F I R S T
P R E S B Y T E R I A N
C H U R C H
of Johnstown, New York

 

 

 

 

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FELLOWSHIP

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ONGOING PROGRAMS

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS
Tuesdays at 8:00pm

NEW CENTURY WOMEN
Tuesday, May 17 at 5:30pm
in Fellowship Hall

MEN’S FELLOWSHIP GROUP
Wednesday, May18 at 6pm
in Fellowship Hall
Spouses and friends are invited
NEXT MONTH:
Wednesday, June 15 at 6pm
at House of Pizza, Gloversville
Spouses and friends are invited
Reservations need to be made


THRIFT STORE
Open Thursdays and Fridays as well as the First Saturday of each Month
9am-1pm — Clinton Street Entrance
(Closed May 5-7)

ADULT EDUCATION
Sundays at Noon in the Church Library

FIRST PRES FELLOWSHIP MEAL
First & Last Saturday of each Month— 11am-1pm
FREE
Clinton Street Entrance

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Welcome!!!

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH of JOHNSTOWN
37 South Market St., Johnstown, New York 12095
Phone: (518) 762-8263 — Fax: (518) 762-2981
The Reverend Leonard Sponaugle, Pastor


SUNDAY WORSHIP SCHEDULE
Handicap access via Clinton Street entrance — elevator available
WORSHIP begins at 10:30 A.M.
Choir Rehearsal: 9:15 am
Coffee Available: 10:00 am
Children's Church School: Sundays September - Mid-June at 10:30 am
Nursery Care Provided at all Services from 10:00 - 11:30 am

Email for Pastor Leonard: pastor@johnstownpresbyterian.org
Email for Office: office@johnstownpresbyterian.org
Email for Director of Christian Ed: Helen@johnstownpresbyterian.org


OFFICE HOURS
        Monday / Wednesday / Friday — 8:30am to 12:30pm
        Tuesday / Thursday — 12:45pm to 4:30pm

In case of inclement weather, the closing of church or other activities
will be announced on WENT (1340AM) or on the church answering machine
(762-8263)

 

PASTOR'S PONDERINGS

John 14:15-17, 25-26: 15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever.17 This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you. 25 “I have said these things to you while I am still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.

Dear F.P.C. Family,
            It is possible to treat an old dog new tricks. Well, I hope it is possible to treat a middle-aged-man better tricks? Personally I have been thinking about the Holy Spirit in a focused and deliberate way. I want to tell you about this.
            The Holy Spirit is the third member of the Trinity and the one we Presbyterians give little attention. We Presbyterians lean towards God, then Jesus and finally the Holy Spirit. Seriously, often when a group of Presbyterians pastors talk about Pentecost we complain about how little we have to say. (Pentecost is when the early disciples of Jesus received the Holy Spirit.) We Reformed folk tend to be intellectual so it is not surprising that we more easily talk about and focus on God. Here is a way to notice this: Think about our Sunday worship and count up the number of times we say God, Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit. We refer to God the most than Jesus and least of all the Spirit.
            I have become convinced personally and professionally that it will be helpful to us to speak and think of the Holy Spirit more. In my personal prayers I am disciplining myself to pray to the Holy Spirit as much as I pray to God or Jesus. True confession, It is hard for me to break my well established practice. Don’t worry I am not going Pentecostal, (No rolling in the aisles or speaking in tongues is to be anticipated.) but there is value to be found in a shift in emphasis. I will have more to say about this on Pentecost Sunday.

            Faithfully,
            Leonard

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