Maxwell Weekly Mailer

“If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves
and take up their cross and follow me.” 

Worship at Maxwell Street

Good Friday still seems like a long way off at this point in the season of Lent, but this Sunday’s gospel reading reminds us that we can’t understand what it means to live the life of a disciple without the cross. Jesus says they are to deny themselves and take up their crosses and follow. We see people denying themselves various things for all kinds of reasons, some not all that healthy, but what does it mean to practice self-denial for the sake of the gospel? We’ll consider what this means on Sunday during my sermon titled “Denied.” Our Chancel Choir will sing the beautiful anthem, “God So Loved The World” by John Stainer and our new Tenor Student Intern Kyle Hamlin will sing “Wayfaring Stranger.” Since it’s the last Sunday of the month, we’ll collect a special offering to support the Hunger Ministries of Maxwell Street.

Also Happening On Sunday:

Listening for God Class – 9:30am


Science of Mindlessness and Mindfulness

Her unconventional studies have long suggested what neuroscience is now revealing: Our experiences are formed by the words and ideas we attach to them. Naming something play rather than work — or exercise rather than labor — can mean the difference between delight and drudgery, fatigue or weight loss. What makes a vacation a vacation is not only a change of scenery, but the fact that we let go of the mindless everyday illusion that we are in control. Ellen Langer says mindfulness is achievable without meditation or yoga. She defines it as “the simple act of actively noticing things.”

Listen to the interview or read the transcript here.

BIBLE STUDY CLASS (9:15am in the Scout Room) Ron Eads teaches this Bible study class from the Presbyterian curriculum The Present Word. Join the class as they explore the theme “Faithful Disciples” (Acts 9.36-43)  this Sunday.

GREAT ROOM CLASS (9:30amOne 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. Rev. Douglas Ensminger, and others are leading the group through a conversation about another of Borg’s book, “Convictions.” For all ages. Class meets in the Great Room with the comfortable couches, downstairs, just off the Church Nursery.

LUNCH & LEARN ~ On February 25th, join us for lunch following worship. We’ll be watching the KET Documentary, “Living the Story: the Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky” that our own Betty Gabehart worked on. During the 1950s and ’60s, profound legal and social changes took place in Kentucky and across America as a result of the civil rights movement. This resource is designed to give a feel for the times, to explain some of the issues that were particularly important in Kentucky, and to inspire viewers by showing how people have made a difference in society. Run-time approx. 1hr. with discussion to follow. RSVP to Kate here.

YOUTH ~ YOUTH, JOIN LAUREN & DAVID this Sunday at Common Grounds at 9:30 before service to drink some coffee, eat a pastry, and talk about life and the Bible. Then youth join in the Bowl-A-Thon fun at Southland Bowling Lanes (4-7pm). Bring your donation for Camp Burnamwood and remember to wear socks.

EDUCATION & FAMILY LIFE COMMITTEE meet in the Field Room. Childcare is available. Have your kids x a plate and go eat in the Craft Room with the babysitters.

8TH ANNUAL BURNAMWOOD BOWL-A-THON  is this afternoon from 4-7pm at Southland Bowling Lanes. All Maxwell Streeters are welcome! There is a $25 registration fee. This fee covers shoe rental and pizza and prizes. Bowl or bust!

IMMIGRANT JUSTICE GROUP ~ All are invited to attend this meeting at the Lexington Public Library (Village Branch) this afternoon from 3-4:30.

N.A.D.Y.A. BOOK GROUP meets at Jason & Andrea’s house to discuss Breakfast with Buddah. Snacks & drinks are provided.

Elders, deacons, pastors, and many other members of the Maxwell Street community have contributed to creating this year’s Lenten Devotional. We’d like to distribute the devotional by email to save on printing costs. There will be some printed copies available in the narthex and the lobby outside the church office.


10:30am    Pastor’s Coffee @ Coffea on Rose Street

8:30am      Sweet Blessings
9:00am      Staff Meeting
7:00pm      Centering Prayer
8:00pm      UKirk  College Ministry Group

10:30am     Morning Kerygma (Pastor’s Class)
5:45pm       Maxwell Fellowship Dinner
5:45pm       Children’s Choirs
6:30pm       Evening Kerygma (Pastor’s Class)
6:30pm       Chancel Choir Rehearsal
7:30pm       Westminster Bells Rehearsal

9:00am       Canterbury Bells
9:00am       Presbyterian Women Coordinating Team
10:30am     Presbyterian Women gather in Fellowship Hall. The Bible study, lesson 7, led by Rev. Douglas Ensminger.
11:45am      Lunch ~ Presbyterian Women invite you to lunch and speaker. Come enjoy a delicious lunch ($6) and hear a very interesting program presented by Eileen Levy, the Executive Director of The Well, a program which assists women recovering from lives of drug use, abuse, and prostitution, as well as trafficking.
6:00pm       Thursday Night Meal

Words & Wine The women’s book club is reading “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles. We’ll gather at 6:30 p.m. at Kathleen Pierce’s house (3330 Lawson Lane 40509). To join our email list, contact Kathy at

9:00am      Mahan Woodshop

Other News:


There are simple products that people need week in and week out, and our Mission Coordinator, Shelli Gregory is able to help with those needs, unless her cupboard runs bare. You can simply place the suggested items in the drop-off containers in the Lobby outside the church of office. If you miss a Sunday or get too rushed to pick up any items, you can always place a check in the offering plate and designate it for Lent Offering.
March 4: Toothbrush                                  March 11: Toilet Paper
March 18: Facial Tissues                           March 25: One Great Hour of Sharing

Sunday, February 25, 2018
Bowling 4 – 6 p.m. Pizza Party and Prizes 6 – 7 p.m at Southland Bowling Lanes, 205 Southland Drive in Lexington.

Bowl locally with your youth group. Submit your scores and fundraising totals on February 26 to compete for the Trophy. Join in friendly competition and help raise funds for Burnamwood at this annual event. Register your church and number of teams (teams are comprised of 4-6 people). Lexington cost is $25/ participant, which covers the cost of bowling, pizza, and soda, AND contributes to your team’s total fundraising goal!

Doors open at 11:15am, Lunch at 11:30am
The game begins at 12:00pm (on the big screen in Fellowship Hall!)

Maxwell Street will be hosting its 8th chili lunch Souper Saturday! MSPC members are encouraged to join our community neighbors for the tasty chili and the game.

• Volunteers to help make this year another successful event!
• Double batches of chili (with 2 pounds of meat). Bring it on Saturday and we will combine all the chili into one big pot — all the flavors blend together to make an incredibly delicious chili.
• Pans of cornbread • Chips • Soft Drinks • Hot sauce

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.

BACH MARATHON is back. Join us in the sanctuary on Saturday, March 24 from 10:00am-6:00pm for a variety of instruments and musicians.

Calling all children! After worship, join us for a Saint Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt. Lunch will be served. Also, Spring cleaning! Bring your non-perishables (can goods etc) to donate.


Immediately after worship, we will eat brunch and then the children will head out to search for eggs! All are welcome!

On Fat Tuesday, our college group, UKirk, prepared for the Lenten season by eating some heart shaped waffles es as well as by helping Matt create the wonderful prayer wall at the front of our sanctuary. Throughout the season of Lent the wall will be a space for you to…

– prompt others to pray. – be prompted to pray for others. – become aware of God’s presence and work in the world. – be more aware of God’s presence in your life. – lol. – feel grateful. – empty. – experience peace. – be angry. – mourn. – to feel safe. – cry.
– to know love.

You are invited to write down whatever prompts you to pray and hang your prompt on the boards:
A word. A scripture passage. An image. A #hashtag.

You are encouraged to look through the prayer prompts that others have left and to sit and pray with the tag in a pew, but please do not remove them from the sanctuary.


We’re collecting items to help support the mission of Greenhouse 17. Formerly Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program, Greenhouse 17 is an advocacy agency committed to ending intimate partner abuse in families and the community.  Their specially trained crisis counselors are available to help people harmed by intimate partner abuse any time of the day, every day of the year. The main facility is situated on a beautiful 40-acre property in rural Fayette County. From this location and two additional offices in our service area, we provide an array of crisis intervention and stabilization services:

  • 24-hour hotline
  • emergency shelter
  • legal advocacy
  • individual and group support
  • medical and dental treatment
  • budget and credit counseling
  • supportive housing services
  • transportation assistance

You can help by bringing items from the Greenhouse 17 Wish List to our collection bin in the lobby outside the church office:

• Kroger Gift Cards
• Creamer
• Canned tuna & chicken • Diapers (newborn, 4,5,6) • Napkins
• Plastic utensils

• Coffee
• Sugar
• Canned soups & pasta
• Pull-Ups (2t – 5t)
• Paper plates, cups, bowls
• Garbage bags (55 & 13gallon)

Voices HEaRd: Kentucky is BACK with more artists and activism than before! 

About Voices HEaRd 2018
In collaboration with Eve Ensler’s One Billion Rising 2018 Campaign, Voices HEaRd 2018 brings together male and female performing and visual artists to raise their voices against violence against women and the many challenges girls and women of all ages face. All event proceeds will support The Girl Project and Step by Step, Lexington.Voices HEaRd director and co-founder of The Girl Project, Vanessa Becker Weig, said the vision of Voices HEaRd is “to bring the community together through art to empower, educate, and celebrate the female voice in Kentucky. Our hope is to develop into a fully produced artistic festival.”

Voices HEaRd will span the entire weekend of February 23-25, and we are thrilled to be featuring artists from all over the country in this spectacular event! Check out the lineup list below to know what to expect for the weekend! (All events held at Woodford Theatre unless noted otherwise)

Friday, February 23
Spoken Word at the Chocolate Holler
6:30 PM, The Chocolate Holler, Lexington, FREE
Featuring works bylong time TGP guest artist and writer Donna Ison, Matthew Hutchins, Kaitlin Rucker, Voices HEaRd returnee Tara Wilkinson, and pieces from The Girl Project Alumni.

Voices HEaRd Singer Songwriters at The Barn at Fritz Farm
7:30 PM, The Barn at TheSummity at Fritz Farm, Lexington, FREE
Come hear original songs fromsinger songwriter Vanessa Davis ranging in genres including pop, folk, country, bluegrass, jazz, blues, and classical composition . Sharing the performance hour will be Rainbow Star sharing songs with soul, sentiment, and a beautiful mountain dulcimer.

Saturday, February 24
Bodies HEaRd Community Movement Workshop with Lora Wilson Mau, BC-DMT
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, $30
As we lift our voices to speak our truth, sometimes words are not enough. In this two hourworkshop we will invite the language of the body into the evolving conversation about gender equality, empowerment, and the freedom to be that flourishes in an environment that is safe and respectful. Weaving together simple, guided movement improvisation with facilitated discussion, this workshop offers participants the opportunity to discover new layers of the truth they need to speak, to witness with non-judgement the truths of others, and the opportunity to discover in community how to move this new awareness forward into action. No dance experience required. All bodies welcome. PD Credit Available.

Premiere Screening of the JUMP Documentary by Julie Edwards Fauxe
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, $10 or Pay What You Can (PWYC)
J.U.M.P. Project Documentary by Julie EdwardsFauxe and Talkback, part of the Voices HEaRd 2018 weekend!
The premiere screening of the collaboration between Step by Step Lexington, The Girl Project, and other local artists. This film documents the process of the creation of the performance piece Just Us Moms Performing. Giving a voice to young single mothers.

This event is $10 or Pay What You Can (PWYC). To utilize PWYC pricing, please call the Woodford Theatre Box Office at 859.873.0648 weekdays 11:00 AM-3:00 PM.

Teen Voices HEaRd featuring GPNG and TGP Alumni performers
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, $10 or PWYC
To celebrate 5 years of TGP programming, we are celebrating the girls who have been part of the program for the last 5 years. Kicking off the Teen Voices HEaRd will be performances by The Girl Project: Next Generation Leestown and Woodford students, followed by performances from our high school alumni and Mindy’s Jessamine School of Classical Dance. The alumni will be performing pieces from each year of TGP scripts and we cannot wait to share these stories with you!

Voices HEaRd MainStage Performance
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM, $15 students, $20 adults
Featuring performances by Agape Theatre, Broad Brigade, Trish Clark, Free the Virgo, The GirlProject Alumni, Movement Continuum, Suspend, Northern Kentucky University Department of Theatre and Dance, University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance, Bonnie Stuck, the Women of The Girl Project, and local actors.

Sunday, February 25
Gender Equity Panel Discussion and Brunch
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, $10
Davis Marksbury Building at The University of Kentucky, Lexington

1. Candice Hargons,PhD, Assistant Professor, UK Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology will discuss her work on early life sexual debut to highlight the issues women face related to gender and other identities across the lifespan:

2. Jill Schinberg, MFA, Assistant Professor of Arts Administration at UK, discussing her work examining gender gap issues in arts administration along with the notion of presenter as aesthetic gatekeeper:

3. Christine Leistner, MA, graduating in May 2018 with a PhD in Health Promotion from the UK Department of Kinesiology & Health Promotion, will present on her research related to the role of mother in relationships, sexuality, and society:

4. Our own Margaret McGladrey, ABD in Sociology at UK, and several of her teenaged co-researchers will present their team’s findings in evaluating The Girl Project at its five-year mark:

Voices HEaRd MainStage Performance 
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, $20/Adult, $15/Student

For more information on The Girl Project or Voices HEaRd, please click here.

Prayer Concerns

For all people affected by gun violence, especially those in Florida, in Marshall County and elsewhere.

Peter Perry had a pacemaker put in Thursday and is home recuperating.

Cathy Penman is in Good Samaritan with an infection that developed after having foot surgery.

Angela Keith’s American dad died last week.  The service was Thursday.

Jeanne Woodberry and Al Campbell have moved into a new assisted living home. Please continue to pray for Al as he undergoes treatment.

Sunny Hensler, a 7th-grade student of Allison Weitkamp, went into the hospital with a high fever and is now on life support.  Please pray for healing for Sunny and pray for her medical staff and family as well.

Please pray for Henry Huhtulag and his friend.  They were in a serious car accident last night and were fortunate to not be seriously injured.

Congratulations to Will and Sonia Gardner on the birth of their son who was born earlier Thursday morning!

Mary Lou Campbel is in rehab at Mayfair Manor.

Hydee Hawkins’ mother is at Cardinal Hill recovering from surgery to repair her broken hip.

Tammy Lane is undergoing chemotherapy. Please continue to keep her in your prayers.

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

Spirit of God, radiant source of light,
Your presence rekindles the fading flames of hope;
into the emptiness and tiredness of our churchiness
You pour your invigorating kindness,
overwhelming our resistance to change
with the winning smile of reassurance.
Through Jesus Christ, we pray, Amen.