November Wilma & Nona

December-Kerri & Lady

November Homebound-Jim Paget                 November 3-Jim Paget                                 November 10-June Steen                             November 17-Jill Allen                                   November 24-Art Neumarkel                         December Homebound: Beverly Madlung     December1, Joyce Leak                                December 8, Don Leak                                  December 15, Beverly Madlung                     December 22, Jim Paget                              December 29, June Steen  

Fellowship Hosts:                                       November 3, Terri & Jill (Birthdays)  November 10, Cece & Debbie                       November 17, Lady & Kerri                     November 24, Mary & Lela                            Dec 1, St. Clare Chapel (Birthdays)            December 8, Marcie & Sharon                 December 15, Joyce & June                December 22, Bev & Wilma                      December 29, Jeanne & Joyce                         

A Look at Beauty

Remember kaleidoscopes — those tubes you hold up to your eye and point toward the light to see colorful shapes? When the far end of the optical instrument is turned, fragments of material inside an “object cell” shift and mirrors set at angles reflect light through the pieces, forming ever-changing patterns. A multi-hued flower might become sunlight through a round stained-glass window or fireworks on a clear night.

Various materials can be placed in the cell — tiny figures, twisted bits of metal, lace, viscous liquid — but often broken bits of glass are used, to beautiful effect! In fact, David Brewster, inventor of the kaleidoscope in 1817, named it after the Greek word kalos, for “beauty.”

Everyone feels broken, twisted or shattered at times. But when God’s perfect light shines in and through us, reflecting among the fragments of our imperfect lives, we, too, become beautiful. Out of our sinfulness and brokenness shines the beauty of compassion, kindness, perseverance, hope, love — delightful patterns to brighten this hurting world.

Present Tense

After “turkey day” came and went last year, a pastor challenged church members to ask one another not “How was your Thanksgiving?” but “How is your Thanksgiving?” After all, giving thanks should be an ongoing act.
That doesn’t always need to be profoundly deep, either. A.J. Jacobs, author of Thanks a Thousand, once asked a philosophy-professor friend what he was grateful for. The shockingly simple reply? “Sometimes I’m just grateful I have arms.” That odd but spot-on answer shows the importance, Jacobs says, of being “thankful for things so omnipresent that they can escape our notice.”
So … how is your Thanksgiving?

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
—Jane Goodall

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Our Denomination

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 reconcilliation 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.

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.

Community Outreach
Jesus calls us to service. In answering his call, we support a number of community service organizations and projects. Among these are the Friendship House, Skagit County Community Action Agency, Domestic Violence Women's Shelter, Everett's Common Ground and Common Table, Family Promise, Neighbor's in Need, Samaritan's Purse Shoe-box Project, and Lincoln Elementary School.

​       Mount Vernon First Christian Church 

Disciples of Christ 

Share some laughs — or groans — with these autumn-themed jokes:

• What did the tree say to autumn? “Leaf me alone!”
• What did one autumn leaf say to another? “I’m falling for you.”
• How do you fix a broken pumpkin? With a pumpkin patch.
• Why are trees very forgiving? Because in the fall they “let it go” and in the spring they “turn over a new leaf.”
• How do leaves get from place to place? With autumn-mobiles.
•What’s the ratio of a pumpkin’s circumference to its diameter? Pumpkin pi.

November  2019
Canned Food Drive – All Month    

Sunday, November 10, 11:45 am. - General Board Mtg.    Saturday, November 16, Pack  Shoeboxes at 9:00 am Tuesday, November 19, Men’s Breakfast  - 7:30 am           Friday, November 29, Friendship House Meal                     Special Holidays
• All Saints’ Day, November 1, 2019
• Daylight-Saving Time ends, November 3, 2019
• Veterans Day, November 11, 2019
• Christ the King Sunday, November 24, 2019
• Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2019

Learning to Give Thanks

Last December I had my second knee replacement. Expecting this recovery to mimic the first, I went home to heal quickly. Instead, 10 days later one normal step led to the vertical splitting of my femur, an ambulance ride and surgery to insert screws and a long metal plate. I spent Christmas in the hospital and New Year’s in a rehab unit, feeling anything but thankful. Nearly a year later, the slow recovery continues.
Yet I see much to be thankful for: my caregiver cousin, who lengthened her stay considerably; my family; church friends who provided meals, prayers and love; and doctors and therapists, who put me back together and continue to encourage me.  As Thanksgiving approaches, I continue to work on patience but am learning — with God’s help — to “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).                          —Sandy Hyland

Reflections on Gratitude

• God is in control, and therefore in everything I can give thanks — not because of the situation but because of the One who directs and rules over it.
—Kay Arthur
• It is not happiness that makes us grateful. It’s gratefulness that makes us happy.
—David Steindl-Rast
• Gratitude is the least of the virtues, but ingratitude is the worst of vices.
—Thomas Fuller
• A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.
—Henry Ward Beecher

Birthdays                                                         November                                                       7-Ellen Hankins                                              20-Jennifer Francis-Schmidt                           24-Debbie Morrison                                        26-Art Neumarkel                                            30-Jon Wallace                                                December                                                        8-Jake Serna                                                   9-Robert Serna                                                10-Susan Rodney        

21-Joyce Crock        

ANNIVERSARIES                                          November 23-Glenn & Jill Allen                       December- 11-Alan & Nona Carter                            


Beyond the Building
The Christian does not go to the temple to worship. The Christian takes the temple with him or her. Jesus lifts us beyond the building and pays the human body the highest compliment by making it his dwelling place, the place where he meets with us.         

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Schedule of  Weekly Events
*Sunday Class - 9:30 am

*(except summer months)

Sunday Worship Service - 10:30 am
Sunday Fellowship Time - 11:30 am