In case you want to hear the anthem from this morning.
Listen to the beautiful music by the church choir during Sunday worship service.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR FEBRUARY 2024
Small Group Activities
February 28, 2024 @6 p.m.
Practice will be every Sunday directly after church except for the 3rd Sunday, which is Fellowship.
The FPC Book Club will meet on Tuesday, February 20, 2024,
at 6 p.m. in the conference room at the church.
Pastor Jim Dougans
Walking the Way of St. James: A Journey of Faith and Discovery
The Way of St. James, also known as the Camino de Santiago, is a network of ancient pilgrimage routes that lead to the tomb of St. James the Great in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. For centuries, pilgrims worldwide have walked the Camino, seeking spiritual renewal, adventure, and a deeper connection to their faith.
Thanks to your generosity, I will take a six-week sabbatical beginning October 14, 2024. Part of that time away will be spent walking the Way of St. James, starting in Porto, Portugal.
The Portuguese Route of the Camino de Santiago is one of Europe's most famous pilgrimage routes. It stretches over 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) from Lisbon, Portugal, to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. The route is divided into four main sections. I will be walking the Camino Portugues Norte. This 175-mile section of the route starts in Porto and follows the northern coast of Spain. It is a shorter route than the other three sections, but it is still a challenging and rewarding experience. I expect this pilgrimage to be a life-changing experience. Here are a few things I am hoping to be reminded of on this journey:
The importance of community. Walking the Camino is a communal experience. I will meet people from all walks of life, from different countries and cultures. I will share meals, stories, and prayers with my fellow pilgrims and rely on them for support and encouragement.
The power of simplicity. When I walk the Camino, I will travel light. I will carry only a daypack and have a travel company ship my bag to the next hotel. This simplicity will be a liberating experience, helping me to focus on my thoughts and the beauty of the countryside.
The beauty of creation. The Camino winds through some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe. I will walk through forests, hills, valleys, and along the coast. I will see stunning views of the natural world. This beauty will be a source of inspiration and awe, reminding me of the grandeur of God's creation.
The strength of my own spirit. Walking the Camino is a physical challenge, but it is also a spiritual journey. Walking, I will have time to reflect on my life and faith.
As the time draws closer, I will share more about my expectations for the pilgrimage and my preparations. What journeys are you planning in 2024?
Thanks again to FPC for making this possible.
Vaya con Dios,
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Added in November:
Mary Robinson Griffey
Added in December:
Pastor, Jim Dougans
Added in January:
Many in our Congregation dealing with Flu, Covid, Cold and other respiratory issues.
How to Jumpstart Your Life-February 2024
It's a new year here in Maysville. Our thoughts turn to clean slates and finding something new. If you are stuck in a rut, here are some steps to get you moving in the right direction. Thanks to journalist Christina Caron for the five steps I mentioned in my sermon on January 28. I have added five additional actions to make it an even ten.
1. Do a friction audit.
Ask, "Am I repeating certain patterns that are unhelpful?" “What specific changes can you make to address the problem?”
2. Set goals, make a plan, and share those goals.
What do you want to achieve in life? Once you know what you want, you can get moving. Break your goals into smaller, more manageable steps, and work on them one step at a time. Once you've done this, share your goals and plan with people close to you.
3. Get organized.
A cluttered mind leads to a messy life. Declutter your home, workspace, and digital life. This will help you focus on what's important and get things done.
4. Reframe negative thoughts.
Instead of thinking, "I'm going to fail at this project," think, "I am going to do the best I can, and if I'm struggling, I will ask for help."
5. Break out of your comfort zone.
If you're feeling stuck, it's probably because you're playing it too safe. Step outside your comfort zone and try something new. This could be anything from taking a class, starting a new hobby, or traveling to a new place.
6. Try ‘futurecasting.’
Imagine a future where you are unstuck. What does it look like?
7. Surround yourself with positive people.
The people you spend time with have a significant impact on your life. Make an effort to surround yourself with positive people who support and encourage you to reach your goals.
8. Do something meaningful.
We need meaning more than ever when we are stuck. Consider one of these activities:
Play in the newly organized handbell choir.
Volunteer to tutor at Straub Elementary School.
Sing in the choir.
Take a month as the incident commander.
Cook for the men’s breakfast.
Help with the Multitude of Angels.
Write letters to our shut-ins and college students.
9. Take care of yourself.
Your physical and mental health are essential to your overall well-being. Ensure you sleep well, eat a healthy diet, and exercise regularly. These things will help you feel better physically and mentally and give you the energy to jumpstart your life. Of course, regular church attendance, prayer, and service bolster your spiritual well-being.
10. Never give up.
The road to success can be challenging. We Christians have an advantage. Jesus Christ is in our corner and has our back. His first healing in the Gospel of Mark was exorcising an unclean spirit from a man in the synagogue. No power is more significant than him. Ask Jesus for help when the going gets tough.
Sorsagun Philippines Baseball
A Special Thank You to Maysville First Presbyterian Church for the donation of baseball gloves for the children at Sorsagun Phillipes baseball team. This brought a lot of joy to the children and they can say thank you enough.
“The Tie That Binds”
The Role of Per Capita in the Presbyterian Church (USA)
What is “per capita?”. In a nutshell, “per capita is a set amount of money per member that congregations pay to the larger Presbyterian Church (USA)”. You can think of per capita as a Presbyterian Community Fund, whereby Presbyterians share in the expenses of our system of government. Since every Presbyterian benefits, every Presbyterian should share in the cost. You might call it the “tie that binds.”
In 2024 per capita has been set at $39.29 per member. This is the amount each member is expected to pay each year.
Per capita provides for the cost of bringing together:
commissioners and advisory delegates to the General Assembly.
church leaders from presbyteries and synods for training events.
necessary tools to develop and administer ordination exams to seminarians preparing to be-come pastors.
Per capita also funds:
The Presbyterian Historical Society, assuring our witness to the gospel today will be preserved for future generations. Approximately 60% of the Society’s budget is funded through per capita.
The production in multiple languages and distribution of the Book of Order, the Book of Confessions and other General Assembly publications.
A Presbyterian presence at ecumenical groups and gatherings in this country and worldwide.
While you can pay per capita anytime during the year, it may slip your mind if you wait. Why not pay it this month? When writing out your check write "per capita" on the memo line.
Operation Christmas Child
Just a glimpse of where and how your gifts are received and distributed
A Samaritan's Purse ministry partner in the Philippines tackles rough terrain with Operation Christmas Child boxes in tow. The steep footpath that ran alongside the cliff had become a trail of slimy, unrelenting mud. But it was the only way to reach a Filipino community nestled in the mountain forest—a nearly 35-mile walk from the nearest town. Undaunted by the conditions, Pastor Jacob, together with his wife, daughter, and a small ministry team, strapped cartons of Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes to a dirt bike. The load more than tripled the width of the vehicle, but they hired a driver and began their journey to deliver shoebox gifts to children in the remote village. Even more important, they endeavored to bring these boys and girls and their families a message they had never heard before—the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Read more: https://sampur.se/3u3VWH2
1. Valentine’s Day is on 14th February every year.
Valentine’s Day falls on 14th February every year. It is also known as Saint Valentine’s Day!
It is thought that Valentine’s Day is on this day because a priest called Valentine was performing secret marriages behind the back of Emperor Claudius II of Rome.
He banned marriage because he thought that unmarried soldiers fought much better.
2. It’s a day to show your love!
Valentine’s Day is a day to show your love.
This can be to a girlfriend, boyfriend, husband or wife.
Or why not show your love to the people who are important to you? Such as your family and friends!
3. Valentine’s Day comes from Saint Valentine.
As you learnt above, Valentine’s Day comes from the man Valentine from the Roman times.
He was a priest and was actually made a Saint after his death!
4. The first ever Valentine’s Day was in 496!
Previously there was a Roman festival called Lupercalia which was in the middle of February.
During this festival, the boys would select a girl’s name out of a box. They would stay with whoever they picked during the festival.
Sometimes they would even get married.
Later on, it was decided by the church that they wanted to change this festival into a Christian celebration.
This was the start of Valentine’s Day.
5. Cupid is often on Valentines Cards and gifts.
Cupid is always seen on lots of Valentines cards and presents… but who is he?
Cupid, who was also known as Eros, was actually a Roman God.
He was the God of Love.
Legend has it that Cupid would shoot his arrow into people’s hearts… which would make them fall in love!
6. Around 85% of Valentine’s Day cards are bought by women.
Women seem to prefer buying a card for their loved ones.
Around 85% of cards are bought by women on Valentine’s Day.
7. Around 73% of flowers are bought by men!
Flowers are one of the main gifts given by men on Valentine’s Day.
Around 73% of flowers are bought by them!
8. The oldest love poem was said to have been 4,000 years ago!
The oldest love poem was written around 4,000 years ago.
It is called ‘The Love Song for Shu-Sin’ and was written by a Sumerian.
Sumerians came up with one of the first writing forms.
They lived where Iraq is today.
The poem was carved into a clay tablet.
9. Valentine’s Day is said to be the second most popular day to send cards, after Christmas!
Christmas keeps Royal Mail busy.. but so does Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day is said to be the second most popular day to send a card, after Christmas.
Will you be receiving one?
10. The red rose symbolizes love.
The red rose is linked to the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite.
It was believed that Aphrodite’s tears and her love Adonis’ blood watered the ground where red roses were grown.
It now symbolizes love until death.
What happens if I am in the hospital?
It is important to note that due to HIPPA laws, hospitals will not inform the church of your hospitalization or share any relevant details. We rely on you to let us know when you or a loved one is hospitalized. Know that we will always respect your desire for privacy and confidentiality. Perhaps you want Pastor Jim to know of your hospitalization but do not want to appear on the prayer list--that's okay! Others might prefer to have their hospitalization noted in the Sunday bulletin, inviting the prayers of the congregation. Please do not hesitate to inform the office (606.564.3639) of your wishes, whatever they might be. As the body of Christ, we rejoice in the opportunity to care for one another.
Carl & Liz Berry
Maysville Nursing & Rehab
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Maysville, KY 41056
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