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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

December 2016

Advent and Christmas

December 4 — First Sunday of Advent — Communion Sunday
Sermon: Virtuous King

Isaiah 9:2, 11:1-10
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light.
   On those living in a pitch-dark land, light has dawned.

A shoot will grow up from the stump of Jesse;
   a branch will sprout from his roots.
The Lord’s spirit will rest upon him,
   a spirit of wisdom and understanding,
   a spirit of planning and strength,
   a spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord.
He will delight in fearing the Lord.
He won’t judge by appearances,
   nor decide by hearsay.
He will judge the needy with righteousness,
   and decide with equity for those who suffer in the land.
He will strike the violent with the rod of his mouth;
   by the breath of his lips he will kill the wicked.
Righteousness will be the belt around his hips,
   and faithfulness the belt around his waist.
The wolf will live with the lamb,
   and the leopard will lie down with the young goat;
   the calf and the young lion will feed together,
   and a little child will lead them.
The cow and the bear will graze.
   Their young will lie down together,
   and a lion will eat straw like an ox.
A nursing child will play over the snake’s hole;
   toddlers will reach right over the serpent’s den.
They won’t harm or destroy anywhere on my holy mountain.
   The earth will surely be filled with the knowledge of the Lord,
   just as the water covers the sea.
A signal to the peoples
On that day, the root of Jesse will stand as a signal to the peoples. The nations will seek him out, and his dwelling will be glorious.

December 11 — Second Sunday of Advent — Christian Education Sunday
Children's Christmas Program: "Our Christmas Favorites", at 10:15 service
Sermon: Let Us Exalt God

Isaiah 35:1-10
The desert and the dry land will be glad;
   the wilderness will rejoice and blossom like the crocus.
They will burst into bloom,
   and rejoice with joy and singing.
They will receive the glory of Lebanon,
   the splendor of Carmel and Sharon.
They will see the Lord’s glory,
   the splendor of our God.
Strengthen the weak hands,
   and support the unsteady knees.
Say to those who are panicking:
   “Be strong! Don’t fear!
   Here’s your God,
      coming with vengeance;
      with divine retribution
   God will come to save you.”
Then the eyes of the blind will be opened,
   and the ears of the deaf will be cleared.
Then the lame will leap like the deer,
   and the tongue of the speechless will sing.
Waters will spring up in the desert,
   and streams in the wilderness.
The burning sand will become a pool,
   and the thirsty ground, fountains of water.
The jackals’ habitat, a pasture;
   grass will become reeds and rushes.
A highway will be there.
   It will be called The Holy Way.
The unclean won’t travel on it,
   but it will be for those walking on that way.
Even fools won’t get lost on it;
   no lion will be there,
   and no predator will go up on it.
None of these will be there;
   only the redeemed will walk on it.
The Lord’s ransomed ones will return and enter Zion with singing,
   with everlasting joy upon their heads.
Happiness and joy will overwhelm them;
   grief and groaning will flee away.

December 18 — Third Sunday of Advent — Food Pantry / Altar Call Sunday
Choir Cantata: "Come Let Us Adore", at 10:15 service
Sermon: The Story of Jesus

Matthew 1:18-25
This is how the birth of Jesus Christ took place. When Mary his mother was engaged to Joseph, before they were married, she became pregnant by the Holy Spirit. Joseph her husband was a righteous man. Because he didn’t want to humiliate her, he decided to call off their engagement quietly. As he was thinking about this, an angel from the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because the child she carries was conceived by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you will call him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." Now all of this took place so that what the Lord had spoken through the prophet would be fulfilled:

Look! A virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, And they will call him, Emmanuel. (Emmanuel means "God with us.")

When Joseph woke up, he did just as an angel from God commanded and took Mary as his wife. But he didn’t have sexual relations with her until she gave birth to a son. Joseph called him Jesus.

December 24 — Christmas Eve

7 PM service, 1 hour long

11 PM service, 30 minutes long

December 25 — Christmas — Mission Moment / Altar Call Sunday
Sermon: Remembering

No Sunday school, 11:00 AM service only, 30 minutes long.

John 1:1-14
In the beginning was the Word
   and the Word was with God
   and the Word was God.
The Word was with God in the beginning.
Everything came into being through the Word,
   and without the Word
   nothing came into being.
What came into being
   through the Word was life,
   and the life was the light for all people.
The light shines in the darkness,
   and the darkness doesn’t extinguish the light.

A man named John was sent from God. He came as a witness to testify concerning the light, so that through him everyone would believe in the light. He himself wasn’t the light, but his mission was to testify concerning the light.

The true light that shines on all people
   was coming into the world.
The light was in the world,
   and the world came into being through the light,
      but the world didn’t recognize the light.
The light came to his own people,
   and his own people didn’t welcome him.
But those who did welcome him,
      those who believed in his name,
   he authorized to become God’s children,
      born not from blood
      nor from human desire or passion,
      but born from God.
The Word became flesh
   and made his home among us.
We have seen his glory,
   glory like that of a father’s only son,
      full of grace and truth.

January 1 — New Year's Day — Communion Sunday

No Sunday school, 11:00 AM service only, 30 minutes long.

Devotional thought

Prayer for a Privileged Position

This scripture can be found in Matthew 20: 20-28, and Mark 10: 35-45.

Then came to him the mother of Zebedee's children with her sons, worshiping him, and desiring a certain thing of him. And he said unto her, "What wilt thou?" She said unto him, "Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand and the other on the left, in thy kingdom."

The request of Salome, mother of James and John, was one Christ could not answer and it produced indignation among the other ten disciples.

Salome probably felt she had some basis for her petition. One of her sons, John was known as the disciple whom Jesus loved. Her other son James was one of three who witnessed the Transfiguration of Christ.

Yet Jesus answered Salome, "Ye know not what you ask." James endured the baptism of blood (see Acts 12:2) and John endured persecution and loneliness on Patmos (Revelation 1:9). Let us be careful how we pray. Some answers to our prayer petitions may be costly.