Our region of Illinois moves into “Phase 3” of “Re-opening Illinois” this weekend, which allows for gatherings of up to ten people, including for things like church classes and committees, under certain conditions.  We are in the process of finalizing any procedures we need to put in place to allow that to happen safely, here at the church.  Gatherings of more than ten people, like the usual form of our Sunday worship services, are not permitted until “Phase 4”, and will also require some adjustments, at least at first, to the ways we are used to worshipping.


            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).

         For quite a few years now, we have held a “Spring Fling” Sunday in May, when our worship service is followed by an outdoor picnic, and a group flower planting and landscaping time, on the church grounds.  This year we were unable to do that.  Many thanks to Jani Howrey, Dale Thomas, and Tom Hebermehl, who took care of the flower planting part last week (at an appropriate social distance from one another, of course).  You can see the results of their work across the front of the church.

         Sunday May 31 is the Day of Pentecost on the Christian calendar, fifty days after Easter.  This is the day the Holy Spirit came to Jesus’ disciples, inspiring them to tell the many people gathered in Jerusalem about Jesus.  Many of them believed in him and were baptized that day, resulting in the formation of the first Christian church.  As a result, this day is sometimes called the “birthday of the church”.   This story will be featured in our online worship service for May 31; if you would like to “read ahead”, turn to Acts 2:1-41.  Pentecost is one of the days we celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper in our congregation, and you are also invited to have a little bread and juice or wine with you as you view the service, as the Lord’s Supper will also be part of the service.

HAPPY JUNE BIRTHDAY !                                            

                  June             2       Gareth Blair

                                       4       Scott Blair

                                       5       Tony Grimes, Jr.

                                       7       Susan Farris             





In the coming week, please pray for:

  • Our church, Yourself, Laurie, Rev. Rodger,                                   
  • Alice Sprague, Ilse Smilie, Virginia Collier – temporarily at Paris Health Care
  • 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,
  • Danielle Lindsey: chemo for breast cancer,
  • Barbara Bergdolt: diagnosis of gastroparesis,
  • 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?]


Jeremiah 29:11 (AMP) “For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,” says

the Lord, “plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future

and a hope.”