Pastors Mid week thoughts



God had a mission for Jeremiah,  Woyuld it be fun?  NO!  Would he become famouns?  YES,but not for the reasons most people want to become famous.  God commanded Jeremiah to go to his brothers and sisters in his home country in Israel and demand they repent and return to God

Jeremiah hnew it would make a lot of people angry.  He figured that he might be executed for treason,  Thereforem he made many excuses to God for why he wasn't the right man for the job.  "I do not know how to speak; I am too yuoung".  

"Alas, Sovereign Lord," I said, "I do not know how to speak; I am too young."  But the LORD said to me, "Do not say, 'I am too young.' You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you..  Do not be afraid of them, for I am with ou and will rescue you," declares the LORD.  Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched myh mouth and said to me, "I have put my words in your mouth."  Jeremiah 1:6-9

Even though Jeremiah was making excuses why he could not serve the Lord, God didn't give up on Him,  He encouraged him by saying, "I am with you aqnd will rescue you."

It is natural for the Christian today to do the same thing,  We come up with clever excuses why we shouldn't follow the mission the Lord has given us "to go unto the ends of the earth and spread the gospel."  We say to ourselves and God, "I don't know enough about the Bible.  What will they think of me?  I don't want them talking behind my back,  Let someone else do it,.

Allow faith to overcome your fears and be obedient to God ,  He will not let you down if you are obedient to his calling,  He has your back!  God never calls us to do something for Him that he doesn't empower us to do,  Please take the time to get to know God in an intimate way,Open your ears and heart to the Lord and be excited about your future serving him in mission work,


*copied from myBN Prayer & Daily Devotional App





This Sunday:

Leading Worship: Mike Richardson

Scripture: Matthew 25:31-46

Liturgist: Susan Gajewski




Next Sunday:

July 2

Leading Worship: Larry Pearson, Gideon Representative

Scripture: Matthew 6:5-13 

Liturgist:Sandra Burke



Dinner D’8


Where:  RARE

When: JUNE 22 AT 7:00pm



















We would like to send out our condolences to the family of Morton Dorothy.  Friends please know that there will be a Celebration of Life Service for Morton Dorothy at 6:00 P.M. Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois with Mr. John Smith and Reverend Rachel Helgeson officiating. A Greeting of Family and Friends will be held from 5:00 to 6:00 P.M. Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Inurnment will follow the Celebration of Life service at Union Chapel Cemetery in Texico, Illinois.















Presbyterian Women

KITCHEN CLEANING  We will be cleaning the kitchen area in July or June,  There is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board.  We woud like to have it done by august 1, 2017.  Choose an area you will be responsible for and put your name next to the area,  We  would like the drawers and cabinets cleaned out and line with new liner.  At the same time, please organize the drawers with like things.  Cleaning supplies can be fournd under the sink.  If you have any questions please see Betty or Marcia,  













                                        Join Our Mission

     At the last Mission Team meeting, Sue Stewart brought us some ideas for helping displaced people in our community who do not qualify for the Lifeboat Shelter.  Sue Tomlin will act as our church's liaison with Bill Norton, manager of the Christian Outreach Center.  He has been talking with some of these displaced people to see what they need to help them survive.  We will be putting out a collection box for items that are most needed.  Our next Mission Meal on July 9 will support this mission by providing some funds for emergency needs of these displaced people.


                                        Items for Mission Box 1.  Small toiletry products like soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc 2.  Wipes 3.  Toothbrushes 4.  Combs/hairbrushes 5.  Plastic zip bags to store items 6.  T-shirts, can be gently used, all sizes 7.  Socks, all sizes








Mission Team


Thank you to everyone who came and donated to the Hands and Feet Mission Meal.  If you are interested in putting your Hands and Feet in action talk to a member of our mission team (Tom Ellison, Betty Stelmazewski, Susan Gajewski, Mike Richardon, or Sue Stewart) or sign up on the board in the narthex / hall way to go to St Louis the week of July 19th for $150 for the week.  (And don’t let cost be an issue the Mission Team can help sponsor folks who need assistance to go.)



































Spiritual Formation

Spiritual Formation:

M&M Crew:

All youth 10 years old and older are invited to attend our final Spring Days of M&M Crew before we go on summer break. Save the date!

Upcoming Dates:

Sunday June 25th 4:30pm: Serve Meal at

Lifeboat Alliance Homeless Shelter

Sunday July 30th 4:30pm: Serve Meal at

Lifeboat Alliance Homeless Shelter

Sunday August 27th: 4:30pm: Serve Meal at

Lifeboat Alliance Homeless Shelter








Children’s Church:

 Children 0-10 are invited to stay in church or go to the nursery following the children’s message during the summer months beginning the weekend of May 28, 2017.

Children’s church will resume in the middle of August.  Have a wonderful summer!











The Faith Club:

A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew- Three Women Search for Understanding

 Marcia Ellison and Susan Gajewski are leading this exciting book

It is said to be, “a groundbreaking book about Americans searching for faith and mutual respect, The Faith Club weaves the story of three women, their three religions, and their urgent quest to understand one another. Personal, powerful, and compelling, The Faith Club forces readers to face the tough questions about their own religions and… it’s caring message will resonate with people of all faiths.”


 We will be taking a break over the summer to attend the Adult Members Class and support our members who are leading.  We  will resume in August.















Vacation Bible School:

Save the dates! 

We will be partnering again with First United Methodist Church, and Prince of Peace Lutheran this summer with our annual summer Vacation Bible School.

This year’s VBS will be the week of July 9th!


If you are interested in volunteering or learning more about this summer’s program let us know!



























Questions and Coffee

Summer is upon us and we are up for our favorite season where members of the congregation will lead our questions and coffee sessions.  Each week will be a different focus based on the leader’s interests or expertise.  Come on out and learn and hear from our own!



Summer is upon us and we are up for our favorite season where members of the congregation will lead our questions and coffee sessions.  Each week will be a different focus based on the leader’s interests or expertise.  Come on out and learn and hear from our own!

Here is an updated list for summer Sunday School.

June 18 - Mike Huntman

June 25 - Mike Richardson

July 2 - no Sunday School

July 9 - Marcia Ellison

July 16 - Session Visioning Team

July 23 - Alyssa and Justin Oldham

July 30 - Janet HALL

August 6 - Ron Gajewski

August 13 - Bernie Dickneitte

August 20 - Lynn Neal

August 27

September 3 - no Sunday School

September 10 - Return to questions and coffee/book study Sunday School Classes


Tech Team

Calling all Techies!!!

FPC Mt Vernon is in need of a few good tech operators.  We are down to a few faithful who appreciate your help to keep the worship service moving beautifully and allow us to experience God is all sorts of mediums. Pat Burke will help train you (and don’t worry about your experience level – we are all starting at a beginning place.) Please contact Pat Burke or the church office for more info!



Pastoral Care






Pastoral Care:


Who are you going to call? 

Who are you going to call during a pastoral emergency while Rev. Rachel is away on maternity leave?  Well not the Ghostbusters.  Call the church office, Mary Gary, or Sue Tomlin and they will direct you to a pastoral leader who is on call or contact a deacon depending on the immediacy of your pastoral call.