Vermont Hills UMC

Vermont Hills UMC


The April 28, 2018, VHUMC Auction is rapidly approaching and we need your help…Donate! Attend! Purchase! As we have not so subtly mentioned, our hope is that EVERY member is able to donate something to help make this year’s auction a success. Confused about what to donate? Many different options work as great fundraisers… Prepare a gift basket! Offer up a time share or second home! Host a dinner or special activity! Donate your...

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It is a very interesting perspective from the ancient Jewish tradition of treating Sundown as a pause to the beginning of a new day. Sundown is a beautiful time to stop. Stop work, unplug, sit with God and ask “How shall we spend the next 24 hours?” One sure way to restful sleep is knowing that in the morning I can hit the ground running. Sundown is a time of discernment, when I ponder consequences and shift my priorities. It’s making...

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I recently set a goal with one of my closest people to start waking up at 6AM every day. We’re on our second week of this new practice, and it is tough. My alarm clock screams over the whispers of the gentle Oregon rain outside my window and dredges me up from beneath my layers and layers of sleep. Once my consciousness is finally on the surface again (and I’m past the steady stream of “Nope. Nope. Nope” as my first intelligible...

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I have never had an epiphany in the truest sense of the word.  My whole life I have been in a spiritual community surrounded by faithful people trying their best to live up to the Word.  I’m envious of people who can tell their own ‘Road to Emmaus’ story.   But my spiritual journey has been far more mundane.   And this week’s sermon of how there is divinity in the mundane, how there is spirituality in just...

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  “When does your morning begin?” was our opening question in this week’s conversation. Depending on work, kids, and age – that answer probably has an ‘AM’ behind it. For me, 5am seems early but 8am seems a luxury. What if you were to adopt an ancient Jewish perspective that your day actually begins at sundown the evening before? This is my challenge this week!   Today is Monday and I asked myself on Sunday (yesterday) “What...

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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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Culture is always changing. Life changes. The way we do church is changing as well. For more: Interactive Church [link]  We are working on something called  ‘Church 2.0’  or ‘ChurchNext’. A little history about different ways the church has looked in different eras: During the middle-ages it was primarily through sacrament. 500 years ago the Protestant Reformation made it more about preaching. Lately, music has...

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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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