The Vista

News and Events for Vista Ridge United Methodist Church

January 28, 2016

Pastor Mary Beth's Musings

Jesus and his disciples headed out for the villages around Caesarea Philippi. As they walked, he asked, “Who do the people say I am?” “Some say ‘John the Baptizer,’” they said. “Others say ‘Elijah.’ Still others say ‘one of the prophets.’” He then asked, “And you—what are you saying about me? Who am I?” (Mark 8:27-29a)

Some say he was a prophet. Some say he was a great moral teacher. Some say he was crazy. Some say he was the Son of God.

Since Jesus died on the cross there have been many opinions about who he was and is. For all of us, there was a time when we didn’t fully understand who Jesus was. And if we’re honest, none of us knows for sure, even now. That’s the beauty and complexity (and, at times, the difficulty) of faith. It’s having hope and confidence in unseen things that we cannot prove. And yet, billions of people over the course of the past two thousand years have reached the conclusion that there is something special about Jesus. That he was no ordinary man. How did they come to that conclusion?

This Sunday as we continue asking 7 Big Questions, we’ll dive into “Is Jesus Really God?” We’ll look at the prophecies found in Old Testament scripture. We’ll look at what Jesus said about himself and what he taught. We’ll look at what historians have said.

But in the end, it comes down to one question. The question Jesus asked of the disciples as they walked to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. He then asked, “And you—what are you saying about me? Who am I?”

I’m praying for you. I hope you’re praying for me.

Glory to God!

Pastor Mary Beth

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Baptism: Greta Schroeder

Blood Drive Sign Ups

Have a heart on Valentine’s Day and help save a life with a blood donation. The Carter BloodCare Bus will be onsite between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday, February 14. Sign up to participate in the narthex or online at Carter BloodCare.

Youth Mission Trip Deposit

Youth currently in 6th through 12th grade are invited to participate in this year’s summer mission trip. The group will travel to Virginia Beach the week of July 10-16. A $50 non-refundable deposit is due Sunday, February 21, to participate. A Parent/Youth Meeting about the Mission Trip will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 14. It will address plans for the trip (including air transportation) as well as Team 316 points and the projected total cost without Team 316 participation. Contact Daira Curran,, with questions.

Classic Women Clothes Drive Celebration

Many thanks to everyone who contributed toward The Salvation Army’s “Love Thy Neighbor” clothes closet. The Classic Women were able to deliver the following items thanks to donations by Vista Ridge UMC:

  • Coats, jackets, sweaters — 98
  • Miscellaneous clothing — 39
  • Jeans — 8
  • Shoes — 7
  • Gloves, Scarves, Hats — too numerous to count!

Classic Women are so appreciative of all the donations. The Salvation Army will make use of everything—and these warm, winter gifts will certainly help many of our neighbors in Lewisville.

Community Garden Plots Available

Spring planting season is just around the corner! Don’t have a place to plant? The church has a Community Garden on site for those who want to grow their own vegetables. Reserve a garden plot for $40 for the entire year. This includes water availability for each plot. Contact Bill Burden,, for details.

Salvation Army Supply Donations

The Lewisville Salvation Army accepts travel-sized soap, body wash, lotion, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, mouthwash and hand sanitizer for its clients. Disposable razors and single packages of toothbrushes also are needed. Place donations year-round in the designated plastic bin located in the hallway near the kitchen.

Lent through Easter

Wednesday, February 10 — Ash Wednesday Service, 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 20 — Palm/Passion Sunday, 8:30 and 11 a.m.

Thursday, March 24 — Maundy Thursday Seder Meal and Communion, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, March 25 — Good Friday Sunrise Service, 6:30 a.m.

Friday, March 25 — Good Friday Service, 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 26 — Easter Eggstravaganza, 10 a.m.-noon

Sunday, March 27 — Easter Sunday Worship, 8:30 and 11 a.m.; breakfast 9:45 a.m.

New Electronic Option for Giving

Vista Ridge now offers an electronic option to make financial contributions and donations to the church. There is no charge to use this online giving opportunity. Use the link——and follow the steps with contact information and card number.

Sermon Podcasts

Miss a worship service? Listen to past sermons here.

Vista Ridge United Methodist Church

Traditional Worship, 8:30 a.m. Sunday

Blended Worship, 11 a.m. Sunday