Staying Connected 2.20.20

Posted By vermonthills on Feb 20, 2020 | 0 comments

Children’s Education Meeting  This Sunday after worship in the Fireside Room. Childcare will be provided, but older children are welcome to attend. Contact Bryan Cooper with any questions.

Ash Wednesday Service  West Portland UMC, 4729 SW Taylors Ferry Rd, is hosting a 7:00 pm service on Wed, Feb 26.  All are invited.  Gather and open your hearts to this season.

Enneagram Typing  Minda Redburn, a certified professional in the Enneagram field, is offering free personal interviews during coffee time on Sundays.  Before the interview, you need to read a very small book (available at church for $12, cash or check.)  Please sign up at the Welcome Table or contact Minda at to learn more.  You are also invited to observe interviews to learn more about other types.

Worship Through Song  Last chance to join us for a Palm Sunday (Apr 5) cantata. If interested stop by the sanctuary at 12:30 this Sunday to practice.

Town Hall Meeting  Let’s talk about Family Promise!  After worship on Mar 15, we’ll have a baked potato bar and discuss how Vermont Hills might assist homeless families.  Read this: to learn more before we meet.

Save the Date!  Our 2020 Auction, “A Night at the Opera” will be Saturday, May 2.  Start planning your donation(s) now.  Want to be on the team?  Contact Virginia at

Family Promise  Help Family Promise fulfill a dream of having an actual home for their guests to use during the day, giving them laundry facilities, showers and bathtubs, a yard for playing and growing vegetables, and a refuge from the harsh reality of homelessness.  They must raise $100,000 by Feb 29 to purchase this miracle.  Every little bit helps!  Please donate at

Easter Boxes  We are sending gift boxes to all of our college students.  If you would like to send items, there are six of them: Kendra Z, Katie and Lizzie R, Jacob E, Kian M, and Hayley C.  You may bring your gifts to the large box in the church lobby.

SW Hope  Every spring, local faith communities and businesses in SW Portland partner together to raise food and money for Neighborhood House’s food pantry, which provides emergency food boxes to more than 1,400 people a month.  NH is able to purchase four pounds of food for each dollar donated.  The drive runs from Mar 1 through Apr 4.  If you’d like to contribute, please mark your check with “SW Hope” or click here.  Other ways to participate:

  • March 1: Interfaith Kickoff from 2:00-3:00 at St. Barnabas Episcopalian Church, 2201 SW Vermont St, Portland
  • March 2: “Dine out to Donate” night at Sasquatch Brewing
  • March 12: Screening of the documentary, “Priced Out,” at 7:00 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian, 3228 SW Sunset Blvd, Portland
  • March 16: “Dine out to Donate” night at Salvador Molly’s
  • March 24: “Friends and Family Night” at McMenamins Hillsdale
  • April 4: Pancake Breakfast from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the Lucky Lab, Multnomah Village, served by the Kiwanis Club.
  • April 4: SW Hope 5K run at Gabriel Park, 10:00 a.m. kids start time, 10:30 a.m. adults start time.

BrainStorming with Bo  “The Church of Us vs. Them,” will run through April.  Miss the first session?  Watch it here:  Sundays at 9:15 am in the Fireside Room.

District Laity Development Workshop  Inviting all Columbia District lay persons to continue the conversation and sharing experiences of community through worship, discussion, stories, and fellowship. Sat, Mar 14, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm at Gresham UMC, 620 NW 8th St., Gresham.  Register at

Amazon Smile  Do you shop online? 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.  Contact the church office with any questions.

Bethlehem House of Bread  Thank you to those who donate and deliver. BHoB’s mission is to provide not only food but also clothing and household essentials, such as baby formula, diapers, and personal hygiene products, for those going through challenging times.  We will be expanding our partnership with them soon!

Missed a Sunday?  Catch up on sermons you may have missed on YouTube (videos) or our website (audio podcasts.)

ImBible Study  We’re continuing the book of Luke at 7:00 pm on Wednesday nights in the Fireside Room. Great, insightful conversations – give it a try!

Giving by Text  Safe and simple. Text the dollar amount to 844.958.1124 and get a link to provide your billing information.

Fred Meyer Community Rewards  If you shop at Freddy’s, please make sure to link your FM Rewards card with Vermont Hills United Methodist Church (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.

Talk N Thought  Join the “dynamite” ladies of TnT on Tuesdays at 1:00 pm in the Fireside Room. They are currently reading “The Road to Little Dribbling” by Bill Bryson.  There’s always great conversation, snacks, and reading/discussing insightful books.

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.


Mark your calendars now for some important dates:
Feb 23              Children’s Education meeting
Feb 26              Ash Wednesday Service at West Portland UMC
Mar 7                All Church Work Party
Mar 8                Daylight Savings Time begins (spring forward!)
Mar 8                Second Sunday Spiritual Practice
Mar 14              Laity Development Workshop
Mar 15              Town Hall Meeting & Baked Potato Bar

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