Mark your calendars for the 2016 Turner Memorial Lecture Series!
Event: Monday, October 3, 2016 - 12:00 pm to Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 12:00 pm Ferguson & Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community
Featuring Dr. Leah Gunning Francis.
About the Turner Memorial Lectures: The Turner Memorial Lectures are presented by the Northwest Regional Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Begun in 1964, the Lectures honor the memory of William Franklin Turner, who ministered in Washington State for almost 50 years.
Go to http://www.disciplesnw.org/event/2016turnerlectures to register.
Partnering with Our Common Table:
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.
Dinner at 5pm.
Worship at 6pm.
We're done by 7pm.
At 1st Presbyterian Church in Everett
(2936 Rockefeller Ave, Everett WA)
Feel free to come for any portion of the evening.
All are welcome at our table!
Christians, atheists, doubters, questioners,
people of other faiths,
people who have it all together,
people who are falling apart,
people of all ethnicities,
political or theological leanings...
No matter who you are, you will be welcomed in this space.
Our worship is intergenerational.
That means kids are welcomed and included throughout!
If, however, you feel uncomfortable having your child(ren) in worship, we have helpers in the next room who have had background checks and will help kids have a fun time even if they aren't participating in worship.
Note: Dinner will always have good vegetarian and gluten free options. And communion at worship will always be with gluten free bread so that everyone can join the feast without worries!
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.
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.
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900 Skagit Street
Mount Vernon, WA 98274
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When I awoke this morning, I asked,
“How shall I live this day?”
The answers were all around me:
The fan said, “Keep your cool.”
The ceiling said, “Aim high.”
The window said, “Look outside yourself.”
The clock said, “Every minute is precious.”
The calendar said, “Stay up to date.”
The door said, “Take advantage of opportunity.”
The floor said, “Kneel down and pray.”
A colleague of mine who also sells at the Anacorte's Farmer Market had a couple of really handsome young people helping in his booth. Since he is no Clark Gable, I asked him how he fared this impressive help. He responded with the following.
“When the children were young they moved into the neighborhood. I learned that their parents hadn’t had any time to themselves partly because of money and because they were new to the neighborhood, so I offered to spend the evening with the children. I got to their home, and mom and dad left. I turned to the kids saying, you need to know this, I only have one rule. It is a very important rule. As the fear began to grow in the kids I leaned over and told them to listen very carefully. The rule simply is this: Dessert First."
To prove this he turned around while at my booth and yelled across the way to his booth and said, “Dessert First.” The biggest grin I’ve seen in a long time was the response that came back.
Your Elder, Art Neumarkel
Seeds of Victory
Months before the U.S. won the World War II Battle of Midway, code analysts planted the seeds of victory far from the battle site. Using primitive predecessors to today’s computers, they cracked a Japanese code, enabling America to avoid an ambush.
I wonder if those analysts got frustrated before the solution became clear. Did they ever believe hope was lost or wonder if all their work was worthwhile?
Christians, likewise, can feel discouraged. We wonder if our attempts to teach kids about Jesus will ever bear fruit, if our small outreach efforts really make a difference and if sin and brokenness can ever be defeated.
We won’t see all the results of our labors, but we can trust they’re not in vain. The same Spirit who helps us plant the seeds will bring them to harvest. And Jesus has already won the “battle” raging around us — the enemy forces just don’t know it yet!
A door symbolizes our invitation to engage in prayer and personal relationship with Jesus: “Knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7, NIV). Conversely, a door represents Jesus’ desire to be invited into our lives and hearts: “I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20, NIV).
A mother asked her little boy to please get the broom from the back porch. “But it’s dark out there!” he protested.
“Don’t be scared,” Mom said. “Jesus is out there. He’ll take care of you.” When the child looked skeptical, his mother continued, “Jesus is everywhere. You’ll be safe.”
After a moment, the boy went to the back door and cracked it open. Peering into the dark, he called, “Jesus, if you’re out there, will you please hand me the broom?”