Welcome to the United Methodist Church of Mount Vernon!
The congregation at Mount Vernon United Methodist is a warm and welcoming group-- eager to meet you and excited about worship. Come visit and see for yourself how God is working in our church and in our lives. We think you'll agree that the "UMCMV" is a pretty amazing place to be!
There's a lot going on in the church Right Now!
Christmas comes but once a year help us celebrate it Christmas Eve! Services will be held at both 5:30PM and 9:00PM
Youth Road Clean Up
Pastor Bill's Bytes
In my previous articles in this series, I’ve been discussing some insights from beyond the inside of the church body about persons who are outside. This is for the purpose of inviting purposeful discussions among us about how we “insiders” might become more hospitable and inviting to those who are “outsiders.” I believe this is always about inviting relationships, and always the invitation focuses on relationship with Jesus Christ.
Many outside the church comment on the ways in which church people act like we have it all together. We use all the theological words, and are so careful to have them in the right order. And many of us, if we don’t think we have it all together correctly, don’t even try to be invitational. The remedy: be plain (or real, or simple and specific). Non-Christians need to see that we are not people who’ve gotten it all together, but people who have fallen apart at the cross of Christ. In the recovery community, we don’t claim or expect perfection, but spiritual progress.
And practice hospitality. Sometimes, we seem to shy away from creating open spaces for certain kinds of people. We seem to want to protect our spaces from contamination by certain types of people, or protect our kids from experiencing them. I understand the concern. It’s a dangerous world. We don’t make it any less dangerous by isolating ourselves or building protective walls. And we make it much more difficult to introduce them to Jesus. When he walked among us, Jesus built no walls between himself and the people his religious world called “unclean.” His disciples do not need to either. May the Christ who reached out even to lepers lead us to practicing hospitality with others for whom he died!
Your servant for the sake of Jesus,