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Welcome to
Mt. Vernon Community Presbyterian Church

EXTRAS

MONTHLY FINANCES AT A GLANCE

June 2021

Income

 $ 14,976.89

Expenses

$ 17,542.44

Under for the month

-$ 2,565.55

July 2021

Income

$ 13,185.36

Expenses

$ 18,433.18

Under for the month

-$ 5,247.82

Under for the year

-$ 7,083.57

 

AFGHAN PRAYER GUIDE, AUGUST 2021
Afghanistan today:  On one hand, suffering and sadness beyond measure.  On the other, a God who measures the Heavens with his fingers and the Earth on a balance. (Is. 40.12)  Let’s bring those hands together in prayer for Afghanistan this week.

Monday:  The Vulnerable
Ask God to help and comfort all for whom the rug has been ripped out from under them by the Taliban takeover.  Women, children, the disabled, girls, friends of former regimes, helpers of various militaries, and normal, half-hearted Muslims just trying to feed their families.

Tuesday:  The Taliban
As they lead Afghanistan, ask God to give them wisdom to govern civilly.  Ask him to hold back their arm of violence that Afghans may “live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” (I Tim. 2.2)  Pray for radical transformation.

Wednesday:  The Afghan Church
Can we even begin to imagine what it’s like for Afghans who follow Jesus?  Ask the Holy Spirit to fill them with peace, power and wisdom to navigate these days.  Some will leave.  Some will stay.  Some will die.  May God use their faith in trial to spark a great turning to Jesus.

Thursday:  Refugees
Upwards of 70,000 Afghans will seek asylum based on their service to the U.S. military.  God alone knows how many more will simply run for their lives.  Pray for safe passage.  Pray for neighboring countries as they receive newcomers.  Pray for our hearts, homes and wallets to be open to help Afghans find new lives in the U.S.

Friday:  The Kingdom of God
Imagine what the fullness of the Kingdom of God in Afghanistan would look like and ask God for what you see.  Pray in line with Jesus’s prayer, “Our Father... let your kingdom come and let your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.” (Mt. 6.9-10)  Peace, security, joy, hope, freedom from fear, corruption, oppression.  The abundant life of Jesus.  Yes, Father, let your kingdom come, your will be done in Afghanistan.

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SESSION HIGHLIGHTS

  • The 2020 Annual Report was approved.
  • Confirmation class will start in January.
  • Children's Church kickoff breakfast is Sept. 19, and the first class is Sept. 26.
  • Indoor worship resumes Sept. 12 at 10:30 a.m. The choir will be part of worship, bulletins will be used, hymnals and Bibles will remain in the pews, regular Communion will resume on World Communion Sunday on Oct. 3.  Subject to evaluation and change.
  • ABC Preschool starts Sept. 8 with a health and safety plan in place.

AUDIO VISUAL SYSTEM FUND RAISER
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 reach out to Daniel K. or contact the church office.

$1000.00 as of 8/24/2021

BE A V.I.P.
Fall is upon us, and we will be returning to regular worship services again soon.  However, we have many opportunities for you to be a V.I.P. for our worship services.  If you are interested in doing any of our worship responsibilities:

  • Children's Church Teachers
  • Children's Message
  • Pulpit Assistant
  • Ushering
  • Prayer Room Volunteer

Please consider being a V.I.P., we can't do it without you!

Let us know by calling the church office or contact Robin P., Nina C., or Ron H.

Thank You.

USHER ASSIGNMENTS
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.

CHANCEL FLOWERS
At this time, chancel flowers will not be ordered until the fall unless there is a special request.  To do so, please contact the office at 412-751-8479.

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE
The deadline for the October “News From the Mount” is September 15th.  Anyone needing to put an article in the newsletter for the month of October must turn the article in to the office no later than Thursday, September 15th.

EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS
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 mtvernonpc@gmail.com. We promise we will not give your email address to anyone, nor will we abuse it.

UPPER ROOM/CALENDARS
Upper Room
devotionals are now available.  Gilbert Funeral Home also provided a supply of 2020 calendars.  Contact the office if you would like a copy. 

CHURCH OFFICE HOURS
Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and closed on Fridays.  Please hit the buzzer to the right of the lower parking lot door for entrance.

VOLUNTEER CLEARANCES
The office reviews clearances for those who assist with or are in the building when children are here and are contacting those whose clearances need updated.

PER CAPITA
The per capita apportionment is $33.05 per member.

USE OF CHURCH PROPERTY
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.

SCHEDULING EVENTS
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.

CONGREGATIONAL FORUM
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.

MOVING/AWAY/ADDRESS CHANGES
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.

REMINDERS+
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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