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ABOVE: Rev. Leonard Sponaugle, Pastor

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Summer music quintet
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

Oakley Cole
Carol Larter, Co-Chair
Brenda Meador
Laura Ruehle
Jane Smith, Co-Chair

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

MUSIC & WORSHIP
Craig Talarico, Chair
Sharon Ritzmann
Jane Smith

NOMINATING & STEWARDSHIP
Oakley Cole, Chair
Deacon
5 members from the congregation

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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
        Ann Stefka, Organist and Choir Director
        Joanne Freeman, Secretary
        The Reverend Carter B. Adriance, Congregational Associate
        Zachary Gatto, 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 (2019)
        Oakley Cole
        Elizabeth Custer
        Brett Dening
        Carol Larter (2020)
        Jane Smith
        Craig Talarico
        Roger Ritzmann, Clerk of Session
        Vacant 3 year term
        Vacant 3 year term
Deacons
        Betsy Camarra
        Ron Custer (2020)
        Donna Davidson
        Emily Dening
        Sue Peck (2020)
        Sharon Ritzmann (2020)
        Ashley Ruehle (Youth)
        Laura Ruehle
        Donna VanAernam (2020), Chair
Treasurer
        Laura M. Ruehle

SESSION
The next meeting will be December 19 at 7:00pm.
The regular meeting of the Session was held on Oct. 17th.
        Daniel Ehle on behalf of the Madrigal Choir asked for the use of the sanctuary on
                December 22nd & 23rd for a charity performances, which was approved.
        $100 be allocated for forwarded to the service dog adoption program on behalf of the church.
        Currently all committees are working on the Pastoral Evaluation Forms.

—Roger Ritzmann, Clerk

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

BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS
The committee met on Nov.14th and the following items were discussed:
        The yearly winterizing of the church building has been completed.
        Painting the trim on the front of the church and around the North door as well as the side wall in                the church office have been completed.
        The committee is working hard on other projects both inside and outside of the church.
The next committee meeting will be December 6 at 9:30am.
—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!)
• The Church will participate in the Colonial Stroll on Dec. 1.
• Please sign up to be Advent Candle Lighters & Readers, and for Communion for Dec. Worship. ( Any past or present Elder can be a reader and one Elder as an Advent Candle lighter)
• The committee is experimenting with oil-powered candles to possibly replace our wax candles, which are cleaner and no wax buildup.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, December 5 at 5:30pm (different time than normal)
—Craig Talarico

MUSIC NOTES
Choir rehearsal begins at 9:30am.
This is not an easy newsletter item to write. As most of you know, I am retiring as the Organist/Choir director here at the First Presbyterian Church. It's just time for me to do some different things—maybe even not go to church on a Sunday! I've been here for over 30 years and I've enjoyed it.
Working with different pastors has been challenging but also very rewarding. I've learned a great deal from each of them.
The members of the choir are wonderful people. They are all friends to me and to each other and they are all willing to work to make the music meaningful to all. They don't always like my music selections but they are still willing to work and make the music sound as good as it can.
Thank you to the choir, the members of the congregation and Leonard for making my time here so meaningful and so easy. It has truly been a pleasure to be part of this congregation for so long.
—Ann Stefka

A Wonderful New Thing
Below is an article describing our new program run by the deacons to keep in touch with all the members of the congregation. Often such programs are called shepherding pro-grams, but the name doesn't matter, what is important is the regular effort to care for, build relationships, and create community.
My children have gone ear blind to the words, "nothing good happens by accident". Nevertheless it is true. I am grateful that our deacons are willing to increase their work in order to expand their caring.
Please welcome their efforts with enthusiasm and thanks.
Hopefully yours,
Pastor Leonard


DEACONS' NOTES
The committee will be meeting December 6 at 6:30pm.
Project Life Saver

The Deacons are supporting a mission project that will benefit the residents of Fulton County with a donation of $300.00 This program allows for the monitoring of children with Autism and Developmental Disabilities also Alzheimer patients. It allows the use of GPS tracking if they wander off or become lost.
A Time for Helping and Giving - As in many years past, the Deacons have reaching out to the third grade schools in Johnstown to help provide a Merry Christmas with gifts for the children of our city. There will be poster board listing the gender, sizes and wish list for each child. We are asking the congregation to help the Deacons to make this a good holiday for these children.
Our Service - Beginning in January 2018, the deacons will be initiating a new emphasis in our service to this con-gregation. The Book of Order states that "The office of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of sympathy, witness and service after the example of Jesus Christ." We feel as deacons, to carry out this charge, we need to personally get to know everyone in the congregation by making contacts pe-riodically throughout the year. These conversations are a great opportunity to let us know if you have noticed that someone you know who usually attends church is missing or ill so that we can check on what their needs might be. This effort is not an attempt to keep track of individual church attendance, but a genuine attempt to make sure someone who needs help doesn't slip through the cracks. So, when you are approached by a deacon, take a minute to chat and get acquainted, for we think it will be an opportunity to bring us all closer togethe..
Prayer Chain
Do you need prayers or know of someone who might?
Kindly call the church office or any of Prayer Chain members with your prayer request, and they are: Ruth Carey, Donna Chizek, Mona Cole, Liz Custer, Carol Hadcock, Jane Smith or Donna Van Aernam. If you would like to be a part of the Prayer Chain, we would be happy to add you to the list.
—Donna VanAernam, Chairperson

THE MISSION COMMITTEE

Dave Ramsey's Smart Money event." More details to follow.
        76% of people live paycheck to paycheck.
        64% of Americans cannot cover a $1,000 emergency.
        The leading cause of divorce is money fights & money issues.
        Beginning January 17, the First Presbyterian Church of Johnstown will be holding a
                Financial Peace University (FPU) class to help address these issues.
        FPU is a 9-week program that teaches people to gain control of their finances by
                following biblical principles. It meets once a week and classes run 1.5hrs.

Please share with anyone you know who may benefit from learning how to take control of their mon-ey. If you would like more information, you may contact:
        First Presbyterian Church at 518-762-8263
        Brett Dening @ bdening@outlook.com please include FPU in the subject.
        Or you can visit www.FPU.com
Membership and class materials are currently available for $109 online at                                          http://www.fpu.com/1052202.
Our Mission Committee has already purchased 11 membership kits that are available for purchase at $85 each at the First Presbyterian Church of Johnstown on a first come basis. Additionally, we are offering a refund of 100% on the first 3 of these kits purchased, $75 on the next 3 kits, and $50 on the last 5 kits. Refunds will be made at the end of the class after successfully attending 8 of the 9 sessions.
—Brett Dening

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION & SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Please consider joining us at our next meeting on December 10 at 11:45am.
—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