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
AFCU welcomes our new Senior Pastor, by Kris Richardson Smith, AFCU President
Reverend Paul Rock, bio
Thurber talk with Rev. Paul Rock
A Council Welcome! by Marleigh White, Council Moderator
The search is over! by David Van Cleeve, Senior Pastor Search Committee
Go green and take advantage of the big train revival, by Rebecca Brite
Serve the City Paris
World Refugee Day: ACP success story, by Daniel Tostado
The Radical Welcome of “The Plateau,” book review by Rose Marie Burke
Vacation Bible School, by Allison Wheeler, Director of Children’s Ministry
Bloom Where You Are Planted 2021 – Flourishing in France
What’s up in Paris, by Karen Albrecht
ACP announcements


 

Grace notes, by Interim Senior Pastor Odette Lockwood-Stewart

“…as millions have discovered in these many months, Jesus was not confined to a building. Jesus was around our tables at home, with us on walks and hikes, present in music, art, and books, and visible in faces via Zoom. Jesus was with us when we felt we could do no more, overwhelmed by work and online school. Jesus was with us as we prayed with the sick in hospital over cell phones. Jesus did not leave us to suffer alone.” ‒ Diana Butler Bass, “Freeing Jesus”

 

Beloved ACP Community,

Paul Rock has been called as the new Senior Pastor of the American Church in Paris!

You will read joy and great expectations throughout this issue of the Spire.

We praise God. We pray. We prepare.

We praise, pray, and prepare for Paul and Stacey’s arrival in mid-August and for an exciting new season of mission and ministry at ACP.

Jesus is with us as we re-gather for worship in the sanctuary… again! And as we continue to worship together online, and serve the needs of others, Jesus is with us and calls us to follow him.

The word interim is from the Latin, inter im, in this meanwhile. It is a time between farewell and welcome and is a unique moment to clarify and align mission as we receive a new pastor, new pastors, new leaders.

We are now in the transitional stage of interim ministry, the brief and significant time between the call and the arrival of our new Senior Pastor. I am overjoyed to share this time with you.

This summer of transition will be a time of beginnings, endings, and bridges.

Jesus will be with us in them all.


Beginnings

  • The American Church in Paris will continue to live into our Council’s Affirmation of Gospel Welcome in new and exciting ways.
  • This week ACP launches our Audio-Visual Ministry project, a project that will transform sight, sound, beauty and connection for worship, leadership, and the arts.
  • Our ACP Organizational Inventory also begins this week with conversations among staff and lay leaders across the church asking how to align for mission and ministry.
  • We received 10 new members on Pentecost Sunday and this month we celebrate baptism of two children and three adults
  • Kate Snipes will preach her first sermon at ACP as our Pastoral Intern. Kate is a member of ACP and a seminary student at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C.
  • Donald Lee will join us at Visiting Pastor in July. Don is a retired United Methodist Minister who will lead our wedding blessing ministry, and assist with pastoral transition coverage.

Endings

  • Victor Greene will complete his three years as Associate Pastor for Youth and Young Adult Ministries with ACP on 30 June. Staff, youth and young adult celebrations of his ministry are happening in appreciation of Victor’s gifts and we will recognize and send him forth in worship on Sunday 27 June.
  • I will complete my year as Interim Senior Pastor. My last sermon will be on 18 July. Jim and I will return to our home in Berkeley to discover and discern God’s plans for our future ministries.
  • Youth members who are leaving for university and new communities will be blessed and sent forth on 13 June.
  • Lay Leaders who have given years of faithful service to Christ’s church at ACP, including our Moderator Marleigh White and Stewardship Chair Don Farnan, are transitioning to other places in the world and we will send them forth in worship!

Bridges

  • The Search Committee for the Associate Pastor for Youth and Young Adult Ministries will complete its work this summer with Pastor Paul, our new Senior Pastor.
  • Interim Co-Associate Pastors Jodi and Doug Fondell will continue in their fine program ministries as a bridge during the transition.
  • Both our 2020-2021 Council and Nominating Committee will each meet this month for their transitions and for ongoing transitions.

I give thanks to God for the privilege of accompanying you in this season in the meanwhile and in pandemic.

This is a bridge ministry. I love bridges.

I love walking the 37 bridges of Paris. History of communities is reflected in each. Pont Neuf, “the New Bridge,” is the oldest bridge in Paris, constructed in 1578. One of my favorites is Paris’ newest bridge, Passarelle Simone de Beauvoir. This pedestrian bridge, built in 2006, is a delightful metaphor for this interim ministry span… of time.

 As Elaine Sciolino describes it, “Asymmetrical and eclectic, it is an arched and suspension bridge in one; it has no pillars or visible supports, although it stretches over one of the widest stretches of the Seine.”

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. ‒ Romans 15:13

Grace and peace of Christ be with you.

Pastor Odette

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AFCU welcomes our new Senior Pastor, by Kris Richardson Smith, AFCU President

On behalf of the AFCU (American and Foreign Christian Union), I welcome the Rev. Dr. Paul Rock as the new Senior Pastor of the American Church in Paris. Rev. Rock brings an exceptional educational and experiential background to this position along with strong interpersonal relationship skills. We are so pleased that he and his wife Stacey will be coming to Paris in August to begin his tenure as Senior Pastor.

In answering a question about “the characteristics of the church I would like to serve,” Paul Rock stated; “I enjoy being part of a community that approaches today’s challenge of being the church intelligently, intentionally and humbly.” Paul and his wife Stacy wholeheartedly welcome this spiritual call to Paris.

Congratulations to the ACP Search Committee, the ACP Council and congregation on this selection. AFCU is excited about and looks forward to welcoming and working with Paul Rock as Senior Pastor of the American Church in Paris.

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Reverend Paul Rock, bio

The Rev. Dr. Paul Thomas Rock grew up in Concord, Massachusetts, Springfield, Virginia, and Stillwater, Minnesota. Paul has been engaged in mission and pastoral work for 25 years, beginning with a three-year stint as a tent-maker missionary in Budapest, Hungary. He served as an associate pastor in Santa Clarita, CA (Los Angeles area) and at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian in New York City before coming to Second Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, Missouri.

He received his Doctor of Ministry in 2011 from Drew University. He earned his Master of Divinity with honors from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1998. Paul has two books published by Westminster John Knox Press, and is active in denominational issues for the Presbyterian Church in the United States.

Paul is a disciple of Jesus Christ for many reasons. He has always been spiritually inclined and curious and was raised in a loving family where Christian faith and practice shaped routines and formed character. Through three years of mission work and three years of seminary, God’s Spirit lovingly helped Paul reconstruct his young adult faith and he fell in love with the Jesus of his Reformed heritage.

He is tremendously thankful that, throughout his life-long faith journey, he has never felt separated from God’s immense and encompassing love for him. Therefore, he is, and continues to be, a thankful and committed follower of Jesus Christ. In Paul’s own words, “Jesus’s love claims me and gives my life hope, sustaining strength and purpose. In response, I try to know, love, serve and follow Christ each day.”

Paul’s understanding of the Church is that it is a diverse community composed of imperfect people, filled with the Spirit, through whom God continues Christ’s work of reconciliation and healing in the world. As a part of this community, we are all invited to embrace our priestly calling and grow in knowledge, faith and skill so that each of us can be actively engaged in the furtherance of God’s Kingdom. As a pastor, Paul understands he is not the shepherd, Christ is.

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Thurber Conversation: Rev. Paul Rock

Thursday, 10 June, 19h-20h, join one of our first gatherings to get acquainted with ACP’s new Senior Pastor, Rev. Paul Rock and his wife Stacey. Register at http://acparis.org/paulrock.

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A Council Welcome!, by Marleigh White, Council Moderator

Praise God for this time of Welcome!

As many of you know, at the Special Congregational Meeting on Sunday 30 May, our Congregation voted to call the Rev. Dr. Paul Rock to be ACP’s next Senior Pastor. On behalf of our entire Congregation, the ACP Council welcomes Pastor Rock, his wife Stacey, and their (adult) children, Emily, Nathan and Claire, to the American Church in Paris! We all look forward to welcoming you into our community and our homes, sharing food, fellowship, conversation and laughter as we get to know you and you get to know us!  

And we look forward to the new season your arrival will bring to our church, as we work together to discern God's path for us as followers of Christ worshipping and serving God together here in this beautiful city of Paris.

I also want to welcome our ACP brothers and sisters who were elected to Council at the same Congregational Meeting. All of us on Council extend a warm welcome to Mark Primmer, Marie Grout, Yetti Usino, Terri Lee Valluy, Tiana Ranaivoson, Peter DeWit, Chandra Laizeau, and Agnes Adex. We are thrilled that you will be joining us and can’t wait to get to know and serve with you.

Finally, I need to acknowledge that Welcome usually follows on the heels of farewell. In this case we will be bidding farewell to Pastor Odette, who has served as our Interim Senior Pastor so generously during this year of transitions. We are deeply grateful to her for her leadership, beautiful worship, and all that she has done to prepare us to welcome Pastor Paul.

We also will be saying goodbye to our Council members who have completed their term on Council or who are leaving Paris. Those members are: Mary Fenu, John Price, Elizabeth Eposi, Kay Bentsi-Enchill, Tom Wilscam, Daniel Tostado, and Anna Dai, and myself. I know these members have given abundantly of their gifts and time serving our church as leaders on Council; and we thank them for their generosity and service.

Finally, as I come to the end of my time on Council, I want to thank all of my fellow Council brothers and sisters in Christ, in particular for their support, patience, and good humor. I am so grateful for the friendships I have made and all that I have learned from serving with you on Council and at ACP.

Blessings in Christ.

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The search is over!, by David Van Cleeve, Senior Pastor Search Committee

On Sunday, May 30, the ACP Council voted unanimously to call the Reverend Paul Rock as ACP's next Senior Pastor, after the overwhelming vote of the ACP congregation to do so. For the last year, our Senior Pastor Search Committee has been working closely with our partners at the American Foreign and Christian Union (AFCU) and with Paul Rock and other candidates to make a recommendation to the church and ACP Council as to whom we believe is the right candidate to lead the American Church into the future.

After many hours of prayer, due diligence, listening to sermons, and interviewing candidates, our Search team overwhelmingly voted to recommend Paul. We are humbled at this chance to serve our church and have a hand in bringing this gifted leader to ACP. A big welcome to Paul and Stacey to ACP and to Paris, and to your kids, Emily, Nathan and Claire when you are able to travel to France. We look forward to meeting you all in due course!

Here are a few personal insights into Paul:

Paul and Stacey have been married for 28 years. Stacey is the love of his life and an Assistant U.S. Attorney. They love to travel, read, go on runs and spend time laughing with their three (brilliant) children and their greatest accomplishments: Emily, a UCLA grad living in LA, Nathan, a sophomore at Fordham University (Bronx) and Claire, a very recent high school graduate!

His interests include a good book and a good cup of coffee, running and exercise, exploring the history and beauty of cities, stimulating conversation, getting lost in a splendid movie and watching college sports with Stacey.

He is currently reading “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah.

His current devotional practice is a daily scripture followed by loving-kindness meditation and prayer ‒ and training for a half-marathon.

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Go green and take advantage of the big train revival, by Rebecca Brite

Photo: © UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

For many Americans, going on summer vacation is synonymous with piling the family into the car and spending hours on the road. The French are far from immune to this syndrome: news coverage of “le grand départ,” the weekend when the long vacation starts, invariably features footage of traffic jams running the length and breadth of the nation’s highways.

This summer, when the coronavirus may be waning in France, vaccination rates are rising and people are eager to travel again after more than a year pent up, no doubt many will take to the highways as usual – or battle the crowds, hassle, and discomfort of flying. But there’s a faster, calmer, greener way.

Access to Europe’s sophisticated rail network is one of the great advantages of living here, and train travel is undergoing a revival. The main impetus is environmental: per kilometer, rail has one of the smallest carbon footprints of any transport mode (see chart). Governments heeding the new International Energy Agency report on reducing fossil fuel use as quickly as possible are encouraging train travel as the green alternative to both air and road.

This spring, for environmental reasons, France banned domestic flights on all routes where the train journey time is two and a half hours or less. When you factor in travel time to the airport and long lines for security, check-in and boarding, the train is actually quicker than flying, door to door, on many routes.

Some reckon driving is cheaper, and that may especially be the case if you’re taking a large family in an SUV. But many long car trips – to, say, the south of France – involve an overnight in a motel, if only to give mom and dad a mental health break. Imagine that, instead, you pack the whole family into a sleeper car on an overnight train and wake up at your destination.

The convenience, not to mention the nostalgia and romance, of the sleeper car has combined with the environmental advantages to reverse the trend toward canceling overnight rail services in recent years.

In May, the French national rail operator, SNCF, revived the Paris-Nice night train. The service had been suspended four years earlier, a victim of competition from the TGV, which puts you in Nice in less than six hours rather than the sleeper train’s twelve. Until this revival, the only domestic overnight rail services remaining in France had been from Paris to Briançon, near the Italian border, or Latour-de-Carol in the Pyrénées.

Now, in cooperation with other operators across the continent, a night train boom is expected. Trenitalia already runs the Thello night services to Milan and Venice. By the end of this year, Paris-Vienna service is set to return. It is the first leg of an envisioned Trans-Europe Express 2.0 network, whose name recalls the fabled TEE international service that ran from 1957 to 1995.

Late last year, SNCF announced a memorandum of understanding with Swiss Federal Railways, Deutsche Bahn (DB) of Germany and Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB). The core of the network will be based, at least initially, on DB’s former City Night Line service and ÖBB’s existing Nightjet trains. European Union transport ministers lent their support to TEE 2.0 with a letter of intent in May.

For the time being, night services and daytime schedules alike across Europe remain somewhat disrupted by lingering effects of the Covid pandemic. Pricing may be equally irregular, for now; some services are offering discounts to encourage Covid-shy travelers to take to the rails again.

As has been the case for the past several years, pricing also depends very much on when you reserve – the earlier the better. Paris-Nice one way in second class, for instance, starts at €25 for a daytime TGV seat, €19 for an overnight seat or €29 for a couchette in a six-berth sleeper car. But a same-day TGV ticket can set you back over €100, depending on the season.

British rail buff Mark Smith, “the man in seat 61” (www.seat61.com), recommends reserving through either www.raileurope.com or www.thetrainline.com  both of which charge what he describes as a “small” booking fee. SNCF has its own English-language service at https://en.oui.sncf/en and does not charge a fee but is more “fiddly,” as Smith puts it.

So book early, and when the kids say, “Are we there yet?” for the zillionth time you can just pull the pillow over your head. All aboard!

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Serve the City Paris

Serve the City Paris was able to house 14 refugees and asylum seekers for 100 winter nights, in great part to the generosity of the American Church in Paris. Each night volunteers came and fed them a warm meal. Relationships were created, and none of us will be the same because of it. One of ACP's couples even took in an Iranian man afterwards, Mojtaba, for three months. He recently got his 10-year visa to live in France. Thank you, ACP, for this missional outreach. – Peter DeWit

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World Refugee Day: ACP success story, by Daniel Tostado

In honor of World Refugee Day (20 June) and as outgoing Vice Chair of the Mission Outreach Committee, I'm happy to share one of our refugee ministry's victories. As you may know, the 100 Nights of Welcome ("100NOW") is a winter refugee homeless shelter that runs out of the basketball court of the American Church. For the 100 coldest nights of winter, we house approximately 15 "gentlemen" (as we prefer to call them) overnight.

However, as facilities were closed this past winter due to coronavirus, we had to be creative, and ended up fundraising thousands of euros to house 15 gentlemen in a Parisian hostel for 100 nights. This winter was different in that we were able to create a true sense of community ‒ it wasn't just a place to sleep like in winters prior; it was their home for three months. We had a lot of Afghanis, Iranians, and Sudanese living together, and nearly every night we provided dinner for the gentlemen. It was a sacred moment for them to catch their breath after sleeping in tents on the sidewalks, save up a little money, and work on finding longer term housing solutions.

One of our gentlemen, Mojtaba (who has consented to share his story), is worth highlighting. Kind and mature, he was a natural leader during the shelter project, who dreamt of becoming an "aide-soignant" (nursing aid), in France. He's also a recent Christian from Iran, and should he ever have to return to Iran, he'd be persecuted for converting.

 His first round of asylum request was denied by the French government, and so he appealed, but the chances are never very high to overturn the refusal on appeal (16%). After the 100NOW ended in early March, two ACP volunteers Josh and Jemima offered to continue housing Mojtaba.

In April I accompanied him to his hearing at the asylum appellate court, where the judges tested his knowledge of Christianity to ensure he wasn't lying about his faith, with questions like "What's the first book of the Bible?" and "What's the next Christian holiday?" He did well, but we couldn't be sure how the judges would decide.

Flash forward to mid-May: Mojtaba calls and lets me know that he got refugee status! His real life can start now ‒ he can undertake his studies to be an “aide-soignant,” he has the right to live and work in France. Josh and Jemima threw him a party to celebrate his status, along with Peter Dewit, Tom Wilscam, and other ACP members.

Mojtaba is the kind of person that I never would have met in my day-to-day life. But because I got involved and volunteered, he entered my world and became important, like the fox in Le Petit Prince ‒ I "apprivoisé" (tamed/claimed) him, and vice versa.

The Bible calls us as Christians to serve the "least of our brothers;" in my opinion, the least of our brothers within the Parisian community are the homeless refugees living on the margin. Because we took the time to love and care for Mojtaba and the other gentlemen before we knew them, we accompanied him along the way from facing homelessness and a refused refugee status to becoming included in society with housing and legal status. Truly, no one is more deserving than Mojtaba! 

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The Radical Welcome of “The Plateau” Book review by Rose Marie Burke

When ACP announced its Welcome and Inclusion statement, I had just finished reading “The Plateau,” by Maggie Paxon, about an area, the eponymous Plateau, in France that is famous as a harbor for all sorts of strangers. Its reputation goes back centuries, including Jewish refugees during WWII and today’s refugees from war-torn countries. The book came on my radar because it was the American Library in Paris’ book of the year for 2020.

The plateau Vivarais-Lignon, in hilly Auvergne, seems to have evolved to include “welcome” in its DNA. The welcome of this area is phenomenal. It includes housing and caring for refugees without papers ‒ without anything. A citizen might hear of refugees in nearby St. Etienne who need shelter, will pick them up, and house them in her spare room, for example. This welcome is not passive acceptance but an active duty. The author of the book, anthropologist Maggie Paxson, spent a year in the area to discover how that welcome developed.

Paxson starts her journey partly as professional research and partly as a personal quest, to track down a relative, Daniel Trocmé, who saved thousands of refugees as director of the school La Maison des Roches, starting in 1941. The boarding school was really a safe house for mostly Jewish youth, hunted by the Nazis for almost certain death in concentration camps. Trocmé took care of all of their needs, from clothing to forged IDs, with the goal of smuggling them to safety. He himself was eventually arrested and shipped to the Buchenwald camp where he died at the age of 34 in 1944.

Maggie feels that she’s run into a dead end, however. Too many years have gone by. The people can’t seem to explain what accounts for their sheltering behavior during WWII, which required the collective silence of everyone, or for their amazing reputation. What is interesting is that a good number of the people are Protestant and have a long history of being in the minority. Is it about religion?

Then, the author recounts, tragedy strikes with the brutal rape and murder of a teenage girl at the Cévenol school. The perpetrator is a troubled boy at the school, which accepted him after he was ejected from other schools. Maggie is distraught. Surely, she believes, this will put Le Plateau’s politics to the test. Instead comes understanding.

Paxson unloads her feelings on a citizen of the town, Sandrine. “But that is accueil,” Sandrine says. “You see? That is what it really means to take people in. Somebody shows up at your door, you take them in, and sometimes bad things happen. They just do.”

Sandrine goes on to explain that it’s about faith ‒ but not about faith in the person behind the door. It’s faith that, in the end, the right thing will happen. “That things should be as they should.” Paxson is astonished.

The author puzzles this possibility as a social scientist. Indeed, is religion the one factor that determines why a society acts the way it does? In the end, the anthropologist believes there are many forces at work, all bound up in the concept of “love:” “For it to become part of the warp and weft of a character to such a degree that someday, when the winds blow and the tocsin sounds, that character will do the right thing.”

Every religion, Paxson says, states that you must love your neighbor. Yet, many of us stop short of living by love because of fear. The author says there is no one holy man or place, only people and places made holy by acts of love.

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Vacation Bible School, by Allison Wheeler, Director of Children’s Ministry

Please mark your calendars for Vacation Bible School at ACP, which will take place from Monday, 23 August to Thursday, 26 August, from 9h-12h each day. Our theme is "Knights of the North Castle: Quest for the King's Armor," which "invites children to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of God’s power by exploring how we put on the armor of God." All children from ages 3-10 are welcome, and you can register on ACP's website.

As long as it remains safe and prudent to do so, we will be hosting VBS in person! This means that we will need lots of adult volunteers to assist, so please contact Allison Wheeler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you'd like to join us as a knight at the VBS roundtable.

Please pray for the kids who will attend, and for the team who will lead them, as we aspire to be “strong in the Lord and in the strength of His power”!

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Bloom Where You Are Planted 2021 – Flourishing in France

A Virtual Bloom expat orientation event is being planned for 16 October 2021. Last year's online event proved to be a popular and well-attended event, and with improvements in technology we hope to see even more interest.

As always, we need volunteers to help us get ready for this event! We need some technical experts to help us navigate the best platform to use for this event, as well as people to make community connections, assist with pre-registration and follow-up, and a host of other matters.

Given the uncertainties of the pandemic, we are holding Saturday 13 November as a potential day for an in-house hospitality event as a follow-up to the virtual event. We are happy to hear from those of you who would be interested in assisting with this event as well. More information will be available as we gain a clearer idea about what kinds of gatherings will be possible in late autumn.

For more info, contact Jodi 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 museums and other arts venues coming back to life at long last (albeit at reduced capacity), it's time to start enjoying the city's newly vibrant cultural life. Be sure to check details online, as health restrictions can change at any moment, and advance reservations are required for most events.


Photo: © Alun Be / Courtesy of LouiSimone Guirandou GalleryRoots and rebirth

“Ex Africa” ("Africa reborn”) at Musée du Quai Branly explores the many intertwining strands linking contemporary creativity with Africa's prolific artistic heritage. This often whimsical, sometimes poignant visual dialogue plays out across 150 works in a variety of media. A gangly youngster photographed atop a traditional wooden boat, his face obscured by a VR headset, speaks volumes about a continent poised between past and future. And Congo's genial Chéri Samba steals the show with his faux-naive self-portraits, superimposed on a world turned upside-down, striking a statuesque pose amidst traditional figurines, or rubbing shoulders with Picasso himself.

Until 11 July, www.quaibranly.fr


Photo: © Photothèque R. Magritte / Adagp Images"Ceci n'est pas un Renoir"

Buoyed by an urgent optimism after the German defeat at Stalingrad, Surrealist painter René Magritte set aside his quest for "disquieting poetry" and resolutely turned his gaze to sunnier themes. The ebulliently colorful canvases from Magritte's little-known "Renoir period" (1943-1947) are on display at the Orangerie, alongside paintings by the Impressionist master himself. Striking similarities emerge, but better yet are the delightfully mischievous differences: the shiny mermaid tail adorning the reclining nude; a whole orchard in bloom nestled inside a bunch of flowers; a lush bouquet of wildly disparate blossoms gathered not in a vase but twining together, dreamlike, atop a common trunk.

Until 19 July, www.musee-orangerie.fr


Photo: © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / photo Maxime ChermatWomen's works

Subtitled "The Birth of a Battle," the Musée du Luxembourg's look at women's paintings from 1780 to 1830 tells many fascinating tales at once. Find inspiration in the saga of the pioneering female artists who struggled to achieve education, success and recognition. Or dip into the myriad stories depicted in their lively and often exquisitely rendered canvases, be it a soulful self-portrait of the artist as a Greek heroine, a demure but far from docile dueña bending down to tie her satin slipper, or the then-scandalous 1783 portrait of Queen Marie-Antoinette clad only in the gauzy fabric normally reserved for undergarments.

Until 4 July, museeduluxembourg.fr


Photo: © deadserpents / Cassandra PanayioDon't stop the music

On 21 June, Paris's world-famous Fête de la Musique will valiantly carry on its 38-year-old tradition, bringing live music to the city's gardens, streets and café terraces. This vast cacophony ranges from international headliners and prestigious ensembles to ragtag minstrels, aspiring young apprentices and the promising garage bands that might just be tomorrow's stars. Masks are mandatory, but this year there is no limit on gathering size. It's the longest day of the year, with the sun going down at 9:53pm, leaving a whole hour of golden twilight to get yourself home before the 11pm curfew.

21 June, fetedelamusique.culture.gouv.fr

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ACP announcements

Welcoming Ministry at ACP

As we anticipate the joy of continuing to gather for worship in greater numbers, we are also praying that many newcomers and visitors to Paris will join us for worship. We want ensure that all who come through our doors feel a warm welcome to ACP.

We are seeking to revitalize our Sunday Welcome desk ministry and are looking for some hosts to be part of a team willing to share in this vital ministry. If you have a heart for welcoming people, please let Pastor Jodi know (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). It's helpful if you indicate whether you more regularly attend 11h00 or 14h00 worship.

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ACP Women's Fellowship

On 13 June 16h, ACP member Teri Lee Valluy will discuss the book of Esther, specifically 14 lessons she's learned from Esther's story and how she's applied those to her life. Please register for the Zoom details at acparis.org.

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Movie Group

Cinemas in Paris have reopened, but not all of the movie group members are ready to return, so for a while longer we'll continue meeting via Zoom. For June we'll start a mix of Netflix and movies in theaters.

Netflix: The Disciple, Oxygène, Three Identical Strangers

Cinemas: Drunk (Another Round), Nomadland

The meeting will be on Thursday, 17 June, at 7:30pm on Zoom. 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.

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ACP Today in June

Monday 7 June, 20h45: Amit Pieter and Jodi Fondell co-host, and discuss the big news, the new Senior Pastor, plus an update on our call for an associate pastor and youth pastor. Children’s Worship director Allison Wheeler talks about the upcoming Vacation Bible School, and the need for volunteers. We discuss ACPs 100 Nights winter program for homeless refugees, and one of our success stories, and Jodi explains the new live streaming of services.


Monday 21 June, 20h45: Rose Burke and Odette Lockwood-Stewart co-host, with the theme of music and spirituality, so expect to hear lots of music, plus the news on our audio-visual ministry and lighting project. We hope to chat with incoming Senior Pastor Rev. Paul Rock, and introduce our new Visiting Pastor, Rev. Donald Lee.

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

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Sunday Worship

Children’s Worship Online is at acparis.org starting at 9h.

Traditional Worship is in the Sanctuary at 11h, and is livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube (see acparis.org for links).

Contemporary Worship is in the Sanctuary at 14h. Registration is required for both Worship in the Sanctuary services; see acparis.org Mondays at 12h to reserve your seats.

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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 www.acparis.org.

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