Posts by vermonthills


We are so delighted to have an amazing group of contributors and conversation partners. These reflections were based on the book, Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life, by Tish Harrison Warren.  Many thanks to Dori Killion, Charlie Jesch, Katie North, Bryan Cooper, John Espy, Sara Ross, and Pastor Bo Sanders for sharing their lives with us. We hope that you find this compilation a useful, meaningful tool...

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Here’s a preview for this week: Bo’s blog: http://vermonthillsumc.org/christian-politics/ Last chance for Survey!  Please take this brief survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WKDBXSS Merry Christmas!  Re-live the joy, pain, and complexity of the Sacred Everyday series that we explored this summer.  Here’s a link to a free eBook, a pdf file that contains every reflection written by John E, Katie N, Bryan C, Sara R,...

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There is a lot of singing this time of year.  Joy to the World, Winter Wonderland, Rudolf, Silent Night … and Auld Lang Syne (whatever that means)    Watch these 2 videos and then come to next week’s Pub Chat and talk about them!  The first video is about the effect that singing has on our brains and bodies.  The second video is about the importance of choir. Thanks to John Chilgren for these videos and for coming to the...

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Normally I am allergic to modifiers. I find them deeply suspicious. Why reference someone as a female comedian or author? You don’t call Stephen King a male author or Jerry Seinfeld a male comedian. Randy Woodley is often referenced as a Native American theologian. That is fine… but why am I not introduced as a white theologian? The worst is ‘biblical’. Every time I hear it used I think to myself, “this is...

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Bo’s blog: http://vermonthillsumc.org/formula-for-success/ Survey!  Please take this one-minute survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WKDBXSS Christmas Cards  Please come a little early this Sunday to sign Christmas cards for our home-bound members and those we’ve been missing.  The cards will be on a round table in the entryway. (Remember, there’s no Sunday School this month.) Rest in Peace  Our beloved Anne Begg passed away...

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Sunday, Dec 9: Practicing Our Faith, ch 14, “Practicing a Way of Life” Here’s a preview for this week:  https://youtu.be/vFKBhQgYlyU You can also watch last week’s sermon : https://youtu.be/gQVJPbbAm4Y And the ‘pep talk’ from last week https://youtu.be/eW2AYJCsA6g   Survey!  Please take this one-minute survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WKDBXSS Scrip Sunday  This Sunday is your last opportunity to buy gift cards...

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Practicing Our Faith, ch 13, “Singing Our Lives” Here’s a preview for this week: https://youtu.be/oXcXmgAaeKg Alternative Christmas  Sunday is Alternative Christmas, where you can make a donation in memory or honor of a loved one and receive a card or ornament to give.  Support important ministries *and* finish your shopping list!  In the Fellowship Hall during coffee time. Scrip Sunday  December 9 is your last opportunity to buy gift...

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Every December, as we get ready for Christmas, the 4 weeks that lead up to the big day are my favorite 4 weeks of the year. The season is called ‘advent’ and it is a time of waiting and reflecting in anticipation. There are 2 elements that I am especially looking forward to this year: First is the lighting of the advent wreath. Each week there will be a reading that helps us...

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