Vermont Hills UMC

Vermont Hills UMC


Next Wednesday (Oct 25) were are celebrating finishing our first book (Galatians) in Progressive Bible Study and we getting ready to start the Gospel of Mark (Nov 1). We want to have dinner together and chat about reading the Bible through a progressive lens. Let us know if you’re coming so that we can make sure to have enough food.  Here is the Facebook event [link] and a short...

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We are going to try something different for the next 6 weeks. Normally the sermon/homily comes up front and then later somebody comes to the table to chat with Pastor Bo about an issue or idea. For the next 6 weeks, those will be flipped. Early in the service there will be an idea or inspirational message. Later, a passage of scripture will be read and then talked about at the table. This is an experiment in conversational sermons....

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There are lots of activities happening with our church community you need to know about. Please take a few moments to review and mark your calendar. REMINDER Sunday School at 9am Pre-service prayer gathering in the chapel at 10am Family Camp at Arch Cape Friday the 13th – Sunday the 15th Spiritual Practices Sunday Oct 15th from 7-8pm in the Chapel 1 Family Camp – Family camp is this Friday! Join Elizabeth, the youth group and families...

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Tuesday Oct 17 our topic will be “There is more to life than being happy” Watch the TEDtalk video and come the Raccoon Lodge at 7pm ready to talk about the 4 pillars of happiness

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Sunday School Preview for October 8 E is for Empire Christian thought, belief, and practice, “suffers from an imperial condition” according to Catherine Keller in her chapter in PostColonial Theology. That is eye-opening news to many people who claim to be ‘Bible-believing’. We live in an odd time in N. America where those who love, quote, and believe the Bible the most happen to be the least aware of the Bible’s concern with...

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I want to thank everyone for all the support as I transfer in my ordination. I thought that some of you might be interested in the process. I know this is heady and nerdy but in case anyone is interested, I had to type of my ‘statement of beliefs’.  Here they are so far … Convey your personal beliefs as a Christian. I believe that the church is the body of Christ on earth. When Jesus ascended into heaven it was with a...

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We have a new interactive calendar for the website! You can get there by going to vermonthillsumc.org/events or by clicking on ‘events’ in the main menu at the top of each page. Each event has a time and place listed – if you hold your cursor over the event, those details will pop up, or just click on the event. This is going to help make sure everyone is up on what is going on and where they can get...

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In the ABCs of Faith we have talked about salvation (atonement), sacraments (baptism), and Jesus (christ) … now we turn a corner and go in a completely different direction. Here is a preview of this week’s Sunday School class for October 1 at 9am [a PDF is available at the bottom of the page]  D is for Deconstruction Deconstruction is love. This is what makes it different than destruction or demolition. Deconstruction is...

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C is for Christ   (art for the series by Jesse Turri)    Christology, like our previous topics of Atonement and Baptism, is one that both shows great diversity and is prone to contention. This is a significant distinction because it is nearly impossible to say anything about any aspect of our concept of Christ without drawing the ire of some group, tradition, or school of thought. Having said that, it is vital to state that our...

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This weekend (Sept 24) we will talking about a different way of being in the world … a way that moves us toward grace and wholeness and away from the demanding drum beat of: More Bigger Faster Better God offers us a way out of the driving demands of dogmatic religion. These ‘unforced rhythms of grace‘ let us walk away from the constant assault of buying and consuming or the perpetual exhaustion of 24 hours news...

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This Sunday, September 17, our topic will be “Church 2.0 – an interactive church”. Pastor Bo will be unveiling his vision for the future church.  As we transition to be a ‘conversational community’, the concept of an interactive church will be a helpful framework for understanding the direction and motivation behind our innovations. If you would like see an earlier (10 minute) video about Church 2.0 (near...

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