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

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Has the CAT Got Your Tongue?

by Pastor Jim Dougans

As I reported last month the session recently contracted with Holy Cow! Consulting of Columbus, Ohio, to guide the church in

creating a new strategic plan. Our first step is for active members and non-members of First Presbyterian Church who are 16 and over to complete the Congregation Assessment Tool or CAT.

The CAT is a customizable assessment instrument that can help church leaders:

_ Measure the level of satisfaction and energy in the congregation.

_ Identify the critical success factors for improving organizational climate.

_ Pinpoint the strengths of our congregation’s culture.

_ Discover where members would like to go in the future.

_ Gauge readiness for change.

_ Uncover potential resources we may be missing.

On May 17, and again on May 24, we emailed a unique link to the CAT. If you have not done so, please go online by clicking the link and answering the questions about your experiences in and priorities for our church. Don’t let the CAT get your tongue. You have until June 6 to complete the CAT.

Please do not discuss the survey or your answers with others as this may influence their answers. As of May 28, thirty-four people have completed the CAT.

If you need a paper copy, please come to the office, and we will provide one for you along with a self-addressed stamped return envelope.

All answers are strictly anonymous. We have no way of matching any assessment to a particular person,

so please feel free to candidly share your perceptions, opinions and experiences. Our future together is

dependent on your participation and honest answers.

Again, the CAT is for active members and non-members of First Presbyterian Church who are 16

and over. Please do not complete the CAT if you live permanently out of town.

Finally, the session asked that I assemble a Strategic Planning Team. The purpose of the Team is to

guide the creation and implementation of the church’s new strategic plan. Ten people have said yes to serving

on the Strategic Planning Team. The ten people are:

1. Karen Wood, Chair

2. Suzan Ross

3. Betsy Parker

4. Jim Shires

5. Ellen Cartmell

6. Carol Marnell

7. Kate Zweigart

8. Dan Crum

9. Nick Denham

10. Patricia Whitaker

Many thanks to these fine folks and to you for completing the CAT.


Pastor Jim

Greetings from the Outreach Committee

Pickers and Grinners

The Outreach Committee is busy planning participation in upcoming events in Maysville.

Pickers and Grinners is on the calendar for June 19th between 10:00 a.m. and

6 p.m. in Limestone Park. Once again First Presbyterian Church will have a

booth but with a twist this year. Last spring we focused on COVID. This

year we are planning on a bake sale with proceeds going to Living Waters of

the World. The Outreach Committee asks that you consider baking cookies

and cakes to sell. We also need volunteers to staff the booth. Please call

Chairperson Kate Gausmann with any questions at (702) 525-8277.

Movie Night in Rotary Park

Our second event is being held June 26th. We will be joining other area churches to provide activities prior to the showing of the movie “Yes Day!” at Movie Night in Rotary Park (177 E. Second St.) This event is free. There will be free food and games. The Outreach Committee and the youth of the church will bring putting green game. Come at 7:00 p.m. for the hot dogs and stay for the movie when the sun goes down. Thanks to Community Liaison Officer Chris Neal for organizing this event.

We are hopeful we can send a small team to Tikinmul as a follow-up visit and to continue our relationship with the village. The second place for our Living Waters for the World mission is to provide a donation and to find out the needs of purification systems in Appalachia and our local county communities.

               Any suggestions or ideas for events or projects are welcome by the Outreach Committee. Thank you!

You are invited to Celebration Sunday, June 13th at First Presbyterian Church. Join us for worship and for lunch immediately following the service! We are celebrating “getting back to normal!” Please come and share in the fellowship! Lunch is provided.

2021 Graduates

Rebecca Wood

Rebecca Wood is a May 2020 graduate of Vanderbilt University with a triple

major of computer science, math and political science from the School

of Engineering. She joined her class at Vanderbilt Stadium for Commencement

on May 1, 2021. She has been working since the fall of 2020 at Microsoft

as a program manager in their Washington, D.C. office. Rebecca is

the daughter of Stockton and Patty Wood of Maysville, Kentucky.

Drew Wood

Drew graduated with honors from Mason County High School on May 22nd.

He will attend University of Kentucky in the fall, majoring in Pre-Dentistry.

Drew is the son of Andrew and Beth Wood.

Walker Wood

Walker received an Associate of Accounting degree from Maysville Community

Technical College on May 14th. He will be attending Miami University in

Oxford, Ohio this fall. He has been admitted to the Honors Program and will be

majoring in Accounting and Finance. Walker is the son of Andrew and Beth


Drew Denham

Drew Denham graduated summa cum laude from Mason County High School

on May 22nd. He is an AP Scholar and has 30 community college credit hours.

Drew is an all state choir member, received an FCCLA cord, college ready

cord, and a career ready cord. He received Hanover Scholar Merit Scholarship,

Concert Choir and Orchestra scholarship. Drew will attend Hanover College in

Indiana. Drew is the son of Craig and Maggie Denham and grandson of Bill

and Sallie McNeill.

Bryce Hendrickson

Bryce Hendrickson, 22, graduated on May 14th from Miami

University in Oxford, Ohio. He graduated with a BA degree

in Architecture. Bryce received a senior service leadership

award for his work at the university Office of Planning, Architecture

and Engineering. As a result of a senior project, Bryce was one of 16 Miami architecture students whose work was featured on the Frank Lloyd Wright Fallingwater website. The students had designed a new education and meeting space for the Fallingwater complex in SW Pennsylvania.

Bryce is the son of Bob and Missy Hendrickson.

The Big Bountiful Bouquet Returns

Please bring some of your posies to church to add to the big bountiful bouquet on Sunday mornings.

Bring the flowers to the church kitchen and we will add them to the bouquet.

If you are coming to church in person, bring your flowers to the kitchen - a little before the service.

If you are worshiping online, but would like to add your flowers to the bouquet, please get in touch with Gwen Tuel, the church secretary and she will make arrangements.

The flowers are an extravagant symbol of our togetherness in person and virtually.

Cheers! The Congregational Life Team

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.


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

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

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

Bible Study on Wednesdays will not meet until they can meet in person.

Presbyterian Women Bible Study will not meet during the summer.

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:

Revised Safety Protocols: For all services, First Presbyterian Church will observe the safety protocols outlined by the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Transylvania Presbytery.

_ Fully vaccinated people (those who are two weeks past their last required COVID-19 vaccine dose)

are not required to wear a mask.

_ Those who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear a mask.

_ Fully vaccinated people do not need to practice social distancing.

_ Attendance not to exceed 75% of capacity.

_ No congregational singing.

_ Hand sanitizer will be available.

_ Pews and other surfaces will be properly cleaned.

Pentecost Offering: A gift to the Pentecost Offering helps the church encourage, develop, and support its

young people, and also address the needs of at-risk children. 40% of the Pentecost offering can be retained

by individual congregations wanting to make an impact in the lives of young people within their own community.

The remaining 60% is used to support children-at-risk, youth, and young adults through ministries

of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. Day of Pentecost was May 23rd. Please write “Pentecost” on the

memo line of your check. Thank you!

One Great Hour of Sharing: The total collected was $1544.45! Thank you!

Buffalo Trace Distinguished Citizens Dinner: The dinner will be held on Thursday, June 10th, 2021 in the Browning Shelter at the Maysville-Mason County Recreation Park, 2340 Old Main St., Maysville, KY. Gathering begins at 6:00 p.m. and dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome and there is no charge to attend. Donations are accepted and an ask will be made during the dinner. The 2021 Distinguished Citizens Honoree is retired Chief of Police, Ron Rice. The 2021 Scouting Honoree is Jamie Collins. For more information please contact: Marlene Gonzalez 859-771-8173 or email at

Virtual Tour of Marsh Chapel: Marsh Chapel is located on the campus of Boston University. It was named for Daniel L. Marsh, a former president of the university and a Methodist minister. Between 1953 and 1965, African-American theologian Howard Thurman presided over the chapel as its dean. Thurman exerted an enormous influence on the work of Martin Luther King Jr., who studied at Boston University.

We will conduct a virtual tour of Marsh Chapel on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 3 pm. Come learn about the architecture, history and current role of Marsh Chapel. The Zoom link 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 Carlson

Organist - Suzan Ross

Videographer - Walker Wood

Assistant Videographer - Drew Wood

Bell Ringers - David Harnish and Mike Denham

Webmaster - Bette Sledd

Secretary/Bookkeeper - Gwen Tuel


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 sendfunds directly to the Mason County Food Bank,  located at 1679Forest 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.