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


Our weekly worship services consisting of Call to Worship, Scripture readings, sermon, and prayer are videos on the church Facebook page It is an open page, so anyone with internet can visit, not just those with their own Facebook accounts.


          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).


Lake Ridge Church has just invited us to join them in an event in which people can drive throughout Edgar County, using a map they will provide, and stop at particular places to pray over them.  “The event is to pray over our county as we continue to walk through this pandemic.”  It will take place from 6 to 7 PM on Thursday May 21.  If you would like a copy of the email providing the details, please email Rev. Rodger at the church.


            Our Presbytery hosted an online discussion of “Returning to Public Worship” on May 14.  It was a wide-ranging discussion, including the need to be aware of state regulations, what your particular insurance company advises and is willing to cover, and what the dynamics of your particular congregation are (e.g. number of people over 65 or with medical conditions causing extra risk).  The discussion is available to view as a recording.  In the same email with the link to the recording are links to other factors to consider as well, including to state regulations and Department of Public Health guidance for faith-based organizations.  If you would like a copy of this email, including the links, please email Rev. Rodger at the church.



HAPPY BIRTHDAY !                                            


            May      17      Adam Clawson

                          19      Sam Roberts

                                    Jenni McKay

                          24      Scott Lindsey













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 England,
  • 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?]