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Image from the JHS Madrigal Choir (classes 1995-2006) 2016 presentation.

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ABOVE: Re-dedication of the
Mildred E. Reese Memorial Stone
held on July 23


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We celebrated our Scottish heritage during the Johnstown Colonial Stroll by offering wassail, shortbread and carols!

Below is a glimpse of the children's 2016 Christmas pageant "Unfrozen!
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Below: The Elizabeth Cady Stanton painting moves from the Johnstown Library to our Clinton St. entrance.
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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




 

Christian Fellowship

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JHS MADRIGAL CHOIR CONCERT 2017
Celebrate the holidays with William Crankshaw and members of the JHS Madrigal Choir, classes 1995-2006, as they revive old favorites and debut a new tune or two on December 23 at 8pm in our Sanctuary. Tickets are available for $10 at Thomas' Hallmark on Main Street and Cake & Ale on North Perry Street. Attendees are asked to bring a canned/dry food item to donate to the Food Pantry.

NEW CENTURY WOMEN
The NCW Christmas dinner will take place on December 7 at 6pm.
The group will meet on Dec. 19th at 5:30p.m. We look forward to seeing you.
— Donna Chizek

MEN'S GROUP
Men's Group Annual Christmas Dinner, will be held on Dec. 20 at the House of Pizza at 6pm. Please don't forget to sign up. The sign up sheet is in the Knox Chapel. Please come and join us..for more information please see Ron Chizek.

POINSETTIAS
Once again, this year the Sanctuary decorations will include poinsettias. They will be in the sanctuary from Sunday, December 17th to the 24th
The plants will be labeled with YOUR name to make it easier for you to pick-up at the end of service on the 24th. As in the past, you may take your plant or allow the Deacons to share it with a homebound member.
Orders must be in the office by Tuesday, December 12th. The cost is $15.00 per plant.
Please make check payable to First Presbyterian Church, earmarked "Poinsettias."
IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO MAKE IT INTO CHURCH, PLEASE CALL JOANNE IN THE OFFICE...she will be happy to help you.

CHANCEL FLOWERS
Thank you to everyone who participates in placing a flower arrangement for our Sunday Services. The following dates are still open:
December 31, January 21, March 11 and April 29
If you would like to remember or honor someone on any of these dates, please let me know.

Blessings,

— Carol Hadcock, Flower Chairperson

RE-DEDICATION of the MILDRED E. REESE MEMORIAL STONE
July 23

On July 23 we gathered in front of the church building and re-dedicated a memorial stone.
Years ago, one of my (Leonard's) classmates in seminary wrote in a Christmas letter, “So, we left Elko, NV for my new call leaving Maddy’s marker behind."
Those words have stayed with me. After seminary one of their children had died and they buried her body in a cemetery in Elko. Often we ground our past and important memories in a specific place. I think it is a way of not letting something we care about become diffuse in our hearts and minds. Knowing that a loved one’s body is in a specific place somehow firms up our memory of them.
And it is not only the resting places of bodies. Consider how healing it was to put every name of a lost military member on the Vietnam Memorial Wall.
Because of the waxing and waning of decorative landscaping at the church, we have moved Mildred E. Reese’s Memorial Stone to the new garden space at the front entrance. Because of the significance of remembering loved ones, it is important that we take the time to remember her again.

FLASH FROM THE PAST

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You can see these photos were taken before the stained glass windows were put in!
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" You're probably from Johnstown, NY if you remember"

A few more "found treasures" ... photos circa 1908-10 -showing my great grandfather, Peter C. MacIntyre and his wife riding with my infant father, James C. MacIntyre. Peter kept his horses in the barn at 11 East State (his home and where I grew up).
Center photo shows First Presbyterian church (corner of Clinton and South Market) and the Johnstown library in background.
— James MacIntyre, Charlotte, NC

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The Children's Easter Pageant "M&M's".

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Photo taken at last year's holiday church dinner at Union Hall Inn.

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ELIZABETH CADY STANTON PAINTING FINDS NEW HOME
A painting done by Leslie Carsky Dickerson has been loaned to First Presbyterian Church by the Johnstown Public Library. The Elizabeth Cady Stanton portrait was created to spark more interest and pride in this Fulton County native and member of our church.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) set the agenda for the first Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York and spent most of her life working to enfranchise women in the political process. To fully appreciate her courage and accomplishments, one has to remember the times in which she lived.  When she began to speak in public it was viewed as immoral. At that time a woman was not allowed to attend college, own property if married, vote, be on a jury, have legal custody of her own children nor divorce her husband on grounds of abuse or abandonment. And when Cady Stanton stood up for the rights of women she was vilified for doing so. She persevered because of her passion, intelligence and will.  She was an inspiring woman of action whose struggle helped solidify human rights for all Americans.


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PHOTOS IN FELLOWSHIP HALL

The current display of Maryde King’s wild flower photos in Fellowship Hall depicts alien wildflowers, i.e. flowers that are growing uncultivated in the wild, but are not native to the area as are true wildflowers. These are wildflowers brought here from other lands, sometimes in the hay the early settlers brought to feed their livestock, sometimes purposefully brought for medical or other useful purposes, and some are garden escapes, plants brought over from someone’s garden that "went wild".
—Maryde and Larry King

OPPORTUNITIES FOR FUN AND FELLOWSHIP
EVERY SEASON!

First Presbyterian Church of Johnstown has an active Youth Group with special projects and events throughout the school year. One fun event was sledding.

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The New Covenant Players tell stories through a series of short dramatic
presentaions during worship

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