Vermont Hills UMC

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I realize that as a pastor I may have a different take-away from our gatherings … but it my estimation – one of the highlights from today was the scripture reading that used Romans and Galatians as a ‘call-and-response’. I thought it would nice to post it here so that you can return it this week as needed. Scripture:  Romans 8:10-17, Galatians 4:1-7 R: But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of...

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Today is sacred. Actually, every day is sacred. We are in danger of forgetting that as a culture and society. I don’t know if it stems from setting aside certain days ‘holy’ (the origin of holidays) that turns the every day into ‘normal’ and mundane. I don’t know if it the nature of our work life or if it is a consequence of moving away from agrarian life and depending on the seasons. But something...

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Sunday at 9am I want to put a series of ideas in front on you and brainstorm them together. Update: podcast audio here http://vermonthillsumc.org/podcast/why-do-church-this-way/ I am working on a clear way to present ‘Church 2.0’  or ‘ChurchNext’. We will start with some history about different ways the church has looked in different eras. During the middle-ages it was primarily through sacrament. 500 years ago...

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Staying Connected     Trustees Sponsored Work Party  Join us Saturday, Apr 7, at 10am to spruce up, repair, and maintain our wonderful building and grounds!  There’s a job for practically everyone; no previous experience necessary.  If you’d like to help move the remaining mulch, please bring a wheelbarrow and shovel.   Sacred Everyday  Where do you find the divine in your everyday? Is it possible for the ordinary stuff...

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Columbia District is hosting conversations about a crucial decision facing the United Methodist Church regarding our formal approach to human sexuality. As members of a reconciling congregation, please try to attend one of the sessions:  April 15 at Portland First UMC, April 22 at Gresham First UMC, or May 6 at Hillsboro UMC.  To register or for more information, go to greaternw.org/table-talks...

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The focus of our April Second Sunday Spiritual Practice is “Healing as a Church Ministry”. We will be taking a field trip to Trinity Episcopal Cathedral to attend a Taizé Service. A Taizé service is a contemplative worship experience that involves sung and chanted prayers, meditation, liturgical readings, icons, laying on of hands and healing prayer. There is no preaching. Taizé worship originated with a monastic community located in...

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Please check out this PDF of the Spring 2018 Newsletter for info about upcoming events Newsletter Spring 2018

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From April 8 – May 6 Sunday School is going to become a workshop and think-tank. I am bringing 5 of my favorite ideas to see how they might look at Vermont Hills. The first idea is ‘ChurchNext’. We are going through something in the 21st century that is even bigger than the Protestant Reformation 500 years ago. Many people want to ignore it in the hopes that it will go away – others want to tweak or make slight...

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This past weekend was a rare event where both Easter and April Fool’s fall on the same day. This happens approximately every 67 years – so it will happen once in my life time.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity!  Here is my sermon from this past Sunday : _________________ If you don’t believe in the resurrection you are a fool. Easter fools – that is what the apostle Paul wants us to be – fools for Easter. The whole thing kind...

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Please join us for a dramatic presentation of Jesus’ seven statements from the cross. After each statement there will be a reflection and response. Then one of the candles will be extinguished. At the end of the service we will be in near darkness – and like those who first witnessed this event, we will leave in silence. Tenebrae (Latin for “darkness”) is a religious service of Western Christianity consisting...

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Please join us this Sunday morning for a lively celebration. [youtube id=”v0BqGhwMmVM”]   Easter Morning, April 1   Christ is Risen! 10:30am worship service Please put these services on your calendar and plan to attend. They will each be unique and deeply meaningful. Youth Easter Breakfast, April 1    Please join the Youth at 9am for breakfast in Fellowship Hall. Donations support the Youth mission trip this summer....

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