Vermont Hills UMC

Vermont Hills UMC


There is a great danger – especially in 2018 – of not understanding the thought and convictions of those you disagree with. I was taught to refute evolution. It was a cornerstone to evangelical apologetics. Zebras and their stripes were a primary example used to refute evolution. If the stripes are for camouflaging a herd of zebras from predators … then the first striped offspring would have actually stood out from the heard and...

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Is religion a good or a bad thing?  That will be our topic for this week’s pub chat Here is a link to the video .  It should bring lively conversation  https://www.ted.com/talks/kwame_anthony_appiah_is_religion_good_or_bad_this_is_a_trick_question#t-78544 or if you prefer – the transcript is here  https://www.ted.com/talks/kwame_anthony_appiah_is_religion_good_or_bad_this_is_a_trick_question/transcript See you Tuesday...

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This week’s need to know:  REMINDER  If you would like to see a preview of this Sunday, here is the link: https://youtu.be/9Qlfat6VXaA [youtube id=”9Qlfat6VXaA”]   SW Hope Food Drive  –  Feb 11  –  Apr 14, Neighborhood House is holding their Annual Food Drive, in partnership with the Oregon Food Bank. For every $1 donated, 4 lbs of nutritious food can be purchased. To donate online and for more...

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  Here is a preview for this coming Sunday (March 18) at 9am. PDF: Y is for Y2K (preview) Is the way that the world runs today the way that is has to be? What would it take for the world to work a different way? Can you imagine something better than democracy or an economic system after capitalism?   From 1991-2003, I was taught to read the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other – I no longer believe that. In my...

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Winter is turning to Spring in the Pacific NW and that mirrors perfectly what we have planned at Vermont Hills UMC. For the last 9 weeks we have been “getting to know our neighbors”. We have had visits from groups and ministries that we partner with in the community.  Many of them focus on feeding hungry people in different ways. Others focus on families, gardens, or spiritual practices. The past 3 weeks have been a...

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Staying Connected REMINDER   Don’t forget to set your clocks forward Saturday night!   If you would like to see a preview of this Sunday, watch this: https://youtu.be/YbJDNvKbBSo   Scrip Sunday is THIS Sunday. This church fundraiser does not cost you anything.  Scrip is purchased at the value of the gift card, and the church receives the percentage listed on the form. Purchase only cards that you use or give as gifts for...

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The next 3 weeks of Sunday School are going to be electric!! Here is a PDF preview for this week X is for X-ray (preview) A quick video preview [youtube id=”8-OiDdpdFss”]

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You have a wisdom deep inside of you that you might not even know how to access. I want to introduce (or remind) you to an amazing concept: phronesis Here is a ‘7 min sermon’ on the idea and a short explanation below. [youtube id=”NPKnTpSi_Lc”] I love this concept so much. An interesting way to access it is by using the famous formulation of: known knowns (things we know that we know) known unknowns (things we...

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Don’t forget to set you clocks ahead the Saturday night. We will have coffee and tea ready for you at Sunday School (9am) ! Here is a preview of what you don’t want to miss [youtube id=”8-OiDdpdFss”]

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Earlier this month I responded to a survey being done by a grad student about new worship communities and churches in revitalization. Below are some of my responses to the 3 questions – and here is a 10 min video with some pictures spliced for illustration. [youtube id=”89F6NJngc54″] 1.What innovative practices set your faith community apart? Vermont Hills UMC is attempting a hybrid expression that combines two very...

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Staying Connected REMINDER Don’t forget to sign up on the Coffee Host Volunteer Sheet in Fellowship Hall If you would like to see a preview of this Sunday, Turn Toward Easter, here is the link: https://youtu.be/1LZt9Pl345o 1 SW Hope Food Drive – Feb 11 – Apr 14, Neighborhood House is holding their Annual Food Drive, in partnership with the Oregon Food Bank. For every $1 donated, 4 lbs of nutritious food can be purchased....

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