Vermont Hills UMC

Vermont Hills UMC


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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  Sunday, Sep 23: Practicing Our Faith, ch 3, “Hospitality” Preview for this Sunday: Big Thanks!  Thank you all so much for your generous donations of school supplies for Hayhurst. Deanne, the principal, commented “this is the most you’ve given in all the years you’ve been donating.” Quite a statement! Thank you again. Practicing Our Faith  If you’d like to read along in the companion book to the sermon series, it is available Sunday...

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  In this video, Katie is at the table to chat with Pastor Bo about the chapter in “Practicing Faith”  Honoring the Body is the topic and this 14 minutes is packed with thoughtful depth.      ...

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I had the opportunity to be on the UMC podcast Get Your Spirit In Shape. My interview is Ep. 43 called Disagreeing Well. It’s no secret that people disagree, sometimes vehemently. When our opinions match, it is easy to have a conversation. When we are on opposite sides of an issue, talking can be far more challenging, but often more fruitful. In a time when opinions are strong in both our public and church lives, learning to disagree...

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I had the opportunity earlier this week to be with leaders who are doing innovative things in their communities and ministry settings. I got to talk about ‘why we do church this way’. I love to think through how to do and be church in the 21st century. I like to call it ‘a liturgy of listening and learning’. Interactive church brings together the best of constructive approaches, emergent thought, church 2.0,...

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  Please join us this coming Tuesday at The Lodge at Cascade Brewing, 7424 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy for delicious food and drinks. Our topic will be the first 12 minutes of this video :  Christianity and Unknowing. You can watch the whole thing if you want but the chat will be on the part up to 12 min 55 sec See you there at 7pm – please email with any questions VHUMCpastor@gmail.com  ...

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by John Espy This week at VHUMC we began a series on the book, Practicing our Faith edited by Dorothy C. Bass. What does it mean to practice our faith? If we consider “practice” as a customary activity, it is (generally speaking) our practice to eat three meals a day; it is a practice for (most?, some?, a few?) Christians to go to church on Sunday.  If we consider “practice” as a means of learning and developing a skill, one must...

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It’s almost here!  This annual, 48-hour event is the best part of the year for some people (we’re looking at you, EB!)  Held at a huge house in Arch Cape, OR, there is plenty of room for everyone.  You can come for the weekend ($50 per family and the responsibility of hosting one meal) or just Saturday ($10 per person, lunch and dinner included).  There will be games, bonfires on the beach (weather permitting), a cool...

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  Sunday, Sep 16: Practicing Our Faith, ch 2, “Honoring the Body” Preview for this Sunday: Practicing Our Faith  If you’d like to read along in the companion book to the sermon series, it will be available Sunday in the lobby for $20 (cash or check, please). Swifts Sighting Join the Youth to see thousands of swifts gather to roost in the chimney of Chapman Elementary.  Reportedly the largest flock of Vaux’s Swifts in the world, these...

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This past week, we started into a new series about Practicing Faith. The first week’s topic is “Times of Yearning” and I took the opportunity to have some fun talking about different ways of talking about desire. Here are 4 ways that I have heard desire talked about: God Shaped Vacuum You may be familiar with the famous quote by Pascal: “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of each man which cannot be satisfied...

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Worship at 10:30 am this Sunday! All Church Work Party  This Saturday, September 8, join us for a couple of hours to spruce up our building and grounds in preparation for a great autumn.  We begin at 10:00 am; bring your work gloves! This Sunday: Kick-off Sunday! Adult Sunday School The format for our 9:00 am session will be in 4-parts each week: Who, What, Where, and When.  Each week will cover 4 topics that will inspire, challenge,...

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