Vermont Hills UMC

Vermont Hills UMC


You may be aware that sometimes people are unhappy or don’t like everything going on at church. A popular way of talking about conflict styles is to break them up into 3 categories: Flight Fright Fight I’m always surprised at the fairly even distribution of these 3 responses in any group. It makes sense why conflict is so difficult – because we respond to it in so many different ways. It is important that we handle...

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Last week our Sunday conversation centered around two questions: What is your favorite ‘special’ meal for big occasions? What is your most common meal in a month? I loved the enthusiasm of the answers and the passion around food. It plays such an important role in our life. I then asked if anyone’s favorite meal was ‘leftovers’.  It was not. Leftovers are one of those things that get taken for granted....

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When I was a pre-teen, it became a singular delight to accompany my mom to bridal and baby showers, to take part, even if just perched on the floor by my mom’s chair with a cup of sherbet punch balanced in my lap, in these rituals of womanhood. At one wedding shower, instead of the regular games, the organizer asked all the married women to bestow on the bride-to-be one bit of wisdom that would help her through her marriage. I don’t...

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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. My belly is a testament to that estrangement. I have a habit of taking large bites, one or two chews and a swallow, eager to shove in the next bite. Last Christmas...

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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 with a handyman, and $825 for Portland Center Stage tickets!  Additionally, over 120 Silent Auction...

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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 for us in Scripture and most of us have never tried them! This Sunday night, May 13, at 7pm, come and try something new. We are going to...

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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 hope for me after all. I’m not sure any of us kids were “planned”. We were the boomers that came after the bombs; the TV dinner generation....

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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 counseling and with a nutritionist to rehabilitate my relationship with food, this chapter in Liturgy of the Ordinary was a holy...

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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 conscious practices that serve to remind us that we are living in the presence of the Divine. So this week, I want to take a different tack: God...

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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 of being vulnerable.   The sense of feeling my weaknesses, my shortcomings, my pride and my greed exposed and known terrifies me. I live in a constant fear...

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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 Sunday, May 13 (Mother’s Day), during coffee hour, indulge yourself and your...

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