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Pastors Mid week thoughts

“All God’s Creature’s Got a place in the choir

Some sing low. Some sing higher.

Some sing out loud on a telephone wire.

Some just clap their hands, or paws, or anything they’ve got now.”

 

As our M&M Crew and children of the church prep for this Sunday’s Children’s Sabbath this Sunday this song came to mind. Whether we are small or large, young or young of heart, we all have a place in God’s choir. We all have a place at the table. We all have space to lead worship.

I hope that you will come this Sunday to celebrate with our children and youth in the joy of creation. I hope that whether you sing low or high or out loud on a telephone wire that you come and clap your hands, or paws, or anything the’ve got now.

 

Blessings,

Rachel

 

Rev. Rachel Helgeson

Pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Mt Vernon

reverendrachel@rachelhelgeson.com

618-214-2989

 

 

 

 

 

 




Worship

WORSHIP  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2017 ,

Pastor: Rev Rachel Helgeson

Scripture:  1 Corinthians 1: 10-17  Genisis  1:20-25

Liturgist:  M&M CREW

Organist:  Susan Wells

Choir Director:  Sandra Burke

 Ushers: Dave Stephens, Ron Gajewski, Elijah Lewis, M&M Crew (Children's Sabbath)

Tech Person:  Katelyn Tilley

Congregational Meeting - after worship  10/22/2017

WORSHIP,  November 5

Pastor:  Rachel Helgeson

Scripture:  Luke 13:10-17:  Numbers 22:22-35

Liturgist:  Betty Stelmazewski

Organist:  Susan Wells

Music Director:  Sandra Burke

Ushers: Judy Myers, Jim Redpath, Mike Richardson, Mike Huntman

Children's Church:  Alyssa Oldham

Tech Person:  Dale Anderson

 

 

 

 

 

 




Presbyterian Women

 

 

Questions & Coffee

  Our regular Adult Sunday School Class will be this Sunday.

It is always an interesting time, discussing various topics and questions which come up concerning our beliefs, and our world.

There will be a discussion during Sunday School of the upcoming Congregational Meeting which will be held after after worship on October 22.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BACK TO BOOK STUDY

If you like to read, discuss, and learn about different religious points of view, join the book study group that meets at 9:00am on Sunday mornings in the Freytag Room.  We will resume our study of the Faith Club, A Muslim, A Chistian, A Jew-Three Woemn search for understanding, on Sunday, September 10.  We will be discussing Chapter 10. It is not too late to join this group.  If you need a book, talk to Susan Gajewski.  Maria Ellison and Susan Gajewski will be leading the discussion.

 

 

 

 

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CHILDREN'S CHURCH

Our Children's Church began its new season.   During the Fall Schedule, children will be learning from an Illustrated Earth curriculum where they will study Water Stories, Plant and Food Stories and Animal Stories  We hope your children will enjoy this new exploration of our earth. There will be no chldren's church this Sunday due to Children's Sabbath.

 

 

 




M&M CREW

M&M CREW

The M&M crew are hard at work planning for the  Trunk or Treat to be held on October 31st  and the Children's Sabbath Worship Service on October  22nd

We always have food, fellowship, prayer, prep, and fun!!!

All children ages 10 and above are invited to join in.

 

 

 

 

 

Trunk or Treat

Trunk or Treat will be held on the First Presbyterian parking  area on Halloween, October 31, 5-7 PM.

This is your chance to have some fun.  Come in costume with your car trunk decorated and be ready to hand out candy and enjoy seeing all the kids in their costumes.  Candy will be supplied but we are always looking for more.  Hot dogs and bottled water will also be handed out.  The Deacons need your help!!  Let's have a spooktacular trunk or treat. 

 

 

 

 




spiritual formation

COFFEE AND QUESTIONS

  Do you like Coffee or a hot beverage?

Do you have questions about faith?

Religion?

The world?

Your beliefs?

What it means to be a Presbyterian? 

What it meants to be a Christian?

Things about Scripture and how it applies to what's happening today?

Then come and join the Coffee and Questions group every Sunday morning before worship in the fellowship all.

It is always an interesting time, discussing various topics and questions which come up concerning our beliefs, and our world!

 

 

 

BACK TO BOOK STUDY

If you like to read, discuss, and learn about different religious points of view, join the book study group that meets at 9:00am on Sunday mornings in the Freytag Room. 

We resumed our study of the Faith Club, A Muslim, A Chistian, A Jew-Three Women search for understanding,  We continue to discuss the book chapter by chapter, so it is not too late to join this group. 

If you need a book, talk to Susan Gajewski,

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHILDREN'S CHURCH

Our Children's Church began its new season.  

During the Fall Schedule, children will be learning from an Illustrated Earth curriculum where they will study Water Stories, Plant and Food Stories and Animal Stories.  Each of the stories line up with what is being preached and spoken about in worship.

Each week they will get to learn and grow with various members of our congregation who feel passionate about Christian Education.

  We hope your children will enjoy this new exploration of our earth and grow in their faith through relationships with their community of faith!

 

 

 

 




Fellowship

 D'8 

There will be another D8 night on November 16 at the Centrailia House at 6:00 pm.  Come join us for an evening of fellowship and fun.

 

 

 

 

 




Mission Team

MISSION TEAM

 

Our next Community Meal will be held the second Monday in November, November 13th 11am-1pm.  Come join us for a great meal.

Our next Mission Meal will be held October 22 following the Congregational Meeting after worship.  Proceeds from this meal will be used to fund Grace Bags.  (These bags are given without question to folks who need a bit of grace and food to pull them through wherever they have been to wherever they are go.)  This is such a worthy mission and helps so many people.  We will also be having another Mission meal on November 5.  This one is to help with expensives for our Cuban Mission Members, who will be going to Cuba in May.

If anyone is interested in joining the Maniacs for Missions, our next meeting is October 11, at 5:00pm.  We would love to have you.

 




Pastoral Care

WEEKLY CALENDAR

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11

1:00pm  Rummage Sale Sorting

4;00pm  Bring up rummage from basement rummage sale room.  Organize items

5:00pm Mission Team Meeting

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12

9:00am  Set up for rummage sale

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13

4PM TO 7PM  Rummage Sale

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14

8AM TO 11:00AM  Rummage Sale

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER  15

9:00am  Sunday School: Discuss Personnel and Facilities

10:00am  Worship

M&M CREW AFTER WORSHIP

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17

9:00am   JCMA

9:15am, 12:15pm and 6:00pm  Weight Watchers

10:00am  Share the Prayer

5:30pm  Session Meeting

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18

2pm  Countryside Communion

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19

9-5pm PSEI General Council in Effingham

11am  Graveside Service for Gary Wentz  at Oakwood Cemetary

6:00  D8 Night - Harbor lights Restaurant

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20

9:00am  PW Craft Day

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22

9:00am  Sunday School

10:00am  Worship  (Children's Sabbath)

Congregational Meeting Following Worship

Mission Meal Following Worship

 

 

Upcoming dates for your calendar

October 22  -- Congregational Meeting following worship. 

Mission meal to raise money for Grace Bags.  This is such a great mission for our community,

October 31 - TRUNK OR TREAT  5-7  We are in need of donated candy and for participants to sign up their trunks.  Remember to wear costumes.  Lots of fun is had by all.

November 18 - Fall Festival at the Gajewski Farm.  This is always a great time of good food and fellowship!  Don't miss it!!!

 

Pastoral Care:  Contact the church office at 244-34210  or Rev. Rachel Helgeson with pastoral care concerns.