"And the whole city was gathered around the door."
Mark 1.33

This Week in Worship

We continue this week with Mark's telling of the gospel. The disciples and Jesus head to the home of Simon's mother-in-law. There, Jesus' ministry of teaching and healing expands. At one point in the story, we're told that "the whole city was gathered around the door." Paul, in his letter to the Corinthians, writes, "I became all things to all people so that I could save some." (1 Cor. 9.22) What do you think Paul meant by this? And what can we as the church learn from Jesus' response to what was happening in Capernaum? We'll think about this and more in worship on Sunday.  

Also in worship, it’s Boy Scout Sunday! Thanks to Joey Weitkamp for being our scout reader. Allison Hight will play "In the Bleak Midwinter," (because it still is!) and we wanted to make sure to share this wonderful musical offering with you. It’s also the first Sunday of Black History month and the scholarship singers will sing "Freedom Is Coming," a South African freedom song. The cover image for this week's service is a photo of a portion of a mural commissioned by the Wisconsin Black Historical Society by artist George Gist. Finally, we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper. So many wonderful things happening... I hope you will join us!

This Sunday is also Souper Bowl Sunday!

Every year, the youth gather loose change and donations as a part of Souper Bowl Sunday, a nationwide effort of youth groups to raise money for local hunger relief nonprofits. Annually, the effort raises over 10 million for local nonprofits. Usually, MSPC youth will stand outside the sanctuary with soup pots to gather donations. Since we cannot raise money in-person for Souper Bowl Sunday this year, the youth families are putting together a small recipe book of favorite soups and chilis to give in exchange for any Souper Bowl Sunday donations! All money raised will go to God’s Pantry, a food pantry that helps MSPC to serve our neighbors and provides food for so many in Kentucky. We will be collecting donations through the end of next week (February13).


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!

Also, you can join us for a watch party on Facebook at 10:30am Sunday morning.

Join us online for Sunday School! 

Children's Sunday School meets this Sunday! 
Join Ms. Michelle and friends for fun and learning every week on Zoom. Same Zoom room as before. Contact Michelle Jones with any questions:

To Join Zoom Meeting, Click Here (Updated 1/1/21)
Meeting ID: 853 2572 4035
Passcode: 809330

Adult Sunday School (Zoom)
Hosted by Rev. Matt Falco

Study the scriptures with Matt and other friends Sunday. We're working our way through the Bible; we'll begin with the New Testament. Join us whatever Sundays you can, stay as long as you are able. All are welcome!

Meeting ID: 830 5570 8947
Passcode: 986407

This week at Maxwell Street

February 7 - February 13

Sunday, February 7 - Souperbowl Offering
9:00am Adult Sunday School on Zoom
10:30am Children's Sunday School on Zoom
11:30am Youth Group
6:00pm N.A.D.Y.A. Book Group
7:00pm Confirmation Class on Zoom

1:00pm Staff Meeting on Zoom
7:00pm Session Meeting

4:30-6:30pm UKirk Dinner-to-go
7:00pm UKirk on Zoom

10:30am Kerygma on Zoom
6:45pm Choir Recording

3:00pm-5:00pm Community Meal Take Out Dinners
5:30pm Recording

Maxwell in Motion articles are due.


Lenten Home Kits

The church is putting together a “Lenten Home Kit” for anyone interested in a handful of items and practices that will help you participate in Ash Wednesday and Holy Week and guide you through Lent from home alongside other MSPC members. There will be items for kids, youth, and adults included based on each household’s members. 

A part of the kit will be a way for every individual or family to raise money alongside the MSPC children throughout Lent. Our children are picking a cause or group to give to together and invite you to join them! More information, ways to connect spiritually throughout the journey of Lent, and the Lenten devotional will all be included in the kit. Sign up on MSPC’s website, Facebook, or through the weekly email. The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, February 10. The kits will be available for pick up at the church on Ash Wednesday from 10am-5pm and on the Saturday, February 20 from 9am-12pm.

Sign up for Lenten Kit

Ash Wednesday
Wednesday, Feb 17 at 6:30pm

Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent with a public act of confession and contrition. This year, we will not have drive-by ashes or an in-person Ash Wednesday service because of the ongoing pandemic. However, we will hold an online, live service at 6:30pm by Zoom and live-streamed to our Facebook page. Learn more here:


Sunday, February 21 at 3pm

For the beginning of Lent, Dr. Ted Gentry will present a virtual organ recital featuring Maxwell Street’s Rieger pipe organ. Ted will play works by Bach, Boëllmann, and Liszt. There will be watch party to view the recital on Sunday afternoon, February 21, at 3 pm on our church’s YouTube Channel. Learn more here:


WORDS AND WINE is reading The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi. This book is a portrait of a young woman in India who escapes an abusive marriage and becomes a highly sought-after henna artist. Join them on  February 5 at 6:30 on Zoom for book discussion and fellowship. Questions? Contact Lauren.

N.A.D.Y.A. BOOK GROUP is reading Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore. Join them on Sunday, February 7 from 6-7:30pm on Zoom as they finish the book and choose the next selection. Questions? Contact Jason

KERYGMA   Kerygma meets Wednesdays at 10:30am. 

CONFIRMATION CLASS CONTINUES Meet on Zoom Sunday evenings at 7:00pm on  Feb. 7, Feb. 21, March 7, March 21, April 11.

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

DOES COOKING MEALS FOR ANOTHER OR HELPING WITH HOME REPAIR AND YARD WORK BRING YOU JOY? 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.


Random Acts of Kindness

February is Black History Month, and Heart Health Month.

To celebrate Black History Month:
• Support a locally black owned restaurant with dine in, or carry out.
• Support a locally black owned business
• Participate in community events/parade/marches (as Covid allows)

To celebrate Heart Health Month:
• Give blood
• Say thank you to the first responders in your zip code (fire, police, rescue). Thank you’s can be a card,
flowers, a song, or brownies, fruit basket, your idea
*Send ‘love’ to a single or struggling neighbor (male or female). Cards, phone calls, meals, brownies,

Double UP:
• Purchase a meal/item from a black owned business and gift it to someone else.

An update from RITI: things have been going well this season.  The guys are being housed at First United Methodist Church Downtown. They have 8 guests now and 3 of them are new to the program. They are well fed and learning to take care of household duties on their own. Monetary donations are still greatly appreciated, but if you would like to bring items here are a list of items that they can never have to much of and they run out of quickly in order:

1. Pop/Sweet Tea  
2. Toilet Paper
3. Paper Towels
4. Coffee
5. Dish Detergent
6. Lysol/Lysol Wipes

Here is the Sign Up Genius for dinner sign ups as well

Contact Renee Gibson for information about how to donate: ( or 859-619-5502)

A Home for the Holidays

On Sunday, November 22nd, MSPC announced the beginning of the 'Home for the Holidays' campaign. As of the first of January, you have helped raise $53,110 for those experiencing housing insecurity due to Covid. Of this amount, $15,000 has already been distributed to our diverse community through CRC, The Nest, and our mission outreach office. We continue to reach out to other non-profit and benevolent agencies here in Lexington to share our joy and give hope to those populations of people who are underserved and at highest risk of home displacement.

Our 'Home for the Holidays' campaign remains open to donations through the end of February, 2021. Although our matching funds have been met, there is still time to participate in this amazing community gift. With your continued generosity, we can restore a sense of peace and love to those experiencing housing insecurity due to Covid 19, well into "The Happy New Year"! If you would like to give, please send a check, give online, or contact Michelle Gardner.  Donations will be received through the end of February, 2021. 

MSPS is hiring a Business Manager

Learn more about this position here:
Send Cover Letter and Resume to  
WE'RE LOOKING FOR TECH VOLUNTEERS: As we prepare to resume in-person worship services, we are in need of volunteers willing to operate new video recording and live-streaming equipment that will enable us to record and publish our worship services. Some familiarity with such software would be helpful, but not required. Contact Rich Copley for more information. 

Social Justice Committee
Gun Violence

Introduction: According to LFUCG Police Reports, there were 34 homicides in 2020 in Lexington/Fayette County. Twenty-seven (27) of them resulted from gunshots. Eleven (11) of the victims were 20 years old or younger; the youngest was 15. People of color are disproportionately represented among the victims. Eight (8) or 30% of the gunshot cases remain open without any known suspects as of January 18, 2021.

 MSPC’s Social Justice Committee will share vignettes of these 27 gun violence homicide victims as well as national gun violence statistics. Please join us is praying for the loved ones of the specific victims, their perpetrators, and for all victims and perpetrators of violence. We pray we all are moved to greater awareness, compassion, and action through this collective journey.

1.  Wednesday, January 8, 2020. Gregory Lee Miller, Jr, 20, was shot at a home on Rambling Creek Drive. Police were called to the home for a reported shooting. Officers located Mr. Miller inside the home suffering a gunshot wound to the neck. He was transported to the hospital and later died. Through the course of the investigation, detectives learned that the person firing the gun thought the gun was unloaded when he unintentionally shot Miller.  This was the first homicide in Fayette County in 2020.

 2. Friday, January 31, 2020. Marques La Monte Sellers, 31, was shot shortly before 11 p.m. Police were dispatched to the 400-block of Lima Drive for a report of shots fired. Officers located the victim outside an apartment building suffering apparent gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Survivors include his mother, his son and two brothers. The case remains open.
The Burnamwood Vision Team is seeking input from Burnamwood alumni (former and current campers, counselors, directors, volunteers, Burnamwood Appalachian Ministry (B.A.M.) participants, and friends) about your past experience with the camp and your feedback around possible future uses. Click on the following link for the survey:
Information collected from this survey will be used to align future programming, create engagement opportunities, and shape Burnamwood going forward.

The regular camp programming has been on sabbatical for the past year (a decision made prior to the pandemic) while the camp undergoes a reassessment and revisioning process. Visitors are still welcome to the property and limited day rentals are allowed (for more information on this, contact or call the camp staff at 859.264.8867).

THANK YOU in advance for your response to this survey! Please help us gather as many responses as possible by forwarding this survey to friends and family who also have past or current connections to Burnamwood.

ALL RESPONSES RECEIVED BY NOON EST ON MARCH 1, 2021 will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift certificate to the Ale-8-One online store (drinks excluded due to weight). We welcome responses after that date, but they will not be eligible for the drawing.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Vision Team. You can reach us at

The Burnamwoood Vision Team
“I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to pay next month’s rent.” 
“I have no idea how I’m going to feed my family for the rest of the month.” “How in the world am I going to be able to pay all of these bills?!”

Need Help?

If you, or someone you know has these thoughts/questions, please know that you are not alone, and help is just a phone call away. The mission outreach office is also here to help members of our MSPC congregation. All inquiries will be kept confidential. You can even say you are ‘asking for a friend’. Please contact Tish Platt in the mission office at 859-233-0723, or via email at  You may also contact Matt or Rachel to request assistance.
Joys and Concerns  

After a rapid decline in his health, Chart Mabry has transitioned into hospice care over the weekend. The family appreciates prayers of the congregation as he passes and enters fully into the love embrace of God.

Please continue to pray for babies Charlie & Hugh as they grow and develop in the NICU. Please pray for strength and healing for Gentry and Sarah Barnett.

Judy Dendy began radiation treatment this week for a lymphoma in her neck. 

Dennie Jones is undergoing more tests for chronic back pain.

Please pray for Brantley Graham as she battles Covid-19.

Lynne Rogers is recuperating at home after being hospitalized with an infection following back surgery.

Kathy Cseledy is continuing treatment for lung cancer. 

Please pray for peace within our country and within families and friends who are divided between Covid-19 restrictions, politics, etc. 

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.  Please continue to check in on your friends & neighbors.  


As I turn to you in prayer this day, O God,
bless me with a sense of purpose.
As I go out this day, show me what I am to do. 

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