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ABOVE: Ann Stefka, Organist and Choir Director for over 30 years, retires.
Thank you SO very much for bringing beautiful music to our services!
We wish you all the best.


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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
Brenda Meador
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

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)
        Donna Davidson
        Emily Dening (2019)
        Sue Peck (2019)
        Sharon Ritzmann (2019)
        Helen Thompson (2020)
        Donna VanAernam (2019), Chair
        Youth (unfilled)
Treasurer
        Laura M. Ruehle

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

MESSAGE FROM OUR ORGANIST & CHOIR DIRECTOR

I have had several members comment on how nice it has been to hear the piano being played during services. We are blessed to have two exceptional musical instru-ments to enhance our worship service. There are plans to do some work on im-proving the sound and action of the piano beginning in June.
I am very much enjoying my new role as your organist and choir director. The choir continues to work on preparing a variety of anthems; some upbeat such as "Shout to the Lords," some more meditative such as our Communion Anthem.
There may be a couple of gospel-style pieces as well. Stay tuned and see you on Sunday mornings
Regards,
Belinda

THE MISSION COMMITTEE
What could the people of God accomplish if they managed money according to God?
As March wrapped up so did the Financial Peace University class we hosted. A nine session class that, using biblical principles, teaches how to build a firm financial foundation for prosperity so you may live, and give, like no one else.

Before the class started, one of the comments I received when telling someone about what we were offering was "Another scam to get my money". Another person lamented on how a car payment was a way of life; like a mother-in-law, you just had to live with it. Finally, I suffered through listening about the merits of one credit card versus another as my comments fell on deaf ears.

If any of these people had taken the class I'm sure they'd agree that: It was not a scam; You do NOT need to keep a car payment around like a pet; The reduced risk from saving and using cash outweigh the airline miles or cashback "deals".

To paraphrase some of the comments from those who attended:
I think most people have enough money if they pay attention to where it goes.
I'd learned a lot of what was this class taught the hard way, I wish someone had told me years ago.

We talk about money now.
In 9 weeks approximately 20% of the debt held by the class was paid off. By continuing to follow the lessons taught —where will these people be in 9 months? In 9 years?
What could they accomplish?
ANYTHING THEY WANT!
We still have reduced price kits available, and will gladly run another class. Just let us know.

Mission of the Month for May will be: Heifer International

A thank note from Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II for our Pentecost Offering was received. An reminded us that it will support the Young Adult Volunteer Program.

—Brett Dening

ADMINISTRATION, FINANCE & PERSONNEL COMMITTEE
The committee will be meeting May 8 at 6:00pm.
—Carol Larter

BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS
The next committee meeting will be May 2 at 9:30am.
• Spring clean-up of the grounds is now being done.
• New flooring for Clinton & Office hallways and choir loft have been installed.
• We would like to welcome Shirleen Farrar as our new custodian. Shirleen will be here Tuesday-Friday, 9am-2pm. Stop by and welcome her.
—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!)
• A Huge "Thank you" to Ron Chizek & Belina Vair for installing the church's new oil can-dles and cleaning the candelabras.
• Belinda reported that the piano was tuned and improvements are needed on the Steinway.
• The committee will be proving treats/baked goods for the May 20th Coffee Hour.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, May 1 at 7:00 pm
—Craig Talarico

DEACONS' NOTES
The committee will be meeting May 2 at 6:30pm.

• Prayer Chain - if you need or know someone that needs prayers, please feel free to
contact the church office or any members of the prayer chain.
The Prayer Chain has been updated if you need or know someone that needs prayers, please
feel free to contact the church office or any members of the prayer chain.
Members are: Liz Custer, Jane Smith, Ruth Carey, Carol Hadcock, Mona Cole, Carol Larter, Sue Peck, Donna Chizek, Donna VanAernam.

— Donna Van Aernam

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

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION & SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Please consider joining us at our next meeting on May 13 at 11:45am.
Adult Christian Education - We are reading and discussing "Christianity at the Crossroads," by Kruger.
—Liz Custer

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