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 A Bible reading plan that takes 49 weeks to venture through both the Old and New Testaments. I invite you to join me on this adventure.  Click on the link to get started.

“Why the World Needs the Presbyterian Church (USA)”

by Pastor Jim Dougans

1564-Rev. John Calvin is deeply involved in the life of Geneva, Switzerland.

1776-Rev. John Witherspoon is the only clergyman to sign the Declaration of Independence.

1964-Rev. Carl R. Smith joined about 50 Presbyterian ministers who traveled to Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to participate in the “Freedom Day” protests against Black voter suppression.

What conclusion do you draw about the Presbyterian Church (USA) when you look at this timeline? What I see is that Presbyterians engage in “worldly

Christianity.” Worldly Christianity is what Dietrich Bonhoeffler describes as “one not afraid of the world but seeking to bring about its best.” Pastor Emeritus John M. Buchanan notes in a recent article that a core value of the PCUSA is “Christianity must be as worldly as Christ was.” According to Buchanan, more than ever, the world needs a church that prioritizes peacemaking.

Buchanan goes on to list four other core values of the PCUSA.

Respect and appreciation for the arts and for thoughtful and creative worship. This is a real strength of First Presbyterian Church of Maysville, KY. Every Sunday, you will hear live music of a high-quality glorifying God.

Accessible education is always a priority. Out of the Reformation in Geneva and Scotland came the thought that the community would provide education for all children. No wonder so many teachers are Presbyterians. Not a surprise that support for public education in Mason County may turn out to be the number one mission for First Presbyterian Church.

Truth is in order to goodness (Book of Order, F-3.0104). There is much stretching of the truth these days. Even more reason for Presbyterians to lift up John 8:32, “and you will know the truth and the truth will make you free.”

The world needs a church that is mission-oriented and ecumenical in spirit. The PCUSA has been a leader in the ecumenical movement, responding to Christ’s call for unity in the body. (John 17:20-21) Thank you for supporting me as I participate in the Limestone Area Ministerial Association. Thank you for supporting the mission activities of the church.

The world needs the Presbyterian Church (USA). Since its founding in 1789, our denomination has played an essential role in furthering God’s kingdom. Thanks be to God!


Pastor Jim

This 11-day journey to the Holy Land will bring us close encounters with the land of ancient Judaism and Christianity. Watch the scriptures come to life as we walk through the wilderness and pray in the Garden of Gethsemane. Experience modern religious traditions as we worship with Palestinian Christians and walk down the Mount of Olives. Build deep and lasting relationships with others from First Presbyterian through group reflections and shared worship. This itinerary offers a glance at what we can expect in our 11-day tour. Schedule may be adjusted for efficiency and guide availability.

Please see members of the planning team for more information: Suzan Ross, Monti Mallow,

Andrew Wood or Pastor Jim. 

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Monday, March 20, 2023 | Departure

Fly from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport to Tel Aviv (overnight flight, schedule pending)

Tuesday, March 21 | Arrive in Tel Aviv, transfer to Sea of Galilee

Wednesday, March 22 | Sea of Galilee

Thursday, March 23| Nazareth Area

Friday, March 24-25| Bethlehem

Sunday, March 26| Worship and Modern Jerusalem

Monday, March 27 | Jewish Jerusalem

Tuesday, March 28 | Masada, Qumran, Dead Sea

Wednesday, March 29| Christian Jerusalem

Thursday, March 30| Arrival in USA

Optional Jordan Extension

Wednesday, March 29 | Overnight in Jerusalem

Thursday, March 30| Jerash

Friday, March 31| Petra

Saturday, April 1| Mt. Nebo, Madaba

Sunday, April 2-Arrival in USA

Before Amen

Rev. Max Lucado has written a fine book about the Lord ’ s Prayer. The book is called “ Before Amen, ” and a copy is available in the church library. In the book, Rev. Lucado recommends a condensed version of the Lord ’ s Prayer. This version is not meant to replace the Lord ’ s Prayer but to make it more accessible. This is one of my favorite prayers.



You are good.

I need help. Heal me and forgive me.

They need help.

Thank you.

In Jesus’ name,


                                                August 7 - Marsha Franklin

                                                August 14 - Monti Mallow

                                                August 21 - Dan Crum

                                                August 28 - Kate Zweigart

Sparky McDowell

Rhonda McDowell

Church mailing address is 21 W. 3rd St., Maysville, KY 41056.

Session Meeting will be held on Monday, August 22nd at 5:30 p.m.

Offerings: You may mail your checks to 21 W. 3rd St., Maysville, KY 41056, if you wish to mail in your offerings or you may pay by credit or debit card through a link on the church’s website:

No Bible Study in August.

Presbyterian Women Bible Study will not meet again until September.

Thank you Evelyn McClanahan and Gisela Carlson for lining up the Liturgists and Ushers and Greeters for the rest of 2022.

Luncheon and Bridal Shower: All friends of the First Presbyterian Church are invited to attend a luncheon and bridal shower for Liz Anne Zweigart. The shower will be held on Saturday, August 6th at 1:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. In lieu of gifts please bring a favorite recipe to pass on to Liz Anne. Please contact Karen Wood to RSVP at 606-584-2816.

Church Library Books: Looking for something interesting to read this summer? Check out these books available in the Midge Baber Adult Library in the Fellowship Hall: “The Assault on Elisha Green” by Randolph Paul Runyon; “City of God” by Saint Augustine; “God, Freedom and Evil” by Alvin Plantinga; “God’s Crime Scene” by J. Warner Wallace; “Modern Day Miracles” by Paul Prather; “The Lincoln Highway”

by Amor Towles; and “The Problem of Pain” by C. S. Lewis.

Block Party and Movie Night: Seddon United Methodist Church is hosting a community block party and movie night on Saturday, August 13th beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the Broadway parking lot behind the church.

Fellowship following church service on August 21, 2022.  Pastor Jim and Jennifer will provide the refreshments

Limestone Landing Sunset Viewing

 Please join Pastor Jim and Jennifer at Limestone Landing on Friday, August 19, 2022 to view the sunset. We will gather by river’s edge at 8:30 p.m. Bring your folding chairs, bug spray, and grateful hearts as we enjoy nature’s fireworks.



Places to Call to Get Help:

Assistance Available 24 Hours a Day

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

(800) 273-8255

Crisis Hotline


(877) 852-1523



611 Forest Avenue

Maysville, KY 41056

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The church continues to worship on Facebook Live

 at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings

Worship Team

Pastor - Jim Dougans

Song Leader and Musician - Nicholas Denham

Pianist - Joey O’Cull

Organist - Kristen Gallenstein

Organist - Suzan Ross

Videographer - Alex  Wood

Bell Ringers - David Harnish and Mike Denham

Webmaster - Bette Sledd

Secretary/Bookkeeper - Gwen Tuel

Two Free Guardian Angel Apps for Your Smartphone

(From the August/September 2020 AARP Newsletter)

Noonlight-This free app for your smartphone silently calls for help to your exact location with the tap of a button. A trained operator at Noonlight's monitoring center will text and call you to verify the alarm. If you can't talk or don't respond, the app sends 911 an alert including GPS location profile information and even a picture of you. For Android and Apple phones.

Snug Safety-This free app is made for people who live alone. This app checks on you at a time of day you select. You press a green checkmark on the app and receive a quote of the day. If you fail to check in, your emergency contacts are notified. For Android and Apple phones.

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!