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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

COFFEE HOUR SCHEDULE
SEPTEMBER
1   Session
8   Mission & Outreach
15   AFP & Stewardship
22   Education
29   Deacons
OCTOBER
6   Buildings & Grounds
13   Fellowship & Worship
20   New Century Women
27   Deacons


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
        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 REQUESTS YOUR HELP
The Session has appointed a committee to find an Interim Pastor. The Congregation will elect the Pastor Nominating Committee at a later date, after we have done some work with the Interim. If you are interested in serving on the Pastor Nominating Committee, please let one of the Session members know and your name will be put on the list for later consideration.
—Tom Ruehle, Clerk

We will be having guest/supply ministers for the next few months. It would be wonderful if there were someone to greet our guest on Sunday morning and show him/her around and an-swer any questions that they might have. It would also be wonderful if we could have more liturgists to help our guest preachers through the order of our worship. If you would be interested in either activity, please sign up in the Knox Room. There is already a sign-up for liturgists and there will be also be a sign up for greeter. You may do one or the other or both if you are so inclined.

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION, FELLOWSHIP & WORSHIP

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Christmas Shoe Boxes

September's Shoe Box Items are games
(puzzles, etch-a-sketch, peg board games, coloring books)

—Liz Custer

WORSHIP & MUSIC—Next meeting will be September 3 at 7pm
Reminder— please check the new list of filling dates for the candles.
— Craig Talarico

MISSION & OUTREACH
Mission of the Month for September will be Church World Service Cropwalk.

—Brett Dening & Carol Hadcock

ADMINISTRATION, FINANCE & PERSONNEL COMMITTEE
The committee will be meeting Tuesday, September 10 at 6pm
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN UPDATE

We would like to thank everyone for their support of the Capital Campaign Project, which was established to run from 2017-2019 for the purpose of raising funds to repay the money which was borrowed from the church funds to replace the church roof and the heating system.
The Capital Campaign is still active and needs your continued monetary support or pledge until the end of December. Again, thank you for your continued support.
—Carol Larter

STRUCTURE, BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS
• Painting of the office foyer and other summer projects have been completed.
• We will soon start preparing for the fall season and getting ready for the cooler weather.
• The bi-annual boiler inspection by the insurance inpector has been completed, and we passed.
• We continue to work on different projects and repairs needed around the church building.
The next meeting will be September 24 at 7pm.
—Jerry Meador & Tom Ruehle

DEACONS' NOTES
Our next meeting will be on September 4 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

ThankYou
FROM:
Haven of Hope Farm and Residence send their thanks for allowing them to share their work with the church and for the $359.00 donation.

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

Volunteer

COMMUNITY FREE LUNCH PROGRAM
UPDATE:
The freezers have been defrosted and the old items thrown out. We must ask that from now on any committee putting items into the freezers, to please label the items with the date you put it in the freezer and what it is. Also, please try to use the items as soon as possible to avoid waist.
Our Free Lunch to the neighborhood takes place both the first and the last Saturday of every month. 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.
Please prayerfully consider helping out at our free lunch program and contact Helen Thompson for details.
—Tom Ruehle
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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
CENTER LEFT — Reverend E. Elwood Carey, 1969-1985
CENTER — Reverend Barry Paul Murr, 1986-1996
CENTER RIGHT — Dr. Earl S. Johnson, Jr., 1998-2011
BOTTOM LEFT — Reverend Leonard Sponaugle, 2014-2019