Spire, The Beacon on the Seine Spire
The Beacon on the Seine

Editor: Alison Benney

In this issue

Seasons and Cycles of Change, by Reverend Paul Rock, Senior Pastor

Flourishing in Community, by Kate Snipes, Pastoral Intern

ACP Lending Library reopening

Youth outreach weekend, by Elizabeth Murray, Youth and Young Adults Pastor

Welcome to Dan and Fran Michalak

Study on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, with Reggie Williams

ACP's annual Vacation Bible School

St. Bartholomew’s massacre, by Rebecca Brite

Walk this way, by Rose Marie Burke

What’s up in Paris, by Karen Albrecht

Bloom Where You’re Planted, by Marie Grout

Announcements


Seasons and Cycles of Change, by Reverend Paul Rock, Senior Pastor

The American Church in Paris is in Good Hands! Now, theologically, we know God’s strong hands always gently guide and hold us. But practically, I have to tell you I am feeling very thankful and blessed to serve with those you’ve chosen as our spiritual leaders for this season. They are pretty amazing.

A couple of Saturdays ago, we got a chance to spend some extended time together as the new ACP Council. Looking around the room, listening to faith stories, hearing perspectives, and watching diverse gifts at work, I was inspired. As this church has been blessed with over the decades, ACP once again has a wise team at the helm. And as we continue to climb out of the Covid abyss and navigate significant changes, having gifted, humble and faithful leaders in place is essential for a congregation’s future.

One of the things we discussed at that Saturday retreat were church life cycles (below). As with any organization, or really, any relationship, churches go through seasons and cycles of growth, stabilization, and decline – all are totally normal and to be expected. What sets relationships or churches apart are those who may notice distress and decline but respond with denial or defensiveness. Others note and name the changes and commit themselves to the hard but important work of reflection, learning and redefinition; emerging to experience the next trajectory the Spirit of God has for her church.

The graph on the left shows the three ways churches can respond to seasons of change and decline. They can either: 1. Engage in some intentional redefinition and emerge to the future curve; 2. Engage in more serious redevelopment – which can feel like decline and moving backwards until the new swing of the future upward curve sets in; or 3. Allow for death to take place so that new life can be reborn. The extent to which a community understands and has the courage to face and work through these seasons of change - decline, redefinition, redevelopment, and rebirth – they emerge different, humbler, united, and better equipped for the next season of the journey.

I recently got done reading, for the second time, the wonderful history Ruth Dixon wrote on The American Church in Paris (1814-1981). When you step back and consider all the ways ACP has changed, relocated, redefined, and rebirthed herself over the decades, it’s clear that gifted leaders and a faithful and loving God have been a part of guiding this ship of faith through serious ups and downs, declines and rebirths.

To mention just a few: Not one, but two world wars that saw membership and attendance shrink to single digits. Student sit-ins and protests over war and racism that seriously divided and challenged our church. Massive economic depressions… And now another global pandemic, accompanied by significant staff turnover, including our long-time, beloved director of music this September.

Friends, this has been a challenging season, no doubt. But ACP remains a beacon on the Seine because this is not a church that denies seasons of change and challenge. We acknowledge the pain and loss. We engage in the deeper work of redefinition, redevelopment, and rebirth, and we trust, overall, in the God who called us into being, loves us deeply, and has plans to make us prosperous and lead us into a good future. As we’re reminded in John 15: God is the vine, we are the branches and as we remain in him, God remains in and with us, pruning and watering, holding and growing us through the droughts and dips and into new seasons of life we can’t yet imagine.

Thanks be to God, we are in good hands. All will be well. Have a safe and wonderful summer, my friends,
 Paul

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Flourishing in Community, by Kate Snipes, Pastoral Intern

The recent sermon series of Ubuntu – “I am because you/we are” – seems the perfect series in which to end my two-year Practice in Ministry Internship at ACP on Sunday, 17 July. I leave with a sense of tremendous gratitude. Certainly I am who I am now because of who you are; so thank you, American Church in Paris!

For those of you who don’t know my story, I spent a full career as an agricultural and trade economist before leaving to follow my pastoral calling full-time. This calling to seminary and pastoral leadership did not come before I was well established in my first career, but it remained insistent. I began seminary studies many years ago before I knew where it would take me.

As Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King said, faith is taking the step without seeing the whole staircase. I could barely see beyond the first few baby steps! The stairs have revealed themselves slowly but steadily. For another metaphor, it’s been like walking a path through beautiful but dense woods. When some paths ended and I was left to pause and wonder, God would reveal another break in the trees.

Being part of the community of the American Church in Paris was the break in the trees that brought me to a gorgeous meadow. Here I was able to grow inwardly and outwardly in Christian faith and leadership, finding my footing “up front” and growing in confidence in my call.

Given that I began this internship during the height of the pandemic, the first year was unusual. Still, I learned much about resiliency and adaptability under the Senior Interim Pastoral leadership of Rev. Odette Lockwood-Stewart. Learning so much about our church before being visible helped me more naturally and gradually assume a pastoral identity. I am grateful that Rev. Dr. Paul Rock agreed to take on the responsibility of mentorship and that the whole ACP leadership team, staff, pastors, and music leaders helped me grow in ability and confidence. Most importantly, the entire ACP congregation provided the support, encouragement, and positive suggestions needed so I could better guide and be guided by others in our diverse and loving Christian community.

Moving forward, I have a few more classes to take and continuing the long process toward a place in the United Methodist Church. I will be focusing on that and finishing my Master of Divinity at Wesley Theological Seminary, based in Washington, D.C., by May 2023. But I will not disappear! God willing, I hope to continue to contribute to and learn from the American Church in Paris community as I will remain (primarily) based in Paris at least through next summer.

In deep gratitude, and In Christ, Kate

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ACP Lending Library reopening

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As of 3 July, the lending library is opening again. The Annie Vallotton Christian Lending Library is open to all members and filled with wonderful Christian materials for every age to help you and your family grow in Christ.

The library is in room G4, basement level, directly across from the elevator. Faithful volunteers open the library on Sundays between the two services, 12h30-13h30. The library is free and available to all; however, donations are welcome.

We hope to see you. Happy reading, and be blessed!

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Youth outreach weekend, by Elizabeth Murray, Youth and Young Adults Pastor

ACP and Holy Trinity youth, with Patti Lafage and Carolyn Bouazouni

At the end of June, the youth of the American Church in Paris and the youth of Holy Trinity Anglican Church from Maisons-Laffitte joined forces for an inaugural outreach weekend here in Paris. Over the weekend, 26 youth and their adult volunteers engaged in a variety of mission and outreach opportunities. Learning to be the hands and feet of Christ, we scattered around various parts of the city to hand out an abundance of water bottles to those in need. We also offered prayer and a time of brief fellowship, even just allowing the sans domicile fixe to be temporarily seen and known.

Additionally, the adult leaders led two different poverty simulations, which offered teaching opportunities for the teens. One homed in on making hard financial choices with the resources you are given. The other simulation touched on the specific socioeconomic place or status in society into which we are all born, regardless of what we have done or not done to deserve it.

Over the weekend, several speakers shared about their ministries. Not only was this an opportunity to show youth that they can be in ministry without being ordained clergy, but also a way to highlight a variety of specialized ministry areas. Our group made friendship bracelets for the Madagascar diocese of the Church of England, wrote cards for prisoners while remembering the sacred worth of each imprisoned person, and learned about the effects of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and how we can support orphans and vulnerable children on the continent of Africa. We ended our time together by playing basketball with Kabubu Sports, whose mission it is to “deconstruct prejudices by promoting solidarity through sport.” Finally, we attended the contemporary worship service together at ACP.

My prayer is that this is the first of many outreach weekends for our youth group. Let us continue to look to our young people as we, together, envision a more excellent way. I am overwhelmed by the compassion, empathy, and resiliency of the young people in our church. I encourage each one of you at ACP to find how you can serve God and others at the American Church, in the city of Paris and beyond, by being the hands and feet of Christ.

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Welcome to Dan and Fran Michalak

We welcome Dan and Fran Michalek back to ACP! Dan Michalek is a retired pastor, having served the First Presbyterian Church of Brighton, Michigan, for 19 years. Francine, his wife, served as director of worship and music at the Brighton church, and together they have two grown children, Krista (married to Jordan) and David, and one grandchild, seven-year-old Emilia Jean.

A native of Flint, Michigan and a graduate of the University of Michigan-Flint and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston, he served two churches in Pennsylvania for a total of 20 years before returning to his home state.

Dan currently serves on the Board of Directors of LACASA, Livingston County’s nonprofit organization that “protects, advocates for and empowers victims and survivors of child abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault,” and is also president of the board of directors of the House of Healing Foundation, the agency that oversees a comprehensive mission in Guatemala. He has made numerous mission trips to Guatemala and participated in the United Nations' annual Consultation on the Status of Women, having participated in three presentations there.

Fran recently retired from her position as Worship and Music Director at First Presbyterian Church in Brighton, where she served for 14 years. She directed the adult traditional choir in works that included Rutter's "Requiem" and Vivaldi's "Gloria," and led the adult handbell choir as well. She also helped develop a new contemporary service and band in 2005. She worked with teen and children's choirs in the performance of a personally composed musical, along with others, such as "Godspell." She led children's music camps, developed creative worship services, and supervised the direction of children's chimes and teen handbells.

Prior to her church work, Fran taught vocal music in a public middle school and served as music director and choreographer for high school musicals. She has performed in musical theater herself, but her greatest joy is preparing and directing others.

Fran has served on the House of Healing Foundation Board, volunteered in Guatemala, designed, and led women's retreats and directed two choir tours to Scotland. Her most recent work has been at a hobby store selling seed, binoculars, and feeders for wild birds. She is an avid "birder" and is looking forward to watching the unique bird species in France.

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Study on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, with Reggie Williams

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a pastor, scholar, and activist who was among the first to recognize the dangers of Hitler’s government ‒ well before nearly everyone else in Germany. He argued from his faith for political resistance to the Nazis.

Dr. Reggie Williams, our Resident Pastoral Scholar and author of “Bonhoeffer's Black Jesus: Harlem Renaissance Theology and an Ethic of Resistance,” is leading a study on Bonhoeffer.

Thursday 7 July, 19h30-21h: Zoom lecture with Reggie - please register at acparis.org/signupsView the earlier lectures at acparis.org/thurber-archives.

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ACP's annual Vacation Bible School

Using crafts, storytelling, active games, music, and more, children will explore the theme "Spark Studios: Creativity from the Creator": "Get those creative juices flowing at Spark Studios where imagination is ignited and creativity is awakened where kids will learn, like King David, to use their talents to bring glory to God. They will discover that their creativity is a gift from the infinitely creative Creator who designed them for His glory. "Register children at acparis.org/vbs2022.

We need many, many adult volunteers to join us in leading this fantastic, fun, four-day program, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you'd like to join the team!

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St. Bartholomew’s massacre, by Rebecca Brite

Come mark the 450th anniversary of the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre

This year is the 450th anniversary of an important event in Protestant history: the massacre in 1572 of tens of thousands of Huguenots, or French Protestants, on the feast day of St. Bartholomew, 24 August.

To mark the anniversary, I’ll lead a free tour about French Protestant history on 21 August for people from ACP (see below for details). It starts in the sixth arrondissement at Saint-Germain-des-Prés church and meanders around the narrow streets of the northern part of the arrondissement, before crossing to the Louvre and finishing at the Protestant temple called the Oratoire du Louvre.

But why, you might ask, does a Protestant history tour start at a Catholic church?

That would be a good question. The powerful Saint-Germain abbey was indeed Roman Catholic, a Benedictine establishment. It never joined the Protestant Reformation, and today’s church – the abbey’s only vestige – remains Catholic. But in the years before Martin Luther finally split with the church of Rome, the abbey in Paris was one of many centers of pre-reform ferment across Europe.

Church reform had been in the air for decades before 1517 when Luther, as legend has it, nailed 95 theses to the door of a church in Wittenberg, Germany, to dispute certain Catholic beliefs and practices. (Apologies to all legend lovers but these academic theses were probably mailed rather than nailed: The first we know of them for sure is that they were enclosed in a letter to the archbishop of Mainz, which Luther sent on 31 October, now celebrated as Reformation Day.)

The reasons that the time was ripe for reform were many and varied. Civil authorities had long been both envious of and disgusted by the church’s wealth, power, and corruption. General economic, political, and social changes also played a role, from the rise of monarchies strong enough to challenge the church to the introduction of movable type in Europe and the growing power of Islam in the eastern Mediterranean.

Early proto-reformers such as John Wycliffe in Oxford (d. 1384) and Jan Hus in Prague (d. 1415) had also helped lay the religious groundwork for Luther and those who came after him, including John Knox in Scotland and John Calvin in France.

Then there was the appointment of Guillaume Briçonnet as abbot of Saint-Germain, about 10 years before Luther wrote his theses. Guillaume was the son of a powerful bishop-cardinal (who took holy orders after his wife’s death) and had been a bishop at age 17 thanks to this connection. Then, apparently deciding it suited him, he went to study theology at the University of Paris.

There one of his teachers was a humanist scholar named Jacques Lefèvre, whose writings influenced Luther. Another student of Lefèvre was Guillaume Farrel, later better known as the reformer William Farrel. Once Briçonnet became abbot at Saint-Germain, he surrounded himself with Lefèvre, Farrel and other humanists advocating reform – although ultimately all but Farrel would stay in the Catholic Church.

Farrel ended up in Switzerland, where he paved the way for a later French reformer, John Calvin (born Jehan Cauvin in Noyon, in the Oise valley about 100 km north of Paris, in 1509).

The Paris where Calvin came to study Latin in about 1523 was abuzz with talk of church reform, despite the Sorbonne having officially condemned the movement two years earlier. Even the king, Francois I, had tolerated such talk for a while, out of affinity for humanism and affection for his sister Marguerite, who was attracted by Lutheran ideas.

But in 1533, the new rector of the university, Nicolas Cop, gave a speech endorsing church reform, which his friend and former fellow student Calvin may have helped to write. It caused an uproar, and both men fled into exile in Cop’s native Switzerland, a more reform-friendly country with which Calvin would forever after be associated.

Their ideas, however, could not be chased out of France. There are plentiful reminders of early French Protestantism to see in the area around Saint-Germain, including a statue of a Huguenot artist in the church’s own grounds and a nearby street once known as Little Geneva. Finally, after the Louvre, the tour ends at the church where ACP, like other English-speaking churches in Paris, got its official start.

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To learn more about the events described here and those that led up to the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre – and how they are connected to ACP – join the tour on the afternoon of Sunday, 21 August. Watch the bulletin and ACP email blast for departure time and tour length. The group will be limited in size, so registration is required. The link will be up soon at acparis.org/signups.

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Walk this way, by Rose Marie Burke

… let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.
- Hebrews 12:1-2

Here we were, eight women members of ACP, on a pilgrimage from Chartres to Vendôme, weighed down with more than the 10 kilograms in our backpacks. Oh, so much mental and spiritual baggage!

Walking 120 kilometers along the ancient route that is the Camino de Santiago, for over six days we lived in community, sharing and easing those burdens. Many of us were going through big changes. Some of us were grieving, some preparing to retire, some embarking on a new life in the US, some just arriving from the US. This pilgrimage gave us the gift of wide-open space to reflect and breathe.

Most of us were worried we couldn’t finish the route, that we weren’t equipped for the journey. But together, we made it. If one pilgrim didn’t have the right bandage, another did. Plus, a series of “angels” along the route gave us the “lift” we needed.

On the day it rained buckets, with lightning, and even hail, one angel, a driver of an old Fiat delivery truck, asked if we wanted a ride to the next village – about 20 minutes away by foot. I hopped in the front seat, and four of us climbed into the back. It was only a few kilometers in distance, but more than enough in kindness to give us the courage to keep on. He said he could have driven us all the way to our destination, but “that wouldn’t be in the spirit of St. Jacques.”  

… your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
    your old men shall dream dreams,
    and your young men shall see visions.
- Joel 2:28

Caroline Cuozzi, who organized the tour and participated in the previous one led by Kim Herr from Paris to Chartres, dreams of leading a series of these hikes that eventually will reach the Camino’s end: Santiago de Compostela on the west coast of Spain. This tour included Karen Albrecht, Ruby Belloza, Denise Dampierre, Kerry Lieury, Stacey Perkins Rock, Patti Turquet, and myself.

Although not roughing it, we took an affordable, low-cost approach, which was also in keeping with the spirit of the Camino. It also made the six-day break affordable. Our hikes were filled with chatter, a daily hour of silence, spontaneous songs and hymns, much laughter, and after dinner, conversation around questions that Karen had prepared. One question was, what is your motto for the journey? Hebrews 12 was one, and some others were: Jesus has us covered; embrace the unexpected; keep an eye out for white butterflies (a symbol of hope).  

Also in keeping with the Camino, we didn’t always have perfectly solid reservations for a few evenings. And the inevitable reservation was … misplaced by hotel staff. Still, a bit of negotiation and patience by one of our pilgrims resulted in a solution. We wouldn’t stay in double rooms, but quadruples!? In our tiredness, we didn’t care. The hotel provided hair dryers, which more importantly helped us dry out our damp boots.

One night, we were able to stay at the country home of Denise’s in-laws on the very night we were scheduled to stay in a campground. What an upgrade! The in-laws abandoned plans to stay there because of bad weather, so it suddenly became available to us. We couldn’t have planned that better. For 5 euros a person and a bit of slicing and dicing, we sat down to a home-cooked meal prepared in the huge kitchen, including cake graced with wild strawberries picked in the garden.

We didn’t always know “the way.” When the official route had us walking along a somewhat busy and unshaded highway, we sought backroads – that sometimes set us back. This assumption, that we as humans are perpetually lost, is perhaps central to the pilgrimage, and the reason it draws so many Christians. As we followed its path that opened our senses to God in so many ways, we were reminded that Jesus is The Way, as he said to Thomas: “I am the way and the truth and the life.’’ (John 14:5-7).

Are you interested in joining the next group of pilgrims along the Camino? Send a note to Caroline Cuozzi: 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

Photo: © Bertrand Desprez

Dancing in the dark
La Villette's open-air film festival features free viewings on a giant screen erected in the Prairie du Triangle. Set up your blanket and picnic from 19h (no sharp objects or glass containers allowed), then savor the long summer evening until it gets dark enough for the show to begin. This year's theme "Alors on danse" includes ballet bildungsroman "Billy Elliot," Jacques Demy's kookily kitsch "Demoiselles de Rochefort," the sizzling 1961 "West Side Story," 1980s factory-to-fame saga "Flashdance," and "The Aristocats" busting some choice animated moves to "Everybody wants to be a cat."
20 July-21 August, lavillette.com

 

 


Photo: © ADAGP, Paris 2022 © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

Fleeing the frame
Frank Gehry's bold, endlessly fascinating architecture is a highlight of any visit to the Fondation Louis Vuitton, but it plays a star role in its own right in this summer's show. "La Couleur en Fugue" (literally, runaway color) features painting that is in full flight from the confines of any traditional frame. Sam Gilliam's color-dripped canvases loll loosely from the ceiling rather than sprawling flat across walls, while custom installations by Katharina Grosse and Megan Rooney festoon lyrical forms and electric colors across the arresting angles of Gehry's unique space.
Until 29 August, www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr

 

 

 

 


Photo: © J.L. Lacroix

Drama queens
Heroines depicted by the mostly male artists of the Romantic period tend to share certain traits: delicate beauty, uncannily bad luck in love, and a decidedly short life expectancy. Facing their tragic destinies in diaphanous robes from which a pearly breast (or two) often peeps, these lovely ladies, from Antigone to Joan of Arc to Hamlet's Ophelia, just can't seem to catch a break. The show at the Musée de la Vie Romantique counterbalances its wry examination of this typecasting with a look at the real-life heroines who were creating art, fiction, and theater during the same period.
Until 4 September, museevieromantique.paris.fr

 

 


Photo: © Paris Tourist Office / Marc Bertrand

See you by the seaside
The bicoastal "Paris Plages" brings beach umbrellas and a festive seaside vibe to both the riverside Rives de Seine park and the Bassin de La Villette in the 19th. It may not exactly turn Paris into a beach resort, but there's plenty of free fun on offer, with kayaks, pedal boats and stand-up paddle, sprinklers to beat the heat, and music that draws daring duos of all ages onto the dancefloor. Try out al fresco Swedish gym, tai chi, a bracing swim in the canal or — if conditions are right — maybe even a dip in the Seine.
9 July-21 August, paris.fr

 

 

 


Photo: © World Heritage Exhibitions

Inca-redible
It's no easy thing, especially these days, to travel high into the Peruvian Andes to witness the wonders of the ancient Inca civilization, epitomized by the mountaintop marvel Machu Picchu. Thanks to augmented reality, an immersive show at the Cité de l'Architecture brings 3,000 years of Peruvian history to life right in the middle of Paris. In addition to dizzying virtual visits of Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu and the Urubamba River, there are nearly 200 stunning artefacts, including ornate gold and silver masks, headdresses and ceremonial goblets, many on display for the first time outside Peru.
Until 4 September, www.citedelarchitecture.fr

 

 

 


Photo: © Pascal Perennec

Leafy listening
The Parc Floral botanical gardens in the Bois de Vincennes are worth the €2.50 price of admission any day of the week. But on Saturday and Sunday afternoons throughout July and August, entry to that green oasis is also your ticket to free open-air concerts featuring top international jazz artists and classical ensembles. The Wednesday-afternoon live "Pestacles", also free, target the kiddie crowd. While there, invest another €12 euros (€8 for under-12s) to experience a trippy but unforgettable Gulliver's-travels-in-France moment at the mini-golf course, where each hole is a miniature Paris monument.
4 July-28 August, festivalsduparcfloral.paris; www.parcfloraldeparis.com

 

 

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Bloom Where You’re Planted, by Marie Grout

Saturday 8 October 2022

9h-16h, at the American Church of Paris

Register now for Earlybird pricing - https://bloom.acparis.org
More info at bloom.acparis.org

Tickets can be purchased online until 28 September

 

Bloom Where You’re Planted is the premier welcome and orientation program for a rich and meaningful life in Paris. The event is designed to offer valuable information and connection for both newcomers to Paris, and our English-speaking residents. We hope the Bloom experience will enhance your life in Paris.

We are so excited to meet in person again!

What can you expect at the Bloom event?

Welcome to Bloom at the American Church in Paris!

Registration begins with Welcome Coffee & Croissants

Exhibit Halls are open the whole day

Meet over 50 social, service and business organizations

Enjoy a delicious lunch

Network with fellow participants and exhibitors

Informative presentations and conversation groups throughout the day

Author book signings

Take your time to make new friends

Reconnect with friends you haven’t seen for awhile

Children (ages 4 - 12) will participate in a wonderful age-appropriate program filled with activities to help them acclimate to their new home. They will play French games and learn some French culture and language. We also provide nursery childcare for our youngest participants up to three years of age.

Register now for Earlybird pricing - https://bloom.acparis.org
Tickets can be purchased on-line until 28 September 2022

The American Church in Paris,  65 Quai d’Orsay, 75007 Paris

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Announcements


In need of prayer? If you are in need of prayer, and you would like members of the lay care ministry team, members of the prayer chain, and the pastoral team to uphold you in prayer, contact them online at acparis.org/prayers.

Prayers and aid for the people of Ukraine: http://acparis.org/Ukraine 


Summer livestream break from 10 July through 21 August. Our amazing livestream team will be taking a sabbath this summer but be sure to tune back in at the rentrée on 28 August. Until then, please join us in-person at either the 11h or 14h services; we’ll look forward to seeing you here!


Docent tours: Do you love history? Want to discover ACP’s sanctuary secrets? Come along to the docent tour after the 11h service on Sunday mornings and learn about ACP's heritage in 25 minutes or less. We start at the altar at 12h15 – all are welcome. And if you'd like to become a docent, please contact Alison at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


ACP atelier concert: Sunday 3 July, 17h30: Ida Pelliccioli, pianist, performs works by Saygun, Bartok, Sibelius and their use of folk music.


ACP Today radio show

Monday 4 July: Our last show at Fréquence Protestante will feature John Price spotlighting the music and heritage of ACP Music Director Fred Gramann.

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


ACP Movie Discussion Group
Thursday, 21 July, at 19h30, via Zoom

Films to choose from on Netflix: Trees of Peace, Emma, Harriet

Films to choose from in cinemas: Decision to Leave, Goodnight Soldier, La Nuit du 12

For more info or Zoom invitation: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Children’s Worship will be on break for the summer from 10 July - 21 August, resuming on 28 August. For children and their families who continue attending in-person worship during this time of much-needed rest for our volunteer team, we are creating “quiet bags” for children to use during worship. You can help by donating the following items: crayons in good condition, small bags/plastic baggies (for crayons), and unused coloring books. A donation box will be set up and clearly labeled at the Children's Check-in Desk on Sunday.  Thank you!

Sunday Evening Adult Bible Study: 17h30-19h30 on Zoom. This Bible study, hosted by Patti Lafage and Nathaniel Akujuobi, is exploring the book of Daniel. All are welcome. Join the Sunday Evening Adult Bible Study Group at acparis.org/groups to receive the Zoom details.


Are you an electronic basket contactless bank card donor? Please note that the electronic offering baskets do not capture information to identify the donor. No worries, if you would like to have your electronic basket giving count toward your French tax receipt, please contact Lucy Jamin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can arrange a moment with Lucy to capture a code that will allow us to identify your card. It's quick and easy and we'd love to help you make all your donations count.


Looking for a volunteer opportunity? Here is a partial list:

Creation Care team at ACP: This committee focuses on one of the church’s core values, creation care. The Creation Care Task Force works closely with Council leaders, who asked the team first to calculate ACP’s carbon footprint. To learn more about how you can determine your own footprint, see footprintr.me. Contact the team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Nursery Volunteers Needed: ACP is pleased to announce the hiring of Kelsey Poe as our new nursery coordinator. With Kelsey in place, we plan to open the nursery for use during the 11h and 14h services but will need many new volunteers to do so. If you would like to serve, contact Kelsey Poe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Our wonderful new audio-visual system is in place! If you’d like to be a part of our worship tech and A/V team, please contact us at avmThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Tech help needed for 14h service: Calling all techies! If you are interested, please contact Natalie Raynal at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Mission Outreach Committee needs 2 to 4 new committee members. If you are mission minded and would like to serve alongside our mission partners, please contact Mary Hovind of the nominating committee: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Volunteer editor for The Spire: ACP's thriving monthly magazine The Spire is looking for a volunteer editor-in-chief. The ideal candidate or team is skilled at content planning, text layout, photo-editing, graphics design, copy-editing, and proofreading. The position requires a native English speaker with a good grasp of French, excellent writing skills, good interpersonal skills, and sharp attention to detail. Interested? Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 


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

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