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"The Church with the Golden Roof"
by Interim Pastor Jim Dougans 

When the storms of life got to be too much God scooped up Joe Powlas and deposited him in the Crossnore School & Children’s Home in Crossnore, North Carolina. There he found a Christian sanctuary of hope and healing with other children in need from North Carolina. Young Joe did well at the Crossnore School, and at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC and at Louisville Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.

Joe was saved from difficult circumstances and nurtured and educated for many

years. Now at the ripe old age of 23 it was his turn to nurture and educate. The Lord saw fit to deposit Joe, now Rev. Joe Powlas, in Cow Creek, KY, 116 miles due south of Maysville. The year was 1950. Pastor Joe was called to serve three churches, Cow Creek Presbyterian Church, Indian Creek Presbyterian Church and Booneville Presbyterian Church. 

Pastor Joe wrote a book about his ministry called “The Church with the Golden Roof.” Here is how the book begins. Pastor Joe writes, “It was one of those days when everything had gone wrong. The old car would not start and, even if it had, there was a flat tire and no spare. Slowly I walked down the hot, dusty road to the little Cow Creek Post Office to get the monthly bills for which there was no money. Walking back up the road, I was the most dejected of all men. I had never known such a lowness of heart, such sadness, such grief. Why had I come to Cow Creek to begin my ministry? Why? And then a questioning even more piercing, why had I even entered the ministry?”

Did the Lord nurture Joe for all those years only to place him in dire, hopeless circumstances? To find out, let’s continue hearing from Rev. Powlas.

Here is how his story continues. “It was a long tiresome walk that morning and my steps were slow. As the tears began to trickle down my cheeks I looked across the creek to the little church on the hill. The church had a golden roof! I had never seen such brilliance, such radiance! The splendor was unbelievable! The Cow Creek Presbyterian church had a golden roof! Suddenly, I realized that the roof was not golden it was simply the sunlight falling upon an old, dusty, corroded tin roof, but then a great realization came to my mind when the light of God falls upon any object, no matter how old new or seemingly useless it becomes beautiful. I began to run for I had never known such joy! What an honor and what a distinction! Joe Powlas was the pastor of a church with a golden roof! “

Pastor Joe Powlas would serve Cow Creek Presbyterian Church, Indian Creek

Presbyterian Church and Booneville Presbyterian Church for 64 years, up until

one year before he died. 

Rev. Powlas’ book is filled with wonderful story after story. I was able to read this book in a Sunday afternoon and evening. A copy of The Church with the Golden Roof is in the church library. I recommend it to you


Pastor Jim

                  The Tapestry

This entire tapestry was made by Letitia Payne in 1856 at the age of 16. It portrays “David Blessing Abaalom”.

Later she married John James Wood and the tapestry hung in their home, “Woodleigh” in Maysville, Kentucky. It was given to their son, James Brent Wood, and then to his son James Brent Wood, Jr.

James Brent Wood III inherited the tapestry from his father, James Brent Wood, Jr. and has been hanging in his living room. He donated the tapestry to the Maysville Presbyterian Church with the understanding that it will always belong to the Church. His sister Carolyn Wood Stuber has agreed with this arrangement.

This beautiful tapestry now hangs in the Fellowship Hall at the First Presbyterian Church.

“I Will Not Doubt” by Lois Torbert Dilley

Although my ship came home with broken sails;

And cherished dream seemed shattered at my feet;

Yet, now I know the triumph of His Power;

And there is neither failure nor defeat!

For God, who made the ship, and set it forth,

Into the tempest, to withstand the gales,

Knows what high courage kept the craft afloat,

And understands the torn, and broken sails.

He understands the battles that were there--

The adverse winds, that threatened to defeat,

He understands the stormy days, and fair;

The rocks--the shoals--the treacherous hidden reefs,

And I can trust the Power of Him, who brought

Calm and assurance, from the stormy blast;

And I can trust the Love of Him who brought

My storm--tossed Vessel, into port, at last!


                                                           Just Walk Across the Room

Dear God,

My life is in your hands. Use me to point someone toward you today — I promise to cooperate in any way

I can. If you want me to say a word for you today, I’ll do that. If you want me to keep quiet but demonstrate

love and servanthood, by your Spirit’s power I will. I’m fully available to you today, so guide me by

your Spirit.


                            The Pastor is In

Every Tuesday morning on New York City’s Upper East Side, Gregory Fryer

sits in a Peanuts-style booth offering prayer and a listening ear to passersby.

Initially the pastor wanted to draw attention to his church, but instead he ended

up noticing all the “hungry hearts” in the neighborhood. Fryer has been pleasantly

surprised by all the people who open up to him. “I think they like the idea of a pastor being on the sidewalk,” he says.

 Although a sign on the booth reads “Spiritual advice 5¢,” the pastor keeps a

plate of nickels handy if people want to put one in his jar. Some people donate much more — and some even pray for Fryer.

The pastor says he was inspired by Peanuts character Lucy van Pelt, who has the “audacity, the courage to brazenly sit there out in public and offer to deal with important matters.”

Head Usher...Phillip Yunker
Greeter............Grace Yunker

                                     Announcements for August 2017

The first Pastor Nominating Committee meeting was a few weeks ago. The meeting was conducted by Philip Lotspeich and it consisted of PNC “Training”. The members on this committee are Andrew Wood, Peg Crum, Ellen Cartmell, Bob Hendrickson and Kate Zweigart.


There will be no Sunday school or Bible study during the month of August. These will resume in September.

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 .  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!

Pastor Jim will be on vacation beginning August 14th and will return to the office on August 28th.


If you wish to help the flood victims, you may make donations to the Red Cross at 1679 Forest Ave., Maysville, KY 41056. Thank you.

We are in need of homemade desserts for the Presbytery meeting

 we are hosting on Saturday, August 12th.

Please email Dan Crum at [email protected] or leave a voicemail at 606-564-3413. Thank you.

Pickers and Grinners Open Air Market will be Saturday August 19th at the Limestone Park. A booth will be set up from the First Presbyterian Church. Volunteers will be needed to hand out water for the Living Waters project. 

See Ellen Cartmell if interested in helping.


The Session will meet on Monday, August 28th at 5:30 p.m.


The church picnic will be Sunday, September 10th at the home of Betty Wood. Gathering will be at 5:00 p.m. with the meal at 5:30 p.m. It is a potluck with meat and drinks provided.


There is a lost and found on the table in the back of the sanctuary as well as historical papers.


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)

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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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