Vermont Hills UMC

Vermont Hills UMC


Sure, there will be delicious spaghetti, salad, bread, and dessert.  But this year, there will also be DOOR PRIZES!  Even if you can’t attend, you should secure a ticket for a chance to win (need not be present to win; just hang on to your ticket!) Mark your calendar now: Saturday, October 20, 5:30 pm.  Tickets are available for sale for the next two Sundays, and at the door, for $15 each — those 10 and younger are free....

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Around the globe, countless gifted and qualified people face financial obstacles that hinder them from preparing for the vocation God has given them, especially youth and young adults. For ethnic students who will be the first generation in their families to attend college, or for those people of color who haven’t historically had access to resources that make higher education possible, the road toward education has often been...

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Need coffee hosts for this Sunday – and the following two weeks.  Contact Dori Killion or the church office if you can help!   Sunday, Sep 30: Practicing Our Faith, ch 4, “Household Economics”   Fifth Sunday Game Night  This Sunday, from 4 – 6, we’ll be playing some easy, crowd-pleasing games in the Fireside Room.  All are welcome!  Some (real) comments from previous game nights: “Really fun evening “, “Great evening and games!...

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by John Espy Last Sunday my friend and I had a conversation about hospitality.  At one point I had made the statement that the current trend to resist and restrict immigration was inhospitable, that our country had a history of resisting immigration at times as with the Irish, Chinese and Japanese but that in the end, the country was always better off, that immigrants had a positive impact on the country. I felt that, as a country, we...

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by John Espy One of the benefits of practicing our faith is to make ourselves more aware of the wonders of creation. I recently started a practice of fasting two days a week. One motivation for doing this is for the health benefits that have been reported recently in the news, but I am also doing it as a spiritual practice to help me connect my mind to my body. A few months ago I wrote a blog entry, “Caring for the Stranger”, the...

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  Sunday, Sep 23: Practicing Our Faith, ch 3, “Hospitality” Preview for this Sunday: Big Thanks!  Thank you all so much for your generous donations of school supplies for Hayhurst. Deanne, the principal, commented “this is the most you’ve given in all the years you’ve been donating.” Quite a statement! Thank you again. Practicing Our Faith  If you’d like to read along in the companion book to the sermon series, it is available Sunday...

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  In this video, Katie is at the table to chat with Pastor Bo about the chapter in “Practicing Faith”  Honoring the Body is the topic and this 14 minutes is packed with thoughtful depth.      ...

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I had the opportunity to be on the UMC podcast Get Your Spirit In Shape. My interview is Ep. 43 called Disagreeing Well. It’s no secret that people disagree, sometimes vehemently. When our opinions match, it is easy to have a conversation. When we are on opposite sides of an issue, talking can be far more challenging, but often more fruitful. In a time when opinions are strong in both our public and church lives, learning to disagree...

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I had the opportunity earlier this week to be with leaders who are doing innovative things in their communities and ministry settings. I got to talk about ‘why we do church this way’. I love to think through how to do and be church in the 21st century. I like to call it ‘a liturgy of listening and learning’. Interactive church brings together the best of constructive approaches, emergent thought, church 2.0,...

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  Please join us this coming Tuesday at The Lodge at Cascade Brewing, 7424 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy for delicious food and drinks. Our topic will be the first 12 minutes of this video :  Christianity and Unknowing. You can watch the whole thing if you want but the chat will be on the part up to 12 min 55 sec See you there at 7pm – please email with any questions VHUMCpastor@gmail.com  ...

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by John Espy This week at VHUMC we began a series on the book, Practicing our Faith edited by Dorothy C. Bass. What does it mean to practice our faith? If we consider “practice” as a customary activity, it is (generally speaking) our practice to eat three meals a day; it is a practice for (most?, some?, a few?) Christians to go to church on Sunday.  If we consider “practice” as a means of learning and developing a skill, one must...

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