Maxwell Weekly Mailer

“Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”

Worship at Maxwell Street

This Sunday, we’ll continue to celebrate the good news of Easter and the resurrection. Iraneaus famously wrote, “The glory of God is humanity fully alive.” In chapter 24 of his gospel,  Luke makes it abundantly clear that the risen, living Christ has a body that is not completely unlike the bodies you and I inhabit. We’ll explore how this story informs our faith in my sermon titled, “Alive in this Body.” Next Sunday, on Earth Day, we’ll celebrate what it means to be “Alive in Creation” with special music from our chancel choir. And then, in two Sundays, we’ll wrap up this mini-sermon-series with a sermon titled, “Alive in Community.” Our Canterbury Bells will be playing this Sunday, the chancel choir will sing “I Will Arise,” and Josh Pierce will provide special music. I hope to see you in worship!

– Matt

Also Happening On Sunday:

Listening for God Class – 9:30am 

“Pauline Boss is Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of Loss, Trauma and Resilience: Therapeutic Work with Ambiguous LossLoving Someone Who Has Dementia, and Ambiguous Loss. Read her interview with Krista Tippett on The Myth of Loss below.
Listen to the interview or read the transcript here.

Bible Study Class (9:15am in the Scout Room)
One thing that can be said of Christians is that we acknowledge God in our lives.  Our faith focuses on who God is and what God has done, especially in Jesus Christ.  We acknowledge who we are; and in what we do, we seek to recognize and acknowledge the great and good God we worship and serve.  This is the theme of this class for the quarter.  It’s open to all.  Join the group, led by Ron Eads, in the Scout Room.  This week, the focus is on Follow Me (John 21.15-25). 
Great Room Class (9:30am)
For all ages. One of the more influential theologians of the late 20th and early 21st century was  Marcus Borg. His book, “Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time” opened the door to a new way of understanding faith for many people. Douglas Ensminger, and others are leading the group through a conversation about another of Borg’s book, “Convictions.”  For all ages. Meets in the Great Room with the comfortable couches, downstairs, just off the Church Nursery. The leader is Douglas Ensminger. Each class stands alone. Come any Sunday you are available.

Burnamwood Spring Retreat
This weekend, the Middle School and High School Youth are invited to Camp Burnamwood for the Spring Retreat! It will last from Friday, April 13 to Sunday, April 15. Drop off is 7pm on Friday and pick up is 11am on Sunday.

Registration is here: link!

There will be no other programming for youth on April 15th. Be ready to begin planning Youth Sunday on April 22nd!

Youth Flower sale orders are due today (Sunday). Please contact Kate or  Michelle in the office if you have questions. (255- 1074) Flowers will be available for pick-up Saturday, April 28 (9am-2pm). Get those orders in!

GeNext (4th & 5th grade) meets in Fellowship Hall for food and fun after the service.

Dutch travels to Alfalfa Restaurant (141 East Main). Menu items include omelets, griddle cakes, sandwiches, salads, and house specials. Parking is on the street. Meet by the elevator following the service, so we may arrange to carpool. Anyone is open to coming to this out-to-lunch group. Let’s go “Dutch.”

Deacons meet in the Library following the service.

Worship Committee meets in the Conference Room after worship.

thru Sunday, April 15It’s that time again! The youth will be selling flowers to brighten up your front porch or lawn, and the best part is; all proceeds go toward helping the youth fundraiser for their mission trips. Order forms are available in the bulletin and in the narthex (or click the link below). Orders are due Sunday, April 15 and pickup for flowers will be Saturday, April 28..
Dear MSPC friends,

We always try to live on the positive side of life, making plans and living on dreams, until things come along and make us change our path. We do believe that not only is our theology “Reformed and Always Reforming,” but so are the plans that we make. Our hope was to live in Lexington forever, but our own personal situation has changed…

During Holy Week, Woody’s older brother became ill in Houston and was on the edge of life and death on Good Friday; he is now recovering, but still in the hospital and anticipating moving to a rehab facility soon; he has to learn to walk again, among other things. He is the primary caregiver for their younger brother, and he needs Woody to step up and come help with his care. At the same time, Jan’s father in Austin, who cares for Jan’s mother with Alzheimer’s, was hospitalized with ongoing heart issues. Jan’s brother who lives in Austin helps them as he can, but he was diagnosed this week with cancer, which will require surgery and chemo. He is asking Jan to help more with the family’s care. But on the positive side, our son became engaged this week, and unlike his sister, he wants a large wedding with most of America invited sometime this year. So we need to be closer to our Texas family. Woody also needs to move from part-time to full-time work again in order to be able to do the immediate things that are needed to help our family right now. Woody’s experience this year has been that retirement was highly overrated; he needs to keep going. So we’ve been looking to see what kind of full-time interims are available in Texas or in a city close to direct flights to Houston and Austin. And we needed to consider selling our house so that we could be more mobile the next few years. Amazingly, we called Carol Bryant and Eric Bryant to see about putting our house on the market and within 6 hours they had sold it. Sometimes the way forward is clear.

So even though our hearts are with you, our responsibility is with these once-in-a-lifetime family situations. We are looking at the possibilities for a year-long interim and a temporary move the first week of June. Woody will be preaching at Maxwell Street on Mother’s Day and has some weddings to which we are committed as the year goes on, so we will be back to visit this year…. maybe even move back here some day (that’s our hopefulness talking; we’ll see what God has in mind!).

We have loved the years we spent with you and will continue to be Maxwell Street’s biggest cheerleaders, fans, supporters, and prayer partners in the years ahead, trusting God to show us all the way….  Woody & Jan

April 16 – April 21

10:30am      Pastor’s Coffee -Meet Matt at Coffea – Open to anyone, no appointment necessary & feel free to bring a friend.
7:00pm        Theology on Tap meets at Blue Stallion.  Join us for conversation and a drink.

8:30pm Sweet Blessings
9:00am Staff Meeting
5:30pm  Endowment Committee
5:30pm  Legal Clinic Meeting
7:00pm Centering Prayer
8:00pm UKIRK

8:30am  Church Breakfast ~ Come hear Bill Gregory, owner of Enomalies, talk about project he has developed for museums and UK Opera.  Come early to mingle.  Coffee and doughnuts are just $1.
10:30am Kerygma
5:45pm Fellowship Dinner
5:45pm Children’s Choirs
5:30pm  Bach to Now Rehearsal
6:30pm Evening Kerygma
6:30pm Chancel Choir
7:30pm Westminster Bells

6:00pm Neighborhood Meal
6:30pm Rehearsal

7:00pm  Bach to Now Concert ~ All are invited to this special concert, From Darkness into Light, in the MSPC sanctuary.

9:00am Mahan Woodshop

Other News:

GRADUATES: We are putting our Youth Sunday information together. If you have a student who is graduating from high school, college or graduate school, please contact Kate in the office. We would love to hear what your student is up to next. (

NEEDLES AND ANGELS invite you to join them.  Bring your favorite knitting/sewing project & have some fun together on Thursday, April 26 at 7pm.

A special Earth Day lunch will be served as we explore more about plant life. We have some fun activities planned so dress to make a mess! We will also have seedlings to take home. All are welcome! RSVP to Kate here.

ELECTRONICS RECYCLING ~ The city’s Electronics Recycling Center accepts residential electronic waste Monday through Saturday. This service is for Fayette County residents only. You can drop items off at 1306 Versailles Road. To see a full list of acceptable items and drop-off hours visit:

*1st-5th Grade Retreat ~ April 27-29.  The cost is $100.
Register early at .

UKIRK COLLEGE MINISTRY ~ Attention University Students!  Join us for UKirk on Tuesday nights at 8:00pm in the basement of Maxwell Street for a good discussion, food, and fun.  In addition to visiting with one another, we’ll discuss matters of faith and spirituality.

ADVENTURES SENIOR GROUP IS TOURING ASHLAND, THE HENRY CLAY ESTATE. It’s a beautiful time of year to walk the grounds and learn about the history of the estate. The tour will be April 22 at 1:15 and costs $10/person. Please contact Jean Harper to make a reservation by April 14. (

PER CAPITA SUNDAY IS APRIL 22 Per Capita is a fundamental way in which all of the nearly 10,000 congregations of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) connect, participate and share in the work of the wider church. It is the primary source of funding for the Office of General Assembly and the Presbyteries and is how Presbyterians mutually and equitably share the costs of coming together to discern the Spirit’s leading for the future. This “tie that binds” unites the entire church in ongoing and essential work that guides the life of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and benefits every congregation and mid council ministry. MSPC’s per capita is $40/ church member. When donating, please mark your contribution in the memo line as per capita.

LUNCH & LEARN is April 29 – The Social Justice Committee invites you to join us for lunch and presentation by guest speaker. Johnna Dominguez, our community organizer from BUILD will join us for service and the committee meeting to discuss the Nehemiah Assembly.

LITTLE FREE LIBRARY in the Kupar Garden along Lexington Avenue is getting lots of use. Please feel free to take a book or leave a book. If you would like to donate books or magazine, please leave them in the cabinet in Fellowship Hall.

THE GREAT CAKE WALK ~ Sunday, May 6 at 4 – 6 PM Whether you are an avid runner, a casual walker, or someone just looking to support a worthy local organization, The Great Cake Race 5K/1M is for you. You may run or walk either distance. Go to www. and click the link to register

YOUTH SUNDAY will be May 6, and all youth are invited to participate! We will be planning the service April 22 and 29 during youth group (12-1:30), so if you are interested in planning the service or being a part of the service, make sure to come to those planning days!

UKIRK COLLEGE MINISTRY ~ Attention University Students!  Join us for UKirk on Tuesday nights at 8:00pm in the basement of Maxwell Street for a good discussion, food, and fun.  In addition to visiting with one another, we’ll discuss matters of faith and spirituality.


Joys and Concerns

Chart Mabry was in and out of the hospital this week.  He will have some follow-up physical therapy.  Please pray for healing.

Surrounded by family, Cathy Scaife passed away this week.  Funeral arrangements are pending.  Please continue to pray for Lincoln, Adrian & Russell and family.

Please pray for Woody & Jan and their family at this time.

Ruth Scott (Suzanne Burns’ mom) fell again this week.  She underwent surgery Wednesday to repair her right hip. Please pray for healing.

Doug & Doreen Stretch’s nephew died this week from cancer. Please pray for comfort.

Pat Schrader is recuperating from a fall. Please pray for healing.

Sheila Kalas is recuperating from knee surgery. Please pray for healing.

Darrell Maines request prayer for a coworker’s daughter who went into premature labor.  Please pray for mother and baby.

Tammy Lane has received good test results from her chemotherapy treatment.

Allen Gayheart is recuperating from a fall and broken wrist.  He also has a great nephew that has recently been diagnosed with myoistis and a brother who had surgery recently. Please pray for healing.

Please pray for guidance and discernment our APNC Committee as they search for our new associate pastor.

Lead me, guide me, along the way,
for if you lead me, I cannot stray.
Lord, let me walk each day with thee.
Lead me, O Lord, lead me.I am weak and I need your strength and power
to help me over my weakest hour.
Help me through the darkness your face to see.
Lead me, O Lord, lead me.Lyrics from “Lead Me, Guide Me” by Doris Akers