Staying Connected 1.24.19


Here’s a preview for this week:

For this Sunday, we’re reading Chapter 22 of We Make the Road by Walking: “Jesus the Teacher.”  Here’s the full schedule: http://vermonthillsumc.org/reading-plan-make-the-road-by-walking/

Prayer Chapel   Our chapel, located at the NE entrance of the main building, is now open for prayer and meditation every Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Please pray for our Western Jurisdiction delegates and others attending the Special Session of the General Conference in February, that they vote to include LGBTQ persons at all levels in the Methodist church.  For background info, visit http://www.umcom.org/news/gathered-for-mission-structured-to-serve-a-general-conference-primer

Souper Bowl Chili Cook-off  Football, chili, and beer.  Got your attention?  Sunday, February 3, we’ll be watching the Super Bowl in the Fireside Room.  Bring your best chili (or snacks, toppings, dessert) and your favorite beverage, including beer, for a great evening!  Admission is a can of soup or other non-perishable for our food pantry.  Kick-off time is 3:30 PST.

Cathy’s Website  At church on Sunday we heard Bo’s sister-in-law, Cathy, speak about her efforts to help stop human trafficking in Thailand.  Here is the website where you can learn more and donate to support her work: http://www.slavefreeearth.com/

Birthday Cards Needed  If you have spare cards lying around, please consider donating them to the church.  More people = more birthdays!  (yay!)  And if the office doesn’t have your birthday and address, please supply it, so that *you* get a card on your birthday!

Sunnyside  It’s time for another run to Sunnyside Community House with our donations.  If you’re available to deliver these warm items to them, please contact the church office.

Sunday School is now BrainStorming with Bo!  We’ve begun a new ABC’s series of new concepts!  Join us at 9:00 am on Sundays in the Fireside Room to find out how they apply to you — and discover just how much fun Sunday School can be!

ImBible Study  Our feisty, fantastic bible study group just began the book of Ruth.  We approach scripture with our open-minded, inquisitive, and progressive goggles on.  Join us on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm in the Fireside Room, with an optional second act at the pub afterwards .

Columbia District Laity Event  A new movement is emerging out of the dreams of the laity. Come share your voice, your thoughts, your passion and Lead the Way!  Saturday, February 2, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Oak Grove UMC.  Lunch and childcare (5 and under) provided. Register at https://www.umoi.org/eventdetail/12239275.

Gabriel Park Event  On Friday, March 15, the Parks for New Portlanders organization is hosting a casual dinner to welcome, honor, heal, and celebrate all Portlanders, of all ages, especially refugee and immigrant families.  Admission is free; food carts will be on site.  Volunteers are needed; sign up at https://www.facebook.com/events/321364395387938/

Talk N Thought  The “dynamite” ladies of TnT would love to have you join them every Tuesday at 1:00 pm in the Fireside Room.  Expect great conversation, yummy snacks, and reading/discussing insightful books.  They will begin a new book soon, so attend now to help choose.

Prayer Chain  Please email your prayer requests to PrayerVHUMC@gmail.com. If you do not have access to email, you may call Linda Miller at 503.699.8628.  The ‘Prayers of the People’ is crafted each week from this information; please indicate if your prayer is private.

Thank you to all those who have volunteered their service:

Projectionist:              Elizabeth Brown
Liturgist:                      Sara Ross
Storyteller:                  Charlotte Wannagat
Ushers:                        Dori Killion
                                                                       

Coffee:                         Virginia and Bryan Cooper
            Feb 3               –Open–
            Feb 10             Bonnie Kingston, Marilyn Christie

 Feb 2              All Church Work Party
 Feb 2              Columbia District Laity Event
 Feb 3              Souper Bowl Chili Cook-off
 Feb 10            Scrip Sunday
 Feb 10            Second Sunday Spiritual Practices
 Feb 11            Staff Meeting @ 10:30 am

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