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“It’s General Assembly Time” 

by Interim Pastor Jim Dougans


The General Assembly (GA) will meet this month, June 16-23. It is a good time for us to review what the General Assembly is and does.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is governed by representatives and has a graduated system of governing bodies. You are most familiar with the session, which governs this church.

Transylvania Presbytery oversees 72 churches in eastern Kentucky. The Synod of Living Waters oversees 12 presbyteries in Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi. Finally, the General Assembly oversees 170 presbyteries in the United States. There is a map of all the presbyteries on the bulletin board by the kitchen. The first meeting of the General Assembly was convened in 1789 in Philadelphia. The moderator was Presbyterian minister John Witherspoon, the only active minister to sign the Declaration of Independence. The General Assembly was held almost every year in Philadelphia until 1843. The following year, 1844, the General Assembly was held in Louisville. The General Assembly was held in Lexington in 1857, the closest it has come to Maysville.

GA continues to meet in different cities in the United States. The 2016 General Assembly was held in Portland, OR. This year the General Assembly will be in St. Louis The 2020 General Assembly will be in Baltimore. GA meets biennially in even-numbered years. It consists of commissioners elected by

each of the presbyteries, an equal number of Ministers of Word and Sacrament (MWS), and Elders. The commissioners from Transylvania Presbytery are Wanda Olive, MWS, Sara Benedetti, MWS alternate, Tom Burns, elder Bill Reed, elder alternate, Nathan Dent, youth advisory delegate, Nathan Thacker, youth advisory delegate alternate.

The GA is full of activities: business sessions, committee meetings, an exhibit hall, daily worship services, and mission tours sponsored by the Committee on Local Arrangements. The GA also reviews the work of synods, resolves controversies in the church, is responsible for matters of common concern for the whole church, and serves as a symbol of unity for the church. If you want to see a 2 minute video about the General Assembly visits this website: http://oga.pcusa.org/section/ga/ga/. If you will be in St. Louis during that week of June 16-23 try and attend GA for at least an afternoon. You will find it a rich experience.

The assembly acts on hundreds of items of business, which it receives through the reports and recommendations of various assembly entities, and through overtures from synods and presbyteries. When the 223rd General Assembly convenes on June 16, a chief agenda item for the Committee on Church Polity and Ordered Ministry will be determining how parental leave is paid for and whether parental leave policies should be standardized throughout the denomination. In other business, the Presbytery of the Inland Northwest is requesting that a two-thirds majority vote of presbyteries be required to amend the Book of Order, a change intended to promote more stability and broader consensus in decision making. All the advisory committees recommend that this overture be disapproved.

Other matters before the committee include requests to:

1. Allow congregations to elect individuals as ruling elders without requiring them to assume a seat on the session

2. Prohibit public endorsement of individuals running for elected office

3. Resolve a conflict between the Book of Order and the laws of some states on property that is held in trust for the PC(USA)

4. Refine language in the Book of Order to make consistent references to ministers of the Word and Sacrament, previously referred to as teaching elders

5. Permit a member of the session to moderate a session meeting in emergency situations

6. Clear up confusing language about the composition of nominating committees

We are blessed as Presbyterians to have such a fine system of governance. The meeting of the General Assembly is an auspicious occasion for our church. Watch for news in the national media about GA and for reports that will follow the event. Please pray for all the commissioners.


Blessings,

Pastor Jim

Bible Study Dates


                                   

June 6........……………………………………………………..6:00 p.m.

June 13..……………………………………………...............6:00 p.m.

June 20…………………………………………………………….6:00 p.m.

June 27………………………….………………………………….6:00 p.m.


PW Bible study will resume in September.


June Scriptures

June 3, 2018 — 2nd Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm 139:1-6
Mark 2:23-3:6

June 10, 2018 — 3rd Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm 138
Mark 3:20-35

June 17, 2018 — 4th Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm 20
Mark 4:26-34

June 24, 2018 — 5th Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm 133
     Mark 4:35-41

           

   June Liturgists

June 3……………….……………………………………………Phillip Yunker
June 10…………………………………………………………….Jack Haydon
June 17…………………….…………………………………….Marilyn Garlitz
 June 24…………………………………………………………..Gisela Carlson

Head Usher — Bill McNeill                                    Greeter — Sallie McNeill        



Chassidy Prudente
Denny & Tandy Nash
Sarah Marnell
Betsy Levondovsky
Sam Howard
Fran Sarver
Chess Upton
Melissa Alley & Family
Ray & Linda Helton
Philip Lotspeich
Virginia Ames
JoAnn & Rebecca Stringer
& family
Jackie Zweigart
Rosalyn Jones
Jon Jarjosa
Glenda Hambrick
Lydia Cordrey
Jack & Betty Haydon
Tyler Blakefield
US military personnel &
families
Christian Unity
Persecuted Christians of
other nations
Our Nation


Ladies Luncheon: At the last Presbyterian Women’s meeting, it was
decided to have a summer luncheon on June 15th at noon. The luncheon
will be held at Lil Jumbo Coffee Company located in the Washington Town
Hall. The address is 2111 Old Main St. in Old Washington. A menu of
soup, salad, bread, strawberry shortcake, and a drink will cost $20. The
soups are delicious as are the breads and the shortcake is the old fashioned
biscuit. Reservations are required. Please let Gwen know by 2:00 p.m.
June 11th if you will be attending. The office number is 564-3639. Thank
you!


2018 Graduates


                       Haley Harnish
Haley graduated from Henry Clay High School in Lexington. Haley will be going to Northern Kentucky University in the fall. She will be studying Nursing, starting a 6-year anaesthesiology program. She will continue her cheerleading at NKU. She has already tried out and made the squad. This summer Haley will be in Maysville working part-time at the Parc Café and helping D & D Catering. She will also be cheering at NKU.                                                                              Haley is the daughter of David Harnish and Barbara Harnish.


               Tyler Blakefield

Tyler graduated December 2017 magnum cum laude from the University of Kentucky with a degree in accounting. Tyler is furthering his education at UK. Tyler is the son of Jane Wood and John Blakefield.


                                                  Connecting the Dots
Commencement speeches and greeting cards are full of advice for graduates, yet good intentions and careful
plans can’t guarantee a perfect life — whatever that might mean.
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward,” said Steve Jobs. “You can only connect them looking backwards.
So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something
— your gut, destiny, life…”
As Christians, we can do more that that: We can trust in God. Yes, he may speak to us through a “gut”
feeling, and our external “destiny” is assured. And we know that life, not death, will win out. But recent
grads — and all of us— need not just sit and wait to see how the dots of our lives will someday connect.
God has shown us through Scripture, the church and, above all, Jesus that our dots connect this way: from
God’s heart, to Jesus’ sacrifice for us, to our entry into relationship with God, to our heart and finally to our
own loving outreach to others.
Whatever shape your education, work and family take through the years, “commence” with this: God has
drawn your life to connect with him and your neighbors. If you follow those Spirit-etched lines, you’ll be
fine.
—Heidi Mann



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


   

The Session will meet on Monday, June 25th at 5:30 p.m.
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Pickers and Grinners, and Green Dot: Volunteers are needed for Pickers and Grinners, and Green Dot on June 16th. As in previous years, we will be giving out free bottled water and popcorn, thanks to the Crums. We need volunteers to hand out the water and popcorn, collect donations for Living Waters for the World, and tell people about the church. Spots are open between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. You may call
Ellen Cartmell at 606-584-1108 if you wish to help. Thank you!


Living Waters for the World: Your Living Waters for the World mission team is off to Mexico again! The date is the week of June 25th. It costs about $1400, all inclusive. If you are interested in joining the team please contact Joanie Lukins at 859-583-5990. Thanks!


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

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.