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REV. GW “BLAKE” BLAKESLEY
has been a pastor for more than 35 years serving churches in Indiana, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Wisconsin, and now in Johnstown as the interim pastor of
First Presbyterian Church..

Through the years, he and his wife, Lynn have led more than 30 mission trips with up to 150 youth and adults all over North America including Alaska, Mexico, and Nova Scotia. He has traveled to the Middle East on missions of peace on two separate occasions with Christian, Muslim, and Jewish leaders. Formerly, he was Senior Pastor of the 1,000 member Presbyterian Church in Newtown, PA and he initiated an active Prison Ministry in the North Philadelphia area of Bucks County and later in Durango, CO.

He has served as the Moderator of the Presbytery of Philadelphia and as Presbytery Cluster Leader in the Presbytery of Western Colorado as well as chairing the Committee on Ministry in both Philadelphia and Colorado.

Blake is an avid banjo and guitar player as well as a song leader. He holds a BA from Grinnell and Simpson College and an MDiv from Christian Theological Seminary. Lynn has served as a Family and Consumer Science High School teacher in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Colorado. Most recently, Blake served as interim pastor for the First Presbyterian Church of Shawano, Wisconsin for 2½ years where Lynn worked for Safe Haven Women’s shelter and volunteered for SAM25 homeless shelter.

Lynn and Blake have raised 3 children and are blessed with five grandchildren.

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ABOVE: Jim and Brett discuss some of the
new audio/video equipment

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ABOVE: Belinda Vair plays the piano
during worship
BELOW: Tom Ruehle, worship leader,
is our Clerk of Session

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ABOVE: Brett plays the Knox Chimes
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ABOVE: Grover LaFontaine helps prepare
Festival of Hope Thanksgiving meals
BELOW: Ron Chizek prepares for a
multi-media presentation

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Laying on of hands during the installation of new officers (L-R: Dan Malmborg, Donna Chizek, Mona Cole, Pastor Blake and Tom Ruehle)

         FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
37 S. Market St., Johnstown, NY 12095
Ph: 518.762.8263 Fax: 518.762.2981
Email: office@johnstownpresbyterian.org

 

Serving You

THE MISSION STUDY TEAM (MST)
Where have we come from? Who are we now? What do we become?
These are the questions the MST will focus when they meet over the next few months. God has blessed us with a wonderful church and now we want to move forward to serve the next generation.
Two Session members, Brett Dening and Mona Cole, and two other members of our congregation, Carol Larter and Craig Talarico, have volunteered to be the Mission Study Team. Please include them in your prayers as they move forward with this very important project.

NEW SOUND SYSTEM & LIVE STREAMING UPGRADES
A Memorial to Roger Ritzmann

A dedication of the new equipment in memory of Roger Ritzmann took place on June 13. Contact the church office if you are interested in being trained on the equipment in order to help with this vital ministry..

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THE HALF WALL
Special thanks to Ron Custer and Ron Chizek for building a half wall to house our new sound and streaming equipment in the sanctuary.
Also, thanks to Brett Dening for helping to re-wire the bell and clock tower so we can get it up and running again!


Thanks to each person helping out with the
THRIFT STORE.

OUR STAFF SERVING YOU
        Rev. G. W. Blake Blakesley, Pastor
        Belinda Vair, Organist and Choir Director
        Dawn Austin-Coletti, Secretary
        Edward Leitt, Custodian
        The Reverend Carter B. Adriance, Congregational Associate
       
OUR CHURCH OFFICERS
Session

        Brett Dening (2021)
        Jerry Meador (2021)
        Craig Talarico (2021)
        Linda Hinkle (2022)
        Walter Lane (2022)
        Mona Cole (2023)
        Thomas Ruehle, Clerk (2023)
Deacons
        Donna VanAernam, Chair (2022)
        Emily Dening (2021)
        Brenda Meador (2021)
        Sue Peck (2022)
        Sharon Ritzmann (2022)    
        Donna Chizek (2023)
        Dan Malmborg (2023) 
Clerk of Session
        Thomas Ruehle
Treasurer
        Laura Ruehle

SESSION COMMITTEES
Administration, Personnel & Finance
        Walter Lane, Chair
        Jim Hinkle
        Carol Larter
        Brenda Meador
        Sue Peck
        Laura Ruehle, Treasurer 
Structure, Building & Grounds
        Jerry Meador, Chair
        Linda Hinkle, Chair
        Ron Chizek
        Oakley Cole
        Ron Custer
        Sandra Lane
        Thomas Ruehle
Education, Fellowship & Worship
        Craig Talarico, Chair
        Emily Dening
        Carol Hadcock
        Sharon Ritzmann
        Donna VanAernam
        Belinda Vair, Organist & Choir Director
Mission & Outreach
        Brett Dening, Co-Chair
        Liz Custer, Co-Chair
        Ruth Carey
        Ron Custer
        Carol Hadcock
        Sharon Ritzmann
Nominating
        Thomas Ruehle, Chair
        Sue Peck, Deacon
        Ruth Carey (2021)
        Ron Chizek (2021)
        Laura Ruehle (2021)

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 — 518-762-8263

If you have an immediate need,
call Pastor Blake on his cell phone at 267-994-6758.

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PASTORS of FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, Johnstown, NY

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 MIDDLE—Reverend Barry Paul Murr, 1986-1996
CENTER RIGHT—Dr. Earl S. Johnson, Jr., 1998-2011
LOWER LEFT —Reverend Leonard Sponnaugle, 2014-2019