Worship this Week
Sunday, June 11, 2023
Text: Genesis 2:4b-15 – A Creation Story
June Birthday Blessing

We need each other. This is a core belief in our congregation and foundational to our lives as human beings. We are called to be creators of beloved community, but creating community is also difficult work in a time of division and mistrust. Our summer sermon series will focus us on the task of how we can better connect with one another through curiosity, compassion, empathy, and conversation.

This Sunday, Rev. Bill Warhover, leads us in exploring what the second creation story tells us about who we are in relationship to God, one another, and all of creation. Join us!

June 11 – Rev. Bill Warhover, Guest Preacher

June 18 – Ecumenical Worship at Seeds of Faith at 9:00 featuring VBS kids 
June 25 – Rev. Dr. Howard Chapman, Guest Preacher 

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. 

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–Tanzania, India, Taos Pueblo, El Salvador, and Japan. Cooperatively led by First Pres MV, Seeds of Faith Lutheran and the Mount Vernon UMC. Register here.

Sunday, June 18 at 9:00am + Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper
On June 18, the Sunday following Vacation Bible School, First Pres and the United Methodists will be joining our friends at Seeds of Faith Lutheran Church for worship. We will be inside this year and VBS participants will be sharing what they learned. We will also share communion together. Join us!

Last week, June 4 through June 9, Pastor Lori was a chaplain at Camp Wyoming to a TTT camp for 4th grade girls. This weekend, the Wunder-Bonewalds are at the Small Town State Baseball Tournament in Grinnell. She’ll be back to have a great time at Vacation Bible School next week!


+ Meet Up for Dinner at Morning Glory Farm
**Next Thursday, June 15 at 5:30**
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.

+NEW! Community Band Concert
Tuesday, June 27 in Memorial Park
Meet at 7:00, Concert begins at 7:30

Let’s gather for a time of conversation and then to enjoy a fun community band concert (including our own Julia Andrews and Pat Hogan!). Bring a chair and refreshments, if you wish.

+ 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.

The AV system is almost complete. We have three screens in the sanctuary (two large, one small) and one in the social hall, and the learning curve for the system continues. Thank you, Scott Larson and Gerald Gerber, for your hard and faithful work making this happen! . 


Sunday, June 11
   9:15am Nursery care is available
   9:30am Worship in the Sanctuary & Online
  10:30am Coffee Hour in the Social Hall

Monday, June 12
  1:00-4:00pm VBS at Seeds of Faith Lutheran Church
  6:00pm Bunko in Social Hall

Tuesday, June 13
  1:00-4:00pm VBS at Seeds of Faith Lutheran Church
  1:00-3:00pm Church office hours 
  7:00pm Acrylics Painting Class in Community Room

Wednesday, June 14
  1:00-4:00pm VBS at Seeds of Faith Lutheran Church

Thursday, June 15
  1:00-4:00pm VBS at Seeds of Faith Lutheran Church
   5:30-7:00pm Dinner Meet Up at Morning Glory Farm

Friday, June 16
  9:00-12:00 Church Office Hours
  1:00-4:00pm VBS at Seeds of Faith Lutheran Church

Sunday, June 18 – Ecumenical Worship at Seeds of Faith!
   9:00am Worship in Sanctuary