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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 [...]

May 2019

SUMMER BREAK for Children and Youth Sunday School classes

By |May 20th, 2019|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 Rodger Allen, and all who substituted for them on Sundays they were away; and our children and youth who participated [...]

Guest Speaker Jeanette Levellie/Sunday, May 19

By |May 16th, 2019|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. Jeanette is the wife of one man, mother of two grown children, grandma of three kids, and servant of two [...]

“God Loves Basket Cases”/Exodus 2:1-10; Acts 9: 20-25/Jeanette Levellie/5-19-19 

By |May 15th, 2019|Sermons|

My favorite prayer is “Help Me, Jesus!” The reason for this is that I often find myself in situations for which I have no answers, or my solutions aren’t working. I start to worry, or maybe I let myself get stressed, yielding to the lie that it’s all up to me to solve my problems. I become a Basket Case. The dictionary defines a basket case as “a person or thing regarded as useless or unable to cope; or someone that is in a completely hopeless situation.” The Urban dictionary says a person is a basket case when she has no solution to a problem she’s given. […]

“What Do We Do with the Book of Revelation?/”Rev. 1:4-8; Rev. 21:1-5/Rev. Rodger Allen/5-12-19 

By |May 14th, 2019|Sermons|

We have mentioned a couple times  in the last couple weeks that, in the church, Easter is not a single day, but a season – a season of a few weeks in which we continue to consider the good news, and the implications, of Jesus’ resurrection. We often continue to look, as we did the last two Sundays, at Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances: Jesus’ coming to disciples, in between Easter morning and his ascension into heaven six weeks later. […]

LIVING GENEROUSLY BEGINS WITH TRUST: Our 2019 stewardship theme

By |May 13th, 2019|Announcements|

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 [...]