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Welcome to
Mt. Vernon Community Presbyterian Church

NEWSLETTER EXTRAS

F.Y.I.
Every Sunday morning an elder is in the prayer room during worship praying for our church and those in worship.  If you have any special prayer concerns you can leave them on the table in the prayer room.  Please be discreet about your concerns.

MONTHLY FINANCES AT A GLANCE

General Fund

December 2017

Income

$314,480

Expenses

$ 299,025

Over

$  15,455

 

 

 

 

 

PARTICIPATE!
The Chancel Guild is in need of additional members. We will gladly explain, assist and help you become familiar with the procedures for ordering flowers, changing paraments and decorating the sanctuary for special seasons and events. Contact Dorothy C. or call the office for further information.  Get involved and meet some new friends.

PARTICIPATE!
The Chancel Guild is in need of additional members. We will gladly explain, assist and help you become familiar with the procedures for ordering flowers, changing paraments and decorating the sanctuary for special seasons and events. Contact Dorothy C. or call the office for further information.  Get involved and meet some new friends.

GIVING GIFTS TO THE CHURCH?
If you make a contribution, i.e., books or toys, etc., to the church or to a group within the church, please let us know who you are so we can send you an acknowledgment and to make sure the item(s) are given to the correct party.  We have received items and we really need to know who is supposed to receive them.  When you are contributing anything, please either tag it with your name or notify the office.  Please leave items inside the lower entrance, near the bench.

Thank you for helping us help others.

CHANCEL NEWS
Chancel aides for the month of February are Bob and Carol F..

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE
The deadline for the March “News From the Mount” is February 15.  Anyone needing to put an article in the newsletter for the month of March must turn the article in to the office no later than Thursday morning, February 15.

CHURCH OFFICE HOURS
Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and closed on Fridays.

BOOK CORNER
A Voice in the Wind
by Francine Rivers

     Christian fiction has grown as a genre in recent years.  Whatever your genre of choice, you can probably find something written from a Christian perspective and expounding a Christian world view including romance, historical, thriller, detective, fantasy and even a sub-genre of Amish Christian fiction.

     Francine Rivers has written more than 20 novels that would likely be classified as historical/romance/Christian fiction, several of which have Biblical characters as the main focus.  She has won many awards and one of her books, The Last Sin Eater, was even made into a movie.

     Historical fiction is not my usual reading preference, but I thought I would give this one a try.  I don’t recall ever having such mixed feelings about a book before.  On one hand this book is likely accurate historically.  It is set largely in Rome not long after Nero burned the city.  Jews were hated, but Christians were hated even more.  The Romans during this time were violent and the battles in the Coliseum were bloody and brutal.  The aristocracy were lacking in moral sensibility.  However, I was disgusted by their behavior and the author explains it clearly (though not in such detail as to be overwhelming).  Thus it was difficult for me to like most of the main characters or care what happened to them.  For me, the characters need to have some redeeming qualities or be at least a little bit likeable for me to enjoy a book.

     The main character, however, is a young Christian woman named Hadassah, who was sold into slavery.  She serves a Roman family with joy, radiating the love of Christ in everything she does.  Her character is quite compelling.  It is easy to care about her and her story.  Her witness is beautifully written and seems so natural.  It doesn’t feel “preachy” or forced into the story.

     As this is the first book of a trilogy, the characters have 2 more books to redeem themselves.  I don’t think I will be reading the additional 943 pages, however.

Review by Ellen Little

USE OF CHURCH PROPERTY
If you borrow tables or chairs from the church, remember, please make your request through the Fellowship Committee call the office at 412 751-8479.

CONGREGATIONAL FORUM
If you are interested in contributing to the Newsletter with an article for publication please submit your notes to the office.  Since this is a “forum”, there might be some give and take if folks are interested.  Also, good Christian book reports are greatly welcomed.  The deadline is the 15th of the month except for December when it is the 10th.

MOVING?
If you are moving to a new address, please notify the church office as early as possible.  When we receive a newsletter back from the post office, we are assessed a fee of $.61.  Thank you for your consideration and assistance.

REMINDERS
Even though you may be on vacation – the church is not.  We still must pay utilities, insurance and etc.  Food Bank items may be deposited in the box in the Narthex or at the lower parking lot entrance.  Paper products are especially welcome.  Continue to visit the Abitibi bin with your recyclable papers.

 

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