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Welcome to
Mt. Vernon Community Presbyterian Church


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.


General Fund

Through September 2018


$ 205,235.55


$ 229,254.26

Under for the year

$ -24,018.71






Children ages 3 through 8 are dismissed after the Children’s Sermon to join two adults for about 40 minutes for a time of crafts or a game, a Bible story and maybe a snack. Signup sheets will be available in church on Sundays. There must be two adults each week to be with the students. All teachers are required to have their clearances.

The Chancel aides for the month of November are Jimmy G., Nancy A. and Beth J.

The deadline for the December “News From the Mount” is November 15th.  Anyone needing to put an article in the newsletter for the month of December must turn the article in to the office no later than November 15.

Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and closed on Friday. The office will also be closed Thanksgiving Day.

Hidden in Christ: Living as God’s Beloved,
 by James Bryan Smith

Do you use a devotional?  A daily reading that might come from a book, an app or a pamphlet published a few times a year?  This year, the church has been reading a devotional by Billy Graham as a group, and the pastor has used one of the week’s readings as the basis for his sermons.  In addition to that, I have been slowly working through a separate devotional that is different from anything I’ve used before.

James Bryan Smith has written an entire book of devotions all based on Colossians 3.  There are 30, each emphasizing a word from a verse in that book of the Bible.  Some of the chapter titles are “Raised,” “Hidden,” “Revealed,” and “Mortify.”  Each chapter ends with a “Living into the Truth” section, which is a practical application.  There is also an “Affirmation,” which is a summary and then a prayer.  Additionally, there are reflection questions.

The book ends with discussion questions so that it could be used for group study.  It is quite thought provoking and unique.

Reviewed by Ellen L.

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.

If you/committee are planning to have a meeting, PLEASE schedule your meeting through the office.  Knowing the date, time and number of expected attendees helps to be certain that the space is available and who is responsible for the group.

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.

Please notify the office if you are moving, will be temporarily away so records can be kept updated and mail is delivered in a timely fashion.  Also, returned mail has a cost to the church.

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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