Staying Connected 12.20.18

Posted By vermonthills on Dec 20, 2018 | 0 comments

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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

Thank You!  Thank you for participating in the Hayhurst gift giving project. The parents were so appreciative, and the children were VERY excited. A big thank you to Mary and Susan for helping with delivery.

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.)

ZooLights  This Saturday, December 22, we’ll meet at the Oregon Zoo at 7:00 pm for this frosty, furry event!  Prices range from $13-18 (2 and under are free); discount of $5 with proof of Trimet transit; zoo members are free.  Questions?  Contact Elizabeth Brown at

Candlelight Service  Please join us this Sunday, December 23, at 6:00 pm for our traditional candlelight service.  This will be a beautiful, contemplative time as we draw our hearts closer to God and reflect on the miracle of Jesus’ birth.

Open House  Melanie Wilson and Patrick Sousa are hosting a Christmas Open House on Tuesday, December 25, 2:00pm-5:00pm.  Snacks, puzzles and games, slideshows, music, and good company are to be found at 2433 SW Idaho St, Portland.  No need to bring anything, but if you want to share your Aunt Tillie’s famous Christmas cookies or have extra chocolate laying around, they won’t argue with you bringing it!  Contact them at 503.293.2233 or  A note on parking:  They live on a dead end and parking is limited. Four cars will fit in their driveway if you will pull in as far as possible and park to one side or the other. There are also a few spaces along the fence across the street and three at the end of the street. If there is no space, consider parking in the next block of Idaho Street (on the other side of Capital).  If you are taking the bus, the closest TriMet stops are VERY close, stops 942 and 943.

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.  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 seven flower arrangements on Sunday, January 6.  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.  Half of you have hung on, through thick and thin, because this is “your church.”  The other half have been welcomed recently into VHUMC and jumped in with both feet.  The church needs all of you.   And we are so very grateful for all of you.  Merry Christmas and Happy 2019!

No Sunday School in December  Due to all the extra Sunday activities this month, we will take a short break from Sunday School. 

ImBible Study  Imbibe (verb): 1. absorb or assimilate (ideas or knowledge) 2. drink alcohol. Join us in the Fireside Room on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm for the first part, and afterwards for the second part at the drinkery.  Everyone is welcome as we open our minds and hearts to a new way of looking at scripture.

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:

Liturgist:                      Charlie Jesch
Storyteller:                  Charlotte Wannagat
Ushers:                        John Chilgren
                                    Dori Killion                             

Coffee:                         Melanie Wilson and Pat Sousa
            Dec 30             Dori Killion
            Jan 6                –Open–

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 23            Candlelight Service at 6:00 pm

 Dec 30            Fifth Sunday Game Night

 Jan 5               All Church Work Party

 Jan 6               Time of Remembrance: Anne Begg

 Jan 7               Church Council

 Jan 12             Reconciling United Methodists Gathering

 Jan 13             Scrip Sunday

 Jan 13             Second Sunday Spiritual Practice

 Jan 15             Pub Chat

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