LEXINGTON PRIDE FESTIVAL is SATURDAY, JUNE 29  - Maxwell Street is proud to be a sponsoring organization of the Lex Pride Festival, Saturday, June 29th, downtown on the Courthouse Plaza from 11am to 9pm. We have a covered area with a table to hand out MSPC brochures and provide bottled water to folks passing by. Can you help out? We need some folks to show up about 10am to transport water to the site, then people who would be willing to be at the booth, perhaps 11 to 1, 2 to 4 and 4 to 6? It's not too late to sign up to help. Do that here. Thank you for the donations of water. 

In worship on Sunday...

"...but the Samaritan villagers refused to welcome Jesus because he was determined to go to Jerusalem." ~ Luke 9.53

Our collective attention is once again fixed on over-crowded, ill-equipped detention facilities on our southern border. The more I read about the latest developments and see the way people are suffering there, the more angry, sad, and helpless I feel. I know I am not alone as many of you have shared your concerns with me, and I see others responding to the crisis on various social media platforms. 

After being away at a class on the subject of the Beloved Community for a weekI can't help but draw lessons from what I learned there to apply to this situation. I'll talk about some of those on Sunday as we reflect on the above passage from Luke. Jesus, not surprisingly given who he was and what he was doing, was not always welcome every where he went. 
We'll hear about how his disciples responded to the Samaritan's denial, how Jesus responds to their plans, and we'll think about how this informs the ways we are called to respond in our time. 

There aren't easy, neat solutions in a situation like the one we are living in today. However, I hope we can agree that there are faithful ones: solutions that uphold the dignity of all God's children and celebrate the freedom we are given through Christ. I'm looking forward to Allison Weitkamp's oboe solo as a prelude, and we'll sing some of our favorite hymns, including A Mighty Fortress is Our God; Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee; and Love Divine, All Loves Excelling. I hope to see you in worship! 

Grace and Peace, 

Coming up on Sunday. . .

Bible Study Class (9:15 Scout Room)
It's open to all, meets in the Scout Room, and the leader is Ron Eads. The topic for this is Jesus Teaches about Right Attitudes (Matthew 5:1-12). For July 7, the topic is Jesus Teaches about Fulfilling the Law (Matthew 5:13-20)

Listening for God Class is taking a break for the summer. 

Bible Study Your Way - meets in the LIBRARY at 9:30 so we have some more room for the summer! Join us! Matt is leading a Bible Study class on the book of Acts. Each class stands on its own -- come anytime. The book in our Bible that we often refer to simply as Acts is an interesting collection of stories about the early church. The time after Easter is a perfect opportunity to reflect upon Jesus’ intentions for the faith community, how it was shaped by the larger culture of the 1st century, and what that might mean for us. Join Matt at 9:30 in the LIBRARY, and we’ll explore your questions about this interesting book and time in the history of the church.

Children's Sunday School finished the semester. Children are invited to come to worship, and those third grade and below are invited to go to the nursery area (basement level by the Noah's Ark Mural) following the Children's Moment.

Later on Sunday. . .
meets at the home of Jason and Andrea at 6:30 Sunday evening to discuss pages 1-79 of Pachinko.  Snacks and drinks are provided. Questions: contact Jason ( 


This Coming Week At Maxwell Street:
July 1 - July 6

10:30am Pastor's Coffee 

8:30am Owsley County Mission Trip
8:30am Sweet Blessings
7:00pm Centering Prayer

Happy Fourth of July! The church office is closed.


WORDS AND WINE meets July 12 at 6:30 to discuss The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

JULY FAMILY LIFE EVENT, JULY 16 - JAZZ CONCERT AT ECTON PARK - Enjoy a nice evening of Jazz music with fellow Maxwell Streeters of all ages! The concert takes place from 7:00 – 8:30 PM but we will probably arrive a little earlier to save a spot. Please RSVP with the church office. 

DON'T FORGET TO SIGN UP FOR BURNAMWOOD! Burnamwood Summer Camps are in full swing!  Burnamwood has a great staff (some Maxwell Streeters and others from various churches) who have lots of fun activities planned for your youth and little ones. Don’t forget to sign up for camps at
July 5-7 Family Camp
July 8-13 Night Owl Camp (8th-12th grades)
July 23-27 3rd- 6th Grade MADD Camp (Music, Arts, Drama, Dance)


DUTCH goes to lunch on July 21 to the Holly Hill Inn in Midway. (You must make reservations for this one. Please sign up with the church office by Thursday, July 18.) Come, go Dutch, together. Questions: Becky Kemper (

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR HOUSING SIMULATION GAME - Meet with Shelli from 4:30-7:00pm on  July 14 and July 21 in the office area to play this “real life” situational game with our work camps that are visiting the Lexington area. This game gives youth a “taste” of what it is like to be poor with little means and have to navigate the complexities of life.

SANDWICH MINISTRY is back! We are supplementing the Hope Mobile’s supply of sandwiches each week. If you would like to be a part of this ministry, contact Joe Kyle.


             I hear you calling. . .

Camp is a unique chance for youth to form deep friendships, establish a sense of belonging to a place, and grow in faith and understanding. Many MSPC youth have loved Burnamwood over the years! So sign up for camp today.   Invite friends, so they may share in the special joy/memories that come from this wonderful camp.  You may sign up by clicking below on the secure Burnamwood site.  



Night Owl Camp, Grades 8-12

July 8-13

Base Cost: $385  /  Early Bird: $310 (register by June 1)


July 23-27

Base Cost: $308  /  Early Bird: $233 (register by June 1)

If you have questions or concerns, don't hesitate to ask. Scholarships available.

Mission News

Amazon Wish List
Can't make it to the store to help supply the social worker pantry? Just check out our new Amazon Wish List, and see if there's something you would like to donate to this ministry. Each week, Shelli sees anywhere from 20-50 clients. Some are marginally housed; some are homeless; some are just down on their luck and need a slight boost.  She offers a variety of assistance to clients, including distributing household cleaners and toiletries.  Things like toilet paper, paper towels, feminine products are a luxury to some. So, check it out.

Big Blue Pantry Support
MSPC strengthening ties with UK’s Big Blue Pantry, a student-led and operated food bank, that has been trying to address student hunger for the last several years. It’s food is totally supplied through donations and it is totally staffed by volunteer students.

The Mission Committee would like to do more to help our student neighbors.

Month-long food drives are in June and January - months in which donations are typically  low. Beginning this June 1, there will bins in the Narthex and the lobby for your donations. 

SUGGESTED DONATION ITEMS - items are needed in all sizes as some students have families. ** NO RAMEN NOODLES please • Rice (especially needed) - white, brown, jasmine • Beans • Pasta and pasta sauce • Instant mashed potatoes • Crackers • Peanut butter • Tuna • Canned chicken • Canned fruit • Canned vegetables • Granola bars • Salt and condiments • Trash bags • Kroger gift cards • Can openers

 If you would like to help with staffing, contact Jackie DeCroo at or 859-224-9379. GO BIG BLUE!


Please pray for our youth and adult volunteers on the Guatemala Mission Trip.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our mission fundraisers this year! 

July 11-15 - Middle School Mission Trip- Heifer Ranch

Middle schoolers will experience some of the daily struggles people in poverty face every day. By participating in daily life activities such as preparing meals and doing chores, similar to those that Heifer’s Project Partners perform each day, our youth will be inspired to take action that positively impacts the environment and their world.


Summer 2019 Third Saturdays!!
July 20- Kings Island
July will be hot, but we'll cool down together with some roller coaster rides, water rides, and theme park fun!

We will meet at MSPC at 8:00 AM, and be home by 8:30 PM
Please bring $20 for entry
and $20 cash for lunch and dinner (per youth).
We will have sunscreen, snacks, and some water bottles,
but feel free to bring your own refillable water bottle.

Please RSVP to Rachel by July 17th to Rachel (

Save this Summer 2019 Third Saturday date-
August 17- In-town Mission Day


Joys and Concerns  

Allen Gayheart's brother, Robert, has stage 3 colo-rectal cancer. He will start chemo and radiation soon.

Please remember our folks on the Guatemala mission trip this week.

Max Senf-Wilson is recuperating from hip surgery.

Debi MacQuown is recuperating from meniscus surgery.

Chart Mabry's health is in decline. He is in a nursing care facility in Ohio. 

Linda Ensminger's brother, Ray, has been diagnosed with lung cancer; her brother Terry has a compound fracture in his spine.

Vicky Bales has moved into an assisted living facility in northern KY.
(Regency Manor, 11725 Madison Pike, Independence KY 41051)

Nancy Gamble's sister, Tammy Dyer, has stage 3 lung cancer and is undergoing treatment.

Carol Anderson, Debra Anderson's step mom, is undergoing treatment for breast and stomach cancer.

Kenneth Frost's sister, Diane Roy, continues her battle with ALS.



God of renewal and joy, 
thank you for a night of rest, for home, for companionship, 
and for all the gifts of Earth that make our lives possible. 
Give us this day the sustenance needed 
for the work we have ahead of us. 
Keep our vision clear and our resolve strong. 
Bless us, in Jesus’ name. Amen.


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