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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
Laura Ruehle, Treasurer
Jane Smith

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
Carol Hadcock
Sharon Ritzmann
Jane Smith
Helen Thompson
Belinda Vair, Organist
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 (2021)
        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)
        Brenda Meador (2021)
        Sue Peck (2019)
        Sharon Ritzmann (2019)
        Helen Thompson (2020)
Treasurer
        Laura M. Ruehle

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

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION, FELLOWSHIP & WORSHIP
Our next meetings will be:
Worship Committee on Tuesday, March 5 at 7pm and
Education Committee on March 10 after refreshment time.

Worship & Music: Preparations for the Lenten and Easter Season has begun.
• Pastor Leonard reported that Good Friday Service this year will be at the Broadalbin Presbyterian Church.
• Belinda Vair shared that the choir music is being prepared up to Palm Sunday.
• Tom Ruehle & Liz Custer were guests at the meeting. Tom inquired about having the church open on Good Friday.


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Christmas Shoe Boxes

Christmas Box items are needed each given month. You will see that each month we will focus on different items to donate, with the last donation in November being the $9.00 for cover the cost of mailing box. You can put your donations around the Christmas tree before Service on Sundays.
Christmas Box—March's items are: Quality Crafts
—Liz Custer & Craig Talarico


MESSAGE FROM OUR ORGANIST & CHOIR DIRECTOR

Greetings all!!
I am patiently awaiting the end of winter. Believe it or not, it is time to think about the Lenten Season. The choir is busy rehearsing music for the upcoming season and the general theme I have chosen is walking with God and serving him in this very important season. Preludes will be arrangements of well-known pieces that allow for reflection and meditation. Our opening choral introit will be enhanced with hand bells thanks to Helen and Jahnn. Come and enjoy the music.
See you in church..
— Belinda Vair

MISSION & OUTREACH
Mission of the Month for March will be One Great Hour of Sharing.

—Brett Dening & Carol Hadcock

ThankYou
FROM:
Presbyterian Mission for the $541.00 church donation for Christmas Joy 2018

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.
With spring not far off, we hope to start preparing the building and grounds for the upcoming Lenten and Easter Season.
Here are a few important items to share:
• Our NEW meeting DAY & TIME will be the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:00p.m., starting with next meeting on Tuesday, March 26 at 7pm.
• Tri-County Fire Extinguisher company has replaced the fire suppression system tank in the kitchen. We have also added rubber mats under the dishwasher for the trays to rest on and a new 3'x 6' rubber mat for the kitchen.
• We are busy scraping and resurfacing the window wells in Fellowship Hall and the edges of the floor in the choir loft.
• And hopefully with Spring coming soon, we will start preparing for spring and all the Lent & Easter activities.
—Jerry Meador & Tom Ruehle

DEACONS' NOTES
The next committee meeting will be March 13 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

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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

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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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