Church mailing address is P O Box 490, Maysville, KY 41056.
The post office will not deliver if addressed to 21 W. 3rd St.
Please find attached the bulletin for this Sunday, October 24, 2021, along with the church announcements. This service will be broadcast on Facebook Live at 10:45 am and the sanctuary is open for worship.
This Sunday is the 22nd Sunday after Pentecost. The title of my sermon is “The Do’s and Don’ts of Hospitality” The scripture readings are Psalm 89:1-4,15-18 and Matthew 10:40-42. The sermon title says it all. See you in church or online.
Another Presbyterian Peacemaker Visits Maysville(Virtually)
by Pastor Jim Dougans
I have been with you almost six years. The time has really flown by. What do we say, “time flies when you are having fun!”
During the past six years, I have been impressed with your interest in international affairs. That might have something to do with being a “river town.” You have also taken to heart Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and its blessing for peacemakers, “for they will be called children of God.”
Rev. Zulema Garcia visited us in October of 2018 along with a translator. You will remember that Rev. Garcia was the Moderator of the Synod of the Presbyterian Church of Venezula and the pastor of a Presbyterian church in Maracaibo City, the
capital of the state of Zulia, a state that borders Columbia.
Then in October of 2019, Lucy Awate Dabi came to Maysville to speak at FirstPresbyterian. Lucy is a social worker by profession and works with RECONCILE International, the Resource Centre for Civil Leadership in Yei, South Sudan. She writes, “I was once a victim of trauma, but now I am a survivor of trauma. As such, I work tirelessly to build peace and positive change in my society, healing the chronic wounds of the recurring cycle of violence. I am always learning new things that impact my life and can positively transform my society.” Lucy is married and the mother of four children. A lovely son came with her on the visit.
Many people came to hear Rev. Garcia and Ms. Dabi speak at the church. Now you have an opportunity to hear another International Peacemaker. This time by Zoom. Rev. Nta William Nche is an ordained pastor from the Momo Division of the Northwest Region of Cameroon. He serves as the Peace Coordinator with the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon. Rev. Nche will speak on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at 5:30 p.m., EST. Copy this link https://upike.zoom.us/j/95830957338 and then paste it in your browser. It will take you to the Zoom meeting. See you on Zoom.
Sunday, October 3, 2021 2 p.m.
It has been a few years, seven to be exact since First Presbyterian Church has held a pet blessing.
However, the tradition is back. Sunday, October 3, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. is the time and date. This date draws its inspiration from World Animal Day on October 4. That date is also the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi.
All animals are welcome as long as they are either on a leash or caged. You do not need to be a member of First Presbyterian Church to attend, so invite your neighbors and friends the next time you are out walking your dog!
We understand some pets are not comfortable in a group setting with other animals, but you can still participate by bringing a picture of your pet with you to the Pet Blessing. We also encourage those families who have experienced the loss of a beloved pet to bring a photo to be honored during the ceremony.
We will have treats for your pet, and refreshments for you. See you at the church 21 W. Third Street. We will gather on the Court Street side of the church.
Update from Suzette Goss-Geffrard, a missionary in Haiti who came to FPC Maysville to preach and lead adult education one week, during the tenure of Rev. Laurie McKnight dated 8-26-21
Dear Family and Friends,
What a month!! I feel like I am living through a James Bond Movie with: Political intrigue, assassination, organized crime, kidnappings, natural disasters...
Willys and I are presently in Germantown, Maryland with our son, Darryl. We were extracted from Haiti one week after the President of Haiti, Moise Jovenel, was assassinated. Darryl had traveled to Haiti with me after my extended stay in the U.S for some medical follow-up. Darryl was planning to stay only 10 days to visit with family and friends in Haiti. We traveled to the north. to show Darryl the community we have been working in and supporting as a family project in hopes of retiring there. We have built a little cottage there for our visits and we work with a small struggling church and school. The area has had little Christian intervention prior to this small church. In fact, one of our neighbors is an aging witch doctor who has been welcoming of our open expressions of faith. Early in the morning (4:00 am) of the day we were planning to drive back to the capital city a close friend called us with the news of the president's death and warned us to "stay off" the roads.
Water Mission International wanted us out of Haiti as soon as possible because it was so unclear as to what would happen next. The country has been unstable politically for some time and the violence was on the increase with the rise of kidnappings and brutality. Since Willys had been kidnapped at gunpoint over a year and a half ago and there were threats of extortion the organization did not want the risk of leaving us there in such uncertainty.. Unfortunately, anyone in leadership positions, including pastors, priests, and directors of organizations with relationships with foreign donors are considered "soft targets''. In fact, a dear friend of ours who worked in Haiti for over 30 years was kidnapped and held for an extremely high ransom. She and her husband consider themselves "tentmaking" Christians committed to the development of Haiti. She was held for a week as her husband begged, pleaded and negotiated for a ransom he could pay. It was terrifying. She was finally released and left on a dark street corner at 11pm. I want to thank the many of you for praying with us through this awful situation. We are still dealing with some mixed emotions.
There are armed gangs controlling major portions of the capital. There are four so-called gang groups that are purported to be located in the surrounding area where the Haiti Water Mission office is located. The Haitian police are no match for these heavily armed gangs and are even often corrupted by them. It is difficult to know who can be trusted in these crisis situations. We can only trust in our Lord God Almighty.
There are days however that I want to cry out like Habakkuk:
"How long, O Lord, must I (Haiti) call out for help,
but you do not listen? "
Or cry out to you, “violence!!"
But you do not save?
Why do you make me look at injustice?
Why do you tolerate wrong?
Destruction and violence are before me;
there is strife, and conflict abounds.
Therefore the law is paralyzed,
and justice never prevails.
The wicked hem in the righteous,
so that justice is perverted.. (Habakkuk 1:2-4)
My heart is breaking for Haiti or as my friend Ayanna says:" Haiti just can't catch a break!" because in addition to the political instability, another earthquake of 7.2 on the Richter scale hit the southern peninsula. Several of our friends and colleagues lost their homes and are sleeping on the streets or open yards for fear of the aftershocks. Exactly one week later Hurricane Grace brought damaging winds and dumped rainy flood waters over the same area. With the present new virtual work environments, Willys has been able to continue to work. He has been leading his Haiti team in a relief response to provide clean water in Les Cayes. Fortunately, since he previously worked in that city he was able to set up some critical connections in orderto respond quickly. Additionally, he has been meeting almost daily with the Water Mission office team in South Carolina. Together, they are making the decision as to when Willys will be returning to the field. It
looks like it may be within a couple of weeks.
ou are all precious to us and have seen us through some challenging times over the last few years. We continue to count on your prayer support with the secure knowledge that without them where would we be? The power of prayer that your faithful commitment to us has been a mighty testimony for us. As you pray for the
things I have already shared in this update, please add a prayer for wisdom and clarity as we must make decisions about our future. I once saw a bumper sticker that read: “Growing old is not for sissies.”
This year Willys and I are in our 66th year. We have been blessed with 34 years of marriage primarily spent engaged in international ministry. We are seeking our Lord’s guidance through prayer, wisdom and guidance from family and friends. Together we know that we can discern what is next. It is such a comfort to be a part of the body of Christ!
Suzette & Willys
P. S. Our U.S. contact info it: 18041 Cottage Garden Dr.; Germantown, MD 20874 (301-919-0050)
Herding for Hope
1st Annual Herding for Hope: Stock Dog Trial Benefiting Hospice of Hope. October 23rd and 24th 2021. Located at 4181 US 62, Maysville, KY. This is a charity event with all proceeds benefiting Hospice of Hope.
Church mailing address is P O Box 490, Maysville, KY 41056.
The post office will not deliver if addressed to 21 W. 3rd St.
Choir practice on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. when county is no longer red.
Session Meeting will be held on Monday, October 25th at 5:30 p.m.
Offerings: You may mail your checks to P O Box 490, 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.
_ No singing.
Presbyterian Women’s Evening Circle Bible Study: The PW Bible Study will meet on October 13th 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, October 6, 20 and 27th at 6:00 p.m. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.
World Communion Sunday is Sunday, October 3rd. We will also have the Peace & Global Witness Offering at this time. 25 percent of the offering stays with our congregation to support peacemaking in our community. 25 percent of the offering stays with our mid council to unite congregations to support peacemaking in our region, and 50 percent supports ministries of peace and reconciliation being done by Presbyterians
across the globe.
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 Carlson
Organist - Suzan Ross
Videographer - Walker Wood
Assistant Videographer - Drew 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.
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 and the world.
3. A commitment to providing a safe and stable place to believers where they can be supported,educated and assisted in their spiritual journey.