Pastor: Rev. Rodger Allen The Presbyterian Church of Paris
Music Director: Susan Farris 241 W. Court St. Paris, IL 61944
Administrative Assistant: Jeanette Levellie 217-465-5118; fax: 217-463-1471
Custodian: Cheryl Clark www.parispresbyterian.org
PARTICIPATING IN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (USA) MISSION
We have recently received several sets of reports, statistics, and thank you’s about Presbyterian Mission activities. Here is some of that information, as a review of how Presbyterian Mission works:
The first way we participate in PCUSA mission is by giving from our mission budget. In 2021 we budgeted and gave $1,500 to be divided between Presbytery, Synod, and National/Worldwide Mission. That last category includes ministries such as: financial support of 78 mission co-workers located around the world (including Jonathan and Emily Seitz, who have visited us and been reported on in recent newsletter issues); Theology, Christian Formation, and Evangelism efforts; and ministries of Compassion, Peace, and Justice. Total contributions from congregations and individuals nationwide to this national and world mission work were 37.3 million dollars in 2021.
Our other two ways of participating involve asking you to make individual donations to particular causes. The first is Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. We occasionally ask you to consider a donation to help a particular place in the country or world following a disaster there, such as people fleeing Ukraine or tornadoes in our country. In 2021 you gave $500 to PDA; in 2020, $700. In 2021, thanks to donations from congregations and individuals nationwide, PDA sent out $2.35 million in response to hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, fires, and storms in the USA, and $744, 000 to 15 other countries experiencing similar things
The other way we ask for your individual donations for PCUSA mission is for the four annual special offerings. The latest “thank you” we received, in August, for our participation in these, listed how much our congregation gave in 2021 and the total that came in from all congregations. For two of them, Pentecost and Peacemaking, congregations retain a portion for local projects they pick, so the nationwide total is only that part received by the denomination:
Paris Presbyterian Church
One Great Hour of Sharing
As the slogan says at the top of that thank you: “If we all do a little, it adds up to a lot!” Thank you for your support of Presbyterian Mission (and our other mission efforts).
Sanctuary Choir News:
Scheduling special music proved to be a little trickier than usual this summer. I hope you haven’t objected to having yours truly play the piano on more than one occasion.
We do thank the following people who sang and/or played for us in July and August: Jeanette Levellie, Betty Brinkerhoff, Barbara Bergdolt, Barbara and David Dick, Jennifer Henness, and Rev. Rodger. Paul Lynch is planning to sing for us on Sept. 18, and we will have a ladies trio on Sept. 25.
THEN: Our Sanctuary Choir will return to their important duties in our worship services. The first rehearsal will probably be Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 4 P.M. HOWEVER, check future bulletins for any changes or updates
“When we worship God through music,
words of truth we contemplate,
Earth resounds with heaven’s glory,
we rejoice and celebrate!”
2 Kay LeMosy
3 Todd Bergdolt
4 Lisa McCollough
10 Al Kimball
11 Peter Spung
21 Garrett Jones
30 Mary (“Mike”) Craun
9 David & Becky Hoff ©©
12 Rick & Judy Phillips ©©
14 Alicia (Howrey) & Alan Planincic ©©
2 Marisa Hoff
4 John O’Bannon
5 Jim Farris
6 Terry Bergdolt
7 Laurie Williams
9 Kailee Gough
17 Sally Acklin
24 Jerry Benson
Carolyn Brown Hodge
10 Marty & Deb Jipp ©©
26 Chris & Sheryl Clark ©©
31 Fred & Lanee Pfeiffer ©©
STEVE ON STEWARDSHIP
A recent Daily Hope by Rick Warren was based on 1 Corinthians 12:27 –
“All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.”
Rick Warren also said “There are no insignificant ministries in the church. Some are visible and some are behind the scenes, but all are valuable. Small or hidden ministries often make the biggest difference. “
Rodger said in his message last Sunday – “ We cannot go back to the way it was”. Yes, we can only move forward. Therefore, let us start meeting and doing the things that we need to do to thrive as Christians. As we re-start Bible Study, please attend and participate . As we re-start some Sunday school classes, please attend and participate. As we continue meeting as a congregation on Sundays, please attend and participate. Attend and participate in the life of our church in all ways, as we are each a part of Christ’s body with our participation.
It has indeed been a struggle to be part of anything since 2020 Covid. Society was pretty much shut down for a year. We and many other churches did not have services, and we are just now slowly getting back to the way we used to operate with Sunday services, Sunday schools, Bible Study, choirs, as well as starting up other church activities.
During the last two Covid years, our giving for normal offerings and special offerings has been consistent and helpful to our ministry. However, the last three months this year, giving has taken a nose-dive. I don’t know if it is a timing thing, or whether we are just unable to provide individual giving as in the past, but it is certainly difficult for us to maintain our budgeted expenses.
Please, if you are behind in your giving, prayerfully consider catching up to your pledge. Moreover, if you are able, please make an additional gift to help us catch up. I know this is difficult with the increasing household expenses we are all facing now.
God has called you to a service beyond anything you can imagine. As Ephesians 2:10 says, “He has created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do” (GNT)
–For the Stewardship Committee.
SPECIAL OFFERING IN OCTOBER
Our annual October special offering is one of the four nationwide Presbyterian Church USA offerings; PCUSA describes it this way:
“Our work of peace and reconciliation is supported by gifts to the Peace and Global Witness Offering. These gifts also unite us with Presbyterian peacemakers across the country and the world who are active, not passive; who are doing, not waiting.
25% of this Offering stays with individual congregations to support local peacemaking and reconciliation efforts and ministries.
25% of the Offering will go to mid councils to join congregations in support of peacemaking throughout presbyteries and synods.
50% of this Offering supports the work for peace and reconciliation being done by Presbyterians across the globe.
We are the peacemakers. We are the Church. Together.
When we all do a little, it adds up
to a lot.
The Peace and Global Offering enables the church to promote the peace of Christ by addressing systems of injustice in our own communities and around the world. Together we are building God’s household of peace where everyone is welcome; where all can find compassion, peace and justice.”
We will begin collecting the offering on October 2, and will let you know which local organization “our” 25% will go to.
The ecumenical women’s Bible Study group conducted by local women affiliated with Bible Study Fellowship International will resume, after its summer break, every Thursday at 11 A.M. beginning September 15. All women are invited.
Our church has been blessed with two scholarship funds for college students who are members of this church: the Mary Ann Sprouls/Cynthia Ann Idleman Scholarship Fund and the Peg Hall Scholarship. Recipients are chosen from those who apply by the Stewardship Committee and Session. If you are interested in applying, please contact the church office or
Help Clothe Your Neighbors
October will once again be our month to provide volunteers for the Compassionate Clothing Closet, on Mondays and Tuesdays. A sign-up sheet is on the table at the back of the sanctuary. Please begin checking your calendars to see when you might take a turn.
JOINT WORSHIP SERVICE
Our annual joint outdoor worship service with the New Providence congregation, at New Providence, will take place at 10:00 (note start time!) on Sunday September 11. Please bring lawn chairs if you have them. After the service our lunch together will be entirely potluck – no meat provided – so please bring a covered dish to share.
Special Offering for Our Deacons
As many of you know, the Deacons are not included in the church General Budget and must raise their own funds. They do so by selling flowers for Christmas and Easter; and in pre-covid years, through the Ice Cream Social. They also started an annual offering a few years back to give the members/friends of our church another opportunity to support their work. There are several Board of Deacon projects that require funds to complete. This year we will collect this offering on Sundays through September 11. You may use a “Deacons Fund” envelope from the table at the rear of the sanctuary, or any envelope clearly marked “Deacons.”
CHURCH FAMILY OF THE WEEK
Our “Church Family of the Week” program gives us a chance to lift up a different family (group or individual) of our congregation each week, include them in our daily prayer for our families and friends, and to send cards or greetings or in some other way to let them know we
are glad they are part of our church family. The “Church Family of the Week”
is listed in our Sunday bulletins. If you missed one or more of those recent announcements, I’ll bet those families wouldn’t mind if you prayed for them this week. Those recently listed are:
Mabel & Jerry Benson
106 McArthur St., Paris
Mary “Mike” Craun
109 Janice Ave., Paris
Beth & Paul Ruff
904 Clinton Rd., Paris
Bob & Alice Sprague
Attn: Robert Sprague
Room 124, Horizon Health
721 E. Court St., Paris
OCTOBER 9 WORSHIP
Our observation of “World Communion Sunday” will fall on Oct. 9 this year. The idea behind the special day is that we feel a connection with Christians of many denominations all around the world as we gather for the sacrament. “The faithful of all races and nations gather to celebrate the Lord’s Supper. In this holy place, the many are made one, united with Christ and with the church in every place.”
NEWS FROM SESSION
Items from business at the August meeting of Session included:
- Review and discussion of the last couple monthly Treasurer’s Reports (please see the “Steve on Stewardship” page)
- As we continue to move back to our pre-covid ways of operating, the decision to encourage our committees to resume regular meetings
- And the decision to encourage Christian Education activities like Sunday School and the “Exploring Our Faith” discussion group (“Bible Study”) to resume
- We have become aware that our church Constitution’s requirements for our Nominating Committee are stricter and more difficult to meet than the requirements in the Book of Order, and will be proposing that the congregation, at a duly-called after-worship meeting, vote on a couple changes.
- Set our next meeting for Tuesday, September 20 from 5:00 to 6:00
“We are a welcoming congregation of dedicated believers who glorify and serve God through meaningful worship, caring for the needs of our congregation, reaching out as good stewards to others in need both locally and worldwide, and promoting Christian Education and spiritual development for all ages. We seek God’s purpose and guidance in our lives through the Holy Spirit and in service to Christ Jesus.”
Thank you to everyone who helped with or donated items for August 20th’s Free Rummage Sale, and especially to event coordinator Carolyn Brown Hodge.