September 29, 2017

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Paying Attention to the Elephant in the Room: Recommitting to Christian Formation
by Ronald Byars
My friend, a retired Lutheran pastor, confessed in a sermon that he was a believer on Sunday, but by Thursday nearly an atheist.  Yes, he was overstating the case - maybe. But he was also telling it like it is. Our society, which for generations offered at least tacit support and even approval of faith - and particularly Protestant Christian faith - has now withdrawn it. No, we are not being persecuted. There is no "war on Christmas." Nevertheless, the general public finds itself somewhere between indifference and suspicion when it comes to faith of any kind, including Christianity. Members of churches are not exempt, either. Reasons for this are many, including recoiling from aggressive and triumphalist forms of fundamentalism (Christian and otherwise); headline stories about clergy sexual abuse; distrust of institutions; and widespread misconceptions of who we are and what we are about.
The elephant in the room is this: Our culture challenges faith every day, sometimes directly, more often indirectly. Most follow the lead of the dominant culture either all the time or some of the time. Faith unsupported can easily fade, and we end up running on fumes. No one is exempt from this relentless challenge, including the person in the pulpit.
Read the full Article HERE
Salem Presbyterian Church 230th Anniversary!
The congregation of Salem Church at Pinegrove, 312 Combs Ferry Road, Winchester, will observe its 230th anniversary and Homecoming on Sunday, October 1. 

A ll who have been part of the Salem Church family and ministry are invited to share in the celebration. Worship will begin at 11:00, and a covered dish dinner will follow.
Living Water for the World Update
Dear Living Waters for the World Community,

Last week started off with another major hurricane (Maria) impacting the Caribbean and another major earthquake rocking Mexico. Living Waters for the World (LWW) has confirmed, with our in-country teams, that all active water systems are functional in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Southern Mexico. As people begin to put their lives back together amidst the devastated landscape and infrastructure, our partners report that their LWW systems are making a difference in the lives of many people.

We have received reports of systems in Haiti and Cuba providing water to people before Hurricane Irma struck; pastors opening their doors to make their churches sanctuaries to people displaced by mandatory evacuation orders as well as flooding; and of systems freely distributing safe, clean water to people in the aftermath of the hurricane.

While LWW does not foresee issuing an appeal to rebuild any water systems due to Hurricane Irma or the earthquakes in Mexico, if you would like to make a contribution to support LWW's in-country networks, such gifts help support our partner communities in times of disaster as well as every day life.

We thank you for your prayers and concern and ask you to continue lifting up in prayer all those who were affected by these recent natural disasters in the Caribbean, Mexico and the United States.

For the latest news, visit our website or Facebook page.
Affirmaiton of Creation Action
In accordance with the action taken at the 222 nd General Assembly (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and upon the instruction of the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, the assembly's action on the Affirmation of Creation is being  distributed electronically to all  presbyteries and synods of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  Further, we ask presbyteries to forward this action to sessions so that all councils of the church, per action of the assembly,  can use it for their study, reflection, and, where possible, their approval.

See the resolution HERE
Church Secretary Wanted- Beaumont Presbyterian
Beaumont Presbyterian church is looking for a church secretary to join in supporting the ministries of our congregation. This is a 20-hour per week position and hours are flexible. Please contact us at if you are interested.
Handbells Wanted
Cynthiana Presbyterian Church is looking for a used set of handbells. If you have a set of handbells that are not being used and would be interested in donating, selling or lending them out, please contact Julie Olt at
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!
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. 
October Ordination Anniversaries

10/1  Dewitt Furrow, Jr -62 years
10/1  Jim Woodring- 52  years
10/3  Harry Spickler- 41  years
10/11 Phillip Pogue- 29  years
10/12 Michael Brothers- 31  years
10/14 David Duggan- 27  years
10/18 Keith Benze- 8  years
10/20 Bob Shaffer- 62  years
10/26 Ernest Stricklin- 65  years
10/26 Jackie Lindberg- 20  years
10/27 Jerry Utt, II- 15  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

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