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

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“Write Them on Your Doorposts” 

by Pastor Jim Dougans

Deuteronomy 6:6 “Keep these words that I am commanding you

today in your heart.” 6:9 “and write them on the doorposts of

your house and on your gates.”

The word deuteronomy is the Greek translation of the Hebrew word for a second law. God gave the laws to Moses in the book of Exodus. Now, in Deuteronomy, we have a copy of the law given to Israel at Mt. Sinai. In a series of sermon-like addresses, Moses explains the origins of the laws and their importance.

As I mentioned in my sermon on July 28 there are some laws and commands that stand above others. Deuteronomy 6:4-5 records two of the most significant verses in the Old Testament. These verses are known as The Shema, “Hear O Israel.” “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.” These verses are part of a prayer that serves as a centerpiece of morning and evening Jewish prayer services.

Observant Jews affix these verses, as instructed in Deuteronomy 6:9, to the doorposts of their homes. Some

Christians do this as well. Jennifer and I purchased, for less than $10, what is known as a mezuzah. It contains the verses

from Deuteronomy 6:4-5 in both Hebrew and English, etched in metal. Now as we go in and out of the front door of our

new home we can touch the mezuzah and be reminded to love God with all our heart.

The Mexico Mission Team Needs Your Help

A six-person mission team from First Presbyterian Church of Maysville will head to Mexico in November. From November 16 until November 23, 2019, the team will be installing a water purification system in the village of Tikinmul, near Campeche. The cost of the equipment runs to thousands of dollars. Please consider “buying” a piece of equipment. Prices range from $45 for the pressure switch to $670 for the reverse osmosis (RO) frame. You can buy all or part of the equipment. Please make checks payable to First Presbyterian Church and indicate in the memo line what you are purchasing. You will find a display with photos of the equipment and the people of Tikinmul in the fellowship hall. This is a cooperative venture with Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church in Tikinmul.

Here is a list of all the equipment and the prices:

_ Carbon tank $390

_ Storage tank $200

_ RO pump switch $75

_ RO membrane $390

_ Trash filter $150

_ One micron filter $335

_ Pressure switch $45

_ Fill pump $270

_ UV light $435

_ Softner resin $390

_ Softner head $500

_ RO frame $670

The members of the Mexico Mission Team are David Harnish, Jennifer Smith, 

Kate Gausmann, Bill Reed, Philip Lotspeich, Phillip Yunker, and Jim Dougans.

Evening Circle News

The Bible Study for Evening Circle is Love Carved in Stone, a fresh look at the Ten Commandments by Eugenia Anne Gamble.  

What would it mean to consider the Ten Commandments not as a harsh list of what not to do but, instead, as a “love letter” from a loving God? A fresh embrace of the Ten Commandments (or Words), the author suggests, may ultimately contribute to the restoration of ourselves and our communities.

Evening Circle will be studying these Ten Words when we start our meetings on Wednesday, the second week of September (September 11th) and continuing the second Wednesday of each month thru May. The meetings will be held in the fellowship hall of the church and begin at 6:00 p.m. All women of the church are invited to attend.


The Session will meet on Monday, 

September 30th at 5:30 p.m.



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

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

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

Pastor Jim will be on vacation beginning August 5th and will return on September 3rd.

Clothing Needed for Students: Even though we are currently enjoying the heart of summer, the staff at Mason County Intermediate School is already thinking about heading back to school. Due to bathroom accidents or playground mishaps, students’ clothing may become soiled or ripped while at school. Some students also come to school with inappropriate or ill fitting clothing, which must be replaced. Last year, the

Family Resource Center at MCIS supplied students with 388 pieces of various types of clothing. They are asking for our help to restock their clothing so they will be ready to meet students’ clothing needs during the new academic year. Donations of underwear, socks, and shorts or sweatpants with elastic waistbands in children’s sizes 8 to 18, would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Food Bank:  The Mason County Food Bank is in need of donations. You may mail a check directly to Mason County Food Bank, 1679 Forest Ave., Maysville, KY 41056 or you may write a check to the church.

Please write “Food Bank” on the memo line of your check. Items needed are: canned fruits & vegetables; boxed macaroni & cheese; canned pastas; dried pastas; pasta sauce (preferably canned, not jars); canned soup; peanut butter; saltine crackers; cereal; oatmeal; cornbread mix; dried beans; and canned beans. Questions

call (606) 375-6863. Thank you!

Classic Closet: 

When cleaning out your closets, consider donating to the Classic Closet. The consignment number for the 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. They are now receiving fall clothing. Classic Closet is located at 17 E. 2nd St. Phone number is (606) 563-0090.

Jackie Zweigart has moved to Kenton Pointe Assisted Living. She would love to have you visit or receive a card from you. Here is the address: 1455 Kenton Pointe Way, Suite 214, Maysville, KY. 41056-1195. Mailing labels are in the basket at the back of the sanctuary. Please call ahead to let her know you are coming. The phone number is 606-759-9437.

Church Picnic: Mark your calendars!

The George McClanahan Church Picnic will be held on Sunday, August 25th at the home of Betty Wood. Betty resides at 929 Jersey Ridge Rd., Maysville, The time of the picnic is 5:00 p.m. Meat and drink provided. 

Please bring a side dish or dessert. Thank you!

Fellowship will resume on September 8th. Light snacks of munchies and drinks. No big meals. 

There is a sign-up sheet in the fellowship hall.


Carl Berry is in Maysville Nursing & Rehabilitation Facility located at 620 Parker Rd., Maysville, KY 41056. His room number is 207. There are mailing labels in the basket on the table in the back of the sanctuary.


News of Ted Willim

This letter was received from Stephanie Willim-Ostmann, Ted Willim’s daughter. She asked that this letter be shared with the congregation on behalf of Ted, his daughter Valerie and herself.

Dear Pastor Jim and Maysville Presbyterian Family,

Greetings from the East Coast! Valerie, Ted and I wanted to reach out to you and thank you for the many notes and cards you have shared with our dad the past two and a half years. He always enjoys receiving cards and letters as it puts a smile on his face and often times a good chuckle as well.

Ted still travels back and forth between Valerie’s house in VA and my house in MD and is an integral part of all family gatherings. He enjoys exploring local restaurants and coffee houses.

Valerie became a Grandmother and as a result, Ted welcomed his first great-grandchild, Mylene. He enjoys playing with Mylene, scootering down to Val’s pond observing the local wildlife and interacting daily with Val and Tom’s two dogs, Harley and Luna. He also recently enjoyed a Fourth of July parade in Purcellville, VA with my sister’s family. He has had to visit the ER and Urgent Care for precautionary visits that ended up being more annoying than necessary.

I’m selling my house in Hagerstown, MD and will be moving to a ground floor apartment in Frederick, MD that will accommodate my dad’s physical limitations. My youngest son is heading off to college and will be joining his two older brothers in NC. This will make me an empty-nester. There will be a lot of change with this move and it will be a period of adjustment for everyone I’m sure.

Everyone keeps asking when we will visit KY next and unfortunately with our busy work schedules and caring for dad, we have not been able to coordinate a trip as of yet. We so appreciate your correspondenceas it keeps us posted on the comings and goings of dad’s friends which means so much to him.

We hope your summer is filled with the things that make life so special, good times with your friends and family. Please know you are often in our thoughts and conversations and we wish each of you a relaxing and memorable summer of 2019.

With much love,

Ted Willim, Valerie Rabung and Stephanie Willim-Ostmann

While Stephanie is in the process of moving, you may want to mail your letters and cards to Ted to his daughter

Valerie’s address: Ted Willim, c/o Valerie Rabung, 18135 Telegraph Springs Rd, Purcellville, VA 20132

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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.”