By this time in Jesus’ ministry, the time of his final journey to Jerusalem, he was well-known as a teacher and a healer throughout the countryside around Jerusalem and Galilee. By this time, it would come as no surprise when he was recognized and approached by those wanting help. In this story, the ones wanting help are ten people suffering from a bad skin disease, ten whom we have come to know as “lepers.” Lepers, as you may know, may have been the most feared and rejected members of Middle Eastern society. Some people thought their disease was a punishment sent by God because they were bad people; others thought the condition was terribly contagious. It turns out both were wrong. Whatever the reason, they were outcasts, “untouchables,” given up as permanently lost and virtually dead. If we were to describe them in the “Upstairs Downstairs” terms of last month’s sermon, we would have to put them in the lowest basement. […]
Do you enjoy fellowshipping with friends over delicious treats? Does hearing someone say “Thank you” make you happy? Do you want to make a difference in this congregation, God’s kingdom, our community, and the world? If you said “Yes” to any or all of the above, we’d love you to join us Sunday, November [...]
The next Paris Christian Youth Fellowship gathering will be to Southfork Homestead at 3:00 on Sunday, October 27. Activities offered include: wiener roast, hay ride, corn maze, giant jumping pillow, rat rollers, pedal racetrack, and more. Please contact Barbara Bergdolt, Beth Ruff, or Rodger Allen with any questions.
Is Your God Too Small?/Psalm 68: 4-10, 19-20, 34-35; Jeremiah 32:27; Colossians 1:15-20/Jeanette Levellie/10.13.19
Have you ever said, “Impossible!” about a situation in your life or someone you love? I’m ashamed to admit it, but I said that to God back in 1993. A church in West Virginia had hired my husband, Kevin, to be their pastor. Two conflicts arose as soon as Kevin agreed to accept their offer. We couldn’t sell our house in LA. And our son, 13 at the time, became very depressed about leaving his friends and moving across the country where he didn’t know anyone. I was worried that he might harm himself. […]
Our big buffet lunch after worship at Richard’s Farm Restaurant in Casey was a big hit last October, so we are doing that again: Sunday, October 27, leaving right after worship. Those who wish can take a little tour after of the Walldog Murals in Marshall; information on where to find them will [...]