Speaking Schedule:

November:
10:  Pastor John McGhee
17:  TBA
24:  Joy Curtis

Devotional Corner:

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” — John 15:13

“Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” — Ephesians 6:11

Video to watch: Some Gave All: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydWhRObVxrM as Veterans Day draws its important for us to remember all of our Veterans, those who are with us and those that have passed on. Growing up with a father who fought in Vietnam wasn’t always easy. It was hard for my dad to open up and share his emotions. We would often move because it was difficult for him to settle down. Life with him had its challenges but also its rewards. My dad was always there when friends and family was in need. He was there if friends needed food or if they needed help repairing something. He was taught in the Army to always look out for your brothers and sisters in the army. When you are in the war zone like my father was in Vietnam you had to depend on your fellow soldiers just to stay alive. This created in him a strong sense of helping people. It also, I believe made him look to the Lord more for protection. As Ephesians 6:11 says we need to put on the full armor of God. For my dad in Vietnam this met putting on his camouflage military uniform, having an automatic weapon on him and most important learning all the skills necessary to protect not only himself but his fellow brothers and sisters.

For all of us today putting on the full armor of God means having a personal connection to God through prayer and Bible study. Also, having brothers and sisters in Christ that can lift us up when we need it and help guide us back on the right road when we get off track. Soldiers need their armor as well as people around them with that same armor to keep them safe. Likewise we too need the armor of God to keep us safe. My hope for you today is that as you will put on the full armor of God today you can remember the veterans and their families in your life as well as those that gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Love you Dad,

Shawn L.

Sermon Description

What does an orphan need most? How does God expect orphans to receive it? Who is supposed to give what orphans need most?

You will find answers to these questions in stories about a war and a well. You will be proud as veterans of our Skagit valley community receive a heroes welcome during the service. Expect to take a trip down in a bucket. You will come up from that well with an unforgettable mental picture about a fearful, filthy orphan.

John M.

Pastor’s Note

I am happy to invite you to be aware that a SS cell group continues. I am working with Mark Everett and others to coordinate this Bible study / fellowship group.

In 14 weeks we cover some basic truths which bind the Seventh-day Adventist Family together. Our textbook will be the Bible supported by the classic work by Ellen G. White, Steps To Christ.

Please see me or Mark Everett with the list of topics. You can also email Shawn Latham at atstar65@me.com for a digital PDF version.

If you want to review some delightful truths, or you would like to bring someone who is inquisitive about what Seventh-day Adventists believe, this may be just what you are looking for.

Warmly,
Pastor John

Happening This Week

Worship Services: We will be kicking off our worship service this Sabbath with a special Salute to our Veterans starting at 10:40. We hope that you will be able to join us as we pay homage to our men and women of the Armed Forces.
We will be having a soup potluck on November 10 immediately following worship service for those that need to complete the background screening/training. If you’re not required but are interested in doing the training, please contact Darci.
The global SDA Church is inviting us to participate in Orphan Day this Sabbath. In addition to honoring the veterans, many of whom have rescued orphans from war zones, we are challenged to fast for 24 hours this Sabbath and give the money we save to orphan ministries. Of course you can still eat 3 meals and still give the money! A special box will be displayed in the foyer with orphans written on it where funds can be given as you leave Church.
Reminder that our Church Business Meeting is Sunday, November 11. Soup starts at 6:00 pm. See you there!
“Ladies Fellowship” The Ladies Fellowship is currently meeting at Anna Marie’s Bakery & Cafe, 919 W. Division Street in Mt. Vernon. every Tuesday at 7:00am. Join us for fellowship and discussion.
Wednesday Prayer Meetings at 6:00 pm: Please contact Mark for the location information at 360-840-7457. Come join our family for our weekly prayer time. The church that prays together, stays together!
All men are invited to meet at 7:00 AM each Thursday for Band of Brothers @ Billy’s Cafe in Burlington, 316 E Fairhaven Ave, Burlington, WA 98233.
Love & Laundry – Our Love & Laundry project continues to thrive providing laundry services almost daily at the Friendship House. If you have any questions or are able to help, please contact Kadeem, Friendship House Volunteer Coordinator, (813) 412-8127 or Arlene (360) 840-3749.
FaceBook Page: We post sermon and service information, church events and more. https://www.facebook.com/mountvernonsda
Mailboxes: Please remember to check your box every time you come to church. Each week your bulletin will be in your mail box. Please let Darci know if you need a mailbox.

Other Church Announcements

Our Grandmothers Luncheon last Sabbath was a huge success! In total, we had 80 (and ¾ for Ron and Ann’s granddaughter on the way) grand/great/great great grandchildren represented at the luncheon. Thank you to all attended who made it a such a success and big thanks to Ann and Rochelle for hosting such a wonderful luncheon.
Cup of Fellowship is back! Please see Melissa to sign up or for any questions.
Baby Shower: We would like to extend an invitation to all of the MVSDA Church family (men and women) to join us for a baby shower for one of our members of the Welcome Home Community Coop, Kiri Good, on Sunday, November 18, at 3:00 pm in the Fireside Room. Please RSVP on the sign-up sheet in the foyer no later than November 16. We hope everyone will be able to join us!
Community Action invites you to join us on Wednesday, November 28th for a half-day interactive workshop in our gym, the Cost of Poverty Experience Simulation (COPES). Participants will be divided into small “family” teams and experience real challenges faced by people in situational or generational poverty. Space is limited. Registration deadline is November 21, or until the workshop is at capacity. This worship is free; however, there is a suggested donation of $20 to help cover the costs of the materials. Register at www.skagitvolunteercenter.org/training.
The Lights of Christmas at Warm Beach is back November 29 through December 2, 6-9, 13-16, 19-23, 26-29, 2018; 5-10pm. This is the largest holiday light display in the Pacific Northwest that combines live entertainment, children’s activities, food, holiday shopping, and more. Reservations can also be made for overnight getaways in holiday-themed lodges and for dinner theatre/Sunday dessert matinee. FMI: www.TheLightsofChristmas.com
Fountainview Academy will be coming to the Christian Reformed Church, 701 Blackburn Road in Mt. Vernon, on December 6 from 7:00-8:00pm. You won’t want to miss this outstanding orchestra, band, and choir!
Mark your calendars for our Christmas Brunch on December 8! See Melissa to volunteer or for questions.
On December 15 at 6:00 pm at Rita’s home we will be having a ladies’ Sock & Christmas Cookie Exchange Bring your daughters too. Wrap only 1 pair of socks (no more than $10) and bring the wrapped socks and 2 dozen cookies (store bought are just fine) — 1 dozen to give away and 1 dozen to eat at the party. Let’s celebrate the joy of Christmas by getting to know each other!
The greeter ministry schedule for November is as follows: Nov 3rd Joy Curtis, Nov 10th Rita Everett and Joy Curtis, Nov 17th Shelia Dodd, Nov 24th Bob Walton and Shawn Latham, Please contact Melissa Baskett if you have any questions.
The Deacon and Deaconess ministry schedule for November is as follows: Nov 3rd TBA, Nov 10th  Tony Rocha and Owen Genther Nov 17th Shelia Dodd and Owen Genther  Nov 24th Bob Walton and Melissa Baskett , Please contact Melissa Baskett if you have any questions.
Please let Darci Guise know if someone needs visitation at home or in the hospital. Also let her know if you want a mailbox at the Church to receive the weekly bulletins and other information. To contact Darci please call 360-416-0443 or email her at office@mountvernonsda.com
If you would like to learn more about Jesus Off the Street please contact Ann @ 425-280-7212.

Upcoming Events

Nov 10th Background Screening/Training Soup Potluck
Nov 11th Church Business Meeting
Nov 18th Baby Shower
Nov 28th Cost of Poverty Experience Simulation
Dec The Lights of Christmas at Warm Beach
Dec 6th FountainView Academy Concert @ Christian Reformed Church Mt. Vernon
Dec 8th Christmas Brunch
Dec 15th Ladies Sock & Christmas Cookie Exchange
Feb 24th Skagit Adventist Academy Auction

Community Announcements

Save the Date: The Skagit Adventist Academy Auction is February 24th at McIntyre Hall on Skagit Valley College campus in Mount Vernon. SAA will gladly accept your donations of new items, experiences, trips, and gift certificates.
Out and About: The Washington Conference has a new weekly newsletter called “Out and About” To view it or to subscribe to the newsletter please visit http://www.washingtonconference.org/
Navigating The Skagit Volunteer Center Website
www.skagitvolunteercenter.org

The Skagit Volunteer Center Website is a great way to respond to the needs of our community. The first step is to create an account, personalize it to what interests you. This flyer will help you get started! It is fast and easy. After you set up your user account, you are free to roam the site and respond to the needs of the community.

Community Action of Skagit County
Ongoing | Skagit County

Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities and makes Skagit County a better place to live. They care about the entire community, and are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.

Skagit Food Distribution Center
Volunteers are needed to help increase nutrition and food security for residents of Skagit County. The Skagit Food Distribution Center serves as a food hub for 14 local food banks.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Food Delivery Driver
  • Office Assistant
  • Warehouse Assistant
  • Volunteer Services Program

For more information about volunteering contact Tracy at tracym@communityactionskagit.org or 360 588-5753.

Volunteer Services Program
Community Action’s Volunteer Services program supports safe and independent living for elderly and disabled adults in Skagit County. They need volunteers to help out in a variety of different roles:

  • Handyman
  • Housekeeping
  • Moving
  • Transportation
  • Wood provision- splitting & stacking wood
  • Yardwork

For more information about volunteering contact Robert at robertm@communityactionskagit.org

Skagit Valley Family Radio KTFJ 104.7 FM
Encourage others to listen on air or online. Keep the station in your prayers as they begin producing local programming. Listen for the Health Minute with Dr. Barry Bacon, Dinner with the Doctor, and an upcoming preparedness seminar. Remember, podcasts are always available. www.radiooflife.org.
Help Seniors & Adults with Disabilities Remain in their Homes
Ongoing | Various locations in Skagit County
Community Action’s Volunteer services program recruits and coordinates community volunteers to provide direct services for elderly and disabled adults.

Among the services we provide are housekeeping, shopping, meal preparation, yard work, transportation, moving assistance, firewood stacking in the winter, minor home repair, and more as we strive to help clients remain living independently in their own homes.

Right now they have a big need for volunteers to help out with, driving seniors to appointments, housework, moving, and small home repairs.

For more information visit: www.skagitvolunteercenter.org.

Friday Night Sundown: 4:42 PM
Sabbath Evening Sundown 4:40 PM