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Jennifer says, 

"The Big, Beautiful, Bountiful Bouquet is making its appearance

 at 1st Presbyterian Church again. We put the flowers & greenery

 in the biggest vases we can find and set them in the front of the 

sanctuary. Whether you’re a church regular, a lover of the local 

flora & fauna, or both, bring your posies to church & enjoy the 

miracle of flowers."

To view some of the pictures in larger view click on the picture. 

The Holy Land Journey

A Pilgrim’s Progress 2023

Shalom (Hello and peace). I wrote to you in January about my first pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Jennifer and I went eight years ago in 2015 on a ten day trip. We returned in March of 2023 to Israel along with 10 dear friends from Maysville and 16 newly made friends from elsewhere in the U.S. You may

have caught the slide show at the Pilgrim’s Potluck on April 23.

Here are some of the highlights of the second adventure. We left from the Cincinnati Airport on the afternoon of Monday, March 20, 2023. I had a moment of panic when the ticket agent asked me for my Covid 19 inoculation card. I didn’t have it! Fortunately, she was satisfied with a photo of said card

on my phone.

We landed in Tel Aviv, Israel, fourteen hours later via Atlanta and Paris. Air France surprised me with seats reclining in coach further than any airline I have every flown in the past 65 years.

The group headed to the Galilee after landing in Tel Aviv. I woke extra early because of jet lag and was treated to a glorious purple sunrise over the Golan Heights and the Sea of Galilee. Then came a tremendous surprise. Our guest house was on the same property as the Church of the Beatitudes. See the photo in this article. I was able to sip my coffee in solitude before the busloads of other pilgrims arrived.

Speaking of busloads of fellow pilgrims. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Christians from around the

world. We are not alone! We met pilgrims from Nigeria, Poland, Mexico, South Korea and other

countries. It is heartening to swim in a sea of Christians.

As I mentioned in my January pastor’s column, Galilee is rich in biblical history. I once again intensely

felt the presence of Christ, walking the worn paving stones in Capernaum. He could have

walked on these very stones! In Nazareth, the largest Arab city in Israel, we stepped into the

Church of the Annunciation. I was struck by the adoration on display. Christians from around the

world built this church, the site where the angel Gabriel told Mary that she would bear the Christ

child. (Luke 1:26-33)

There is much more to share. However, I will leave off at this point, and pick the story up again in

my June column.

One last word. Another pilgrimage may set off in the fall of 2024. Who knows, it may include you!

Shalom (goodbye and prosperity),

Pastor Jim


The West Union Steel Drum and Pop Band

 played in Maysville on May 23, 2023.  

This performance was made possible by


the Coral Losh Endowment Fund, 

administered by First Presbyterian Church.

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, Monti Mallow, Mike Franklin

Pianist - Joey O’Cull

Organist - Kristen Gallenstein

Organist - Suzan Ross

Videographer - Alex  Wood

Bell Ringers - David Harnish and Mike Denham

Webmaster - Bette Sledd