Vermont Hills UMC

Vermont Hills UMC


We have six service opportunity openings currently: Projectionist: If you have the ability to press the space bar on a computer keyboard, you are qualified! The only requirement is that you must pay attention. Kid’s Storyteller: Looking for 5 people to present a 10-15 minute lesson (provided by Elizabeth) during the worship service. Storytellers will rotate on a weekly basis. Childcare staff will be with the children for the entire...

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Staying Connected   SUMMER HOURS FOR WORSHIP:  10:00—11:00 Begins next week, July 1   Preview for this Sunday: [youtube id=”CzYC9xaq1Zs”]   Church Office Closed from Friday, June 29 through Sunday, July 8.  Pastor Bo is available on his cell phone (503.567.9095) for pastoral care. Love Thy Neighbor: NW Gathering of Revival  “We believe God is re-creating our world, and we want to join in. We don’t know the future, but we...

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For July and August we are moving the Sunday gathering time up a half-hour. Our Sunday Summer Service times will be 10am!  Coffee will be at 11am. This will be on: July 1 July 8 July 15 July 22 July 29 August 5 August 12 August 19 August 26 We are looking forward to the cooler morning air and little more time on these beautiful Summer...

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A Year with C.S. Lewis was my go-to devotional for about a 5 year window. I just loved his witty takes, his everyday language, and his optimistic outlook. Once I decided to go to seminary and started reading heady theology, Lewis took a back seat. I tried to pick it up again a couple of years ago but it seemed too folksy and some of his logic seemed questionable. Lately I have been doing an experiment: taking material that I used to...

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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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