Staying Connected 7.22.21

Posted By vermonthills on Jul 22, 2021 | 0 comments

Upcoming Online Gatherings
All are Meeting ID 409 087 237
Sun 10:00 am:  Worship
Wed 8:30 am:  Mid-week Check-in resumes (NEW TIME!)
Wed 7:00 pm:  ImBible Study “Acts”

Tom Benjamin died unexpectedly last night.  Tom and his wife Donna became members of VHUMC in 1975.  Please pray for strength, peace and comfort for the family as they navigate the time ahead.

Loaner Needed
Do you have a cold water circulating cuff for knee therapy?  If you’re willing to loan it out, please contact Virginia at asap.  Thanks!

Phone Directory
Updated directories will be available this Sunday at our in-person worship service.  Please email the church office if you need your copy mailed to you.

2022 Calendars
Do you receive excess calendars in the mail?  Bring them to church and Donna Ward will take them to Neighborhood House for distribution.  Thanks!

Pub Chat Returns!
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, Aug 3, at 6:00 pm.  We’ll gather at The Lodge at Cascade Brewing to eat, drink, and discuss this CNN opinion piece:  Please read and come prepared with your thoughts!

Grauer Project
This non-profit partnership provides low-income children in our area with new backpacks filled with school supplies, winter coats, shoes, socks, and t-shirts for the school year. They are looking for young volunteers to help on distribution day, August 14, 7:30 – 10:30 am or 10:30 am – 1:30 pm.  School credit may be available.  For more information, visit

Worship Schedule
Here is the worship schedule for the rest of the summer.  All services are at 10:00 am:

  • Jul 25:  Outdoor service in the circle
  • Aug 1:  Zoom service for communion Sunday
  • Aug 8, 15, 22, 29:  Outdoor services in the circle
  • Sep 5:  Zoom service for communion Sunday

Please note: if the weather isn’t cooperating for an outdoor service, we will move indoors to the Fellowship Hall.  Indoors, we ask you to mask up if you are unvaccinated or near children.

VHUMC Gardens
Interested in being a charter member of our new gardening group?  The Karman family has donated all the supplies to get us started on two vegetable plots.  The harvest will be donated to Neighborhood House as part of their Scattered Gardens program.  If you would like to help water, weed, and nurture our new plants, please contact Nathan at

Ministry Fair
August 29 is a Fifth Sunday!  We thought it would be fun to have a ministry fair.  It’s an opportunity for any church group, such as Habitat for Humanity, Trustees, Talk N Thought, to publicize who they are and what they do.  Even more importantly, it’s an opportunity for those who are looking for small group connection to see what’s available.  If your group would like space at a table, please email the church office.

Virtual Trip to Kenya
The Oregon-Idaho Conference United Methodist Volunteers in Mission team is hosting a virtual mission trip to the Maua Methodist Hospital in Kenya on Aug. 16, 18 and 19 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. PDT (6 to 7:30 p.m. in Kenya). The pandemic has made traditional mission trips nearly impossible, but it’s “virtually possible” to learn about the services offered, the AIDS Orphan Home project, kitchen gardens, and other community outreach projects.  Register here to attend the Kenya Virtual Mission trip.

Kitchen Help Needed
Due to an injury to their chef, Alton L. Collins Retreat Center is looking for volunteers (or paid staff, if you or someone you know is looking for work) for the following dates:

  • Starting the afternoon of Friday, July 30 through lunch on Sunday, August 8
  • Starting the afternoon of Tuesday, August 10 through lunch on August 15

For many of these dates, lodging in addition to meals can be provided. Volunteers with a wide range of skills and energy levels are needed. The primary requirement is that you must be willing to be kind and offer Christian love to the guests. Everything else that you need to know, they can teach you.  Contact Dan Benson at 541-777-7398 or at

Easy Giving

  • Free mobile app GivePlus
  • Amazon Smile program. Now available in the Amazon phone app!
  • Fred Meyer Rewards program, code SY323
  • to give 70% of vehicle sale to VHUMC
  • Gofundme for the parking lot reno:

Contact the church office with any questions.

Talk N Thought  The ladies of TnT are reading and discussing the book, We Make the Road by Walking, every Tuesday at 1:00 pm in Fellowship Hall.  Each week is a short devotional, so you can jump in anytime you are available. If you’d like to be included in their email list, please notify 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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