Mount Vernon Community Blood Drive

Mark your calendar and get the word out to your friends and neighbors:

blood drive
Fellowship Hall at First Presbyterian Church of Mount Vernon will again be the site of this year’s community blood drive.

The date is Tuesday, June 23rd from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is the provider of blood products and serviced to patients at Mercy Medial Center and Unity Point – St. Luke’s Hospital.

Worship in June, 2015

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Photo by F. D. Richards

On May 24, with Pentecost Sunday, our time with the Narrative Lectionary came to an end. We hope that another year following the biblical story from beginning to end (at least of the pages of the bible) helped you to grow in your understanding of how all the stories fit together, not only in God’s story but our own stories as well.

For the summer, we’re starting off with a two-part series on the Trinity, inspired by a question about the Trinity, why we even have it and why it matters.

May 31 – Why Do We Have the Trinity?
Part 1
Selected verses from Exodus 3, John 1, Matthew 28, 1 Corinthians 2

June 6 – Why Do We Need the Trinity?
Part 2
Scriptures: Genesis 18 and Ephesians 4:5-6
Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

Then, in June, July and August, our worship services will be shaped by chapters from Barbara Brown Taylor’s An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith. ** If you would like a copy of the book ordered for you, please let Pastor Lori ( or Deb in the office know (895-6060 or Cost is around $13. (Also available for Kindle)

June 14 – Waking Up and Paying Attention!
Chapter 1 (The Practice of Waking Up to God – Vision) and Chapter 2 (The Practice of Paying Attention – Reverence)
June Birthday Sunday

June 21 – We Belong to Each Other
Chapter 6 (The Practice of Encountering Others – Community)
Reception of New Members

June 28 – All of Me
Chapter 3 (The Practice of Wearing Skin – Incarnation)

Pastor’s Message – 2015 – June

Summer Reading List

One of the many things people look forward to in summer is having time to read.

picture of 6 books to read this summer

Summer reading

A couple of weeks ago, I ordered this pile of books in anticipation of tending my mind and spirit more intentionally during June, July and August (even though I started reading some of them in May!).

So when, at the same time, I was trying to figure out what to preach on this summer, it occurred to me: what if we did a sermon series based on a book those who were interested in could read along with me?

It didn’t take long to think of the book.

An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor is, in many ways, the perfect book for a summer preaching series. In this book, Taylor encourages her readers to expand their understanding of where God is (hint: it’s not only in the sanctuary!) and what God is up to (hint: it doesn’t only happen in church!).

Taylor writes, “…my hope is that reading [these pages] will help you recognize some of the altars in this world—ordinary-looking places where human beings have met and may continue to meet up with the divine More that they sometimes call God.”

In each chapter she pairs a practice with a religious idea or concept. For example, the practice of paying attention is paired with reverence and the practice of living with purpose is paired with vocation. Each Sunday, worship and the sermon will be inspired by a chapter, practice and idea, as well as a scripture reading (or two) that goes along with it.

Summer can get so busy that it is easy to be disconnected from church and worship. My hope is that by offering a sermon series on An Altar in the World, whether you are here in body or not, your spirit may be fed and you can feel connected to what is happening in our congregation.

One of my favorite lines in the book is this: Earth is so thick with divine possibility that it is a wonder we can walk anywhere without cracking our shins on altars.  It seems to me that this awareness of God in the world is exactly what summer should be about!


Epistle – 2015 – June

Select the link below to view or download the First Presbyterian Church of Mount Vernon’s Newsletter.  It is an Adobe Acrobat PDF document.  Most computers have the Adobe Acrobat reader installed.  If you need to install the reader, click here.

Click here to download or view the June 2015 Epistle.

Worship Service – 2015.05.24

May 24 – Nothing Can Separate Us

Pentecost Sunday – Wear RED!

Acts 2:1-4
The story of the first Pentecost & Romans 8:18-39 The groaning of creation, the Spirit helps us in our weakness, nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.

Come as You Can Cook Outs


Two great times to enjoy the company of good friends and good food:  Sunday, May 31st and August 16th from 5-7pm at the Wunder-Bonewald’s residence (230 Scobey Road NW).

  • Grilled entree, beverage and table service provided.
  • Please bring a dish to share if you can (if not, just bring yourself!)
  • Lawn chairs and games are welcome additions.

Everyone is welcome!

Come as you can for a time of food and fellowship!

New Members’ Class

Sundays, May 31st, June 7th, and June 14th from 11-Noon in the Community Room.

If you, or someone you know, are interested in joining more formally in the life of the First Pres Mount Vernon, or just want to learn about what a Presbyterian is, please join us for this series of classes.

May 31 – Sharing Our Stories
(How did you get to this church and what keeps you coming back?)

June 7 – Presbyterian 101

June 14 – What First Pres Mount Vernon is All About

To sign up, or for more information, talk with Pastor Lori!