This is the day that the Lord has made?

April 12, 2018

This is the day that the Lord has made?

Do I believe this? Did the community of Creation, the Trinity, God, make this day? What does it mean that this day, this very day, was made by the God? How am I to respond to this? When I awake, I rarely am thinking that the Lord made this day. Throughout my day, it is […]

April 12, 2018

Staying Connected 4.12.18

Tulip Festival  All are invited to join the youth this Sunday, as they carpool to Woodburn, OR to see 40 acres of beautiful flowers.  They will leave the church at 1pm.  Bring a sack lunch, water, and mud boots.  RSVP to Elizabeth Brown at monkey23_97219@yahoo.com or 503.957.1372. Scrip Sundays are April 22nd, May 20th and June […]

April 11, 2018

Waking Up To Easter

Easter is a waking up. How do you wake up an Easter people? When I was a child, my father would sometimes wake us up with an Easter song. It is called ‘Up From The Grave He Arose” and it still brings a smile to my face when I think about it. This came to […]

April 11, 2018

Donate! Attend! Purchase!

The April 28, 2018, VHUMC Auction is rapidly approaching and we need your help…Donate! Attend! Purchase! As we have not so subtly mentioned, our hope is that EVERY member is able to donate something to help make this year’s auction a success. Confused about what to donate? Many different options work as great fundraisers… Prepare a gift basket! […]

April 11, 2018

SUNDOWN

It is a very interesting perspective from the ancient Jewish tradition of treating Sundown as a pause to the beginning of a new day. Sundown is a beautiful time to stop. Stop work, unplug, sit with God and ask “How shall we spend the next 24 hours?” One sure way to restful sleep is knowing […]

April 10, 2018

Wake & Rise

I recently set a goal with one of my closest people to start waking up at 6AM every day. We’re on our second week of this new practice, and it is tough. My alarm clock screams over the whispers of the gentle Oregon rain outside my window and dredges me up from beneath my layers […]

April 10, 2018

Baptism around the coffee pot

I have never had an epiphany in the truest sense of the word.  My whole life I have been in a spiritual community surrounded by faithful people trying their best to live up to the Word.  I’m envious of people who can tell their own ‘Road to Emmaus’ story.   But my spiritual journey has been […]

April 9, 2018

When does your morning begin?

When does your morning begin?

  “When does your morning begin?” was our opening question in this week’s conversation. Depending on work, kids, and age – that answer probably has an ‘AM’ behind it. For me, 5am seems early but 8am seems a luxury. What if you were to adopt an ancient Jewish perspective that your day actually begins at […]

April 9, 2018

Today’s Highlight 4.8.18

I realize that as a pastor I may have a different take-away from our gatherings … but it my estimation – one of the highlights from today was the scripture reading that used Romans and Galatians as a ‘call-and-response’. I thought it would nice to post it here so that you can return it this […]

April 8, 2018

Today Is Sacred

Today Is Sacred

Today is sacred. Actually, every day is sacred. We are in danger of forgetting that as a culture and society. I don’t know if it stems from setting aside certain days ‘holy’ (the origin of holidays) that turns the every day into ‘normal’ and mundane. I don’t know if it the nature of our work life or if […]

April 6, 2018

Why Do Church This Way?

Why Do Church This Way?

Sunday at 9am I want to put a series of ideas in front on you and brainstorm them together. Update: podcast audio here http://vermonthillsumc.org/podcast/why-do-church-this-way/ I am working on a clear way to present ‘Church 2.0’  or ‘ChurchNext’. We will start with some history about different ways the church has looked in different eras. During the middle-ages […]

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