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Bear one another’s burdens, the Bible says. It is a lesson about pain that we all can agree on. Some of us will not see pain as a gift; some will always accuse God of being unfair for allowing it.
But, the fact is, pain and suffering are here among us, and we need to respond in some way. The response Jesus showed was to bear the burdens of those he touched. To live in the world as [Jesus’] body, his emotional incarnation, we must follow his example.
The image of the body accurately portrays how God is working in the world. … We announce his message, work for justice, pray for mercy … and suffer with the sufferers.
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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 Community Action Agency, Domestic Violence Women's Shelter, Everett's Common Ground, Family Promise, Neighbor's in Need, and Samaritan's Purse Shoe-box Project.
Mount Vernon First Christian Church
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.
Our Lenten Focus
Lent, the church-year season that begins on Ash Wednesday, is a time of penitence and spiritual renewal. Some people give up a luxury or vice during Lent as a form of self-denial; others undertake a project that benefits others.
The point isn’t to denigrate ourselves or to see how much we can do without. Instead, Lent helps us reflect on Jesus’ death. As Timothy Keller writes in The Reason for God: “The Christian Gospel is that I am so flawed that Jesus had to die for me, yet I am so loved and valued that Jesus was glad to die for me. This leads to deep humility and deep confidence at the same time. It undermines both swaggering and sniveling. I cannot feel superior to anyone, and yet I have nothing to prove to anyone. I do not think more of myself nor less of myself. Instead, I think of myself less.”
“A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside.”
Racial reconciliation is a hot topic among Christians these days. In Sikeston, Missouri, which has a history of segregation, two church bodies recently decided to live out the gospel’s message of unity by merging.
Kenny King, pastor of the mostly black Smith Chapel, and William Marshall, pastor of the mostly white Trinity Baptist, had become friends. They realized both churches, while healthy, were undergoing transitions, so they joined forces. The new congregation’s name, Grace Bible Fellowship, represents God’s grace and the grace we extend to others — no matter their skin color.
“We want to … give people the benefit of the doubt instead of letting these issues divide us,” King says. “The gospel of Jesus Christ has the power to keep us together and not keep us separated.”
A Prayer for Ash Wednesday
Lord of the winds,
I cry to thee,
I that am dust,
and blown about
by every gust
I fly to thee.
Lord of the waters,
unto thee I call.
I that am weed
upon the waters borne,
and by the waters torn,
tossed by the waters,
at thy feet I fall.
—Mary Coleridge (1861-1907)
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.
February-Kerri & Lady March - Kurin & Ashley
Elders: February Elders: Homebound: Art Neumarkel February 2, Beverly Madlung February 9, Jim Paget February 16, Jill Allen February 23, June Steen March Elders: Homebound: Jill Allen
March 1, Art Neumarkel March 8, Joyce Leak
March 15, Don Leak March 22, Beverly Madlung March 29, Jim Paget Fellowship Hosts
February 2, St Clare Chapel
February 9, Marcie & Sharon February 16, Bev & Wilma February 23, Joyce L & June March 1, Jeanne & Joyce C.
March 8, Terri & Jill
March 15, Cece & Debbie March 22, Lady & Kerri March 29, St. Clare Chapel
February Birthdays 6-Dave Meekhof, \
7-Glenn Allen, 14-Vi Richardson 16-Jill Allen February Anniversaries: 14-Conrad & Susan Rodney
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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