"A Caring, Welcoming Community of Faith"
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.
Check the bulletin board for updated information about our congregation and the Disciples of Christ organization.
REMEMBER THE DATE:
As the Northwest Regional Christian Church and the Christian Church in Montana prepare to join and create the Northern Lights Region, it’s a necessary thing to honor the past and close the chapter, even as we’re planning for the future.
Join the Regional Board, leaders, and friends on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Englewood Christian Church in Yakima for “Remember the Past; Re-Member the Future.” There will be a small registration fee ($10 for adults, $5 for children, and $20 for families) to help cover the included lunch. Anticipate a day of looking back at where the Northwest Region has been, dreaming of the things to come, hear messages of inspiration from our leadership, and maybe play a few games.
The planning team is working hard to find ways to involve everyone in the Region– watch for more news of the Northern Lights quilt project, Facebook Live viewing, special guests joining the party from the corners of our Region, and more.
You don’t know how many people have been strengthened because you asked God to encourage them; how many people have been healed because you prayed for their bodies; how many spiritual runaways have come home because you prayed for their souls. None of us may ever know the true effects of our prayers this side of death. But we do know this: History belongs to the intercessors.
—John Ortberg, The Life You’ve Always Wanted
We all are not only church, we, the people, are the church and we are on a journey together. It doesn't matter what religion or even if one needs to differentiate. We are ALL God's people on this journey. We love the unity and togetherness we have. Our church (when I use the term our church I mean both, First Christian, and St. Clare's) show the love of God, without judgement but what he has called us to do...love one another. We are truly a caring, loving community. We truly feel blessed to be serving.
Liz and Jack Miller
Minister Family Musings
Steve & Lela Coleman
AUTHOR PHILIP GULLEY TO SPEAK AT 2019 TURNER LECTURES
We have a date! October 7-9, 2019 Englewood Christian Church in Yakima, WA will again be host to the Annual Turner Memorial Lectures. The planning team is thrilled to share that author Philip Gulley has been engaged to address this year’s event. Philip Gulley is a Quaker pastor and writer and speaker from Danville, Indiana where he lives today with his wife, Joan, and two dogs, Ruby and Jack. Gulley has also written several books of theology. He and co-author James Mulholland describe their progressive worldview in their books If Grace Is True and If God Is Love. Gulley then went on to write If the Church Were Christian in which he presents a profound picture of what the church could look like if it refocused on the priorities of Jesus. In his book The Evolution of Faith he proposes a fresh direction for Christianity and articulates a Christianity that, while faithful to the priorities of Jesus, can help its adherents live happily, peacefully, and productively in our complex world. The Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu said of that book, “In our ever-changing world, Gulley’s book is much needed. An important book for any person of faith.”
Gulley’s 22nd book, entitled Unlearning God: How Unbelieving Helped Me Believe explores the process of spiritual growth, especially the re-interpretation of the earliest principles we learned about God.
A Prayer for Peace
St. Francis of Assisi, an Italian Catholic friar, is commemorated on October 4. Though it’s unclear whether this famous “peace prayer” was his, it reflects his gentle spirit as an ardent Christ-follower:
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, truth;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O, Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying to ourselves that we are born to eternal life. Amen.
News From the Pews:
We welcome the Fall weather, the beauty of the valley, and the changing landscapes as the harvest comes to an end. Thank you to those who helped with yard work last month. If you have an interest in weeding, you are welcome to come any day to keep the beds looking good.
We will keep our homebound friends, and those who are traveling, in our thoughts and prayers this month. Please keep Jack Miller, Vi Richardson, Steve and Lela Coleman, Susan Neumarkel, and Beth Carson on your prayer list.
The General Board is looking for volunteers to serve on a committee that is looking into the future of this congregation in our current building. As our membership shrinks and the maintenance costs increase, we need to discuss our options. If you are interested, please see Marcie Labo.
Thank you to those who contributed to the Skagit Crop Walk. Although we did not have walkers this year, there were many who donated to this worthy cause.
You are all invited to join the Adult Sunday Class which begins at 9:30 am. every Sunday morning.
Here is the yearly schedule for Pastor Steve & our Associate Pastors Jack & Liz Miller: Pastor Steve Coleman will serve MVFCC:
January-April-July-August-November-December Church/Home Office Hours: Monday - Thursday from 10:00am-1:00pm Cell phone: 360-391-0395 Associate Pastors Rev. Jack Miller & Rev. Liz Miller will serve MVFCC: February-March-May-June-September-October
Home-based hours on Mondays & Wednesdays from 10:00am-1:00pm & Church Office Hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00am - 1:00pm
Cell Phones: 360-318-6068 or 360-510-9081
*If you are in need of Pastor care, feel free to call any of our wonderful clergy for help. Building Update: We have been going through some major work to update and repair our central heating system. A new gas meter and line was installed, and the whole system was checked out and leaks were discovered. The repairs are on-going. The cost for this huge project is rising. If you are able to contribute a few extra dollars above your monthly tithing, it would be very much appreciated. Our budget does not cover such a large expense, and we are grateful for your help. As with any structure, repairs and maintenance are required in order to keep the doors open. Please pray that the work will be completed soon!