Sunday Worship

09h00: Traditional; weekly communion

11h00: Traditional, with choirs; communion
           first Sunday of month

13h30: Contemporary

Children & Youth at ACP

ACP's Children's (ages 3-11) and Youth (11-18) Ministries begin their 2014/2015 programs on Sunday 14 Sept.  Please register Children here and Youth here.

Bloom – 4 October

Newcomer to Paris?   Attend the
Bloom Where You’re Planted orientation program on Saturday 4 October.
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Welcome to the ACP — A Beacon on the Seine since 1857

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The American Church in Paris (ACP) welcomes you to worship each Sunday at one of our three services. The 09h00 service is a weekly communion service; the 11h00 service is a traditional service with special music from one of our guest soloists or various choirs; the 13h30 service is a contemporary service.

Our congregation is an interdenominational and international Christian community whose mission is to bear witness by word and deed to the love of God as revealed in Jesus Christ, to provide a place of English language worship in the American Protestant tradition, and to engage in ministries and services that enrich the lives of residents and visitors in Paris.

The ACP is the first American church established outside of the United States. Begun in 1814, its official charter and first sanctuary were established in 1857. We have been located on the quai d’Orsay since 1931.

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POSTPONED: A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor

A Prairie Home Companion radio show
Postponed

GKeillor

23 August 2014

Dear Members and Friends of the ACP,

It is with deep disappointment that we announce the postponement until further notice of "A Prairie Home Companion", scheduled for 5-6 September. We received this news yesterday and are fully committed to reimbursing everyone who purchased tickets as soon as possible.

I feel like Lake Wobegone's Pastor Inqvest who had to tell his wife that the church council cancelled their long-awaited trip to Orlando, Florida. We are so sorry for the inconvenience that this short notice may cause, especially for those who made travel plans to be in Paris for this event.

Robert Burns' famous quote comes to mind: "The best laid schemes of Mice and Men, Oft go awry, And leave us nothing but grief and pain, For promised joy!" We are sorry that what was intended to bring blessing for the larger community now has brought the blues... I do hasten to add, even with this bitter news, it will be sweet being together for the rentrée and I look forward to seeing you again soon in worship. I remain sincerely yours,

In Christ,
Scott
Senior Pastor

ACP Ministry Fair -- 14 September

Join us on 14 September for ACP's Ministry Fair!

Are you looking to get involved in a new ministry or activity at the ACP this year? The good news is that the ACP needs you! Please join us during the coffee hours after the 11h00 and 13h30 services on 14 September to find out more about ACP's Ministry Teams. Council leaders and committee members will be available to talk with you about the ACP's ministries and ways you can use your gift of service for God's work at the ACP. Tables will be set up in the theatre and courtyard area (if it's sunny). Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Ministries needing your time and talents include the following: Christian Education, Youth and Young Adults, Habitat for Humanity, Mission Outreach, Worship & Music, Communications, Community Life, Development & Property, Finance & Stewardship, and many more......

Introducing our Youth Ministry Intern — Anastassia Sharpe

Anastassia Sharp Anastassia Sharpe is currently a student at Princeton Theological Seminary and will be arriving in Paris soon to serve for 12 months. Her experience, theological insight, gifts, skills, passion and presence will be a wonderful blessing to these ministries and our church community here at ACP. It is our prayer as well that her time and experience with us will be transformative, as she is discerning God's calling.

Anastassia Sharpe is a 26 year-old American, born outside of Philadelphia and raised in North Carolina. Growing up, she studied dance and French, focusing on modern dance choreography and becoming nearly fluent in French through 9 years of study. She left home to study Philosophy and Religious Studies at the College of Wooster, where she graduated with honors. That program required two theses, and she wrote her senior thesis on Kierkegaard’s philosophical defense of Jesus Christ.

Anna, or “stassi,” grew up going to a Methodist sailing camp and her home church, Westminster Presbyterian. She has attended Westminster since 3 years of age, and remains a member today. She attended Camp Don Lee for nine years, and later served as a youth counselor for three full summers as a lifeguard, a sailing/kayak instructor, a craft instructor, and a girl’s counselor.

After graduating college, Anastassia worked for her mom’s family law practice as a paralegal for three years. During that time, she discerned her call to Seminary. She is a student at Princeton Theological Seminary, where she serves as a deacon for the girls on her hall, and as the treasurer of the Women’s Center. She will be taking a year off of school, before her senior year, to come serve the American Church in Paris. She is thrilled about this opportunity, and cannot wait to meet you!

You can contact Anastassia by email : This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Children's Worship 2014-2015

Parents/guardians: Register your children for the 2014-2015 Children's Worship program here.

Plans are already underway for the 2014/2015 Children's Worship year, so register your children now! Registration is required for each child at the beginning of every new school year

If you have any questions about the program or if you would like to join the worship team, please contact the ACP Children’s Worship Coordinators at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) at ACP

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Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) is a program designed to encourage mothers with children under school age through relationships and resources. We come from different backgrounds and lifestyles, yet have similar needs and a shared desire to be the best mothers we can be! www.mops.org

For more information about MOPS at ACP, contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Salon — Thurber Thursday 18 Sept 18h30

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David Simard

First of a three-part "Salon" series of musicians, poets, and visual artists sharing their work and discussing the relationship between artists and the church.

Dinner served at 18h30; lecture at 19h30.

Thurber Thursdays is an adult community gathering and growth time that is open to all.

Dr Greg Cootsona — Thurber Thursday 25 Sept 18h30

C. S. Lewis and the Crisis of Science

Dr. Greg Cootsona

Dr. Greg Cootsona is associate pastor for adult discipleship and college ministries at Bidwell Presbyterian Church in Chico, California. He co-directed Scientists in Congregations, a program from which the American Church in Paris received a grant to encourage the dialogue of faith and science. He has just finished his fifth book, C. S. Lewis in Crisis. Greg has a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the U.C. Berkeley, a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. Greg and his wife, Laura, live in Chico and have two teenage daughters. Besides hanging out with his family, he loves to mountain bike, read, and drink good coffee.

Dinner served at 18h30; lecture at 19h30.

Thurber Thursdays is an adult community gathering and growth time that is open to all.

Bloom Where You’re Planted — Saturday 4 October 9h-18h

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Join us for this popular orientation program designed to help English-speaking newcomers settle into their new life in Paris.

Saturday 4 October 2014 — 9h-18h

 About Bloom     

 

Since 1970, the American Church has sponsored Bloom Where You’re Planted – How to Live in France. This full day seminar, designed to assist English-speaking newcomers to France, features speakers and/or workshops on various topics from food and wine tasting to health care and general safety, need-to-know subjects, and just plain fun facts about France. Bloom helps with understanding cultural differences, creating a new life in Paris, and getting connected with friends and organizations throughout Paris and the surrounding areas.

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ACP Fall Retreat — 31 Oct - 2 Nov, La Clarté-Dieu

ACP Fall Retreat — 31 October - 2 November, La Clarté-Dieu
Guest speaker: Dr. Eric D. Barreto, Associate Professor of New Testament at the Luther Seminary.

ACP Fall Retreat — 25-27 October, La Clarté-DieuThere will be time for morning devotions, groups sessions, worship together and plenty of time for Sabbath rest. Come and see God at work and be blessed by a weekend with the ACP family in a beautiful wooded setting.

The Retreat will take place at La Clarté-Dieu, a Franciscan center 20 km southwest of Paris.  The center is accessible by RER B and automobile. Detailed transportation information is available here.

Our guest speaker will be Dr. Eric D. Barreto, Associate Professor of New Testament at the Luther Seminary. Prior to joining Luther Seminary in July 2009, Barreto served in Atlanta as an adjunct professor at the Candler School of Theology and McAfee School of Theology. He also gained experience teaching in Sankor, Ghana, through Coast for Christ Ministries. In addition, he worked as a teaching assistant at Candler School of Theology and at Princeton Theological Seminary (PTS) in Princeton, N.J.

Barreto was ordained into the Gospel Ministry by Peachtree Baptist Church in Atlanta, in July 2006. He holds a doctorate in New Testament from Emory University in Atlanta, and holds a master of divinity from PTS and a bachelor of arts in religion, magna cum laude, from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Okla.

Barreto has received numerous academic honors. His most recent include the George W. Woodruff Fellowship, the Emory Minority Fellowship Grant, and several grants from the Hispanic Theological Initiative and the Fund for Theological Education. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) and the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion.

Barreto's most recent publications include two entries, "Puerto Ricans" and "Hispanic Theological Initiative," in the forthcoming Hispanic American Religious Cultures (ABC-CLIO), In Miguel de la Torre, Ed. He also published, "The Bible is Like ... or is It" in SBL Forum in January 2009 and presented a paper on the same topic in November 2007 at the SBL Annual Meeting in San Diego, Calif. He has also presented at several regional conferences and has published in both online and print publications.

ACP's Fall Retreat will take place at the La Clarté-Dieu, a Franciscan center 20 km southwest of Paris. The center is accessible by RER B and automobile. Detailed transportation information is available here.

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Gifts in support of the ministries and mission of the American Church in Paris may be made directly to the Church or to our United States sponsor, the American and Foreign Christian Union (AFCU).
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