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Fred Rogers Before the Neighborhood

While a senior at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, Fred McFeely Rogers (1928-2003) became “appalled by what were labeled ‘children’s programs’—pies in faces and slapstick.” As Rogers later told Eva Stimson, editor of Presbyterians Today, “That’s when I decided to go into television....Children deserved better.”

In 1953, the music composition major and Latrobe, Pennsylvania, native was hired by Pittsburgh’s WQED to co-produce The Children’s Corner, a half-hour television program hosted by Josie Carey. Rogers worked behind the scenes as organist and puppeteer, recording episodes that emphasized creativity and self-esteem. Around the same time he began taking classes at Pittsburgh

Theological Seminary and graduate courses in child development, “to deepen what I could bring to television.”

Carey’s lyrics and dance, running weekly alongside Rogers’ music

and puppets from 1953 to 1961, gained national attention after The

Children’s Corner was syndicated by NBC. Rogers continued attending

classes at Pittsburgh Seminary—sometimes during his lunch hour—and

in 1962 was ordained with a charge to work with children and families

through the media. Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, with the

Reverend Fred Rogers appearing on camera sporting his

iconic sweater and sneakers, began broadcasting on public

television in February 1968, fifty years ago this year.

As Stimson wrote, Fred Rogers “never served in

a traditional role of pastor, but through television

[brought] his simple message of affirmation and

acceptance to a ‘congregation’ of millions.”

Heritage Sunday is an annual day of celebration set aside by the General Assembly of the

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). See rare digitized film of The Children’s Corner, download past

bulletin inserts, and learn more about Presbyterian history at 

From lamentation to action 

 the 2020 General Assembly called the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)


Worshipping In-Person?

 by Pastor Jim Dougans

First Presbyterian Church of Maysville has worshipped in the sanctuary for years and years. That streak came to an end on March 22, 2020. Due to Covid-19 virus pandemic, the session decided to turn to virtual worship, using Facebook Live. Virtual worship continued for 13 weeks. Then on June 21, 2020 the session voted to resume in-person worship, along with the virtual worship. That streak of five weeks came to an end on July 26, when we went back to virtual worship only, at the request of Governor Beshear.

As things stand now, we will resume in-person worship on August 9, 2020. This is a good thing, in my opinion. Here are my reasons for saying this. They reflect the sentiments voiced by Rev. Darren Tyler, lead pastor of Conduit Church in Franklin, TN in an article in Religion News Service.

First, while large churches can struggle to open their sanctuaries, small to medium size churches have an advantage. North Point Community Church is an Atlanta megachurch pastored by Andy Stanley. They will not worship in person until 2021. Southeast Christian Church in Louisville is one of the largest churches in the country. It is not meeting in person. It costs an enormous amount of money to keep the doors open of a facility that size. Opening the doors of First Presbyterian Church takes very little additional resources.

Second, worshipping together, in-person, improves our emotional health.  Loneliness and isolation are a byproduct of depending solely on the virtual world for emotional sustenance. Phone calls to suicide prevention hotlines have skyrocketed. I mentioned in a sermon a few weeks ago that overdose deaths are way up. Addiction recovery centers are overflowing with clients. It is an essential service, just like going

to Kroger, for people to worship in person. It provides a source of encouragement and hope.

Third, in addition to ministry, in-person worship energizes the mission work of the church. Pastor Tyler reports “that contributions for a specific initiative will double if we talk about it in person.” First Presbyterian is a mission minded church. We are gathering supplies for children going back to school. We collect food for the Women’s Crisis Center. We give money to the Mason County food bank. We support the Presbyterian church in Tikinmul,Mexico and their clean water project. We meet in person because we care about those suffering from domestic violence, impure water and the threat of the virus. The Bible tells us when we come together that we inspire one another to do good works.

No activity is one hundred percent safe. There is a risk coming to worship in the sanctuary. However, weighed against the consequences of staying away, it seems to me we need to take that risk.

Gathering in church is an essential activity.


Pastor Jim

All around us, miracles happen and God empowers life, thanks to exacting conditions. We know of caterpillars and butterflies, but did you know about these details shared by Gayle Boss in Wild Hope (Paraclete)?

“For about a month each female [monarch butterfly] plants four hundred or so eggs. ...Ninety-nine in a hundred... perish. But on the third day, from the one remaining, a caterpillar the size of a rice grain breaks.

“She devours the egg casing, then the milkweed leaves beneath her feet. In those leaves is a steroid that makes her body brightly striped — and toxic to her predators. Ravenous, she eats milkweed unceasingly for twelve days, bulging her skin to splitting. Five skins later, two thousand times her birth weight, she stops. …

“Crawling to a suitable twig or ledge, she hangs head down, shaping herself into a question mark. One last her skin falls away. This new one is not a soft, stripy, caterpillar skin but a polished, jade-green shell studded with a gold tiara.

“Because she is enclosed and still, changes that had already begun within her worm like body erupt outward. Wings! Long, delicate legs! After twelve days in the chrysalis she is a new creature.” Praise God!

Melissa Alley

Allison Family


Carl & Liz Berry

Family & friends of Jack Bertram

Wendy Franklin Blackburn

Michael Bolden

Dorian Block

Rev. Jorge Ricardo Caamal


Family & friends of Keith and Janet Day

Mary Denny

Caiti Franklin

Jarrod Franklin

Cellina Gantley

Paul Gausmann

Phyllis & Roy Goodeaux

Aria Graf

Joseph Greenwell

Haley Harnish

Susan Harper

Margo Holloway

Linda Helton

Family & friends of Marci Jandro

Alice Jones

Linda Looper                                            Bryan McDowell

Lauren Malone

Rev. Ralph & Donnie Middleton

Tobias Moreno

Marion Russell

Gabrielle Poe

Gerdy Poe

Bob Singleton

Rick Taft

Daniel Tumlin

Mike Tumlin

Chess Upton

Megan Wallace

Phil Weber

Bill Whitaker

Rev. Susan Williams—Corbin Nursing Home

Phillip Yunker

Limestone Ministerial Association & CCMA

Our Nation

Covid-19 victims

Welcome to First Presbyterian Church

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

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

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

Session Meeting will be held on Monday, September 28th at 5:30 p.m.

Bible Study on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. via zoom.

Tech Tuesday with Pastor Jim at 2:00 p.m. via zoom. No Tech Tuesday on August 18th and 25th.

Pastor Jim will be on vacation from August 17th thru August 30th.

Office Hours: We have resumed regular office hours. Please wear a face mask and use the hand sanitizer provided on the table by the Pastor’s Study when entering the church.

Offerings: You may mail your checks to P O Box 490, Maysville KY 41056, if you wish to mail in your offerings while we are going through this pandemic or you may pay by credit or debit card through a link on the church’s website: 

The River Sweep has been postponed to 2021.

The Mason County Senior Tennis League is now underway. If you are age 55 or over and want to play tennis at a slower pace, head to the Rec Park Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. On Monday, August 3rd they will be playing at the Mason County High School at 6:00 p.m. and return to the Rec Park the following week to play at the original time of 6:30 p.m.

Church Mini Picnics: We are having the Church Picnic on August 9th at 5:30 p.m. at the Rec Park. We have reserved the Lake Shelter, which is located by turning immediately to the left and proceeding to the top of the hill on the left. Parking is by the shelter on the grass. It will be a bit different this year observing the Covid guidelines. We will be having “mini” picnics by dividing into groups of 5 to 8. Also everyone is to bring your own food, packed however you prefer, and your own lawn chairs. Individual waters and soft drinks will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Jim at 317-513-8229 or Cathy Webb at 606-564-1527. 

School will be starting soon, and the Mason County Family Resource Center needs your help! They will be providing school supplies to students in need. We will be collecting masks (disposable and cloth) and small bottles of hand sanitizers to help with this effort. Target has child-sized cloth masks. Please place your contributions in the designated box located in Fellowship Hall. 

Outreach Director Erik Wesley accepted a position with Carlson Software on July 1, 2020. 

We wish him well in his new adventure. God bless.


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 send

funds directly to the Mason County Food Bank, located at 1679

Forest 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.