The Vista

News and Events for Vista Ridge United Methodist Church

February 19, 2021

Worship Online on Sunday; No In-Person Services Due to Water Damage in Church

We will begin our Spring Training worship series for Lent with online worship Sunday, February 21, at 8:30 and 11 a.m. There will be no in-person worship due to water damage inside the church. Pastor Clay shared details about the situation in a blog on Wednesday.


Sunday, February 21 | Week 1 | Getting in Shape

Conditioning and stretching our muscles is a top priority during spring training. As we work on our own spiritual growth, prayer is a top priority that conditions the spiritual muscles of our soul.


Worship Online

Worship will stream at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday on Facebook and the church website. Afterward, the services can be watched at any time. Please make sure to register your attendance so we know you joined us for worship.


Website | From the church website, select Livestream under the Worship tab.


Facebook | A Facebook account is not needed to watch. Please like and comment to let us know you’re watching! Have a watch party, and share or tag our posts to generate awareness of our church with others.

Worship | Register Your Attendance

Please register your attendance and let us know that you joined us for online worship.

Spring Training Drills | Practice Prayer

Check out these resources pertaining to the spiritual practice of prayer.


Breath Prayer | A contemplative prayer linked to the rhythms of breathing.


Be Still | A prayer based on text from Psalm 46:10 of the Hebrew scriptures: “Be still and know that I am God.”


Centering Prayer | A method of meditation placing a strong emphasis on interior silence.

Breath Prayer Vista Ridge UMC
Pastor Clay’s Ash Wednesday Devotional

If you missed Pastor Clay’s Ash Wednesday devotional this week, watch it here.

Daily Lenten Guide

Daily scripture to guide you through the spiritual practices each week of Lent.

Let’s Strike Out Hunger

As part of Spring Training, we will work together to help Strike Out Hunger in our community through a canned meat drive for the Christian Community Action (CCA) Food Pantry.


Our goal over the 40 days of Lent will be to collect 1,000 canned meat items for the angel families who are served by CCA.


According to Denton County, local nonprofit organizations have experienced a 40-60 percent increase in the number of people needing food assistance. Our church works year-round in partnership with the CCA Food Pantry to help stock the canned meat shelves.


Canned meat can include chicken, tuna, ham, potted meat, stew, chili, and pasta with meat. Drop off your canned meat donations at the church in the designated cart.

Easter Eggstravaganza Candy Egg Donations

Lent Book Study Postponed a Week; Still Time to Join this Online Group of Women

Sisters in Christ postponed the start of its new virtual book study for Lent so there is still time for any woman who is interested to participate. The start date was moved back a week due to the winter storm affecting electricity and Internet service.


Lent in Plain Sight: A Devotion Through Ten Objects

Wednesdays Beginning February 24 | 10-11 a.m.


God is often at work through the ordinary: ordinary people, ordinary objects, ordinary grace. Through the ordinary, God communicates epiphanies, salvation, revelation, and reconciliation. It is through the mundane that we hear God’s quiet voice.


Contact Barbara Sepdham, sepdham@hotmail.com, with questions and for the Zoom link.

New Book Study Begins February 28

Vista Forum will discuss Adam Hamilton’s new book about the 10 Commandments and is inviting anyone interested to join in the virtual class.


Words of Life: Jesus and the Promise of the Ten Commandments Today

Sundays Beginning February 28 | 9:45-10:45 a.m.

In this book of scripture and inspiration, bestselling author Adam Hamilton brings modern eyes to the most important set of ethics in history. He considers the commandments in their historical context, considering the meaning of each commandment in Hebrew, unpacking how Jesus reinterpreted them, and showing how every thou-shalt-not was intended to point to a life-giving “thou shalt.” He also explores how the latest research in science and psychology illuminates these commandments, rightly understood, as a way of ordering one’s life beautifully in the present day. In a culture marked by workaholism, materialism, and social media-driven envy, God has given us a time-tested path that leads to gratitude, confidence, and peace.


Contact Johnny or Della Swaim, jldhswaim@gmail.com with questions and for the Zoom link.

Vista Ridge United Methodist Church

CHURCH STAFF: Please reach out if we can help in any way.

Pastor Clay Horton - clay@vrumc.org

Daira Avery - daira@vrumc.org

Bill Burden - bill@vrumc.org

Madi Butler - madi@vrumc.org

Carolyn Dennison - carolyn@vrumc.org

Christina Dixon - christina@vrumc.org

Lisa Dominy - lisa@vrumc.org

Laurie Kunke - laurie@vrumc.org

Hannah Rachal - hannah@vrumc.org