As we begin the New Year, Syria is once again focusing on their mission to reach (into our community and beyond), grow (in faith), and serve (the church and community). The church service manual is now being prepared for 2022. Please contact the church office or a church leader to explore how you can best serve in the coming year. A special time of service will occur on Saturday, Jan. 22 when we will gather at 10 a.m. to work with Lifeline to pack food to be sent to Haiti. After second service on Jan. 23 there will be a lunch with the pastors for those new to Syria. 812, the jr.-sr. high youth group, meets on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. The S.A.L.T. adult Bible study group meets the first and third Saturdays of each month at the church. A substance abuse recovery group meets every Thursday in the church basement at 6:30 p.m. Sunday morning worship services are at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. with a nursery, Kids’ Church and Wee Worship available during both services. Sunday School classes for children and adults meet at 10:10 a.m. with a nursery available. Worship services are also available on Facebook live or on-line at (click on the link for Sunday worship). The church office may be reached at 812-723-2316. The church e-mail address is


Thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Bill Willis for visiting and informing us of Gideons International. On Jan. 9, Pastor Gary Swick’s sermon was A Call to Unity, Ephesians 4:1-16, Four R’s — 1) Requirements, 2) Reasons, 3) Responsibility and 4) Results of unity. As an option, you may listen to Q100.1 or view the PCC Facebook live and YouTube, and learn the four requirements of unity. Services are 9 a.m., Ladies’ Prayer Circle at 8:30 a.m. (Junior Church is for K-5th grade during Worship time.) and 10:10 a.m. Bible School for all ages, including Adults’ Bible School with Stanley Hall “Experiencing God,” Scott Cobel “Core 52” and Richard Fried “Hebrews.” If you need a ride to Sunday morning service, contact the church office. Wednesday night welcomes all ages with classes at 7-8 p.m. The month of January is “Souper Bowl Season,” so please donate cans of soup for the Food Pantry. Jan. 16 is the PCC all Church Birthday Party. The next Wednesday Night Meal is 6 p.m., Feb. 2.


Join us for Sunday School which starts at 9:30 a.m. with our study of the Book of Luke. Followed by the morning service at 10:45 a.m. with Senior Pastor John Hutcheson bringing the sermon from Acts. There is a nursery available for young children during the main service, staffed by Tammy. Our Wednesday evening services start with a shared meal at 5:30 p.m. then breaking into small groups for prayer and Bible study. We are starting discipleship partners, if interested talk to Delilah for details.


The Rev. Bob Turner will have the message “Do Miracles still Happen?” Sunday, Jan. 16 at Paoli First Presbyterian Church. Turner will use the sermon theme “Is it a miracle when we make change happen?” The First Lesson will come from Psalm 35:5-10 and the Second Lesson will be found in John 2:1-11. During the service, Gary Spear will serve as Liturgist and Larry Hollan will have the Opening Prayer. Jodi McGowen will have Patchwork, the Children’s Sermon. Those who choose to worship via Zoom may join the service at after 10:30 a.m. on Sundays. Paoli First Presbyterian begins each week with a socially-distanced breakfast fellowship at 10:15 a.m. This Sunday, Louis and Linda Strange will provide breakfast. Morning worship begins at 10:45 a.m. Everyone is welcome. First Presbyterian continues in-person worship each Sunday, asking those in attendance to maintain appropriate social distance and to wear a face mask. Jodi McGowen provided the message “Sheep in a Jeep” Sunday, Jan. 9. Jodi emphasized like sheep need a shepherd, people need the Lord. As a preview, Gary Spear will share the message Sunday, Jan. 23 at Paoli First Presbyterian Church.


Time is running out. Life is uncertain. Death appears at uncertain and unexpected times. What type of memory are you giving to your family? Do you want your family to imitate your life? Will it be a memory of a God serving man or woman? The instrumental music of Mike and Becky gave a message of “Trust and Obey. The song leader, Sam Leinart, led the congregation in singing “There Is Power in the Blood” and “A New Name in Glory.” The instrumental song, “The I Met the Master” was performed as Rick Jones served as usher. Carolyn Lessig gave the

people a reminder, with the song, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” “Happy Birthday” was sung to Mike Magill. Kathleen Alstott sang “Only Real Peace.” Donnie Lessig served as prayer leader. Linda Crecelius’ song brought some tears by singing “He Touched Me.” The message topic was “The Human Side of Jesus.” The closing song was “I Would Not Be Denied.” Carol King and Nina Bosley were the bakers of birthday cupcakes that were served after the service. Last week’s biblical trivia question: The manna that the Israelites received from God in the wilderness was described as tasting like? The taste was like wafer made with honey. Exodus 16:31 This week’s question: How was the earth watered before the flood? Lick Creek Friends Church is praying for your presence Sunday at eleven.