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November 2022 Newsletter

      The usual annual schedule for the meetings of the Presbytery of Southeastern Illinois is four meetings, often in February, May, August, and November. Since March 2020, almost all of those meetings have been by ZOOM/telephone. The usual activities of these meetings include a worship service; conducting business such as the election of officers and committee members, and passing a budget;
welcoming new pastors to the presbytery; and often an educational component. On August 18, September 22, and October 22, however, there were three special meetings (also by ZOOM/phone) that were about something other than the usual activities. They were called “Big Conversations,” and gave elders and ministers the opportunity to discuss their hopes and dreams for the future of
the Presbytery. Questions included things like: What are the best ways for
Presbytery to use its resources? How can it best support its congregations? What is
the most important work of the Presbytery? What kinds of structure and processes
would best facilitate that work?

    At each meeting the participants were divided into four groups, to have a series
of conversations with each other about these kinds of questions.
By the time we began the third conversation, on October 22, we had been
presented with a long list of possible action steps and priorities, and were asked to
pick our top four choices in each of four categories. Examples of the possibilities
included “Providing training opportunities to equip church leaders,” and “Make
grants available to churches to help them buy technology,” “Develop weekly
newsletter to share successful initiatives in our churches,” and “Develop networked
youth ministries in regions of the Presbytery.”
      Leaders kept track of which ones got the most “votes” and the reasons people
gave for choosing what they did. Now the General Council of the Presbytery will
use that input to develop some proposals to bring to future Presbytery meetings.
If you would like to read more about the possible priorities (there were forty
altogether), let me know. And I will keep Session and others who are interested
posted on where the “Conversations” go from here.

“. . . FALL BACK:” Be sure to turn your
clocks back this Saturday evening,
November 5, so you won’t arrive at the
wrong time for worship November 6. Or
don’t turn them back, and be here in plenty
of time to visit before the service!

“Gratitude is the key to miracles.”

First, let’s backtrack a little. In the last Profile, I said that Paul Lynch was
planning to sing for us on September 18 –and he did indeed! – and that we would
have a ladies trio on September 25. The members of that ladies trio were Jane
Blair, Jeanette Levellie, and Susan Farris. We thank them for adding special music
to our worship.
    The choir resumed singing in October, and they have sounded great (in my
humble opinion) even with absenteeism playing havoc with our numbers.
     The traditional Community Advent service is set for December 4 at 3 P.M. in
our sanctuary. The community choir will begin rehearsals soon, all at 7:00:
Mondays, November 7 & 14
Tuesdays, November 22 & 29
And Thursday, December 1.

   All interested singers are welcome to join us.
   We hope you will see an attitude of gratitude on our faces this month, and
that we will see it reflected in your faces as well!
Sing praises to the Lord! –Susan

During October, members of our church volunteered at the Paris
Compassionate Clothing Closet. THANK YOU to
Tom, Joanna, Deb, Larry,
Jane, Kathy, and Liz.

November birthdays
1 Amy Church
6 Joanna Hebermehl
7 Drew Bradshaw
9 Vicky (Jewell) Wilson
12 David Boland
13 Michae Jewell
16 Wilma Johnson
25 Marty Jipp
27 Jani Howrey
29 Steve Blair
30 Phil Scott
November anniversaries
11 Jerry & Mabel Benson
29 Kirby & Chris

Happy Birthday to US!
On November 6 this congregation celebrates 198 years of its founding.
This banner often hanging in our sanctuary notes its 1824 founding,
the 1900 date of the dedication of our current building, and our 175th
celebration in 2000. Our thanks to Jane Bittner for the design and Alice Sprague for creating
the banner!

November 20 is “Christ the King” Sunday,
and reminds us that Jesus is Lord over all
things: “Christ reigns supreme. Christ rules
in peace. As Alpha and Omega, the
beginning and the end, Christ is the center
of the universe, the ruler of all history, the
judge of all people. Christ triumphs over
death and, in the end, over all the forces of
evil.” (The Liturgical Year, PCUSA). You
might think of hymns like “Crown Him with
Many Crowns,” “Rejoice, The Lord is King,”
and “Majesty.”
November 27 is the first day in the Season
of Advent, which will be described in the
December newsletter.

We heard from both the missionary families
we support in October. The Seitz family
(Jonathan, Emily, Sam, Eva and Eli) were able
to spend a good part of the summer in the U.S.,
their first trip back from Taiwan in three years,
due to covid. A letter listing some of their
activities here is on the bulletin board. It also
mentions they are planning another trip to the
U.S. next summer.
   The other family we support was also able to
travel halfway around the world to their home
country, where they were able to “reconnect
with many Christian friends, who had much to
give us in terms of encouragement. We came
away feeling strengthened.” (We cannot post
their letter, since some around them are hostile
to their work. See Rodger if you would like to see
it, including a recent photo of the parents and the teens.)

“By your generous gift to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, you
have spoken the language of love in a
tangible, impactful way, offering a gift that
helps to bring renewed hope and joy to
those individuals and communities
suffering from disaster and its aftermath.
On behalf of them, we thank you. Please
know that your gift blesses those who
walk the hard road toward recovery,
letting them know they are not alone,
helping them to find hope in the midst of chaos.
Rev. Dr. Laurie A. Kraus
Director, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance”

“The world’s problems can seem so big that
people think they are insurmountable. I
can’t solve world hunger, cure mental
illness, or stop child abuse. Fortunately,
God never asked us to do any of those
things. He asks us to do our part, one step
at a time. Even though you can’t fix the
world, your contributions to Kemmerer
Village are saving a child. Your
partnership allows Kemmerer Village to
start a new year of educating children who
need the opportunity. Donors like you
make so much possible in our Village, and
we are grateful for you. Thank you for
supporting these children!
Autumn Warren”
(The full letters are on the bulletin board.)

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 are part of our
church family. The “Church Family
of the Week” is listed in our Sunday
bulletins. If you missed one or more
of those recent announcements, I’ll
bet those families wouldn’t mind if
you prayed for them this week.
Those recently listed are:

Barbara and Terry Bergdolt
15110 N. 1100th St., Paris

Jeanette and Kevin Levellie
17475 E. 390th Rd., Paris

Jane and Steve Blair
4 Waters Edge, Paris

Phil, Karen, Brittany & Emma Scott
1712 S. Ten Broeck, Paris

Items from business at the October meeting of
Session included:
The date for Christmas decorating of the
church was tentatively set for Saturday,
November 26 at 9 A.M. Property Committee will
be checking with our usual participants to see if
that day works for them.
Thank you to Carolyn Brown Hodge for
offering to serve as the Session representative to
the Nominating Committee. We still need one
church member not currently on Session or
Deacons for the committee.
Our next celebration of the Sacrament of
the Lord’s Supper will be Sunday, December 4.
At our September meeting it was reported
that financial support from the congregation had
fallen off in the last three months from its usual
level. The September Treasurer’s Report showed
some recovery, but we are still below last year’s
income at this time.
The next Session meeting will be Tuesday,
November 15, from 7 P.M. to 8 P.M.

November 1st, 2022|

Sept/October Newsletter

Pastor:  Rev. Rodger Allen                                                                The Presbyterian Church of Paris

Music Director:  Susan Farris                                                         241 W. Court St. Paris, IL 61944

Administrative Assistant: Jeanette Levellie                  217-465-5118; fax: 217-463-1471

Custodian:  Cheryl Clark                                                  www.parispresbyterian.org



   We have recently received several sets of reports, statistics, and thank you’s about Presbyterian Mission activities. Here is some of that information, as a review of how Presbyterian Mission works:

   The first way we participate in PCUSA mission is by giving from our mission budget. In 2021 we budgeted and gave $1,500 to be divided between Presbytery, Synod, and National/Worldwide Mission. That last category includes ministries such as: financial support of 78 mission co-workers located around the world (including Jonathan and Emily Seitz, who have visited us and been reported on in recent newsletter issues); Theology, Christian Formation, and Evangelism efforts; and ministries of Compassion, Peace, and Justice. Total contributions from congregations and individuals nationwide to this national and world mission work were 37.3 million dollars in 2021.

   Our other two ways of participating involve asking you to make individual donations to particular causes. The first is Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. We occasionally ask you to consider a donation to help a particular place in the country or world following a disaster there, such as people fleeing Ukraine or tornadoes in our country. In 2021 you gave $500 to PDA; in 2020, $700. In 2021, thanks to donations from congregations and individuals nationwide, PDA sent out $2.35 million in response to hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, fires, and storms in the USA, and $744, 000 to 15 other countries experiencing similar things

   The other way we ask for your individual donations for PCUSA mission is for the four annual special offerings. The latest “thank you” we received, in August, for our participation in these, listed how much our congregation gave in 2021 and the total that came in from all congregations. For two of them, Pentecost and Peacemaking, congregations retain a portion for local projects they pick, so the nationwide total is only that part received by the denomination:



Paris Presbyterian Church


One Great Hour of Sharing


$4.3 million







Christmas Joy


$2.8 million


   As the slogan says at the top of that thank you: “If we all do a little, it adds up to a lot!” Thank you for your support of Presbyterian Mission (and our other mission efforts).




Sanctuary Choir News:

        Scheduling special music proved to be a little trickier than usual this summer. I hope you haven’t objected to having yours truly play the piano on more than one occasion.

        We do thank the following people who sang and/or played for us in July and August: Jeanette Levellie, Betty Brinkerhoff, Barbara Bergdolt, Barbara and David Dick, Jennifer Henness, and Rev. Rodger. Paul Lynch is planning to sing for us on Sept. 18, and we will have a ladies trio on Sept. 25.  

        THEN: Our Sanctuary Choir will return to their important duties in our worship services. The first rehearsal will probably be Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 4 P.M. HOWEVER, check future bulletins for any changes or updates

“When we worship God through music,

words of truth we contemplate,

Earth resounds with heaven’s glory,

we rejoice and celebrate!”





2     Kay LeMosy

3     Todd Bergdolt

4     Lisa McCollough

10    Al Kimball

11    Peter Spung

21    Garrett Jones

30    Mary (“Mike”) Craun



 9    David & Becky Hoff ©©

12    Rick & Judy Phillips  ©©      

14    Alicia (Howrey) & Alan Planincic ©©



2 Marisa Hoff                 

4 John O’Bannon        

5 Jim Farris            

6 Terry Bergdolt

7 Laurie Williams 

9 Kailee Gough

   Judy Phillips

17 Sally Acklin

24 Jerry Benson

Carolyn Brown Hodge



10    Marty & Deb Jipp       ©©  

26    Chris & Sheryl Clark  ©©    

31    Fred & Lanee Pfeiffer  ©©




    A recent Daily Hope by Rick Warren was based on 1 Corinthians 12:27 –

“All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.”

Rick Warren also said “There are no insignificant ministries in the church.  Some are visible and some are behind the scenes, but all are valuable.  Small or hidden ministries often make the biggest difference. “  

    Rodger said in his message last Sunday – “ We cannot go back to the way it was”.   Yes, we can only move forward. Therefore, let us start meeting and doing the things that we need to do to thrive as Christians.  As we re-start Bible Study, please attend and participate .  As we re-start some Sunday school classes, please attend and participate.  As we continue meeting as a congregation on Sundays, please attend and participate.   Attend and participate in the life of our church in all ways, as we are each a part of Christ’s body with our participation.

    It has indeed been a struggle to be part of anything since 2020 Covid.  Society was pretty much shut down for a year.  We and many other churches did not have services, and we are just now slowly getting back to the way we used to operate with Sunday services, Sunday schools, Bible Study, choirs, as well as starting up other church activities. 

   During the last two Covid years, our giving for normal offerings and special offerings has been consistent and helpful to our ministry.  However, the last three months this year, giving has taken a nose-dive. I don’t know if it is a timing thing, or whether we are just unable to provide individual giving as in the past, but it is certainly difficult for us to maintain our budgeted expenses. 

Please, if you are behind in your giving, prayerfully consider catching up to your pledge.  Moreover, if you are able, please make an additional gift to help us catch up.  I know this is difficult with the increasing household expenses we are all facing now.


   God has called you to a service beyond anything you can imagine. As Ephesians 2:10 says, “He has created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do”  (GNT)

   –For the Stewardship Committee.



   Our annual October special offering is one of the four nationwide Presbyterian Church USA offerings; PCUSA describes it this way:

     “Our work of peace and reconciliation is supported by gifts to the Peace and Global Witness Offering. These gifts also unite us with Presbyterian peacemakers across the country and the world who are active, not passive; who are doing, not waiting.

    25% of this Offering stays with individual congregations to support local peacemaking and reconciliation efforts and ministries.

   25% of the Offering will go to mid councils to join congregations in support of peacemaking throughout presbyteries and synods.

   50% of this Offering supports the work for peace and reconciliation being done by Presbyterians across the globe.

We are the peacemakers. We are the Church. Together.

When we all do a little, it adds up

to a lot.

      The Peace and Global Offering enables the church to promote the peace of Christ by addressing systems of injustice in our own communities and around the world. Together we are building God’s household of peace where everyone is welcome; where all can find compassion, peace and justice.”

    We will begin collecting the offering on October 2, and will let you know which local organization “our” 25% will go to.


   The ecumenical women’s Bible Study group conducted by local women affiliated with Bible Study Fellowship International will resume, after its summer break, every Thursday at 11 A.M. beginning September 15. All women are invited.



         Our church has been blessed with two scholarship funds for college students who are members of this church: the Mary Ann Sprouls/Cynthia Ann Idleman Scholarship Fund and the Peg Hall Scholarship. Recipients are chosen from those who apply by the Stewardship Committee and Session. If you are interested in applying, please contact the church office or

Rev. Rodger.


Help Clothe Your Neighbors

      October will once again be our month to provide volunteers for the Compassionate Clothing Closet, on Mondays and Tuesdays. A sign-up sheet is on the table at the back of the sanctuary. Please begin checking your calendars to see when you might take a turn.



Our annual joint outdoor worship service with the New Providence congregation, at New Providence, will take place at 10:00 (note start time!) on Sunday September 11. Please bring lawn chairs if you have them. After the service our lunch together will be entirely  potluck – no meat provided – so please bring a covered dish to share.


Special Offering for Our Deacons

     As many of you know, the Deacons are not included in the church General Budget and must raise their own funds. They do so by selling flowers for Christmas and Easter; and in pre-covid years, through the Ice Cream Social. They also started an annual offering a few years back to give the members/friends of our church another opportunity to support their work. There are several Board of Deacon projects that require funds to complete. This year we will collect this offering on Sundays through September 11. You may use a “Deacons Fund” envelope from the table at the rear of the sanctuary, or any envelope clearly marked “Deacons.”



      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 are part of our church family. The “Church Family of the Week”

is listed in our Sunday bulletins. If you missed one or more of those recent announcements, I’ll bet those families wouldn’t mind if you prayed for them this week. Those recently listed are:


Mabel & Jerry Benson

106 McArthur St., Paris


Mary “Mike” Craun

109 Janice Ave., Paris


Beth & Paul Ruff

904 Clinton Rd., Paris


Bob & Alice Sprague

Attn: Robert Sprague

Room 124, Horizon Health

721 E. Court St., Paris



Our observation of “World Communion Sunday” will fall on Oct. 9 this year. The idea behind the special day is that we feel a connection with Christians of many denominations all around the world as we gather for the sacrament. “The faithful of all races and nations gather to celebrate the Lord’s Supper. In this holy place, the many are made one, united with Christ and with the church in every place.”



Items from business at the August meeting of Session included:


  • Review and discussion of the last couple monthly Treasurer’s Reports (please see the “Steve on Stewardship” page)
  • As we continue to move back to our pre-covid ways of operating, the decision to encourage our committees to resume regular meetings
  • And the decision to encourage Christian Education activities like Sunday School and the “Exploring Our Faith” discussion group (“Bible Study”) to resume
  • We have become aware that our church Constitution’s requirements for our Nominating Committee are stricter and more difficult to meet than the requirements in the Book of Order, and will be proposing that the congregation, at a duly-called after-worship meeting, vote on a couple changes.
  • Set our next meeting for Tuesday, September 20 from 5:00 to 6:00


“We are a welcoming congregation of dedicated believers who glorify and serve God through meaningful worship, caring for the needs of our congregation, reaching out as good stewards to others in need both locally and worldwide, and promoting Christian Education and spiritual development for all ages. We seek God’s purpose and guidance in our lives through the Holy Spirit and in service to Christ Jesus.”


      Thank you to everyone who helped with or donated items for August 20th’s Free Rummage Sale, and especially to event coordinator Carolyn Brown Hodge.



















September 1st, 2022|

“Back in Time to Jerusalem”

The Bible stories for this summer’s 5-church Cooperative Vacation Bible School were all from Jesus’ final week in the city of Jerusalem, from Palm Sunday to His resurrection. So during the week of July 10 to 14, 27 children visited the first century  Jerusalem Marketplace, to get some idea of what it might have been like there – its customs, its synagogues, its activities. The crafts, for example, were things like carpentry, pottery, and basket-making. The “rabbis” presenting the lessons and the other volunteers were in appropriate costume. The kids were organized into four multiage tribes (plus a pre-school group) to travel to Synagogue School (lesson), Marketplace (craft), and Village Playground, after their opening dinner and singing.

            “Jerusalem’s” location was First United Methodist Church, and the other participating churches were Otterbein  and Vermilion Methodist, New Providence, and us. Counting the dinner providers/servers (each church took a night), I estimate there were 60 to 70 teen and adult volunteers participating at least one evening. We thank those who helped and offered to help from our church – Deb B., Joanna H., Kathy S., Beth R., Tom H., and me – and from New Providence: Rev. Vallerie King, Julie Garver, Rita Goodman, and Aaron Garver.

            This year’s mission was World Vision’s Operation Kid-to-Kid, and with their offerings our kids provided school supplies to kids on Native American reservations. Due to matching funds and negotiated partnerships, each dollar we donated can provide supplies for one child for a whole year.  

            It turned out to be a great week; and this cooperative model is working well. Please take a look at the attached photos to get a feel for the event. Others can be found on New Providence’s Facebook page, and I expect some more soon on Otterbein’s page.       –Rodger


   It can be tempting to sing only easy and familiar anthems the final few weeks of the choir season. But this year, more than half our May and June anthems were newer songs, and on June 26 we sang “The Name of the Lord” for the very first time.

     Some of the text from that final anthem describes very well the “calling” of our choir:

     “Serve the Lord with a joyful heart,

            bring your best to the King…

            use your voice to praise and sing.

      In the precious name of the Lord,

            give your best, give your all,

            and do it in the name of the Lord.”

     Thank you to each and every choir member for their service to the church and to the Lord.

     Following a performance by a smaller choir on July 3, there will be special music from various vocalists and instrumentalists through September.


Four of our Paris Presby-terian  Church “Beauty and the Beast” participants are pictured above: (l to r) Lisa McCollough, stage manager; Barbara Bergdolt, whisk broom (enchanted object) and villager; Eli Brinkerhoff, knife (enchanted object) and villager; and Jane Blair, stage manager. The play delighted packed and over-capacity audiences for four performances in early July. Approximately 2,000 enthusiastic attendees enjoyed the Disney production.

July Birthdays

4     Kinsley Gough     

8     David Hoff

       Kenneth Ludington

11    Sarah Penczek

14    Elizabeth Gough

20    Rick Phillips

31    Misty Smith

July Anniversaries

14    Phil & Karen Scott

20    Rodger Allen/Laurie Williams

22    Jeff & Carolyn Hodge

25    Larry & Carol Jones


      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 are part of our church family. The “Church Family of the Week”

is listed in our Sunday bulletins. If you missed one or more of those recent announcements, I’ll bet those families wouldn’t mind if you prayed for them this week. Those recently listed are:

Juanita & Al Kimball

529 E. Court St., Paris

Carol & Larry Jones

3 Waters Edge, Paris

Jane Bittner

230 W. Madison, Paris

Betty Piper

1 Hillcrest Dr., Paris

August Birthdays

3     Meredith Penczek

6     Jim McColloch

10    Robert Howrey

12    Karen Scott

Autumn Lewis     

13    Mike McCrocklin

14    Clark Piper

       Jeanette Levellie

15    Mindy Lolie

16    Emma Scott

17    Kay McCulloch

21    Melfina McCollough

22    Lanee Pfeiffer

23    Gwyneth Blair    

       Logan Blair       

24    Dodie Turner

25    Seth Gough

27    Alice Sprague

31    Tom Hebermehl

August Anniversaries

8     Kevin & Amber Farris

10    Karol Farris & Chris Schilling 

26    Gaye & Dodie Turner

31    Jim & Susan Farris


            The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA is the every-two-year meeting of elected representatives from all over the country. Half of the voting delegates are Elders, and half Ministers. Our Presbytery of Southeast Illinois, for example, sent one Minister, one Elder, and one Young Adult Advisory Delegate (with voice but not vote).

Due to covid, the 2020 Assembly was entirely virtual with everyone meeting only via computer. This year’s was a combination model: Everyone met together virtually for opening and closing sessions and worship on June 18-19 and July 5-9. In between, four committees at a time came to Louisville for socially-distanced masked three-day in-person meetings – four sets of meetings, to limit the number of people interacting. (In spite of the precautions, there were a few positive tests during the first set of committee meetings, but no severe symptoms.) John Robson, a member here for many years, was an Elder Commissioner from his current presbytery, and was assigned to the Worship Committee.

            The business of the Assembly was a combination of internal structural decisions, like whether to merge two large agencies of the denomination, and prayer and discussion about major issues currently affecting our nation, like gun control and abortion. You can find summaries or detailed descriptions of the actions taken at the website ga-pcusa.org., or we can download and print out a version for you.


Every Sunday:

10:30 Worship

July 28: 10 A.M. Presbytery Meeting,

by Zoom/Phone

July 31: 10: 30 A.M. Worship includes the Sacrament of the

Lord’s Supper

August 14: 11:30 A.M. Our next monthly Fellowship Time after worship

August 16: 5-6 P.M. Session Meeting

August 18: The first of three Presbytery

“Big Conversations,” to help shape the future of our Presbytery. In-person meeting; time and location still to be determined

(the others will be in Sept. and Oct.)

August 20: 10-4 Free Rummage Sale

(see “Session Notes” for details)

August 27: 4-7 P.M. Drive-through

Fish Fry at New Providence Church


Items of business at the May and June meetings of Session included:

  • The decision to resume Fellowship Times after worship, on a monthly basis, beginning June 5.
  • Discussion of the best method for celebrating the Lord’s Supper, since we are no longer using pre-packaged packets, but are still sitting “socially-distanced” and aware of covid cases.
  • The decision to hold the “Free Rummage Sale” again this year, after last year’s success. The date will be Saturday, August 20, 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. Please bring items you are giving away between 9 and 10 A.M. August 20, or if that is not possible, place them on the covered ramp that leads to the basement on Friday, August 19.
  • We accepted the invitation from New Providence Church to a joint outdoor worship service there September 25 at 10 A.M. The lunch following will be entirely potluck; meat not provided.
  • As always, the meetings opened with devotions and prayer, and closed with a sharing of joys & concerns and prayer.


            One of the mission worker families we support, and who has visited us a couple times, the Seitz family in Taiwan, sent us a couple long letters earlier this year; excerpts were in the May/June newsletter. They included the news that they would be visiting the U.S. this summer for the first time in three years. A letter received this month included some more updates:

            “May saw our middle schooler move to high school and our fifth graders move to middle school. These are small milestones in our life, but ones to celebrate. It is hard to believe that since we last returned to Taiwan three years ago, our kids have seen so many changes, returning from the U.S., starting new schools, and then, for the twins, switching schools last year. Our family also makes our first trip back to the U.S. in three years. We’ve recently all recovered from covid-19 and are now in the process of completing final logistics. I often think of an expression used in Mandarin that ‘the planning can’t keep up with the changes.’”

            The entire letter from Jonathan, and a more recent photo, are on the bulletin board.


            We cannot publicize the names of the other mission family we support, due to the sensitive nature and location of their work. They have also visited us a couple times, and also just sent an update. Excerpts:

            “We write to you with a grateful heart, that we are still on the right path, still walking by faith and still feeling God’s hand on us and our family. The sale of our apartment finally went through, and we are now doing up an old house outside a much larger city. We are currently camping in our new house, joyfully for now! Quite a lot of work remains to be done on it, but we are now able to return to our respective offices while also doing that work.

            We are grateful for the way our son and daughter have adjusted to life here. She is finishing up her double degree and applying for masters courses, here and abroad. He is really enjoying his carpentry-focused high school, and has worked the last two months with a small business which installs cupboards, etc. in people’s homes. Both attend a local church youth group, and he is in the scouts.

            Our work has continued to show great progress, and we ask for your continued prayers for it. As a whole family we will travel halfway around the world (not to the U.S.) in July and August, for meetings and time with family.”

            (Rodger has a copy of the full letter, including recent photos; see him if you would like to take a look at it.)


“Dear Friends,

            It seems that this year more than ever, none of us walk alone, but together, through our gifts and prayers, accompany thousands all over the world whose path is made difficult by disaster. Because of your gift for Disaster Relief – International Refugee Programs – Ukraine, some amazing people of God – and so many others, worldwide and throughout the U.S. – are able to rebuild lives, support neighbors, volunteer in recovery, and exhibit resurrection life. Thank you, in the name of the risen Lord.

            Grace and peace,

            Rev. Dr. Laurie A. Kraus

Director, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance”


Everyone has their own motivation for supporting a worthy cause. For Dr. Robert “Doc” Sprague, lifelong resident of the Paris community, it was a personal understanding of the need and impact of the Meals on Wheels program. Doc recalls his mother, one of the earliest recipients identified, receiving Meals on Wheels in the 60’s and how much the visits meant to her.

            “This is probably what motivated me to volunteer,” Doc said “the contact with people is the fun thing . . . the visits, people look forward to it.” In addition to his many volunteer and service roles in the community, Doc dedicated over 40 years volunteering to deliver meals; retiring in July of 2021.

Thanks to support from volunteers like Doc, generous donors like you, and dedicated staff:

  • Meals are delivered by volunteers 7 days a week excluding holidays
  • Meals are prepared by Horizon Health staff, with consideration for any special dietary needs
  • A single meal costs $3 a day, a price that has remained the same since as early as 1987
  • Nearly 50% of participants receive financial assistance.

            Last year, donors made gifts totaling more than $20,000; helping to cover the cost of over 6,000 meals. With your help we can continue to actively meet the needs of our neighbors by providing a nutritious meal and a friendly visit from a caring volunteer.

            Thank you for being part of this important mission.

            With gratitude,

            Randi Bohannon

            Executive Director

            Horizon Health Foundation.

We thank our members who are currently serving as officers, and remind you that

we still have a few openings to fill:

       Class of 2023                             Class of 2024                                    Class of 2025


       Marty Jipp                                *Tom Hebermehl                            Jani Howrey

       Jane Blair                                  Kathy Smilie                                    Carolyn Brown Hodge

       *Steve Blair                              Larry Jones                                      *Carol Jones

            There is one Session slot available, and it could be in any of the three classes, so on-, two-, or three-year term:



Deb Benefiel                                    Jane Bittner                                     Joanna Hebermehl

Steve Benefiel                                  Larry Jones                                      Kathy Smilie

Board of Parish Visitors:

Mary Anna Ludington                    Sally Acklin                                      Betty Piper

                                                         Beth Ruff

2022-2023 Nominating Committee Members:

            We need three members of the church who are not on Session or Deacons:




            If you have a nomination, and have obtained the person’s consent, please contact Jane Blair, Carol Jones, or Rodger Allen. You may nominate yourself.

July 25th, 2022|