Mindful Eating

May 11, 2018

Mindful Eating

I LOVE food! I love to cook! I love to eat! I love all kinds of food from Mexican to Chinese to leftovers to Italian!  There is virtually no food that I don’t like. I just don’t appreciate it. I inhale my food. A couple weeks ago I wrote about my estrangement from my body. […]

May 10, 2018

Staying Connected for 5.10.18

Staying Connected   A big THANK YOU to everyone that helped make the 2018 VHUMC Auction a fabulous success. It’s impossible to offer an event like this without contributions from almost every member of the church community.   For example, multiple dinners sold for $500 or more, family label wine totaling $125, $130 for an afternoon […]

May 10, 2018

This Sunday Evening: Postures of Prayer

This Sunday Evening: Postures of Prayer

Why do we close our eyes and fold our hands to pray? Ever thought about that?  It is convenient for keeping kids focused (and quiet) in Sunday School but the truth it that it is nowhere in the Bible. That might seem like trivia – but it is noteworthy that there ARE several postures modeled […]

May 9, 2018

CHEW ON THIS

This I believe: Food is medicine and you are what you eat. This makes my personal menu a sacred document. God help my unbelief. I don’t always stick to the menu. I am made up of everything I’ve been exposed to and my cells replace themselves all the time. Habits and Renewal … there is […]

May 9, 2018

Finding God in Food

I haven’t had the best relationship with food. I actually don’t love talking about it, because food and body image have been a source of anxiety and shame for me. The worst part about recovering from disordered eating is that unlike drugs or alcohol, you can’t just quit eating. Though I’ve done my work in […]

May 5, 2018

Honest, God really does love us!

My blog post a couple of weeks ago (Repentance is so hard!) was probably a better fit for this week’s topic of “lost keys” (mine was a lost Fitbit), but my point at that time was the revelation of unconscious ritual. In that entry I revealed how hard it is to replace unconscious habits with […]

May 4, 2018

We are broken, but we are also the beloved of God

My brokenness is something that I have intentionally made elusive in my mind. It’s not that I fool myself into believing that I am not broken, or that I put on a facade where I present myself as being “good,” but rather it is because of my own awareness of my brokenness and my fear […]

May 3, 2018

Staying Connected 5.3.18

Staying Connected For a preview of this Sunday’s service, go to https://youtu.be/Jep834-R-2o NEW OFFICE HOURS:  Mon through Thu, 9am—2pm Happy Birthday, Dottie!   Our very own Ramona “Dottie” Alsman is turning 99 this Sunday!  Plan to stay after worship service for a celebration of this milestone, complete with cake and punch! Youth Group Bake Sale  Next […]

May 2, 2018

LOSING MY MIND

Nearly every day I am with people who know me and forgive me. What a joyful feeling that is for someone who is a recovering open-mouth-insert-foot sufferer. I am in constant danger of thinking out loud and forgetting boundaries. There is a faux pas resting on my lips always waiting to burst out. Ta-Da! Here […]

May 2, 2018

PubChat May 2018

May 15, Tuesday night at 7pm we are going to meet a The Lodge at Cascade Brewing for food and drinks. [7424 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Portland, OR 97225] This video will be our topic of conversation.  Please watch it twice (6 minutes).  Pick your favorite phrase that she says and your least favorite. It will […]

May 2, 2018

Exposed by Change (sermon notes)

Exposed by Change (sermon notes)

I don’t like losing my keys. Not because of the inconvenience, or being late, or turning over every leaf and cushion to find them. I don’t like losing my keys because of what it exposes in me.   Normally I am a fairly competent, thoughtful, productive, spiritual, kind, and generally easy-going person. When I lose […]

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