Mailing address: PO Box 490, Maysville, KY, 41056.
by Interim Pastor Jim Dougans
Advent marks the beginning of the church year. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. This year the first
Sunday of Advent falls on December 2. Advent ends on Christmas Eve. The word Advent means "coming" or "arrival." Advent anticipates not only the birth of Jesus but also the coming of Christ at the end of time, to fulfill God’s intention for creation and to bring “a new heaven and a new earth” (Revelation 21:1) into being. When the celebration of Advent first began, the focus was on the coming of Christ in the future more than on the birth of Jesus. Early liturgical calendars placed Advent at the end of the church year rather than at the beginning for this very reason.
The Color of Advent
The primary color of Advent is purple, although it can also be blue. Purple is the color of penitence and fasting. It is also the color of royalty, a fitting color to display as we welcome the Advent of the King.
The Advent wreath is a circular evergreen wreath with five candles, four around the
wreath and one in the center. The circle of the wreath reminds us of God, of God’s eternity and endless mercy,
which has no beginning or end. The green of the wreath speaks of the hope that we have in God, the hope of newness, of renewal, of eternal life. Candles symbolize the light of God coming into the world through the birth of His son. The four outer candles represent the period of waiting during the four Sundays of Advent, which themselves symbolize the four centuries of waiting between the prophet Malachi and the birth of Christ. We will light the candles on the Advent wreath during each of the four Sundays and on Christmas Eve.
Here is the schedule:
December 2-Candle of Hope
December 9-Candles of Peace and Hope
December 16-Candles of Joy, Peace and Hope
December 23-Candles of Love, Joy, Peace and Hope
December 24-the Christ Candle and the candles of Love, Joy, Peace and Hope
My Prayer for You
I pray this Advent will be a joyous time for you, marked by celebration and reflection. May the candles and evergreens evoke the hope we have in Jesus Christ. Each day of Advent may you grow in understanding and wonder of His birth. By Christmas day may your hearts overflow with rejoicing and thanksgiving.
Peace be with you all.
Consider ending your day with a spiritual exercise created by St. Ignatius known as Examen or more fully
The Examen of Consciousness.
The Examen is a simple prayer directed toward developing a spiritual sensitivity to the special ways God
approaches, invites, and calls. St. Ignatius recommends that the examen be done at least twice, and suggests
five points of prayer:
_ Recalling that one is in the presence of God.
_ Thanking God for all the blessings one has received.
_ Examining how one has lived the day.
_ Asking God for forgiveness.
_ Resolution and offering a prayer of hopeful recommitment.
Feel free to structure the Examen in a way that is personally most helpful.
Ballard High School Madrigal Singers
You are invited to attend one of the finest, most beautiful
events of the holiday season. The renowned Ballard High
School Madrigal Singers of Louisville, KY will present their
38th Olde English Madrigal Feaste at The Cox Building Ballroom in downtown Maysville on Friday, December 14, 2018 at 6:30pm. The Madrigal singers and feast are under the direction of state wide known, Mr. Noel Weaver. Noel graduated from Morehead State University, student taught under Mrs. Coralie Runyon Jones, was music director at both Maysville’s First Presbyterian Church and Trinity United Methodist Church and attended frequently First Christian Church with his wife, the former Melissa Turner and her parents, Genrose and Winn Turner. The 5 course Feaste will include Wassail, Harvest Bounty Soup, Salad, Bread and Butter, Bird and Rice, Glazed Carrots and Bread Pudding. From the boars head to the Queen to the Court Jester, the madrigal singers dressed in Elizabethan costumes will be serving you and performing over 23 acapella songs. Ticket prices for this outstanding evening are $40 per person.
The sponsors of the show, benefitting The Russell Theatre, are: Meadowview Regional Medical Center, Dr. Richard and Sally Blake, Dr. Don and Debbie Wilson, Dr. Randall and Bedouin Dennison, Maysville Family Chiropractic/Bluegrass Medical Aesthetics, Clarke and Clarke, Real Estate Asset Counseling, Ms. Marion Russell, Mrs. Betty Wood, Mr. David Cartmell, Mr. Bill and Sallie McNeill and Mr. John and Fran Denham.
Candlelight Christmas Eve Service
Come join us on Monday, December 24th at 6:00 p.m. for our beautiful candlelight Christmas Eve service.
Sing Christmas carols and let the spirit of Christmas come into your heart.
December 2018 Scriptures
December 2 — 1st Sunday of Advent
December 9 — 2nd Sunday of Advent
December 16 — 3rd Sunday of Advent
December 23 — 4th Sunday of Advent
Luke 1:39-45 (46-55)
December 30 — 1st Sunday after Christmas Day
1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26
Bible Study Dates
December 5…......…………………………………………………....6:00 p.m.
December 19……..…………………………………………………..6:00 p.m.
December 26.…...………………………………………… …No Bible Study
The PW Evening Circle Bible Study will meet on Wednesday, January 9th 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!
There will be no meeting in
December 2……………………………………………………………...Jane Wood
December 9…………………………………………………………..Andrew Wood
December 16……………………………………………………...…Marilyn Garlitz
December 23………………………………………………………..Maggie Denham
December 30 …………………………………………………………...Karen Wood
Head Usher — Dan Crum Greeter — Peg Crum
R E M E M B E R I N P R A Y E R
Kelly & Tracy Bradford
Chase Clift Clemmons
Ray & Linda Helton
Wendy & Kenny Moles
Kay Shires Phinney
Joe & Rachael Rippey
US military personnel &
Persecuted Christians of
The Session will meet on Monday, December 17th
at 4:30 p.m..
Frontier Christmas: Students from the Mason County Intermediate School, along with Nick Denham
will perform Sunday, December 2nd from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. at the Old Church Museum in Washington.
Volunteer Training Hospice of Hope: Hospice of Hope will have volunteer training Tuesday, December
4th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 909 Kenton Station Drive, Maysville. There is also a sign-up sheet in
the fellowship hall for anyone interested in training for Hospice at another time. Their needs are
companionship visits; sitting with patients in their home; visit patients in nursing homes and assisted living
facilities; cooking and/or delivery of meals and data entry.
New Year’s Day Open House 2019: Pastor Jim and Jennifer invite everyone to their open house on
Tuesday, January 1st. The hours are from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The address is 567 Circle Drive,
“Daily Bible Reading
Schedule for One Year” cards are on the
back table in the sanctuary.
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!
Pickers and Grinners: The Pickers and Grinners is Friday, December 7th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Margaret’s Angel Tea has been postponed until Spring.
The Christmas Joy Offering will be Sunday, December 23rd. Please write “Joy Offering” on the memo
line of your check. Thank you!
Community Sing-a-long: The community is invited to join in singing selections of “The Messiah” led by
the Limestone Chorale and accompanied by Jim Clarke on Sunday, December 9th at 3:00 p.m. at the First
Presbyterian Church. Bring your copy of the music if you have one. Thank you!
The Limestone Chorale will perform here on December 16th at 4:00 p.m.
Christmas Dinner and Children’s Program: The annual Christmas dinner will be on Sunday, December
16th at 5:30 p.m. The meat will be provided and you are asked to bring side dishes and desserts. The children
will present a Christmas play before the meal. Santa will arrive at 6:30 p.m.
The Salvation Army desperately needs volunteer bell-ringers on Fridays and Saturdays. Proceeds benefit
the food bank, the schools, and other local programs. They are just one-hour shifts so it should be simple
and easy. Here’s the link from the Community Care of Mason County FB page: https://tinyurl.com/
yb75ju2h. Thank you for your help!
TYGs will be Salvation Army Bell-Ringers on Saturday, December 8th at the Maysville Walmart from
2:00 to 3:00 p.m. They will also be Bell-Ringers on Saturday, December 15th at the Maysville Kroger
store from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Thank you for your help!
Christmas Family: See sign-up sheets in the fellowship hall for the family we are adopting this Christmas
providing gifts (clothes and toys). All gifts need to be wrapped and brought to the church office by December
7th. There is also a sign-up sheet for groceries used in preparing a Christmas dinner for this family.
Thanks as always for your generosity.
Poinsettia Orders: The poinsettias are $15 each. Please fill out your poinsettia order form and place it in
the offering plate or drop it off at the office. There is an order form in the newsletter and also one on the website here you can print out if you wish to use it.
You may also mail it to P. O. Box 490. The orders need to be in by December 10th. Please write
“poinsettia order” on the memo line of your check. Thank you!
The Session has called a congregational meeting for Sunday, December 2nd following worship for the
purpose of answering questions about the hiring of the pastor.
Per Capita for 2019 is $38.44. Please write “per capita” on the memo line of your check. Thank you!
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.