Staying Connect Dec 28, 2018

Posted By vermonthills on Dec 28, 2018 | 0 comments

Merry Christmas!  Re-live the joy, pain, and complexity of the Sacred Everyday series that we explored this summer.  Here’s a link to a free eBook, a pdf file that contains every reflection written by John E, Katie N, Bryan C, Sara R, Charlie J, Dori K, and Pastor Bo.  Available for a limited time at

Devotional Books  Brian McLaren’s book, “We Make the Road by Walking,” the basis for our winter and spring sermon series, will be available in the entryway for $16 (check or cash only.)

2019 Calendars  Receiving multiple 2019 promotional calendars in the mail?  Bring them to the church office.  They will be given to low income services for re-distribution.  They are really appreciated.

Fifth Sunday Game Night  The perfect antidote for cabin fever!  Let’s gather and play some fun card and board games.  This Sunday, December 30, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm.  Bring a snack to share if you like. 

All Church Work Party  Saturday, January 5, 10:00 am.  We will be putting away the Advent décor and tidying up the Trinity Memorial garden.  Plenty for everyone to do! 

Flowers  We’re looking for volunteers to bring flower arrangements on Sunday, January 6 for a special communion service.  There’s a sign-up sheet on the Welcome Table.  If you have a heart to redistribute them after the service, please contact the office.

Time of Remembrance  We will gather in the sanctuary after coffee time on January 6 to share our memories of Anne Begg and the joy she brought to VHUMC. 

Reconciling United Methodists Gathering  On Saturday, January 12, you have an opportunity to learn more about the Special General Conference to be held in February.  The agenda also includes a performance of “Drag Queen Story Time at Hillsboro FUMC,”  a potluck lunch, and a time of prayer and blessing for the delegates to the conference.  The event will be from 9:45 am to 2:00 pm at Oregon City UMC.  For more information contact Rev. Bonnie Parr Philipson at or (503) 547-3822. 

Spotlight On…  Volunteers!  Here’s a big shout-out to all of you who give so generously of your time, talents, experience, and energy to keep Vermont Hills UMC running.  Practically everyone has some role to play — from the Sunday morning ushers, liturgists, and coffee hosts; to the devoted dozen that show up every month at the All Church Work Party; to the numerous folks who serve on various committees, making decisions and caring for the life and health of the church and the congregation.  We are so very grateful for all of you.  

No Sunday School in December  Due to all the extra Sunday activities this month, we will take a short break from Sunday School.  See you on January 6 at 9:00 am!

ImBible Study  Our feisty, fantastic bible study group will be starting a new book (or maybe it’s two books) in mid-January.  We’ll be looking at Esther and Ruth 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.

Talk N Thought  The “dynamite” ladies of TnT will not meet on Tuesday, December 25 or January 1.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Prayer Chain  Please email your prayer requests to 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:                 
Storyteller:                  Carlye Jesch
Ushers:                        Linda Miller
                                    Virginia Cooper                                   

Coffee:                         Dori Killion
            Jan 6                Elizabeth Brown et al
            Jan 13              John and Silvia Chilgren

Be sure to check out Vermont Hills UMC’s website,

and our new Interactive Calendar,

for all the latest happenings going on with the church, special videos and Facebook posts.

Connecting with Pastor Bo Sanders: 503-567-9095 or


Family Ministries:

 Mark your calendars now for some upcoming dates and events: 

 Dec 30            Fifth Sunday Game Night

 Jan 5               All Church Work Party

 Jan 6               Time of Remembrance: Anne Begg

 Jan 7               Staff meeting at 10:30 am

 Jan 7               Church Council meeting at 7:00 pm

 Jan 12             Reconciling United Methodists Gathering

 Jan 13             Scrip Sunday

 Jan 13             Second Sunday Spiritual Practice

 Jan 15             Pub Chat

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