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Church mailing address is P O Box 490, Maysville, KY 41056.

The post office will not deliver if addressed to 21 W. 3rd St. 

This CAT Can Talk! 

by Pastor Jim Dougans

In my May and June columns I wrote to you about the CAT, the Congregational Assessment Tool. You responded wholeheartedly,

with 46 people completing the 99 question survey. Thank you! Because of your strong response we can trust the data and confidently

draw conclusions.

Holy Cow! Consulting of Columbus, Ohio, analyzed your responses and prepared a thirty-page report called “Vital Signs for

First Presbyterian Church of Maysville, KY.” Consultant Emily Swanson came to Maysville on June 18 and presented the report to the elders and members of the Strategic Planning Team. On June 19 she worked with the Strategic Planning Team to draft a new mission statement

for the church and six core values. You will find the new mission statement and core values elsewhere in this newsletter. They were approved by the session on June 28.

The session also approved bringing Ms. Swanson back to Maysville for two additional days of work with the Strategic Planning Team. She will work with the Team to create a vision statement, strategic targets, goals, and milestones. To refresh your memory here are the members of the Team.

1. Karen Wood, Chair

2. Suzan Ross

3. Betsy Parker

4. Jim Shires

5. Ellen Cartmell

6. Carol Marnell

7. Kate Zweigart

8. Dan Crum

9. Nick Denham

10. Patricia Whitaker

Finally, there will be a presentation of the Vital Signs report on Sunday, July 18, 2021, after church. The Congregational Life Committee will prepare lunch so you won’t be hungry. See you then. This CAT can Talk!


Pastor Jim


1. Music

a. As a congregation, music is an integral part of our worship experience.

b. Scripture: (Will be provided by Strategic Planning Team)

2. Sermons

a. Sermons in our congregation are based on familiar scriptures that offer practical application to

contemporary life.

b. Scripture: (Will be provided by Strategic Planning Team)

3. Relationships

a. As a congregation of believers, personal relationships are valued in our church, community

and the world.

b. Scripture: (Will be provided by Strategic Planning Team)

4. Service

a. We live out our Christian values through service in the community as individuals and as a

church to those who have special and particular needs.

b. Scripture: (Will be provided by Strategic Planning Team)

5. Support and Care

a. As part of Christian witness, this congregation shows support, care, and inclusion to its

members and the wider community.

b. Scripture: (Will be provided by Strategic Planning Team)

6. Stability

a. We provide a safe and stable place to believers where they can be supported and assisted on

their spiritual journey.

b. Scripture: (Will be provided by Strategic Planning Team)


First Presbyterian: A Congregation of Believers

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.

OUTRAGE!                     Poisonous Pastor Impostors

Sabrina Price, 60, a widow near Hattiesburg, Mississippi, got an email in February ostensibly from her pastor, saying he was out of town and needed a favor: $100 gift cards for five women undergoing cancer treatment. He specified eBay or Amazon cards and said he’d pay her back.

The email looked legitimate, so she snapped up $500 in Amazon cards at Walgreens, took photos of their numbers and texted them to him. The numbers gave the impostor instant access to the funds. That evening, he sent a request for 10 more $100 gift cards. Price smelled a rat and fired back: “You are a thief and a liar. God sees what you did.”

The Federal Trade Commission labels clergy cons as impostor fraud, which caused nearly $1.2 billion in losses in 2020. The FTC can’t say how many crooks pose as religious leaders, but AARP’s Fraud Watch Network says preying on the prayerful has spiked during the pandemic.

For Price, the $500 loss will delay her dream of buying a home. “I’ve had opportunities to be

scammed before, but this is the first time I fell for it, “ she says.

—Katherine Skiba

Curious Conversations

(A class for those interested in exploring membership at First Presbyterian Church)

Are you curious about First Presbyterian Church? Would you like to learn more about the church’s ministry and mission, and how to become a member? We will discuss this and more at “Curious Conversations.” This class is for long-standing members, new members and those interested in becoming members. The dates and times for these two one-hour classes will be determined by what works best for those interested.

Contact Pastor Jim Dougans at or 606.564.3639.

Friendly Signposts

We need friends. Friends guide us, care for us, confront us in love, console us in times of pain. Although we speak of “making friends”, friends cannot be made. Friends are free gifts from God. But God gives us the friends we need when we need them if we fully trust in God’s love.

Friends cannot replace God. They have limitations and weaknesses like we have. Their love is never faultless, never complete. But in their limitations they can be signposts on our journey towards the unlimited and unconditional love of God. Let’s enjoy the friends whom God has sent on our way.

—Henri, Nouwen, Bread for the Journey

The Big Bountiful Bouquet Returns

Please bring some of your posies to church to add to the big bountiful bouquet on Sunday mornings.

Bring the flowers to the church kitchen and we will add them to the bouquet.

If you are coming to church in person, bring your flowers to the kitchen - a little before the service.

If you are worshiping online, but would like to add your flowers to the bouquet, please get in touch with Gwen Tuel, the church secretary and she will make arrangements.

The flowers are an extravagant symbol of our togetherness in person and virtually.

Cheers! The Congregational Life Team


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.

Church mailing address is P O Box 490, Maysville, KY 41056.

The post office will not deliver if addressed to 21 W. 3rd St.

Session Meeting: Session will meet July 26th at 5:30 p.m. in person.

Wi-fi Password: 21W3rdSt for First Presbyterian

Pastor Jim Dougan’s cell number: 317-513-8229

Choir practice on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m.

Adult Sunday School Class meets in the fellowship hall at 9:30 a.m.                                                                                                                                              The class has resumed the study of Nehemiah, “Working Together.” Thanks!

Office closed tomorrow, July 5th.

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.

Offerings: You may mail your checks to P O Box 490, 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: Thank you!

Mailing addresses:

Luke Jarjosa: St. George’s School, Attn: Luke Jarjosa, 372 Purgatory Rd., Middletown, RI 02842

Marilyn Garlitz: Brookdale-Richmond Place, Skilled Nursing, Room 115B, 2770 Palumbo Drive, Lexington, KY 40509 (cell phone 859/227-4798) Reception phone number 859/263-2410 

Marilyn's (cell phone 859/227-4798) Reception phone number 859/263-2410
(Visitors must call reception to schedule visit.
She can have 2 visitors at a time for one hour twice a week) This is due to COVID restrictions.

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

(606) 564-4016

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 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


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!

Over 200 families are served by the Mason County

Food Bank each month. Please consider a financial

contribution to Limestone Ministries, Inc. and/or the

Mason County Food Bank, because despite regular

food donations from area churches, food still needs to be purchased

each month. Mason County Food Bank is the only one available since the Calvary Baptist Food Bank closed. Any non-perishable item will be accepted, but the most needed items are: spaghetti sauce, boxed spaghetti, macaroni & cheese dinners, dried beans, saltine crackers, cornbread mix, peanut butter, oats, cereal, canned soup, canned vegetables, and canned fruit. Cash donations are welcome also! If you write a check, please make it payable to the First Presbyterian Church and put ‘FOOD BANK’ on the memo line. Or you can sendfunds directly to the Mason County Food Bank,  located at 1679Forest Avenue, Maysville, KY 41056. Food Bank hours are temporarily, Thursday from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. If needed, Rebecca Cartmell can be called and will meet with the individual. Food Bank phone number is 606-375-6863.