Events

This category contains events that happen within the church community on a weekly basis.


Bring/ride your bike to Portland International Raceway and let’s enjoy the holiday lights together! Tuesday, November 27 7:00 pm Decorating yourself and/or your bike with festive lights is highly encouraged (sorry, walkers and other modes of transportation are discouraged for safety reasons.) Cost is $6 per person; 12 and under are free.  Helmets are required for those under 17.  Food carts and a limited number of loaner bikes...

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For those of you who were unable to attend the Action Assembly Charge Conference, here are the minutes: 2018 Action Assembly Christ UMC November 4, 2018 Present:  District Superintendent Rev. Erin Martin, District Lay Leader Lydia Henry, pastors and members of several west-side UMC’s. The following members of Vermont Hills UMC attended:  Rev. Bo Sanders, John and Jan Espy, Linda Miller, Donna Ward, Will Mitchell, Bryan and...

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This Sunday at 6:00 pm, we will have a special service for our physical and mental well-being.  We’ve been through a turbulent time.  We need to rest.  Recover.  Reconnect. Come for your own restoration, or come as a delegate for someone else.  We will pray with, and for, each other. Come.  Restore your soul, your health, and your spirit....

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Our annual food drive for Hayhurst Elementary School has begun!  This Sunday, there will be a display in the church lobby of seasonal wants and needs.  Simply take the tags for the items you will purchase, and return the food to the church by Nov 18. Thank you for your support.  Dozens of Hayhurst families will benefit from your...

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  Next Tuesday (October 16) is our next Pub Chat. Let’s talk about sex. The question will be: “What advice would you give your younger self?” Please read the article “It’s Time for the Church to Grow-up about Sex” and get ready to chat! We will meet at The Lodge at Cascade Brewing at 7pm (7424 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy)  It’s Time for the Church to Grow-up about Sex.  [PDF]  ...

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This month’s edition of Second Sunday Spiritual Practices (SSSP) is all about the value of the labyrinth. We are all on the same path…exactly where we need to be. The labyrinth is a model of that path.  At its most basic level, the labyrinth is a metaphor for the journey to the center of your deepest self and back out into the world with a broadened understanding of who you are. We’ll gather at 6:00 pm on Sunday,...

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Sure, there will be delicious spaghetti, salad, bread, and dessert.  But this year, there will also be DOOR PRIZES!  Even if you can’t attend, you should secure a ticket for a chance to win (need not be present to win; just hang on to your ticket!) Mark your calendar now: Saturday, October 20, 5:30 pm.  Tickets are available for sale for the next two Sundays, and at the door, for $15 each — those 10 and younger are free....

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Around the globe, countless gifted and qualified people face financial obstacles that hinder them from preparing for the vocation God has given them, especially youth and young adults. For ethnic students who will be the first generation in their families to attend college, or for those people of color who haven’t historically had access to resources that make higher education possible, the road toward education has often been...

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by John Espy Last Sunday my friend and I had a conversation about hospitality.  At one point I had made the statement that the current trend to resist and restrict immigration was inhospitable, that our country had a history of resisting immigration at times as with the Irish, Chinese and Japanese but that in the end, the country was always better off, that immigrants had a positive impact on the country. I felt that, as a country, we...

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by John Espy One of the benefits of practicing our faith is to make ourselves more aware of the wonders of creation. I recently started a practice of fasting two days a week. One motivation for doing this is for the health benefits that have been reported recently in the news, but I am also doing it as a spiritual practice to help me connect my mind to my body. A few months ago I wrote a blog entry, “Caring for the Stranger”, the...

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