Rev. Laurie Williams

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July 2019

Photos from VBS 2019 Farm Fresh Faith

By |July 22nd, 2019|Announcements|

Enjoy some photos from this year's cooperative VBS, Farm Fresh Faith, where kids learned about Outdoor games Hopeful Hebrews craft God's faithfulness. Thanks to all who helped make the week a huge success! Kids LOVE learning about God!   Patience Pig Faithful the Horse [...]

“Shall We Kill Them Now, Lord?”/Luke 9:51-62; Isaiah 29:18-19; 35:5-6; 61:1/Rev. Rodger Allen/6-30-19

By |July 2nd, 2019|Sermons|

Our Gospel passage today is not an especially famous one, but as we shall see, it is a key passage for Luke, in the development of his account of Jesus’ life. We’ll look at the passage in three parts this morning, and you may want to keep it in front of you; we won’t be going, however, exactly in the order of the verses. The first of the three sections is a short one, consisting only of the first verse: “When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.” The phrase “set his face” attracts our attention, as it is not one we usually use in our everyday speech. Set the table, yes; set your hair, maybe; “set the stage” – but not “set his face.” Yet it is a phrase that makes sense, once we visualize it. To “set” is to place or put; to set one’s face, then, would be to place it pointed toward a certain direction. To set one’s face to go to Jerusalem, then, would mean to face Jerusalem, to look toward the destination of Jerusalem. Jesus set his face to go to Jerusalem: he faced the direction he had decided to go next. […]

June 2019

Farm Fresh Faith VBS

By |June 25th, 2019|Announcements|

Come on down to the farm for 'Farm Fresh Faith' VBS! Who: ALL Pre-K - 6th Graders within traveling distance What: VBS When: July 14-19 Where: Firs United Methodist Campus, 324 W. Court St. Paris, IL 61944 Why: Grow your relationship with God Online registration is available now: https://vbspro.events/p/farm19  

“Souls Full of Troubles”/Psalm 88:1-5, 8-13/Luke 8:26-39/Rev. Rodger Allen/6-23-19 

By |June 25th, 2019|Sermons|

The man in the tombs was, most likely, afflicted with a mental illness. After Jesus’ healing, we are told in verse 35, the man is found sitting at the feet of Jesus, “clothed and in his right mind” – while before he had been unclothed and not in his right mind. He had had a mental illness; his brain had been sick. To borrow a phrase from our Psalm this morning, he had had a “soul full of troubles” – a troubled soul. […]

Bridal Shower for Karol Farris/Sunday June 30/ 2 p.m.

By |June 24th, 2019|Announcements|

ATTENTION, LADIES!   A bridal shower in honor of Karol Farris will be held in The Assembly Room of our church on Sunday, June 30, at 2 p.m. All ladies from both this church and the New Providence Presbyterian Church are invited to attend. Please joint us as we celebrate with Karol. For information about where [...]