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This Week in Worship
Sunday, November 15th

"I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers." 
- Ephesians 1.15-16

You'll notice that the reading above does not come from Matthew 25.31-46, the gospel reading for this Sunday. There's a reason for that: I'm Matthew 25'd out. I'm going to talk about why that's the case in my sermon this Sunday, but to put your mind at ease and so you don't cancel me without hearing it, I'm not tired of helping the least among us. Hopefully you'll understand what I mean by the end of the sermon. (Matthew 25.31-46 is an amazing text, and I'm actually really glad I get to preach on it this Christ the King Sunday.) 

This Sunday is also a Hunger Offering Sunday. On the fourth Sunday of the month, we encourage you to help support the ministries that help keep our community fed. We provide backpacks to hungry kids at Maxwell Street elementary, food baskets to the Community Response Coalition of KY, and of course, our Thursday night meal program which will be providing Thanksgiving dinner to go thanks to Kate and Pam. 

Also this Sunday in worship, Lauren Falco, Mary Iwamoto, Vange Lear and Larry MacQuown  will open open the service with Lead Me, Lord, arranged by James Kimball, and our scholarship singers will sing Hear, O Lord by Felix Mendelssohn.
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!
Stewardship Season is here, and we hope you'll consider making a pledge to support our ministry in 2021. You can now do this safely and securely on our website by going to this page: 2021 Stewardship Campaign. 

Join us online for Sunday school! 


Children's Sunday School (Zoom)
Hosted by Michelle Garth-Jones
Sunday - 10:30AM
TO JOIN ZOOM CLASS CLICK HERE
 

Meeting ID: 853 2572 4035
Passcode: 809330


It's going to be a fun year with the kids of Maxwell Street. If you are interested in participating, but aren't yet, 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.


TO JOIN ZOOM CLASS, CLICK HERE  (Updated 10/9)
Meeting ID: 830 5570 8947
Passcode: 986407

ONLINE ANNUAL MEETING - Maxwell Street’s Annual Meeting will be November 22nd at 11:30AM by Zoom. The purpose of the Annual Meeting will be to elect the 2023 class of ruling elders and deacons, and to review the adequacy of and approve any changes to the terms of call of the pastors. We’ll also announce the recipients of our annual endowment distributions. In order to prevent the meeting from being interrupted by nonmembers, please register to attend by emailing Kate, and you will receive an email with a Zoom Meeting invitation by Friday afternoon. Zoom Meeting Information will not be publicly published for this meeting.
This Week At Maxwell Street (November 23 - November 28):


THURSDAY - Happy Thanksgiving 
3:00-5:00pm - Neighborhood Meal - Bagged Take-Out Meal

FRIDAY - The church office is closed for the holiday.


 

OTHER NEWS:

THANK YOU to those who have returned their pledge cards. Please reach out to the office if you need assistance with making your pledge. Your generous contributions benefit so many in our community.

THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO ORDERED PECANS! We will contact you as soon as the order arrives. 

YOUNG ADULT ONLINE GATHERING - 
All young adults are invited to join Rachel, Wes and Benny for a Netflix party on Zoom. Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, we changed our get-together for the month. Questions: contact Rachel.

N.A.D.Y.A. BOOK GROUP is reading High Fidelity by Nick Hornby. Join them on Sunday, November 29 from 6-7:30pm on Zoom as they finish their discussion of the book.  Questions: contact Jason. 

ARE YOUR YARDS FILLING UP WITH LEAVES?:  It’s that time of year again for the CROP walk! The CROP walk raises money for Church World Services’ hunger programs worldwide with 25% staying in Lexington, much of which will go to God’s Pantry. Every year, the MSPC youth group participates in and raises money for the Lexington CROP walk. This year, the walk is virtual and every church is finding new and creative ways to raise money for the CROP walk. We know you’ll need your yard raked soon, so if you donate to the CROP walk, you are signed up to have a few youth come and rake your yard when you need it on a Saturday or Sunday in October or early November. Sign-up through the link on our Facebook or website and Rachel will reach out with information on how to donate and get your yard raked! Thank you in advance! You can support our youth in this cause here:

https://www.crophungerwalk.org/lexingtonky/MSPCyouth

LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES? Nathaniel Mission is looking for volunteers to deliver food to those who have been shut in because of Covid-19.  Opportunities are available for 1 hour or more, up to 4 days a week, M-Th. To inquire, please call Amy at Nathaniel Mission, 859-255-0062. 

KERYGMA  

No Kerygma this week. Happy Thanksgiving!

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.

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



NEED YOUR YARD RAKED?  It’s that time of year again for the CROP walk! The CROP walk raises money for Church World Services’ hunger programs worldwide with 25% staying in Lexington, much of which will go to God’s Pantry. Every year, the MSPC youth group participates in and raises money for the Lexington CROP walk. This year, the walk is virtual and every church is finding new and creative ways to raise money for the CROP walk. We know you’ll need your yard raked soon, so if you donate to the CROP walk, you are signed up to have a few youth come and rake your yard when you need it on a Saturday or Sunday in October or early November. Sign-up through the link on our Facebook or website and Rachel will reach out with information on how to donate and get your yard raked! Thank you in advance! You can support our youth in this cause here:

https://www.crophungerwalk.org/lexingtonky/MSPCyouth


Thank you to everyone who has raked and is raking this weekend! 

We could still use more adults and youth volunteers. 

It's a great way to get outside and get involved in a service opportunity. 
We've raised over 500 dollars for hunger programs so far! Let's keep going!


SIGN-UP HERE:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0E49A4AD2BA2FE3-rake

If you can do a date, but need to slightly adjust the times, go ahead and signup then let Rachel know. We can coordinate slightly different times!

NOVEMBER YOUTH EVENTS:

Nov. 22, 5:00- Netflix party!
THE BEE MOVIE!!

*it will be too cold for outdoor events
*movie at 5:00 so all can attend the congregational, annual meeting at 11:30!


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. Join us on Zoom (November 22, December 6 and 20).

Some Scripture about change that are be good for family conversations:
Numbers 20:2-5 (the Israelites glamorize the past, not recognizing current blessings)
Deuteronomy 31:6-8 (God will never leave you or forsake you)
Psalm 42:4-5 (remembrance of former joys)
Psalm 56:1-4 (Our hope is in God)
Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 (There is a season for all things)
Matthew 28:20 (Jesus promises to be with us always, no matter what else happens)
Matthew 6:25-34 (We don’t need to worry because God promises to always provide)
Romans 8:28-39 (God is at work in all circumstances)
Revelation 21:1-7 (God makes all things new and brings about good change)

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS

Cold weather is just around the corner and we need to be ready to help our neighbors stay warm! During the month of October, we're collecting warm gloves, hats, chapstick, and lotion. Our homeless population tell us that large, plain, solid color items (brown, black, grey) are best so that they less likely to be taken. We'll distribute them during our Thursday night meals and by Tish Platt, our Emergency Response Coordinator. 
 
 
LONG JOHNS - Please consider purchasing (online, in person, etc.) a pair of long johns for our friends. You may also send a monetary donation, and we can purchase the long johns for you to give to this ministry. Mainly sizes L and XL in both men's and women's are needed. We will be collecting for the month of November. Questions about other delivery options, contact Kate.

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS- Part 2

Each week, our community resource office distributes personal hygiene items to our neighborhood friends.  Please consider purchasing items from our Amazon Wishlist to send to the church office for those in need so Tish Platt, our Emergency Response Coordinator, may distribute them. 
 
 
Joys and Concerns  

We extend our condolences to Laurie and Drew Hainley and family on the death of Terry this week. The graveside service originally scheduled for today is going to be limited to family only. The family has appreciated your cards and prayers. 

Bill Cooper's father is in the hospital with congestive heart failure. 

Please continue to pray for Kathy Cseledy as she undergoes treatment for lung cancer. Please pray for healing and strength.

Ethan Neal, one of our college students, is recuperating from a tonsillectomy.

Chloe Ann Adams is recuperating from hip replacement surgery.

Susan Neill continues to be in lots of pain from her broken arm. She is hoping to schedule surgery soon to repair the break. Please continue to pray for healing and relief from pain. (234 Koster St 40503)

Barbara Mabry has moved to Ohio to be closer to family. Please pray for Barbara as she settles into her new place. (Barbara Mabry C/O Berkeley Square, 100 Berkeley Drive, Hamilton, OH 45013)

Joan Colborn's great grandson, Ezra, is progressing the next phase of his treatment for leukemia. Continued prayers of healing are appreciated.

We received good news this week that Bob Rabel's brother, Joe, has made progress and is actually doing much better. Please continue to keep him in your prayers. 

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.

PRAYER

May God keep you safe
May your bellies be full
May your thirst be quenched
May your hearts be blessed
With knowing you are loved
And may you share that love
With all who come your way
Amen

from "Liturgies from Below: Praying with People at the Ends of the World"
by Claudio Carvalhaes

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