December 22: Shawn Latham
December 29: Arlene Salt
Happening This Week
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 Melissa Baskett know if you need a mailbox.
Devotional Corner and Sermon Description:
Christmas can either be a joyous time of year or a stressful one. Sometimes we get so busy running around buying gifts for everyone we know and some we barely know. We feel obligated to decorate our houses perfectly and to be the perfect host for our families. Is this what Jesus had in mind when he came to earth. I don't think so.
It has been over 2000 years since our Father in heaven has given us the best gift. His Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus was our best gift because he restored our relationship with him and his Father. Since Creation God's greatest desire is for us to be in fellowship with him. As John 3:16 says The father gave his only son to die for our sins so that we can be saved and spend eternity with him. He wants us to share that message and the gift of Salvation with our fellow man. As Jesus told his disciples before departing this Earth in the book of John we are to Love others as he has Love us. My prayer for you during this Christmas season, is to accept the greatest gift our Father has given us, Jesus and to follow Jesus's example of loving your fellow man. Please join me on December 22nd as we explore God's greatest gift and ways we can show love to others through our gifts.
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 email@example.com 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.
Potluck this Sabbath! We hope that you will be able to stay after worship service for some tasty food and fellowship!
The Prayer meeting, Ladies Fellowship and the Creative Art/Writing Workshop will not be happening this week due to Christmas.
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.
Other Church Announcements
Navigating The Skagit Volunteer Center Website
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.
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.
The greeter ministry schedule for December is as follows: 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 22nd Bob Walton and Melissa Baskett , Dec 29th Shelia Dodd & Bob Walton. Please contact Melissa Baskett if you have any questions.
Please let Melissa Baskett 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to learn more about Jesus Off the Street please contact Ann @ 425-280-7212.
Jan 9th How to pay for college @ Walla Walla University
Jan 25-27 Young Adult Retreat @ Sunset Lake Camp
Feb 22nd-24th Men's Retreat @ Warm Beach
Feb 24th Skagit Adventist Academy Auction
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.
How to Pay for College—Online Webinar
Walla Walla University will host a free online webinar for prospective students and their parents titled How to Pay for College on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. This 40-minute presentation will be led by experts from WWU Student Financial Services, and Marketing and Enrollment Services. After the presentation, attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions. Register at sfs.wallawalla.edu/webinars.
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 https://www.eventbrite.com.
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 http://www.washingtonconference.org/
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:
For more information about volunteering contact Tracy at email@example.com or 360 588-5753.
- Food Delivery Driver
- Office Assistant
- Warehouse Assistant
- Volunteer Services Program
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:
For more information about volunteering contact Robert at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wood provision- splitting & stacking wood
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. www.radiooflife.org.
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.