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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
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
        Youth
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Treasurer
        Laura M. Ruehle

Volunteer
Just a thank you to those who help in the thrift store.
To date we have made $2,374.00 for the church this year. If we want to keep this going, we could use more volunteers. We have many good comments in the store.
Please remember to sign up to help man the store. We can always use more help with many projects as well as manning the store.
Thank you!
— Mona Cole

SESSION
The next regular meeting will be June 19 at 7:00pm.
—Roger Ritzmann, Clerk

MESSAGE FROM OUR ORGANIST & CHOIR DIRECTOR

Thank you all for the positive feedback regarding our closing music. We are all glad that it has been so well received. The congregation will be hearing more a Capella music from the choir as we are able. The choir will continue to sing throughout the summer and include some contemporary selections as well as some gospel style pieces and spirituals.
The piano action of the keys and the voicing of the hammers are being worked on and hopefully by early June, the next time you hear the instrument you should hear a difference in the clarity of the sound.
Sincerely,
Belinda

THE MISSION COMMITTEE
Mission of the Month for June will be Hospice

Rev. Dr. Laurie A. Kraus, Coordinator Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, sent a note of thanks for our contributions of $223.50 to the U.S. Hurricane Response and $223.50 to the Atlantic Regional Hurricanes.
"Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God." (Isaiah 40:10)
We cannot touch them all but your generous gift is a gift that makes divine comfort real, helping those afflicted by disaster touch the tangible presence of Love.

—Brett Dening

ADMINISTRATION, FINANCE & PERSONNEL COMMITTEE
The committee will be meeting June 12 at 6:00pm.
—Carol Larter

BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS
The next committee meeting will be June 6 at 9:30am.
The committee met on May 2. We welcomed our new custodian Shirleen Farrar. Summer is nearing— you can see that the yardwork and mowing has started and mulch add-ed to the flower beds. The church grounds are looking really nice.
Some of the other items being discussed and worked on:
• Christmas pew candle holders have been cleaned and/or repaired and now stored away.
• New flooring has been installed in the choir loft and a shelf to support the audio equipment.
Unused equipment that can be used elsewhere was remoned.
• Beyond Brick Masonry will be repairing the bricks and mortar on the front and north sides of the
church. Other projects will be started during the summer months.
—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 meeting was held on May 1. Below are some of the items discussed:
• Organ was tuned for the summer.
• Belinda reported she was getting good feed back regarding the music.
• Pastor Leonard is working on some short term preaching series for the summer.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, June 5 at 7:00 pm
—Craig Talarico

DEACONS' NOTES
The committee will be meeting June 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 June 10 at 11:45am.
Adult Christian Education - We are reading and discussing "Christianity at the Crossroads," by Kruger. It is about how the second century of the church shaped it's future..
—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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Volunteer

COMFORT BAGS FOR PATIENTS UNDERGOING DIALYSIS
at Nathan Littauer Hospital

We need your help!
The New Century Women and the Men's Group are working together on a mission.
They are filling comfort bags with items useful for patients undergoing Dialysis at N.L.H.
Please help us by donating travel size items for the list below:

Adult coloring books, puzzle books, note pads
Regular and colored pencils, pens
Playing Cards
Tissues
Gum, snacks, sugar free candy
ChapStick, body lotion, hand sanitizer
Nail files and clippers

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