• Grace for the broken

    When I was about 2 years old, I bopped my baby brother with a wooden hammer and once put a wad of gum in my sister’s hair.
    I was part of a group of kids who called a girl in our neighborhood “fungus face,” and in eighth grade I spread vicious rumors about a girl who I thought stole my boyfriend.
    Once I shoplifted a bottle of Compound W wart remover and a Yardley Lip Slicker lipstick from Thrifty Drug Store.

  • Church News

    Come one, come all to the Cynthiana First Church of God Homecoming.
    If you have ever attended, do attend, or are just thinking about it, come on down and check us out.
    The event will take place Sunday, Oct. 22. Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. and Homecoming service at 10:45 a.m. Lots of good music and fellowship. Hope to see you there.

    A revival will be held at Oakwood Baptist Church Oct. 22 at 5 p.m. and Oct. 23 and 25 at 6 p.m. with Pastor Dwayne  Russell.

  • A Pen, a Hammer, a Nail, and a Door

    By Mike Bowen
    Guest columnist
    Covenant Presbyterian Church
    In just a couple of weeks, on Oct. 31, 2017, it will be exactly 500 years ago to the day that a once but no longer obscure Augustinian monk named Martin Luther nailed 95 thesis statements to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany.
    These statements were protesting the sale of indulgences in which the church, seeking to raise funds, promised guilt-ridden people they could purchase a lesser punishment for their sins.

  • Bishop Fairley visits CFUMC, calls for unity

    On Thursday, October 5, United Methodist pastors and lay people from the region around northern Kentucky, Lexington, and Maysville gathered at First United Methodist Church in Cynthiana to hear Bishop Leonard Fairley present his vision for the United Methodist ministries across the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
    Fairley graduated from Scotland High School in Laurinburg, NC,  and received a Bachelor of Arts from Pfeiffer University and a Masters of Divinity from Duke.

  • Thoughts on the prodigal’s dad

    Lately, I’ve been pondering the story Jesus told of the lost son, or what’s more commonly called the parable of the prodigal son.
    The son demands his inheritance from his father, which is basically him telling his dad he wishes him dead, and then takes the money and runs far away, squandering his wealth on wild living.
    When he ends up broke, he finds a job feeding pigs and finds himself so hungry that he longs to eat the pig food.

  • Church News

    The First United Methodist Women’s Bible Study will be held on Sunday afternoons at 4:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 1.

    Oakwood Baptist Church of Cynthiana introduces its new pastor, Dwayne Russell, and his family to our community. Dwayne and his wife MaryAnn have more than 25 years of ministry experience in Ohio and Kentucky. He is a caring person with a love for the Bible and a passion to see lives changed. Dwayne enjoys reading and spending time with his family.

  • Grace Notes

    A number of years ago, a man I know had multiple surgeries on his hand, which left him without feeling in it.
    He had had surgery because of pain, so in one respect, not feeling meant he also no longer felt pain, so that’s a good thing, right?
    However, as a craftsman, that also meant he couldn’t use his hand to do his job, which required using both hands and all his fingers.

  • Let’s pull together

    The other day I got the opportunity to pull a fire truck with two friends. It was me, the county judge and the county sheriff.  
    We got up on the rope, grabbed on, and waited for the signal to go.  
    The signal came, we pulled, the driver let off the brake, and….  The truck started to roll the wrong way. So we pulled harder!
    The problem was that we were pulling uphill and the fire truck was just too heavy for the three of us to get moving in the direction we wanted to go.  

  • The answers are always up to Him...always

    It was one of the post-Irma, pre-power-turned-back-on days and my husband and I were at a local restaurant for dinner.
    A man sitting next to us recognized me as “the lady from the newspaper,” and we started talking about the hurricane we had just survived and how God had spared us.
    The man confessed that he wasn’t a regular churchgoer, maybe went four or five times a year, but he was for sure going to go to church that Sunday.
    “God answered the prayers of people who prayed,” he said.

  • What if churches evangelized together?

    By Dr. Ted Beam,
    Guest columnist
    First United Methodist
    When God called Abraham to pray for Sodom and Gomorrah, recorded in Genesis 18, what was at stake? The salvation of the entire communities.
    When God sent Jonah to preach in Nineveh what were the stakes? The salvation of the entire community.
    When Ezra prayed for safe travel, recorded in Ezra 8, where was God sending him? God was sending Ezra to rebuild the religious activity and commitment of the city of Jerusalem.