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New Member Jane Fay

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First Presbyterian Church, May 15, 2022


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 May 22, 2022 bulletin.

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 May 22, 2022 Announcements

 A Bible reading plan that takes 49 weeks to venture through both the Old and New Testaments. I invite you to join me on this adventure.  Click on the link to get started.


We, at First Presbyterian Church, are a congregation of

believers who live out our Christian values through:

1. Worship that glorifies God with scripture-based sermons

and music, service to those in need, and caring support of

members and the wider community.

2. Valuing personal relationships in our church, community

and world.

3. A commitment to providing a safe and stable place to

believers where they can be supported, educated and

assisted in their spiritual journey.

“Safety is Important at First Presbyterian Church

by Pastor Jim Dougans

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16) 

God loves us, cares for us, and wants us to flourish. Here at First Presbyterian, a committee (formed in 2018) seeks to protect all those who worship at the church. The Safety and Security Committee is the largest committee of the Session, with nine members. This year the chair is Elder Dan Crum. The committee’s purpose is stated in its name, to make First Presbyterian the safest and most secure possible. To that end, the Committee, with Session approval, has taken these steps.

1. Installed an alarm system in 2018.

a. SimpliSafe is a well-respected national company that provides 24-7 monitoring of motion and entry detectors and smoke detectors.

b. The SimpliSafe system includes panic buttons. One touch of the button and the alarm sounds in the church and a signal is sent to the SimplSafe monitoring center. There are panic buttons in strategic locations.

2. Installed a closed-circuit camera system in 2019.

     a. Courika Solutions placed twelve cameras throughout the church and education building. These cameras can record up to two months           of video.

3. Created the position of “incident commander.”

     a. The incident commander monitors the church during the Sunday school hour and during worship.

4. Created an Emergency Operations Plan.

     a. You will find this plan summarized on the orange cards in the pews.  These cards are laminated for durability.

     b. This plan in included in this issue of the newsletter.

     c. The plan covers what to do when there are Acts of Nature, Accidents or Unruly Intruders.

5. Purchased eight two-way radios in 2019.

     a. The incident commander and safety monitor in the sanctuary, can now communicate easily on Sunday morning using these radios.

6. New locks were installed in 2019.

     a. The secretary’s office requires a code.

     b. Two doors at the front of the sanctuary require a code to enter from the education building.

     c. Two doors leading to the balconies now require keys.

7. Purchased a Zoll Automated External Defibrillator (AED) in 2019.

     a. The AED hangs in a cabinet on the wall of the second floor near the elevator. A first aid kit is also kept in that cabinet.

8. Replaced the door to the alley from the basement in 2022.

     a. The old door was stuck shut, preventing its use in an Emergency.

9. CPR Training

     a. All committee members completed CPR training in 2019 offered by the American Red Cross.

10. Fire Extinguishers

     a. There are nine fire extinguishers located throughout the church and education building. They are inspected every year by Cintas.

11. First Aid Kits

     a. There is a first aid kit in the kitchen and one in the AED cabinet.

The Safety and Security Committee meets regularly. If you have a concern or idea to improve the safety of the church, 

 please contact Dan Crum at (606) 584-5258.


Pastor Jim

Spring is here and our thoughts turn to gardening. The city kicked off a community garden at Forest Avenue Park.  City Commissioner (and church member) Andrew Wood put his hands in the soil, along with Judge Owen McNeill and Mayor Debra Cotterill.

“In the Footsteps of Jesus”

First Presbyterian, Maysville, KY March 20-30, 2023

This 11-day journey to the Holy Land will bring us close encounters with the land of ancient Judaism and Christianity. Watch the scriptures come to life as we walk through the wilderness and pray in the Garden of Gethsemane. Experience modern religious traditions as we worship with Palestinian Christians and walk down the Mount of Olives. Build deep and lasting relationships with others from First Presbyterian through

group reflections and shared worship. This itinerary offers a glance at what we can expect in our 11-day tour. Schedule may be adjusted for  efficiency and guide availability.                                                                        Please see members of the planning team for more  detailed itinerary:                                                                                                                            Suzan Ross, Monti Mallow, Andrew Wood or Pastor Jim.

Monday, March 20, 2023 | Departure

Fly from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport to Tel Aviv (overnight flight, schedule pending)

Tuesday, March 21 | Arrive in Tel Aviv, transfer to Sea of Galilee

Wednesday, March 22 | Sea of Galilee

Thursday, March 23| Nazareth Area

Friday, March 24-25| Bethlehem

Sunday, March 26| Worship and Modern Jerusalem

Monday, March 27 | Jewish Jerusalem

Tuesday, March 28 | Masada, Qumran, Dead Sea

Wednesday, March 29| Christian Jerusalem

Thursday, March 30| Arrival in USA

Optional Jordan Extension

Wednesday, March 29 | Overnight in Jerusalem

Thursday, March 30| Jerash

Friday, March 31| Petra

Saturday, April 1| Mt. Nebo, Madaba

Sunday, April 2-Arrival in USA

Church mailing address is 21 W. 3rd St., Maysville, KY 41056.

Offerings: You may mail your checks to 21 W. 3rd St., 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:

Revised Safety Protocols: For all services, First Presbyterian Church will observe the safety protocols

outlined by the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Transylvania Presbytery.

_ Hand sanitizer will be available.

_ Pews and other surfaces will be properly cleaned.

_ Wear masks.

_ Practice social distancing

Session Meeting will be held on Monday, May 23rd at 5:30 p.m.

Offerings: You may mail your checks to 21 W. 3rd St., Maysville, KY 41056, if you wish to mail in your offerings or you may pay by credit or debit card through a link on the church’s website:

Presbyterian Women’s Evening Circle Bible Study will meet on May 11th at 6:00 p.m.

Bible Study will meet on Wednesdays, May 4, 18, and 25 at 6:00 p.m.

Invitation for ceremony honoring Mitchel B. “Mike” Denham: The Maysville Community and Technical College is having a ceremony to honor Mike Denham for his years of service and support on Friday, May 6th at 2:00 p.m. The ceremony will be held in the Maysville Campus Science Building, 1755 US Hwy 68, Maysville.  Reception to follow. RSVP to Tammy Fite or call 606.759.7141 ext. 66227.

 One Great Hour of Sharing has collected $1,535.95.   Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God’s love with people experiencing need. Our gifts support ministries of disaster response, refugee assistance and resettlement, and community development that help people find safe refuge, start new lives and work together to strengthen

their families and communities. Please write “One Great Hour” on memo line of your check. Thanks!

Graduation Party: Haley Harnish is graduating with a nursing degree. She has invited all to come to her graduation party on May 6th at 6:00 p.m. The party is being held at the Fort Mitchell Country Club located at 250 Fort Mitchell Ave., Fort Mitchell, KY 41011.

Graduates: It is that time of year again when young adults will be graduating high school and college. If you have a family member who will be graduating, please drop off/email a photo to the office with information regarding where the student will be attending and their major. Email is



Places to Call to Get Help:

Assistance Available 24 Hours a Day

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

(800) 273-8255

Crisis Hotline


(877) 852-1523



611 Forest Avenue

Maysville, KY 41056

(606) 564-4016

The church continues to worship on Facebook Live

 at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings

Worship Team

Pastor - Jim Dougans

Song Leader and Musician - Nicholas Denham

Pianist - Joey O’Cull

Organist - Kristen Gallenstein

Organist - Suzan Ross

Videographer - Alex  Wood

Bell Ringers - David Harnish and Mike Denham

Webmaster - Bette Sledd

Secretary/Bookkeeper - Gwen Tuel

Two Free Guardian Angel Apps for Your Smartphone

(From the August/September 2020 AARP Newsletter)

Noonlight-This free app for your smartphone silently calls for help to your exact location with the tap of a button. A trained operator at Noonlight's monitoring center will text and call you to verify the alarm. If you can't talk or don't respond, the app sends 911 an alert including GPS location profile information and even a picture of you. For Android and Apple phones.

Snug Safety-This free app is made for people who live alone. This app checks on you at a time of day you select. You press a green checkmark on the app and receive a quote of the day. If you fail to check in, your emergency contacts are notified. For Android and Apple phones.

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!