Staying Connected 5.5.22

Posted By vermonthills on May 5, 2022 | 0 comments

Online Opportunities this Week:

Sunday, 10:30 am:  Worship Service
Sunday worship is in-person as well as online

Tuesday, 1:00 pm:  Talk ‘N’ Thought
In person in the Fireside Room and online

Wednesday, 6:30 pm:  Breezeway Book Club
In person on the Breezeway and online


All Church Work Party
Both indoor and outdoor tasks will be available this Saturday, May 7, at 10:00 am.  Indoor tasks include general cleaning and making some labels (if you have a label maker, please bring it.)  Outdoor tasks, if the weather permits, include:

  • The stumps of the cut-down photinia need to be dug out.
  • The Lesser Celandine invasive plants need to be dug out/sprayed
  • General bed cleaning and weeding
  • Weed-whacking and edging

Twelve Tiny Prayers
During the month of May, there are three prayer stations for you to visit on Sunday mornings between 9:30 and 10:30 am.  At each station – in the chapel, at the picnic tables, and in the courtyard garden – there will be several short prayers on yellow cards.  The cards will change each week; visit one or all of the stations during May.  This Sunday will be in the sanctuary due to the weather forecast.

Breezeway Book Club
We just began a bi-weekly discussion on the book, “The Misunderstood Jew” by Amy-Jill Levine.  Our next meeting on the breezeway is May 18 from 6:30 – 7:15 pm, or you can join us on Zoom, meeting ID 409 087 237.  Visit for the complete schedule.

Safe Sanctuaries Training
There will be a free online training workshop on Saturday, May 14, for anyone who anticipates working with our children in the near future.  Visit for more information.  Other opportunities for this training will be available soon, if you prefer.

Volunteers Needed

  • Greeters to make newcomers feel welcome.  Shadow a current greeter to learn the ropes.
  • Projectionists to share the slideshow in the sanctuary and to assist those on Zoom.  Training, about 30 minutes, will be at your convenience the week of May 15 – 23.

Now that we are meeting in person again, both of these positions are very important.  With enough volunteers, you will be scheduled only once per month or so.  Contact the church office for more information.

Jo Traugh, member number 13 of VHUMC, died on Sunday, May 1.  Her celebration of life is scheduled for June 18 at 11:00 am at the church.  We will miss Jo dearly.

Auction 2022:  Dream Big!
Saturday, June 11, 4:30 – 7:30 pm
How you can help make this a fundraising success:
Bring in donations!  Either your own or from a favorite business.  Ideas: Host an event, provide a service (e.g. car detailing, transferring VHS/DVD to digital, yardwork), create a handcrafted item or homemade food item. Here’s a letter you can use for donations: donation request. Even small donations are appreciated for creating themed baskets.

Portland Pride
We will have a booth at the Portland Pride Waterfront Festival on June 18 and 19!  Anyone who is interested in helping man the booth, please sign up here, or contact  the church office.  We plan to tie-dye matching tees for the event so sign up early!

Camp Hope
Camp Hope, offered every summer at Camp Magruder, is a ministry space for adults with intellectual disabilities to experience God’s love in a camp setting. Campers are given the chance to participate in crafts, music, games, boating, beach time, worship and fellowship. Registration is open now for this year’s camp, which is being held July 6-8. The cost to attend is $350 and scholarships are available for campers who need financial assistance. Campers do not need to be connected to a United Methodist Church to attend. It is critical to have enough staff volunteers to make this a memorable experience. If anyone is interested in volunteering their time for these three days, contact Sue Green at

Easy Giving 

  • Donate on our website
  • Donate on your phone through the Vanco Mobile app
  • Amazon Smile program at
  • Fred Meyer Rewards program, code SY323
  • to give 70% of vehicle sale to VHUMC

Contact the church office with any questions.

Talk N Thought  The ladies of TnT are reading The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World, by Desmond Tutu and his daughter, Mpho, an Anglican priest.  They meet every Tuesday at 1:00 pm in the Fireside Room and also online (Zoom room 966 225 0807, Passcode: VHUMC)  For more information, please contact Linda Miller or the church office.

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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