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Backyard BBQ Evangelism:
 A New, True Parable Of Outside-The-Church-Walls Ministry
We have to start letting go of some of our long-held ideas about church and ministry. Especially when it comes to evangelism and outreach.     But it's not always easy.
Here's a true story that illustrates that reality. (I've kept some details vague, and adjusted others slightly to protect the identity of the pastor and church in question.)

The Backyard BBQ

Recently, I was talking with a small church pastor who was upset at his deacons.
"I have five deacons," he told me. "And they help out everywhere but at the church. One of them builds houses for Habitat for Humanity, the others volunteer at the senior center, the homeless shelter, the food bank, and as an assistant coach for the high school football team. That last one makes me especially angry.".....
Read the Full Story HERE
August 12 Presbytery Meeting- Maysville, KY
To:  Teaching Elder and Ruling Elder Commissioners
Notice of Stated Meeting of the Presbytery of Transylvania
The Presbytery of Transylvania will meet on Saturday, August 12, 2017, at First Presbyterian Church, 21 W Third Street, Maysville, KY.  (The Presbytery thanks the pastor, staff, elders and members of FPC, Maysville for hosting the presbytery meeting and congratulates them as they celebrate their 200th anniversary year.)  The Presbytery meeting convenes at 10:00 AM.  Registration opens at 9:00 AM.  For those churches involved with the New Beginnings program, a presentation begins at 8:30 AM. 
To find the proposed docket, business items and reports, go to , click on the tab for "Policies and Meetings," then click the link for "Stated Meetings-Presbytery Meeting Materials," and finally the link for the "August 12, 2017" meeting.
If you are unable to attend, please request an excused absence from the Stated Clerk.  Email: .  If you need childcare, please make your request with Robyn Justus by August 4th.  Email: .  If you have any questions or need more information, please reply to the stated clerk's email as listed above. 
God's blessings to each one and see you soon in Maysville. 

For more information on Maysville, click HERE   
The Rev. Jerry L. Utt, II
Stated Clerk
Free to a Good Home! 
First Presbyterian Church, Georgetown has the following Surplus items. 

   - Sing the Faith Hymnbooks (quantity = 80)
   - table-top music stands for chimes (quantity = 18)
   - de Moulin choir robes - blue (34 for choir and 2 for accompanist)

Please leave a message on the answering machine at the church office:  502-863-3249 to make arrangements for pick up.

The Session FPC Georgetown
Transitional Director of Youth and Families- FPC Lexington
First Presbyterian Church of Lexington, KY , is seeking a part-time Transitional Director of Youth and Families. This position requires an organized, energetic, flexible and kindly person who finds it personally rewarding to walk alongside middle and high school young people and their families in the development of faithful practice of the Christian life. We glorify God by engaging in worship, pursuing justice, and nurturing all who enter our doors. Founded in 1784, First Church is in downtown Lexington in the heart of the Bluegrass.
Responsibilities include:
  • Supporting ongoing ministry teams
  • Leading age appropriate Bible study
  • Responding to the needs of youth and their families
  • Assisting with the LOGOS ministry on Wednesdays
  • Coordinating youth mission trips and conferences in partnership with ministry teams and volunteers
This position will require on average 20-25 hours most weeks during the year to include Sunday morning availability from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the church grounds, Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to Noon in the church office, and Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the church building. Additionally, this position will include out of state travel, for week long mission trips or conferences.
The term of employment commences upon hire and concludes after the completion of our summer mission trips no later than August 1, 2018. Compensation based on experience and budget.
Direct inquiries to Terese Pierskalla, Church Administrator, at (859) 252-1919 or . Resume and cover letter can be mailed to 171 Market Street, Lexington, KY, 40507.
Deadline: Open until fille
Kentucky Council of Churches Legislative Agent Search
KCC is beginning its search for a new Legislative Agent. 
Legislative Agent
The Kentucky Council of Churches is seeking a Legislative Agent.   The ideal candidate will demonstrate extraordinary communication and organizational skills.  He or she should be committed to educational and advocacy-oriented efforts for ecumenical relationships. The position entails working with officers and committees of the Kentucky Council of Churches and government entities.  The is a part-time contracted position.   We offer a competitive compensation package.  Interested candidates will be given further information by inquiring at
Kentucky Council of Churches Annual Assembly
Registration is now open for the 2017 Annual Assembly
Please join us October 19th-20th at Jeffersontown Christian Church in Louisville for our annual assembly.
This year's keynote speakers are the Rev. Dr. Miguel De La Torre and Mr. Jack Jezreel.
Our workshops will discuss various forms of power and privilege and include topics such as "Working to Remove Systemic Privilege" led by Dr. Charisse Gillett; "Immigration Privilege" led by Dr. Emily Askew; "Environmental Privilege" led by members of KCC's Creation Care committee; "The Effects of Economic Privilege on Health" led by Tom Walton and a workshop discussing our 2018 theme - "A House Divided" led by a member of The Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange.
Please visit our website, click on "Events" and then click "Annual Assembly". The website has detailed information about the event as well as accommodations
Pastoral Opportunites
There are a number of Pastoral Opportunities available in the Presbytery.  If you know of anyone who might be interested in one of the following positions, please share this information with them.

First Presbyterian Church, Lawrenceburg- Solo Pastor 

First Presbyterian Church, Somerset- Solo Pastor

Beaumont Presbyterian Church- Head of Staff

The Presbyterian Church, Danville- Interim Head of Staff

Hunter Presbyterian Church- Interim Pastor
Church News and Events
Events listed here do not reflect the view of the whole Presbytery and should not be seen as an endorsement of a particular theological view or stance unless otherwise stated.  If you have an event or news you would like to share with the Presbytery, please email
Salem Presbyteran Church Ice Cream Social- August 20th at 6 PM
The folks as Salem Church at Pinegrove, 312 Combs Ferry Road, invite you to an old-fashioned ice cream social and hymn sing on Sunday, August 20, 6:00 p.m., at the church. Several flavors of homemade ice cream and toppings will be served (FREE!). That will be followed by a "choose-your-hymn" hymn sing. All are welcome!
July and August Ordination Anniversaries
11- Scott Cervas- 15  years
11- Eric Iversen - 54 years
15- John White- 23 years
20- Jackson Haga - 54 years
21- Darryl Baker - 34 years
23- George Naze- 30 years

May God continue to bless your ministry!

If we have missed your ordination anniversary or have incorrect information, please email so we can update your information.
August Meeting Dates

11- Pre-Presbytery Gathering with Ann Philbrick- Maysville

12- Presbytery Meeting- 10am- Maysville

14-15- CPM Retreat

16- Lexington Area Pastor's Lunch- 12- Rooster's Bar and Grill

22- Administration Commission- 3:00- Second, Lexington

24- Leadership Development- 1:00, Beaumont Presbyterian

24- London PNC Training- 5:00

25- South/Central Pastor's Lunch- 12- Cheddar's in London

28- North Central Pastor's Lunch- 12- Bianke's in Cynthiana

Presbytery Meetings 2017

Saturday, November 11 - 10:00 a.m. - Corbin Presbyterian.
Presbytery of Transylvania
PO Box 23580
Lexington, Kentucky 40523