Staying Connected 7.30.20

Posted By vermonthills on Jul 30, 2020 | 0 comments

Upcoming Online Gatherings
Summer Hours!

Sun  9:30 am: Casual Conversation  (Meeting ID 409 087 237)
Sun 10:00 am:  Worship  (Meeting ID 409 087 237)
Wed  10:00 am:  Wednesday Gathering (Meeting ID 409 087 237)

BLM Signs  Thanks to one of our members, we have eight Black Lives Matter yard signs available.  Email Bo at if you would like one.  First come, first serve.

ImBible Study   ImBible returns on Wednesday, August 12, at 7:00 pm.  We’ll be reading a portion of the Koran.  If you’d like to get some perspective, visit (Council on American-Islamic Relations)

BrainStorming with Bo  Our adult Sunday School returns on September 6 at 9:30 am.  Our first topic will be the book, “Finding Peace in an Anxious World” by Erin James-Brownt.  Note the author if you intend to order a copy; there’s more than one book with this title.

Protestant Prayer Beads  Looking for something to help center your prayer life?  Kristin Vincent and her UMC pastor husband have developed devotionals that you can use with prayer beads.  We will explore this during our Wednesday morning gatherings.  Watch the video below for more information.

Liturgists Wanted  Pastor Bo is looking for a few folks to take turns participating in the online worship.  You would read the Call to Worship, the poem, and/or the morning prayer.  Please email Bo if you’re interested.  Thanks!

Outdoor Service  August 16 at 10:00 am. Our commitment to ‘do no harm’ means that we have to show an abundance of caution for our congregation and our community. So stay tuned for more details. One thing is certain – the outdoor service will also be available online for those who prefer to stay home.

Face Masks  When we re-open for worship (including our outdoor service on August 16), everyone will be required to wear a face mask.  If you do not have access to a mask, please email the church office.  We want everyone to be prepared and be able to participate.  Thanks!

Peace with Justice Everyday 
Read: How to be a stronger ally
Watch: Movies that confront systemic racism
Support:  How to support Black Lives Matter
More info on the UMC stand against racism here

Blogging Your Feelings  Contact Pastor Bo if you would like to contribute to the church’s online blog.  No experience necessary; just put your thoughts and feelings on paper.

It’s Painting Weather!  The church’s exterior is in need of re-painting.  Pastor Bo has volunteered to prep areas, so that all you need to do is show up and paint. Email him at and arrange your time slot.  Ladder-climbers particularly welcome!

Easy Giving 

  • Try the free mobile app GivePlus. If you already use our online giving, enter that username and password, or create a new account.  You can give either from your bank account or a credit card.  You have the option to add 1 – 2.65% to offset the fees charged to the church.
  • 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.
  • Link your Fred Meyer Rewards card with Vermont Hills (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  The “dynamite” ladies of TnT are meeting in the circle drive at the church every Tuesday at 1:00 pm.  If you’d like to be included in their email list, please notify Linda Miller.

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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