The Vista

News and Events for Vista Ridge United Methodist Church

September 11, 2021

Be Yourself Worship Series Continues on Sunday

When we learn to love ourselves as God loves us, we begin to see that God created us to be unique. Join us Sunday as we continue our Be Yourself worship series.

Sunday, September 12 | Week 2 | The Danger of Comparison

When our identity is in God we are at peace, but too often we compare ourselves with others. This comparison either leads to pride or to self-abasement, but either way, this comparison moves us from our contentment in God.

Worship Opportunities

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

Contemporary Worship | 11 a.m. | Sanctuary
Livestream | 8:30 and 11 a.m. | Church website or Facebook

The recording of each service is available after the livestream.

What to Expect | The CDC and Bishop McKee encourage the use of face masks during worship for those fully vaccinated. Those who are not vaccinated need to wear a mask during worship. Please sit where you’d like in the sanctuary, but consider giving other people space if you are seated after them. Please refer to the What to Expect Guide for more details.

Child Care and Childrens Church | Child care is available at 10 a.m. and during 11 a.m. worship with a reservation to Christina Dixon at before noon on Saturday.

Register Your Attendance | Please register your attendance so we know you joined us for worship. And check in on Facebook when worshiping with us!

Miss a Message? | The weekly messages are available on the church website if you miss one or want to watch it again.

Worship | Register Your Attendance

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

Book Signing by Steve Gosling

Steve Gosling to Sign His New Devotional Book After Worship on September 12

Our very own Steve Gosling will be available on Sunday, September 12, to sign his new book, We Are All Corinthians, a weekly devotional focusing on Paul’s letters to the Corinthians. He will have copies of the book to purchase for $19 each with cash or check.

The book provides a review of the Corinthian church’s relationship with the Apostle Paul, as seen through Acts and Paul’s letters. Each week contains scripture, the author’s commentary on the scripture, and the devotional. More details about the book, including the forward written by Pastor Clay, can be found on Steve’s website.

Steve has been teaching the Bible for 25 years. After a 42-year career in commercial construction, he retired in 2016 and published To Seek and Save – The Gospel of Luke later that year. Steve has attended Vista Ridge UMC for the past 16 years.

Vista Forum to Begin New Study on September 12

On Sunday, September 12, the Vista Forum class will begin a study from the Max Lucado book, Jesus: The God Who Knows Your Name. Anyone interested is invited to participate.

The class will meet at 9:45 a.m. in Portable 2 and will offer a Zoom option for those who want to join virtually.

The book is not needed to participate, although participants are welcome to read along during the 10-week study. A video presentation by Max Lucado will be part of each class, followed by a group discussion.

For the Zoom link to join virtually, contact facilitators Johnny and Della Swaim at

Vista Ridge UMC Group Formed to Walk During CCA Event

Want to get a little exercise and support one of our community partners at the same time? Vista Ridge UMC is registered as a group to walk (or run) in the Hopeful Hearts Stampede on Saturday, September 25, in Old Town. The 5K event supports Christian Community Action.

To join our church group, register using the button below. Those participating will gather prior to the start of the event. It will be a fun fellowship opportunity to support our community partner! Email with questions.

Early Response Team Vounteer Training for Disasters

The United Methodist Church has a rich history of engaging in disaster response, supported by our own outstanding relief organization, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). One way for churches and individuals to be engaged in this work is to be trained as volunteer Early Response Team (ERT) members, equipping them to be ready for deployment in the event of a disaster, both within our United Methodist conference boundaries and beyond.

The Metro and North Central districts will be hosting two identical ERT training events on two Saturdays in October. Both events—October 2 at Button Memorial UMC in Little Elm and October 23 at Hamilton Park UMC in Dallas—will be open to those wanting to attend the Basic Training for the first time to be certified as ERTs and for those who have previously been trained and certified who need to go through the recertification process. Each event is open to anyone interested in this ministry, regardless of district residence.

Starting at 9 a.m., the Basic Training track will last five hours; the recertification track will last three hours. Lunch is included for both tracks. The cost for participants is $20 and will include all printed materials, a T-shirt, lunch, and snacks. Registration is available online.

Join in Christmas Cantata Rehearsals on Wednesdays

Want to join in song with others? Consider joining the Music Ministry for our Christmas cantata. Rehearsal times have been adjusted and will run from 6:30-7:15 p.m. Wednesday evenings. Choir rehearsals will begin at 7:15 p.m.

The cantata, Let There Be Christmas, will be a special service of hope and peace in song for the Christmas season. Those interested are encouraged to reach out to Director of Worship Hannah Rachal at or attend the Wednesday rehearsal.

Water for Our Neighbors

Save the Date: I Love My Church Work Day will be held Saturday, October 2, from 8 a.m.-noon. Hope you can join our Trustees in sprucing up around our church.

Family Fall Campout

Family Fall Campout Set for October 22-24

Come have the time of your LIFE at this year’s Family Game Nights Fall Campout October 22-24 in Highland Village! Whether you join us for a day, one night, or both nights, we promise you won’t be SORRY! We don’t want to give all the surprises away, but here are a few CLUES. In addition to all the fun of setting up your tent, staying at the lovely Pilot Knoll Campgrounds, having options for fun outdoor activities, there will be lots of games throughout the weekend for family points and even some prizes! And worship on Sunday morning is always a big highlight.

Don't make us GUESS WHO is coming! Please register and let us know you will be joining in the fun. The cost is $40 a family. If you want to bring more than one tent, it will be an additional $40. This price includes the camping area entrance fee, game supplies, and activities. Check out the registration form for more details.

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