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.
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.”
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
• It is not happiness that makes us grateful. It’s gratefulness that makes us happy.
• Gratitude is the least of the virtues, but ingratitude is the worst of vices.
• 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
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