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Message: Hymn Sing

Scripture: Psalm 92:1-4 and Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Midweek Thoughts:

Sing a new Song to the Lord (Psalm 96).  This week you will have the opportunity to sing your favorite songs, some new songs, and the songs that speak to our community of faith. Come join us for worship this Sunday as we have a good ole fashion Hymn Sing.  Sing loud enough that Pastor Rachel can you hear all the way in New York as she attends the New Clergy Interfaith Conference at Chautauqua Institute this week.  She hopes to bring back stories from both the mission trip and this prestigious conference to help us shape our worshipping community now and in the future.


July 4th Weekend

Next Sunday:  

Scripture: 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10; Mark 6:1-13

Message: Thirty Years Young

Liturgist: Susan Gajewski

Spiritual Nurture:

Children’s Church:

We are taking a break from Children’s Church for the summer.  Children are invited to stay in church or children ages 0-8 years old may go down to the nursery following the Children’s message. Children’s church will return in August!

M&M Crew [Youth Group]:

Next Sunday July 5th: Car Wash after church to raise funds for 6 flags

Wednesday July 8th: Car Wash from 10:30am -2pm

Tuesday July 14th: Six Flags Great Adventure in St Louis

The congregation is welcome to join the youth on this adventure at a discounted rate.  Contact Chris Roode (youth leader) or Rev. Rachel Helgeson with more details

Adult Sunday School:

This Sunday: Mike Richardson speaking on the cross he built and its meaning.

Next Sunday: No Sunday School due to the Holidays


Dick Malmberg our former Executive Presbyter, passed away Sunday morning in Carson City, NV where he and his wife Virginia moved after serving for 10 years in this presbytery.  Dick was committed to the connectional nature that is essential to being Presbyterian that we thought we would send our memorials as one body.  If you would like to contribute to a memorial from the Presbytery of Southeastern Illinois to Zephyr Point Conference Center in the memory of Dick Malmberg, please send your check made out to the Presbytery of Southeastern Illinois and mail it to 104 Oman Ct, Mattoon, IL 61938, no later than Tuesday, June 30th.  We will notify Virginia that we will be making one large donation and will send it to the Center once all the donations have been received.  

If you wish to send your donation separately please do so by sending it to Virginia or Zephyr Point Conference Center. 

Below you will find all the necessary information you will need if you would like to send something at a later date:

Memorials may be sent to Virginia at 1139 Drake Way, Carson City, NV 89701 for "The Zephyr Point Conference Center" at Lake Tahoe, NV.   

The memorial service will be Monday, June 29 at 11:a.m. Pacific Time at the Carson City, NV Presbyterian Church. 


Angels on Assignment and in the outfield

Wish you could be out on the field thowing the first pitch?  Join the ecumenical team of First United Methodist, Crossroads Community, and First Presbyterian Church on the Angels on Assignment Softball team.  The team is open to men High School age and up. 

Contact Kris Mowrer:(618)771-0078 or Deanne Mowrer: (618)771-0031 to sign up.

Come and support the team at their games at Logan Street Baptist Church on 42nd St:

Monday June 29th 6pm vs. Second Baptist

Monday July 6th  Double Header: 6pm vs Central 1  and 7pm vs Central 3

Tuesday July 14th 6pm vs. Lebanon Baptist

Monday July 20th 6pm vs. Central Fusion

Thursday July 30th 6pm vs. Park Ave Baptist

Monday August 3rd 6pm vs. St. Mary’s

Six Flags Great Adventure: Come join the M&M crew on July 14th to go to Six Flags great adventure.  There is a discount for tickets.  The code / coupon is located in the narthex of the church.


Community Garden:

The Mission team is in the midst of choosing and planting produce and flowers in our new community garden in the newly finished raised flowerbeds in the back of the church.  If you are hoping to get your hands dirty and grow something contact Tom Ellison at or (618)435-4107.

Habit for Humanity:

Call for Volunteers at a local Mount Vernon site every Saturday morning from 8am-12pm.  Bring your tools and no how and the time you commit to helping a local family have a home of their own.  Volunteers must be 18 years old or older.  Habit for Humanity is a Christian organization with a big heart for those who need a little shelter.  For more information contact Jefferson County HFH at 618-244-0792.


Thursday June 25th:

1pm – PW Rummage Organization

6pm – Men’s Bible study

Friday June 26th:

8:30pm – Asheville Youth Mission Trip Returns

Sunday June 28th:

9am – Mike Richardson: In Life & In Death We Belong to God

10am – Worship: Hymn Sing

Monday June 29th:

11:30am – Ladies Luncheon at the Elks club

Tuesday June 30th:

9:00am - JCMA

9:15am, 12:15, 6pm – Weight Watchers Meetings

7pm – Mayo & Cooper Wedding Rehearsal

Wednesday July 1st:

12pm – Prep for Mayo & Cooper Wedding

3pm – Mayo & Cooper Wedding

Thursday July 2nd:

1pm – PW Rummage Organization

5:30pm – Food Co-Op

Friday July 3rd:

Office Closed due to the Holidays

Sunday July 5th:

9am – No Sunday School due to the Holidays

10am – Worship

11:15am – M&M Crew Car Wash

Wednesday July 8th

M&M Crew Car Wash 10:30 am - 2 pm