Vermont Hills UMC

Vermont Hills UMC


It dawned on me that when people hear ‘Sunday School’ they either think of a monologue-lecture or sitting around a table going through a curriculum. We don’t do Sunday School that way! Ours is sort of a vibrant (rowdy at points), dynamic (opinionated), humorous (irreverent) conversation. I love these classes. Right now we are looking at 4 topics every week: a who a what a where a when Below is a 1 min video – I...

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This past week’s sermon was about ‘the gift of rest’. You work better when you don’t work everyday.  It heals you mentally, physically, and spiritually. Enjoy this video of the sermon:...

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Sunday, Oct 21: Practicing Our Faith, ch 7, “Testimony” Here’s Pastor Bo’s story/testimony for this week: Grocery Bags Needed  Our Hayhurst Backpack Ministry uses 24 bags per week to pack food for children who might otherwise go hungry over the weekends.  Please bring any large paper bags with handles to church.  Save and bring them all year! Pennies from Heaven  Our immense gratitude to Elaine Whiteley for years of managing this...

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Here is a short encouragement that I shared with a seminary class recently. Be brave. Be bold. Be daring. … it probably won’t work anyway. The systems is so powerful and so dominating that it can absorb, adapt to, and even appropriate any protest or critique. Parables, by the way, are not earthly stories with heavenly meanings. Parables are earthy stories with heavy meaning. Parables come in underneath your radar when your...

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  Next Tuesday (October 16) is our next Pub Chat. Let’s talk about sex. The question will be: “What advice would you give your younger self?” Please read the article “It’s Time for the Church to Grow-up about Sex” and get ready to chat! We will meet at The Lodge at Cascade Brewing at 7pm (7424 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy)  It’s Time for the Church to Grow-up about Sex.  [PDF]  ...

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This past Sunday was exactly the kind of conversation that I love to have when we are together. There are certain conversations that happen best in community! ‘Making decisions’ is one of them.  The reality is that this topic is not most fruitfully addressed when I am sitting alone with my own thoughts. It requires that I compare notes with others. Here is a short video (2 min) about why I love becoming a conversational...

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This newsletter includes our current sermon series, lots of upcoming events, and the schedule through Christmas.  Bookmark it so that you can refer back to it all season! Newsletter Autumn 2018

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Sunday, Oct 7: Practicing Our Faith, ch 5, “Saying Yes and Saying No” This Week’s Preview:   All Church Work Party  We need *you* to give the church your time this Saturday morning.  We have a growing list of items that need to be repaired or maintained.  No particular skills are needed – just a willingness… and perhaps a pair of work gloves.  We’ll meet from 10:00 am to noon on Saturday, October 6.  See the attached .pdf file for the...

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  This past Sunday we had a really good conversation about household finances and how our faith informs that area of our life. Our question for the week was: “what one monthly expense would you change if you could?” The answers were varied and interesting. Some talked about internet/cable bills, the cost of eating out, the sadness of unused groceries, and housing issues (among other topics). What would your answer...

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In the past weeks I have been on two fun podcasts. Religionless Church with Mason Mennenga has a fun and fast format. I had so much fun recording it and we cover a variety of topics. my religious migration academic interests interactive church religious but not spiritual nerdy takes on Bonhoeffer and ‘the world come of age’ He also has a wonderful style for his podcast where he features the music of a different artist...

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This month’s edition of Second Sunday Spiritual Practices (SSSP) is all about the value of the labyrinth. We are all on the same path…exactly where we need to be. The labyrinth is a model of that path.  At its most basic level, the labyrinth is a metaphor for the journey to the center of your deepest self and back out into the world with a broadened understanding of who you are. We’ll gather at 6:00 pm on Sunday,...

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