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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

March 2018


$ 68,805.10


$ 77,104.41


$ -8,299.31






Are you still Believing Lies about Yourself?
A few words from a fellow parishioner.

In Philippians, God’s word encourages me to forget what is behind and strain toward what is ahead, 14 pressing on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

My friends and brothers and sisters in Christ, I encourage you to not believe the lies, that have kept you in bondage, but to renew your mind through God’s word and hide these Truths not only in your head, but in your Heart.

Start off with your identity.  Who are you? Not what do you do, but Who Are You?

Personalize it and say:

  • I am a follower of Christ.
  • I am God’s son.
  • I am God’s friend.
  • I am Christ’s brother / sister.
  • I am His beloved.
  • I am part of His Bride. (Brides are Beautiful)
  • I am accepted in Christ. (Even with all my blemishes)

What else does God say about you?

Personalize it and say:

  • I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
  • I was chosen before the world began
  • I have redemption through His blood
  • I am blessed with every spiritual Blessing
  • I am adopted as His son
  • I have forgiveness of sins
  • I am made an heir with Christ Jesus.
  • I am loved so much that God gave His only son to die for ME.
  • I am the righteousness of God in Christ.
  • I have been given gifts from God to serve Him in his desired way.
  • I am set apart for Him for now and forever.
  • God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.
  • You're no longer a stranger or outsider.
  • He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ

This is not an exhaustive list, but I encourage you to search the scriptures more to add to these lists and then truly appropriate each statement by faith whether or not you “feel” it’s true, because it is true even if you do not “feel” it.

In the Love of Christ,

Mark L.

The Chancel aides for the month of May are Dawn L and Sue Anne S.

The deadline for the June/July“News From the Mount” is May 15.  Anyone needing to put an article in the newsletter for the months of June and July must turn the article in to the office no later than Sunday evening, May 15.

Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and closed on Fridays.
The office will be closed on Monday, May 28, due to the holiday.

Footprints of a Pilgrim:
The Life and Loves of
Ruth Bell Graham

by Ruth Bell Graham

     I don’t generally like or read poetry.  As much as I enjoy words and people who use them creatively, poetry tends to seem intentionally difficult and dense.  That really isn’t the case with Ruth Graham’s poetry, however.  This book tells the life story of Ruth Bell Graham, a woman most of us would know only as the wife of Billy Graham.  It is told through her own poetry, journal entries, photographs and short anecdotes from her children and other well-known friends.

     Did you know that Ruth Bell Graham was the child of a medical missionary and that she was raised in China?  She went to high school in North Korea.  How fascinating it would have been to ask her about those 2 places!  She gave up her dream of being a missionary in Tibet to marry Billy Graham whom she met when they were both students at Wheaton College in Illinois.

     Because this book is told in Mrs. Graham’s own words, the reader has the privilege of seeing into her heart.  She shares her struggles as she stays behind during her husband’s travels and her worries about how she mothers their children, as well as her love of the Lord and her joy at His creation.  We often think of famous people as being somehow superhuman.  Mrs. Graham is seen here as very real, vulnerable, very godly, and yet feisty and creative; someone that would have been fun to know and enjoyable to visit.

     This book is a treat!  Ruth Bell Graham was a remarkable woman.

Review 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 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.

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.

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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