September 23, 2017

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Regarding Ruling Elders: Meeting as God's Leading
by The Reverend Dr. Diana Nishita Cheifetz

I dread meetings. As a lifelong Presbyterian, I am embarrassed to admit this. Meetings can feel tedious, frustrating, confusing, and 
so  unspiritual.
Meetings are a significant part of how we, as people of faith, discern, organize, and execute decisions and actions. They are how we get things done. But most importantly, it is through meetings that together we listen to and act upon God's leading. 
I've been reflecting on what makes meetings challenging for me. I am asking myself questions and looking at what I can do about it. While your experiences and context are different than mine, perhaps one, or more, will strike a chord for you. 
  1. Am I using my voice? Am I helping other voices to be heard?

 Read the full article HERE
2017 Pace-Warren Lecture Series

2017 Pace-Warren Lecture Series
September 23 & 24
The Reverend Robina Marie Winbush is this year's Pace-Warren speaker.  She is an Associate Stated Clerk for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  Prior to assuming this position she served as the Pastor of Hollis Presbyterian Church in Queens, New York.

Read the full brochure  HERE
PCUSA Christian Education Survey
At the last General Assembly, commissioners voted to establish a Special Committee to Study the Reformed Perspective of Christian Education in the 21st Century.  They are passing along a link to a survey that we hope will yield more about the current state of Christian education and formation in the church, the problems people face, as well as what part Christian education will play in the life of the church.  

Please do participate!  The survey should take you 15 minutes or so.  The more responses we get, the better beginning to our understanding will be.  Please forward the link to those in your networks who are involved in Christian Education (especially if you have already completed this). 

Mission Grant Applications now Being Accepted!
The Presbytery is now accepting Hunger and Peacemaking grant applications for 2018.  For more information and to download the grant application go to

Grant applications are due October 15th.
The Fall at Burnamwood!
Come join the fun and fellowship at Camp Burnamwood this Fall!  

Sign-ups and information are online now at  

1st-5th Grade Retreat: Sep. 29-Oct. 1.     
Middle School Fall Retreat: Oct. 20-22. 
Senior High Fall Retreat: Nov. 3-5.  

See everyone there!
Free to a Good Home!!

Nicholasville Presbyterian Church has many great choir anthems that are being given free to a good home.   

We will have these available for perusal from Sept. 17-27 for any one interested. 

If you are interested, please contact Beth Garrod-Logsden here
Board of Pensions Gathering- September 27th
Rev. Edward Thompson, our Board of Pensions Representative, will be at First Presbyterian Church in Lexington, on Wednesday, September 27th from 12:30-2:30 to update you on the benefits plan of the Board of Pensions and to discuss the employer agreement.
Who Should Attend?
The purpose of the meeting is to introduce any changes and updates to the Benefits Plan of the Board of Pensions and to respond to questions and comments. The presentation is designed for those who are most familiar with benefits: Church Business Administrators, Office Managers, Personnel Committee Representatives, Pastors, presbytery staff, etc.
If you are planning to attend, please register by email with Robyn Justus at so that we will have an accurate lunch count by September 25
The address to First Presbyterian Church is 171 Market Street, Lexington, Kentucky. 
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
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
130th Anniversary- First Presbyterian Church, Harlan
Founded in October of 1887, the First Presbyterian Church located on 306 W Clover Street Harlan, Kentucky, invites you to be a part of our 130th Anniversary.  

On October 15, 2017 at 10:45am, our church will celebrate this ministry milestone achievement during this Sunday morning worship service.  A fully catered meal will be provided for all following this service in the church fellowship hall.  

Your invitation to participate in this historical event also includes our request of a short written reflection of your experience with our church, our community or individuals you remember who made an impact in your life.  We welcome your Baptism Information, Conformation dates, weddings and other events that would help mark the journey of our church and it's ministry.  

Please direct those thoughts and expressions via email: 

If you are planning on attending please let us know as this will help us prepare properly for this celebration. 
August Ordination Anniversaries

9/23- Lorilyn Howie-Kipphut- 10  years
9/24- Janice Stamper- 28  years
9/25- Betsy Steiner- 29  years
9/28- Jay T. Silence- 20  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.
September Meeting Dates

27- Board of Pensions Meeting, First Lexington, 12:30-2:30

28- Leadership Development- 1 pm- Beaumont, Lexington

29- 1st -5th Grade retreat- Burnamwood

October Meeting Dates

1- Michael Bush Installation,  3pm, Pisgah Versailles

10- Coordinating Commission- 5:30, Buckhorn

18- Pastoral Transitions Commission- 10am, WInchester

19-20 Kentucky Council of Churches Annual Assembly

20-21- Middle School Retreat- Burnamwood

21- Presbyterian Women Fall Gathering

Presbytery Meetings 2017

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