Vermont Hills UMC

Vermont Hills UMC


We have begun a new partnership with Sunnyside Community House (SCH), the site of the former Sunnyside UMC, at 3520 SE Yamhill St in Portland.  Their mission is to be a sacred space “where all of our neighbors, both the housed and unhoused, are invited to learn, serve, and gather.”  In their 3-story, 38,000 sf building, they have multiple classes, spaces to rent (with the focus on the arts and justice communities), and the...

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Here is an 8 minute sermon about belonging, identity, and faith. The Bible is full of poetic language – including metaphors and metonyms. Pastor Bo has some fun with those examples before getting into the idea of “the Law” as a much bigger concept. [youtube id=”ims06fyzcFU”]

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Our YouTube channel has only been used for short weekly previews up to this point … Now we are posting the sermons and conversations ‘At the Table’.  You can subscribe to the channel here [link] so that you get updates about each week’s video. Sometimes it will be the conversation “at the table” like here with Sara about “Sacred Everyday” Sometimes it will be the short sermons. Here is...

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Staying Connected   Worship Time for July and August:  10:00—11:00   Preview for this Sunday:  [youtube id=”MucV2hzp_Qc”]   Choir Call  We want you!  People who praise God with their voices!  Whether you can read music or not… whether you can attend every Sunday or not… If you are willing to try, we want you!  Choir does a “run through” at 10 am for that Sunday’s music and rehearses new music  after coffee hour. ...

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We live in a time of division and conflict. It is perfect timing then, that our topic this week comes from Galatians 3 and says, “In Christ, there is neither male nor female, slave nor free, Jew nor Gentile … all are one.” Usually when this topic comes up people want to focus on how Christ’s love “bridges” the divides between us. I want to take it a step further! I want to look at how: A) we are...

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Worship Time for July and August:  10:00—11:00 Preview for this Sunday:    [youtube id=”Pn2pHwiCuEY”] All Church Work Party this Saturday, 10:00 to noon.  We’ve always got a list of little tasks to be checked off.  So, come and do your little part and it will all get done! Pub Chat Topic for Tonight  For July, we’re joining Beaverton First UMC at their pub chat.  Same location, just more fun.  Join us tonight at 7:00 pm at...

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An interesting discussion from Facebook this week continues so I thought I would post it here as well. I commented Sunday morning, Some church songs are easier to make gender neutral than others. Some of these songs lean so heavily on the masculine pronoun that they are nearly unusable As someone who is very intentional about mixing up the English pronouns used for God [link], this is an important issue for me. It sparked a nice...

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There’s lots happening, so bookmark this newsletter!  Check out these features: Our new BFFs (Best Friends Forever) Good Giving August Highlights Fall Kick-off! And so much more!  A special, 8-page edition for your summer reading.  Enjoy! Newsletter Summer 2018...

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If you are looking to get a feel for VHUMC or you are wondering what to expect … We did something little different this week for the podcast.  Normally we post just the sermon (or lesson), but this week included highlights of all the various elements that make up our Sunday morning hour together. Here is the link to this week’s audio of the full service. http://vermonthillsumc.org/podcast/divine-in-the-daily/ It comes in...

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How do you experience the divine presence in an average day? This topic has become one of my favorite things to chat about. I have found two powerful trends that seem to be developing. First: Depending on your phase of life, there are certain ‘givens‘ that seem to be assumed and everything else becomes a ‘variable‘. In the formula of life, the question seems to hinge on either how to manipulate (change) the...

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We have six service opportunity openings currently: Projectionist: If you have the ability to press the space bar on a computer keyboard, you are qualified! The only requirement is that you must pay attention. Kid’s Storyteller: Looking for 5 people to present a 10-15 minute lesson (provided by Elizabeth) during the worship service. Storytellers will rotate on a weekly basis. Childcare staff will be with the children for the entire...

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