The Vista

News and Events for Vista Ridge United Methodist Church

February 4, 2016

Pastor Mary Beth's Musings

“The Bible? … It’s a guide book.”

“It’s inspired, but filled with inaccuracies.”

“It’s a storybook, written by someone about some characters, just like any other book you can get at the library.”

“The most trustworthy book ever written.”

“Nothing more than a collection of myths.”

Every major denomination of Christianity affirms a similar commitment to the authority and inspiration of the Bible. They may do so with different words and emphases, but in the end all Christians look to the Bible as a source of truth about God, themselves, and what they must do in order to be in a proper relationship with God. Is their trust in the Bible well-founded? Is the Bible reliable?

According to The Barna Group, 80% of Americans believe that the Bible is sacred text, but only 43% of American Christians firmly believe that the Bible is accurate in all of its principles.

This Sunday, we’ll address Question 6 of The 7 Big Questions: Is the Bible Reliable? Spoiler alert: this pastor says “Yes!” But we’ll unpack HOW we can know it is reliable AND relevant 2000+ years later.

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

Glory to God!

Pastor Mary Beth

Chilly Trifecta on Saturday

Join us at 5 p.m. Saturday, February 6, for our churchwide Chilly Trifecta!

Chili Dinner
Sample a variety of chili dishes and donate a $1 to “vote” for your favorite entry.

Live and Silent Dessert Auctions
Go home with a yummy treat—or enjoy it that evening!

Talent Show

You’ll be amazed at the talent we have at Vista Ridge!

Benefits Vacation Bible School

All contributions will benefit this summer’s VBS, as it takes many resources and volunteers to make this week possible.

Canned Meat for CCA Food Pantry

Canned meat for the Christian Community Action (CCA) Food Pantry can be placed at the altar on Sunday prior to worship. VRUMC is responsible for stocking the canned meat shelves year-round. To support the CCA Food Pantry, Sunday’s communion offering will go toward canned meat for the CCA angels. Please leave donations in the baskets near the altar during communion.

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Baptisms: Nesochi and Nneoma Okeke

Ash Wednesday Service

Ash Wednesday is one of the most popular and important holy days in the liturgical calendar. It’s the opening of Lent, a season of fasting and prayer, and takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday. Join us at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 10, for a beautiful, contemplative worship service led by the VRUMC Choir that includes Imposition of the Ashes. Childcare will be provided.

Church Office Volunteers

Have a couple of hours available some time Monday through Thursday morning? Consider helping in the church office. Volunteers are needed to record worship attendance, make copies and other administrative tasks. Please indicate your interest on the back of Sunday's worship attendance card.

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. Following is a video example of how a blood donation can help someone in need. Sign up to participate in the narthex or online at Carter BloodCare.

Susan's Letter - #OpenTheLetter

New T-shirt Orders

Another order will be placed mid-month for our new church T-shirt with mission statement. The shirt is often worn during special church events and when serving in the community. To purchase a shirt, complete an order form available in the Welcome Center. Deadline is Sunday, February 21.

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.

Gospel of John Study During Lent

The Gospel of John is the most deeply spiritual of the four gospels. It includes some of the loftiest and most loved verses in all the Bible. This Lent, join Pastor Mary Beth and experience a season of spiritual growth and life-changing renewal while reading the entire Gospel of John. The group will meet at 9:45 a.m. Sundays from February 21 through April 3, and use Adam Hamilton’s “John: The Gospel of Light and Life.” Sign up to participate in the Welcome Center.

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