Vermont Hills UMC

Vermont Hills UMC


Staying Connected 4.19


Posted By on Apr 19, 2018

Staying Connected   Change is in the Air!  This Sunday is the deadline to let Janet and Mark know what you are donating to the auction.  They can be reached at mzimmerdahl@comcast.net or 503.244.8670.  Your items must be brought to church this week (except fresh edibles).  Our office will be open Monday through Thursday, 9am to 2pm. If you would like to donate gift cards, you may order them through our scrip program today and they...

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The church is always changing. It adjusts and adapts to cultural shifts and needs. Change is often initiated when new technology meets evolving theology. I talked about it in Why Do Church This Way? [link] or listen to the podcast audio There are two interesting notes about these changes: 1) When new developments arise, the previous form does not go away, it continues on but without its former prominence or influence. Phyllis Tickle...

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IKEA


Posted By on Apr 18, 2018

My bed is a low profile twin from Ikea that I bought when I gladly downsized to make room for my Aunt who was my housemate and companion for the last five years of her life. Every morning when I get out of bed I think about how, after two years, it is high time I return to my real bedroom and set up my real bed where I can stretch out fully without hitting up against a wall. I will retrieve the down quilt from storage and go back to...

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We Are What We Love


Posted By on Apr 17, 2018

This week’s chapter from Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Warren has a title I was excited to write about: “Making the Bed.” Before I read it, I thought I could use this space to talk about how I got a set of new bedding that makes me feel like a grown up, and how the habit of making my bed does help me feel more organized and confident as I go about my day. Then I read the chapter. My hopeful (and a little self-righteous) expectations...

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As a child, we didn’t have air conditioning.  In Oregon that elicits a shrug, but in the Midwest, Summer’s were brutal.  My parent’s solution was to move my brother and I into the den where a lone window unit would struggle against the Oklahoma heat.  Waking in Summer for me would be disorienting and disjointed.   My brother would be on floor next to me rather than an arm dangling from the top bunk.  No superhero...

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Power of Practice (Sermon Notes)

Power of Practice (Sermon Notes)


Posted By on Apr 15, 2018

Your body is not just a suitcase that carries your soul around. Your body is not an automated shell that your brain tells what to do like a computer inside a robot. Your body informs your experience and shapes your behavior.  Much of what you think, or even believe, about the world is because of the interactions of your body.   Here is the audio podcast of this sermon: (13 min) ...

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Such a Day as This


Posted By on Apr 15, 2018

A reflection on Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life, by Tish Harrison Warren. Chapter One: Waking   There’s a sticker on the console of my car; it reads, Perhaps you were born for such a day as this. Pulled, a bit clumsily, from the Old Testament book of Esther – with the sticker-writer’s reinterpretation of inspirational soundbite meaning – this one-liner is supposed to make me think that this day might be...

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Church for Cynics and Fools


Posted By on Apr 14, 2018

Week 2 of ‘5 Favorite Ideas’ is The Cynic and The Fool. It is based on a book of that title by my friend Tad Delay. [link] If you can’t make it at 9am Sunday, watch this 10 min summary to get up to speed [youtube...

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Holy, Holy, Holy!


Posted By on Apr 13, 2018

I’ve been retired just over 18 months. For a couple of years before I retired I started thinking and planning how I would spend my days in retirement. Rather than an end of my career I viewed it as the beginning of a new career, of what I was intended to do in this life, of finally fulfilling my purpose in life. My plans included starting every day with celebration of a new day; daily exercise, meditation, reading more than I had time...

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Do I believe this? Did the community of Creation, the Trinity, God, make this day? What does it mean that this day, this very day, was made by the God? How am I to respond to this? When I awake, I rarely am thinking that the Lord made this day. Throughout my day, it is not a thought that comes into my mind. So do I believe it? To be honest, I don’t know.  I look around and see pain. I live in pain, despair…hopelessness....

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Staying Connected 4.12.18


Posted By on Apr 12, 2018

Tulip Festival  All are invited to join the youth this Sunday, as they carpool to Woodburn, OR to see 40 acres of beautiful flowers.  They will leave the church at 1pm.  Bring a sack lunch, water, and mud boots.  RSVP to Elizabeth Brown at monkey23_97219@yahoo.com or 503.957.1372. Scrip Sundays are April 22nd, May 20th and June 10th.   This church fundraiser does not cost you anything!  Scrip is purchased at the value of the gift...

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