Staying Connected 1.13.22

Posted By vermonthills on Jan 13, 2022 | 0 comments

Due to the dramatic rise in COVID cases, we have made the difficult decision to return to online only gatherings through the end of January.  We must do everything we can to keep ourselves, and everyone around us, out of the hospital, for the sake of our overworked healthcare professionals.  Let’s do it for them.

Naked in the New Year
This Sunday, we begin our 12-week journey that will strip off all of the religious baggage that weighs us down and holds us back. ‘Naked Spirituality’ by Brian McLaren will shape our theme on Sunday mornings, in both our 10:30 am worship service and our adult Sunday School, BrainStorming with Bo, at 9:30 am.  Use the links above to participate.

BrainStorming Resumes

We’ve got three fantastic topics lined up for this Sunday at 9:30:

  • Providing homes by printing them
  • The UMC commission on race and religion for the MLK weekend
  • ‘Naked in the New Year’ kicks off

Read more (and read ahead!) on our website at

Fireside Friends
We will be meeting online on Monday, Jan 17 and 31, in the usual Zoom room (meeting ID 409 087 237).  Elizabeth B will teach us how to do English paper piecing.  Our goal is a lap quilt for the Hayhurst Elementary auction this spring.  You can pick up a bag of supplies, including fabric and thread, from the breezeway, for your “homework.”  If we run out of bags, please contact Elizabeth.

Virtual Health Fair
This 4-week online health fair, presented by the Greater Northwest conference, begins tonight.  The first session, Holy & Healthy, will be led by James N. Tate III. This hour long presentation aims to motivate, educate, and inspire Christians to live a holy & healthy life, through nutrition education and the wellness scriptures of the Bible. James N. Tate is a Health Minister, Author, and Holistic Wellness Practitioner.  The class is from 6:00 – 7:00 pm.  For more information and to register, click on this flyer

Interfaith Legislative Forum
Oregon Coalition of Christian Voices is presenting an overview of legislative issues of concern to faith communities, including housing, climate, farmworker rights, and gun violence. Legislators will inform participants of the issues, and offer ways to be most effective in their advocacy.  Next Sunday, Jan 23, from 1:30 – 3:30 pm. Register here

Committee Training
Laity serving on local church committees, especially those who chair administrative committees, are encouraged to attend a Greater Northwest Area-wide training on Saturday, February 26, 2022. The two-hour training will be offered online starting at 10 a.m. by district superintendents and staff of the Alaska, Oregon-Idaho and Pacific Northwest Conferences. Those new to their roles or to leadership of committees are strongly encouraged to attend.

VHUMC Travelers
SW National Parks (September 11-23, 2022; 6 Nat’l Parks) includes a Durango train trip and Lake Powell cruise.
The Great National Parks (September 23-October 5, 2022; 6 Nat’l Parks) includes a Snake River raft trip out of Jackson Hole.
Contact Linda Miller if you are interested or have any questions: 503-699-8628 or

Last Call for 2022 Calendars
Donna W has delivered 90+ calendars to Neighborhood House!  If you still have some to donate, please leave them inside the main door of the sanctuary or contact Donna to make arrangements to deliver them to her.  Thanks!

Easy Giving 

  • Donate on our website
  • Donate on your phone through the Vanco Mobile app
  • Amazon Smile program at
  • Fred Meyer Rewards program, code SY323
  • to give 70% of vehicle sale to VHUMC

Contact the church office with any questions.

Talk N Thought  The ladies of TnT are reading and discussing the book, We Make the Road by Walking, every Tuesday at 1:00 pm in the Fireside Room.  Each week is a short devotional, so you can jump in anytime you are available. If you’d like to be included in their email list, please notify Linda Miller or the church office.

Prayer Chain  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 weekly from this information; please indicate if your prayer is private.

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