January 19th: Arlene Salt
Happening This Week
January 26th: John McGhee
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.
Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day as you read this daily devotional from 2012 I pray we can remember not only Martin Luther but all those that taught people about Jesus's vision for the world.
Free at last, they took your life, They could not take your pride.
Reference: v.2 “they have greatly oppressed me from my youth, but they have not gained the victory over me.” (TNIV Bible)
Martin Luther King Jr is one of our great men of history. He stood up for equal rights for the African-American people in the mid 1950s and 60s.
His speeches are still quoted today and many songs have been written about him – including a verse in U2’s Pride (In The Name of Love). Although he received a Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 he was assassinated in 1968 as he organized a nonviolent protest rally for African-Americans who were not being paid equally to their white counterparts.
Our world is a different place today because of Martin Luther King Jr. And he is just one of many great people who have stood up for those in the minority and suffered a great price because of it.
Free at last, they took your life, They could not take your pride.
We may not be confronted with the same level of persecution as Martin Luther King Jr, but we all deal with negative opinions and people who try to pull us down. Oppression can come in all different kinds of forms – physical attack, passive-aggressive behavior, bullying, negative words and constant put downs.
When negativity comes our way we can choose how we deal with it. We can allow it to get us down and change our lives or we can stand firm and not allow it to ‘gain victory over us’. As Psalm 129 shows us, the people of Israel had experienced great oppression for an extended period of time, and yet, they trusted in the Lord and gained their meaning from Him.
It can be a real challenge to stop negative opinions from infiltrating into our thinking, but we must only hold dear to the thoughts and opinions of God. He does not wish negativity to have victory over us, only His love, grace and justice to prevail.
We call ourselves Seventh-day Adventists. Sabbath and the Second Coming of Christ are clearly important to us. How do these two things, prominently displayed in our denominational name, relate to each other? We teach that Sabbath-keeping will play a central role in last day events. What will that look like? How will we know a true Sabbath-keeper when we see one? Jesus described the condition of the church right before his Second Coming in Matthew 25, right after his description of a world in chaos in Matthew 24. Come with me on a journey through Matthew 25 as we discover the distinction between true Sabbath-keepers and those who only profess to follow Jesus. Come and embrace Holy Spirit, the giver of all good gifts, who will lead us into true Sabbath rest and teach us how to invite the most vulnerable among us into that rest as well. Come, Holy Spirit! Come!
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 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.
The Welcome Home Co-Op is hosting a baby shower for Kiri Good this Sunday, 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.
"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.
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!
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.
Please do not use the Adventist giving online starting Feb. 1. Bonnie needs to change the routing number for our bank’s update and we are not sure how long it will take.
Children's Dedication: We are planning a children’s dedication Sabbath coming up. We would love to dedicate any of your children if they have not already been dedicated. Please let Melissa Baskett know if you are interested.
40 Day Marriage Revival: Whether your marriage is strong or challenged, a commitment to pray together for five minutes a day for 40 days will fuel your passion for God and for each other in ways you can’t imagine. Sign up at washingtonconference.org/marriage to join a 40-Day Marriage Revival from January 6 to February 14! You and your spouse will embark on an incredible journey to spiritual revival in your marriage. Get ready to renew the romance!
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 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to learn more about Jesus Off the Street please contact Ann @ 425-280-7212.
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
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 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.