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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

TECHNOLOGY
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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

SESSION
The next regular meeting will be Tuesday, January 15 at 7:00pm.
—Roger Ritzmann, Clerk

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION & SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT
As many of you know one of our teachers, Donna Van Aernam, has had a fall and broken her ankle and will be out of commission for a few months. The Christian Education committee is putting out a plea for teachers to help cover the open Sundays that Donna would have taught. If you can not teach for a whole month and can only offer a week or two that would be a great help. Our curriculum is very user friendly and would not need much preparation so don't feel intimidated. Please check your calendars, there is a sign up sheet in the Knox Room for those that would be interested.
—Liz Custer

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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! Please consider joining us at our next meeting on January 13 at 11:45am.
—Liz Custer


MESSAGE FROM OUR ORGANIST & CHOIR DIRECTOR

Greetings to one and all!!
I hope everyone's holiday season was joyous and we can all settle down for the winter. Whoever invented fleece pajamas was a genius!!

It was my pleasure to provide seasonal music for the past month. It is some of my favorite things to play and my favorite time of the liturgical year. Thank you choir for all of your work this season. It is truly a pleasure to work with you and I know the congregation enjoys hearing you each Sunday. You are all appreciated more than you know. I would like to extend an extra thank you to Liz Custer and Carter Adriance for their solos this season. You both did a wonderful job and it was a pleasure coaching you.

The congregation will again enjoy another talented choir member the first Sunday in January as Helen Thompson and I play a duet for the offertory. Helen began piano lessons with me in September (yes you read that right!) and is ready to share her music with the congregation. New anthems as well as traditional favorites are in store for future Sundays. See you in church.
Sincerely,
— Belinda Vair

THE MISSION COMMITTEE
Mission of the Month for January will be Doctors without Borders.

—Brett Dening
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 January 8 at 6:00pm.
—Carol Larter

BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS
The committee met on December 12 and the following items were discussed
As you can see the committee has been busy preparing the building for the Christmas season, we hope everyone will enjoy it.
• Plans and estimates are being done for the repairs of the steeple. We are also be looking in to contracting to have electric work done in the Bell tower as well.
• We have a proposal from Tri-County Fire Extinguisher hydro test of the kitchen fire suppression system, which has to be done every so many years.
The next committee meeting will be January 9 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!)
• 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, January 8 at 7:00 pm
—Craig Talarico

DEACONS' NOTES
The next committee meeting will be January 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

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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