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Prayer works! As I sit here this afternoon, the rain is coming down and I am giving thanks to our Creator for this gift. Have you taken the time recently to stop and thank God for all the wonderful gifts in your life? Sometimes our thoughts get so wrapped up in all of the negative things we see and hear that we forget to recognize all of the positive things that are happening in us, around us and through us. I am reminded of the old hymn, “Count Your Blessings”.


When upon life's billows you are tempest tossed

When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost

Count your many blessings, name them one by one

And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done


Are you ever burdened with a load of care?

Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?

Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly

And you will keep singing as the days go by


So, amid the conflict, whether great or small

Do not be disheartened, God is over all

Count your many blessings, angels will attend

Help and comfort give you to your journey's end


Count your blessings, name them one by one

Count your blessings, see what God hath done

Count your blessings, name them one by one

And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done


Even in difficult times we can find the positive if we just take a moment to count our blessings.


Grace and Peace,

Julie



We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Theresa Cook 


and her family on the loss of her brother Jeff Sadler.





       We will celebrate communion on August 2, 2020


There is a devotional app members can look at that is available in the app store on your phone.  It is called D365.  You can also find this on our church website at cynthianapresbyterian.com

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We hope and pray everyone is doing well – please reach out if you have a need; we have volunteers ready to assist you!  Tina is in the church office from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM – Monday – Friday at 234-2961.



The Session will meet on Monday, August 10 at 7:00 PM by Zoom.



The Veteran’s Picnic scheduled for August

 has been postponed indefinitely. 

                             We will let you know when more details become                                             available about doing something for our veterans at a later time.

We will continue meeting for Worship on Zoom.  

You’ll be getting an email invitation to the worship service and you click on the link to participate.

Julie is available to anyone who would like to talk, message, or text.   Her cell phone number is 606-831-8312.


Watch our church website, our church Facebook page, and your email for updates on upcoming decisions being made.  A committee has been formed to help make decisions about our church and its functions during this time – the committee is:  Greg Cooper, Neil Rush, Jay Sanders, and Julie Olt. 


There is a devotional button members can click.  It is found at the top of this page.  It is D365.


Church is online again on Sunday on the website here.


We hope and pray everyone is doing well – please reach out if you have a need; we have volunteers ready to assist you!  


The church office can be called from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM – Monday – Friday.

PRAYER LIST

Clayton Arnold

Huck Bruce

Carrie Chapman

Betsy Clyde

Sherry Coleman (Wendy Sifford’s cousin)

Betty Deibel

David Doyle

LuAnn Furnish (Leigh Geisler’s cousin)

Kathleen Gallagher

Peggy Gray (Cedar Ridge)

Frank Henson



Sheila Jameson (Cedar Ridge)

Kelli Mastin (Woody Richie's daughter)

Robin Paulson

Cathy Peveler

Lou Mary Pulliam (Velda Pulliam Martin’s sister-in-law)

Alex Rosenbaum

Devon Williams

Mission Personnel

Covid-19 patients in Cynthiana, in Kentucky, in the United States, and the World







The food pantry items


are flour or cornmeal.





This is a quilt from the quilting ladies at the church made for Huck Bruce.

Huck was given a new high powered medicine Friday, July 11, 2020.  The heart team and gastro team will meet with him and Tammy Monday to see what the next steps are for his improvement. 

Please keep Huck and his family in your prayers. 

Due to the Coronavirus, visitors are not allowed at Cedar Ridge.

Online Worship Makes Evangelism Less Intimidating for Many

                                                                       By Doug Powe And Ann A. Michel On June 17, 2020


One apparent advantage of an online worship format is that people seem to be more inclined to extend and respond to invitations to check out church online. Virtual evangelism is proving easier, less intimidating, and more spontaneous than face-to-face evangelism.


Anecdotal evidence suggests that worship attendance has increased rather significantly for many congregations that are now worshipping online in comparison to their previous in-person attendance. Many factors are likely contributing to this rise. But one may be the ease and comfort of “virtual evangelism.”

This easy, low-barrier way of sharing has the potential to accomplish more in a week than a year’s worth of “Bring-a-Friend Sundays.” And it requires considerably less investment and anxiety.

Many church members feel uncomfortable inviting friends to come to in-person church. Some may even feel uncomfortable divulging that they attend church at all. But using social media to share enthusiasm for a church’s online worship seems to be more intuitive and natural. And extending a virtual invitation is not only easy, it is also more comfortable. It probably doesn’t feel quite as “in your face” and it removes the immediate fear of rejection. For those who do not normally attend church, online church is more visible and present to them than what goes on behind closed doors on Sunday mornings. And they can explore faith without fear of ridicule or judgment and without the intimidating experience of walking into a room full of unfamiliar faces.

It is hard to draw firm conclusions based on what has been for many congregations a brief and novel sojourn into the realm of online church. But it appears that many find virtual evangelism easier and more spontaneous than face-to-face evangelism. Here are some ideas for encouraging virtual evangelism in your congregation.


Post sermons on social media


The simplest option is posting links to sermons or worship experiences to social media platforms. People can share the post and comment briefly about how the sermon impacted them or mention something that touched them in the worship experience. This simple act of posting has the potential to reach more people in an hour than face-to-face evangelism might reach in a year. And for many people, simply posting or sharing something isn’t nearly as scary as starting a conversation about God or the church.


Invite friends to worship online


Intentionally crafting an invitation on various social media platforms asking others to participate in a live stream or Sunday experience is a step up from just posting on social media. A message as simple as “join me in participating in our livestream on Sunday at 10 a.m.” can suffice. This type of social media invitation reaches many more people than inviting one person at a time. And the invitation can be made without putting anyone on the spot or having to worry about how a particular person will react.


Share what the congregation is doing


Many congregations are learning that ministry is still possible even amid the restrictions of the pandemic. Sharing what your congregation is doing to transform lives and how others can safely participate can be another connection point. If your congregation needs volunteers to safely pack or hand out food during this crisis, this could be a low-barrier connection point for individuals who may otherwise have no clue how your church is serving the community.


Host a watch party


Inviting someone to view a livestream with you gets a step closer to a face-to-face invitation. The advantage of a watch party is that it allows you as host to walk through what is happening and to answer questions if your guest is unfamiliar with your church. And it allows your guest to experience worship in smaller, more personal setting. The disadvantage is that it poses the same risk of rejection as a face-to-face invitation. This may be a second step to take when you have learned that someone accepted your general invitation to participate online.

It may be that the apparent enthusiasm for sharing online church will subside once the novelty wears off or the crisis subsides. But we hope it doesn’t, because this easy, low-barrier way of sharing has the potential to accomplish more in a week than a year’s worth of “Bring-a-Friend Sundays.” And it requires considerably less investment and anxiety.

Dear Pastoral Leaders and Clerks of Session,


Today, I had the opportunity to participate in a Zoom call with our Governor.  While there will be no public request or mandated action, Gov. Beshear requested our assistance to help control the spread of Co-Vid 19.  He asked if we would encourage churches who were meeting in-person to return to a virtual or drive-in service for the next 2 weeks. The increase in cases in the Commonwealth continues to be alarming.  We’re at an inflection point as to whether we get the spread under control with the mask mandate (and other measures) or if we trend toward becoming like Texas, Florida or Arizona.


As always, the choice to hold in-person worship or virtual/drive-in worship lies with your Session and your leaders.  However, I do think the Governor’s request carries some import for our being a helpful part of the larger work we have to do to keep people healthy and safe.  Please prayerfully consider this request and I would be happy to answer any questions you might have.


Rev. Philip Lotspeich

General Presbyter, Transylvania Presbytery


Philip.lotspeich@transypby.org

 



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