Thursday, May 28, 2015

Prayer Request 5/27

Karen Cato sent this message:  Josh Cato is on Texas Task Force 2. He has been deployed to help with the flood disaster in Wimberly. Please pray for Josh, other emergency persons, and the people that live around and in Wimberly.

Shower for Carter this Sunday

5th Sunday Potluck!

This Sunday, after worship service, we will have the 5th Sunday Potluck luncheon!  Afterwards there will be a time of devotion and then no service Sunday night.
Bring your favorite dish ... and a little extra for our guests!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Thank you Lord!

Update on Ken Love - 5/26

Ken Love's daughter sent this message:  "My daddy, Ken Love, is still in hospice in Bogata/Johntown with caregivers.  Thank you to those who take time to pray for him and who have visited him.  Please pray for him, his wonderful caregivers and my sister and me.  Thank you."

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Memorial Day 2015

Weekly Update - 5/24

Thank you Patrick for the message "Simplicity" with the biblical text from Matthew 6:19-21 and Matthew 6:24-33.  Reminding us that "The discipline of simplicity begins with inner simplicity.  Simplicity of mind and heart."
And he challenged us to take a sabbath (a break) once a week.

And thank you Allan for the song service today.  Personally, I think "Rescue Me" is my new favorite song!  You can click here to here it again.


  • Katie Keele - had her tonsils and adenoids out on Friday.
  • Daisy Redding - thankful for a safe return from Taiwan.
  • Cari Johnson - continues to recover from surgery.
  • Adrian Casey - Cancer
  • Lance Johnson - ALS
  • Kristi Anthony - prayers for returned mental and physical health.
  • Our missionaries Brent and Jill Nichols, Javier Ortiz, Hector Olguin and for David and Laurie VanderPool.
SIMPLE SUPPER:  This weeks' entree is Fried Chicken.  
The S.S. groups will be taking a break from cooking each Wednesday evening, starting in June.  They will resume in September.

PROMOTION SUNDAY:  Notice to all bible class teachers and students..We will promote later in August.  More information to come.

PANTRY NEEDS:  Peanut Butter and Grape Jelly

May 25:  Office Closed for Memorial Day
May 31:  5th Sunday Potluck Meal and Fellowship
May 31:  Baby Shower for Carter Gage (registered at Paris Baby)
June 2:    Men's Breakfast
June 14:  Faithful Readers
July 26-31:  Dallas Life Mission Trip for Jr. and Sr. High.

Love you - MEAN IT!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Be Careful!

The lakes are overflowing....creeks and ponds are full.  

Please be careful this holiday weekend!!!

Never Forget...

Prayer Request - 5/22

Lori Campbell sent this message:  "My Uncle Elmer Allen is in the hospital and really needs your prayers. Please pray for the family as well. My aunt, his children and grandchildren have been continually by his side and are all completely exhausted. Thank you."
This is Lacey Coker's grandfather.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Prayer Requests - 5/21

Please continue to keep Kathy and Mike Grigsby and her parents Harley and Lucy Staley in your prayers.  Specific prayers for their health to be returned and for family issues.

Kiddie Kollege Graduation

Don't forget the Kiddie Kollege graduation tonight at 6:30 at LACOC.
Look at all these sweet graduating kiddos!


Thank you Lord

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Our Sympathy...

Benette Russell's aunt, Jane Holland-Polk, passed away on Monday (5/18) at her home while surrounded by her family.  Services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Thursday (5/21) at Bright Holland Funeral Home.  Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home tonight, Wednesday, from 6-8pm.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Prayer Request - 5/19

Julie Rodgers-Rook's dad, Al Clark, is continuing to have complications from blood clots in his chest, arm and hand.  Also, where the pic line was is blue and swollen.  He's lost 30 pounds since he had his stroke at Easter.
Please keep Al in your prayers.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Weekly Update - 5/17

Congratulations to all the kindergarten, high school and college graduates!!!
This morning was a celebration of their accomplishments!
Patrick asked each of the seniors for their favorite was interesting to hear their choices.  Some from the old testament and some from the new testament.


  • Mona Grooms passed away on Friday evening.  Her graveside services will be Tuesday, 2pm at Evergreen Cemetary.  She was the mother-in-law of Charlotte Grooms and the sister of Sue Munday.
  • Jimmy Doyle, friend of Peggy Jacks, passed away in Honey Grove last Thursday.  He was a prominent judge for Fannin County.


  • Kevin and Stacey Wood on the birth of their grandson, Ryder William Christian.  He is the son of David and Mallory Christian and the great-grandson of William and Barbara Campbell.
  • Selena Johnson will be the summer intern for LACOC.
  • Allison Hanley was selected as the P.I.S.D. Elementary Teacher of the Year.  She's the daughter of Alan and Sherrie Boyd and the daughter-in-law of James and Kim Hanley.
  • Shawna Simpson and Aaron Poole were united in marriage yesterday afternoon.  She is the granddaughter of Lloyd and Debra Usry.

  • Cari Johnson - recovering at home from surgery on Friday.  Continue to remember Lance during this time also, as his parents will be taking care of him.
  • Lloyd Usry - continues to have problems with his hand is still off work.
  • Webber Woodall - continuing to have some health issues. 
  • Donna Mosley will be having a sleep study.
  • Arvin Starrett (owner of Starrett Funeral Home) was released from the hosptial, after having some heart issues.
PROMOTION SUNDAY:  Notice to all bible class teachers and students...We will promote later in August.  More info to come.

KIDDIE KOLLEGE:  There will be a program and graduation on Thursday, May 21st at 6:30pm.  Whether or not you have a child or a grandchild in this program, please come support this ministry.

BABY SHOWER:  Family and friends of Carter Lee Gage, son of Clint and Misty, will be hosting a baby shower at the building on Sunday, May 31st from 1:30-3:30pm, at the building.  Carter is registered at Paris Baby.

SIMPLE SUPPER:  Hot Ham and Cheese Rolls.  Please donate $3 per person.

  Peanut Butter and Spaghetti Sauce

May 31:  5th Sunday Pot Luck and Fellowship
May 31:  Baby Shower for Carter Lee Gage
July 26-31:  Dallas Life Mission Trip with Jr. High and High School

Love you - MEAN IT!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Our Sympathy...

Charlotte Grooms mother- in-law and Sue Munday's sister, Mona Grooms, passed away  this afternoon.   Services are pending at Bright Holland Funeral Home.


What a blessing....

I received a phone call today from a young lady that used to attend LACOC.  She moved away from Paris after graduation.  Over the last few years she had strayed from God, but through prayers of her Christian friends she has come back to the Lord.
Through tears and laughter this morning, she said that she misses Lamar Avenue and the friends that she made here.  She said that she feels she is the result of someone else's prayers.  I thought that was rather prophetic.  You don't stop praying for someone, just because you don't see them all the time.
God bless you sweet friend....LACOC misses you too and we'll be here waiting for you!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Usry Update - 5/14

Debra Usry sent these messages:
  • Prayers for Lloyd's hand to heal, he really wants and needs to go back to work. Injury May 3, with an electric chain saw. He has no vacation time, so pay checks.
  • Shawna Simpson and Aaron Pool will be getting married this Saturday (5/16) at LACOC at 1pm.

Prayer Request - 5/14

    Charlotte Grooms sent this message:  "Prayers for my husbands mother, Mona Grooms. Very ill at this time. Been in north campus 2 weeks today and going downhill."

Prayer Request - 5/14

Our sister, Cari Johnson, will be having surgery tomorrow at PRMC.  Please keep her and her family in your prayers.

Prayer Request - 5/14

Tanya Welch sent this message:  "Please add to prayer list a friend of mine's daughter, Leah, who had her baby unexpectedly at home 10 weeks too early.  Leah was hospitalized for a staph infection while the baby Christian was taken to Dallas Children's Medical City.  He only weighed 2.13 oz. Right now he is holding his own and gaining weight.  Leah was released from hospital after a week of antibiotics and has gone on to Dallas yesterday and was FINALLY able to hold her baby for about 45 minutes.  Please pray for both mommy and baby."


David and Mallory Christian are thrilled to announce the arrival of their son, Ryder William.  He was born last night (Wed) around 9pm, weighing 8 pounds 12 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long. Very proud/ecstatic/thrilled/happy grandparents are Kevin and Stacey Wood.  Great-grandparents are William and Barbara Campbell.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Prayer Request - 5/11

Arvin Starrett, owner of Starrett Funeral Home, has been experiencing some heart issues over the last few months. He's has undergone some procedures and continues to have problems. He will go back into the hospital on Wednesday for removal of fluid and then on Friday he will undergo a cardiac conversion.
Please be in prayer for Arvin and his family during this time.

Senior Sunday...

Prayer Request - 5/11

Camillo Chapa, an employee of Fry Gibbs Funeral Home, is in PRMC and will be having surgery tomorrow.


Allison Hanley has been named Paris I.S.D. Elementary Teacher of the Year.  Allison is a third grade teacher and has taught at Justiss Elementary for four years.  She believes teachers are more than just instructors.  “We are counselors, mothers, nurses, photographers, travel agents, news reporters, comedians, artists, detectives, and so much more than society sees us as.  Teachers are the people who help their students find their gifts so they can one day too, give them away.”
Allison is the daughter of Alan and Sherrie Boy and daughter-in-law of James and Kim Hanley.

Prayer Request - 5/11

Betsy Mills sent this message: "Please add Chad and Cindy Nye to the prayer list. Their 13 year old son committed suicide Sept. 20, 2013, and his 20 yr old brother was killed in a car wreck this morning."

Prayer Request - 5/11

Please continue to pray for Reba Stanley, Jennifer Blount's grandmother.  She will be having surgery tomorrow (Tuesday) to remove a tumor, the size of a small orange, that is on her brain.  Jennifer is traveling to Corpus Christi now to be with her.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

It's YOUR Day!

Weekly Update - 5/10

Thank you Patrick for the message this morning, "From One Generation to Another", with the scripture taken from Psalm 78:1-8.
The points he made were:
1.  Teach our children about God's greatness.
2.  Take advantage of the PRESENT.
3.  Teach our children to trust and obey God.
Coming generations will forget the works of God, if they are not repeatedly reminded of them.
LACOC has several families with at least 4 generations attending.  God bless you ALL!

Thank you Kyle for the VERY special song service!  All songs were selected by Mom's in the congregation.

Doug Faires announced today that he is stepping down as an Elder.  Doug we love you and know that you will continue to serve the Lord in many ways.

Selena Johnson has been hired as the summer intern for LACOC.  She begins work in a couple of weeks.

  • Ruth Ann Stallings was back with us this morning and stated that she is feeling lots better!
  • JoNita Cannon - diagnosed with cancer. (Charlotte Cannon's relative)
  • Joyce Basinger's Mom has been in the hospital this week.
  • Nelda Talley is a 46 year survivor of cancer and now has a fractured back, due to the chemo that she took years ago.  (Susan George's aunt)
  • Jody Hostetler - diagnosed with cancer (Anna Zant's niece).
  • Aubrey McNutt was diagnosed with stage 4 bladder cancer in 2012 and is in so much pain at this time. (Joanne Woods brother-in-law)
  • Reba Stanley has just been diagnosed with brain cancer and is undergoing tests to determine treatment. (Jennifer Blount's grandmother)
  • Please remember the 2 policemen who were murdered in Hattiesburg, Mississippi yesterday.
MEN'S BREAKFAST:  If you didn't sign up to attend, on Tuesday morning (7-8am), please call the church office by noon on Monday.  They need to have a head count so there will be enough food. Tim Young (Stallings' son-in-law) will be the speaker.

BLOOD DRIVE:  This Wednesday (5/13) from 5-8pm, Carter BloodCare will be set-up in the OutReach Building to take your donation of blood.  

SENIOR SUNDAY:  We will be honoring our 2015 Seniors and their families with breakfast before class NEXT Sunday (5/17).  If you would be willing to make a donation toward food or help serve, please see Carol Anderson.

KIDDIE KOLLEGE:  There will be a program and graduation on Thursday, May 21st at 6:30pm.  Whether or not you have a child or a grandchild in this program, please come support this ministry.

BABY SHOWER:  Family and friends of Carter Lee Gage, son of Clint and Misty, will be hosting a baby shower at the building on Sunday, May 31st from 1:30-3:30pm, at the building.  Carter is registered at Paris Baby.

SIMPLE SUPPER:  Chicken Fajita Southwest Salad.  Please donate $3 per person.

PANTRY NEEDS:  Spaghetti Sauce and Toilet Paper

May 12:  Men's Breakfast
May 13:  Blood Drive
May 17:  Senior Sunday
May 31:  5th Sunday Pot Luck
May 31:  Baby Shower for Carter Lee Gage

Love you - MEAN IT!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

2015 ACU Valdictorian

Congratulations to Morgan Beckmon!  She graduated at the top of her class, from Abilene Christian University, today!
She's the daughter of Greg and Laurie Beckmon.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Prayer Requests - 5/8

  • Joanne Wood's brother-in-law, Aubrey McNutt, was diagnosed with stage 4 bladder cancer in 2012 and is in so much pain at this time. 
  • Jennifer Blount's grandmother, Reba Stanley, has just been diagnosed with brain cancer and is undergoing tests to determine treatment.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Prayer Request 5/7

Anna Zant asked for prayers for her niece, Jody Hostetler, who just learned that she has breast cancer.


National Day of Prayer

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Weekly Update - 5/3

Thank you Patrick for the message this morning "Finding God in the Silence".
He reminded us that there are many instances where Jesus went to be alone with God and that we need to remember to do that daily.  Tell Satan to "get out of here"!  We have to lose control and realize that God is in control.

  • Johnny Nabors and his family as they mourn the loss of his brother Phillip Nabors.  Family night will be Monday night from 6-8pm at Bright Holland Funeral Home and his funeral will be Tuesday morning at 10am at the BH chapel with burial at Long Cemetery.
  • Gerene Taylor's brother passed away this week.  His services were today.


  • Ruth Ann Stallings will have surgery tomorrow afternoon in Dallas.
  • Bill King will have cataract surgery on Thursday.
  • Lee McClain is recovering from hip replacement.
  • Harley Staley is at home recovering from heart ablation.
  • Former LACOC member, Anna Bolton, suffered a stroke this past week.  Please remember her and Roy during this time.
  • Van Wilson (Robert's brother) was admitted to PRMC this week.
  • Patricia McDowell (Molly's friend) was admitted to PRMC on Saturday. Not sure of diagnosis yet.
  • D.D. Young (Molly's friend) was injured, while moving a porch, on Saturday afternoon.  He was CareFlighted from Cooper to Dallas with a broken back and shoulder.
  • Shon Liles (local fireman) is in Dallas recovering from having a debfibulator placed this past week.  He is doing well.
  • There was another City of Paris worker who was injured this week.  His wife is 5 months pregnant.  No other details were given.
  • Foy Allison's friend Cody needs our prayers.
BUS DRIVER NEEDED:  Once a month there is a need for a bus driver to transport members/visitors to and from church, on Sunday mornings.  Please contact James Hanley or Shane Welch is you can help with this very important ministry.

MEN'S BREAKFAST:  Next Tuesday morning (May 12) from 7a-8a will be the next meeting.  It is very important that you sign up, at the Welcome Center, if you plan to attend so that food preparations can be made.  Please sign up or let the church office know by noon on May 11th.  Tim Young (Stallings' son-in-law) will be the speaker.

BABY SHOWER:  A shower is being planned for Clint and Misty Gage in honor of their new son, Carter Lee Gage.  Sunday, May 31st from 1:30-3pm.  They are registered at Paris Baby.

PANTRY NEEDS:  Grape Jelly, Toothpaste and Toothbrushes

SIMPLE SUPPER:  This weeks' entree is Italian Meatball Soup.  Please donate $3 per person.

May 12:  Men's Breakfast - Tim Young to speak
May 13:  Blood Drive
May 21:  Kiddie Kollege Graduation
May 31:  Baby Shower for Carter Lee Gage
May 31:  5th Sunday

Love you - MEAN IT!

Our Sympathy...

Johnny Nabors' brother, Phillip Nabors, passed away this morning.
No details are known at this time.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Prayer Request 5/2

Derald Bulls sent this message today---please add Kevin Steed (kidney dialysis) from rhambdo disease to prayer list. He graduated with Haley and is having to have dialysis.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Prayer Request Update - 5/1

Update on Phillip Nabors from Loretta...blood pressure is coming up, lungs sound ALOT better, they are pulling fluid off him and the antibiotics are working. He is more alert and responds by batting his eyes and tries to move his head up and down.

Can you help?

HELP NEEDED:  Mary Bishop will be moving to Arlington, this next weekend.  Mike has hurt his back and is in need of some guys to help move some items today, around 5pm.  If you can help, please give Mike a call at 903-517-4166.