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Local Church Calendar

Sabbath Dec 8th, 2018

9:30 AM Christmas Brunch

10:40 Christmas Play & Service

Offering: NAD: Adventist Community Services

Cup of Fellowship

Sunday, Dec 9th, 2018

6:00 PM Church Business Meeting & Soup

Tuesday, Dec 11th 2018

7:00 AM Ladies Fellowship @ Anna Marie's Bakery & Cafe, 919 W. Division Street in Mt. Vernon

2:00 PM Creative Art/Writing Workshop w Andrea Poolman

Wednesday Dec 12th, 2018

6:00 PM Prayer Meeting with Mark 
(call Mark @ 360-840-7457 for more information)

Thursday, Dec 13th, 2018 

7:00 AM Band of Brothers meet @ Billy's Cafe in Burlington, 316 E Fairhaven Ave, Burlington, WA 98233. Contact Ron Everett at 541-778-8420 For more information

Friday, Dec 14th, 2018 

8:30 AM Friday Conversation to address steps from homelessness to home ownership.

11:30 AM Bible Study with Pastor John
Mount Vernon SDA Website

Speaking Schedule:

December 8:  Christmas Brunch
December 15:  Pastor McGhee
December 22:  Shawn Latham
December 29:  Arlene Salt
Happening This Week 
Devotional Corner:

John 13:34 New King James Version (NKJV)

34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

Although as Adventists we know Jesus wasn't born in December, it is the time of the year most people celebrate Jesus's birth. While we could go up to them and challenge the date, I think it's a better use of our time to tell people about Jesus and his love for them and for all of us. We see in John 13 Jesus speaking to his disciples at the last supper. As he prepares his disciples for his soon death on the cross, he leaves them and us today with a great message, that is to love each other as he loves us. One of the many reason Jesus came to our little planet in this great big universe was to show us the true meaning of love. Love is a selfless act that we show others, not to gain their favor but to show them that we truly care about them and their well being. Jesus came to this earth because he wanted to restore a meaningful relationship with us. He wanted us to be apart of his family. As he was about to leave Earth, he urge his disciples to love each other through helping each other through the good and the bad times that were coming. I pray today that we can reach out to each other in our Church and in our communities to show this kind of love to each other.
Shawn L.  

Dear Friends
I am happy to invite you to be aware that a SS cell group continues.  I am working with Mark Everett and others to coordinate this Bible study / fellowship group.
In 14 weeks we cover some basic truths which bind the Seventh-day Adventist Family together.  Our textbook will be the Bible supported by the classic work by Ellen G. White, Steps To Christ.
Please see me or Mark Everett with the list of topics. You can also email Shawn Latham at for a digital PDF version.
If you want to review some delightful truths, or you would like to bring someone who is inquisitive about what Seventh-day Adventists believe, this may be just what you are looking for.
Pastor John

Our Christmas Brunch is this Sabbath, December 8 at 9:30 a.m.  (instead of 9:00 a.m. as originally posted).  We're going to have lots of food, fun, and fellowship, so we hope that you will be able to come and celebrate the Christmas season with us!  We'll see you there!!

Your offering on December 8 to Adventist Community Services continue to transform communities and people’s lives in practical ways. ACS accomplishes this through programs for youth, seniors and their caregivers, urban dwellers, and more. FMI or to donate go to

"Ladies Fellowship " The Ladies Fellowship is currently meeting at Anna Marie's Bakery & Cafe, 919 W. Division Street in Mt. Vernon. every Tuesday  at 7:00am. Join us for fellowship and discussion.
We've got a Creative Art/Writing Workshop happening every Tuesday at 2:00 pm at the Church, with Andrea Poolman leading this workshop.  Andrea graduated from Western Washington University with a BA in philosophy and psychology and has studied art in and out of college.  She has also been a volunteer doing creative art with persons of all ages and ethnicity.   Andrea's approach is casual and flexible, so we hope that you will be able to join us for an afternoon of fun and creativity. 

Reminder for those that previously RSVP’d of Community Action's half-day interactive workshop (Cost of Poverty Experience Simulation) in our gym on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at noon. 
Wednesday Prayer Meetings at 6:00 pm:  Please contact Mark for the location information at  360-840-7457.  Come join our family for our weekly prayer time. The church that prays together, stays together!

All men are invited to meet at 7:00 AM each Thursday for Band of Brothers @ Billy's Cafe in Burlington, 316 E Fairhaven Ave, Burlington, WA 98233.

Love & Laundry - Our Love & Laundry project continues to thrive providing laundry services almost daily at the Friendship House.  If you have any questions or are able to help, please contact Kadeem, Friendship House Volunteer Coordinator, (813) 412-8127 or Arlene (360) 840-3749.
FaceBook Page: We post sermon and service information, church events and more. 

Mailboxes: Please remember to check your box every time you come to church. Each week your bulletin will be in your mail box. Please let Darci know if you need a mailbox.
Other Church Announcements

Cup of Fellowship is back!  Please see Melissa to sign up or for any questions.

We need socks for the homeless!  Men and women -- any size.  Can be wool, but it doesn’t have to be.  We’ll take whatever you can give.

If anybody would like to volunteer for our cold weather shelter, please contact the Friendship House. If you would like to bring prepared food for the residents of the shelter, it would be GREATLY welcomed and appreciated, and you are encouraged to do so; however, if you would like to do more than just drop off the prepared food or other goodies (i.e. hand out your goodies), the Friendship House requests that you contact them in advance so that they can make sure that there isn't duplication of 'goodies' on the same day and that all volunteers are used to the fullest potential. The Friendship House's telephone number is (360) 336-6138. Thank you for helping us help our friends and neighbors in need.  

On December 15 at 6:00 pm at Rita’s home we will be having a MVSDA ladies’ Sock & Christmas Cookie Exchange. Bring your daughters too.  Wrap only 1 pair of socks (no more than $10 and NO “stuffings” in the socks) and bring the wrapped socks and 2 dozen cookies (store bought are just fine)-1 dozen to give away and 1 dozen to eat at the party. Let’s celebrate the joy of Christmas by getting to know each other!

All men are invited to an overnight retreat at Warm Beach February 22 -24, 2019, with guest speaker, Tony Scarpino, from Amazing Facts.  Cost is $173/pp, which includes two nights and five meals.  The Theme is Leading Your People!  Anybody interested should sign up on the sign up sheet in the foyer.  To make sure everybody that would like to attend this retreat has an opportunity to do so, we're currently accepting donations to help those that are not financially able.  Any donation will be greatly appreciated. 

A volunteer is needed to attend and represent MVSDA at the Constituency Session for the WA conference on Sunday, April 28, 2019.  Although the meeting isn’t until next April, the Conference is requesting information from us be submitted in December. If you’re interested, please contact Darci as soon as possible. 

The greeter ministry schedule for December is as follows:  Dec 8th Rita Everett and Joy Curtis, Dec 15th Shelia Dodd, Dec 22nd  Bob Walton and Shawn Latham, Dec 29th Bob Walton & Melissa Baskett.  Please contact Melissa Baskett if you have any questions. 
The Deacon and Deaconess ministry schedule  for December is as follows: Dec 8th  Tony Rocha and Rita Everett Dec 15th Shelia Dodd  Dec 22nd Bob Walton and Melissa Baskett , Dec 29th Shelia Dodd & Bob Walton. Please contact Melissa Baskett if you have any questions. 
Please let Darci Guise know if someone needs visitation at home or in the hospital. Also let her know if you want a mailbox at the Church to receive the weekly bulletins and other information. To contact Darci please call 360-416-0443 or email her at 

If you would like to learn more about Jesus Off the Street please contact Ann @ 425-280-7212.

Upcoming Events:

Dec The Lights of Christmas @ Warm Beach
Dec 6-8 Walk through Bethlehem @ Bellingham SDA
Dec 8th Christmas Brunch
Dec 8-9 Walk through Living Nativity @ Ceaderhome SDA
Dec 14th Skagit Adventist Christmas Program
Dec 15th Ladies Sock & Christmas Cookie Exchange
Jan 25-27 Young Adult Retreat @ Sunset Lake Camp
Feb 22nd-24th Men's Retreat @ Warm Beach
Feb 24th Skagit Adventist Academy Auction


Community Announcements

The annual Walk Through Bethlehem will be presented by Bellingham SDA on Thursday, Dec. 6, through Sunday, Dec. 9 from 6:00-8:00 pm. The Walk Through Bethlehem is an opportunity to participate as it was in that first Christmas over two thousand years ago and is based on the real Christmas story as recorded in God’s Word, the Bible.

Walk-Thru Living Nativity
December 8 & 9,  5pm-7pm
Cedarhome Adventist Church
28505 68th Ave NW
Stanwood, WA 98292

Come take an incredible journey to Bethlehem. Meet Roman soldiers, wise-men, angels, shepherds, and animals along the way. Join Mary & Joseph in welcoming baby Jesus, our Redeemer. This event is out doors so please dress warmly. Cookies and warm drinks provided in the fellowship hall afterwards. Contact Gail Johnson if you are interested in being involved as a cast member 425-345-1000

The Lights of Christmas at Warm Beach is back November 29 through December 2, 6-9, 13-16, 19-23, 26-29, 2018; 5-10pm. This is the largest holiday light display in the Pacific Northwest that combines live entertainment, children's activities, food, holiday shopping, and more. Reservations can also be made for overnight getaways in holiday-themed lodges and for dinner theatre/Sunday dessert matinee. FMI:

Skagit Adventist Academy Christmas Program,
"Starry Nights: The Night Christ Was Born" on Friday, December 14, at 6:30 pm. Light finger food potluck reception to follow.

SAA ski and snowboard program at Mount Baker Ski area. The program includes discounted lift tickets, discounted equipment rental packages and lessons. Adults are also able to buy discounted tickets and rental packages for the four days. SAA is pleased to include home schooled children and children of church members going to other schools. Please contact SAA for registration forms or call Julie Cotter for questions. DEADLINE TO TURN IN PAPERWORK: Dec. 18. 

WA Young Adults: Take the leap and learn how to be an active community member this January 25-27, 2019, at the first-ever Young Adult Retreat at Sunset Lake Camp! Come enjoy Anil Kanda’s energetic approach to the Bible and his deep, provocative insights into life’s toughest problems. Plus, enjoy a weekend filled with community, discussions, music, workshops, and fun!  $90/pp Register by January 11, 2019, at  
Save the Date: The Skagit Adventist Academy Auction is February 24th at McIntyre Hall on Skagit Valley College campus in Mount Vernon. SAA will gladly accept your donations of new items, experiences, trips, and gift certificates.

Out and About: The Washington Conference has a new weekly newsletter called "Out and About" To view it or to subscribe to the newsletter please visit
Navigating The Skagit Volunteer Center Website

The Skagit Volunteer Center Website is a great way to respond to the needs of our community. The first step is to create an account, personalize it to what interests you. This flyer will help you get started! It is fast and easy. After you set up your user account, you are free to roam the site and respond to the needs of the community. 
Community Action of Skagit County
Ongoing | Skagit County 

Community Action changes people's lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities and makes Skagit County a better place to live. They care about the entire community, and are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.
Skagit Food Distribution Center
Volunteers are needed to help increase nutrition and food security for residents of Skagit County. The Skagit Food Distribution Center serves as a food hub for 14 local food banks. 
Volunteer opportunities include: 
  • Food Delivery Driver
  • Office Assistant
  • Warehouse Assistant
  • Volunteer Services Program
For more information about volunteering contact Tracy at or 360 588-5753.
Volunteer Services Program 
Community Action's Volunteer Services program supports safe and independent living for elderly and disabled adults in Skagit County. They need volunteers to help out in a variety of different roles:
  • Handyman 
  • Housekeeping
  • Moving
  • Transportation
  • Wood provision- splitting & stacking wood
  • Yardwork
For more information about volunteering contact Robert at

Skagit Valley Family Radio KTFJ 104.7 FM
Encourage others to listen on air or online. Keep the station in your prayers as they begin producing local programming. Listen for the Health Minute with Dr. Barry Bacon, Dinner with the Doctor, and an upcoming preparedness seminar. Remember, podcasts are always available.

Help Seniors & Adults with Disabilities Remain in their Homes
Ongoing | Various locations in Skagit County
Community Action's Volunteer services program recruits and coordinates community volunteers to provide direct services for elderly and disabled adults.
Among the services we provide are housekeeping, shopping, meal preparation, yard work, transportation, moving assistance, firewood stacking in the winter, minor home repair, and more as we strive to help clients remain living independently in their own homes.
Right now they have a big need for volunteers to help out with, driving seniors to appointments, housework, moving, and small home repairs. 
For more information visit:

Friday Night Sundown: 4:19 PM

Sabbath Evening Sundown 4:19 PM


Mount Vernon Seventh-day Adventist Church

4520 E. College Way

Mount Vernon WA 98273

Church Office: 360-416-0443

Fax: 360-848-9603


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