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Before Amen

by Interim Pastor Jim Dougans 

And this is the confidence which we have in him, that if we

ask anything according to his will he hears us.” 1 John


This verse offers us one of the best definitions of prayer.

Prayer is coming before God. We do so with confidence. It

is coming before God with confidence and asking

according to his will. It is asking and knowing that he will hear us.

Jesus knew the importance of prayer and taught us what to say in Matthew 6:9-13.

We recite the Lord’s Prayer every Sunday during worship.

Pastor Max Lucado has taken the Lord’s Prayer and distilled it. In his book Before

Amen he writes:

                                                      Heavenly Father,

                                                      You are good.

                                                       I need help.

So do they.

Thank you.

In Jesus name I pray.


                                    I say this prayer several times a day. I recommend it to you. It is easy to remember

                                    and repeat. I think of it as a “pocket prayer.” You can carry it around with you in

                                    your pocket. It is ready to use whenever you want to approach God.

                                    We approach God with humility, knowing that our will is not always God’s will. We

                                    were created to do the will of God, but we can never escape the temptation to replace

                                    God’s will with our own.

                                    What is the will of God? Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18: “Rejoice always,

                                     pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ

                                     Jesus for you.” May it be so!


Pastor Jim

World Communion Sunday is celebrated every year on the first Sunday

of October. We will celebrate Communion on October 1st.

The church will also have a collection for the Peacemaking Offering.

This year marks the 37th year since the General Assembly of the former

United Presbyterian Church in the USA adopted Peacemaking:

The Believers’ Calling, recognizing that the church is faithful to Christ

when it engages in peacemaking. The Peacemaking Offering was created

to support the work of peace at all levels of the church; and congregations,

presbyteries, and synods use half of the Offering receipts

for peacemaking work locally and regionally.

  • 25% is retained by the local congregation
  • 25% is used by presbyteries and synods
  • 50% is allocated to General Assembly ministries

Presbytery Women

The Fall Gathering of Presbytery Women of Transylvania Presbytery will be Saturday, October 21st at Burnamwood Camp and Conference Center.

Kathy Reeves, Mission Associate for Presbytery Women is the guest speaker on “Women and the Reformation”.

This year is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Karen May will give an overview of our 2017-2018 Horizon’s Bible Study “Cloud of Witnesses”.

Registration and a light breakfast will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the meeting starting at 10:00 a.m. The fee is $12.00 per person which includes lunch. Linda Reed will be driving. Please contact her if you are interested in attending, at 606-763-6125. Deadline for registering is October 12th. There is a notice on our bulletin board by the kitchen.

Bible Study Dates

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

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

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

For the PW Evening Circle Bible Study: Our PW/Horizons Bible Study will be “Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrews” written by teaching elder, Melissa Bane Sevier, of Versailles, KY. She will explore major themes found in Hebrews, relate these themes to other parts of our faith tradition, and tie them together with the overarching motif of community. PW Bible study will meet on October 11th at 6:00 p.m.

                                     Announcements for October 2017

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!

Come join the fun on Sunday, October 29th at 5:00 p.m. at the                                          Chili Cook-Off and Silent Auction!

There will be games for all ages, corn hole, and the annual chili cook-off

contest. Everyone is invited to bring their favorite chili (enough to share).

Bring sandwiches or desserts and join the fun! There will also be a silent

auction of cakes, pies, cookies, candy, and any baked goodies! Bake up

your favorite recipe and help raise money for a great cause...bringing clean

water to areas that desperately need it. The proceeds will go to the Living

Waters ministry, so get out those favorite recipes!


TYGs will be going to Round Up for Circle H, Therapeutic Riding Center, Saturday October 14h from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will be Stick Horse Rodeo, Flat Fork Barbeque, Kids Crafts, Horse Demos, Kids Rodeo and Pony Rides. This will be held at the Maysville Equestrian Center.           

For directions visit: 

For more information call: 606-584-8900 or 859-640-2544

The Session has called a congregational meeting after church on Sunday, October 29th to elect the class of 2020 session members.

Blessing BoxRotary Park (located near the playground) needs items such as toiletries, (soap, shampoo,tooth paste, etc); non-perishable food (canned, bagged, or boxed such as meat, vegetables, fruit, soup, etc.);drinks (no energy drinks); individual packaged food items; baby food, diapers, formula, etc.; toilet tissue,paper towels, band aids, etc.; new small clothing items such as hats, gloves, socks, etc.; cleaning supplies.

No sharp items (razors, scissors, etc.); no alcohol, tobacco products, chemicals, medications, and no used clothing. Thank you for your generosity!

Talk to the Hand! WOW Men & Women’s Fall Conference, Saturday October 14, 2017 from 8:15 a.m. -12:15 p.m. at the Maysville Church of the Nazarene located at 156 West Maple Leaf Drive, Maysville. Light lunch provided at no charge following conference. “And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us; and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou

it.” (Psalm 90:17)


Enough” - Empowerd Women’s Conference at Crosspoint Community Church, October 27th from 6-9 p.m. and October 28th from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Light refreshments served. RSVP Facebook or [email protected] Crosspoint’s address is 825 Kenton Station Rd., Maysville, KY.

Wednesday, October 18th on the WFTM “River Talk” Radio Show, Ellen Cartmell and Jim Shires will talk about the Mercy Ship and Red Cross: America’s presence is worldwide. Soft 96, 95.9.

18th Annual Walk for Life will be hosted by the St. Patrick Church and the LMA on Saturday, October 7th at 9:00 a.m. in the St. Patricks School gymnasium. There will be a Pro-Life prayer service followed by a silent prayerful walk through downtown Maysville. Guest Speaker is Julie Kuebler. Live music from the Shepherd’s House Choir led by Pastor Gordon Jones. A light breakfast of pastries will be provided immediately

after the walk.

The Session will meet on Monday, October 23rd at 5:30 p.m.

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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. 

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