2017-2018 Bicentennial

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Bicentennial Special Events:

Sunday, July 29th – Bicentennial 5th Sunday Event

Join us on this special Homecoming Sunday as we welcome back to our pulpit the Rev. Alan Rhein.  Rev. Rhein and his wife, Connie, and children Keri (Harrison), Zach, Ali (Han) and Lindsey (Dawson) were in our congregation in the mid-90’s.  Alan and Connie currently serve at Carbondale First United Methodist Church.

Featured musician for this Bicentennial 5th Sunday Event will be Dr. Todd Hill, Director of Jazz Studies at Murray State University.  The grandson of a Methodist minister,  Dr. Hill brings more than thirty years experience as a church music leader. He is Professor of Music at Murray State University and leads six jazz ensembles, teaches Jazz History courses, and American Popular Music History and Analysis. He has played, performed and served as a guest clinician and conductor for regional and all-state concert and jazz bands in throughout the country as well as lead his own professional groups.  His expertise and leadership has been recognized by various music entities and was the Kentucky Music Educators Association “College-University Teacher of the Year” in 2016.  We are pleased he will be able to join our congregation as part of our Bicentennial celebration. 

A reception will be held in the Cafe immediately following the service.



Sunday, August 19th – Legacy Sunday

For the past nine months we have been celebrating the history of our church by looking at the people and events of our past.  In truth though, the heart of our church is the families who have worshiped here, learned here, laughed and played here, served God here.  We have families who have been in this church for four or more generations.  We have families who have been in this church for one generation.  We will celebrate the ‘heart’ of our church this Sunday by recognizing all families.  We invite all generations to come home and remember who we are and why we are here.

Sunday, September 23rd – a Brush Arbor Service

& All Church Picnic

A Brush Arbor Service with guest preacher, Rev. Matt Henson, will be held at Jefferson County Historical Village.  With a nod to the past, fried chicken will be provided and we are asking for the side dishes to come from one of our own church cookbooks.  More information on the cookbooks will be forthcoming.


Save these dates! 

Saturday, September 29th – Bicentennial Float and walkers in the Mt. Vernon Fall Festival Parade

Sunday, September 30th – Bicentennial 5th Sunday Event: 

Class of 2018 Bicentennial Confirmation 


Bling Store Returns – Sunday, August 19th

After taking a ‘summer vacation’ as we approach our Bicentennial Celebration – do not miss the opportunity to purchase these one of a kind Bicentennial Keepsakes!

First Church logo wear, jewelry and more will be available each Sunday. 

Prayer Beads for $10


 During the renovation of our downstairs children’s area part of the original stone foundation of the church was removed.  These large sandstone blocks were transported to Effingham, IL, to the Pyramid Marble Co. where they have been cut down to a 4″ x 4″ size stone with a chiseled cross in the center. This stone cross keepsake is an actual piece of our church’s history — our church’s foundation.  To the best of our knowledge, this stone foundation dates back to the tornado of February, 1888 when the church was destroyed, rebuilt, and dedicated in December, 1888.  Quantities are limited.

 A First Church Silhouette cutout has been crafted from wood and is a small replica of our current 2017 church, including our magnificent steeple–which serves as a beacon to all. Quantities are limited.

Also available for sale:  Commemorative bluetooth speakers as well as Bicentennial sweatshirts and tshirts.


                                                           Store Location: First Church Café.

 Store hours: Sundays, 9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Cash, check or card accepted. 


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