‘From great to good’
Jim Collins’ 2001 book Good to Great featured companies that had “made the leap” to greatness. Years later, many of them are no longer great; some aren’t even around.
Should Christians seek greatness? After all, our attempts to be great — wealthy, powerful, successful, famous — often become the “enemies” of our doing the good God commands.
God’s Word flips on its head the saying “good is the enemy of great.” The meek, Jesus teaches, will inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5). “Whoever would be great among you,” he says, “must be your servant” (Mark 10:43, ESV). One of Jesus’ most famous parables is called the Good Samaritan, not the Great Samaritan. And goodness, not greatness, is a fruit of the Spirit.
Christians and churches are called not to greatness but to doing good for the sake of the world. Let’s shift our focus “from great to good.”
—Based on “From Great to Good,” Homiletics, January-February 2017
News From the Pews
Lent begins March 1, as we enter the Easter Season here at MVFCC. We will have many opportunities to celebrate Easter beginning with special Lenten readings on March 5. Consider what changes could be made in your own lives during the season of Lent. It can be a time of reflection and prayer.
We will keep our home-bound members in our thoughts and prayers this month: Ina Rasar and Mike Axthelm. They both appreciate a card, call, or visit if they are able.
We are looking forward to Spring weather, and Daylight Savings Time begins March 12. Remember to set your clocks ahead one hour before bedtime on Saturday.
We continue to serve our community by donating canned and dried food products, plus other needed items, to the Neighbors in Need Food Bank, the Friendship House, the Oasis Teen Shelter, and Our Common Table. Bins are provided at the back of the Fellowship Room for your donations.
We will begin a new study of interest during our Sunday class at 9:30 am. We have completed our extensive study of World Religions, learning many new and important things about the people of the world. Please join us for class this week!
Hours of Worship
We gather together for worship service on Sunday mornings beginning at 10:30 am. Each week, during our worship service, we celebrate through prayer, song, scripture, message, and communion. In sharing of the Lord's Supper, we remember and honor Jesus our Christ. Everyone is invited to participate.
MVFCC Volunteer Opportunities:
1. The Friendship House needs you the last Friday of every month. Sign up at church this Sunday.
2. Neighbors in Need Food Bank is looking for donations of canned and dry foods. Place in the bins provided this Sunday.
3. Our Common Table requests financial donations for growing their congregation.
4. Family Promise: We partner with Salem Lutheran Church on a rotating basis to provide food, shelter and support for families who are struggling to find affordable housing and employment opportunities.
GIVING TOOLS AND REPORTS
Have you ever wondered where your donations to special offerings go? Maybe you’ve seen a letter of thanks come through your church office from the Disciples General Office to thank the members for a recent gift and were curious about how that gift was being used. Did you miss your congregation’s last board report and want to know how much was offered at Thanksgiving to support Higher Education? Great news! It’s very easy to find out!
The Disciples Mission Fund office provides an in-depth web page of Giving Tools and Resources, at your disposal any time. By visiting http://disciplesmissionfund.org/resources/ you can access an awesome Excel file that offers an at-a-glance pie chart style breakdown of each congregation’s donations and how it was shared with ministry partners, find giving reports, comparative information, and historical data.
If you use the tools and have questions, please reach out to the Regional Office or Disciples Mission Fund for help interpreting the data. There’s a lot of numbers, but it’s an excellent way to celebrate stewardship and explore where your dollars go.
Thank you for your continuing support!
As members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), we believe our only creed is Christ. We shouldn't burden our lives with confusing rules of fellowship. There is no test of membership beyond faith in God's love and the Christ we have in Jesus, who leads us to reconcilliaton with God and each other. Our emphasis is placed on living in ways that confirm our beliefs and understanding. At our best, we carry out a ministry that makes a difference in the world and reflects the good news of God's grace extended to all people.
Many people enjoy making basketball picks in March, though their brackets are soon “busted.” Selecting every correct victor throughout the NCAA tournament would be quite a feat. According to Mental Floss magazine, if you flipped a coin for each game, the odds of achieving a perfect bracket would be one in 9.2 quintillion! By comparison, your odds of becoming president are one in 10 million, and your odds of bowling a perfect game are one in 11,500.
For odds that are less of a long shot, consider this: Your chance of living an imperfect life is one in one. Sin is the ultimate bracket-buster, and you’d be hopelessly lost without a Savior. “But thanks be to God, who gives [you] the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).
“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.”
“Music comes from an icicle as it melts, to live again as spring water.”
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Our Common Table is a new Christian Community seeking to cultivate spaces of welcome for all people where we can explore and practice life in the way of Jesus together, seek holistic justice, and love and celebrate our neighbors and neighborhood.
Donate to Our Common Ground:
Here is a current list of needed items at Our Common Ground:
Socks (new crew socks are preferred)
Gift Cards to grocery stores and restaurants in Everett
Coffee (preferably ground)
Snacks (protein rich and non-perishable are best)
Razors and Shaving Cream
Toothbrushes and Toothpaste