United in Mind and Purpose

When we stir up dissension in the church, we pull ourselves out of the picture of unity God is creating.

"Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose." (1 Corinthians 1:10)

In her final sermon as Assistant Pastor, Rev. Tara Fanton draws on Paul's first letter to the Corinthians as she reminds us not to carry our own flags, following one person or another, elevating our opinions over the church's unity.

What will God accomplish through Paris Church if we are of one heart and mind?

How does fracturing in Christ's body, including in our congregation, distort the Church's witness to the world?

The week that just ended is known in the wider church world as the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Why not take some time this week to pray for our church and those of our community, the people we know in those places and those we have yet to meet. You might also reflect on Jesus' prayer in John 17, especially verse 21.

Listen to this week's sermon
See our Facebook event page for more information or call the church office.
In the next few months, you'll be receiving an invitation to Brunch with the Pastor on a Saturday morning. This will be an opportunity to meet some other members of the church and spend some time with Rev. Tina and our leaders. We will be doing this in small groups to allow more intimate conversations.
Looking for a small group but not sure where you fit? Joel Peterson, our Outreach Director, is looking to start a group for young (in age and at heart) adults that we're tentatively calling "80's and 90's." If that sounds like you, drop him an email at or text to 724-747-3789.
We have a limited number of tickets for a showing of "Jesus" at the Cinemark in Robinson Township. Contact Judy or Joel at the office to secure your spot.
Next Sunday's Sermon

"The Gift of Poetic Challenge"

Matthew 5:1-12

The Beatitudes

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

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Go & Grow!

Our leadership created a new mission statement at this year's retreat: "Going in Service, Growing in Faith." What does it mean for you? We're asking everyone to do TWO things.
  1. Thing One: Go in Service. Do something to support a ministry in the church through your time and talents.
  2. Thing Two: Grow in Faith. Join or continue in a small group that will help you draw closer to God.
Are you still looking for inspiration for your "two things?" In the coming weeks, we'll have more information on existing small groups, new groups, and service opportunities!
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