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Local Church Calendar

Sabbath Mar 9th, 2019

9:30 AM Sabbath School

10:45 AM Worship Service

Speaker: John McGhee

Message: Love in Any Language

Offering: World Budget: Adventist World Radio

Cup of Fellowship

Elder & Deacon Family Social

Sunday, Mar 10th, 2019

6:00 PM Soup & Church Business Meeting

Tuesday, Mar 12th, 2019

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

Wednesday, Mar 13th, 2019

6:00 PM Prayer Meeting (Please contact Mark for location)

Thursday, Mar 14th, 2019

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, Mar 15th, 2019

8:00 AM Friday Conversation to address steps from homelessness to home ownership.

11:30 AM Bible Study with Your Ministers
Mount Vernon SDA Website

Speaking Schedule:


Mar 9th John McGhee
Mar 16th Joy Curtis
Mar 23rd John McGhee
Mar 30th Shawn Latham
Happening This Week 

Devotional Corner:

Matthew 28:19-20 New King James Version (NKJV)

 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Power Tools and a Boat

Seventh-day Adventists took a boat cruise to share health tips in central Russia - and the boat’s captain quit smoking.

Children wrote letters about the Ten Commandments to give away on Russian streets.

Evangelistic meetings gave power tools to people whose homes were damaged in conflict-torn eastern Ukraine.

These are among the innovative ways that church members are sharing the gospel across the Adventist Church’s Euro-Asia Division, a territory covering much of the former Soviet Union, in an effort to jump-start membership growth, which is largely flat.

“It’s a challenging territory, but God is working through Total Member Involvement”, said division president Michael Kaminskiy.

Eleven Adventist health professionals went on a two-week boat cruise to ancient Russian cities on the Volga River. The trip, which followed a popular tourist route, was organized by a Russian nongovernmental health organization, and the Adventists were invited to share health principles about water, sunshine, exercise, and rest, as well as conduct stop-smoking classes.

The boat’s captain, who smoked heavily, attended the classes.

“He smoked so much that there was always a cloud of smoke around him”, said Ivan Velgosha, president of the West Russian Union Conference.

By trip’s end, he had stopped smoking and made the boat a smoke-free zone. The Adventists presented him with a book about healthy living and told him that Jesus could help him never smoke again.

More than a month after the trip, the captain still hasn’t smoked, Velgosha said.

In the city of Nizhny Novgorod, schoolchildren shared their love for God by writing letters about His law. One child wrote, “We need to remember the third commandment so we don’t say bad words about God.” Another child wrote, “If people stopped stealing, we would be the richest country in the world.” The children spent five days passing out the handwritten letters on city streets.

In eastern Ukraine, church members have found that free drawings for electric drills are drawing men to evangelistic meetings. Women were coming to the meetings, but the number of men in attendance sharply increased when churches began to advertise the electric drills, said Stanislav Nosov, president of the Ukrainian Union Conference.

“Men need tools to repair homes damaged in the conflict”, he said.

Daily drawings were held at two-week evangelistic meetings conducted in several towns in eastern Ukraine. Winners chose between a drill and a set of pots, while anyone who attended seven meetings in a row received a food package with macaroni, sugar, milk, and other basic items. Dozens of people have been baptized.

“God is doing wonderful things through Total Member Involvement”, Kaminskiy said.
By Andrew McChesney, Inside Story Sabbath School Lesson

Sermon Description:

Jesus Christ is the hero of missionaries.  When He went to the mission field, it was for life. How many languages does Jesus speak?  What are the words for "love" in the top four spoken languages on earth?  How can one be a great missionary like Jesus was?  What two words describe the best missionary's life? 

Please come, dressed up in a foreign country's clothes.  Expect to enjoy a taste of Pakistan, India, Russia, and the Philippines.  I'll tell 5 stories  selected from 31 years of life as a foreign missionary.  They feature Jesus Christ living in missionaries' bodies and souls.

John McGhee

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.
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

Lay Advisory:  The conference has notified us that we need a second delegate for the Lay Advisory. The elders have nominated Melissa Baskett and she is willing. We will vote this Sabbath during the service to make it official.

This Sunday is our Church Business Meeting, please come and be part of our discussions and updates on our current ministries. Soup’s on at 6pm, this is a family friendly event!

"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.

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. 

Office Hours: Melissa Baskett would like everyone to know the Church office hours are now Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 to 4 PM. Melissa will be working out of the office sometimes during these hours, therefore, please email her at or call her at 360-416-0443 if you need to meet her.

Mailboxes: Please remember to check your box every time you come to church. Please let Melissa Baskett know if you need a mailbox.
Other Church Announcements

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

Online giving is working again.

Please feel free to take a calendar, sundown bookmark, and any literature that is in the foyer.

Are you a student aged 18 years old and younger or know of an eligible student? Adventist Mission invites youth around the world to creatively express, in one minute or less, what it means to follow Christ in a mission-focused life for the #FollowHim film contest! There are awesome prizes for the winners (and even a bonus prize for the first-place winner’s mentor—like a teacher, pastor, or youth leader). Visit for contest details and how to enter!

Aspire Women’s Event -  March 31, 5-8pm. Please speak to Rochelle or Ann for details
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. The Donation box is in the foyer.
Volunteers for our cold weather shelter, please contact the Friendship House.  Thank you for helping our friends and neighbors in need.

The greeter ministry schedule for March is as follows:  Mar 9th Rita Everett & Sandy Latham, Mar 16th Shelia Dodd Mar 23rd Bob Walton and Shawn Latham, Mar 30th Shelia Dodd & Bob Walton. Please contact Melissa Baskett if you have any questions.

The Deacon and Deaconess ministry schedule  for March is as follows: Mar 9th Tony Rocha & Owen Genther, Mar 16th, Mar 16th Shelia Dodd & Owen Genther, Mar 23rd Bob Walton &  Melissa Baskett, Mar 30th 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 Melissa please email her at 

If you would like to learn more about Jesus Off the Street please contact Arlene @ 360-840-3749.

Upcoming Events:

Mar 10th 22nd Annual Hearts of Gold Dinner & Auction @ AAA
Mar 10th Church Business Meeting
Mar 16th Vibrant Life @ Washington Conference
Mar 31st Aspire Women's Event
Apr 4th-7th Rosario Singles Retreat
Apr 5th Dinosaurs! What does the Bible say? @ SAA
Apr 7th Women's Spring Day @ AAA
Apr 18th-19th Love Health Free Clinic @ Walla Walla Fairgrounds


Community Announcements

22nd Annual Hearts of Gold Dinner & Auction - Auburn Adventist Academy Sunday, March 10 @ 3:45pm. An evening filled with lively conversation, three silent auctions, entertainment showcasing AAA students, fine vegetarian cuisine, and a live auction that goes to benefit the student financial scholarships. With your support, AAA can help all students who desire an Adventist Education. Tickets are $60/person. Table Sponsorships are $500 for 10 seats. Get your tickets at

Vibrant Life, March 16th (New Date)  from 3-7:30 pm, Washington Conference, Federal Way. WC Health Ministries invites you to “Vibrant Life,” a health event that focuses on healthy eating, nutrition, and living healthier lifestyles.

Rosario Singles Retreat April 4-7, 2019. Ofa Langi, pastor of the North Cascade SDA Church is our speaker for the weekend. Registration is $235 for the full retreat. Other options are listed on the registration form. For more details and a registration form, send an email to For those without access to email, you may call our registration line at 360 588-3179 to request info. The deadline is March 18.

April 5-7 :: Dinosaurs: What does the Bible say?
Come discover how dinosaurs fit into the Bible with the “Mud Guy” on April 5-7 in Burlington, Auburn, or Chehalis! This will be an amazing live show with special effects, prizes and surprises that will keep you and your kids on the edge of your seat from start to finish! Get your tickets at

Women's Spring Day - April 7, spiritually encouraging and growing women of faith. Our speaker, Dr. Andrea King has been preaching since she was fourteen years old. Esther had a queen hiding inside of her and so do you. Learn how to unleash the queen God created you to be. Register before March 1 and save $15 on registration at

"Love Heals" Free Clinic Event April 18-19 The "Love Heals Walla Walla" free clinic event is coming to Walla Walla Fairgrounds April 18 & 19. The clinic will offer free dental, vision, general medical, preventative and educational services to assist uninsured and under-insured people in our community. We need dental, vision & medical providers, and general volunteers. Register to volunteer by March 10 at

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: 6:03 PM

Sabbath Evening Sundown 6:05 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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