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Johnstown, Pennsylvania

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The Festival of the Nativity

  Save the date! December 5th, 6th, 7th (Friday – Sunday) from 6:00-9:00PM
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Worship

Upcoming Worship

After Worship

Music Ministry

Bible Study

Worship:

They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers (Acts 2:42).

 

We offer a traditional service in the sanctuary centered around the Word of God.  Worship includes hymns & anthems accompanied by the pipe organ; the reading and proclamation of Scripture; prayer; and opportunities to offer our time, talents, and treasure to God.

 

We follow the liturgical calendar, marking the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost.

 

The service begins at 10:45 a.m., except during the summer. From the first Sunday of June through the Sunday before Labor Day worship begins at 10:00 a.m.

 

November 30th Mark 13:32-37  Be Prepared!   

1st Sunday of Advent

Communion

 

December 7th   Psalm 51  Confession

2nd Sunday of Advent     *with echoes of John the Baptist

 

December 14th  Acts 1:6-11, 2:41-42  In the Meantime

3rd Sunday of Advent

 

December 21st  Luke 1:26-38          Be Prepared for Anything!

4th Sunday of Advent

 

December 28th  Luke 2:22-40  Jesus Is Presented in the Temple

 

The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated on Sunday, November 30th, the 1st Sunday of Advent, and Sunday, January 4th. All who trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are invited to partake.

 

After Worship

 1st Sunday Coffee Social

Join us on the 1st Sunday of every month for a light lunch of sandwiches, chips, veggies, and desserts, as well for good fellowship. Our family welcomes yours!

 

 3rd Sunday Program

The Congregational Care Committee sponsors a lunch and program monthly. Topics are varied and have included Alzheimer’s, joint replacement, improving your memory, domestic violence, and the annual talent show.

 

 

Music Ministry

 Senior Choir

The Senior Choir of First Presbyterian Church normally performs two anthems each Sunday.  They also participate in other special services as well as the annual Festival of the Nativity, which is the highlight of the year as it ends with a mass choir performing Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.  Practice is held Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm in the chapel.  New members are always welcome!

 

 Hand Bell Choir

Adult Hand Bell choir, under the direction of Rick Kimmel, is for anyone college age to adult age. Practice is Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:30 in the chapel. We enjoy playing many different styles of music throughout the year to enhance the worship experience of the congregation.

  Sunday, December 7th

     Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying

      The First Noel

      Good King Wenceslas

 

  Sunday, March 8th

      Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

 

  Sunday, April 12th

      Jesus Shall Reign

 

  Sunday, May 3rd

      O God Our Help in Ages Past

Bible Study

Tuesday morning

This class meets Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. in the church parlor and is led by Richard Feller. They are studying “An Overview of the Bible – from Genesis to Revelation” by Dr. James “Mickey” Efird, Professor Emeritus at Duke Divinity School. Dr. Efird has an obvious passion for the Bible and the rare gift of explaining the Bible so we can understand how the ancients understood the scriptures as well as how we can apply the texts to life today. Each week includes a DVD teaching session followed by group discussion. Stay afterward for coffee, donuts, and fellowship.

 

 Wednesday evening

A short study will be offered in December, during Advent. We meet in the church parlor from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Check back soon for more details.

 

History

Church Leadership

The Session

Class of 2014 Class of 2015 Class of 2016
Janet Braude, PMC Paul Fockler, Worship Chair Jackie DiGuiseppe, Nominating
Richard Feller, Finance Roy Gindlesperger, Admin/Personnel Bill Markley, Poperty
Ruth Fisher, Mission/Stewardship Charnet Koch, Christian Education
Cathy Ritter, Clerk of Session Norma Small, Congregational Care

The Board of Deacons

Class of 2014 Class of 2015 Class of 2016
Bev Benson Brenda Noon Bonnie Bash
Agnes Gindlesperger Ruth Pavlick Linda Billetdeaux
Ernie Pudliner
Heith Bragg
Ashley Stufft
Gary Mennett

Inspiration

  • Fellowship Groups

    Carl S. Fisher Men’s Group

    The Carl S. Fisher Men’s Group is a Christian Fellowship group open to all men of First Church and their guests.  We meet the first Saturday of every month (except June, July and August) at 8:00 AM in the Willow Room and enjoy a free-will breakfast and program presented by Paul Fockler.  Our only fundraiser is the annual Good Friday breakfast, and all funds are used to support a variety of church and church-related needs and services, based on suggestions of the group.

     

    The Women’s Association

    All women of the First Presbyterian Church are automatically members of Presbyterian Women of Redstone Presbytery (PW).  This church has a group which we call the Women's Association in which we support the Mission of PW.  We meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 1PM at the church.  We have a Circle Bible Study and a social hour at that time.  Everyone is welcome.

    The 2014-2015 Horizons Bible study is Reconciling Paul: A Contemporary Study of 2 Corinthians by Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty. It is described as follows:

    Paul's writings are some of the most influential in Christianity. Revisiting the struggles Paul faced and the authenticity and integrity of his theology is an essential task for churches today in the midst of great change. Paul, like us, wrestled with and questioned his faith as he tried to live as authentically as possible in an ancient world that, like ours, was also in the midst of great change. What can we learn from visiting 2 Corinthians and considering Paul's theology and ideas as they relate to the context of our time? Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty invites us all to read Paul's letter afresh in light of today's issues. Concepts of shared partnership, power in weakness, healing, reconciliation, love, and a new apostolate all figure prominently in her reading of Paul.

     

  • Genevens

    The Genevens’ purpose is to promote Christian fellowship. It is open to all ages. The meetings are held on the 2nd Sunday of the month at 5:15 p.m., September through May, and consist of a covered dish dinner, a program, and then a business meeting.

     

    The following is the program schedule for 2014-2015.

     

    November: Mayor Frank Janakovic

    December: Rachel Allen – Music of Africa

    January: Sean Mesoras of the PA Game Commission

    February: TBD

    March: White Elephant Gift Exchange

    April: TBD

    May: Devotions and Communion with Rev. Alice Tondora

    June: Banquet

    July: No meeting

    August: Picnic

     

    A meeting may be canceled during the winter months due to inclement weather.

     

  • Links

Mission Projects

Tied Up in Knots

Food Pantry Collection

5 Cents-a-Meal

Operation Christmas Child

TIED UP IN KNOTS has started up again for the Fall.

You may ask, “What is Tied Up In Knots?” We are a group of women (but men are invited too) who meet at noon the 2nd Tuesday of each month to knit or crochet and now sew (a portable sewing machine is available to use) lap robes and/or shawls for the residents of the Presbyterian Home. All are welcome to join us for this fun, enjoyable work frolic! If you have yarn or material you would like to donate, please contact the church office.

 

When you do your grocery shopping it’s easy to pick up an extra box of macaroni cheese, can of vegetables, or jar of peanut butter to share with someone who is hungry. You can leave your donations in the basket located at the Lincoln Street entrance. George and Anne Matthews faithfully take the food to the Franklin Street United Methodist Church Food Pantry, which distributes the food to those in need.  The number of people who use this pantry has grown substantially in the last few years. Any and all packaged foods are welcome and can make a difference in some family’s food supply.

You are challenged to set aside 5 cents for every meal you eat in order to provide for someone who can’t afford a meal. Bowls are at each entrance to the sanctuary, and you can leave your offering any time. In addition, the children take up this offering quarterly during worship. The next time will be Sunday, December 28th.

 

Where does the 5 cents a meal offering go?

25% stays here in Johnstown and is donated to the Food Pantry at Franklin St. United Methodist Church.

75% goes to Redstone Presbytery and supports STOP HUNGER NOW.

 

Stop Hunger Now is a global humanitarian aid organization that has been fulfilling its commitment to end hunger since 1998.  Every year, Stop Hunger Now provides millions of nutritious meals and other life-saving aid to children and families in the United States and all over the world. Stop Hunger Now collaborates with existing development efforts in vulnerable communities to provide meals to places such as schools, orphanages, nurseries, and medical clinics.

 

First Presbyterian Church is again sponsoring Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes this fall. It is a branch of Samaritan’s Purse, which was founded by Franklin Graham, Billy Graham’s son.

 

The way it works: Find a shoe box, choose a boy or girl and age group (2-4 yrs., 5-9 yrs., and 10-14 yrs.) - then you fill it with small toys, school supplies, hygiene products, candy, and other items that are age appropriate.

 

It is an awesome program and one that will warm your heart as you fill the shoe boxes.

 

If you would like to bring in items for the shoe boxes, October is a good month to buy toothbrushes, toothpaste (check the expiration date), combs, wash cloths, hand towels, bars of soap (in plastic bags), individually wrapped hard candy and lollipops, mints, gum, little toys and things at the dollar stores: balls, small cars, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, toys that light up or make noise (with some extra batteries), t-shirts, socks, ball caps, sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.

 

Please bring your items you are contributing to the church office and put them into the marked basket. If you would like to donate money for us to fill a box, please make your check out to First Presbyterian Church and write “Operation Christmas Child” in the memo. Thank you!

 

We plan to have a “Packing Party” to pack the shoe boxes in early November ~ watch for more details!!

 

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First Presbyterian Church of Johnstown, PA

309 Lincoln Street

Johnstown, PA 15901

 

Tel: (814) 536-8141

Email: revatondora@atlanticbbn.net

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