The Vista

News and Events for Vista Ridge United Methodist Church

January 15, 2021

“The 5 Love Languages: Acts of Service” on Sunday; Join In Person or Online

Worship with us Sunday, January 17, in person or online as we continue our churchwide series, The 5 Love Languages. The focus will be Acts of Service.

8:30 a.m. | Traditional Worship | Sanctuary or Livestream

11 a.m. | Contemporary Worship | Sanctuary or Livestream

Worship Series | The 5 Love Languages

Since 1995, when Gary Chapman wrote the first edition of The Five Love Languages, the ideas of this book have driven millions to seek deeper meaning in every single relationship they have, including with themselves and with God. The question following Christmas every year is, “Now what?” There are lots of answers to this question, but one is, ‘to love as Jesus loved.’ In order to do this, we have to understand the multiple dimensions of love...God’s love for us, our love for others, how others want to be loved, etc. We are using The 5 Love Languages as a springboard into this conversation.

In-Person Worship | Reservation Required

Register for in-person worship using the button below to ensure a seat and to maintain social distancing. The same link is used each week and will be available until the time of worship or until seating is full. The new week of registrations begins on Tuesday mornings.

If you become sick with COVID-19 symptoms, test positive for COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone with symptoms or a confirmed or suspected case, we ask that you watch the livestream.

Livestream Options

Watch the worship livestream at 8:30 or 11 a.m. Sunday through Facebook or the church website. Afterward, the recordings can be watched at any time. Please make sure we know you watched by registering your attendance using the button below.

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.

What Is Your Love Language? | Discover your love language by completing this short quiz.

Class Schedule | Take part in one (or more) of our Love Language classes to love and be loved. A new class on a Saturday morning has been added. Check out the details below and plan to join us.

“The 5 Love Languages: Gifts” Message | Did you miss Pastor Clay’s first message in The 5 Love Languages worship series? Watch it here. All of Pastor Clay’s messages are posted on the church Facebook page or can be found on the church website on the sermons page.

Reservation for In-Person Worship

Register for the 8:30 or 11 a.m. in-person worship service until the time of worship.

Worship | Register Your Attendance

Please register your attendance and let us know that you joined us for online or in-person worship.

The 5 Love Languages for Couples

The 5 Love Languages Classes

Virtual gatherings are being held in conjunction with the 5 Love Languages worship series. Plan to join us for one (or all) of the sessions.

5 Love Languages Quiz | Learn your love language by taking this quiz.

The 5 Love Languages for Parents | Wednesday, January 27 | 8:30-9:30 p.m.

Join Tiffany Harlow as part of the Parenting in a Pandemic gathering to discuss how to use the 5 Love Languages with your children. Parents with children of all ages are invited to participate.

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 819 9206 1923, Passcode: vrumc

The 5 Love Languages for Couples | Thursday, January 21 | 7-8 p.m.

Join Dianna and Scott King as they help us better understand how to incorporate the 5 Love Languages into our dating life or marriage. Learning to speak the love language of your loved one can be life-giving.

Register in Advance:

After registering, a confirmation email will be sent containing information about joining the meeting.

The 5 Love Languages for the Workplace | Thursday, January 28 | noon-1 p.m.

Join Hillarye Hightower as she invites us to think about incorporating the 5 Love Languages into the workplace.

Register in Advance:

After registering, a confirmation email will be sent containing information about joining the meeting.

*** New Addition *** The 5 Love Languages | Saturday, February 13 | 10-11 a.m.

All are welcome to join together virtually to learn more about the 5 Love Languages and how to incorporate them into our daily lives. Dianna King will lead the class, which is being hosted by our Classic Women.

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 817 2977 7481, Passcode: vrumc

New Small Group Discussion Begins Sunday

The Vista Forum class will begin a new study on Sunday, January 17, called Reckless Love: JesusCall to Love Our Neighbor based on the book by Tom Berlin. Anyone interested is invited to participate. The class meets virtually on Zoom from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Sundays. The group watches the short video together prior to the discussion. The book is not needed to participate.

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 846 2154 1212, Passcode: vrumc

Canned Meat Celebration

Church to Continue Canned Meat Donations During 2021

Thanks to the generosity of our church members, Vista Ridge UMC was able to donate 7,000 canned meat items to the Christian Community Action (CCA) Food Pantry during 2020. The total does not include the thousands of items collected during our Holiday Food Drive at Market Street last fall.

Throughout 2021, the church will continue to support the CCA Food Pantry in a variety of ways, including the donation of canned meat items to help stock the pantry shelves for those needing food assistance.

Canned Meat Donations | Donations are collected year-round, with an emphasis on the second Sunday of the month. Mark your calendar and challenge yourself to donate canned meat each month. All donations directly benefit those living in our community. Leave canned meat donations in the grocery cart in the front of the church at any time.

Volunteer at the CCA Food Pantry | Church members also work at the food pantry the second and fourth Mondays of each month throughout the year. Currently, a team of three assists pantry staff with the distribution of grocery items to the CCA angels.

Loaves and Fishes Ministry | The Loaves and Fishes Team picks up bread and produce donations from local grocery stores on weekday mornings and delivers to the CCA Food Pantry. There is a current need for volunteers, including people who are willing to help regular drivers when they need a substitute.

For more information about becoming involved with the church’s partnership with the CCA Food Pantry, email

Join in Vista Kids Virtual Field Trip on Sunday Afternoon

Hop, slither, and fly onto Zoom this Sunday, January 17, at 4 p.m. as Vista Kids gather to virtually interact with animal expert Ms. Amanda with Once in a Wild and several of her animal friends.

Explore how different animals receive and express love as part of our churchwide focus on the 5 Love Languages. Which animals like to be touched? Would you touch all the animals we will see? Ms. Lisa will even be spinning the wheel for a prize winner or two!

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 889 5406 1875, Passcode: animal

Note: The Zoom link is not the one usually used for Vista Kids. For this special event, please use the link above.

Congregational Journey Toward Racial Justice

Congregational Journey Toward Racial Justice Orientation on January 26

Racism exists and we as the Body of Christ have the opportunity to stand up against it and create a more just and equitable world for all. Since June, United Against Racism at Vista Ridge UMC has met weekly to learn and to grow so that we can be a part of the solution.

This month, we will begin a partnership with the North Texas Conference to join The Congregational Journey Toward Racial Justice. It is a new process created for local churches to create their own unique “journeys” toward racial justice. Through this process, churches will be invited to build their own teams, assess their congregations, and do transformational work within and outside of their walls.

Mark your calendar for an orientation meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 26, to learn about this journey and see how you can get involved. The Zoom link will be provided closer to the meeting date.

Vista Ridge United Methodist Church

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

Pastor Clay Horton -

Daira Avery -

Bill Burden -

Madi Butler -

Carolyn Dennison -

Christina Dixon -

Lisa Dominy -

Laurie Kunke -

Hannah Rachal -