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ABOVE: Rev. Leonard Sponaugle, Pastor

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Summer music quintet
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

Oakley Cole
Carol Larter, Co-Chair
Brenda Meador
Laura Ruehle
Jane Smith, Co-Chair

BUILDING & GROUNDS
Ronald Chizek, Chair
Oakley Cole
Ron Custer
Zach Gatto
Linda Hinkle
Sandy Lane

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION & SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT
Liz Custer, Chair

MISSION, OUTREACH
& YOUTH

Brett Dening

MUSIC & WORSHIP
Craig Talarico, Chair
Jane Smith
Sharon Ritzmann

NOMINATING & STEWARDSHIP
Oakley Cole, Chair
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
        Ann Stefka, Organist and Choir Director
        Joanne Freeman, Secretary
        The Reverend Carter B. Adriance, Congregational Associate
        Zachary Gatto, 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 (2019)
        Oakley Cole
        Elizabeth Custer
        Brett Dening
        Carol Larter (2020)
        Jane Smith
        Craig Talarico
        Roger Ritzmann, Clerk of Session
        Vacant 3 year term
        Vacant 3 year term
Deacons
        Betsy Camarra
        Ron Custer (2020)
        Donna Davidson
        Emily Dening
        Sue Peck (2020)
        Sharon Ritzmann (2020)
        Ashley Ruehle (Youth)
        Laura Ruehle
        Donna VanAernam (2020), Chair
Treasurer
        Laura M. Ruehle

SESSION NOTES
The recent discussions of congregational life facilitated by Dr. Keli Rugenstein revealed a variety of questions and concerns. In anticipation of her final report and evaluation, the Session has already begun to identify those things that we, as a congregation, can do to foster communication and provide opportunities for expansion of "community."

A MEDIATION GATHERING was held on Sunday, June 11 at 2 pm:
All were invited to listen, talk, and problem solve.
The gathering was again led by Dr. Rugenstein. The pastor was not present.
Isaiah 1:18...Come now, let us reason together…

ADMINISTRATION, FINANCE & PERSONNEL COMMITTEE
The Administration, Finance, and Personnel Committee wishes to thank everyone who has pledged to support the Capital Campaign. As you may know, we are trying to restore the endowment funds which the church had to borrow from in order to pay for emergency building maintenance (boiler and roof replacements) as well as to fund additional capital projects such as updating the malfunctioning sound system.

The Capital Campaign has received twenty-one pledges totaling about $48,000. The campaign runs from 2017-2019. If you have not pledged and wish to do so, it is not too late. Contributions may be given monthly, yearly or as a one-time gift. You may choose whichever way you find to be convenient for you. If you need a pledge card for the Capital Campaign, there are some in the pew racks or you can contact the church office..
—Jane Smith & Carol Larter

BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS
— Painting of the CE classrooms has been completed and LED bulbs have been installed        
         in the foyer & restroom lights.
— The Bi-annual boiler inspection by the insurance com. Inspector has been completed,
         and we passed.
— Spring/Summer cleanup and yardwork of the grounds has been started.
— We continue to finish up different projects and repairs needed around the church building.
— The committee will not be meeting again till Sept. We will continue to update you
         during July & August of projects.
—Ron Chizek

WORSHIP& MUSIC COMMITTEE
        At the May 2nd meeting we reviewed and currently we are asking all of our fellow parishioners to share their musical talent with us. All are welcome! For more information or questions, please see Craig Talarico or Ann Stefka.
        The committee is continuing to clean and polish the brass candle holders.
—Craig Talarico

MUSIC NOTES — Summer Choir Rehearsal at 9:45am
July 2 Breathe on Me, Breath of God, by Jay Rouse
July 9God's Grace is So Amazing, by Mark Hayes
July 16Peace Like a River,, by Donald Moore
July 23Rejoice, the Lord is King, by Stan Pethel
July 30Rejoice, the Lord is King, by Stan Pethel
—Ann Stefka

DEACONS' NOTES
Prayer Chain
Do you need prayers or know of someone who might?
Kindly call the church office or any of Prayer Chain members with your prayer request, and they are: Ruth Carey, Donna Chizek, Mona Cole, Liz Custer, Carol Hadcock, Jane Smith or Donna Van Aernam. If you would like to be a part of the Prayer Chain, we would be happy to add you to the list.

As many of you may or may not know, Bev Grant is now living in Texas.
If you would like to send her a note, her address is:
7610 Manor Oaks Drive, Dallas Texas 75248 
—Donna VanAernam, Chairperson

THE MISSION COMMITTEE

Summer time. A time for vacations, camping, and beaches. Or, a time of anxiety, hunger, and crying to sleep. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 13.1 million children under 18 in the United States live in households where they are unable to consistently access enough nutritious food necessary for a healthy life.[i]
This summer the local school district is unable to offer the summer lunch program for children in need. We, together with the Council of Churches, have stepped up to fill this need. For 8 weeks we will help to ensure no child goes hungry and can enjoy summer as they should.
The program begins July 5th and runs through August 15, 2017. Lunches will be distributed at the village band stand from Noon - 1:00pm
First Presbyterian Church of Johnstown is providing Tuesday lunches.
A volunteer signup sheet, to make and/or distribute lunches, will be available in the Knox room. The pink envelopes may be used for donations.
—Brett Dening

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