The Vista

News and Events for Vista Ridge United Methodist Church

May 19, 2016

Pastor Mary Beth’s Musings

If you were in worship on Sunday morning, you heard me ask for prayers for the General Conference of the United Methodist Church, the gathering of United Methodists that takes place every four years. There has been much anxiety leading up to this 10-day meeting, which began last week and ends tomorrow evening in Portland, for the United Methodist Church is deeply divided over issues related to human sexuality. Because I am a “cradle” United Methodist (born into a preacher family, baptized, confirmed, shaped by my United Methodist family) and because my brother, Tim Crouch, is leading the delegation from the North Texas Conference, I have been watching and listening as closely as I can from here.

Yesterday was a very difficult day at General Conference, so much so that some national media outlets picked up the story. Ultimately, the delegates voted to stop all discussion of legislative items related to human sexuality and instead appoint a commission to study all of the passages in our Book of Discipline related to human sexuality and then bring recommendations to a called meeting of the General Conference in 2018 or 2019. The hope is that this will give time and space for the Holy Spirit to move in ways that could be healing and lead us forward to new and creative ways to stay in covenant with one another.

But before the vote was taken, I was deeply moved by a Statement of Unity read from the floor by Ann Jacobs, representing Young People of the United Methodist Church. It reminded me of a moment I’d had the night before. I was sitting on the floor in my living room, coloring with my 4-year-old daughter and listening to the live stream of the meeting in Portland. I didn’t know she was listening as well until she heard someone say, “United Methodist Church.” She stopped coloring and said, “Hey! That’s my church, too.”

Indeed, it’s her church. It’s your church. But even more importantly, it’s God’s church. And God holds the future of God’s church.

I’m praying for you. I hope you’re praying for me. Would you pray for your church as well?

Glory to God!

Pastor Mary Beth

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Kids Eat Free Meeting

A short informational meeting for those interested in volunteering this summer for Kids Eat Free will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, in Portable 2. Vista Ridge volunteers will pick up lunch supplies from Christian Community Action (CCA), deliver lunches and provide children’s activities on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Chapel Hill Apartments. A sign-up sheet is listed in the narthex. The program feeds children who may not have access to lunch during the summer.

Family Choir for Graduation Sunday

The Chancel Choir is seeking individuals for a Family Choir to sing during worship on Graduation Sunday, May 29. All are welcome to join in recognizing our high school and college graduates. Rehearse on Wednesday, May 25, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. The choir will sing Praise His Holy Name on May 29.

Donations for Vacation Bible School Supplies

Supplies are needed to help make this year’s Vacation Bible School (June 13-17) a success. Select an item to purchase from the surfboard in the narthex, or consider a cash/check donation to support the program. To register for VBS, complete the form in the narthex or online at Space is filling quickly. Register today!

Faith Funds Shopping Cards

Consider purchasing Faith Funds shopping cards for end-of-the-year teacher appreciation and graduation gifts! There are a variety of shopping cards available. They come mainly in $10 and $25 increments. The sales table is in the narthex, or visit the church office Monday through Thursday to make a purchase. The church receives a portion of each sale.

Electronic Financial Giving Available

Vista Ridge 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

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