THE PASTOR'S KEYBOARD
Dear Mt Vernon Family,
I asked Lori F. if she would be willing to share a bit of her life from the past 6 months or so. She enthusiastically accepted. Below are her words.
2017 is little more than half over, but this half year has not been my typical year. I didn’t know in January that I would walk into a hospital with chest and shoulder pains and leave with one of the most feared cancer diagnoses -- pancreatic cancer. That moment changed everything. It is a staggering diagnosis to receive. The fact that I had a first cousin that passed away from pancreatic cancer several years ago added to the immediate fear. Those first few days were a whirlwind of medical tests and appointments. Through it all, I had my family by my side and I felt a deep feeling of calm. I prayed that I would accept God's will in this and be at peace. I also prayed that any pain would be lifted away from me. I was not alone.
Once I got home and started chemotherapy treatments, I had quite an adjustment. I had worked every day in a fast-paced business environment for over 30 years and it took a while to “put on the brakes.” In many ways, this has been one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I have had the chance to spend time with and talk to friends and family like I haven't had time to do in the past. I stopped wearing a watch and avoid the alarm clock unless necessary. I am thankful to wake up each morning and try to take a few minutes when I open my eyes to just take in the morning and give thanks. I started a journal of gratitude that was inspired by a friend and cancer survivor – Regina Rossi – to record at least one thing each day that I am thankful for. I am so grateful to all the people that have been supporting us in so many ways and I have been trying to give back to this growing group by praying for all of you.
I continue to pray for understanding and acceptance of God's will. I'm not sure where this journey is headed and at times I am terrified when I read statistics or hear about other people's stories, but I will continue to wake up each day thankful for that day. When I start to fear, I go to Psalm 46 “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear…”
SUMMER WORSHIP TIME
June 4 marked the beginning of our summer worship services. There is a 9 a.m. and a 10:30 a.m. worship service. The 9 a.m. service is a more contemporary service outdoors (weather permitting) with a relaxed atmosphere. Bring your coffee, chair and comfortable shoes. It will last for 45 minutes to accommodate the changeover in parking. The 10:30 a.m. service will stay the same and will last until 11:30 a.m. These times will continue through September 3, 2017.
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