here I am Lord."
BELOW: Jim and Brett discuss some of the new audio/video equipment

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ABOVE: Belinda and Liz treat the congregation with a duet
BELOW: Tom Ruehle, worship leader,
is our Clerk of Session

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ABOVE: Helen, Mona and Jahann
prepare food for the election night spaghetti dinner.

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ABOVE: Brett plays the Knox Chimes
BELOW: Ron Chizek prepares for a
multi-media presentation

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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

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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 — 518-762-8263

If you have an immediate need,
call Pastor Blake on his cell phone at 267-994-6758.

There was a brief CONGREGATIONAL MEETING after worship on Sunday, July 10 for the purpose of electing a Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC). Church members elected to the PNC are:
Brett Dening, Carol Larter, Tamara Healey, Craig Talarico, Mona Cole, Sue Peck and Thomas Ruehle.

OUR STAFF SERVING YOU
        Rev. G. W. Blake Blakesley, Pastor
        Belinda Vair, Organist and Choir Director
        Dawn Austin-Coletti, Office Administrator
        Laura Ruehle, Treasurer
        Rev. Carter B. Adriance, Congregational Associate
        Thomas Ruehle, Clerk of the Session

        James Wright, Custodian


OUR CHURCH OFFICERS
Session

        Linda Hinkle (2022)
        Walter Lane (2022)
        Mona Cole (2023)
        Thomas Ruehle (2023)
        Carol Larter (2024))
        Jerry Meador (2024)
        Barbara Taylor (2024)

        Sue Peck (Deacon)
Deacons
        Donna VanAernam (2022)
        Sue Peck (2022)
        Sharon Ritzmann (2022)    
        Donna Chizek (2023)
        Dan Malmborg (2023) 
        Tamara Healy (2024)
        Brenda Meador (2024)

Clerk of Session
        Thomas Ruehle
Treasurer
        Laura Ruehle

COMMITTEES
Administration, Personnel & Finance
        Walter Lane (Session)
        Carol Larter (Session)
        Jim Hinkle
        Sue Peck
        Laura Ruehle
        Craig Talarico

Structure, Building & Grounds
        Linda Hinkle (Session)
        Ron Chizek
        Oakley Cole
        Ron Custer
        Sandra Lane
        Thomas Ruehle

Mission & Outreach
        Mona Cole (Session)
        Lynn Blakesley
        Liz Custer
        Jahnn Gibson
        Mary Iovino
        Helen Thompson

Nominating
        Thomas Ruehle (Session)
        Sue Peck
        Ron Chizek
        Walter Lane (Session)
        Laura Ruehle

Worship & Fellowship
        Carol Larter (Session)
        Blake Blakesley
        Betsy Camarra
        Ruth Carey

        Belinda Vair
Education
        Barbara Taylor (Session)
        Carol Hadcock
        Walt Lane
        Tom Ruehle
        Donna VanAernam (Crafts)

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PRAYERS FOR OUR NEW OFFICERS—
We ordained and installed our new officers on February 13. We ordained Barbara Taylor as Elder and Tamara Healy as Deacon. We installed Carol Larter and Jerry Meador as Elders and Brenda Meador as Deacon. We said many thanks to Brett Dening, Craig Talarico and Emily Dening as outgoing officers for their many years of service.

NEW SOUND SYSTEM & LIVE STREAMING UPGRADES
A Memorial to Roger Ritzmann
Please contact the church office if you are interested in being trained on the equipment in order to help with this vital ministry.

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THE HALF WALL
Special thanks to Ron Custer and Ron Chizek for building a half wall to house our new sound and streaming equipment in the sanctuary.
Also, thanks to Brett Dening for helping to re-wire the bell and clock tower so we can get it up and running again!

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PASTORS of FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, Johnstown, NY

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
CENTER LEFT—Reverend E. Elwood Carey, 1969-1985
CENTER MIDDLE—Reverend Barry Paul Murr, 1986-1996
CENTER RIGHT—Dr. Earl S. Johnson, Jr., 1998-2011
LOWER LEFT —Reverend Leonard Sponnaugle, 2014-2019