The Vista

News and Events for Vista Ridge United Methodist Church

April 7, 2016

Pastor Mary Beth’s Musings

The Radical Sayings of Jesus often resist simple explanation, making us so uncomfortable that we’re likely to talk circles around them, hoping to stumble on a basis for softening the message. Such is the case for our second Radical Saying of Jesus:

“Sell all your possessions and give to the poor.”

(Mark 10:21b)

Yikes! Really?! ALL of my stuff? Surely that’s not a message for me! When Jesus looks at the young man who’s knelt before him asking about eternal life and loves him, Jesus must be able to tell that his “stuff” is getting in the way of his relationship with God and he needs to let go of his “stuff.” And everybody’s got stuff that gets in the way of their relationship with God. And for me, that’s not my possessions! And really, compared to lots of people, I’m not rich! (Am I?)

And yet, when we’re truthful with ourselves, we can recognize that simply by living in the United States of America, we are rich in comparison to most of the rest of the world. Our homes and lives are filled with possessions and we’re told every day that the road to happiness heads to the mall (or to Amazon Prime).

So perhaps this Radical Saying is intended for you and me and invites us to consider our relationship with our possessions and our riches. The story also invites us to consider that following Jesus (which is really what this story is about) leads us to the Kingdom of God where we experience the fullness of relationship with God and with others.

We’ll take a deeper look at this Radical Saying this Sunday in worship.

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

Glory to God!

Pastor Mary Beth

CCA Food Pantry Donations

Bring your canned meat items to church on Sunday, April 10, to support the Christian Community Action (CCA) Food Pantry. Donations can be placed in the grocery basket in front of the church. VRUMC is responsible for stocking the canned meat shelves year-round. Items are delivered to the food pantry on Mondays. The CCA Food Pantry is one of the work sites during our Community Outreach Day. Sign up to participate in the narthex.

Brunch with the Pastor

Want to learn more about the church? Make plans to attend Brunch with the Pastor at 9:45 a.m. Sunday, April 10, in the Rehearsal Room behind the sanctuary. This meeting is especially helpful to new church members, those considering membership and those who are new to the United Methodist Church.

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Vacation Bible School Registration

Children ages 3 through 5th grade are encouraged to register for this summer's Vacation Bible School, which will run June 13-17. Grab your surfboard and head to the beach to catch the Wave of God’s Amazing Love! Kids get ‘amped’ to learn God Creates, Helps, Loves, Calms and Sends. On this ride, kids remember that the Lord is great and awesome! Applications are available in the narthex or register online. Children of volunteers during VBS week can attend for free!

Family Night: Art and Round the Table Meal

Join in the fun of Family Night, set for 4-6 p.m. Sunday, April 17. The focus will center around Art Night and Round the Table Meal. Help make decorations for Vacation Bible School and enjoy hamburgers, sides and cupcakes. During dinner, learn about the Family ’Round the Table App. Sign up at Kids Club or contact Lisa Dominy,

Mommy and Me

Mommy and Me will feature Camp Courage at 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 22. Moms/caregivers and their children through age 5 are invited to participate in an indoor camping adventure to learn how God always gives us “s’more!” RSVP to Lisa Dominy,, so that supplies will be available.

Women's Fellowship Social

All women of the church are invited to the Women’s Fellowship Social from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the home of Nelda Campeau. The group will explore the joys and stress relief of coloring and Bible journaling. Feel free to bring a snack, along with any adult coloring books, colored pencils or pens, or small scrapbooking materials, to share. For those wanting to explore Bible journaling, please bring your Bible. RSVP to Nikki Monkman-Lou,

Community Service Day Sign Up

Christian Community Action (CCA) ministers to the poor by providing comprehensive services that alleviate suffering, bring hope and change lives. More than 10,000 people are served annually through various CCA programs. One of the services provided is the CCA Food Pantry, which allows CCA angels to shop for basic staples, meat and produce. A group will be assisting the pantry during Community Service Day, sorting donated items and stocking the pantry.

Be a part of the group that works at Christian Community Action on Sunday, April 24, during Community Service Day. As part of Vista Ridge's 24th anniversary, we will use our hearts and hands to build relationships and help others in our community. Following a short worship service at 9 a.m., teams will gather to serve those in the community. Sign up for a work site on Sunday. Plan to be a part of this special day!

American Express Now Accepted for Electronic Giving

American Express is now an option, in addition to Mastercard and Visa, for electronic financial giving. 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

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