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Friday, Nov 23rd 2018

Local Church Calendar

Sabbath Nov 24th, 2018

9:30 AM Sabbath School

10:40 Worship Service

Speaker: Joy Curtis

Message: Thanksgiving Praise:  Gold Out of the Flames

Offering: Washington Conference Youth

All Church Fellowship Meal

Tuesday, Nov 27th, 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 Nov 28th, 2018

12:00 PM Cost of Poverty Experience Simulation for those who RSVP

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

Thursday, Nov 29th, 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, Nov 30th, 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:

November 24:  Joy Curtis

December 1: Machelle Osborne
December 8:  Christmas Brunch
December 15:  Pastor McGhee
December 22:  Shawn Latham
December 29:  Arlene Salt
Happening This Week 
Devotional Corner:

Psalm 107:9 New King James Version (NKJV)

For He satisfies the longing soul,
And fills the hungry soul with goodness.

Yesterday was Thanksgiving a day to be thankful of all the wonderful things our Lord has done for us over the last year. Before my family ate we all went around the table and said what we were thankful for. The main things we were thankful for were our family, our pets, our job and our loving Savior. After we asked for thanks we got filled up on delicious Thanksgiving food like turkey, potato and gravy, cranberries etc, 

While our Heavenly Father wants to fill us up on good food each day to keep us physically healthy, he even more wants to feed us spiritual food. What is this spiritual food? It is the Word of God, The Bible. When I need strength or comfort I turn to the Bible to lift me up when I'm feeling down. I look to it to give me strength as I read about Daniel, David or Moses's walk with the Lord. And as I read about the Good news in the Gospels I am brought closer to my savior Jesus Christ.  I encourage you in this Holiday season to not only reach out for physical food but to spiritual food as well. Since our savior Jesus Christ wants to be apart of our family as well.

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

Potluck this Sabbath.  We hope everyone will be able to stay after worship service for more of God's bountiful blessings and fellowship!

"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.
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.  

Baby Shower Update: The baby shower for Kiri Good has been rescheduled to Sunday, December 2, at 3:00pm in the Fireside Room.  All of the MVSDA Church family (men and women) are welcome to attend. Please RSVP on the sign-up sheet in the foyer or contact Darci no later than November 30.  We hope everyone will be able to join us!

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:

Fountainview Academy will be coming to the Christian Reformed Church, 701 Blackburn Road in Mt. Vernon, on December 6 from 7:00-8:00pm.  You won’t want to miss this outstanding orchestra, band, and choir!
Our Christmas Brunch is set for December 8 at 9:00am.  Please see the sign-up sheet in the foyer to volunteer or contact Darci at
Offering for Adventist Community Services on December 8. Your offering on December 8 will allow Adventist Community Services to continue assisting people with their physical, social, mental, and spiritual needs.  To learn more or donate, go to community

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!

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 November is as follows: Nov 24th  Bob Walton and Sandy Latham, Please contact Melissa Baskett if you have any questions. 
The Deacon and Deaconess ministry schedule  for November is as follows: Nov 24th Bob Walton and Melissa Baskett. 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:

Nov 28th Cost of Poverty Experience Simulation
Dec The Lights of Christmas at Warm Beach
Dec 2nd Baby Shower for Kiri Good
Dec 6th FountainView Academy Concert @ Christian Reformed Church Mt. Vernon
Dec 8th Christmas Brunch
Dec 14th Skagit Adventist Christmas Program
Dec 15th Ladies Sock & Christmas Cookie Exchange
Feb 24th Skagit Adventist Academy Auction


Community Announcements

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.

WA Young Adults: You are invited to the first-ever Young Adult Retreat on January 25-27, 2019, at Sunset Lake Camp! Come enjoy Anil Kanda's energectic 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! Cost is $90/pp; however, if you purchase your tickets during Black Friday weekend (Nov. 23-27), the cost will be $75/pp for this weekend only. Regular prices return on November 28.  Register 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: 4:26 PM

Sabbath Evening Sundown 4:26 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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