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We celebrate the birth of Georgia Hazel Marshall, born this afternoon at 5:03pm, 7lbs 14 oz, 20 inches. Very happy Mom Jenni and Dad Zach.

OUR OLD, OLD ELEVATOR IS GETTING TOTALLY UPGRADED. That means stairs only available this weekend. Call the church office if you need more information 255-1074.

7:00pm LISTENING ROOM CONCERT — RHYAN SINCLAIR — Fellowship Hall at Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church. $10 adults, $5 students, suggested donation. Mission proceeds support Kentucky Refugee Ministries.
7:00pm Youth Lock-In

In worship this Sunday, we’ll explore Luke’s story of a couple of disciples on their way to Emmaus following the events of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. Having heard the news, they were trying to make sense of what these amazing stories meant. Isn’t it Obvious? is the name of my sermon and spoiler alert: it’s not. I hope you’ll come explore with us one of the most beloved stories about Jesus. Alicyn Lyle Gilbert, who grew up at Maxwell Street and was involved especially during her youth years, will be returning from New York with her husband, Andrew Douglas Gilbert, to present their son, Harry James Gilbert, for the Sacrament of Baptism. Joining them will be Harry’s grandparents, Jim Lowry and Teresa Isaac, plus other family members from both sides of the family. Worship will begin with Canterbury Bells (Sandy Gaunce guest conductor) ringing Acclamation. The Chancel Choir’s anthem is Thomas Tallis’ If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments with John Mathre, guest conductor. John will also be singing the offertory, How Great Thou Art, with Loren Tice accompanying. Mary Anna Stepp will be our organist for the great hymns we will be singing. It is obvious that we should all be together this Sunday morning.  grace & peace… Matt

We are honored to have Kentucky’s Poet Laureate join us following worship, sharing lunch with us, reading from her poems, and engaging us in conversation about life in Kentucky today.

PER CAPITA SUNDAYEach year we pay $40 per church member to support the terrific work we do in partnership with our Presbytery, Synod, and General Assembly – all that connects us as Presbyterians. We would love to pay off this contribution early this year, and are suggesting (hoping and praying) that you will give $40 per adult member of your household to help with this important partnership. Sunday is the date. You can pay with credit card on the church website ( or by card in the Punch Parlor following worship, or by check or cash. And just for fun, you get a freshly baked bag of cookies to celebrate! Come join the fun in the Punch Parlor!

YOUTH SPRING FLOWER SALE ~ The youth are selling flowers to brighten up your front porch or lawn, and the best part is all proceeds go toward helping the youth fundraise for their mission trips. Order forms are due back no later than Sunday. If you would like to make an order on the phone, call the church office at 255-1074. Forms will also be available in the church bulletin on Sunday.

GRACE NOTES CHOIR (Grades 2-5) will meet for rehearsal in the choir room after worship.

YOUTH GROUP – Youth Sunday Planning is Sunday evening from 5:30 to 7. After dinner we will be planning for Youth Sunday which will be on May 7th. Be there to give your input!

FAITH IN ACTION (College Group) will meet after worship for lunch and discussion.

DIRECTORY PHOTOS Sunday is the last day to get your directory picture taken. This is not just for members – it’s all of our church family. So, if you’ve not had your photo taken, come to the Marshall Parlor (behind the office area). Rich, Derrick & Nate will be there after worship. Come take a quick photo.

JODY MCCAFFERY RECITAL ~ MSPC’s music intern, Jody McCaffery, soprano, will present her graduate recital Sunday afternoon at 4:00pm in the sanctuary. The recital is free and all are invited to attend.

Bible Class – For men and women!  Meets in the Scout Room.  Leader is Ron Eads.  The topic for April is God’s Caring, Saving, and Upholding Love. This week – John 10:1-15 – “God’s Preserving Love.”

Great Room Class – For all ages. Meets in the Great Room with the comfortable couches, downstairs, just off the Church Nursery. The post-Easter study for April and May is The New Life in Christ. Each week will focus on one Scripture reading and then that reading’s implications for our life today. This week’s topic comes from Matthew 21:1-11 taught by Woody.

Listening for God – This book study group meets in the Field Room and is reading Brian McClaren’s new book The Great Spiritual Migration.  Join the lively discussion.

9:00am Nursery School
7:00pm Social Justice Committee
9:00am Staff Meeting
7:00pm Centering Prayer
9:00am Nursery School
10:30am Kerygma
5:30pm Stewardship Committee
5:45pm Fellowship Dinner
5:45pm Cherub Choir Rehearsal
5:45pm Older kid play time – Blevins
6:15pm Kid Dinner
6:30pm Night Kerygma
6:30pm Chancel Choir Rehearsal
7:30pm Westminster Bells Rehearsal
9:15am Presbyterian Women Coordinating Team
10:30am Presbyterian Women Bible Study & Lunch
6:00pm Neighborhood Meal
6:30pm Words & Wine – The women’s book club is reading John Grisham’s The Whistler, with Linda Ensminger hosting (2772 Burnt Mill Road) To join our email list, contact Kathy Csledy. at On deck: For June 2 at Becky Kemper’s. house, we’ll discuss The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew – Three Women Search for Understanding by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, and Priscilla Warner.

Burnamwood provides a positive and energetic 500-acre environment in Central Appalachia dedicated to aid in the spiritual development of children, youth, and adults. Burnamwood hosts a full summer of life-changing activities through summer camps and the Burnamwood Appalachian Ministry. The Family Life Committee invites all families with children of all ages to gather at Burnamwood on Saturday, May 20 from 10:00 – 4:00. There will be fun games for the kids, activities, hiking, and a chance for families to explore this wonderful camp. Please RSVP by May 14th. See the schedule in the May Maxwell in Motion.

Abundance Orchard – where faith grows and hungry people are fed. This week will include learning, playing, eating, making new friends, and doing mission. All children 3 years through 5th grade are invited. Extended Care (noon till 5:00pm) is available for $20/day. Reservations are required in advance for Extended Care. Register online ( or call the church office (255-1074).

On Sunday, May 14th following worship, we will be planting our raised beds beside the Blevins House. We will have plants in addition to the seedlings our children received during the April 23rd worship service. Food grown in the beds will be used for our Thursday Night Meals. Garden Tools will be provided.

THE NADIA BOOK GROUP is branching out this month…moving from the writings of Nadia Bolz-Weber to Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott. We’ll meet next Sunday, May 7, in Marshall Parlor, at 6:00 pm; Sunday, May 21, at Jason and Andrea Williams’ home and Sunday, June 11, time and place TBA. All are welcome! Copies of Traveling Mercies are available in the main office at church. Contact Jenni for more info:

BUILD met this week with folks from churches all over Lexington gathering in a standing-room-only event at Heritage Hall in the Convention Center. Exciting progress was made in working with officials for care for the mentally ill. Charlie Lanter from the Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention agreed to propose $125,000 in funds to continue the Mental Health Court in 2017-18 and to look for permanent funding for 2019. Vice Mayor Steve Kay agreed to support continued funding of the Mental Health Court and support ratification of a new contract. Officials with agreed to the goal of serving 100 people in this year through their ACT teams (Assertive Community Treatment) for keeping patients connected into a system of care. More details on this and other actions can be found in the May Maxwell in Motion.

REMEMBERING OUR SERVICE WOMEN AND MEN WITH CARE PACKAGES. Each Sunday in worship we remember our service women and men with prayer… but in May, we want to collect items for care boxes to send them. We don’t want to miss anyone… so if you have a loved one or friend you would like to include with a care package from church, let us know. Just give us the name and address and we’ll do the caring.

Rick Bryant is home and recovering well from surgery.

Emma Kolpek is at Baptist Health with congestive heart failure.

Darrell Maines’ brother has been hospitalized with kidney failure.

Lucy Raine is home recovering from surgery.

Jim Neimi is at Good Samaritan Hospital with another infection in his knee.

Doug Stretch is at St. Joseph Hospital with a virus.

We lift up prayers for the Transylvania University community in the wake of this morning’s violence and stand with those who seek peace.

Loving God, we are thankful to you for the gift of new life, for the worth and value of every life, for your constantly renewing presence in our lives, for the hope that is always possible. We give you our thanks and praise, through Christ. Amen.


#1 MSPC Parking Lot. Our own parking lot off Maxwell Street is open, especially for those who need to park closest to the doors. There are a number of spots marked for handicapped and seniors, so please respect those signs. Please let those most in need park the closest.

#2 UK Lot. Right across Maxwell Street from our parking lot is the UK lot used mostly by those who work at Good Samaritan. It is always open for us in the evenings, Saturday, and Sunday – no ID required.

#3 Professional Arts Bldg. This is my favorite place to park on Sunday morning! I drive to church down Nicholasville/Limestone, turn right onto Maxwell Street (the hospital is on the right and medical buildings are on the left). The first left is into the Medical Plaza, but a drive a few feet further, underneath the overhead walkway, then turn left into the driveway marked “UK Health Care, Good Samaritan Hospital, Professional Arts Building, 135 Maxwell Street.” I enter that driveway which opens onto a large parking lot. UK has given us permission to park there on Sundays, since their offices in that building are closed – no ID required. Then it’s just a quick walk across the intersection of MLK and Maxwell Street.

#4 Coliseum Lot. With UK permission, we’ve been using the lot right behind the Coliseum off Lexington Ave. It’s a great place to park – but sometimes gets a lot of student cars as well. The church staff likes to park there on Sunday and come in the blue door to the Sanctuary on Lexington Ave. If you can, come park with us and enjoy the walk over — no ID required.


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