Happy Birthday to US! Friday, November 6 this congregation celebrated 196 years of its founding. This banner hanging in our sanctuary, noting its 1824 founding, the 1900 date of the dedication of our current building, and our 150th celebration in 2000. Our thanks to Jane Bittner for the design and Alice Sprague for creating the [...]
“Welcome Back, My Friends, to the Show That Never Ends”/Matthew 2:1-5, 9-11; Mark 1:2-11/Rev. Rodger Allen/1-5-2020
There have been several movie and TV versions of the story of Peter Pan. One was a movie starring Robin Williams, called “Hook,” and it asked us to imagine that Peter Pan had, in fact, in spite of all his previous promises to the contrary, grown up. We find him living, in the 1990’s, near a big city, where he works as a ruthless merger-and-acquisitions lawyer, mercilessly gobbling up small companies in order to turn a profit. He works, as a matter of fact, all the time, so much that he is losing touch with his family – his wife; and two children, who are in elementary school. He has forgotten that he ever was Peter Pan. He has no recollection of anything previous to being sent to private school by the family who adopted him. He name now, is, and as far as he is concerned, always has been, Peter Banning. Then one day Peter’s past comes back at him in a way which can’t be neglected, in the way he has neglected his family and earliest memories: His children are kidnapped, and it turns out they have been kidnapped by his old nemesis Captain Hook, who is still vowing revenge against Peter for having caused him to lose his hand to a hungry crocodile, the hand that has now become the “hook.” […]
The next event for the Paris Christian Youth Group, Grades 7 to 12, will take place Sunday afternoon June 2 from 4 to 6 P.M. It will be a cookout picnic outside the place Carolyn and Jeff Hodge have on Twin Lakes. Boat rides, kayaks, and paddle boards will be part of the fun.
NEXT SUNDAY: We will participate in the “Souper Bowl of Caring.” This is a special offering taken on Super Bowl Sunday, which is February 3 this year. All the proceeds go to our local Compassionate Food Pantry. We are thinking of providing three soup pots to collect your donations again this year, since some football [...]