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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
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Treasurer
        Laura M. Ruehle

NOMINATING & STEWARDSHIP
We will receive pledges for 2019 during Sunday worship on November 4. That happens to be the first Sunday after All Saint's Day (Thursday 1st). I like the connection between especially significant people of the church and sacrificial giving. Of course many of the saints we celebrate were poverty stricken, so we don't emulate all of them in our financial giving. Nevertheless, all the saints we cele-brate and miss sacrificially gave of themselves for the Jesus way. It is a good connection!
Each of us will receive a letter encouraging stewardship and a pledge card in the second week of October.
For the Session,
— Pastor Leonard

SESSION
The next regular meeting will be Tuesday, October 17 at 7:00pm.
—Roger Ritzmann, Clerk

MESSAGE FROM OUR ORGANIST & CHOIR DIRECTOR

Greetings Everyone!! The choir continues to be back in full swing to enhance the worship service.
We have a new anthem we are working on. It is titled "River in Judea".
It is a contemporary piece with a sentimental gospel feel and lovely lyrics.
We will be performing it at the end of this month.
Sincerely,
— Belinda Vair

THE MISSION COMMITTEE
Mission of the Month for October will be the City Mission of Schenectady.

—Brett Dening
ThankYou FROM:
Special Offerings for One Great Hour of Sharing— the congregation's gift of $308.00
Mountain Valley Hospice— the congregation's gift of $311.00
Presby. Mission US Hurricane Response and the Atlantic Regional Hurricanes
— the congregation's gift of $447.00

ADMINISTRATION, FINANCE & PERSONNEL COMMITTEE
The committee will be meeting October 9 at 6:00pm.
—Carol Larter

BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS
The committee met on September 12— here are some of the items that were discussed:
• On-going projects and repairs around the church building are being finished up.
• We have started Fall clean up in order to start winterizing the building, the boilers have been serviced and are running well
• Sanctuary carpets and floors are being cleaned, along with refurbishing and updating the Sanctuary pews Christmas decorations to prepare for the fall and holiday season.
The next committee meeting will be October 17 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!)
• Happily the piano repair and tuning is complete.
• Choir robes have been dry cleaned for the year.
• Choir practice is at 9:15a.m. every Sunday before service.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, October 3 at 4:30 pm
—Craig Talarico

DEACONS' NOTES
• Do you have spare time? Do you want to make a difference in someones life?
If so the Free Lunch program could use your help on the first and/or last Saturday of the of the month. Stop in and help where help is needed.
• PRAYERS - Please keep the people that have been effected by recent Hurricanes in your prayers.
The committee will be meeting October 3 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
We started back to a full schedule on September 9 with kick off Sunday with classes starting on the 23rd. There was registration for all young people for church school, and of course any teens that might be interested. And following worship there was a covered dish picnic on the side lawn, with the Deacon's providing the hot dogs.
Please consider teaching our young people. You may sign up for any number of Sunday's that fit your schedule. There are still slots open. The sign-up for that is in the Knox room.
We always have room on the Christian Education committee for more people to share in the educa-tion of our youth. The more people we have the more ideas to make church school a nurturing expe-rience for our them. Please consider joining. Hope to see you October 15 at 11:45am.
—Liz Custer

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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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ThankYou
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 undergoing 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