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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mount Vernon First Christian Church
Disciples of Christ
Birthdays October 13-Jackie Hankins 19-Gracie Hankins 21-Susan Neumarkel 26-Mike Madlung 27-Kerri Serna 30-Oneda Boerner 31-Ronnie Lidstrom 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 October 11-Ryan & Justine Morgan October 26-Dave & Terri Meekhof 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.
October-Kurin & Ashley
November Wilma & Nona
December-Kerri & Lady
Homebound: June Steen October 6, Joyce Leak October 13, Don Leak October 20, Art Neumarkel October 27, June Steen
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
Oct. 6, Marcie & Sharon (Birthdays) October 13, Joyce L & June October 20, Wilma & Bev October 27, Jeanne & Joyce 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
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900 Skagit Street
Mount Vernon, WA 98274
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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