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SUMMER BREAK for Children and Youth Sunday School classes

Sunday morning, May 26, will be the final date for the meeting of our Children’s and Youth Sunday School classes, as they begin a summer break. THANK YOU to this year’s teachers Beth Ruff and Rodger Allen, and all who substituted for them on Sundays they were away; and our children and youth who participated faithfully in this year’s classes.

May 20th, 2019|

Guest Speaker Jeanette Levellie/Sunday, May 19

Thank you to Jeanette Levellie for leading us in worship this Sunday, May 19. Jeanette will be preaching “God Loves Basket Cases,” about how the Lord loves to rescue his children from seemingly impossible circumstances.

Jeanette is the wife of one man, mother of two grown children, grandma of three kids, and servant of two cats. She has authored five books, hundreds of articles and stories, and regularly speaks at a variety of venues.

She grew up and lived her first four decades in California and spent her freshman year of high school on Saipan, near the island of Guam. Her hobbies include gardening, reading, eating out, and finding ways to avoid housework.

May 16th, 2019|

LIVING GENEROUSLY BEGINS WITH TRUST: Our 2019 stewardship theme

The Bible declares that our very existence in faith begins with trust.  Psalm 22:4 tells us “In you our ancestors put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them.”  A search of the word “trust” in the Bible brings up references in virtually every book of the bible.  We have put our trust in God from the very beginning.

Marcia Shetler wrote in Voices on Stewardship – “Trusting in God is part of our responsibility as followers of Jesus.  It allows us to joyfully and generously let go of what we think is ours and release it for God’s use.  Those acts of generosity are our witness to the world, sharing God’s abundance as channels of God’s love.

Whom do you trust and why?  On the most basic and important level we must trust Jesus, who calls us to follow him.  But on another level, we must trust one another in this body of Christ.  We trust one another to know that our giving and generosity is put to good use and that we are being faithful stewards of what has been given to us.  We trust that our church leadership is investing in ministries and missions that are an expression of our shared vision.  The Presbyterian Church of Paris actually accomplishes a lot for the size of our church, and this is primarily due to our faith and our commitment to stewardship.

As 2 Corinthians 8:7 tells us “But just as you excel in everything … in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us … see that you also excel in this grace of giving.”

 

 

May 13th, 2019|

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Rev. Laurie Williams’ Retirement Party

By |February 25th, 2019|Categories: Announcements|

On Sunday, Feb. 24, we honored Rev. Laurie Williams for her almost-15-years of love and service to this congregation. With misty eyes and hearts full of gratitude, we said "THANK YOU!" to one of our [...]

“Job and His ‘Friends’”/Job 1:1-3, 6-22; 2:4-7, 9-11; 22: 1, 4-5, 10-11, 21-23; 11:1, 4-6; 8:1, 5-6; 27:1-6/ Rev. Rodger Allen/2-17-19

By |February 21st, 2019|Categories: Sermons|Tags: , |

            A parable is a story told to teach something, to make a point – sort of like “Aesop’s Fables,” which always come with a moral at the end, like “slow and steady wins the [...]

“Weddings (and More)/I Corinthians 13/Mark 10: 6-8; Song of Solomon 8:6-7/Rev. Rodger Allen/2-10-19

By |February 13th, 2019|Categories: Sermons|Tags: , |

“Weddings (and More)”             Yesterday a wedding took place here. Rev. Karol Farris officiated, for a friend of hers who is a member of New Providence Church, and her fiancé. And one of the lectionary [...]

Valentine’s Fellowship/Sunday, Feb. 17

By |February 11th, 2019|Categories: Announcements|

Many people enjoyed the special “Valentine’s Day Fellowship Time” in the Koinonia Kafe last year, so the Membership and Evangelism Committee will provide that again this year, after worship, on February 17. Special treats and [...]

YOU ARE INVITED . . .

By |February 7th, 2019|Categories: Announcements|

. . . A Celebration of Rev. Laurie Williams’ 15 Years (almost) of Ministry at Paris Presbyterian Church (She “retired” on December 31.) Please join us at Paris Presbyterian Church, 241 W. Court St., Paris, IL. [...]

Responding to the Law/Psalm 19:7-11; Luke 4: 14-21; Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-9/Rev. Rodger Allen/2-3-19

By |February 6th, 2019|Categories: Sermons|Tags: , |

            I remember reading this news story awhile back: In Tacoma, Washington, it is against the law to sell or distribute equipment used to take illegal drugs. Things like hypodermic needles cannot be given or [...]

Youth Movie Night/Sun. Feb. 10, 1:30-4

By |February 4th, 2019|Categories: Announcements|

The next activity of the Paris Christian Youth Fellowship: a Movie Afternoon, complete with popcorn and drinks, at First United Methodist Church Sunday, Feb. 10, from 1:30 to 4. Youth grades 7 to 12 are [...]

Challenging Relationships/John 4:7-10, 13-15, 23-26; Luke 24:13-16, 28-35/Rev. Rodger Allen/1-27-19

By |January 30th, 2019|Categories: Sermons|Tags: |

The week of January 18th to 25th, ending this past Friday, was designated as a “Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.” This is an annual observance, and always falls on those dates, January 18th to [...]

Souper Bowl of Caring

By |January 29th, 2019|Categories: Announcements, Church News|

NEXT SUNDAY:  We will participate in the “Souper Bowl of Caring.” This is a special offering taken on Super Bowl Sunday, which is February 3 this year. All the proceeds go to our local Compassionate [...]

Be Careful When You Pray/Luke 4:16-30; Isaiah 61:1-4, 8/Rev. Rodger Allen/1-20-19

By |January 29th, 2019|Categories: Sermons|Tags: |

            Once upon a time, according to Greek myth, a boy named Phaethon decided to go and visit his father, who was the sun god, Helios. Now Helios, being a god, and having a very [...]

Church Family of The Week

By |January 28th, 2019|Categories: Church News|Tags: |

Our “Church Family of the Week” program gives us a chance to lift up a different family (group or individual) of our congregation each week, include them in our daily prayer for our families and [...]

SUMMER BREAK for Children and Youth Sunday School classes

By |May 20th, 2019|Categories: Announcements|

Sunday morning, May 26, will be the final date for the meeting of our Children’s and Youth Sunday School classes, as they begin a summer break. THANK YOU to this year’s teachers Beth Ruff and [...]

Guest Speaker Jeanette Levellie/Sunday, May 19

By |May 16th, 2019|Categories: Announcements|

Thank you to Jeanette Levellie for leading us in worship this Sunday, May 19. Jeanette will be preaching "God Loves Basket Cases," about how the Lord loves to rescue his children from seemingly impossible circumstances. [...]

LIVING GENEROUSLY BEGINS WITH TRUST: Our 2019 stewardship theme

By |May 13th, 2019|Categories: Announcements|Tags: , , , |

The Bible declares that our very existence in faith begins with trust.  Psalm 22:4 tells us “In you our ancestors put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them.”  A search of the word “trust” [...]

Community Wide VBS Dates

By |May 9th, 2019|Categories: Announcements, Youth|

Spring Fling/Puppet Performance/Sunday, May 19

By |May 7th, 2019|Categories: Announcements|

Sunday, May 19 is Spring Fling/ “Dig in the Dirt Day.” Our worship service--with guest speaker Jeanette Levellie--will be followed by an outdoor picnic lunch at 11:45 a.m., and after that we hope as many [...]

Mother’s Day/Women of the Church Sunday, May 12

By |May 2nd, 2019|Categories: Announcements|

Next Sunday:  We will celebrate “Mother’s Day/Celebrate the Gifts of Women Sunday,” to express gratitude for all the gifts that mothers and all women bring to the church. We will have a gift for each [...]

Easter Week Celebrations

By |April 15th, 2019|Categories: Announcements|

PLEASE DON’T SKIP straight from the joyous celebration of Palm Sunday to the joyful celebration of Easter, without coming to worship to hear and reflect on what Jesus did for us on the terrible and [...]