Church News

  • First Presbyterian inducts new pastor

    On June 24, a special ceremony was held at the First Presbyterian Church in Mount Vernon to welcome the congregation’s new pastor.

    Andrew Clark, a native of Springfield, Ohio, refers to himself as a “second career pastor.” For over 25 years, he worked in a very different sector as a scientist in an Ohio hospital laboratory.

    There was no “lightening bolt moment” for Clark that made him decide to make such a major career change.

  • Trinity Church welcomes Jamie Kent as new pastor

    When Jamie Kent took the pulpit at Trinity United Church of Christ for the first time, many practitioners were still rubbing sleep from their eyes, others still recovering from New Year’s Eve celebrations the night before.

    Kent himself was wide-awake. He had been preparing for this day. And when the new pastor began to preach, he quickly captured the attention of every church-goer in the hall.

  • St. Paul’s church celebrates 200 years in Poseyville

    The congregation at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Poseyville has a lot to be thankful for this season. On Oct. 16 at 2 p.m., the church will celebrate its 200-year anniversary in the community with a large meal and other activities.

    From humble beginnings

  • St. Philip Vacation Bible School

    Register now for Vacation Bible School, July 7-11 from 5:30– 8:15 p.m. each day. All children entering preschool through fifth grade are invited to attend the free event. “God’s Backyard Bible Camp Under The Stars” is the theme for the fun-filled week of songs, crafts, treats and friendships while learning about how to serve Jesus through their community.
    Register online at www.vacationbibleschool.com/stphilip by Friday, June 28 or call Tracy Boehman at 985-0872.

  • St. John’s Episcopal

    St. John’s Episcopal Church is now on its summer schedule. Sunday services will now begin at 9 a.m. instead of 10 a.m. The 9 a.m. service will continue through Sept. 1.

  • Immanuel UCC presents the Dixie Landers Band

    Immanuel United Church of Christ in Mount Vernon will feature music from The Dixie Landers Band for its worship service on Sunday, July 15 at 10 a.m. The music portion of that service will be devoted to their music, directed by Ron Higgs. The pastor of Immanuel UCC is Rev. Doug Turner.

  • Mount Zion General Baptist Church focuses transformation

     During the month of January, Mount Zion General Baptist Church is focusing on the topic of being TRANSFORMED by the renewing power of our God. The word “TRANSFORMED” can easily be used to replace a word often difficult to take by many of us. We all need to experience this yet we all seem to avoid “CHANGE.”

  • Mount Vernon First Baptist to host Bible 101

    Everyone is invited to participate in "Bible 101: An Introduction to the Bible" hosted at the Alexandrian Public Library, Meeting Room A, in Mount Vernon from 6:30-7:30 p.m. This six-week event will last from Monday, Feb. 13 until Monday, March 26 (no study on Monday, March 12). This study is intended for the novice as well as the seasoned Bible reader. Every participant will receive a free Bible to begin his or her journey.
    For more information about the class, contact Pastor Derrick Ousley at 838-2187 or e-mail pastor@fbcmtvernon.org.

  • Black's Chapel members give fond farewell to beloved pastor

    Editor’s Note: The following is a tribute to the Rev. Lester Howard, who is retiring from Black’s Chapel United Methodist Church. It was submitted by church member Don Vivano.

    After 13 ½ years, Pastor Lester Howard was compelled to leave Black’s Chapel because of family issues. The members and friends held a dinner and presentation for their beloved pastor Wednesday, Dec. 29 Black’s Chapel on Bald Knob Road.

  • Trinity U.C.C. welcomes missionary to Chile

    Elena Huegel, missionary to Chile, will be at Trinity United Church of Christ Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. A reception will follow the presentation. A presentation will be given with inspiring stories and photographs about the Chilean people as they rebuild their lives in the aftermath of natural disasters.
    Huegel is a teacher, storyteller, a poet, and an artist. She is the program director of Centro Shalom, a peace and environmental education camp in central Chile. She uses a variety of imaginative methods to teach ecology and peace-building.