Staying Connected 11.26.20

Posted By vermonthills on Nov 27, 2020 | 0 comments

Upcoming Online Gatherings
Sun  9:30 am: BrainStorming with Bo  (Meeting ID 409 087 237)
Sun 10:30 am:  Worship  (Meeting ID 409 087 237)
Wed  10:00 am:  Wednesday Check-in (Meeting ID 409 087 237)
Wed 7:00 pm:   ImBible Study (Meeting ID 816 3169 5426)
Advent Devotional
Advent begins this Sunday, Nov 29.  Meditate on the season with this special devotionalMaya Angelou and the Freedom Poetry of Advent.   Here are the printing instructions.  Don’t worry, there are only 5 steps and two of them are “load paper” and “staple, if desired.” If you’re unable to print, please email the church office and we will send you a printed copy. Here’s an eBook version if you prefer.

This Saturday, Nov 28, at 1:00 pm.  We’ll laugh away some of those extra Thanksgiving calories!

Christmas Drive-Thru
Mark your calendars!  On Sunday, Dec 13, you’re invited to drive through the circle at church and pick up a Christmas goody bag!  Bags will include a handcrafted candle by Pastor Bo, to be used during our candlelight Christmas Eve service.  You may also drop off your 2021 Planned Gifting card* (aka pledge card) if you haven’t already.  To be safe, you must be masked and stay in your car, but at least it will be human interaction!
Your 2021 Planned Gifting card will be arriving in the mail shortly!  But if you miss it, here’s:
The letter from Pastor Bo
The card for your 2021 Planned Gifting
The insert that explains fantastic 2020 tax benefits for giving
P.S. Don’t throw away the letter – it also includes your YTD giving statement!

BrainStorming with Bo  This Sunday, Bo begins “Expanding the Conversation.”  A video by The Work of the People will be shown and discussed (no advance reading or viewing needed!)  This conversation will touch on Bishop Elaine’s directive on dismantling racism.  Join us at 9:30 am on Sunday using the link above.

Neighborhood House 
You met the matching challenge!  Over $1650 wll go to NH’s six major programs, which include early childhood education, senior services, and homeless families assistance.  You may still donate through our online giving or mail a check to the office, designated NH.  Thanks!

Donate It!
Have a vehicle (car, motorcycle, boat, etc) that is just hanging around your house?  Now you can utilize to donate the sale to VHUMC.  Click on “Choose a Nonprofit” and enter the details at the bottom of the page.  Click on our logo to learn more and start the process.  Easy peasy and the church gets 70% of the sale!

The Stitchuation
Cold weather has returned and, with it, the need for warm clothing for the homeless.  If you knit or crochet, please consider making a gender-neutral hat, scarf or gloves for Blanchet House.  Adult sizes only. Here’s a link to a list of beginner patterns:  Contact the office with any questions.

Easy Giving 

  • Try the free mobile app GivePlus. If you already use our online giving, enter that username and password, or create a new account.  You can give either from your bank account or a credit card.  You have the option to add a bit to offset the fees charged to the church.
  • Amazon will donate a small percentage to VHUMC for every eligible purchase.  You must designate Vermont Hills as your charity of choice and start at every visit.
  • Link your Fred Meyer Rewards card with Vermont Hills (code SY323) and the church will receive a percentage of all your purchases.  It costs you nothing and you still receive all your usual benefits.

ImBible Study   Join this gathering that looks at the bible with a 21st century lens.  Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm (link above.)  We are “majoring in the minor prophets”!

Wednesday Morning Check-in  We are exploring the physical method of praying using prayer beads.  A half hour of joy and peace midweek. You can join us in the Zoom room (link above) or on Facebook.

Talk N Thought  The “dynamite” ladies of TnT are meeting in the circle drive (or under the breezeway) at the church every Tuesday at 1:00 pm when the weather cooperates.  If you’d like to be included in their email list, please notify Linda Miller.

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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