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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

May 2017

Given for the year:

 $  116,624.24

Expenses for the year:


Over for the year:

 $ 12,794.06





Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World
by Tsh Oxenreider

    The world is definitely chaotic, so this title appealed to me.  It seemed like just the thing to read to help address the chaos and shed some light on how to cope.  I didn’t really find that the book lived up to my interpretation of the title, however.  I would place the emphasis on the word “Notes” in the title.  The chapters are short; possibly they are just a printed version of the author's blog posts.  And the book feels more like a journal than anything else; not that being a journal is a bad thing.  It's simply not what I expected the book to be based on the title.

     The most practical chapter was the one entitled “Plan.”  The author suggests creating a “family purpose statement” and then living with that in mind.  For example, if you have a value to take care of your health and to protect the environment, you might choose to shop for food differently.

     Aside from that chapter, it might be better to read the book as a journal of how the author lives her life, works, parents, etc.  One of the priorities that the author has is to travel.  It is important to her to experience the world and to understand how other people live.  She also wants to be sure that her three young children are more globally minded than are most children living in the United States.

     The author's overriding principle for her life is to live intentionally - to choose what kind of food to eat and where it comes from; to choose the way her children are educated based on the family's chosen life-style and the children's’ needs; to work, not simply for a paycheck, but at something meaningful.

     I cannot imagine running my own business, traveling the world with three small children, or many of the other lifestyle choices made by the Oxenreider family, but it is fun to read about their lives.  The writing is clear and descriptive.  And the main point is appropriate to all of us - that is that we should make a choice about how we want to live, shop, work, parent, etc. and then do those things intentionally.

Review by Ellen L.

The deadline for the September “News from the Mount” is August 15.  Anyone needing to put an article in the newsletter for the month of September must turn the article in to the office no later than Tuesday morning, August 15.

Chancel Aide for the month of July is Nancy C.
Chancel Aides for the month of August are Bud and Mary Ann H.                     

Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and closed on Fridays.  The office will be closed on July 4th due to the holiday.

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 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.

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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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