Vermont Hills UMC

Vermont Hills UMC


This I prayed:  Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. And then I, at a very tender age, would lie awake pondering my death. A bedtime ritual I could have done without. Maybe I’ve just discovered a root of all my behavior problems. You know the premarital counsel: Never go to bed angry. I lost a lot of sleep over that one too. There is always a new...

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We are becoming a conversation community at Vermont Hills. Interactive church is both challenging and rewarding. Facilitating conversational community is not difficult and bears great fruit. [youtube id=”WvKxF5jvBhs”] Here is a short video about the 4 kinds of questions that seem to work well. 4 Kinds of Questions: 1) Ice-Breaker 2) Feedback 3) What Did You Hear? 4) Bull In The...

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This July and August we are going to engage in a powerful conversation. What if love is better than we even imagined?  What if grace is just the tip of the iceberg?  What if there is more hope than we knew?  What if God is behind it all?    We will be using Elaine Heath’s  book called  “God Unbound” [link]  It is 7.99 on Kindle and 9.99 paperback so anyone who wants to follow along can! The subtitle of the book is...

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Staying Connected Need two ushers for June 24: at least one experienced. Please contact officeVHUMC@gmail.com Hey You!  Yes, you.  You are competent, faithful, and informed.  You’re exactly what the church needs right now.  We’re looking for those who would like to help out, once a month or so, with ushering, hosting coffee, running the slideshow, or being liturgist.  (Repeat: “I am competent, faithful, and informed.”)  Talk to Bryan,...

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  “Fake News” is a real problem in our time. Let’s chat about an article dealing with it as a person of faith! HEARTBURSTS: HOW PROPHETIC CONFRONTATION PRODUCES “FAKE...

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Sarah Maines, the sister of Will Mitchell, is performing in “The Light in the Piazza,” a contemporary musical operetta at The University of Portland.  Hailed as a “natural, most charming” performer, mezzo-soprano Sarah’s portrayal of Margaret is captivating and powerful, making her inner struggles and complicated solos into effortless waves of emotion and story.  Performances run through June 24; tickets and more...

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My mom was very creative, extremely talented and had good taste. She sewed tents and prom dresses, made art from nature, sugar easter eggs with intricate scenes inside, decorated cakes and much more. I learned to appreciate how focused Mom could be on her craft amid piles of laundry and dishes. She would not allow housework to interrupt her flow. She knew the value of time away. I don’t mean to brag but I feel like I have plenty of...

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In the course of my life so far, I have developed and leaned into what Tish Harrison Warren calls “habits of adoration” in her chapter on sanctuary and savoring. God wired me with an eye for beauty and a heart tuned to wonder. My personality lends itself to delight, and if you know me well, you know that well. Whether it’s closing my eyes when I taste something delicious, or cheering aloud every time I see Mount Hood, or completely...

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The little things that give us joy. Finding those in the quiet moments is the charge from Tish Harrison Warren’s chapter, ‘Drinking Tea: Sanctuary and Savoring’. For me this is easy — my wife’s eyes crinkle at the corner when she smiles. She smiles a lot — a little less now that we are in our older years and her knees hurt and the kids are farther away and the Portland rains persists, but when she...

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I’ve long been a fan of Krista Tippett’s radio show, On Being. A few years ago, soon after I’d started attending church again after a 20-odd year hiatus, I grew particularly enamored of Krista’s interview with Martin Sheen. It seemed strange to me at first, not knowing anything about Sheen’s faith life, that he’d be on the show. After I listened to the interview once though, I went back to it again and again, mostly to experience the...

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Tish Warren’s topic this week is “Calling a Friend.”  Just now I was listening to a panel discussion on NPR about the suicides of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade.  When asked about the causes for the 30% increase in suicides from 1996 to 2016, Dr. Nadine Kaslow, former president of the American Psychological Assn. said: …things have become less personal. Our communities have become less tight-knit, and it’s much more...

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