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Newsletter – Sunday Worship – May 28, 2023 – Noisy Offering for Camp Wyoming

Worship This Week 
Pentecost Sunday
Sunday, May 28, 2023
Text: Acts 2:1-4; Romans 8:14-39
Noisy Offering for Camp Wyoming

Narrative Lectionary:
Week 35
The Promise of the Holy Spirit

It’s our last Sunday with the Narrative Lectionary and we end with two readings. First, the story of Pentecost from Acts 2, and the promised arrival of the Holy Spirit. Second, in Romans 8 Paul explains that the promise of the Holy Spirit is not only for humankind but for the renewal of ALL of creation.

We’ll also be taking the NOISY OFFERING to support Camp Wyoming. Please give generously!

May 28 – Pentecost Sunday & Noisy Offering followed by a church potluck
June 4 – Kick-off Summer Worship Series on CONNECTION + Communion
June 11 – Rev. Bill Warhover, Guest Preacher

June 18 – Ecumenical Worship at Seeds of Faith featuring VBS kids  

Find this week’s bulletin online here
Paper bulletins are available in the sanctuary.

Find Our Worship Online
Join us on Facebook or YouTube beginning at 9:20 (to enjoy the prelude; service begins at 9:30) for a LIVE stream of the service!
To find us on Facebook, search “First Presbyterian Church of Mount Vernon, Iowa.”
To find us on YouTube, search “FirstPresMV” to find our channel, then click on LIVE. 

May 28, 2023 at 10:45 (following worship) in the Social Hall
+Drinks, table service, smoked salmon and vegan black bean burgers provided
+Bring a side or dessert to share
All Are Welcome!

Nearly every Sunday, the faithful and talented members of our choir arrive early to provide us with music that always enhances our worship service. Thank you so much to Elaine Bishop, Jim Bonewald, Craig Engel, Luna Higgins, Patrician Hogan, Erin Lane, Bernie Paulson, Connie Proffitt, and Elizabeth Riechers, and of course, the incomparable, Julia Andrews!


At our May WEO, a crew of kids planted plants and seeds for our pollinator garden. We have asters and sedum from Pastor Lori and penstemon and buttercup from Beth Simon. Morning Glory Farm donated purple coneflowers, yarrow, rudbeckia and butterfly weed. Thanks to everyone who helped!

The project is nearly finished! Scott Larson and Gerald Gerber mounted the second large screen in the sanctuary. Session approved buying another flat panel television to mount on the wall in the social hall. Thank you, Scott and Gerald, for your faithful work!
Saturday, June 3 from 9:00-Noon (if needed)

Our final goal is to have several people who know how to run the AV system. If you are willing to learn, please RSVP to Scott Larson ( Young people are welcome!

+ Pentecost Potluck (details above)
Sunday, May 28 following worship

+ Meet Up for Dinner at Morning Glory Farm
Third Thursdays, June 15 – July 20 – August 17 – September 21 from 5:30-7:00
Join your FirstPresMV friends for dinner from the Morning Glory food truck–or bring your own. We will have tables staked out, so join us when you can. The Thursday market runs from 4:00-6:00 with local vendors selling baked goods, meats, personal care products, and plant starts in addition to Morning Glory produce. The food truck will serve food from 4:00-7:00.

+ Pool Party & Cook Out at the Austerman’s
Sunday, July 2 in the afternoon (time TBA)
Entrees provided; please bring lawn chairs and a side/dessert to share;
swimsuit and towel for those who want to swim or use the slip-n-slide.

+ Cook Out at the Wunder-Bonewald’s
Sunday, August 20, 5:00-7:30pm
Entrees provided; please bring lawn chairs and a side/dessert to share

+ Fall Kick Off at the Lodge at Palisades-Kepler State Park
Sunday, September 10
Details TBA

Our congregation is working with Mount Vernon Lisbon Child Care Solutions group to serve as an infant childcare location. The required documentation has been submitted to the State Fire Marshal for approval. Meanwhile, the MVL Child Care Solutions work group is looking for an entrepreneur to run a daycare. The daycare administration will be independent of the church. Our goal is to meet a critical need in our community, not to have a source of income for the church.

Each PC(USA) congregation shares in the financial support for the work of the wider denomination at the presbytery, synod and national level. This support is called Per Capita, an amount per member apportioned by the member presbytery (in our case, the Presbytery of East Iowa). Our congregation’s per capita is $40.70 per member, or $5403 total. Thank you to everyone who has contributed the cost of their per capita. So far we have received $1363.45, or 25% of our share of support for the larger church.

Monday, June 12 through Friday, June 16
1:00-4:00pm at Seeds of Faith Lutheran Church

At this year’s VBS we take a deep dive into the Parable of the Good Samaritan and learn about neighbors around the globe. Cooperatively led by First Pres MV, Seeds of Faith Lutheran and the Mount Vernon UMC. Register here.

Sunday, May 28 – Pentecost Sunday
  9:15am Nursery care is available
  9:30am Worship in the Sanctuary & Online
 10:45am POTLUCK in the Social Hall
 11:15am VBS Planning 

Tuesday, May 30
  1:00-3:00pm Church office hours 
  7:00pm Acrylics Painting Class in Community Room

Friday, June 2
  9:00-12:00 Church Office Hours

Saturday, June 3
   9:00am AV Training in the Sanctuary Balcony

Sunday, June 4
   9:15am Nursery care is available
   9:30am Worship in the Sanctuary & Online
  10:30am Coffee Hour in the Social Hall

“Who Is My Neighbor?”
June 12-16 from 1:00 – 4:00
at Seeds of Faith Lutheran Church

Cost is free! Click here to register 

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