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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
Orange
County
Bicentennial
New:
Love and
Zombies
New:
Social
Concerns

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

Upcoming Services and Events

July 2016

July 31 — Congregational Hymn Choice Sunday
Sermon: A New Nature

Colossians 3:1-11
Therefore, if you were raised with Christ, look for the things that are above where Christ is sitting at God's right side. Think about the things above and not things on earth. You died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.

So put to death the parts of your life that belong to the earth, such as sexual immorality, moral corruption, lust, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry). The wrath of God is coming upon disobedient people because of these things. You used to live this way, when you were alive to these things. But now set aside these things, such as anger, rage, malice, slander, and obscene language. Don't lie to each other. Take off the old human nature with its practices and put on the new nature, which is renewed in knowledge by conforming to the image of the one who created it. In this image there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all things and in all people.

August 2016

In August we begin a three week sermon series on Hebrews. The letter's overall purpose is to help 2nd and 3rd generation Christians grasp the dynamic and creative elements of Christianity's evangelistic character set in motion by Jesus Christ.

August 7 — Communion, Sunday School promotion
Sermon: Hear These Stories

Faith defined, verses 1-3, by faith the believer has title to the good things to come, as well as, a solid understanding of the reality of the devine realm.

Faith of our Fathers', verses 8-16, the patriarchs were asked to trust God without supporting evidence. Thus by their courage, their faith speaks to us today.

Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
Faith is the reality of what we hope for, the proof of what we don't see. The elders in the past were approved because they showed faith. By faith we understand that the universe has been created by a word from God so that the visible came into existence from the invisible.

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was going to receive as an inheritance. He went out without knowing where he was going.

By faith he lived in the land he had been promised as a stranger. He lived in tents along with Isaac and Jacob, who were coheirs of the same promise. He was looking forward to a city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

By faith even Sarah received the ability to have a child, though she herself was barren and past the age for having children, because she believed that the one who promised was faithful. So descendants were born from one man (and he was as good as dead). They were as many as the number of the stars in the sky and as countless as the grains of sand on the seashore. All of these people died in faith without receiving the promises, but they saw the promises from a distance and welcomed them. They confessed that they were strangers and immigrants on earth. People who say this kind of thing make it clear that they are looking for a homeland. If they had been thinking about the country that they had left, they would have had the opportunity to return to it. But at this point in time, they are longing for a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore, God isn't ashamed to be called their God—he has prepared a city for them.

August 7 — "Love and Zombies" premiere, 7 PM

August 14 — Darla McFaddin at the 10:15 service
Sermon: What Faith Can Accomplish

Hebrews 11:22-12:2 is made up of two summarizations. One is a catalog of heroes of faith up to the time of the gospel. The second is the achievement of the believers. An account of disasters faced and people who could not be diverted by persecution or threats to their faith in Christ.

Hebrews 11:29 - 12:2
By faith they crossed the Red Sea as if they were on dry land, but when the Egyptians tried it, they were drowned.

By faith Jericho's walls fell after the people marched around them for seven days.

By faith Rahab the prostitute wasn't killed with the disobedient because she welcomed the spies in peace.

What more can I say? I would run out of time if I told you about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets. Through faith they conquered kingdoms, brought about justice, realized promises, shut the mouths of lions, put out raging fires, escaped from the edge of the sword, found strength in weakness, were mighty in war, and routed foreign armies. Women received back their dead by resurrection. Others were tortured and refused to be released so they could gain a better resurrection.

But others experienced public shame by being taunted and whipped; they were even put in chains and in prison. They were stoned to death, they were cut in two, and they died by being murdered with swords. They went around wearing the skins of sheep and goats, needy, oppressed, and mistreated. The world didn't deserve them. They wandered around in deserts, mountains, caves, and holes in the ground.

All these people didn't receive what was promised, though they were given approval for their faith. God provided something better for us so they wouldn't be made perfect without us.

So then let's also run the race that is laid out in front of us, since we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us. Let's throw off any extra baggage, get rid of the sin that trips us up, and fix our eyes on Jesus, faith's pioneer and perfecter. He endured the cross, ignoring the shame, for the sake of the joy that was laid out in front of him, and sat down at the right side of God's throne.

August 21 — Food Pantry Sunday
Sermon: You Have Been Called

Jeremiah 1:4-10
The Lord's word came to me:

    "Before I created you in the womb I knew you;
        before you were born I set you apart;
        I made you a prophet to the nations."
    "Ah, Lord God," I said, "I don't know how to speak
        because I'm only a child."
    The Lord responded,
        "Don't say, 'I'm only a child.'
            Where I send you, you must go;
            what I tell you, you must say.
    Don't be afraid of them,
        because I'm with you to rescue you,"
            declares the Lord.
    Then the Lord stretched out his hand,
        touched my mouth, and said to me,
        "I'm putting my words in your mouth.
    This very day I appoint you over nations and empires,
        to dig up and pull down,
        to destroy and demolish,
        to build and plant."

August 28 — Mission Moment Sunday
Sermon: The Lord Is My Helper

Verses 1-8 is a reminder that Christians should be sympathetic to those who suffer.

Verses 15-16 remind us that Christ is our leader and therefore we should follow his example of submission to the cross. For Christians there is no other choice.

Hebrews 13:1-8,15-16
Keep loving each other like family. Don't neglect to open up your homes to guests, because by doing this some have been hosts to angels without knowing it. Remember prisoners as if you were in prison with them, and people who are mistreated as if you were in their place. Marriage must be honored in every respect, with no cheating on the relationship, because God will judge the sexually immoral person and the person who commits adultery. Your way of life should be free from the love of money, and you should be content with what you have. After all, he has said, I will never leave you or abandon you. This is why we can confidently say,

The Lord is my helper,
    and I won't be afraid.
    What can people do to me?

Remember your leaders who spoke God's word to you. Imitate their faith as you consider the way their lives turned out. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever!

So let's continually offer up a sacrifice of praise through him, which is the fruit from our lips that confess his name. Don't forget to do good and to share what you have because God is pleased with these kinds of sacrifices.

September 2016

September 4 — Communion Sunday

September 11 — Both services: remembering 9/11

October 2016

October 2 — World Communion Sunday

Devotional thought

Saying Grace

A family invited some people to dinner. At the table, the mother turned to her six year old daughter and said, "Would you like to say the blessing?"

"I wouldn't know what to say," the girl replied.

"Just say what you hear mommy say," the woman answered.

The daughter bowed her head and said "Lord, why on earth did I invite all these people to dinner?"

This devotional thought was taken from the book Small Wonders: Children's Faith Stories from the Indiana United Methodist Church, compiled and edited by Lynne DeMichele.