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Local Church Calendar

Sabbath Jan 5th, 2019

9:30 AM Sabbath School

10:45 AM Worship Service

Speaker: Steve Ebsen

Message: Abandoned? Living Life in Jesus' Right Hand

Offering: Local Church Ministries

Cup of Fellowship

Tuesday, Jan 8th, 2019

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

Thursday, Jan 10th, 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, Jan 11th, 2019

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:

January 5th:  Steve Ebsen
Happening This Week 

Devotional Corner:

 “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” Proverbs 16:9

Each January I like many people look ahead to the new year and set goals for myself. Over the years, I've had many goals including reading a specific number of books, organizing all my filling cabinet folders, messaging each of my Facebook friends, at least once, and like many, eating a healthier diet. I've also made spiritual yearly goals including reading through the Bible, utilizing a daily devotional, and talking to God more times each day. Now some of the goals I've set I did accomplish but sometimes I didn't follow through. Why did I fail well there was several reasons from setting too many goals at once, to not being able to stick to a schedule. I think Proverbs 16:9 tells us another reason, we often fail,  that is we might plan things in our hearts, however those plans often will end up failing or even worse leading us to sin. How can we protect from that we must hear from God before setting goals, we must let him lead us to setting the goals he wants us to set and the steps that he want us to take to accomplish those goals. I pray for my life as well as yours that we all let God direct us in 2019. That we let his Spirit come into our life and show us how to improve our lives. As James 1:17 states: "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."   

Shawn L

Sermon Description:

It's easy in a sinful world to feel discouraged when troubles strike and sometimes come in waves.  We cry out to God, "Why do you hide your face and consider me your enemy?" (Job 13:24),  Abandoned!  God understands these emotions and has taken special care to tell His children that they are forever in His right hand no matter how much it hurts.  In this sermon we will discus the message given In the first 3 chapters of Revelations by Jesus to the 7 churches in Asia.  Many were experiencing horrendous persecution and are told to expect even more.  We will also listen to Asaph, a Levitical priest in Jerusalem, living a good, moral life, in harmony with the laws of Moses (Ps 73).  His sudden illness has brought doubts about the reality of God and of God's covenant faithfulness.  How were Asaph's doubts quenched and how during times of turbulence can our doubts be soothed in the strong right hand of Jesus?  

Steve Ebsen

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

Prayer meeting has been suspended through January 9th and resume January 16. If you need prayer support, you may still contact Mark Everett or one of the church elders.

"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.

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 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.

The Welcome Home Co-Op is hosting a baby shower for Kiri Good in two weeks, January 20th at 3pm. Please let us know you are coming by signing up in the foyer. If you cannot make it, please feel free to drop off a gift the Sabbath prior and let us know so we can make sure it gets delivered.

Please continue to contact Melissa, our Admin Assistant through email, text or phone as she continues her recovery. This past week she had a setback with her health and will continue working from home.

The elders received a suggestion that needs clarification. Please contact them directly or use another suggestion form to help better understand.

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 January is as follows:  Jan 5th Joy Curtis, Jan 12th Rita Everett and Joy Curtis, Jan 19th Shelia Dodd, Jan 26th  Bob Walton and Shawn Latham, Please contact Melissa Baskett if you have any questions. 
The Deacon and Deaconess ministry schedule  for January is as follows: Jan 5th TBA, Jan 12th  Tony Rocha and Owen Genther Jan 19th Shelia Dodd & Owen Genther Jan 26th Bob Walton and Melissa Baskett , 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 

If you would like to learn more about Jesus Off the Street please contact Ann @ 425-280-7212.

Upcoming Events:

Jan 9th How to pay for college @ Walla Walla University
Jan 20th Baby Shower for Kari Good
Jan 25-27 Young Adult Retreat @ Sunset Lake Camp
Feb 22nd-24th Men's Retreat @ Warm Beach
Feb 24th Skagit Adventist Academy Auction


Community Announcements

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

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

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: 4:31 PM

Sabbath Evening Sundown 4:32 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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