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Upcoming Events


Ladies Luncheon at the Elks' Club
11:30 AM
All Ladies are invited


Weight Watchers
9:30 am, 12:15 pm, 6:00 pm.


Bell Choir
6:00 PM




Weight Watchers
9:30 am, 12:15 pm, 6:00 pm.


Advent Reflections
5:30 PM to 6:45 PM
An evening prayer service followed by reflective advent study
Bell Choir
6:00 PM


M&M Crew (Youth Group)
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
White Elephant event at the Burke's house
  • Worship at First Presbyterian
  • Our choir
  • The Freytag Room
  • Mary Gary at the PW Spring Bazaar 2014
  • The Sanctuary
  • Jon Neubauer at the PW Spring Bazaar 2014
  • The Shelter
  • Extinguishing the candles at the end of worship
  • The cross atop The Shelter


Rev. Rachel Helgeson will be leading our worship service Sunday.

Message title: “Christ in the Breadline”

Scripture: Psalm 100, Matt 25:31-46

Midweek Thoughts

What does it mean to be a King?  The closest I can even fathom of royalty is looking across the pond at England and their current ruler is a Queen. Yet this Sunday we will celebrate Christ the King Sunday.  It’s the last Sunday of our liturgical before we prepare for Christmas.  We celebrate who Jesus was here on earth – fully human and fully divine.  We also recognize that Christ was a different type of king than the ones portrayed in the movies.  Jesus was a servant leader.  He stood in the breadlines with those who were downtrodden.


As we prepare for Thanksgiving and then Christmas let us think about how we can emulate this sort of leadership, this servant leadership.  How can we stand with others in the breadline?  What are we thankful for and what can we share with others?


There are certainly a lot of opportunities to share this season.  And I hope if you haven’t turned in your pledge card yet to consider how you can share in the mission of FPC Mt Vernon in our community.  I hope you will consider sharing with other opportunities that are highlighted below in mission, fellowship, and spiritual nurture.  Christ is redefining what it means to be a king.  Can we follow?


Newsletter Deadline November 25th:

Share with the congregation what you are most thankful for and the wonderfully ministries that have happened last month and in the coming month!  But make sure to get it in by November 25th as the church office will be closed for Thanksgiving.


Mission Opportunities:

               Christmas Baskets: Help folks out in our community by handing out baskets

               on December 20th, donating funds, or donating cans at the church.  Contact

               the church office for more information


               Presbyterian Giving:  Check out creative ways you can give this Christmas

through the Presbyterian Sharing packets.  Gifts like goats, chickens, a bus ride and scholarships are all possibility.



Hanging of the Greens: Sunday Nov 23rd following church  (food will be provided)

Cookie Baking: Monday Nov 24th at 9am

Ladies Luncheon: Monday Nov 24th at 11:30am

Advent Festival: Sunday Nov 30th following church    (food will be provided)



Spiritual Nurture:

Children’s Church:

This Sunday: Holy Moly! Linda and Katie R.

Next Sunday: Christmas Pageant Rehearsal

M&M Crew [Youth Group]:

               This Sunday: meet 4-6pm (food provided by)

               Next Sunday: meet 4-6pm (food provided by)

Adult Sunday School:

               This Sunday: Praying in Song

               Next Sunday: Introduction to the Psalms


Southeast Illinois Presbytery Meeting: Thursday Nov 20th at 10am in Effingham

Weight Watchers Executive Team meeting: Tuesday Nov 25th noon – 3pm


PW KNIVES……..  PW will be reordering more knives. If there is a special item that you would like to order, please let us know by the weekend.  The order will go out Monday.


Cookie Walk

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The annual Cookie Walk will be held at the church on December 6.  Cookie baking days at the church will be each Monday in November starting at 9:00.  Deanne Mowrer and Kathy Stephens will lead this project.  Everyone is asked to make at least 10 dozen homemade cookies or candy for the Cookie Walk or donate supplies or money for supplies.  This is a fun holiday activity so get involved.







Contact Us  
First Presbyterian Church
2424 Broadway
Mt. Vernon, Illinois 62864
Telephone: 618 242 3410
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Regular Schedule  
  • Office Hours (Mon - Thurs) Friday the office is closed
    9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Sunday school - classes for children and adults
    9:00 AM to 9:45 AM
  • Worship
    10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Office closed
Newsletter Deadline


Please submit your contribution to next month's newsletter to the church office by the 25th of the month before. Thank you.

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