Staying Connected 12.24.17

Posted By vermonthills on Dec 21, 2017 | 0 comments

Staying Connected
There are lots of activities happening with our church community you need to know about. Please take a few moments to review and mark your calendar.

The Church Office will be closed Mon-Wed December 25th-27th

1 Candlelight Christmas Eve Service – If you would like to attend a nighttime Christmas Eve Service, our friends at West Portland United Methodist Church at 4729 SW Taylors Ferry Rd, are having an 11pm Candlelight Service.

2 Transportation Needed – We have several long-term members who are in need of a lift to church. Jo Traugh is in particular need at this time. Both Dottie Alsman and Grace Holbrook need a ride from time to time. Please prayerfully consider signing up. We are looking for people willing to drive particularly to church and church events. Let us know if you would be willing to be part of a rotation of people for periodic assistance. Contact Linda Miller at or 503-699-8628.

3 Online Giving – We have added an option for online giving! Many of you have asked about the possibility…and we are happy to make it available to you! For those who would like to move to online giving, we have partnered with a great company (Vanco). They provided an easy interface and security for churches. Our website now has a page with simple instructions and user links for your convenience at:
It is easy to use and very secure. Vanco has been vetted by the UMC and is the recommended provider for our website. We appreciate your support and your faithfulness and wanted to make this option available for those who would prefer it. We have included a PDF at the bottom of this email with easy instructions.

4 Youth Zoo Lights – On Saturday December 30th, VHUMC Youth Group will be going to the Zoo Lights Display from 8-11pm! We will meet at the church at 8pm and carpool to the zoo. $15 per person. Zoo Lights: RSVP Elizabeth Brown: 503-957-1372

5 2018 Church Directory Update – In the church lobby is a copy of the current 2017 Church Directory, along with writing utensils and paper for everyone to update any contact information for our upcoming 2018 Church Directory! Please write them down and leave them there, drop them by the church office, or email in to:

6 Adult Sunday School – There will be no Sunday School on December 24th & 31st, but will resume on January 7th. For more information on the class, be sure to check our website . We hope you will come and be a part of the discussion. Email Pastor Bo with any questions at: .

7 Talk and Thought will not be meeting December 26th, but will meet again on Tuesday, January 2nd starting with a Potluck at Noon in the Fireside Room. We are currently reading Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. As is our tradition, it will be read and discussed in the group. For more information, contact Linda Miller at or 503-699-8628.

8 Progressive Bible Study – starts again January 10th. Every Wednesday night at 7pm in the Fireside Room we read the Bible with a twist. Join us and explore the gospel of Mark through a 21st century lens. It might look very different than it did before. (No study December 20, 27, January 3)

Thank you to all those who have volunteered for this Sunday’s worship service:
Ushers: John Chilgren
Coffee: Dori Killion

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

Mark your calendars now for some upcoming dates and events:
Dec 24th Christmas Eve Service
Dec 30th Youth Zoo Light’s
Jan 6th Trustee’s Sponsored Work Party
Jan 9th Church Council Meeting

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