The Community Response Coalition of KY has experienced an increase in requests for food from the undocumented immigrant community in Lexington. These requests are coming in when God's Pantry is closed over the weekend. The Mission Committee of Maxwell Street is requesting your help meeting this need. A couple volunteers are going to be in the Maxwell Street parking lot on Saturday, September 12th from 9-12 to collect baskets/items. 

Here is a list of items that could go in a food basket for CRCKY Latinx clients:
    • Tortilla (large packets)
    • Spaghetti
    • Tuna
    • Instant coffee
    • Sugar
    • White flour
    • Large bag of white rice
    • Large vegetable oil
    • Pinto beans
    • Canned tomatoes
    • Canned carrots, peas, and green beans
    • Condensed milk
    • Non-perishable milk (in cartons that don’t need to be refrigerated)
    • Cereal
    • Atole packets (corn based drink mix, don't worry if you can't find it)

Supplies you might want to have on the side to add to the basket as needed
    • Dish soap
    • Disinfecting products
    • Toilet paper
    • Paper towels
    • Sanitary napkins for women (not tampons)

You can also make arrangements with Kate ( to drop these items off at the church or you can make a donation to Maxwell Street and the Mission Committee will use the donation to purchase items for the baskets. 

Join us online for Sunday school this week! 

Children's Sunday School (Zoom)
Hosted by Michelle Garth-Jones
Sunday - 10:30AM

Meeting ID: 853 2572 4035
Passcode: 809330

We're looking forward to a fun year with the kids of Maxwell Street. Michelle is working hard to get the packets ready for each family. If you are interested in receiving a packet and are not already connected with Michelle, please let us know.

Adult Sunday School (Zoom)
Hosted by Rev. Matt Falco
9:00 AM Sunday 
Through a process of reading, reflection, discussion and creative expression, both the first-time learner and the lifelong student are invited to an engaging, rewarding encounter with Scripture that will greatly deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Bible.

Meeting ID: 830 5570 8947
Passcode: 986407

"We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.”   
- Romans 14.7-8

This Week in Worship

Sunday, September 13th

We'll continue thinking about Paul's letter to the Roman's this week. Last week, Rachel talked the summation of the commandments: to love one's neighbor as you love yourself; love being the fulfillment of God's law. However, anyone who has ever had a neighbor (everyone!) knows that this isn't always easy and can sometimes seem downright impossible. This was certainly the case for some Christians in the early Roman church: they just could not seem to agree with one another.  We'll learn how Paul responds to this division and think about what it means for us today. Our Chancel Choir will sing Steal Away, and we welcome back some of our handbell ringers who will play ____  by ____________ for the prelude. 

(No Zoom Fellowship Gathering after Worship this Week)
Accessing Worship:
The weekly Sunday Call to Worship email contains information on how to access the service, but you can always navigate to our own website's Online Worship page for the latest service or go to our YouTube Channel. 

We look forward to worshipping together with you online!
This Week At Maxwell Street (September 14 - September 19):

1:00pm - Staff Meeting (Zoom)
7:00pm Session Meeting (Zoom)

10:30am - Morning Kerygma - Matt's Midweek Study 
5:30pm Nominating Committee Meeting (Zoom)

4:00-6:00pm - Neighborhood Meal - Bagged Take-Out Meal
5:30pm - Worship Recording 
7:00pm - Needles and Angels



12:30pm Youth Parking Lot Activity


What share of the immigrant population has a college education?

In 2018, 32 percent (12.6 million) of the 39.3 million immigrants ages 25 and older had a bachelor's degree or higher, compared to 33 percent of U.S.-born adults.

Maxwell Street Social Justice Committee


MEALS FOR UKIRK: UKirk Lexington is the PC(USA) campus ministry to UK and it's supported by Maxwell Street.  Starting next week, college students will eat and have discussion group outside at MSPC weekly. Last year, congregation members were able to provide home cooked dinners for students. Due to the pandemic, if you are interested and able to support the campus ministry this way, we are asked for meals provided from area restaurants (ex: Jason's Deli, Panera, Qudoba). You can either pick up and drop off the meals or provide gift cards. For more information,  please email Rachel,

Every year, we at Maxwell Street elect members of the congregation to serve in the ordered ministries of deacon and ruling elder. These ministries order the church's life so that the ministry of the whole people of God may flourish. The call to ordered ministry in the Church is the act of the triune God. This call is evidenced by the movement of the Holy Spirit in the individual conscience, the approval of a community of God’s people, and the concurring judgment of a council of the Church.

The Committee invites you to recommend members of the church you believe possess the necessary gifts and abilities to fulfill either of these roles. Those who undertake particular ministries should be persons of strong faith, dedicated discipleship, and love of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Their manner of life should be a demonstration of the Christian gospel in the church and in the world. 

Please make recommendations to Elder Mary Waxham at by September 18th.

The Session of Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church has called a Congregational Meeting for September 27, 2020 at 11:30 AM by Zoom. The Meeting ID and Password will be available in next Friday's email and the following week's. The purpose of this meeting is to amend the bylaws of the congregation. You can learn more about these amendments by going to our website

N.A.D.Y.A. :  You're invited to join this small group to discuss "With the Fire on High" by Elizabeth Acevedo September 13 from 6:00-7:30 online. Questions: contact Jason.

KERYGMA  Join us on Wednesdays as we explore the life and work of  Rev. René August. As a priest in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa. Rev. August grew up in Apartheid in South Africa. Classified by the South African government to be “colored,” Rev. August came into adulthood during one of the most historic movements of justice in the last century. How fitting and appropriate to digitally sit at her feet and learn from her lived experience and expansive study of how the love of the Divine can be made present through storytelling, understanding power and seeking justice. Rev. August will primarily be reflecting on a book by Lisa Sharon Harper called “The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can be Made Right.” No need to read the book ahead of time; we’ll watch a video and discuss the video and a couple chapters of the book each week.

Morning Class Zoom Link (10:30am): 
Join Meeting
Meeting ID: 867 8540 1543
Passcode: 790803

VIRTUAL CROP WALK:  This year, the annual CROP Walk is being hosted virtually, each congregation choosing how it would like to participate. If you’ve been walking lots during quarantine, want another virtual 5k to run, or are looking for some motivation to get out and walk/ run, consider signing up for MSPC’s virtual Crop Walk! More details to come in the weekly email on how to register, how our fundraising will help with food insecurity across the country, and what you will receive in return for your registration!

YOUR DEACONS ARE HERE FOR YOU - Do you need help with errands, groceries  or yard work? The MSPC Deacons are here to support you. Contact
Rachel if you have a need.

Maxwell Street has had many iterations of asset based (what individuals are good at or enjoy doing) lists or groups for things like meal making, home help, or crafty skills before. It’s that time again! The Deacon board would love to have an email list for those in the congregation who would enjoy being called upon to help others out with meals, home repair, or yard work. You won’t get bombarded with emails, just 1-2 a month at most, alerting you to needs within the congregation for your specific asset, be it meal making or home help. Please email Rachel if you’re willing to make meals or do home help for others and be on either or both of these email lists. Thank you so much for the ways you already do this for one another! We continue to be amazed by the thoughtfulness and generosity of the Maxwell Street community.

OUR CHURCH OFFICE IS CLOSED, but our staff is working from home. You can leave a voicemail at the office for any of our staff, and they will return your call. You can also contact us by email.

STAYING CONNECTED - Addresses change, and phone numbers change more often than you can imagine. If you need an updated church directory, please contact Kate. An email version is very super easy to receive and involves less cost.


Youth Group 2020-2021 Curriculum, “Being a Helper”: Fred Rogers gave the advice to the little ones who watched his show to, “look for the helpers,” in scary times. As adults, we are meant to be the helpers. Middle school, high school, and young adulthood is when youth begin to ask and answer what being a helper means? What does it mean to be a good person? A helpful person? Youth are exposed to more and more new ideas and people outside their nuclear family as they grow. They get to decide what ideas they like and want to adapt for themselves as their identity shifts and they try to become the best version of themselves, a person who is good and helpful in their unique way. Zoom group will feature different Maxwell Street community members teaching the youth about their work and passions. We’ll get to hear how people we know understand what it means to live and work while hoping to be a good and helpful person to their Community.

Sept. 6- Fall Semester Bag Drop-off
Sept. 13- Zoom Meeting
Sept. 20- Parking Lot Kick-off!
Sept. 27- Virtual Crop Walk

CONFIRMATION: If you are a youth in 8th or 9th grade or their parent, you should receive an email invitation to participate in confirmation this Fall! If you haven’t received an invitation and would like to participate, please email Rachel. Confirmation begins Sept. 13 with a Zoom meeting. More details about dates and other information will be given through email.

VIRTUAL CROP WALK:  This year, the annual CROP Walk is being hosted virtually, each congregation choosing how it would like to participate. If you’ve been walking lots during quarantine, want another virtual 5k to run, or are looking for some motivation to get out and walk/ run, consider signing up for MSPC’s virtual Crop Walk! More details to come in the weekly email on how to register, how our fundraising will help with food insecurity across the country, and what you will receive in return for your registration!




For September's Random Act of Kindness, we are collecting backpacks for adults. Our homeless population is often in need of backpacks to help them transport their belongings. They tells us that large, plain, solid color backpacks are best so that they less likely to be taken. Backpacks will be made available during Thursday night meals and by Tish Platt, our Emergency Response Coordinator. 
The Big Blue Pantry, the University of Kentucky food assistance program for students, is open and in need of donations. They are doing grab and go bags for the foreseeable future in order to stay as contact-less as possible. Here is a link to a PDF of items that would be helpful to us here.

Current most-needed items include: 
Small jars of pasta sauce (typical size is also good, but the smaller the better for bag packing purposes)
Spaghetti noodles 
Rice (boxed or bagged & not too big) 
Ravioli/Spaghetti-Os (microwaveable is preferred, currently, since students can't self-select for what they have to cook with appliance-wise) 
Peanut butter (we're essentially out, so this is a big need) 
Fruit cups 
Canned chicken 

A couple of notes regarding donations: 
Anything "family/value-sized" that can't be split up is not helpful for us at this time. It takes up too much space in the bags and limits the other items we can put in there. Perishable items are a great donation item right now, but in order for them to be most effective, they should be purchased and donated on the same day/within a day & early in the week (since we aren't open on the weekends and don't want anything to go to waste!). We're going with "staple" pantry items right now in the bags. So the more your community sticks to the list above, the better! 

Items can be dropped off at the church (contact Kate first to make arrangements) or at the Big Blue Pantry during open hours, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

In this time of COVID-19, monetary donations also may be made to UK’s BIg Blue Pantry through MSPC’s website or by mailing a check made out to MSPC with Big Blue Pantry in the memo line. The church’s address is is 180 East Maxwell Street, 40508. We have already received a thank you from the BBP for our outreach.
Joys and Concerns  
Ellen Allen is recuperating from heart surgery to open some blocked arteries.

Keller Campbell has been in the hospital.

Kathy Cseledy is undergoing treatment for lung cancer.

Bob Rabel's brother, Joe Rabel, continues to fight respiratory failure. His breathing tube was removed this week, and so far he is doing ok without it.

Nancy Gamble is having cataract surgery on September 14.

Tandy Gilliland (Carol Jordan's mother) is under hospice care.

Harry & Rowena Johnson's granddaughter Ayla McCalley, age 28, is recovering at home in Kansas City from COVID; also their great grandson, Adrian Osborne, age 11, in Fort Wayne, Indiana has Duchenne muscular dystrophy and it is progressing more rapidly than expected.   

Joan Colborn's great-grandson, Ezra, is receiving treatment for leukemia.
Please pray for the people in our community and around the country who are working for justice in the face of systemic racism. May we all have the courage and strength to work to address economic disparities, the silencing of vulnerable voices, and the lack of representation of minorities in positions of power.

We also keep all those who are experiencing the Covid-19 coronavirus, their families, and our caregiving community in our prayers, especially those who have lost loved ones to the virus. We also remember those who have lost jobs, been isolated from family, or are experiencing mental duress due to the ongoing crisis.


Lord Jesus Christ, like the sun that fills the morning sky, you are the light that banishes the darkness of the world. Sun of Righteousness, arise in my heart, fill me with the radiance of your love, and display the light of your saving grace until I shine with the joy of life everlasting. Amen.

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