Welcome to First Presbyterian Church of Mount Vernon, IL!
Connecting people with God, each other and the community.
We welcome you to experience this with us whether your are a weary traveller passing through Mount Vernon or have lived in the "King City" your whole life. Come and visit the church with Jesus' hands reaching out to the community. Come connect with God, our comunity, and brothers and sisters in Christ
Christ's Blessings, Rev. Rachel Helgeson
Back to School Blessing and Sunday School Kickoff
Scripture: Song of Solomon 2:8-13; Mark 7:1-20
Fifth Sunday Offering
Pastor’s Midweek Thoughts:
What traditions do you hold dear? Do you hope you can create them year after year with the same fervor that may initially have started the tradition? Or have you had to start a new tradition?
Whatever your tradition might be it is always hard to change them. Even more importantly it can be difficult if someone else challenges or changes the tradition you hold dear.
Change is hard and yet Jesus is doing just that. He challenges the traditions of his day to create a new order. He challenges the traditions of his day to allow God to breathe life into new things.
Take a moment this week to see where God is changing things and breathing new life into traditions that your family, your friends, or our community may hold dear. Who knows what God has in store for you, for me, and for us.
Next Sunday: Congregational Meeting following worship
Scripture: Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 and Mark 7:24-37
Message: Crumbs of Faith
Liturgist: Doug Kroeschen
Call for Fax Machine:
The church is in need of a fax machine. Ours, here in the office, is no longer working. If any of you might have one that you are not using, the church would greatly appreciate the donation of a fax machine. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to phone the church office at 618-242-3410.
Sunday School Kickoff: Sunday August 30th we will be celebrating the life of our children, teachers, staff, and administrators in school, in Sunday School, and our Spiritual Formation. We will bless all involved and commission a stained glass window that Patrick Burke made for the Children’s Wing.
Adult Sunday School:
This Sunday: In Life and In Death We belong to God!
Next Sunday: No Sunday School for Labor Day weekend
M&M Crew [Youth Group]:
Sunday August 30: M&M Crew serves at Lifeboat. We will meet at 4pm at the church and go over to Lifeboat at 4:15pm with the food prepared by the Presbyterian Women.
Sunday September 6: No M&M Crew for Labor Day Weekend
Camp Carew Family Weekend
Friday evening September 25th – Sunday September 27th: Kids bring your parents to camp and spend the weekend enjoying all the normal camp activities you did during the summer. Create your own schedule: swimming, kayaking, and singing by the camp fire as you spend the day relaxing in God’s natural wonders.
Lifeboat Dinner: Every month the Presbyterian Women have been providing meals the last Sunday of the month at Lifeboat. This month, Sunday August 30th the M&M crew will serve the food at 4:00pm that the Presbyterian Women prepare. Come and join us preparing food or serving the meal!
The fruits of the mission team’s labor are coming in season. Fruits and vegetables will be set out in the fellowship hall for donations. All proceeds will go to the mission fund. Contact Tom Ellison at firstname.lastname@example.org or (618)435-4107 for more information.
Habit for Humanity:
Call for Volunteers at a local Mount Vernon site every Saturday morning from 8am-12pm. Bring your tools, know how, and the time you commit to helping a local family have a home of their own. Volunteers must be 18 years old or older. Habit for Humanity is a Christian organization with a big heart for those who need a little shelter. For more information contact Jefferson County HFH at 618-244-0792.
Rummage Sale Organization: Join the Presbyterian Women every Wednesday at 1pm leading up to the Rummage Sale on Friday October 9th – Saturday October 10th to help gather and organize supplies for the Rummage Sale. If you have rummage you would like to donate put them in the room next to the office during the week from 9am – 1pm or bring them in on a Sunday morning.
Celebration of Life: The family of Larry Pfiefer will be celebrating his life at First Presbyterian Church on Wednesday August 26th from 5-8pm. The congregation is welcome to join in remembering Larry (as he was a former music director of our congregation) and visit with his family.
Mt Vernon Prayer Breakfast: Join the Mt Vernon faith community Friday September 4, 2015 at 6:30am in prayer at the annual prayer breakfast. This year it will be held at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts. First Presbyterian Church has a limited number of tickets reserved at $10 a ticket. The ticket covers the breakfast and entrance to hear the keynote speaker George Dooms, Founder of TTT Christian Youth Ministries in Evansville, IN. Please contact the church office to buy / reserve your ticket.
Witness of the Resurrection: The family of Sue Freytag will witness her life and resurrection at a graveside service Saturday September 5th, 11am at Oakwood Cemetery. The congregation is welcome to join in remembering Sue, as she was a former organist of our congregation and spouse of the honorably retired pastor Rev. Dr. Robert Freytag [who preceded her death).
Share the Prayer: Prayer is an integral part of listening to where God is calling us in the midst and sharing of what is going in our personal lives, our congregation’s life, our community, and world. If you are interested in praying in this way with others contact Mary Gary for more information.
NEWSLETTER DEADLINE: The Third Thursday of the month Thursday, September 17th