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Paoli United Methodist Church

We are a church that welcomes visitors! If you are looking for a church to call home, we urge you to give us a try. We are a growing congregation with a heart for people and a concern for our community. Our worship services combine time-honored traditions with new songs of faith. The message is always a biblically centered approach to living our lives in faith in today's world.

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Our church's goal is to provide the best possible opportunities for spiritual learning and service through:

  • Worship every Sunday
  • Education of many types including Sunday and Wednesday Bible study
  • Pre-marital counseling by the pastor
  • Marriage counseling
  • Other types of counseling when help is needed
  • Fellowship for all ages
  • Opportunities for Christian service
  • We offer the use of our church building for the Boy Scouts, Red Cross Blood Donation Center and Life Line Screening, plus other worthy causes.
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 8:00 AM
Sunday school
and Bible study
9:00 AM
Second Worship 10:15 AM

Everyone is invited to have a cup of coffee and a donut and share some fellowship in our Fellowship Hall before the Bible study classes begin. Nursery services are available during both the Bible study classes and the worship service.

November 23, Pre-Advent Sunday — The Christmas Touch — Psalm 23, John 1:1-14

Do you ever wish you had more of a sense of being connected with the people around you? In our fast-paced society, it's difficult to make connections, and we often feel isolated. This feeling can be even more intense at Christmastime. One of the reasons some people are depressed after the holidays is because they fail to connect with others during this season that seems to promise perfect relationships. Busy December schedules filled with parties, shopping, and church activities sometimes seem to rob us of meaningful connections—even with God! But this doesn't have to be the case.

At Christmastime, we celebrate that Christ became human to form a bond between us and God. More than simply being the account of the birth of a baby, Christmas is the story of God extending his loving touch to bring us salvation. "The Word became flesh and dwelt among us ... and we have seen his glory" (John 1:14). The story of Christmas continues when we connect with God and connect with others.

November 30, Advent Sunday 1 — Touch Your Neighbors — Luke 2:1-7

The Bethlehem innkeeper was struggling with too many people looking for a place to stay because of the Roman census. Although at his inn there was no room for Christ, this Christmas you can host a neighborhood gathering in the Lord's honor. Since you have experienced the touch of God's compassion, through "holy hospitality" you can make room for Christ—and the people he loves—in your life.

December 7, Advent Sunday 2 — Honor the Overlooked — Luke 2:8-20

The shepherds were not important in the eyes of many people, but God chose to send his angels to them with the divine announcement of "glad tidings." Like the shepherds, there are those around us who are "invisible", such as the homeless, the elderly, and the disadvantaged. Since you have experienced the wonderful touch of God's acceptance, this Christmas season tell these people who often feel like outcasts, "I bring you good news of great joy for everyone!"

December 14, Advent Sunday 3 — Love a Family Member — Matthew 1:18-25

Joseph was ready to divorce Mary quietly after discovering she was pregnant. But an angel told him that Mary would give birth to the Son of God, and to take her into his home. The Scriptures tell us that Joseph did what the angel of the Lord told him, even though it probably cost him his reputation. Joseph's expression of love for Mary and Jesus reminds us how important it is to extend Christ's love to family members. Reach out and touch a member of your family this Christmas: Be the hands of God, "who so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten son"—the heart of the Christmas message.

December 21, Advent Sunday 4 — Seek a Fresh Touch from God — Luke 1:5-25

Zechariah served God all of his life as a priest in the temple. However, one special day during his service, he received a message from God—and his life would never be the same! Zechariah's experience of a fresh touch from God can be yours as well. Whether it is the experience of salvation that comes from God or a fresh touch of his renewing grace, like Zechariah you can proclaim, "Praise the Lord! He has sent us a mighty Savior to give light to those who sit in darkness and to guide us to the path of peace."

December 24, Christmas Eve — Reach toward Heaven — Luke 1:26-56

When Mary believed and obeyed God's Word, she said "yes" to God's plan for her, regardless of the consequences. She praised the Lord who keeps his promises and acts in mercy and love for the salvation of his people. You can learn from Mary to give back to the Giver the gift of praise, saying, "The Mighty One has done great things for me."

December 28, New Year's Sunday — Embrace the World — Luke 2:21-35, 39-40

Simeon had been waiting for the coming of Jesus ever since God promised he would not die until he had seen the Messiah. When Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the temple, Simeon recognized Jesus and what his coming meant. In the year ahead, ask God to restore in you a Simeon-like vision of salvation for all the world. Like Simeon you can say, "Lord, I have seen the Savior you have given to all people. He is a light to reveal God to the nations!" May you experience the touch of God as you make Christ-like connections this Christmas!

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Today's thought

God wants to use you, no matter who you are or where you come from.

You can turn to Him in times of crisis; He will provide for you in times of need; He loves you as His own child.

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