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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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NOAH DINNER TEAM
SUNDAY, DEC. 2, 2018

12:00-1:00pm
TEAM 1-PRES

William Martelle
Ruth Carey
Betsy Thomas
Mona Cole
Donna Chizek
Ed Martellle
Helen Thompson

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
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Treasurer
        Laura M. Ruehle

WORSHIP ASSISTANTS IN ADVENT
The Season of Advent will include additional candles and readings during the four Sunday mornings before Christmas Eve, and of course more of the same during the Christmas Eve worship service. Please consider participating in this, either as an individual or as a family. (Actually, a couple of friends could join together to light and read.) It would be helpful if I would know the services are covered well before Advent. Please decide to do this and let me know.
Thanks,
— Pastor Leonard

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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, November 20 at 7:00pm.
—Roger Ritzmann, Clerk

MESSAGE FROM OUR ORGANIST & CHOIR DIRECTOR

Greetings all!!
I hope everyone is staying warm in this chilly fall weather. The choir continues to enhance the wor-ship experience with anthems that hopefully inspire and bring joy to the service. We again will be performing a variety of anthems both meditative and uplifting. November will bring a popular uplifting spiritual called "This Little Light of Mine", and also an arrangement of a well-known hymn called "It is Well With My Soul", which is a choir favorite.
See you all in November.
Sincerely,
— Belinda Vair

THE MISSION COMMITTEE
Mission of the Month for November will be the Salvation Army..

—Brett Dening
ThankYou
FROM:
• Church World Service helping to fight the challenges of hunger, lack of safe water.
• City Mission of Schenectady for the generous gift and helping to make a difference

ADMINISTRATION, FINANCE & PERSONNEL COMMITTEE
The committee will be meeting November 13 at 6:00pm.
—Carol Larter

BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS
The committee met on October 17 and the following items were discussed:
• The yearly winterizing of the church building has started with the maintenance of the
boilers, new batteries in the thermostats, and winterizing the windows.
• A bulletin board was installed in the Knox Room for announcements, just like the one found by the stairwell at the Clinton Street entrance.
• The committee is working hard on other projects both inside and outside of the church.
The next committee meeting will be November 14 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!)
• All of our fellow parishioners are invited to share their talent dur-ing worship. For information or questions, please see Craig Talarico or Belinda Vair.
ChristmasDecorating
It's that time of the year again…..please come and join in the decorating of the church for the Christmas Holidays, on November 18 following Worship. It truly is a fun event and brings so much to our Christmas Worship Season and the celebration of Christ's birth .
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 6 at 4:30 pm
—Craig Talarico

DEACONS' NOTES
A Time for Helping and Giving
As in many years past the Deacons will be reaching out to the 3 Grade Schools of Johnstown to help provide a Merry Christmas with gifts for the children of our city. Look for the poster board near the end of November or early December. The board will list the school, gender, age, sizes and the wish list for each child kindly sign up to help these families have a Merry Christmas
Please keep in your prayers Maryde King.
The committee will be meeting November 7 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
Please consider joining us, hope to see you November 11 at 11:45am..
—Liz Custer

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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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