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February 2019

Rev. Laurie Williams’ Retirement Party

By |February 25th, 2019|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 favorite redheads. A special gluten-free cake just for Laurie! Flowers and food: what could say "We love you" better? The [...]

“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|Sermons|

            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 race.” The most famous parables in the Bible are told by Jesus, stories like the ones we call “The Prodigal [...]

“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|Sermons|

“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 passages for this past week is I Corinthians 13, which is often read at weddings, including yesterday. And this coming [...]

Valentine’s Fellowship/Sunday, Feb. 17

By |February 11th, 2019|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 prizes will be part of the fun. Please join us!

YOU ARE INVITED . . .

By |February 7th, 2019|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. February 24, 2019, 1:30-2:30 Open House for the Church and Community If you cannot attend, cards can be sent to [...]

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|Sermons|

            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 sold to another person if it’s known that they’re going to use them to take drugs. Well, in Tacoma, Washington, [...]

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

By |February 4th, 2019|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 invited.

January 2019

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|Sermons|

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 25th. You probably did not see it listed on any of your secular calendars, alongside Memorial Day and Independence Day. [...]

Souper Bowl of Caring

By |January 29th, 2019|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 Food Pantry. We are thinking of providing three soup pots to collect your donations again this year, since some football [...]

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

By |January 29th, 2019|Sermons|

            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 important job to do, from which he never had a day off, was never at his boy’s home to help [...]

Church Family of The Week

By |January 28th, 2019|Church News|

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 friends, and to send cards or greetings or in some other way to let them know we are glad they [...]

July 2019

“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 [...]

“For Fathers and More: The Bible on Raising Children”/Exodus 13: 3-6, 8-10, 14; Mark 10:13-16; Ephesians 6:1-4/Rev. Rodger Allen/6-16-19

By |June 18th, 2019|Sermons|

The statistics—the numbers—that you are about to hear are a little dated, but newer sources that I read this week say that little has changed in the past ten years, so I’m going to go ahead and run them by you: A father in Japan . . . spends an average time each day with his children. . . of 17 minutes. 17 minutes per day. “That statistic,” said the original article, “which is printed on government-sponsored posters aimed at getting men to do more at home, touched off a round of finger-pointing between the sexes in Japan. (Another poster has the caption) ‘A man who does not help in child-rearing cannot be called a father.’ ‘That is not true,’ responds Noboru Yamada, a banker and father of two children. ‘We just don’t have time.’ When his children were young, he continues, he changed a diaper . . . about every six months, and spent more than a few minutes a day with his kids ‘once every ten days or two weeks.’” And that’s OK, in his mind. I wonder what kind of Father’s Day gifts he’ll be getting today. […]