Lenten Prayer Program

During the season of Lent many of you have prayed for members of FCC, family and friends by way of the annual “Lenten Prayer Program.” As we approach Easter, those of you who participate typically send letters or cards to those individual for whom you have prayed. This is the week to let those individuals …

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April 2nd Update

Please remember to pray for those in your Lenten Prayer packets. Please be praying for Dennis Thiel’s son-in-law, Raj, who remains hospitalized. Please also pray for Martha Stephen who is improving at Burnside Nursing Home. Home from the hospital is Bob Martin who we’re told is on the mend. Offering total for the week was …

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Deadline for Scholarships is April 15th

For many years FCC has offered a number of scholarships for church members as well as for the community-at-large. Do you know someone who is attending college and could use some extra financial help? Perhaps you know an adult who is working on an advanced degree or planning on attending an instructional workshop. Grandparents! – …

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Your Weekly Offering

First Christian Church treasurer, Daryl Bridwell, brings us this message. Dear First Christian Church Family, We hope everyone is staying safe. Since we are unable to meet on Sunday I wanted you to know that we will be accepting your offering envelopes by mail. Offerings mailed to 201 S Main St., Paris, IL 61944 will …

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Video Gathering for Prayer and Fellowship

On Sunday morning, March 29th Rev. Mark and elder Kim Woods will host a video gathering with prayer, hymns and communion. Participants will be invited to share prayer concerns. There will also be time for fellowship at the end for those who want to check in with each other. This gathering will take place at …

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Church Family Updates

This is your weekly update for Thursday, March 26th. Nancy Mink is home from the hospital & Martha Stephen has been discharged to Burnsides Rehab. Prayers are requested for Martha Stephen as she recovers from blood clots in both lungs. Please also pray for Dennis Thiel’s future son-in-law, Raj, who is recovering from brain surgery …

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WORSHIP ON THE HOMEFRONT – Thoughts from Your Board Chair

I remember watching old home improvement videos from Don Zeman, whom some of you may remember as Nancy (Roberts) Zeman’s late husband. In his “Homefront” video clips, Don would teach a short home maintenance lesson and end with his reassuring catchphrase, “Trust me – you can do this stuff!” It made amateurs like me with …

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Sunday Sermon: March 22, 2020

As we continue to stay at home, Rev. Mark Parkinson brings us God’s word in a video message based on the 23rd Psalm. To hear “Through the Darkest Valley” delivered by Rev. Mark from the Sanctuary of First Christian Church, go to “Sermons” on the main menu and choose Sunday, March 22, 2020, or simply …

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Trust Me and Don’t Be Afraid

As these difficult times challenge us in our daily lives, this Sunday’s Elder, Daniel Smittkamp, would like to share a devotional from a book entitled “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young. Although we will not be meeting at FCC on Sunday, please take a moment to read this powerful message HERE. Please know that Rev. Mark …

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The need to be normal when surrounded by chaos

We are in the midst of something totally unheard of before – in our lifetime. I am sure major outbreaks of diseases long ago had as much impact but few who are still alive today, remember them. We don’t get to come to church on Sunday morning. Some would say, ‘Ah, a welcomed break.’ Others …

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