Mount Vernon First Christian Church
Pastoral Support for 2020
January-Revs. Jack & Liz Miller - 360-510-9081/360-318-6068
February-March-Rev. Steve Coleman--360-391-0395
April-May-June-Revs. Liz & Jack Miller - 360-510-9081/360-318-6068
July- Rev. Steve Coleman- 360-391-0395
August-Rev. Steve Coleman-360-391-0395
September-Revs. Liz & Jack Miller-360-510-9081/360-318-6068
October-Rev. Steve Coleman-360-391-0395
November-Rev. Steve Coleman- 360-391-0395
December-Revs. Liz & Jack Miller-360-510-9081/360-318-6068
Note: If pastoral care is needed for such things as a hospital or extended care facility visit, emergency room visit, personal consultation or conversation, or telephone call, please contact the Pastor(s) for the month shown on the above list.
“It’s called the ‘Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).’ You might have seen our churches before; our denomination’s logo is a red chalice with St. Andrew’s Cross” The other person stares at me blankly. I sigh. “Ok, really, it looks like a red wine glass with a big white X on it…” They say, “OOOOHH, yes! Now I know what you’re talking about. I’ve seen that before!!” I find myself repeating this conversation often. Since my husband is an Army chaplain, I meet Christians of many stripes who frequently ask about our denomination; they’ve heard of Baptist and Methodist and Lutheran, but oftentimes aren’t as familiar with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). I love taking the opportunity to share about this denomination and about my church. And that’s why THIS red cup matters. The red cup means that the Table is our focus. This red chalice – representative of what was used by Christ during the Last Supper – shows that we are people of the Table. We have differing interpretations of the Bible, and have differing ways of living out our faith, but the Table unifies us. By partaking of this meal together, we remember the life and teachings of Christ; we are woven together, continuing the story of God’s people on earth. Disciples churches celebrate Communion every time we gather in worship. I used to think that the frequency would make it meaningless; on the contrary, it has become the most meaningful part of my week. As we partake, we are fed and filled and sent forth into the world. And because of that… The red cup means that ALL are welcome to the Table. We welcome all to the Table as God has welcomed us. There is no ten-page doctrinal statement to sign, no list of rules by which we must abide. We require no proof or documentation to partake. We do not tell anyone they aren’t good enough – or anything enough – to celebrate the Lord’s Table. Our value of inclusion does not end at the Table; as a woman, in the Disciples I am able to use all my gifts from God for God’s people and the church. Here, I am welcome. We take this from our doorsteps into the ends of the earth because…The red cup means that we are a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world. As an Army wife, I am ever aware of the fragmentation of our world, of the conflicts that cause blood to be shed, families to be torn apart, and people everywhere to draw lines in the sand about who is in and who is out and why. People are hurt by the church; people suffer with loneliness and suffer because of oppression. Disconnection leads to all sorts of tragedies. We are continually fragmented from the earth and the interconnectedness of all life. And yet, as people of God, we are called to bring wholeness. We are called to live into God’s realm in the earth today, not only waiting for some future hope, but making that hope a reality now. I cannot think of any greater identity statement for a denomination. Which is why…The red cup means that I am home. Brand recognition matters. Driving through a new community, a sign that says “Christian Church” could mean almost anything. But when I see that little red chalice with St. Andrew’s Cross? I know I’m home. As I’ve written before, my husband and I have only been Disciples for about six years now, and making this shift was an intentional and prayerful decision. We’ve been to Disciples churches all over the country, and each is remarkably different. And yet, in each, we are welcome; in each, we worship God together; in each, we celebrate communion every Sunday; in each, we are home. We are diverse, we are faithful, we are God’s people but not God’s only people. We are the Disciples of Christ: People of the (Red) Cup. By Sarah Nave Fisher
News From the Pews
February is Secret Pal month. If you would like to participate in this year-long activity come to church on February 9th and pick a Pal. We are looking for volunteers to prepare a meal for Friendship House the last Friday of every month. Sign up today! We gathered on January 18 for a potluck dinner that was well attended. The food was great, and the Fellowship even better! On Sunday. January 5, we were treated to some excellent piano music from Rita’s students. They are so talented, and we enjoyed the Christmas music!
We will keep our hospitalized, homebound and traveling friends in our prayers this month. At the Congregational Meeting on January 19, the 2020 budget was presented and passed. A copy is available if you are interested. The Friendship House is looking for donations to help with increased costs due to the cold weather. Mark your donations and place in the offering plate on Sunday. We continue to collect canned and dried food for the Neighbor’s in Need Food Bank. Place your items in the bins provided. They are also looking for cash donations to purchase items not regularly donated. Thank You for your continued support of our church and community outreach.
The Mount Vernon First Christian Church gathers together as a community of faith, declaring Jesus our Christ, the one who reconciles us with God and with each other. We provide a place of traditional worship in a forthright, supportive, and open atmosphere. We are a congregation committed to serving local and global outreach ministries.
Our omnipresent God shows up in some unexpected places. People have “miraculously” seen Jesus’ face on everything from junk food to a rusty water tank. We don’t know what Jesus looked like, of course, but Scripture indicates his appearance was rather ordinary: “He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him” (Isaiah 53:2, NIV).
On one occasion, however, Jesus’ face was majestically transformed. At his Transfiguration, observed by many churches on the Sunday before Lent, Jesus’ “face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light” (Matthew 17:2, ESV). Some disciples witnessed Jesus’ glory — which will be ours, thanks to his death and resurrection. As 1 John 3:2 (NIV) promises: “When Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.”.
February 2020 - Calendar of Events
Sunday, February 9, General Board Meeting 11:45 am. & Secret Pal Sunday, February 16, Elders Meeting Tuesday, February 18, Men’s Breakfast at 7:30 am. Wednesday, February 26, Gal’s Night Out at 6:00 pm. Friday, February 28, Friendship House Meal prepared and served.
• African-American History Month
• Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2020
• Presidents Day, February 17, 2020
• Transfiguration of Our Lord, February 23, 2020
• Ash Wednesday, February 26, 2020
• Leap Day, February 29, 2020
Check the bulletin board for updated information about our congregation and the Disciples of Christ organization.
"A Caring, Welcoming Community of Faith"
Rev. Liz and Rev Jack Miller would like to welcome you to the Saint Clare Pastoral Center website. We are part of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion* (ECC), the largest independent catholic jurisdiction in the United States, and a member of the National Council of Churches. Our denomination traces its history through the European Old Catholic Churches who came together in opposition to the declaration of papal infallibility established by the First Vatican Council (1869-70). Their mission was to offer valid sacraments that are open to all those seeking a faith community whose beliefs are grounded in the traditions of the early Christian church, while maintaining the basic integrity of the Catholic liturgy.
Minister Family Musings
Steve & Lela Coleman