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Upcoming Events


Deacons Christmas Party
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Everyone is invited! See the Welcome page for details. We will be meeting here at the church.


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


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


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

“Fumbly Bumbly Angel” Youth Christmas Pageant

Scripture: Psalm 89:1-4, Isaiah 61:8-11, Luke 1:46b-55


Midweek Thoughts:   

As the youth of First Presbyterian Church of Mount Vernon have been preparing the Christmas Pageant for this Sunday I was struck by their enthusiasm and creativity.  But mostly I was struck by the message.  It was a group of “Fumbly Bumbly Angels” who helped bring the message that Jesus was born and was and is the Savior of the world.


So many times we get caught up in making sure that all the t’s are crossed and all the i’s are dotted.  But we forget that we are not called to be perfect people. We are called to fully be the children of God Christ has called and created us to be.  We can be fumbly bumbly messengers of Christ’s message to the world.


During this Advent season look to see where you can bring the joy of Christ’s message to the world.  For we are all entertaining angels unknown to us.



Sunday Dec 21st: Worship at 10am: Youth Christmas Pageant

Wednesday Dec 24th: Christmas Eve Service at 6pm: A Silent Night?


Mission Opportunities:

Christmas Baskets: Friends the Christmas baskets are back on.  The Register News ran an article on Friday and people from the community felt compelled to step in financially to make it happen.  With that said volunteers are needed again for December 20th here’s what’s needed:


Deliveries begin at 7:30 a.m. Delivery drivers are asked to gather at the Roland Lewis Building at Veteran’s Park, in Mt. Vernon.

· Bring your driver’s license.

· Prepare your vehicles so that you will be able to carry six or more large boxes of food.

· Recruit as many helpers as you can to bring Jesus’ love, blessing, and abundance to our neighbors throughout Jefferson County. 

· Practice saying “Merry Christmas” with Christ’s love in your heart.


Driver’s will be asked to deliver food boxes to six or eight households! If you can do more that morning, it’s very much appreciated.


The Giving Tree: The youth are collecting items donated to Lifeboat and

Kemmerer Village.  Please take a tag from the giving tree in the church.  Bring

back the unwrapped tagged item and place it under the tree.  The youth will

hand deliver the Lifeboat items and send the Kemmerer Village items.


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.


Spiritual Nurture:

Advent Meal and Meditation:

This Wednesday: Dec 17th at 5:30pm.  Meal starts at 5:30pm.  Lesson, “Go, Tell It on the Mountain” a reflection on Spirituals and Scripture, begins at 6:00pm from the book stidy, “Mary Had a Baby”, begins at 6:00pm. 


Children’s Church:

This Sunday: Christmas Pageant 


We will have a break from children’s church until January 11th. Thank you for all of the Sunday School leaders, children, and parents who have been supportive of this ministry!


M&M Crew [Youth Group]:

This Sunday: Dec 21st Christmas Pageant during worship and the Pastor’s Christmas Party from 5-7pm


 M&M crew will take a break until January 11th. Thank you to our youth leaders and youth for their creativity and participation.


Adult Sunday School:

            This Sunday: Study of the Psalms: Continuation of Adoration

            Next Sunday: Study of Psalms: Wisdom



Christmas in the Park: Join the Jefferson County Ministerial Alliance’s celebration of Christmas and Faith through lights in the park Friday Dec 19th and Saturday Dec 20th in the evening at Rowland Park.  Our congregation, thanks to the leadership of Howard Christ and Sylvia Eaton, will be a mini display as part of the celebration.


Pastor’s Party: Hosted by the Deacons. Sunday Dec 21st at the church from 5-7pm.  Please bring your favorite dish, appetizer, or desert to share and get to know Pastor Rachel and her family a little bit better.



            Wednesday Dec 17th: Advent Meditation 5:30pm

            Thursday Dec 18th: Newsletter Deadline

Sunday Dec 21st: Christmas Pageant Rehearsal

      9am older youth.

      9:30am children’s chorus.

      5-7pm Pastor’s Party (sponsored by the Deacons)

Tuesday Dec 16th: Weight Watchers 9:30am, 12:15pm, 6pm

Wednesday Dec 24th: Christmas Eve Worship Service 6pm with communion


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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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