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.
Each one should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10
From his birth to his death, Jesus’ life is an example of humility and service. He reached out to those individuals no one else wanted around. He brought love to the unloved, hope to the hopeless. How about us? How do we use our gifts to serve others? We need to take time to look around. Someone needs us --- at home, at church, at work, at the coffee shop, at the salon, at the grocery…. anywhere we are. There’s the elderly man living alone -- he needs someone to talk to. Then, there’s the new widow -- she needs a shoulder to cry on. The couple with a differently-abled child who has no time or energy left – their lawn needs mowing. Several people struggling with too much month left at the end of their money – a bag of groceries would come in handy. Just look around you! There are so many ways to share the gift of grace we have received. So many ways to serve others as faithful stewards. We don’t have to head off to a foreign land (though there is nothing wrong with that – it’s faithful serving, certainly) to serve God. Do it every day in lots of little ways – take time to visit the lonely man, offer an ear to the grieving widow, mow the couple’s lawn, buy the groceries, or just be present for those in any kind of need. And, if the person in need is you, ask for help from the servants around you. Sometimes even those who serve faithfully don’t see the need right in front of them. Sometimes those in need, feel it’s important to be strong and stoic. But, it is our duty and our joy to serve each other with love and gladness. God’s bounty and grace needs to be shared; and we, as God’s hands and feet, are the ones who must do it.
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News From the Pews
SUMMER GATHERINGS: Join us for Sunday Worship at 10:30 am. followed by Fellowship at 11:30 am. The newly formed Book Club meets on the 1st Sunday of the month. The Monday Prayer Group meets at 10:00. Steve and Lela Coleman are having an Open House for everyone on June 25 from 1 until 3:30 PM. All are invited for a Brazilian BBQ catered by Trumpeter. They do need RSVP's - by text, e-mail, phone, or sign-up sheet at church by June 16. Hope you can attend! Ina Rasar is now in the Memory Unit and her room is 739. Luke will speak on July 9 and Liz & Jack Miller will be our guest speakers July 16th to fill in while Steve and Lela are at the General Assembly. Please remember your tithes and offerings during the summer months. We still have the same expenses and appreciate your consistent, generous giving. Have a wonderful summer!
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The holy space of love
An ancient story is told of two brothers who shared grain fields and a mill and, at day’s end, equally divided the results of their labor. But the unmarried farmer felt that his brother, with a family to support, should have a greater share. So each night, under cover of darkness, he added some of his grain to his brother’s.
Meanwhile, the married brother was concerned that his single brother would have no children to care for him in his old age. So each night he, too, added to his brother’s granary.
One night, the selfless brothers ran into each other. Grasping what was going on, they laughed and embraced. Rabbinic legend holds that on that spot — where love was freely shared — God decided his Temple should be built. Wherever people act in sacrificial love, the space between them is holy.
Independence Day lessons for church life
• Return to the basics — On July 4 we commemorate the origins of our country. In terms of faith, we also periodically need to hear again the foundational stories of Creation, the Israelites and, of course, Jesus.
• Honor the gift of freedom — “For freedom Christ has set us free … do not submit again to a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1, ESV). We strive as citizens to preserve and live out our national freedom. Likewise, as citizens of God’s kingdom we live gladly in the freedom of salvation and share that gift with others.
• Enjoy community — July 4 is known for picnics, parades and other community gatherings. Similarly, the church is nourished by coming together for worship, meals and other special events.
• Be light in the darkness — As fireworks brighten the sky with light and color, the church is called to display the Gospel’s unique light in a dark world. Our word dynamite and the Greek word for power — as in, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you” (Acts 1:8) — share a root. Through God’s power in us, we share Jesus — dynamically! — with others.
Partnering with Our Common Table and Our Common Ground:
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.
Donate to Our Common Ground:
Here is a current list of needed items at Our Common Ground:
Socks (new crew socks are preferred)
Gift Cards to grocery stores and restaurants in Everett
Coffee (preferably ground)
Snacks (protein rich and non-perishable are best)
Razors and Shaving Cream
Toothbrushes and Toothpaste
A hymn's long journey
The beloved hymn “How Great Thou Art” came together across many years and miles. In 1885, when Swedish preacher Carl Boberg wrote a poem titled “O, Great God,” he probably never dreamed he’d hear it performed years later to an old Swedish tune. Or that a Russian version would impact Stuart Hine, an English missionary to Poland, several decades later. Hine penned his own English version, resulting in the now-familiar lyrics.
From “the rolling thunder” echoing off the Carpathian Mountains, to the “woods and forest glades” of Romania, to powerful conversions to Christianity, Hine was inspired to craft each verse. Sometimes the Holy Spirit takes time to complete a work, and that journey is as important as the destination.
Behold the flowers of June!
How fair and bright their buds appear,
as, opening to the summer air,
our eyes and hearts they cheer!
Who would have thought there could abound
such beauty and delight
beneath the cold and wintry ground
that hid those flowers from sight?
That power which made and governs all —
the mighty power of God —
alone could life and beauty call
out of the lifeless sod.
And he, who from the winter’s gloom
can summer thus disclose,
shall one day make the desert bloom,
and blossom as the rose.
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.
The Best Father
Unlike an earthly prince, God didn’t take a high-and-mighty title, notes 17th-century British preacher Thomas Watson. Instead, God calls himself Father to encourage us to pray to him.
But God isn’t just any father. Watson offers these reasons why God is “the best Father”:
• He is the most ancient (Daniel 7:9).
• He is perfect (Matthew 5:48).
• He is the wisest (Romans 16:27).
• He is the most loving (Zephaniah 3:17; 1 John 4:16).
• He has unsearchable riches (Ephesians 3:8).
• He can reform his children (Acts 9:11).
• He never dies (1 Timothy 6:16; Revelation 1:8).