Mailing address: PO Box 490, Maysville, KY, 41056.
Are You Getting Enough Vitamin C?
by Pastor Jim Dougans
“People who attend religious services tend to live longer than those
who don't. In a 12-year study of people over age 65, those who went
more than once a week had higher levels of a key immune system
protein than their peers who didn’t. The strong social network that
develops among people who worshipped together may contribute to
your overall health.” (www.webmd.com)
church is beneficial for you! People of all ages benefit from church
attendance. Our entire being is bolstered body, mind, and spirit when we spend time
in the sanctuary. Going to church gives us a dose of Vitamin C, the church vitamin!
During this coronavirus pandemic, we can all use a more robust immune system.
One of my favorite theologians, William Willimon, writes in “What’s Right with the
Church” that there are four good reasons to attend church.
(1) The Church is the body of Christ. God has brought the church into being, all
300,000 in the U.S. and millions more worldwide. It is the surest sign of the
resurrection that something as implausible as the Church exists.
(2) The Church is God’s gift, a source of joy. Even as society increasingly turns its
back on the Church, we come together to worship and support one another.
(3) The Church is God’s instrument in the world. Disciples are nurtured in the
Church. After that first flash of inspiration and awe comes the work of molding
followers of Christ. That is the work of the Church, the every-Sunday repetition of
instruction and example. This is how we are to live.
(4) The Church is God’s instrument as we seek to fulfill the great commission. We
are empowered for this challenging work in the Church. We learn from others how
to reach out. Most importantly, it is here that we find the truth.
Some people refuse to come to church because that say it is filled with hypocrites. To those critics, I say well, then you will fit right in. Further, I mean, we love the Church in all of its particulars, from the petty feuds to the selfless mission giving.
We are the boy of Christ. Christ has called First Presbyterian Church, and all churches, into being. Christ had a body, he was not just a spiritual being.
Christ was fully human, and the church is fully human, warts, and all.
Because this is so, we must work with the body of Christ, despite its failings. There is no salvation outside of the Church. It is through baptism and life in the church that we experience salvation. Salvation is not a one-time event, it is a state of being in a right
relationship with God and one’s neighbor.
Turns out, it is not just a matter of years added to our life, it is our eternal life that you gain in Church. See you in Church!
P.S. Going to church during the coronavirus pandemic has become both easier and more difficult. We are worshipping virtually on Facebook Live Sunday mornings at 10:45. I know that is a challenge for some, please keep trying. Virtual worship does offer the comfort of your own home. This Palm Sunday we will do something in worship that has never been done before in the 200+ year history of First Presbyterian. We
will celebrate communion online. Here is how to prepare:
1. Purchase Grape Juice
Place a small amount of juice in a cup for each celebrant.
2. Purchase Bread
you can select any bread of your choice. Cut the bread into squares 1 inch by 1 inch.
3. Be Ready at Home with Your Elements
I will direct you through properly receiving communion. All you need to do is follow along online individually or as a group.
4. Share With Us
After receiving communion online, please email the church(email@example.com) letting us know
how many in your home participated in receiving communion. Snap a photo and include it with your email if possible.
From Outreach Director Erik Wesley
From January of 1918 until December of 1920, the Spanish Flu infected close to ¼
of the world’s population. The death toll is estimated to have been anywhere from
17 million to 50 million, with some estimates as high as 100 million. Not only were
people not able to safely quarantine, but this public health disaster did nothing to
interrupt the Battle of the Somme, where 1,370,000 young men lost their lives needlessly. That June, 10,000 US Marines laid down their lives in defense of Paris at the Battle of Belleau Wood, four times as many in a month as we’ve seen in the twenty years of the Global War on Terror.
As a former teacher, I can assure you that all of these events are completely forgotten. The cynic would chalk this irrevocable fact up to ignorance, the laziness or ingratitude of subsequent generations and the general death of reading in our culture. Though these are doubtless social problems, it seems to me that these events have been washed away, not by carelessness, but by tsunamis of triumph and success the likes of which the “Lost Generation” couldn’t have imagined in their wildest dreams. We are in the grip of a global pandemic the likes of which the world only sees once a century, and the vast majority of us will thrive in comfort. What a difference a century makes, what a magnificent race we are. This too shall pass.
Remembering Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The Christian church commemorates Dietrich Bonhoeffer — pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi spy — on April 9, the anniversary of his 1945 martyrdom. Among his much-loved writings are nuggets of wisdom such as these: “Judging others makes us blind, whereas love is illuminating. By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are.” (The Cost of Discipleship)
“In normal life we hardly realize how much more we receive than we give,
and life cannot be rich without such gratitude. It is so easy to overestimate
the importance of our own achievements compared with what we owe to the
help of others.” (Letters and Papers from Prison)
“The table fellowship of Christian implies obligation. It is our daily bread
that we eat, not my own. We share our bread. Thus we are firmly bound to
one another not only in the Spirit but in our whole physical being. The one
bread that is given to our fellowship links us together in a firm covenant.” (Life Together)
A Conversation About Preaching at First Presbyterian
are essential to Presbyterians. John Calvin took four years to cover the Book
of Acts in his weekly
sermons. In Scotland, Presbyterian pastors were expected to preach for at least one hour, without notes.
Failure to do so was taken as a sign the Holy Spirit was not with that pastor. Over the next few months, you
are invited to participate in a conversation about preaching and sermons. Here are some conversation starters.
Do you have a favorite scripture passage? Are there subjects you would like addressed in sermons at
First Presbyterian? Who are your favorite television preachers? Should we have another pulpit exchange,
and if so, with whom? Does it matter where the pastor stands to preach? Should sermons be longer or
shorter? What do you think?
Easter Sunday, April 12th is the day First Presbyterian Church collects for the One Great Hour of Sharing. Since 1949, Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God’s love with people experiencing need. Our gifts support ministries of disaster response, refugee assistance and
resettlement, and community development that help people find safe refuge, start new lives and work together to strengthen their families communities. The money collected is used by the Presbyterian Church in this way: The Presbyterian Hunger Program receives 36% of undesignated One Great Hour of Sharing gifts, while the Self-Development of People and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance each receive 32%. Please mail your checks to First Presbyterian Church, PO Box 490, Maysville, KY 41056. Put “One Great Hour” on memo line of your check. Thanks!
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Church mailing address is P O Box 490, Maysville, KY 41056.
The post office will not deliver if addressed to 21 W. 3rd St. !
Per Capita: The per capita for 2020 is $38.44. Please write “per capita” on the memo line of your check. Thank you!
Funeral Planning: We have received funeral planning booklets from all the area funeral homes. Please contact Secretary Gwen Tuel if you want to schedule a time to speak with Pastor Jim about funeral planning. Thanks.
The Community Good Friday Service will be held on April 10th at 12:05 p.m. via Facebook Live.
Office closed on Monday, April 13th.
Registering emergency contact information allows law enforcement to reach a loved one in the event you are involved in a traffic crash or other critical emergency when every second counts. This service is available
for cardholders with a valid Kentucky driver’s license, permit or ID and will be used only by law enforcement officials. To begin, simply enter your emergency contact’s name, relation to you, and phone number. Contact information is stored securely and can be modified at any time. To register go to:
Over 200 families are served by the Mason County
Food Bank each month. Please keep bringing nonperishable
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. Or you can send funds directly to the Mason County Food Bank, located at 1679 Forest Avenue, Maysville, KY 41056.