"For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them." Matthew 18:20
We invite you to worship with us each and every Sunday morning at 10:30am in person or at 10:30am online.
Coming Home: The Rebuilding and Renewal of God's People(Ezra & Nehemiah - Part 1)
Fall Sermon Series
Imagine the bewilderment of God's people as they lost loved ones, watched the temple fall, and were taken away to Babylon into exile to be subjects in a foreign land. Today, many feel discouraged as they survey the changes of our time, in our own land. We may even feel out of place living at home in ways we never have before. Ezra & Nehemiah are two books that show the faithfulness of the Lord, and the transformation of Judah towards a faith filled people. It is a story of God returning His people to the land after years of being far from it. The best part is that it isn't just a return home, but the experience of God's renewing power within His people to return them to Him. God is rebuilding a community focused on the right things, and it changes lives. The despair of yesterday replaced with the dreams of what God will do tomorrow. A message of hope for today!
September 12: Ezra 1:1-11, the call to return & God's faithfulness
September 19: Ezra 3:1-13, rebuilding brings rejoicing, & remembering
September 26: Ezra 4:1-6, 11-24, overcoming opposition & discouragement
October 3: Ezra 6:1-22, the Lord fills with joy
October 10: Ezra 7:1-28, law & life of reform
October 24: Ezra 8:1-36, good hand of God & right heart of His people
October 31: Ezra 9:1-15, sorrow for sin, righteous God, the remnant
November 7: Ezra 10:1-17, the repentant - people confess & divorce
November 14: Nehemiah 1:-2:10, praying to God, professing our need & proclaiming His promises
November 21: Nehemiah 2:11-20, right vision - obstacles & God's plan
Before the sermon, all children from preschool through 5th grade are invited to go downstairs for Junior Church - a worship experience at their age level.
The kid friendy worship includes starter questions & prayer requests, songs, scripture in child friendly words, and an activity to help understand that scripture passage. With a snack in hand, they talk about the scripture and what it tells them about God. An offering is collected, and the kids have a time of prayer. They close with a memory verse.
Throughout Junior Church, the kids have the chance to learn about the different elements of a worship service and understand how we are able to worship God in a variety of ways.
The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated during worship on the following Sundays in 2021: January 10, February 7, March 7, April 4 (Easter), May 2, June 6, August 1, October 3 (World Communion Sunday), November 7, and December 5.
We acknowledge that we are all joined together in Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit, so we invite those attending online worship services to celebrate communion with us. You may find more information about how to prepare and when to partake by clicking HERE.
The Mission Committee has designated the following special offering collections for 2021 to benefit these ministries:
March 21 & 28 - EduNations (to help replace a necessary vehicle totaled in an accident)
April 4 & 11, Easter - The Yellow Ribbon Girls
May 9, Mother's Day - Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County (also collecting women's socks, slippers, deodorant, disinfecting wipes, & paper towels)
June 7-10, VBS - The Zack Packs (A quality embroidered back pack filled with toiletries, snacks, journal and other creature comforts, Zack Packs are given to families staying in the hospital with their medically fragile child.)
June 20, Father's Day - City Rescue Mission (also collecting men's flip flops, deodorant, shampoo, body wash, and foot powder)
September 12, 9/11 - Portersville - Muddy Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Portersville - Muddy Creek Volunteer Emergency Medical Service, & Wurtemburg - Perry Township Volunteer Fire Department
November 7, Veteran's Day - It's About the Warrior Foundation
December 24, Christmas Eve - Promise of Life Network (formerly Alpha Omega Center)
More information about these organizations can be found on our Missions Spotlight page.
A Typical Service
We meet together to praise and worship the one true God. Pastor Patrick uses a sermon series format to bring about a deeper understanding of a biblical concept or book of the Bible. Our services have traditional elements including hymns accompanied by both organ and piano. Some services also include contemporary arrangements and special music presented by the Mountville choir, small groups, or soloists.
Our services include families with small children as well as those old enough to be grandparents and great grandparents. We believe that children are a sign that the church is growing, so we would rather have noisy children than no children at all. However, there is a play area downstairs for when it is needed. Some people come to worship wearing jeans and t-shirts, and others come wearing dresses or suits. All are welcome.
There is a ramp as well as stairs to access the main door. In the sanctuary, there are large monitors on the front wall to display the order of service, song lyrics, scripture, announcements, etc. as well as a printed paper bulletin. The sound system has recently been upgraded. On the sanctuary level, there is a handicap accessible restroom.