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Happy Anniversary, YouVersion Bible App!

by Interim Pastor Jim Dougans


Almost every Sunday morning we celebrate a couple with an anniversary. In this pastor’s column I invite you to celebrate an important anniversary for the YouVersion Bible App. The YouVersion Bible App celebrated its tenth anniversary July 2018. The YouVersion Bible App debuted in the Apple App Store on July 10, 2008, as one of the very first apps for the iPhone.

 But that was only the beginning. Since the original version, they've added Plans, Audio Bibles Friends, Verse Images, and Explore Emotion Search—just to name a few.

 Along the way, generous publishing partners have continued to provide more and more Bible versions Bibles, and content, while an army of volunteers have helped with user support and app translations. With more than 1,700 Bible versions and 1,200 languages, almost every person on earth can access the life-changing Word of God.

 The YouVersion Bible App is produced, maintained and made available for free by Lifechurch.tv, a megachurch in Edmond, OK and affiliated churches in 10 states. I use the YouVersion Bible App every day, mostly to accomplish the Bible in a Year Plan. I am now on day 248 of 365.

 If you would like to learn more about the YouVersion Bible App plan to stay after church on Sunday, August 19. We will meet in fellowship hall. You can also check out the website: www.youversion.com/the-bible-app/.



Farm to Fork Farm to Fork is an event happening on Saturday, August 25th. This event is sponsored by the Buffalo Trace Women’s Crisis Center. It will be held on Old Main Street in Old Washington. They will have delicious food catered by a local farm called Three Silos. The menu will consist of seasonal vegetables with a classy pig roast feel; all portions of the pig: loin, belly, and ribs, all of it being showcased. They may even have some pork rinds!


For entertainment they will have Harry Pedigo and Company playing traditional bluegrass and folk music and local celebrity servers. All proceeds benefit the Buffalo Trace Women’s Crisis Center, Children’s Advocacy Center, and Health Department HANDS program. 


Tickets are $50 per person.

 You can visit this link for more information or to purchase tickets: 

www.wccky.org/event/farm-to-fork/ 

                                                                         You can also call the WCC at 606-564-6708.

Harvest Time With harvest underway or imminent, fields of ripe grain, tall cornstalks and soybeans turning brown recall Jesus’ words to the disciples: “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest” (Matthew 9:37-38, ESV). 

Nowadays farmers use fewer laborers and bigger machines than in decades past. But what about harvests of faith? Leading people to know God’s love can’t be done “mechanically”. Studies show that newspaper ads or door-hangers left anonymously are less effective at bringing people to church than a warm personal invite.

 Right after urging his disciples to pray for harvest workers — in a classic                                                                                 instance of “You might be God’s answer to your own prayer!” — Jesus                                                                                     sends them out as those very laborers! How will they work the harvest?                                                                                   Not by pronouncing judgment or biblical law. But by using Jesus’ authority                                                                               to counter evil, illness and brokenness among those they befriend. 

                                                                             Ponder and pray about where Jesus is sending you as his laborer to                                                                                       cultivate and reap Christian faith and assurance of God’s love.

Morning Vows

Copyright 2018 by Robert L. Hendrickson


When morning calls my weary bones to rise

And sinew’neath my aging skin doth cry


When work and worry force my soul to wake

And from Hel’s bow a thousand arrows take


Then oft my God in prayer to Him I turn

To seek the strength for which I ever yearn


Now rise and face the day, no sluggard be

And make the most of what life offers me


I know that soon enough my rest will last

Far longer than a moon’s one nightlong pass


For death replaces slumber far too soon

And dying mutes circadian rhythm’s tune


‘Twas Hamlet long ago feared dreams beyond

So stayed the dagger that could loose life’s bond


‘Tis dreamless death that haunts my musings now

And so with God I rise and make my vow


To live my precious life with dreams endowed

And chase those dreams so long as fate allows

Prayer From the Heart


John Bunyan said, “In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” A story told by a 19th-century Jewish rabbi shares the same idea: 


A disheveled old man entered a synagogue for the first time. Not realizing he was holding the prayer book upside down, he tried to follow the congregation’s singing, but his words were incorrect. Finally, he simply looked toward heaven, repeating one Hebrew word over and over. 


After worship, some people complained to the rabbi, “Why didn’t you ask him to leave?” He replied, “That man said more to God with his one word than some of us will ever say in our whole lives. God hears the words of the heart.”

Wednesday’s @ 6:00 p.m. — Bible Study 

The 2nd Wednesday @ 6:00 p.m. — PW Evening Circle (September—May) 

Every Wednesday night @ 7:00 p.m. — Choir Practice 

Sunday morning @ 9:30 a.m. — Sunday School 

Sunday morning @ 10:45 a.m. — Worship Service

Nursery provided




First Presbyterian Church held a Community Pizza Party at the Beechwood Community Center in Maysville. There were approximately 40 people who enjoyed free pizza, drinks, desserts and games! Thank you to all volunteers who gave their time to help in this outreach to our community!

                                   

Bible Study Dates

August 1.....……………………………………………………….6:00 p.m.


August 8.…..………………………………………...............6:00 p.m.


August 15…...…………………………………………………….6:00 p.m.


August 22...……………………………………………………….6:00 p.m.


August 29………………………………….………………………6:00 p.m.


PW Bible study will resume in September.



August Liturgists

           

August 5…………………………………………………………….Jim Shires


August 12……………………………………………………..Kate Zweigart


August 19……………………………………………………..Bruce Carlson


August 26…………………………………………………..Andrew Wood


Head Usher — Phillip Yunker Greeter — Grace Yunker




The “Daily Bible Reading Schedule for One Year” cards are on the back table in the sanctuary.


   

The Session will meet on Monday, August 27th at 5:30 p.m.

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YouVersion Bible App: If you wish to learn more about the YouVersion Bible App please stay after church on Sunday, August 19th. We will meet in the fellowship hall. You can also check out the website: www.youversion.com/the-bible-app/.


Living Waters for the World is a Presbyterian program that trains volunteers to establish and lead water mission teams that partner with communities to implement and operate sustainable water purification systems and health education programs. Our own David Harnish is one of those trained volunteers. Others from our church will take the training soon. The Outreach Committee has invited Lead Instructor Joanie Lukins to speak briefly in worship and then share more after church during the fellowship time. Please plan to stay after church on Sunday, August 12th to learn more about Living Waters for the World.


If you have a key to the front door of the church please let the office know: 564-3639 or email [email protected] Or on Sunday mornings note this on the pink connect card and place it in the offering plate. Thanks!


Christian Treasures is having a Grand Relocation Celebration on Friday August 3rd and Saturday August 4th. They will be serving refreshments all day on Friday and until closing on Saturday. They relocated two doors down to the old Toggery building from their previous address of 53 West Second St.


Church Picnic: The Church Picnic will be held around the middle of September. More information will follow at a later date.


Classic Closet: When cleaning out your closets, consider donating to the Classic Closet. The consignment number for our church is 1731. After receiving a check, we will then send a check to the Women’s Crisis Center. Clothing should be consigned (on hangers) on Tuesday and Thursday. Starting August 2nd they will be receiving light fall clothing. Classic Closet is located at 17 E. 2nd St. Phone number (606) 563-0090.


The Church-wide Gathering of Presbyterian Women will be held at the Galt House in Louisville, KY from August 1st thru August 4th, 2018. Many women from Transylvania Presbytery will be attending. Please keep them in your prayers as they experience this very informational gathering. The Women’s Crisis Center serves all individuals who have experienced domestic violence, rape, and sexual assault. The center opened a state-of-the art shelter in 2005 in Maysville. This warm and welcoming residential shelter can accommodate up to 26 women and children. Melissa Greenwell is the Director of the Crisis Center in Maysville. She will speak in church on Sunday, August 26th and make a presentation in fellowship hall following worship. Please plan to attend.


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 keep bringing nonperishable

food donations each week to our basket in

Fellowship Hall. Please also 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 send funds directly to the Mason County Food Bank,                                                                  located at 1679 Forest Avenue, Maysville, KY 41056.

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Policy for Worship Service Cancellation Due to Bad Weather:  “First Presbyterian Church will almost always hold a worship service on Sunday morning.  The worship service will be cancelled when there is a Level Three Snow Emergency declared where only personnel are to use the roads.  On weekdays the church office and all church programs will also be cancelled when Level Three Snow Emergency is in effect.  During other storm conditions church members are advised to use caution and best judgment when determining whether to travel to church.”