December 1: Machelle Osborne
December 8: Christmas Brunch
December 15: Pastor McGhee
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 Darci know if you need a mailbox.
Philippians 2:3-11 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
The Humbled and Exalted Christ
5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
We read here how we must have the same attitude of humility as Christ Jesus did. He is our example.
We should always think of other people rather than ourselves. We should care about their interests, their concerns and what they want to do. We shouldn't have a selfish attitude – only thinking of ourselves and wanting to do everything our way. That kind of thinking isn't fair on others. We all want to do our own thing, but sometimes we need to put aside what we want to do, in favour of what others want. If we don't do this and continue to want everything our way all the time, we may end up having no friends and being alone. Nobody wants to be around someone that only wants to do what they want to do. We need to care about what others want, and to do things their way as well.
You know, we all can have different ideas, and by putting these ideas together, we can accomplish great things. That's working together – and that's fair play!
© By M.S.Lowndes
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.
A reminder for all of those that RSVP’d, the baby shower for Kiri Good is this Sunday, December 2, at 3:00 pm in the Fireside Room.
"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.
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!
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.
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.
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: www.TheLightsofChristmas.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 communityservices.org.
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.
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 email@example.com
If you would like to learn more about Jesus Off the Street please contact Ann @ 425-280-7212.
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
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
- 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.