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Please find attached the bulletin for this Sunday, September 26, 2021, along with the church announcements. This service will be broadcast on Facebook Live at 10:45 am and the sanctuary is open for worship.


This Sunday is the 18th Sunday after Pentecost. The title of my sermon is “A Small Miracle on Highway 8.” The scripture readings are Psalm 130, and Romans 8:5-11. My sermon will be based on the Romans passage.  The apostle Paul reminds us we are blessed to share in Christ’s victory.  Because we see the world through his eyes we can have hope even when there doesn’t seem to be a reason to hope.  I will share a story that will illustrate this reality. See you Sunday.


Pastor Jim

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Sunday, September 26, 2021, along with the church announcements.


Growth in the Life of the PCUSA

by Pastor Jim Dougans

I like numbers. They can succinctly convey information. The Presbyterian Church (USA) recently released some numbers that I would like to share with you. They tell a story about what is happening in our denomination. Read all the way through to find the

good news.

First, membership in the PCUSA continues to decline. In 2020 our denomination lost 56,000 members, which averages the same loss rate as reported since 2016. “The COVID-19 pandemic may have kept Presbyterians from meeting in person, but the decline in membership over the past year is not significantly different from the previous four years.” In 2016 membership stood at 48 million. In 2020 total membership dropped to 1.24 million.

Second, while overall membership decline remained consistent over the past five years, there was s sharper than usual decline in one area of church activity. There was a sharp decline in professions of faith in 2020. Youth professions of faith numbered just over 5,300 last year, a drop of 4,000 compared to 2019. And adult professions of faith and reaffirmations of faith declined even more, from 21,400 in

2019 to 9,200 in 2020.

Third, while the denomination continues to lose members, 2020 statistics show new worshipping communities are still on the rise and new church developments are starting to move upward after years of decline.

Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II is the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly. Dr. Nelson notes that church growth will come from these new worshipping communities and new church developments. In fact, he writes, “if we were to count these, we would actually see growth in the life of the denomination.”

I am serving on the steering committee for Transylvania Presbytery’s only new worshipping community. The Presbytery just signed a lease for a building in Nicholasville. Jeff Shaver is the organizing pastor. I will share more good news with you in the future as this new worshipping community takes shape.

The Nicholasville project is part of 1001 New Worshipping Communities, “a movement within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to create new ways of being and doing church. Some of these new communities may ultimately turn into “traditional” churches; others do mission and ministry in an entirely new way. Their common purpose is to form new disciples of Jesus Christ by participating in God’s mission that is already happening in their communities and neighborhoods.”


Pastor Jim

                                    In God’s Hands

In “Keep a Quiet Heart” Christian missionary Elisabth Elliot ponders the faith implications of fretting about days to come. “Today is mine; tomorrow is none of my business,” she writes. “If I peer anxiously into the fog of the future, I will strain my spiritual eyes so that I will not see clearly what is required on me now.”

And what’s the alternative? Instead of dwelling on times to come, which we can’t change anyway, Elliot recommends: “Leave is all in the hands that were wounded for you.”

Living Out Scripture

When Texas suffered an uncharacteristic winter storm in February, one couple’s act of kindness toward a stranger demonstrated the power of living by the Golden Rule.

Chelsea Timmons, a grocery store delivery driver, got stuck in the ice-covered driveway of customers Doug Condon and Nina Richardson. Because towing companies were inundated, the couple invited her to stay with them — which she ended up doing

for five nights! The three shared meals and conversation, and Chelsea baked them a cake and befriended their dogs. In short, Nina and Doug say, she became “part of the family.”

“Do to others what you would have them do to you,” says Jesus (Matthew 7:12, NIV). Doug echoes Jesus closely when he explains one reason behind their actions: “We have daughters, and we hope if they were ever in a situation like this there would be someone who would open their house and help them.” 

Perhaps Doug and Nina also experienced the delight of another Bible verse: “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares” (Hebrews 13:2, ESV).

—Heidi Hyland Mann


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

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

Choir practice on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. when county is no longer red.

Session Meeting will be held on Monday, September 27th at 5:30 p.m.

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.

_ Hand sanitizer will be available.

_ Pews and other surfaces will be properly cleaned.

_ Wear masks.

_ No singing.

The Big Beautiful Bountiful Bouquet: Please bring some of your posies to church to add to the big bountiful

bouquet. 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 on-line, 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.

Presbyterian Women’s Evening Circle Bible Study: The PW Bible Study will meet on September 8th at 6:00 p.m. in the church’s fellowship hall. Depending on COVID rules, we may be meeting virtually using Zoom. The PW Bible study meets on the second Wednesday of each month from September through May (except in December. This year’s Bible study is “What My Grandmothers Taught Me” Learning from the Women in Matthew’s Genealogy of Jesus. We welcome all interested women of the church. If you have

any questions, please contact Linda Reed at 606-763-6125. Thank you

Bible Study will resume September 1 at 6:00 p.m.

Office closed on Monday, September 6th for Labor Day.

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!

                                        MISSION STATEMENT

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 the 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.