Following the regulations issued by the state of Illinois, all worship services and other activities at the church are cancelled through May 30.

        Online worship has proven to be a bit of a challenge to set up, especially since our devices seem to want to keep changing the rules!  Here is what we have ended up with so far, and where you can find our worship services:

  • Sundays March 22 & 29 and April 19 & 26 are videos, on the church Facebook page:
  • Sunday April 5 is in print form only, and can be read on the church Facebook page, or on the church website under “Sermons”.
  • Maundy Thursday April 9 and Easter Sunday April 12 are videos, but you will need to go to the Facebook page “Laurie Williams” (and click on her photo) to find them.

We believe we have worked out the way to put remaining “Stay at Home” services in video form on the church Facebook page. 

           During this time of Stay at Home regulations, our Treasurer is able to pick up the mail at the church a couple times a week.  We ask that those of you who are in a position to keep up with your intended giving please consider doing so, by mailing your contribution to the church (241 W. Court St., Paris).

 HAPPY BIRTHDAY !                                          

            May      2        Barbara Palmer

                                    Jane Bittner                                      

                          4        James Feutz

                                    Jennifer Martin







The National Day of Prayer is an annual event on the first Thursday in May.  The Paris Ministerial Fellowship usually observes it with a breakfast event at Tuscany’s, involving music, sometimes a speaker, and a prayer time together.  This year, of course, we will be unable to do that.  As a “stay at home” alternative, several congregations are offering to take one hour of the day, and encouraging their members to pray, some time during that hour, for whatever aspects of our community and nation you wish.  Our hour will be from 2 PM to 3 PM on Thursday May 7.  You may wish to pray, for example, for our community, state, and national political leaders; or our schools and their children; or for those serving in the military; or some other aspect of our community life.  There will be an article in this Saturday’s Prairie Press which may suggest other ideas too. Please consider taking part, as this year we pray “together, alone”.


 In the coming week, please pray for:

  • Our church, Yourself, Laurie, Rev. Rodger,                                   
  • Alice Sprague, Ilse Smilie, Virginia Collier – physical therapy at hospital,
  • Kathy and Ilse Smilie: decisions on best caregiving, Margie Taflinger,
  • Betty Dahlin, Kenisha Davis, Kenisha’s aunt Lynette Englum: April 21 surgery,
  • Ruff’s niece Amy Eaker Lair: cancer, Camille Foley: upcoming surgery,
  • Steve Blair’s cousin following a sudden death in the family,
  • An end to the Coronavirus & healing for those affected,
  • All healthcare workers and their families



Deuteronomy 31:6 (AMP) Be strong, courageous, and firm; fear not nor be in terror before them, for it is the Lord your God Who goes with you; He will not fail you or forsake you.


Romans 8:31 (AMP) What then shall we say to [all] this? If God is for us, who [can be] against us? [Who can be our foe, if God is on our side?]


Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in

Christ Jesus.