Vermont Hills UMC

Vermont Hills UMC


It’s about the who, what, where, and why of Time, otherwise known as the Here and Now. Like Gulliver I too could be accused by the Lilliputians of idolizing my watch. Now it displays not only the time but my Calendar and my sacred To Do List and that’s even better. My dad’s big advice was “Plan your work then work your plan”  so I was delighted to discover Ember Days: a Christian practice of setting aside time during the Equinox and...

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May was a busy month at VHUMC and we have some audio podcast for your listening pleasure. You can find all of the podcasts on our feed here [link] . Sunday School closed the Spring semester with 2 lively conversations: Kin-dom of God  God is the Future  Hope you are open to new ideas! This is the final Sunday School conversation of Spring 2018. Pastor Bo introduces his adventurous ideas about God in the future.   Bible...

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Staying Connected Need two ushers for June 24: one experienced, one newbie who will commit for the fourth Sunday each month. Please contact officeVHUMC@gmail.com We still need coffee hosts for June 10 – please contact Dori or the church office if you can help!! Preview for this Sunday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_JfepmzIqc All Church Work Party  Be here at 10am this Saturday, June 2, and we’ll be done by lunchtime. There is a...

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In this chapter of Liturgy of the Ordinary, Tish Harrison Warren writes about the ways of waiting by using traffic as an illustration. She says how, when we’re stuck in traffic on I-5 or 217, we are best reflecting our embodiment as people of faith—we’re on a journey to somewhere, with no control over God’s time. I hated that metaphor for the accuracy of it. That’s not just because I don’t like traffic (does anyone really?). It...

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A week in the woods is good for my soul. I look forward to my annual May camping trip and this year did not disappoint. This year had an extra interesting wrinkle. The Sunday before I left on the trip, I gave a short homily about email entitled, “too much of a good thing”. (It was the topic in our book series Sacred Everyday based Liturgy of the Ordinary).   I also did something for the first time ever: I set an...

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It was late spring last year, around this time maybe, and I happened to be at one of those proverbial crossroads in life. If we can stay in metaphor-land for a minute, I had limped and scratched and scrabbled my way to that crossroads and l couldn’t seem to make it any further but plopped down in the dust with the contents of my backpack splayed all around. I didn’t know at all how to pick up and keep moving so I sat there still,...

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Connexions Team  is meeting June 3 at 9:30.  If you haven’t already done so, please fill out our form located on the coffee tables this Sunday (or download and print from link below).  Gentlemen, this isn’t just for women, although they do lead you 15—1 in filling out the forms.  We all have a part in caring for each other.  Please let us know how you can help and be helped. Thanks! Volunteer Skills...

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I don’t know what it is about the season of life that I feel is just beginning to blossom before me, but I feel unusually drawn to a sarcastic and seemingly nihilistic outlook to much of life. The odd thing about this, is that I feel like feeling this is truer to myself, than the me that tries to be hopeful, the me that tries to do what is expected. The issue for me in this time, is that I hear voices all around saying sarcasm and...

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Staying Connected We need coffee hosts for this Sunday and June 10 – please contact Dori if you can help!! Graduation Celebration and Potluck  On Sunday, June 3, let’s celebrate our high school graduates (Katie, Kian, and Jacob) with food!  Bring a dish to share during the coffee hour. Talk N Thought   “‘Mercy is radical kindness,’ Anne Lamott writes in her enthralling and heartening book, Hallelujah Anyway. It’s the...

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I was six in 1960 when my baby was born. Oops! I mean when my mother’s baby was born. I am told that I wanted to “take over”. Remembering back as far as I can, I hear a little girl responding, “Someone has to”. My parents were never fully organized for a brood of five. Mom had been given responsibility for all our domestic needs, was poor to delegate and was co-owner of an ever growing hoard of stuff. It was chaos. Dad worked all day...

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This week’s chapter about email, blessing, and sending reminded me of my favorite saint and mystic—Brother Lawrence. Born in the seventeenth century in France, Brother Lawrence was a Benedictine monk who lived and worked in a monastery in the kitchen and as a sandal maker for most of his life after sustaining an injury in the Thirty Years War. The main theme in his life was practicing the presence of God. This means that in whatever...

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