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In Loving Memory of Robert G. Zweigart

Bob Zweigart, a long-time member of our church passed away on March 9,

2018. Bob joined the church April 13, 1952. Please keep his wife, Jackie,

their son Steve, daughter Suzanne and other family members in your prayers.

He will be greatly missed by the congregation and the community

“Is it True?” by Pastor Jim Dougans


On April 21 the Maysville Rotary Club is staging its second annual “Two Bridge Run, a totally unique event: two bridges...two states...two events. The two bridges arethe Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge and the William H.Harsha Bridge. The two states are of course Kentucky and Ohio. The two events are a ten mile run and a 5k walk/run. You can register as late as April 20.

Running remains popular for many reasons. It has health benefits. Running also builds friendships as runners bond over a shared activity. And running increases self-awareness, it helps to define who we are as we answer the question,” can I run ten miles?” Is that true or not about me?


Here is another question, one that comes up during the Easter season. Is it true that something so extraordinary happened on that Easter morning thousands of years ago that we can rebuild our lives on its foundation? Is it true?”


No less than the theological giant Karl Barth has written that what brings people to worship, not just on Easter but any day, is an unspoken question simply put, is it true? Is it true that God lives and gives us life? Theologian Martin B. Copenhaver adds, “Is it true that God not only established a routine, what we call the laws of nature, but that one day God broke the routine and somehow raised Jesus from the

dead?”


Believing in the resurrection was a challenge for ancient people and is a challenge for modern people. It would have been easier for us in one way if Christ had not risen from the dead. We would have admired his wise teachings and moral instruction. We would have found explanations for his miracles. But this, rising from the dead, that is a challenge for modern minds comforted by explanations of science.


So, there is much about the resurrection that can feed doubt. At the same time, this is precisely the challengethat we need. God has touched us with the resurrection in the deepest regions of our hearts and minds. God gave us such a miracle of love and forgiveness that it inspires us at the same time as it might leave us questioning. It is unlikely that something easily grasped could so engage our faith.


Pastor Copenhaver puts it this way, “What we proclaim at Easter is too mighty to be encompassed by certainty, too wonderful to be found only within the borders of our imaginations. In the following story you will hear the voice of the living Christ. Charles F. Feeney was born in New Jersey during the Great Depression. He came from a modest background of blue collar Irish-American parents. In 1960 he and a partner pioneered the concept of duty-free shops at airports. It became a booming success. Mr. Feeney also invested shrewdly in technology start-ups. Mr. Feeney was a generous donor during his life, giving anonymously to such causes as peace efforts in Northern Ireland and AIDS treatment to southern Africa. However, at the age of 81 his Atlantic Foundation still had $1.5 billion left. Then the race began. In 2011 Mr. Feeney vowed to give away all of his money in five years. At the end of 2016 he succeeded. He wrote a check for $7 million to Cornell University to support students doing community service work. Now he and his wife live in a rented apartment in San Francisco. His remaining personal net worth is slightly more than $2 million, a modest amount for a man who controlled thousands of times as much wealth. “You can only wear one pair of pants at a time, “Mr. Feeney has said. Mr. Feeney credits his charitable spirit to his experiences at St. Mary of the Assumption High School in Elizabethtown, NJ where he graduated in 1949.


Some of you will be running or walking in the Two Bridge Run on April 21. I hope it is a wonderful experience for you. For everyone who enjoys running, I hope you find it beneficial. And for both runners and non-runners, I hope you keep running back to church. Listen to sermons. Participate in one of the Bible studies on Sunday morning or Wednesday evening. Read your Bible at home. Pray in your car when you are stopped at a red light. Be inspired by the stories of other Christians, such as Charles Feeney. Be inspired by the life, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is risen, he is risen indeed.


Thanks be to God.

Amen

Change Agents

A cartoon depicts a man at a podium firing up a crowd. “Who wants

change?” he shouts. You can almost hear the excitement and urgency. “We

do!” the listeners cry, all raising their hands.

But the next frame features a follow-up question: “Who wants to change?”

The audience is silent and somber, with their hands down.

The gospel Jesus announced and lived out promises monumental change:

life instead of death, healing from sickness, hope to replace despair, peace

and justice instead of war and oppression. Although God could wave his

hand and make the world perfect, he chooses to work through humans. That

means we must be willing to change too.

Change can be scary, but God’s newness will transform the world — and us — that we’ll never miss our

old, broken reality.

— Heidi Mann

Following God’s Lead

Jazz musician Thomas Dorsey traveled an unlikely road to become the

“father of black gospel music.” At age 11, he dropped out of school to be

a vaudeville performer and blues pianist. While Dorsey recovered from a

nervous breakdown at age 21, his mother urged him to serve the Lord

with his talents. It took several years, but the musician committed to

composing spiritual songs — rejected by many mainstream churches as

“the devil’s music.”

In 1932, after Dorsey’s wife and infant son died during childbirth, he

                                                                                       channeled his grief into the piano, writing “Precious Lord, Take My

                                                                                       Hand.” Known to be a favorite song of Martin Luther King Jr., it ends

                                                                                       with these lyrics: “Through the storm, through the night, lead me on                                                                                          to the light. Take my hand, precious

                                                                                         Lord, lead me home.”

Bible Study Dates


                                     April 4 ......……………………………………………………..6:00 p.m.

                                     April 18 …………………………………………………..........6:00 p.m.

                                    April 25…………………………………………………………….6:00 p.m.


For the PW Evening Circle Bible Study: PW Bible study will meet April 11th.

     

                   

April Liturgists

                         April 1………………………………………………………….Andrew Wood

                        April 8…………………………………………………………...Bruce Carlson

                        April 15……………………………………………………Evelyn McClanahan

                        April 22…………………………………………………………..Phillip Yunker

                        April 29……………………………………………………………Taylor Wood


Head Usher — Ernie Siders Greeter — JoAnne Siders

Denny & Tandy Nash

Sarah Marnell

Billy Ross

Sam Howard

Mark Long

Adeline Muir

Chess Upton

Melissa Alley & Family

Ray & Linda Helton

Marion Ogel

Philip Lotspeich

Virginia Ames

JoAnn & Rebecca Stringer

& family

Jackie Zweigart

Rosalyn Jones

US military personnel &

families

Christian Unity

Persecuted Christians of

other nations

DP&L power plants

Our Nation

“Hear my prayer, O Lord,

and give ear to my cry;

hold not thy peace at my

tears!...”

Ladies In Fellowship Together

Sheila Walsh, “In the Middle of the Mess” Strength for This Beautiful, Broken Life: Are you afraid your mess is too big for God? How do you turn your struggles into strengths? In a podcast of four life changing sessions, Sheila teaches women how the daily spiritual practices of confession, meditation on God’s Word, and prayer result in fresh freedom in Christ. Sponsored by The Refinery Church of the Nazarene, Ladies in Fellowship Together (LIFT). 

Located at 156 West Maple Leaf Rd, Maysville. Phone number 606-564-4262. Saturday, April 21st from 8:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

(Sign-in and breakfast begin at 8:00 a.m.) Cost is $10.00 per person and pre-registration is required. This includes the conference materials, breakfast and a light lunch. Child care will also be available.



The “Daily Bible Reading Schedule for One Year” cards are on the back table in the sanctuary.


   

The Session will meet on Monday, March 26 at 5:30 p.m.


There are copies of the 2018 Session Committee structure on the table in the back of the sanctuary. 


Gideon Speaker: Dr. Daryl Emery will be our guest speaker on Sunday, April 8th. Pastor Jim will be on vacation beginning April 2nd and returning on April 9th.


Office Closed: The office will be closed on Monday, April 2nd.



Easter Breakfast will be served at 9:00 a.m. Any men wishing to help please be here by 7:00 a.m.



Spring Gathering of Transylvania PW


  The Spring Gathering of PW of Transylvania Presbytery will be on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Cynthiana Presbyterian Church. It will begin at 9:00 a.m. and finish with lunch. Please contact Linda Reed at 763-6125 if you wish to attend.

We Exceeded Our Goal! On February 25th, The Youth Group went to Southland Bowling Lanes in Lexingtonfor the 9th Annual Burnamwood Bowl-a-Thon. Our goal was to raise $299. We beat that goal by $1. Congratulations to all who participated and contributed.


Grief Support Group: The Refinery Church is starting a grief support group on Tuesday, April 10th at 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 156 West Maple Leaf Rd. Please call 606-564-4264 for more information.


Classic Closet: When cleaning out your closets, consider donating to the Classic Closet. The consignment number for our church is 1731. After receiving a check, we will then send a check to the Women’s Crisis Center. Clothing should be consigned (on hangers) on Tuesday and Thursday. They are now receiving

spring clothing. Classic Closet is located at 17 E. 2nd St. Phone number (606) 563-0090.


Youth Mental Health First Aid: Training for adults who work with youth ages 12-18. Friday, April 27th from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.). This is provided by the Regional Prevention Center of Comprehend, Inc. The course is designed for adults who work or interact with adolescents, but

may also be appropriate for older adolescents (16 and older) to encourage youth peer-to-peer support. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. The session is held at New Hope Christian Church, 6048 Parry Lane, Maysville. 


To register, call Jennifer Gordley at 606-759-7799. You may also email Jennifer

Gordley at [email protected]

Per Capita: The per capita for 2018 is $36.86. 

There is a basket on the table in the back of the sanctuary with note cards, envelopes, pens, labels and
stamps. These cards will go to people on the prayer list and the homebound.

 If you know someone’s address on this list please give it to Gwen in the office so she can make labels with their name and address for your convenience. Thanks!

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Policy for Worship Service Cancellation Due to Bad Weather:  “First Presbyterian Church will almost always hold a worship service on Sunday morning.  The worship service will be cancelled when there is a Level Three Snow Emergency declared where only personnel are to use the roads.  On weekdays the church office and all church programs will also be cancelled when Level Three Snow Emergency is in effect.  During other storm conditions church members are advised to use caution and best judgment when determining whether to travel to church.” 

Over 200 families are served by the Mason County Food Bank each month. Please keep bringing non-perishable food donations each week to our basket in Fellowship Hall. Please also consider a financial contribution to Limestone Ministries, Inc. and/or the Mason County Food Bank, because despite regular food donations from area churches, food still needs to be purchased each month. Mason County Food Bank is the only one available since the Calvary Baptist Food Bank closed. Any non-perishable item will be accepted, but the most needed items are: spaghetti sauce, boxed spaghetti, macaroni & cheese dinners, dried beans, saltine crackers, cornbread mix, peanut butter, oats, cereal, canned soup, canned vegetables, and canned fruit. Cash donations are welcome also! If you write a check, please make it payable to the First Presbyterian Church and put ‘FOOD BANK’ on the memo line.