Spire, The Beacon on the Seine

Spire
The Beacon on the Seine

Editor: Alison Benney

In this issue
Grace notes, by Interim Senior Pastor Odette Lockwood-Stewart
Easter schedule
A Future with a Hope, by Interim Associate Pastors Doug and Jodi Fondell
Earth Day 2021: Planting a tree, by Rose Marie Burke
A new forest for the roof of Notre-Dame, by Rebecca Brite
Caste: Book Discussion Group, review by Yvonne Hazelton
Wedding Blessings: ACP offer, by Jörg Kaldewey, Wedding Coordinator
What’s up in Paris, by Karen Albrecht
ACP announcements


Grace notes, by Interim Senior Pastor Odette Lockwood-Stewart

We are an Easter people in a Good Friday world.

The promise of spring is here but confined.

So much of what we have been able to assume is no longer. Good Friday seems ever with us. Coronavirus, persistent suffering, personal loss and uncertainty, racial violence and inequity, ecological disasters confront us daily. Nevertheless, Good Friday reveals the depth and breadth of God’s love for the world, for each of us, all of us. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is miraculous nevertheless! On Easter we celebrate that Christ is alive. Easter is not one day, it is a season of seven Sundays. And Easter is every day in which we celebrate the risen Christ.

At the American Church in Paris, we are indeed being challenged and changed in ways we could not have imagined. We praise God for the new things God is doing in and through us, as we witness in word and deed through every challenge and change to the love of God revealed to us in Jesus Christ.

Last June I turned to God in prayer to discern our worship and study theme and Scripture for 2020-2021: “A Future with Hope,” Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8: 24-25. In and through prayer, we will continue to grow in faith and reach out in love. This Easter we turn to God together as we live into God’s future, led and sustained by prayer.

Led and sustained by prayer, our Senior Pastor Search Committee moves into the heart of its work this month, to recommend to the congregation in May a candidate for ACP’s Senior Pastor, to begin their pastorate late summer or early fall.

Led and sustained by prayer, a new search committee has begun its work to find and call a new associate pastor for this fall, as Pastor Victor Green completes his ministry at ACP in June.

Yet, even led and sustained by prayer, transitions inevitably come with a mixture of feelings. Fortunately, in addition to my service as Interim Senior Pastor, we are blessed that the interim service of Co-Associate Pastors Doug and Jodi Fondell was designed to overlap pastoral teams and provide continuity. Their strong and faithful leadership in Adult Education has given important connection to community for many.

Led and sustained by prayer, it is a joy for me to work with ACP’s Nominating Committee in a discernment process to raise up lay leadership for the coming year, and with administrative committees to position ACP for a successful transition and future.

Led and sustained by prayer, the ACP Council, the Council’s Welcome and Inclusion Task Force, and ACP’s pastoral team have worked over a period of two years on ways to strengthen and deepen ACP’s reliable witness to the radical table fellowship and inclusive love of Jesus. One hundred members of this community have engaged in a group study of Adam Hamilton’s book Making Sense of the Bible: Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today. Another group started in March, and a new African Fellowship study group begins this month.

ACP is greatly blessed to welcome Adam Hamilton to be with us for a Thurber Conversation on 15 April at 19h30 on Zoom. I am collecting questions from members of the community who have read the book, struggled with it, appreciated it. Please send me your own questions!

Adam Hamilton is the founding pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. Adam launched The Church of the Resurrection with his wife and two children in 1990. It has since grown to over 22,000 adults and children under his leadership.

Adam has written over 30 books, including Words of Life, Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas, The Walk: Five Essential Practices of the Christian Life, as well as Making Sense of the Bible. Plan to be present on 15 April for this extraordinary opportunity.

As we encourage and equip our congregation with hope in Jesus Christ for the plans God has for our future; as we care and minister with those in and beyond ACP who are hurting; as we develop and strengthen ways to connect with each other and safeguard the wellbeing of all; as we put our organizational and missional house in order for a healthy and vibrant transition to receive a new senior pastor; through all this, we will be led by God’s Holy Spirit and be sustained by prayer.

At Easter we rise to greet our worst fears and find an empty tomb.

At Easter we celebrate that life and love that do not end in death.

At Easter we entrust our life and love to the One who creates, redeems and sustains us.

As the risen Christ greets us, hold us and never lets us go.

We are an Easter people in a Good Friday world.

Thanks be to God!

Pastor Odette

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Easter schedule

Sunrise worship at 7h15 on the quai with the ACP contemporary music team (registration required, at www.acparis.org).

Worship online from 7h, at a beautiful Easter Sunrise Service, with our contemporary music team.

Worship online from 9h, at a glorious Festival Celebration of the Resurrection, with our classical musicians, our children, our pastoral team.

We will continue to worship online through 11 April. Please check the website for updates! www.acparis.org

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A Future with a Hope, by Interim Associate Pastors Doug and Jodi Fondell

“For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen?
But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
- Romans 8:24-25

Friends in Christ,

Throughout the 2020/21 season our congregational theme has been A Future with a Hope. Our guiding scripture verses have been Jeremiah 29:11 and Romans 8:24-25. We've been on a journey together hoping that God will see us through these long and troubling pandemic days. We've kept the faith, trusting that God will guide us through the pastoral transitions that are taking place. And we've been gifted to live out our faith together, supporting one another through all of the challenges, losses, sufferings, and heartbreaks that have been ours to face together.

Our Wednesday Evening Adult Learning sessions at ACP have been dedicated to exploring A Future with a Hope in a variety of ways.

In the spring and summer of 2020, we spent weeks focusing on the Minor Prophets ‒ people who were hearing from God/learning from God about life as seemingly abandoned/exiled/hopeless people...only to realize they were a people who could count on God, no matter the hardships and sufferings that were theirs to face.

In the autumn of 2020, we focused on the Enneagram ‒ a spiritual direction tool designed to help us gain a better understanding of our motivations for living and how we each have our own unique ways of facing the many challenges of life that are ours alone.

Winter of 2021 led us to take a deep dive into the Sermon on the Mount, realizing that this seminal teaching of Jesus found in Matthew 5-7 can serve as the sure foundation and anchor we need as we face the storms that are ours to face in life.

Recently, through our Bridging the Gaps study we've been looking at the parables of Jesus in order to see that the hope of God's Kingdom is far more present than we may realize; how Jesus might in fact be challenging us to be messengers of his hope in the here and now for the sake of others.

Our theme of hope at ACP will never end, but it seems appropriate to wrap up our 2020/21 Wednesday Evening Adult Learning sessions in a very special, hope-filled manner: Each Wednesday evening at 19h30 from 5 May to 23 June, our focus is on John's Letter of Hope to the Seven Churches of Revelation.

The word Jesus gave to John while imprisoned on the Isle of Patmos is a word that speaks as relevantly today as it did back in 90 AD. It addresses a people who are struggling to live out their faith in Christ while they simultaneously feel beat up by the world, the systems, and/or the societies that are seemingly winning the day. It's a word that invites us to face our fears and anxieties, a word that brings comfort and challenge even in the midst of significant hardship and uncertainty. It's a word that would be good for us all to hear as we seek to engage and depend upon our faith in Christ while living in century 21.

Wednesday Evening Adult Learning at ACP

John's Letter of Hope to the Seven Churches of Revelation: Revelation 1-3

Wednesdays, 19h30-21h

5 May              An introduction to John's Letter

12 May             Our First Love: The Letter to Ephesus

19 May             The Comforted Church: The Letter to Smyrna

26 May             The Conflicted Church: The Letter to Pergamum

2 June             The Compromised Church: The Letter to Thyatira

9 June             The Complacent Church: The Letter to Sardis

16 June           The Expectant Church: The Letter to Philadelphia

23 June           The Challenged Church: The Letter to Laodicea

To register for this Adult Learning experience, click here

It has been a challenging year for us all, and yet there have been surprising joys, blessings and comforts throughout. Surely, one of our greatest joys has been the opportunity to get to know many of you via Zoom ‒ to share thoughts, ideas, and reflections as they relate to scripture and our life together, only to realize that God has found a way to keep us connected and abiding in the hope that is only his to give.

Thank you for being a part of this learning journey. And for those who have not yet joined us, please know you are always more than welcome!

Yours in Christ,

Doug and Jodi Fondell

Interim Associate Pastors of ACP

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Earth Day 2021: Planting a tree, by Rose Marie Burke

God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature
So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle,
And, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.”
Genesis 1: 26-28, The Message Bible

In April 1973, to mark the third annual Earth Day, my 13-year-old self planted a tree in front of our inner-city US middle school, St. Canice. Two teachers, eyeballs rolling and audibly sighing, accompanied me outside. Students watched from their classroom windows. It was over in about 10 minutes. “Ecology” was trendy, along with maxi skirts and long hair for girls as well as boys.

Nearly 50 years later, where are we? Ecology is no longer a fad, it’s a science. Humans are ruining the planet, causing climate change. The sea level is rising, glaciers are melting, species are falling into extinction. We have been irresponsible stewards of God’s creation.

As Earth Day approaches, on 22 April, what can we do as individuals and a church? Locked down for the most part and discouraged to mobilize, our scope of action is limited. Could we plant a tree in some way? We could learn, feel, and do. Learn about the theology of creation. Feel the pain of vulnerable people who work in dumps or cannot escape the climate destruction of their homes. Do much more.

As an individual, I’m trying to take bolder steps. I stopped buying clothes after reading a book about the toxic fashion industry, Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes, by Paris-based author Dana Thomas. “Any more than you need is greed,” is what I remember the conservationist Jane Goodall saying in an appearance at ACP in May 2014.

Beyond clothes, I’m trying to refrain from “impulse” purchases. We needed a living-room rug, so I went online to my favorite big box store. But wait a moment, I said to myself, isn’t there a greener choice? I ended up purchasing a 100% wool rug from a company that is working with suppliers (in this case Turkey) to ensure care of workers and climate.

And I joined our neighborhood composting group, where I am both getting to know my neighbors and reducing what goes into the garbage and the incinerator. It adds up! One group of 30 participants means about one ton less garbage a year, according to l’Agence Parisienne du Climat. (To find a local group, search on the Internet for “composter” and your town or arrondissement.)

What will you do this year for Earth Day? Why don’t we examine our reflexes and instead flex for the planet? Perhaps think, feel, and do differently. Why not make a pledge for Earth Day?

My ACP Earth Day Pledge

On 22 April 2021, I pledge to pray, learn, or do something to learn about the Earth, creation, or climate change. Here are some ideas:

Beyond Earth Day, ACP is planning to celebrate its first Climate Sunday in November, along with other faith congregations in Paris and Europe. This will take place while the next United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) meets in Glasgow, Scotland, from 1-12 November. Here’s something else you can do: Join the ACP committee planning a Climate Sunday service in November. Send us an email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Nearly 50 years later, where is that tree I planted? It stood there for at least 25 years. Today it is gone. The small patch of green where the tree stood was remodeled to become a drive-up accessible entrance to a community center. I’m not upset, however. The building now offers free preschool to children in need and houses the headquarters of the Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center.

More than 1 billion people in 192 countries now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. If we “plant a tree” here at the American Church of Paris, what could we make happen?

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A new forest for the roof of Notre-Dame, by Rebecca Brite

Hoardings around the Notre Dame work site bear French students’ renderings of the great fire of 15 April 2019. Photo: Hal Halvorsen, a member of the ACP adult choir, in March.

All around France, local foresters have spent the past several weeks cutting down 100- to 200-year-old oaks to send to Paris for the rebuilding of Notre-Dame cathedral, badly damaged two years ago this month in a huge fire.

The conflagration ripped the heart out of one of the country’s most beloved monuments. In March, local and regional news outlets reported with pride on the felling of nearly every individual tree out of the 1,200 or so that will eventually form the structure of the rebuilt roof and spire, whose original framework contained so many oak beams that it was nicknamed “the forest.”

Five tall oaks came from the Horte forest in the Charente department, two from the park of a château near Vitré in Brittany. The Loir-et-Cher department contributed 37 in all. Often priests blessed the trees before they were cut.

About half the oaks came from public land and half were found on private property, in a search that began early this year. The final tree cut, on 19 March, was on the state-owned Château de Chambord estate in the Loire Valley. Foresters had determined that all the oaks destined for Notre Dame had to be cut by mid- to late March, before the sap rose and made them harder to fell.

Particularly straight oaks of this age would be worth a lot on the open market – Reuters news service, reporting from the public Bercé forest near Le Mans, said each trunk would fetch some €15,000. But the privately owned trees are being donated to the rebuilding effort.

The trunks must age and dry for a year to 18 months before they can even be cut into beams. President Emmanuel Macron has long stood by his vow to have the Notre Dame restoration project completed by 2024, in time for the Paris Olympics. But officials have said in recent weeks that while the roof may be finished by then, the complete restoration will take perhaps a year longer.

Using oaks from across France was a symbolic choice and not without controversy. While most of the trees are in managed forests, including some that used to provide ship masts to the French Navy, Ecological Transition Minister Barbara Pompili complained that often the oaks chosen formed a crucial part of their forests’ ecosystem.

She launched a petition, which drew more than 40,000 signatures, in which she noted that this new “forest” of Notre Dame will be hidden away, between the restored stone vaults of the ceiling and the rebuilt cathedral roof, “visible only by a few privileged people.”

But Philippe Villeneuve, chief architect of historical monuments, noted that the modern engineering solutions Ms Pompili had suggested would lack not only oak’s authenticity but also its durability and plasticity.

A large number of the newly felled trees will make up the supports and framework of the spire. It was decided only last summer that, rather than choose any of the modernist, often fanciful proposals for ornamenting the cathedral roof, the restoration project would replicate the 19th-century spire installed by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, architect in charge of the last extensive restoration of the cathedral, which lasted a quarter of a century.

His spire was the cathedral’s second. Both were timber framed. The first, dating from the 13th century, was in such rickety shape by the late 18th century that it had to be dismantled.

Its replacement, begun by Jean-Baptiste-Antoine Lassus and finished, after his death in 1857, by Viollet-le-Duc, was an altogether sturdier, grander, taller structure. Its framework of oak from Champagne weighed some 500 tonnes, and it was covered with half again that weight in lead. While the earlier spire had reached 78 meters above the cathedral floor, the second one stretched to 96 meters.

Its base featured copper statues of the 12 apostles, which happily had all been taken down for work at the time of the great fire on 15 April 2019. When the spire is rebuilt, they will stand again in four rows of three each, looking out over the city of Paris – except for St Thomas, modeled on Viollet-le-Duc himself. Craning his neck and shading his eyes with one hand, Thomas, patron saint of architects, instead looks up at the spire.

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Caste: Book Discussion Group, review by Yvonne Hazelton

If we want to understand the nuances of the societal malady of racism and do something about it, it helps to go deeper. That’s what we are trying to do in the Caste book discussion group.

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson, argues that caste, not racism, is the root of the problem. Drawing comparisons to India and Nazi Germany, she explores the ways societies force certain groups of people into roles and how that plays out in the United States today. Caste is the skeleton, she writes, and racism is the meat that hangs on it.

Kate Snipes, the group’s facilitator, brought in two professors to give us their perspectives on the topic. During the first session, Dr. Asa Lee, a Dean at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., talked to us about his experiences and how the book can open our eyes to racism around us or within us. In the second session, Dr. Sathi Clarke, a professor of theology at Wesley, spoke about the caste system in India and its basis in the Hindu religion. Following the lectures, we split up into breakout rooms and discussed the book and lecture.

The breakout rooms I attended were fascinating. Everyone was given a chance to share their own experience, voice questions, make comments, or respond to Kate’s stated questions. The discussions were lively. One of our church members from Nigeria talked about the tribal differences in Nigeria which create caste-like tiers there. Several older Americans talked about how they came from communities where racism was just a part of life, and how they are beginning to realize how invisible that racism has been to them.

Some people had left their churches because of its racism, and some had family or friends who stay in those churches. We talked about how to love people that we disagree with, or how to take a step back. I saw people listening patiently to each other, disagreeing with respect, and learning how to work together to heal our society of this ill.

As for me, I was born in Texas in the 1960s. The racism that I saw was not the tiki-torch, KKK racism that most of us abhor. The racism that I saw consisted of sly racial jokes, of skewed crime statistics blaming minorities for society’s problems, of paying migrant workers a pittance. This racism disapproved of dating anyone who was not white, and made fun of people with accents. It approved of my Black classmates only when they made a touchdown and marveled when they made the Honor Roll. I didn’t realize the South had lost the Civil War until I got to high school ‒ I knew there had been some sort of setback, but we were sure the South would rise again.

In order to combat the casual racism that I absorbed, that I sometimes don’t even recognize, I have to educate myself. Reading Caste, listening to the lectures, and participating in the discussions has given me tools to identify stumbling blocks in my own perspective, and hopefully to stop perpetuating the oppression that goes on today.

The final session of the book discussion group will be devoted to exploring the concept of caste, and examining how our understanding of caste can help us start to remedy the evil that is racism in the United States. Because we are an international church, though, we are not limited to the US. We can take the information we’ve discussed in the book group to all four corners of the earth.

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Wedding Blessings: ACP offer, by Jörg Kaldewey, Wedding Coordinator

Help us spread the good news!

Yes, the pandemic still casts a shadow and sets limits. 

Nevertheless, the Wedding Blessing Ministry of the American Church in Paris is finding new ways to begin again – with online ceremonies from the Sanctuary of the American Church on Zoom, and in-person ceremonies in our Sanctuary.

As we approach one year of life in Christian community in the midst of a pandemic, and as the Wedding Blessing Ministry resumes, we are offering to members of ACP the opportunity to renew your marriage vows live from the ACP sanctuary on Zoom, as the church’s free gift during the months of March and April 2021.

Alternatively, if you reside in Paris or are able to travel here, we will also be happy to extend this offer to you in person and live in the Sanctuary, with a limit of 6 people attending (the couple plus four others).

The online package includes:

  • The beautiful Sanctuary of the American Church in Paris is reserved as the setting for your ceremony for one hour
  • Ceremony officiated by the Reverend Jim Lockwood-Stewart
  • Personalized ceremonial program
  • Live organ music played by our own Music Director, Fred Gramann
  • Altar & pew silk flower decor
  • Wedding Blessing certificate issued by the American Church in Paris and mailed to you
  • Registration of your ceremony in the church’s permanent wedding register
  • Recording of the ceremony
  • Rehearsal and/or pre-marital consultation with the pastor prior to your ceremony

 For more information about this opportunity, as well as our other wedding blessing ceremonies at ACP, in the Sanctuary or online, contact me, Jörg Kaldewey, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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What’s up in Paris, by Karen Albrecht

With a fresh lockdown in place through mid-April, it's unclear just when Paris's cultural life will return to anything like normal. Amidst all the doors slamming shut, staying open to new ideas and experiences is trickier ‒ but more crucial ‒ than ever. The situation is evolving constantly, so check online for the latest details.


Photo: © Laurent Sallard

Just open the box

Longing to take in a real, live show? For as long as cultural venues remain closed, the temporary TV station "Culturebox" will be boxing up top concerts, plays and comedy acts, all filmed live, and delivering them right to your living room, free of charge. This spring, be on the lookout for the superb "Maya, une Voix," an original musical that brilliantly brings to life the story of African-American icon Maya Angelou. A little girl loses the power of speech after suffering unspeakable trauma, then finds a new and powerfully eloquent voice through literature, poetry, and music.

Channel 19. For program schedule or to watch on-demand: culturebox.fr

https://www.france.tv/spectacles-et-culture/emissions-culturelles/culturebox-l-emission/)

 

 


Photo: © Inka et Niclas

Eye-opening images

Innovative arts venue Le Centquatre has taken to non-traditional media to get its annual "Circulation(s)" photography show into the public eye in spite of the lockdown. The festival website presents the portfolios of 30-some young European artists, brimming with eye-popping images that are in turn cryptic and in-your-face, downright disturbing, and delightfully humorous. Online discussions take place every Wednesday at 18h, a new "playlist" goes live every Thursday at 21h, and a Wednesday-morning video activity caters to 5- to 12-year-olds. For those less digitally inclined, the "hors les murs" extension has works on display in 13 major Métro and RER stations through end May.

Until 2 May, www.festival-circulations.com/edition/edition-2021/


Photo: © Ville de Paris - COARC \ Claire Pignol

Sanctuary city

Why not transform your daily constitutional into an artistic and spiritual exercise, as well as a physical one? The city's many historic churches, whose doors are expected to remain open despite covid restrictions, contain artistic treasures rivalling those currently locked behind the doors of museums. Works on display range from Renaissance masters to Keith Haring. The paris.fr website has put together two themed walks; if these don't fall within your allowed 10km radius, there's a good chance that churches nearer you harbor artistic treasures of their own.

https://quefaire.paris.fr/114731/chefs-d-uvre-des-eglises-parisiennes-les-tableaux  

https://quefaire.paris.fr/114770/les-plus-belles-sculptures-des-eglises-parisiennes  

More ideas at: www.artculturefoi-paris.fr


An open book

The American Library in Paris, established just over a century ago, is rising to the challenges of the current situation with an array of 21st-century tools to keep English-speakers connected to the joy of reading. The Library’s doors are remaining open, with some restrictions. Members and day-pass holders can also tap into a multitude of "E-Sources," while "click-and-collect" curbside lending ensures safe access to the library's rich collection of print works. The lively "Evenings with an Author” series (now held on Zoom and archived on the Library’s website), online story hours, book groups, and writing workshops all open the doors of the imagination to readers of all ages.

https://americanlibraryinparis.org


Photo: © Paris Tourist Office - Amélie Dupont

Open-air opulence

Purveyors of basic necessities remain open, including the city's colorful open-air food markets, which set up camp two or three mornings a week in various neighborhoods across town. Not just a source of quality produce, Paris street markets are entertainment in and of themselves. So mask up, and take in the glorious fruits and vegetables, glistening fish arrayed on seas of chipped ice, and stands packed with hundreds of France's fragrant and famously ungovernable cheeses, all set to a soundtrack of live commentary from vendors that often verges on performance art.

Days and times at: https://en.parisinfo.com/shopping/gastronomic-shopping-in-paris/food-and-specialist-markets


An open lens onto the world

Documentary cinema has long been gathering momentum as a creative movement, a window onto unknown realms, and a driver of social change; even a global pandemic can't shut down that kind of energy. The "DocXchange" Collective links to documentary film exhibitors around the world, giving easy access to festivals, workshops, and cutting-edge documentary films to rent online. Members include Toronto's Hot Docs cinema, London's Bertha Dochouse, La Compagnia in Florence, New York's Maysles Center and the Documentary Film Center in Moscow, each offering a distinct camera angle on the world. You provide the popcorn, they've got the rest.

www.docxchange.org

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ACP announcements

Easter Sunday worship

Sunrise worship at 7h15 on the quai with the ACP contemporary music team (registration required, at www.acparis.org).

Worship online from 7h, at a beautiful Easter Sunrise Service, with our contemporary music team.

Worship online from 9h, at a glorious Festival Celebration of the Resurrection, with our classical musicians, our children, our pastoral team.

We will continue to worship online through 11 April. Please check the website for updates! www.acparis.org

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Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting

Sunday 11 April, at 13h, via Zoom

The Council of the American Church in Paris requests the presence of all voting members of the ACP – and welcomes all congregants – to attend the semi-annual congregational meeting via Zoom video conference.

We will receive the 2020 Ministry Reports from the Council and pastoral leadership of the ACP, present the 2020 preliminary financial results, and vote to approve the 2021 budget. This meeting will be held virtually online due to COVID-19 constraints. The meeting link, instructions, and meeting documents will be sent soon via email.

Your input counts! Please plan to attend this virtual meeting, but if you cannot be present, make sure you complete the electronic proxy at www.acparis.org/proxy. We kindly request that you submit your electronic proxy by Saturday 10 April, in order to save time at the Congregational Meeting.

We will be voting on important church business during the video conference. The Zoom virtual meeting system allows only one vote per connected device. If your household includes more than one ACP member, please have each member log-on with separate devices or fill out an electronic proxy (acparis.org/proxy) for each additional ACP member on the same device. If you have any questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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All Church Fellowship group: Movie Fellowship & Discussion Night

Saturday 3 April, at 20h, via Zoom

A day after Good Friday, two days away from celebrating the resurrection of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ we thought it would be good to remind ourselves, to see visually, what Jesus has done for us. "The Passion of the Christ" (director Mel Gibson's Passion story) For details, join the  All Church Fellowship Group.

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Virtual Thurber Conversation: Adam Hamilton

Thursday 15 April, at 19h30, via Zoom

Adam Hamilton will speak on his book that we have been studying as a congregation: Making Sense of the Bible: Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today. More information and registration at www.acparis.org.

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Monthly Women’s Fellowship 

Sunday 11 April at 16h, after the Congregational Meeting, via Zoom

Please join us to hear the journey of Yvonne Hazelton: “Don’t Throw Baby Jesus out with the Bathwater or Why is Yvonne Still a Christian?”

Yvonne Hazelton will speak to us about her personal voyage from a conservative small-town Texas to musician to California, the world, then landing in Paris as a writer. She will reflect on her inward faith journey along that path.  In her own words: " I went from having total confidence in my faith to having no confidence, after some of life’s challenges proved to be bigger than my faith could handle. I’ll speak to the ACP Women’s Group about how I adjusted to those changes, and how I don’t know anything anymore. And how maybe that’s a good thing." 

If you’d like to attend, please register for the Zoom details at www.acparis.org.

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ACP monthly movie discussion group

Thursady 15 April at 19h30, via Zoom

Movies to watch on Netflix ahead of time:

  • I Care a Lot
  • Kodachrome (2017)
  • Paper Lives (Des Vies froissées)
  • Petite Fille

Recommendations from members include: Divines, Pretend It's a City, Made You Look, A Very Secret Service, Promising Young Woman (Amazon Prime), Nomadland (Hulu). For more information, or to receive the Zoom link, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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ACP Today, upcoming in April

Monday 5 April, 20h45: Rose Burke co-hosts with Pastor Jim Lockwood-Stewart. They discuss the upcoming congregational meeting, talk about our upcoming interview with Adam Hamilton, author of Making Sense of the Bible, about the Welcome and Inclusion committee work, and the two-year anniversary of the Notre Dame fire.

Monday 19 April, 20h45: John Price co-hosts with Pastor Odette Lockwood-Stewart. They review the congregational meeting, discuss Earth Day on 22 April, talk about interfaith power and light, and catch us up on pandemic restrictions and church life. 

Listen in directly at frequenceprotestante.com/ecouter-en-direct or at your convenience at www.acparis.org

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For more announcements, please see www.acparis.org, or the weekly ACP Church Bulletin posted online for each worship service at www.acparis.org.

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