Vermont Hills UMC

Vermont Hills UMC


Time for Church 2.0


Posted By on Aug 6, 2019

Interactive Church is my passion. This week we finally go all the way to Church 2.0 with my current congregation! We have been practicing the component parts and building a culture of conversational listening for 2 years. This Sunday we put it all together for the first time. You can find videos for Interactive Church (2.0) here [link] Each of our Sunday gatherings are conceived of in 3 Acts and each act is centered around something...

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Staying Connected 8.1.19


Posted By on Aug 1, 2019

Worship Time continues at 10:00 am through the end of August. All Church Work Party Let’s gather tomorrow, August 2 at 10:00 am for a couple of hours of performing small tasks that make a big difference in how our church appears to visitors. Memorial Service You’re invited to attend a celebration of life for Sig-Linda’s mother, Sarah Jacobson, who passed away earlier this year.  The service will be this Saturday, August 3, at 11:00...

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Looking Forward To Fall


Posted By on Aug 1, 2019

This Fall is going to be a lively time at Vermont Hills! There are some big things in the planning process and we are partnering with some new groups in the community to open up places for us to serve. We have also planned some fun conversations in 3 of our weekly gatherings. Sunday mornings during the worship service (10:30 am) we are going to go through the Gospel of Luke in hopes of encountering Jesus as adults. It might be time to...

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Romans 8:28 often gets translated “All things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to God’s purpose.” This idea has migrated into our culture, absent the God element, as “everything happens for a reason”. Both the Bible version and its secular offspring have had disastrous ramifications. It is a dangerous idea that harms people daily. Not only is it a bad reading of...

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Worship in the Great Outdoors


Posted By on Jul 31, 2019

Join us this Sunday, August 4, as we take our big ideas, good conversation, and meaningful worship outdoors!  There will also be plenty of music and our monthly communion (which is open to everyone who wishes to participate.) We’ll gather at 10:00 am under the big tree while it’s still shady and cool.  There will be chairs on the pavement as well as on the grass.  Feel free to bring a blanket if that’s more your...

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Staying Connected 7.25.19


Posted By on Jul 25, 2019

Worship Time continues at 10:00 am through the end of August. All Church Work Party Let’s gather on Friday, August 2 at 10:00 am for a couple of hours of performing small tasks that make a big difference in how our church appears to visitors. Memorial Service You’re invited to attend a celebration of life for Sig-Linda’s mother, Sarah Jacobson, who passed away earlier this year.  The service will be Saturday, August 3, at 11:00 am,...

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Nobody Reads The Bible Literally


Posted By on Jul 25, 2019

Nobody reads the Bible literally. We are all interpreting – and this is a good thing! This admission allows us to say: Since we are all interpreting, let’s talk about how we are interpreting. I first realized this about the book of Revelation (apocalyptic literature). Then it became clear about other genres of scripture like wisdom literature (Job) and the Gospels (Luke). Here is a recent sermon that I gave on the subject....

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Free School Supplies


Posted By on Jul 24, 2019

Here are two locations where students K – 12, who are eligible for free or reduced school lunch programs, may pick up free school supplies: St. Luke Lutheran Church, 4595 SW California St, Portland, August 10, 8:00 – 11:00 am.  For students enrolled in all schools that feed Wilson High School.  Proof of residency (utility bill) and school (report card or student card) is required.  To volunteer or for more information,...

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Bad Bible Reading


Posted By on Jul 18, 2019

Here are two videos from this past weekend. The first is Sara at the table.  ‘At The Table’ is a weekly event during our gatherings where people can come and talk to us about something that they are passionate about. The second video is the sermon about ‘bad reading of the Bible’ especially as they relate to God and hell. We used Matthew 10:26-31 and the parallel passage in Luke 12. Below is the YouTube link to...

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Staying Connected 7.18.19


Posted By on Jul 18, 2019

Worship Time continues at 10:00 am through the end of August. Outdoor Worship  On Sunday, August 4, we’re taking our worship service (and communion) outside.  There will be seats in shady spots with stable footing, so all should be able to participate.  Plan to join us at 10:00 am for this hour of being in God’s presence. Capital Improvement Campaign  The furnaces that serve the ground floor of the main building need to be...

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Fun in the Park


Posted By on Jul 18, 2019

Thanks to those who participated last Saturday night at the Hayhurst Neighborhood Movie in the Park event! After setting up our new canopy (thanks for the donation, Jeanette!) and banner, Pastor Bo Sanders, Bryan Cooper, and Jeanette DiPaolo led games, did face-painting, and gave away prizes to lots and lots of children.  Parents were given informational cards about VHUMC, with upcoming events listed, and encouraged to check out the...

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