Dear Friends:

 

As you know, the Commonwealth of Kentucky published guidelines for the resumption of in-person worship, effective May 9th. After reviewing the guidelines, along with those of the Presbytery, the Session approved the recommendation of the COVID-19 Taskforce to develop a plan to resume in-person worship at some point after July 1st. In the meantime, we will continue to worship online, as well as provide interactive opportunities for Bible study and prayer via Zoom meetings.
 
While we all miss and long for the personal connection that worshiping as a gathered community provides us,  we also recognize the need to be thoughtful and deliberative about the best way to do this. Unfortunately, worship includes some of the riskiest behaviors for spreading the virus, and with a large number of our members in the most vulnerable category, we need time to work out a plan that minimizes that risk.
 
Despite the fact that we have not gathered in person since March 8th, our church is not closed or “on hold” but is learning new ways to be vibrant and faithful. In the months ahead, we will continue to discern where the Spirit is leading us and pray for the courage to follow.
 
In June, we will resume serving our neighbors struggling with food insecurity through Soups On Us and Arnold Towers meals. We will modify our practices to keep ourselves and those we serve healthy and safe. We will also be hosting the Kentucky Blood Bank in our gym in June to provide much needed blood. See the “Caring for our Community” section below for the link to sign up to give blood.
 
Finally, we are reviewing proposals from outside groups who use our facility,  (such as the Boyle County Kentucky Adult Education program and Alcoholics Anonymous) on a case by case basis as they prepare to resume their gatherings.  
 
In the words of one of my pastor friends,
 
     On Ascension Day (which we just celebrated), the angel said to the disciples,
     "Why are you standing there, looking up to heaven?" It was a call not to stand
     still, but to go forth and be the church. Those early disciples had no idea how
     to do it, but they did, one prayer at a time. This time of pandemic is our time to
     ascend into new ways of loving; into new practices of worship and prayer;
     and into new considerations for compassion and justice-making. Of course, 
     we'll experience sadness and grief along the way, but God has opened a door
     for us. And we trust Jesus' last words to us: "Lo, I am with you always, even
     to the close of the age."
 
With gratitude and hope,
 
Caroline

 

Challenge Grant in Memory of Evie Smith and Sue Cleveland

 

Thanks to your overwhelming generosity, we have met and exceeded the challenge to claim matching funds of $25,000 in memory of Evie Smith and Sue Cleveland to help alleviate the impact of COVID-19 in our community and beyond. 

To date, we have received contributions of more than $33,000, which together with the matching funds, totals $58,000 for this special fund!  

We are receiving contributions through Monday, June 1st, so it is not too late to make a gift this week. 

Send a check made payable to The Presbyterian Church to 500 W. Main Street, Danville, KY 40422 or give electronically by going to www.presbydan.org, click on the Giving tab and select Instant Gift. Please choose the COVID-19 Fund on the dropdown menu and note Evie Smith and/or Sue Cleveland in the memo.

 

Ascension Day Worship Service

 

Last Thursday, we gathered for a brief time of fellowship, followed by a worship service for Ascension Day. As part of the service, we included a sonnet from an Anglican priest and friend of Sean’s, which you can listen to by clicking the title below:

 

A Sonnet for Ascension Day, Malcolm Guite, 2012


This Week's Zoom Meetings
 

Tuesday, May 26th
7:00 pm Ruth Bible Study with Sean Gladding

 

Wednesday, May 27th
11:00 am: High school and middle school JOINT devotions
(Come hang out all together and then separate into breakout rooms
 for your age group!)
  7:00 pm Parents of Young Children will not meet this week
  6:00 pm Bell Choir
  7:00 pm Sanctuary Choir
  9:00 pm College student devotions

 

Thursday, May 28th
10:00 am Romans Bible study with Jim Erwin 
  6:30 pm Lectio Divina with Caroline Kelly

 

Friday, May 29th
10:00 am Ruth Bible Study with Sean Gladding

 

Zoom is requiring users to update to version 5.0 by the end of May. We encourage you to update before the deadline.

 

For a tutorial for Zoom, click here

 

If you're interested in joining one of these Zoom meetings or need help accessing Zoom, please feel free to call Lacey Anness at (859) 324-6395.

 

Bible Study: The Book of Ruth
(It's not too late to join!)

 

Loss. If there’s one word that captures what many of us are currently experiencing, it’s surely loss. Loss of routine. Loss of classrooms. Loss of income. Loss of celebrating ‘milestones.’ Loss of personal space! Loss of the comfort of the familiar. And, tragically, loss of life.
 
As Christians, our personal stories are interwoven with the Story of God narrated in the Bible. And when the ground beneath our feet feels shaky, we turn to scripture to be re-grounded in our faith. The Book of Ruth shines the spotlight on two vulnerable women who have lost everything. Perhaps if we were to walk the dusty paths of Moab and Israel with them, we will hear echoes of our own stories, and hear an invitation to lean into their story as it – and ours – unfolds.
 
Join our new Interim Associate, Sean Gladding, for a 5-week conversation exploring the Book of Ruth. There are two times to participate:
Tuesdays at 7:00 pm, through June 9th
 Fridays at 10:00 am, through June 12th
There are three ways to participate:
Zoom video (click a link to join by video on your computer or other device)
Zoom phone call (dial a phone number and enter a code to join by audio)
Email (read the passage and reflection questions on your own)
Anyone is welcome to join these conversations. Sean would like to send emails with weekly reminders, so if you’re planning on participating, please drop him a line at sean@presbydan.org to let him know which of the two times you’re planning on attending and which of the three ways you’re planning to participate.
 

Caring for Our Community

 

Church donates gun locks for community 
(Advocate-Messenger, May 25, 2020)

 

"The Danville Police Department was given 42 gun locks for officers to share with the public in an effort to prevent a loaded gun from being fired by children or adults who are at risk of harming themselves or others. The donation was through a portion of Danville’s Presbyterian Church congregation’s annual Peace Offering."

 

Joanie Lukins and Caroline Kelly presented the locks to the Danville City Police last Friday. To read the recent Advocate-Messenger article, click here.
 
The Kentucky Blood Center is holding a blood drive here at The Presbyterian Church, in the gym, on Saturday, June 27th. To make an appointment to give blood, click here.

 

News from our Global Partners in Mission: Zoe Empowers
 

Your generous contributions to our church are helping to give these children a better life in Kenya.  Zoe Empowers equips orphans with tools and training to overcome life-threatening poverty for good.  Our Danville church, along with Versailles, Pisgah, Maxwell Street, and Beaumont Presbyterian churches, sponsors this group in a 3-three program designed to move orphans off the street and into independence in a family-type setting. Read more about this remarkable organization by clicking here. 
 

Celebrate Pentecost with us on Sunday, May 31st

 

On Pentecost Sunday, we remember the day the disciples received the Holy Spirit in a special way. There was a powerful wind and tongues of fire. With the gift of the Spirit, the disciples were able to tell people from all over the world about Jesus in ways each could understand. The Bible reports that about 3,000 people were baptized that day, creating the first church.
 
Celebrate the birth of the church with us:
 
Take a picture of yourself wearing red and send it to us by next Thursday, May 28th, so we can include it as part of our worship video. Red is the color of Pentecost, symbolizing the Holy Spirit’s arrival with tongues of fire. 

 

Bake a birthday cake for the church and send us a picture for our Pentecost cake contest by next Sunday, May 31st. Prizes will be awarded! Red icing and candles serve as great reminders of the Spirit coming as individual flames and resting on each of the disciples. 
 

Especially for children: Enjoy the wind. Make and fly a kite. Blow bubbles and watch the wind carry them away. Play with pinwheels. Talk about all the wind does, even though you cannot see it.