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COVID-19 Update

All scheduled church gatherings, including Wednesday Bible Study, Wednesday Community Worship, and Sunday Services are currently suspended in accordance with current health guidance and the decision of Session. Other small groups will make their own determinations–be in contact with your group leader.

Faith, not Fear

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Rev. Tina, Elders, and Joel led a time of worship virtually on Facebook Live Sunday. That service can be viewed at the link above. Leadership shared why the decision to suspend worship was made and how we can continue to Go in Service and Grow in Faith during this challenging time.

Spend some additional time in the Word this week! On Sunday morning, we read from Isaiah 41 and Romans 8. How might those passages inform your response to the outbreak of COVID-19?

Remember that the church office is still open during this time. Judy is in the office to answer any questions you have during normal hours, Monday–Friday, 9am–3pm at (724) 729-3450. In addition, Joel can provide technical support if you have had any trouble accessing the live stream on Sunday, need additional technical help for small groups or meetings, or would like to be involved in our continued outreach to the community. Email outreach@pariseco.net or call (724) 414-5102. Please also reach out to us if you have any spiritual or physical needs in this time.

Contribution envelopes can still be mailed to the church or given electronically using the link below.
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Take Up Your Cross

Like the Israelites wandering in the wilderness for 40 years or Jesus's 40 days of testing and temptation, we are all facing challenges unlike anything we have ever experienced. But just like the wildernesses described in the Bible, this time can also be an opportunity for us.

Father Harry Bielewicz, from Our Lady of Lourdes, shared at our community Lenten service last Wednesday about our need to "take up our cross" by spending time in wonder and adoration of the Cross. Preaching from John 19:25-30, he emphasized how the women gathered at the foot of the cross and simply stood there.

In the Catholic tradition, our brothers and sisters in faith have a tradition of those who learn to deal with the challenge of silence and intercede for the concerns of the world. Cloistered religious orders voluntarily take up a kind of "holy quarantine" or "social distancing" to pray and work in seclusion.

Recently, a cloistered nun from New Jersey shared some of the things she's learned from her time apart from society that might bless us in this time of physical separation.

Read Sister Mary Catharine Perry's "Tips for Staying Home" at this link.

Worship with us Virtually Sunday, March 22nd at Facebook.com/ParisPresbyterianChurch

Sermon: "Set Free from the Contagion"

Luke 13:10–17

Jesus Heals a Crippled Woman

Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Woman, you are set free from your ailment.” When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God. But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, “There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the sabbath day.” But the Lord answered him and said, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?” When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame; and the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things that he was doing.

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