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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.

Lenten Messages

Are You Kidding?

"At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" He called a child, whom he put among them, and said, "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom." Jesus states that unless you become like a child you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. In this series, we'll look at Jesus' parables through the eyes of children, discovering a surprising wisdom in them that adults frequently miss ... until they become like children. Matthew 28:1-5 is often used as a Biblical Foundation for Children's Ministries. This series is not about children's ministries. It isn't about what kids need to learn, but about what adults need to learn from children in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

Sunday, February 22, 2015 — Matthew 18:15-35 — "Be Nice"

"'Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?' Jesus said to him, 'Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy times seven times.'" — major thought for the message of Matthew 18

Jesus states that unless you become like a child you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. This week, we'll find that becoming like a child has something to do with power and powerlessness.

Sunday, March 1, 2015 — Matthew 20:1-16 — "Thank You and Please?"

"When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, 'Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.' When those hired about five o'clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage." — major thought for the message of Matthew 20

Jesus states that unless you become like a child you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. This week, we'll find that becoming like a child has something to do with gratitude and ingratitude.

March 8, 2015 — Matthew 22:1-14 — "Play Fair?"

"But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, and he said to him, 'Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?' And he was speechless." — major thought for the message of Matthew 22

Jesus states that unless you become like a child you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Children are taught to welcome guests, especially if they've come for your party. But in Jesus' parable one guest is thrown out for failing to wear the right party clothes. Is this fair? How might a child advise us?

March 15, 2015 — Matthew 25:1-13 — "Share and Share Alike?"

"Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' But the wise replied, 'No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.'" — major thought for the message of Matthew 25

Jesus states that unless you become like a child you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Children are taught to always share with others, but apparently Jesus saw things differently. Some things cannot be shared, even if we want to. What are those things?

March 22, 2015 — Matthew 25:31-46 — "Say Nice Things?"

"'Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?'" — major thought for the message of Matthew 25

Jesus states that unless you become like a child you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Children are taught that if you don't have something nice to say, don't say it at all. But Jesus calls some people sheep and other people goats, making it clear that sheep are better. Is it better to say nice things when people are naughty?

March 29, 2015 — Matthew 21:1-13 — "Mind Your Manners?"

"Then Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who were selling and buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. He said to them, 'It is written, "My house shall be called a house of prayer"; but you are making it a den of robbers.'" — major thought for the message of Matthew 21

Jesus states that unless you become like a child you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Sometimes children throw tantrums. Sometimes Jesus did, too. If we are to become like children, when are we called to throw tantrums — and when do we mind our manners?

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Today's thought

The beauty of a miracle in your life is not primarily what it does for you but the attention that it brings to God.

When you combine belief and trust, you get faith.

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