Mt. Vernon Church of Christ
We are very happy to have you visit with us for one of our times of worship.
It is our desire that our times of worship bring glory to God and give encouragement
to all those present. There are some things which you can expect to take place, and
we will try to describe these for you below.
Mt. Vernon Church of Christ   732 S. Landrum, Mt. Vernon MO 65712   417-466-2664
Members and guests wear what they feel comfortable with. Some wear suits and ties, while others are more
casually dressed. We do not judge anyone by their outward appearance, the inside is what  counts! The only
standard that we ask is that our members dress modestly.

What if I don't feel worthy to attend church?
If you feel unworthy, you will fit right in at Mt. Vernon. None of us are worthy to be here. We are all sinners who have been
forgiven by God's grace. In fact, some of our folks have a pretty bad track record. As God's Spirit works in our life, we are
changed to be more like Him every day.

Do I have to give money?
Members of the Mt. Vernon church family are given an opportunity to help support the work of the church. There is no high
pressure, guilt or manipulation talks. A prayer of thanksgiving and blessing is offered before we pass the collection trays.
Guests are not required or expected to give.

Is there a program for my children?
YES. We have Bible classes for all ages from 9:30 to 10:15 every Sunday morning and Wednesday evening from 7:00 - 7:40.
During our Sunday morning worship, we have a staffed nursery for infants.  There is also an enclosed training room at the
back of the auditorium for parents to change diapers, feed or train their children.

Will I get a high-pressure sales pitch?
NO - We will be friendly and kind to you and we want you to feel welcome and accepted in our church family. We also want
to make your time with us encouraging and as stress-free as possible. If you have any questions or comments, please ask one
of our shepherds, deacons or door greaters.

What is the Worship Service like?
Prayer: You will find that we usually pray several times during our worship service. We thank and praise God for all that He
has done for us physically and spiritually; we ask for God's blessing on the church and our mission; we plead for strength for
those who are sick and suffering; and we seek spiritual renewal and strength.

Praying is a natural expression of personal and collective talks with God. Those selected to lead the public wording of prayers
are people like you. They have no special ranking in holy living or position over any others. They may or may not be certain
leaders of the church, such as elders or deacons. They will direct our assembly in prayer thoughts, yet never stand as persons
whose worded thoughts are perfectly representative of deep, personal thoughts of our own.

Prayer time is by no means limited to only those moments when certain ones are leading us in public prayer. We believe that
the privilege of our praying together is orderly in public assemblies, but prayer itself is far too intimate to be limited only to
set times or words of others.

Singing: A very uplifting portion of our worship together comes from our congregational singing. Here, our voices can blend
into praises and thanksgiving to God. Also, singing is regarded by the Bible to be instructional and encouraging to one
another. By singing about the love and mercy of the Lord, we build each other up in mutual strength.

We sing several songs during the worship. The words are projected on a screen at the front of the auditorium and hymn
books are also provided. We sing a variety of songs from old favorite hymns to some of the newer praise and worship songs.
We choose not to use special choirs or instruments of music in our worship. We believe in using only the voices of worshipful
hearts blending together in praise to God and love for one another. This is a conviction of ours in order to follow the New
Testament pattern for worship. Vocal ability in singing is no requirement, rather heartfelt expressions of love for God and
those who are worshiping with you.

We hope you will receive as great a blessing from sharing in our singing as we do.

We encourage everyone to follow the directives in
Ephesians 5:18-21 and Colossians 3:16-17

Communion: Sunday is regarded as the Lord's Day or the day which commemorates His triumphant resurrection from the
grave. Just before his death, Christ instituted certain emblems which He asked His disciples long ago, and today, to reverence
as symbols of His body and His blood offered on the cross. The emblems remain just emblems. They are not worshiped in
themselves, but are the reminders of Christ whose sacrifice for our sins is brought to our minds when we partake of them as
His believers.

We observe this communion every Sunday because He requested it to be done "often". Examples taken from the Bible reveal
that early Christians customarily met on the "first day of the week to break bread." It is appropriate, then, for Christians
throughout the ages to respect the same meaning for the beginning of each week as did our earliest brethren of the 1st

Giving: We understand that giving of money is not the only way a believer offers strength to the work of the church. Volunteer
time and efforts are frequently offered by members. Money by itself is of minor importance. Fully offering one's life is a gift
beyond the value of dollars in any quantity. Yet, we believe that some generous and willing expression of monetary giving is
expected by the Lord from His people.

Should you visit with us, you would not be obligated in any way to contribute money. Our giving is a personal and church
family affair. Our budgeted programs of work are based on the actual membership of this congregation, therefore no
participation is expected of you as our guest.

Teaching: Our public worship periods include a spoken message. Everything about our reason for being joyful as people who
are saved by the grace of God comes from increased faith in His holy and revealed Word. The Bible says that faith comes
from hearing the word of Christ, and that without faith no one can please God or draw near to Him for the guidance and
strength He offers.

Our full-time minister, or any other speaker who publicly addresses our congregation, is under the obligation to speak only
those things which can be supported by the Bible. If we indulge in any other type of teaching we cannot be expected to grow
by faith because it will not be Christ and His words we are hearing. We hope the message you hear will stimulate your
thinking and cause you to investigate the Bible's divine call for your life.

Bible Reading:  Paul urged a young evangelist named Timothy to continue reading the Scriptures publicly (1 Timothy 4:15). If
you do not have a Bible, there are Bibles available for use in the seats. If you would like a Bible of your own, just ask and we
will give a copy to you.

Church Events:  In order to keep our family informed, a few brief announcements are made regarding upcoming events,
special programs and the critical physical needs of our members. A church bulletin is printed each week with a list of events,
announcements, schedules and news updates.

Do You Have Other Questions?
Please call our office (417-466-2664) or e-mail us (info@mtvcoc.org) with other questions, comments or concerns. We would
enjoy talking with you.