Mailing address: PO Box 490, Maysville, KY, 41056. 

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Tennis is Best!

by Interim Pastor Jim Dougans

I love playing tennis. You know that. I try to play at least once a week, every week. This year I have been delighted

to play in the Maysville Adult Tennis League at the Recreation Park. My hat is off to Travis Scaggs and Andy Clark for organizing the league.

A recent Danish study gives me even more reason to play tennis. The study reports playing tennis is the best way to

add years to your life. More than jogging, more than cycling, more than swimming.

Researchers looked at a study done in Copenhagen. “The study found that adults who reported frequently participating in tennis or other racket and team sports lived longer than people who were sedentary. But they also lived longer than people who took part in reliably healthy but often solitary activities such as jogging, swimming and cycling.” The Danish study confirmed what a British study found, “that those who played racket sports tended to outlive those who jogged.”

Here are the numbers for comparison. Cyclists added an average of 3.7 years to their lifespan. Runners added an extra 3.2 years of life. Playing tennis however was linked to 9.7 added years of life. These associations remained unchanged even when the researchers controlled for people’s education,

socioeconomic status and age.

While it is impossible to know exactly why this is so, the researchers best conclusion is “the social aspects of racket games and other team sports are a primary reason that they seem to lengthen lives. Social support provides stress mitigation. Being with other people, playing and interacting withthem, as you do when you play games that require a partner or a team, probably has unique psychological and physiological effects amplifying the benefits of the exercise.”

Here is the takeaway. Exercise is good, exercising with others is even better. Find a way to connect with

like minded cyclists, runners, swimmers, etc.

My question for First Presbyterian Church, “how can we facilitate members exercising together?” Is there

interest in a Presbyterian Pedometer Program, (a walking club) or some other form of group exercise? Let

me know.


Pastor Jim

October  2018  Scriptures

October 7 — 20th Sunday after Pentecost

Job 1:1; 2:1-10

Mark 10:2-16

October 14 — 21st Sunday after Pentecost

Job 23:1-9, 16-17

Mark 10:17-31

October 21 — 22nd Sunday after Pentecost

Job:38:1-7 (34-41)

Mark 10:35-45

October 28 — 23rd Sunday after Pentecost

Job 42:1-6, 10-17

Mark 10:46-52

Fall Missional Conference

Please plan to attend the free Fall Missional Church Conference sponsored by Transylvania Presbytery on October 19 (Friday) & 20 (Saturday), at First Presbyterian Church, Winchester, KY. Our featured speaker is the Rev. Brian Clark, of Phila Consulting, and pastor, Riverside PresbyterianChurch,Sterling, VA. Brian will address "Learning to embrace and follow your 'have to' go!"

The Gospel of John says Jesus "had to" go through Samaria. His disciples didn't see any reason to go

through Samaria. Nobody "had to" go through Samaria except Jesus. Where and who is your "have to"


We will spend Friday night and Saturday afternoon wrestling with that question. We will consider how can

you help your church to go with you. This time will be practical with every participant leaving with a next



7:00 PM - Presentation: You can Learn a lot from a woman at a well.

_ Who is your village?

_ What is your well?

_ Who are your Samaritans?

_ Where is your Samaria?

_ Who needs to go with you?

8:30 PM - Time to Pray at the well.


9:00 AM - Embracing "sent" and "seeing" as a way of life.

10:00 AM - An Experiment in "seeing"

11:30 AM - Sharing Our Stories

Noon - Lunch

1:00 PM - Some questions change a village.

2:00 PM - My Next Step

If you are interested, please email or for more information

or to register.

PARTICIPANT BONUS: you will receive the book "Canoeing the Mountains; Christian Leadership in Unchartered

Territory" by Tod Bolsinger. Tod will be the keynote speaker at the "All-Kentucky Presbytery

Meeting", November 2,3 at The Presbyterian Church, Danville.

International Presbyterian Peacemaker to Visit 

First Presbyterian

The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program makes it possible for leaders from our partner denominations and

partner organizations around the world to visit the Presbyterian Church (USA) each year to interpret issues

of peace and justice. Since 1984 approximately 300 International

Peacemakers from 60 countries have been hosted by Presbyterians.

These visits have informed Presbyterians, opened hearts and minds,

touched lives, established relationships and inspired new ministries. By

sharing stories of their work and witness, the peacemakers help us understand

peace and justice concerns around the world and provide insights

that can inspire us to greater faithfulness.

Rev. Zulema Garcia is a 2018 International Presbyterian Peacemaker.

She will be speaking at First Presbyterian Church at 6:00 p.m. on

Wednesday, October 3rd. Rev. Garcia is the Moderator of the Synod

of the Presbyterian Church of Venezuela. Since 2004, she has been a

pastor in Maracaibo City, the capital of the state of Zulia, a state that

borders Colombia. Zulema is a married mother of three daughters and

has five grandchildren.


Beginner’s Quilt Class

Know how to use a sewing machine? Want to learn how to quilt? Let the Golden Needles Quilt Club teach you! Cost” $25 includes kit to make lap size quilt and binding. The class is held October 9-11, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Mason County Extension Office, 800 US 68, Maysville. 

You will need a sewingmachine, white thread, scissors, seam ripper, rotary cutter and mat, and 2 wooden bobbins. Space is limited. Please call 606-564-6808 to sign up..

4-H Babysitting Basics Workshop

On November 6th, First Presbyterian Church is hosting a 4-H Babysitting Basics Workshop for Youth,

Ages 12 and up. The space is limited to the first 20 registrations. The time of the workshop is from 9:00

a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The focus will be on learning babysitting safety and how to turn your babysitting skills

into a business for some extra cash.

There is a $10 fee to cover partial cost of supplies and lunch. Lunch will be pizza so if your child has a

food allergy please pack a lunch for them. Participants will go home with some great tools for starting up

or enhancing their current babysitting business. Please contact Mary Jane Little for any questions at 606-

564-6808 or Make checks payable to : Mason County Extension

There are blank forms in the church office to fill out if interested in attending this workshop.


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

                                                       Bible Study Dates

                      October 3.......……………………………………………………..6:00 p.m.

                      October 17……..…………………………………………….........6:00 p.m.

                      October 24…...…………………………………………………....6:00 p.m.

                      October 31……………………………………No Bible Study

The Evening Circle Bible Study will meet on Wednesday, October 10th at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship

Hall of the church. The Evening Circle Bible Study for 2018-2019 is entitled “God’s Promise: I Am With

You” written by Amy Poling Sutherlun. We welcome all women to join us!

October Liturgists

  October 7…………………………………………………………....Gisela Carlson

 October 14…………………………………………………………….Karen Wood

October 21……………………………………………………………...Joey O’Cull

           October 28…………………………………………………….....…..Bob Hendrickson

Head Usher — Kenny Ross                     Greeter — Cathy Webb


Melissa Alley

Kelly & Tracy Bradford

Jean Charles

Lydia Cordrey

Louiza Day

Lincoln Deffenbach

Mark Dolgas

Caiti Franklin

Mike Franklin

Cathy Haydon

Ray & Linda Helton

Sam Howard

Clyde Hughes

Harry Jones

Kay Miller

Keith Mullins

Katherine Muse

Kay Shires Phinney

Allen Pollitt

Joe & Rachael Rippey

Debby Ross

Dee Satterfield

Jo Anne Siders

Gwen Tuel

Chess Upton

Barbara Verville

Dee Werline

US military personnel & families

Christian Unity

Persecuted Christians of other nations

Our Nation

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


The Session will meet on Monday, October 22nd at 5:30 p.m.



Pickers and Grinners Autumn Market: Volunteers are needed for the church booth for Living Waters

for the World at the Pickers and Grinners Autumn Market on Saturday, October 27th from 11:45 a.m. to

9:00 p.m. Folks can sign up using the pink connect card in the bulletin or on the church’s Facebook page.

Ted Willim really enjoys hearing from members of the church. Please consider dropping a note to Ted.

You can write to him in care of his daughter Valerie Rabung. The address is 18135 Telegraph Springs

Road, Purcellville, VA 20132.

The BlueLick’s Farmers’ Market can be found under the old bridge (Simon Kenton Bridge) every

Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. until October 31st. Try to spread the word to people downtown

so we can make sure to support them.

World Communion Sunday will be next Sunday, October 7th. 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.

2018 Presbyterian Women Fall Gathering: The 2018 Fall Gathering will be Saturday, October 13th at

Burnamwood Camp and conference Center. Registration and fellowship is from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

The meeting begins at 10:00 a.m. followed by lunch. Registration is $12. Deadline for registration is

Thursday, October 4th. Contact Linda Reed at 606-763-6125.

19th Annual Pro-Life Walk: St. Patrick Church will host the 19th Annual Pro-Life walk on October 6th

beginning at 6:30 p.m. The walk begins following the St. Patrick Saturday evening mass. They will assemble

between the Church and School and proceed in a silent, prayerful walk. The walk will end at the school

gymnasium where everyone is welcome to eat, listen to live music and guest speakers. The live music will

be the Shepherd’s House Choir, led by Pastor Gordon Jones.

Hurricane Relief: Financial support for relief efforts can be designated to DR000169, which supports the

church’s response to hurricanes impacting the U.S. Gifts can be made by phone at (800) 872-3283, or by

check, which can be mailed to Presbyterian Church (USA), P O Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700.


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.”