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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 [...]

March 2019

December 2018 Newsletter

By |March 20th, 2019|Newsletters|

“A Brief History of Time: 1. Creation – God Created Them”/Gen. 1: 1-4, 9-10, 24-28 Galatians 3: 23-28/Rev. Rodger Allen/3-17-19

By |March 19th, 2019|Sermons|

As many of you know, Laurie and I are among those people whom certain cats will allow to live with them.  There are two cats at the church manse now who allow us to live with them. When we got married, one cat at my apartment was allowing me to live with him, and two [...]

Bible Study Fellowship for Women and Men

By |March 18th, 2019|Announcements|

Our Koinonia Kafe hosts a Women’s Bible Study Fellowship every Thursday morning at 11 a.m., and the women of this church are invited to attend. The same organization also holds a Men’s Bible Study Fellowship group to which we are invited: at New Beginnings Church, 526 Clay St. (across from the cemetery), Thursday evenings at [...]

“Table Manners”/ I Corinthians 11: 17, 20-28, 33 Luke 22:14-20/Rev. Rodger Allen/3-10-19

By |March 12th, 2019|Sermons|

So Paul was not very happy with the Corinthians, at this point in his letter. Apparently they were doing some things right as a church, but there were some things like this in which  they were falling short. To understand just what it was they were doing wrong, I’m going to ask you to use [...]

Five Wednesday Lent Worship Services and Lunch

By |March 11th, 2019|Announcements|

We are once again hosting a Wednesdays-in-Lent series of worship services and luncheons this year, for the entire Paris community. Worship runs from Noon to 12:30 and lunch is served promptly and quickly, in case you need to return to work or other projects. The first service is this Wednesday, March 13. John Youngblood, New [...]