We are once again hosting a Wednesday Lent series of worship services this year, for the entire Paris community, from Noon to 12:30 (We will not be able to offer the usual lunches after, in this pandemic year). Jeanette & Kevin Levellie will provide the special music for this Wednesday’s service, April 6, and Rev. Mike Dixon the message.
Lent Devotionals: A variety of daily devotional guides for the season of Lent are available on the table by the Koinonia Kafe. Please select one for yourself or your family, and spend a few minutes with God each day this season.
There are also online options, from the Presbyterian Church and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary:
Session – Tuesday, April 5, 5:00 – 6:00
Vacation Bible School planning – Thursday, April 21, 4:30 (at First Methodist)
NEXT SUNDAY, April 10: Palm Sunday worship will begin our observance of Holy Week, Palm Sunday through Easter. The Sonshine Puppet team will give us an “Easter preview” with one of our favorite Easter numbers.
Our April 14 Maundy Thursday service will include the telling of the story of the Last Supper and Good Friday in Scripture and song. If you would like to be a reader of one of the Bible lessons, contact Rev. Rodger or call the church office at 217-465-5118. The readings will be provided on a nice large print page. Readers of all ages are welcome.
Good Friday services, April 15:
Noon – Half-hour community service led by Paris Ministerial Fellowship, at First United Methodist Church, who will provide a light lunch after.
7:00 – Worship with New Providence Church, at New Providence
The annual One Great Hour of Sharing Offering provides assistance to those in need, through the Presbyterian Hunger Program, Self-Development of People, and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. The main collection date will be Easter Sunday, April 17, but you may contribute any time. Envelopes, and coin boxes for the kids, are on the table by the Koinonia Kafe and the table at the rear of the sanctuary.
Thank you for your generous support of the people of Ukraine, through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. In the first three weeks of the campaign, U.S. Presbyterians nationwide donated nearly one million dollars. PDA has partners working in countries bordering Ukraine, so money has already gone to partners such as Hungarian Reformed Church Aid and International Orthodox Christian Charities in Romania, for food distribution, refugee reception centers, refugee children education and activities, and refugee housing. PDA’s specialty is long-term response, and it will continue to work with the Presbyterian Mission Agency and the Office of the General Assembly, to provide ongoing support.