General Board Meeting Minutes:

Minutes of meeting of MVFCC General Board on January 12, 2020
Attendees: Liz Miller, Jack Miller, Debbie Morrison, Don Leak, June Steen, Beverly Madlung, Jeanne Frank, Wilma Reeves, and Nona Carter
The meeting was called to order at 11:37 a.m. with a prayer by Beverly Madlung. The primary focus of the meeting was preparation of the 2020 annual budget proposal to present to the congregation on January 19, 2020. Additionally, the Trustees were present to share results of their recent meeting.
The Board was presented with a written report of the January 10 meeting of the Trustees. Since many attendees had not had an opportunity to review the report, the memo was read aloud by Don Leak. A copy of the memo is attached.
After some discussion, it was moved by Nona Carter and seconded by Jeanne Frank that the Board would move forward with formulation of a Transitional Plan to exit the building sometime in the near future in accordance with factors noted in the June 10, 2020 Trustees Meeting memo. The motion carried. Additionally, the Trustees were tasked with the responsibility of obtaining an appraisal of the church property.
Debbie provided the Board with detailed reports reflecting the status of our 2019 spending and a proposed budget for 2020. Spending exceeded budgeted amounts in all categories except pastoral expenses and that savings was small. Unexpected maintenance expenses was the major cause for the overrun.
In preparation of the 2020 budget, by common consent it was agreed to reduce the Pastors reserve fund from $16,386.00 to $5,000.00. We also eliminated the purchase of the “Upper Room” from the supplies budget. These cuts permitted a more reasonably achievable budget projection.
Our next meeting is scheduled for February 9, 2020. Meeting was adjourned at 12:50.
Respectfully submitted by Nona Carter

Minutes of MVFCC Congregational Meeting of January 19, 2020
Following worship service, the meeting was called to order by Moderator Marcie Labo. Members of the congregation were provided with copies of the proposed 2020 budget for consideration. The proposal reflected a budget figure that is lower than what was proposed for 2019 but the congregation was reminded that the amount reflected a reduction in the amount of the Pastors Reserve Fund, and not a reduction in our operating expenses.
Beverly Madlung reported that the $30,000.00 from the sale of the parsonage that was invested with Fidelty produced a year-end increase of $3,000.00.
It was moved by June Steen and seconded by Terri Meekof that the proposed budget be approved. The motion carried.
Respectfully submitted by Nona Carter

Community Outreach
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.

Our Denomination

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.

Burden Bearers                                                                                

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.     

​       Mount Vernon First Christian Church 

Disciples of Christ 

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.”

Better Together

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)

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2. Neighbors in Need Food Bank is looking for donations of canned and dry foods. Place in the bins provided this Sunday.

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Sunday Fellowship Time - 11:30 am

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