July 14, 2017

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Closing is Not God's Final Word

Even at the risk of losing its life: Closing a church is not God's final word

by Nancy Dolan| The Presbyterian Outlook
How will you feel if we decide to close? About 45 minutes into the interview for the solo pastor position at Kirk of the Lakes, a small congregation in the far northwest suburbs of Chicago, that was the question posed to me. I paused, half expecting someone to cry out, "Get behind me, Satan!" This ruling elder had voiced the unspeakable; she had named aloud the source of their deepest collective anxiety: the possibility the congregation would have to close its doors.
Read the full Article HERE
Truman Geeslin
We are saddened to report the death of one of our Retried Pastors, Truman Geelsin. Truman passed away on July 6th and is survived by his wife of over 30 years, Patricia. Truman served several congregations in Transylvania Presbytery including Bethel in Lexington and White's Memorial in Berea.

Please keep his family in your prayers as they walk through this difficult time. 

Click HERE to read the full obituary or leave condolences. 
Facing Racism: A Churchwide Policy on Antiracism
Racism is the opposite of what God intends for humanity. It is the rejection of the other, which is entirely contrary to the Word of God incarnate in Jesus Christ. Racism is a lie about our fellow human beings, for it says that some are less than others. Because of our biblical understanding of who God is and what God intends for humanity, the PC(USA) must stand against, speak against and work against racism.

As part of an ongoing campaign to address racial injustice, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is sharing a wealth of antiracism resources - including studies, books and training - to equip the greater church to work against racism. We hope you'll return to this site frequently as links to new resources are added between now and the 223rd General Assembly in June 2018.
Find the website and resources HERE
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 philip.lotspeich@transypby.org
Walnut Hill Bike Ride- July 15th!
Walnut Hill Church (575 Walnut Hill Road, Lexington) is partnering with the Bluegrass Cycling Club and Kentucky Refugee Ministries to host the   6 th  annual Walnut Hill Bike Ride on Saturday, July 15.  Registration opens at 8am.   

Open road rides (distances 15, 25 and 40 miles) begin at 8:30am.  A "Fun Ride" for families and novice cyclists will begin at 9am.  A section of Walnut Hill Road will be closed to regular traffic from 9am - 10am for the "Fun Ride."  Helmets required for all cyclists.  A complimentary brunch will be served from 10am - 1:00pm.  This event is free and open to the public.  Donations will be accepted to provide commuter bicycles and other support for refugee families. For more information, contact Walnut Hill Church (859-263-5304) or visit www.walnuthillchurchky.org
July Ordination Anniversaries
14- David Chumney- 34   years
14- Julie Olt- 5   years
17- Douglas Ensminger- 46   years
19- Bert Eyster- 57   years
19- Roy Hicks- 64   years
21- Jennifer Johnson- 21   years
23- Jim Erwin- 54   years
23- Philip Lotspeich- 22   years
25- Kenneth Rasmussen- 67   years
26- Bill Vanzant, III- 58   years
27- Ruth Fiscella- 33   years
29- Elisa Owen- 10   years
30- Eric Mount, Jr- 56   years

May God continue to bless your ministry!

If we have missed your ordination anniversary or have incorrect information, please email rjustus@transypby.org so we can update your information.
July Meeting Dates

19- Pastoral Transitions, 10 am, Winchester

25- Administration Commission

Presbytery Meetings 2017

Saturday, August 12 - 10:00 a.m. - First Presbyterian, Maysville

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