Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors. The people of the United Methodist Church

Paoli United Methodist Church

We are a church involved in missions. We support the school nurse's program, Habitat for Humanity and the Jubilee Christmas program for Throop elementary school. On the fourth Sunday of each month we have a "Mission Moment" segment to keep the congregation informed on our current mission projects. Howard Detweiler is our current mission chairperson.

The Paoli United Methodist church is working to help others in need.

If you visit us, we keep the last two rows/pews at the back of the sanctuary open for visitors and we wear name tags to help visitors feel more comfortable as you are greeted.

Learn more about our missions »

Healthy Connections and Contacts

Your total health is a network of connections and contacts. It is all about your mental, physical and spiritual parts working together to maintain balance. Your health is a continuous process, the interplay of different forces and conditions. No problem can be seen in isolation. Our task at the Paoli church is to help you get back into a healthy balance when faced with a major life decision or various types of internal or external crisis situations.

Major life choices:

  • Thinking about getting married? Premarital education
  • As your marriage relationship changes, are you able to change too? Short term marriage crisis counseling
  • What heritage do want to leave behind for others to remember? Dying well
Exterior of the United Methodist Church on a sunny day.
Sanctuary of the Paoli United Methodist Church during a Sunday morning worship service.

Visitors are always welcome at the Paoli United Methodist Church. The church has a place for you to renew and grow in your faith. Here you will be welcome to dedicate your time, talent and treasure to the Lord. Come join us!

Our weekly Sunday morning services are:

Early Worship 8:15 AM
Sunday school
and Bible study
9:00 AM
Second Worship 10:15 AM

Nursery services are available during both the Bible study classes and the worship service.

Upcoming Services and Events

October 2016

October 23 — Mission Moment
Sermon: Humility

2 Timothy 4:6-8
I'm already being poured out like a sacrifice to God, and the time of my death is near. I have fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith. At last the champion's wreath that is awarded for righteousness is waiting for me. The Lord, who is the righteous judge, is going to give it to me on that day. He's giving it not only to me but also to all those who have set their heart on waiting for his appearance.

Luke 18:9-14
Jesus told this parable to certain people who had convinced themselves that they were righteous and who looked on everyone else with disgust: "Two people went up to the temple to pray. One was a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed about himself with these words, 'God, I thank you that I'm not like everyone else—crooks, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week. I give a tenth of everything I receive.' But the tax collector stood at a distance. He wouldn't even lift his eyes to look toward heaven. Rather, he struck his chest and said, 'God, show mercy to me, a sinner.' I tell you, this person went down to his home justified rather than the Pharisee. All who lift themselves up will be brought low, and those who make themselves low will be lifted up."

October 30
Sermon: Zaccheus

Luke 19:1-10
Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through town. A man there named Zacchaeus, a ruler among tax collectors, was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but, being a short man, he couldn't because of the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed up a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus, who was about to pass that way. When Jesus came to that spot, he looked up and said, "Zacchaeus, come down at once. I must stay in your home today." So Zacchaeus came down at once, happy to welcome Jesus.

Everyone who saw this grumbled, saying, "He has gone to be the guest of a sinner."

Zacchaeus stopped and said to the Lord, "Look, Lord, I give half of my possessions to the poor. And if I have cheated anyone, I repay them four times as much."

Jesus said to him, "Today, salvation has come to this household because he too is a son of Abraham. The Human One came to seek and save the lost."

November 2016

November 6 — Communion
Sermon: False Friends


November 13 — Christian education
Sermon: Jerusalem Joy

Isaiah 65:17-25
Look! I'm creating a new heaven and a new earth:
    past events won't be remembered;
    they won't come to mind.
Be glad and rejoice forever
    in what I'm creating,
    because I'm creating Jerusalem as a joy
    and her people as a source of gladness.
I will rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad about my people.
    No one will ever hear the sound of weeping or crying in it again.
No more will babies live only a few days,
    or the old fail to live out their days.
    The one who dies at a hundred will be like a young person,
    and the one falling short of a hundred will seem cursed.
They will build houses and live in them;
    they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
They won't build for others to live in,
    nor plant for others to eat.
    Like the days of a tree will be the days of my people;
    my chosen will make full use of their handiwork.
They won't labor in vain,
    nor bear children to a world of horrors,
    because they will be people blessed by the Lord,
    they along with their descendants.
Before they call, I will answer;
    while they are still speaking, I will hear.
Wolf and lamb will graze together,
    and the lion will eat straw like the ox,
    but the snake—its food will be dust.
    They won't hurt or destroy at any place on my holy mountain,
    says the Lord.

November 20 — Food Pantry
Sermon: Take Care of Them

Jeremiah 23:1-6
Watch out, you shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture, declares the Lord. This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, proclaims about the shepherds who "tend to" my people: You are the ones who have scattered my flock and driven them away. You haven't attended to their needs, so I will take revenge on you for the terrible things you have done to them, declares the Lord. I myself will gather the few remaining sheep from all the countries where I have driven them. I will bring them back to their pasture, and they will be fruitful and multiply. I will place over them shepherds who care for them. Then they will no longer be afraid or dread harm, nor will any be missing, declares the Lord. The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up a righteous descendant from David's line, and he will rule as a wise king. He will do what is just and right in the land. During his lifetime, Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. And his name will be The Lord Is Our Righteousness.

November 27 — Mission Moment
Sermon: Promises of Restoration

Micah 2:12-13
I'll surely gather Jacob—all of you!
   I'll surely assemble you, those who are left of Israel!
   I'll put them together like sheep in Bozrah,
      like a flock in its pen,
      noisy with people.
The one who breaks out will go before them;
   they will break out and pass through the gate;
   they will leave by it.
   They will pass on,
      their king before them,
      the Lord at their head.

Devotional thought

Never Forget!

Give me your tired, your poor.

These are the words from the first line of a poem by Emma Lazarus (1849 to 1887) inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty, which was erected in 1886 in New York Harbor. The Statue of Liberty was a gift from the people of France. Both the poem by Emma Lazarus and the statue of Liberty pay tribute to the United States as the haven for the oppressed. Let us not forget the foundations which made this great nation, freedom from oppression of all kinds. Including freedom from religious oppression.