November 17: Randy Salt
November 24: Joy Curtis
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.
THE FIRST THANKSGIVING
The image of the first Thanksgiving at Plymouth in 1621 with the Pilgrims, Massasoit of Pokanoket and the Wampanoag Nation, is forever etched upon the American conscience. Edward Winslow, one of the pilgrims on the Mayflower, called it the "Providence of God" that they had overcome so much to reach New England and make a settlement here. The Pilgrims provided wild turkeys and Massasoit arrived with ninety Indians and brought five freshly killed deer, which they barbecued on an open fire. The gathering lasted three days and combined the spiritual devotion of a thanksgiving and a joyous community gathering. The following is the earliest description of Thanksgiving, quoted directly from Of Mourt’s Relation, written by Edward Winslow and William Bradford (London, 1622).
"Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together, after we had gathered the fruits of our labors; they four in one day killed as much fowl, as with a little help beside, served the Company almost a week, at which time amongst other Recreations, we exercised our Arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and amongst the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five Deer, which they brought to the Plantation and bestowed on our Governor, and upon the Captain and others. And although it be not always so plentiful, as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want, that we often wish you partakers of our plenty."
May you remember God's blessing for your family as the people of Plymouth was blessed in 1621.
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.
"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!
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
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Cup of Fellowship is back! Please see Melissa to sign up or for any questions.
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!
Community Action invites you to join us on Wednesday, November 28th for a half-day interactive workshop in our gym, the Cost of Poverty Experience Simulation (COPES). Participants will be divided into small “family” teams and experience real challenges faced by people in situational or generational poverty. Space is limited. Registration deadline is November 21, or until the workshop is at capacity. This worship is free; however, there is a suggested donation of $20 to help cover the costs of the materials. Register at www.skagitvolunteercenter.org/training.
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!
Mark your calendars for our Christmas Brunch on December 8! See Melissa to volunteer or for questions.
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 17th Shelia Dodd, Nov 24th Bob Walton and Shawn Latham, Please contact Melissa Baskett if you have any questions.
The Deacon and Deaconess ministry schedule for November is as follows: Nov 17th Shelia Dodd and Owen Genther, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 15th Ladies Sock & Christmas Cookie Exchange
Feb 24th Skagit Adventist Academy Auction
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 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.