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April 2018

“Easter People/Angels”/ Rev. Rodger Allen/ Matthew 28: 5-8, 16-20;Romans 10:9-15/4-15-18

By |April 19th, 2018|Sermons|

  The two women who went to visit Jesus’ tomb that first Easter morning  are sometimes described as “the first evangelists.” Now they probably wouldn’t have thought of themselves as having a particular title like that, or being “the first” anything. They just had some really exciting news, so of course wanted to share it with their friends who would also be really excited about it: Verse 6 – “He is not here; he has been raised”; verse 8 – “they ran to tell the disciples.” Picture yourself in their situation: wouldn’t you also want to run and tell the other people that loved Jesus that “he is not dead, he is alive”? (since you wouldn’t have your smart phone back then). The Marys would have just considered themselves to be two people who wanted to share great news with their friends. […]

Ecumenical Youth Fellowship Group/Grades 7-12/Sunday, April 22/3:30-6 P.M.

By |April 16th, 2018|Announcements, Youth|

  Do you wish you could paint? Would you like to see how it is done? Do we have an event for you!  Painting Activity with Tiffany Gale You will go home with your own finished painting. Sunday, April 22, 3:30-6 p.m. First Assembly of God Church 213 W. Blackburn Street, Paris Please enter through [...]

“Mark’s Jesus: 5. The Savior” Rev. Rodger Allen Selected verses from Mark 11, 12, 14, & 15; Psalm 118: 23-28; Isaiah 53: 3-6 3-25-18

By |April 11th, 2018|Sermons|

  For several weeks  we’ve been looking at the gospel-writer Mark’s description of Jesus; his impressions of Jesus as Teacher, as Healer, as Includer, as Reformer. Today we’re going to combine Mark’s description with that of an imaginary disciple, who we’ll name Isaac. Now Isaac, the way we’re imagining him, was not one of the twelve central disciples. He’s better described as one of the “fringe” disciples—with Jesus sometimes, but not at others; being interested, but not totally committed; still fence-sitting, in a way, as to whether he believes all this talk about Jesus being the Messiah. Isaac, we’re going to suppose, kept a diary, and today we’ll read excerpts from the Gospel of Mark, and excerpts from the imaginary fringe-disciple Isaac’s diary. […]

SPEAKING OF BIRTHDAYS. . .

By |April 9th, 2018|Announcements|

. . . On Sunday, April 15, the family and friends of JUANITA KIMBALL will be celebrating her 80th birthday at the County Club in Paris, IL from 2-5 p.m. In attendance will be her five daughters and assorted grandchildren and other relatives.      We invite you to attend and help her celebrate. Cards would [...]

Movie Night: All Saints/April 8, 2018, 6:30 P.M.

By |April 2nd, 2018|Announcements|

           We will not need to travel very far for our next All-Church “Outing”: The Membership and Evangelism Committee will bring in to our church building the acclaimed movie “All Saints,” about what happens when a Tennessee church on the verge of closing hesitantly risks welcoming a community of refugees from Burma. The movie is [...]