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, Battered Women's Shelter, Everett's Common Ground and Common Table, Family Promise, and Lincoln Elementary School
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United in Diversity
Although early Christians had much in common, they also dwelt in diversity. Each of their leaders emphasized certain parts of the gospel and favored certain worship styles. They all believed in the resurrected Jesus, and they all celebrated the Lord's Supper and baptism. But Christians in Corinth had a unique approach, as did those in Ephesus, Philippi, Galatia, Rome and so on.
It might be boring if we all believed and practiced completely alike. Variations don’t need to be an impediment to Christian unity. As pastor Charles Best said, “If we’re going to be in heaven together, we might as well get along now.”
“Wind of God”
Tiny breeze or mighty wind,
swirling round as God commands.
Hats go flying. Branches bend.
Little seeds spread through the lands.
God Almighty makes the wind;
great big gusts can shape the sands.
Awesome is the power of God,
when even wind obeys his plans.
According to Matthew’s account, what was torn when Jesus died?
A. Mary’s headdress — she tore it as a traditional Jewish sign of grief
B. A Roman guard’s sash — Peter grabbed and ripped it in anger
C. Jesus’ robe — the soldiers divided it among themselves
D. The temple curtain — torn in two from top to bottom
Answer: D (See Matthew 27:51.)
The Jelly Bean Prayer
Red is for the blood He gave
Green is for the grass He made
Yellow is for the sun so bright
Orange is for the edge of night
Black is for the sins we made
White is for the grace He gave
Purple is for the hours of sorrow
Pink is for a new tomorrow.
A bag of jelly beans, colorful and sweet,
is a promise, a prayer and a loved one's treat.
“Don’t start looking in the Bible for the answers it gives. Start by listening for the questions it asks.”
“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”
—St. Catherine of Siena
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.
First Christian Church
General Board Meeting
Pastor Report: Steve handed out his calendar of scheduled leave and vacation time. He stated that Jack & Liz Miller will fill in as Pulpit supply during his sabbatical next September. A Celebration of Life for Ann Smith will be held on Saturday, March 17, Jeanne will coordinate the refreshments following the service. Lenten events include a Maundy Thursday supper on March 29, and Egg Hunt following Easter Worship service on April 1.
Elder’s Report: A dinner will be held on Saturday, February 17 for all Elders and their spouses.
Financial Report: Kerri reported on both December & January, including a year-end report. The Marshallese church is still $80.00 short with their monthly contributions.
Out Reach Report: Jeanne reported that the Run for your Mum will not be held this year, but that she would like to take an offering for Pregnancy Choices at the time the race is usually run. She reported that the Quilt Auction was well attended and a success.
Trustees Report: the trustees met on February 4 to discuss the possibilities of investing a portion of the savings account. They will meet with a representative from Thrident Financial on March 4 to hear about options available to churches.
Old Business: A discussion on the Marshallese Church and how to help them with their finances resulted in a decision to put a statement in their mail box every month with the payments and balance due. Steve will also calculate the covenant agreement building cost numbers for 2018 and a meeting will be scheduled with AA and Ben Bress. We will address our concerns about the importance of paying on time at the meeting.
“My neighbor’s material needs are my spiritual needs,” said 19th-century theologian Israel Salanter. In other words, when someone else suffers hunger and poverty, when people endure a natural disaster and lack shelter, when another human being is sick or injured — in all such cases, God calls us to action. And God knows that whatever we do to meet those material needs will meet our spiritual needs at the same time.
It might be our spiritual need to expand our horizons into neighborhoods, cultures or situations where we’re uncomfortable. We might need to grow in love for people different from us. By serving others, we might find our own sagging spirits nurtured with a sense of well-being or even joy. And as we reach out to help, surely we’ll notice others doing the same thing, and our spiritual need for renewed faith will be met.
NEWS FROM THE PEWS
February was a month filled with Secrets: Secret Pals were revealed, and we organized a surprise Valentine evening for Steve and Lela, which included a musical group who came to their house to sing and entertain them!
March is filled with Lenten activities, and a Building and Grounds Cleaning Day on Saturday, March 24. We appreciate your help in preparing our church for Palm and Easter Sunday worshippers. We are also looking for donations of filled plastic Easter eggs for the Hunt following April 1 Easter Worship Service.
We keep our homebound members and those who are struggling with illness in our thoughts and prayers this month. If you have a special need, our Prayer Circle is ready share your needs through prayers.
Mount Vernon First Christian Church Disciples of Christ
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.
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900 Skagit Street
Mount Vernon, WA 98274
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Schedule of Weekly Events
Sunday Class - 9:30 am
Sunday Worship Service - 10:30 am
Sunday Fellowship Time - 11:30 am
Monday Prayer Group - 10:00 am
Bible Study - 6:00 pm
For Lent, are you giving up something?
I remember being part of a group that fasted for 24 hours and then gathered together to break the fast and discuss our feelings about the experience. The newspaper had a recent article about the Church of England suggesting to give up plastic for Lent. The church wants people to avoid plastic consumer products and packaging that have become a major environmental problem. The Church of England created a calendar for a plastic-free Lent, each day bearing either an environmentally theme Bible verse or a suggestion on how to avoid buying plastics. Estimates range from 5 million to 13 million tons a year of the world's plastic waste ends up in the oceans. More people conclude that the first element of the motto “reduce, reuse, recycle” should take precedence.
Or maybe you are adding something during Lent such as making special connections by a phone call or hand writing a note of appreciation. Or if the person lives in the area, you see them and give them a “Jeanne hug.” Maybe you have seen the note: Be the reason someone smiles today! No matter if you are subtracting or adding during the Lenten journey or a little of both, may the period of Lent be a memorable time for you.
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