Staying Connected 1.17.19

Posted By vermonthills on Jan 17, 2019 | 0 comments

Here’s a preview for this week:

And here’s the reading schedule for “We Make the Road by Walking”:

We’re reading Chapter 20 for this Sunday

Celebration of Life  This Saturday, we will be celebrating the lives of two of our members, Georgia Koehler and Elaine Whiteley.  Georgia’s service will be at 1:00 pm at Tabor Heights UMC, 6161 SE Stark St, Portland.  Elaine’s service will be at VHUMC at 3:00 pm.

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.

Sunday School is Back!  We’ve begun a new ABC’s series of obscure words!  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 .

Communion Flowers  We’re looking for volunteers to bring a flower arrangement for the communion table on the first Sunday of every month (by 10:20 am.)  A sign-up sheet is on the Welcome Table. 

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 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.

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

Gifts and Talents Workshop  Westside UMC is hosting a workshop to help you name and claim your spiritual gifts.  There are six sessions, held over the first two weekends in February, which are essential to attend.  The cost is only $25 for all materials, snacks and two lunches.  More info at

Sign up today for Coffee Host!  If you need a partner or more information, contact the church office at or talk to our “Kitchen Queen” Dori Killion.  We will definitely help you “learn the ropes.” 

Volunteers Needed  The Backpack Ministry is in need of more folks to fill bags and deliver food to Hayhurst Elementary School every Thursday.  The food is distributed by the school to food-insecure children.  Contact Pam Yuzon at 503.620.8790 or if you can help.

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 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:              Bryan Cooper
Liturgist:                      John Espy
Storyteller:                  Bonnie Kingston
Ushers:                        Pat Crawford
                                    Linda Miller                            

Coffee:                         Donna Ward, Mary Turk
            Jan 27              Virginia and Bryan Cooper
            Feb 3               –Open–

Mark your calendars now for some upcoming dates and events:

 Jan 19             Celebration of Life: Georgia Koehler, 1:00 pm, Tabor Heights UMC

 Jan 19             Celebration of Life: Elaine Whiteley, 3:00 pm, Vermont Hills UMC

 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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