This Sunday is the 2nd Sunday of Advent. The title of my sermon is “Christmas at Matthew’s House.” The scripture readings are Malachi 3:1-4 and Matthew 1:18-25;2:13-15, 19-23. This Sunday we continue our visit to the four Gospel homes. Last Sunday we toured Mark’s house. This Sunday it is Matthew’s turn. It is hard to believe the striking difference between the two dwellings. See you in church or online as we explore the richness of the Bible.
Called Congregational Meeting
(G-1.0502 and G-1.0503a)
The session is calling a congregational meeting for Sunday, December 12, 2021, following worship solely for the purpose of electing officers.
All active members are entitled to vote.
We, at First Presbyterian Church, are a congregation of
believers who live out our Christian values through:
1. Worship that glorifies God with scripture-based sermons
and music, service to those in need, and caring support of
members and the wider community.
2. Valuing personal relationships in our church, community
3. A commitment to providing a safe and stable place to
believers where they can be supported, educated and
assisted in their spiritual journey.
Strive First for the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33)
by Pastor Jim Dougans
On Sunday morning a father gave his son two quarters and a dollar. “Put the dollar in the offering,” the father said. “Then you can have the fifty cents for ice cream.”
When the boy came home, he still had his dollar. “Why didn’t you put the dollar in the offering?” his father asked. “Well, it was like this,” the boy explained. “The preacher said that God loves a cheerful giver. I could give the fifty cents a whole lot more
cheerfully than I could the dollar.”
A child may take this approach to giving. We adults typically take a more mature approach. We understand how we have been blessed by God and out of gratitude we seek to further His kingdom through our gifts of tithes and offerings.
We take seriously Jesus’ instructions to trust God with our well-being found in Matthew 6:26-33.
In November we will have several opportunities to grow in our understanding of stewardship. I will preach a stewardship sermon on November 7. Dr. Craig Howard from the Presbyterian Foundation will preach a stewardship sermon on November 14 and then lead a 45-minute workshop that afternoon.
The Finance Committee has selected a theme for this year’s stewardship campaign. The theme is “Strive First for the Kingdom of God.” Jesus reminds us that when we do then all these things, (food, clothing, and shelter), will be given to us as well.
We live in a world of abundance. Sometimes ministers struggle to appreciate that. Here is a story that illustrates what I mean.
A minister was asked to inform a man with a heart condition that he had just inherited a million dollars. Everyone was afraid the shock would cause a heart attack and the man would die. The minister went to the man’s house and said “Joe, what would you do if you inherited a million dollars?” Joe responded, “Well Pastor, I think I would give half of it to the church.” Whereupon the minister fell over dead.
God’s wish for us is that we would all be cheerful givers. May the emphasis on stewardship month be a blessing to you.
Multitudes of Angels
Last year, we had small holiday gatherings with close family and friends.
This year, our world is a BIGGER!
The Maysville Christmas Parade will dazzle with holiday spirit.
“Multitudes of Angels” will exuberantly step forward.
Starting on Saturday, November 6th, we will start putting together 3 giant, Angel Parade Puppets at fellowship hall in First Presbyterian Church.
The Angel Puppets will be about 12 feet tall. We will build them under the direction of Jennifer Smith and some brave puppet engineers. sewists & “bling”-ers.
If you are:
Come on by. We will be building puppets and sewing angel robes and making angel wings and halos.
Bring drills and saws and sewing machines and scissors needles and thread and ideas!
Saturday November 6 - 9 - 1 at Fellowship Hall - There will be snacks & sandwiches
Saturday November 13th - 9-1 at Fellowship Hall more snacks and sandwiches
Then, on Friday, December 3rd, the Giant Angels and a bunch of children with wings and halos will sashay in the Maysville Christmas Parade and bring in the holidays!!!!!
For more info reach out to Jennifer Smith - firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW Church mailing address is 21 W. 3rd St., Maysville, KY 41056.
PLEASE DO NOT USE THE P. O. BOX.
Session Meeting will be held on Monday, November 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 while we are going through this pandemic or you may pay by credit or debit card through a link
on the church’s website: www.maysvillepresbyterian.org.
Revised Safety Protocols: For all services, First Presbyterian Church will observe the safety protocols
outlined by the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Transylvania Presbytery.
_ Hand sanitizer will be available.
_ Pews and other surfaces will be properly cleaned.
_ Wear masks.
Presbyterian Women’s Evening Circle Bible Study: The PW Bible Study will meet on November 10th
at 6:00 p.m. in the church’s fellowship hall. Please wear masks and practice social distancing. The PW
Bible study meets on the second Wednesday of each month from September through May (except in December.
This year’s Bible study is “What My Grandmothers Taught Me” Learning from the Women in
Matthew’s Genealogy of Jesus. We welcome all interested women of the church. If you have any questions,
please contact Linda Reed at 606-763-6125.
Bible Study will meet on Wednesdays, November 3, 17 and 24 at 6:00 p.m. Please wear a mask and
practice social distancing.
Stewardship Sunday is November 14, 2021. Dr. Craig Howard from the Presbyterian Foundation will be
our guest preacher. Dr. Howard will also lead a workshop on “Cultivating Generosity,” following worship.
Please let the office know by November 11th if you will be staying for lunch and the workshop.
(606.564.3639 or email@example.com).
Church Office closed on Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26 for Thanksgiving.
Places to Call to Get Help:
Assistance Available 24 Hours a Day
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
611 Forest Avenue
Maysville, KY 41056
The church continues to worship on Facebook Live
at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings
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
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.