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Mt. Vernon Community Presbyterian Church




October 2021


 $ 17,424.04


$ 19,530.52

Under for the month

- $ 2,106.48

W/O PPP Under for the year

- $ 21,866.21

With PPP – over for the year

$ 9,718.79


Note:  Giving to the general fund is down.  We will need to pay all our missions the remaining budget amounts before the end of the year.

We absolutely appreciate your continued financial support.  When contributing to multiple accounts (ie. General, missions, renovation, deacons, chancel, etc), please submit checks to each account.  This makes it much more efficient to ensure that the monies get credited correctly to the appropriate accounts.

For contributions to be counted towards your 2021 offering, ALL contributions must be received in the office no later than Monday, December 27th so there is time to all your contributions deposited.  The office will be closed the last few days of the year.

Contribution statements for donations in 2021 will be mailed by January 31, 2022.  Please allow a few days for them to arrive through the mail.  If you do not receive yours by February 15 or you believe there is an error, please contact the office.

Contribution envelopes for 2022 are being labeled and will be available on the table in the Narthex soon.  Those with mailboxes here at the church, your envelopes are in your slot.  Envelopes will not be placed for those who use bill pay through your bank.  Envelopes not picked up will not be mailed unless the office is contacted.


  • Worship will begin at 10 a.m. starting January 2, 2022.
  • The 2022 budget of $376,258 was approved.
  • Session will meet Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.
  • Session approved issuing a church credit card to Pastor Matt Fricker.

We are back to our indoor services, but we need volunteers to assist.  Please consider helping with one or more of the following: 

  • Children's Church teacher
  • Children's message
  • Pulpit Assistant
  • Ushering
  • Prayer Room 

Please contact the office or speak to Robin P., Nina C. or Ron H.
Thank you in advance.

Anybody volunteering in the church with children, MUST have clearances on file.  Clearances must be less than 5 years old to be in compliance.  Contact the office if you are not sure if you need yours updated.  The office reviews clearances for those who assist with or are in the building when children are here and will contact those whose clearances need updated.

Flowers are again being placed in the Sanctuary for Sunday services.  If you are interested in placing flowers, please contact the office.  There are a number of available dates open through the end of the year so please call the office if you are interested in taking a week.  They are still $25 and can be either an arrangement or cut flowers.  Checks are made payable to the Chancel Guild. We were notified of a minimal delivery charge being added.  This information will be provided once determined.

Please help the chancel guild by providing the flowers for Sunday morning worship services.  We are hanging the flower chart for 2022 flowers in the Narthex for you to choose the dates you would like.  You can sign for the dates you’ve had in the past of choose any available dates.  We are eliminating the flowers for the summer due to worship being held outdoors.  So, if you had a summer date, would you care to choose another day from the second week in September through the end of May?  There are still a lot of Sundays without flowers.  Let’s adorn the church with flowers each Sunday.

At the March meeting, session approved the award of a contract to Hollowood Music and Sound for the installation of a new sound system to replace our aged system and to install an audio-visual system in the sanctuary.  The church has kicked off a capital campaign to offset the cost of the system, not to exceed $35,000.

The new A/V system will include 3 large monitors, 2 remote controlled cameras, and a computer to control the system, the screen content and improved live streaming capabilities off our services.  The new system will include a monitor in the nursery to broadcast our services, with controlled sound.

The sound system will have 48 channel processing board, a ceiling mounted speaker array and chancel monitors with control from a hand held IPad or the system control in the back of the church.

We can only proceed with this much needed sound and audio-visual improvement with your financial support.  So please consider contributing to the system fund raiser.  Should you have any questions regarding the system please contact the church office.

We have once again received a generous anonymous matching grant for $10,000 for contributions towards our A/V Fundraiser for donations received during the month of September and October.  The deposit has been sent to lock in the prices of the supplies.  We are still short approximately $13,000 for the total funding amount of the project.  If you are planning on contributing, please indicate A/V on your check or envelope. 

Faith and Life recently took over the responsibility of assigning ushers for services.  Throughout the summer, only one will be assigned.  Postcards will be mailed if assigned.  If you are not able to attend on your scheduled day, please contact the office as soon as possible so we can find a replacement for you.

The deadline for the January “News From the Mount” is December 10th.  Anyone needing to put an article in the newsletter for the month of January must turn the article in to the office no later than December 10th.

If you would like to be notified via email when a church member or a close relative of a member (parent, child, or sibling) passes please email the church office at We promise we will not give your email address to anyone, nor will we abuse it.

Upper Room
devotionals are available.  Gilbert Funeral Home also provided a supply of calendars.  Contact the office if you would like a copy. 

Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and closed on Fridays.  Those coming in the building MUST wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status, until the mask mandate is lifted.  Once lifted, masks will be required only for those unvaccinated.  Please ring the buzzer.

The office hours around Christmas have not yet been scheduled and may vary.  Please call before coming to the church the last 2 weeks of 2021.

The per capita apportionment is $33.05 per member.

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.

Events and activities resuming, all people/groups using the building MUST schedule through the office beforehand.  Please call 412-751-8479 or e-mail

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 or 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.



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