The Vista

News and Events for Vista Ridge United Methodist Church

May 5, 2016

Pastor Mary Beth’s Musings

If I told you my story

You would hear hope that wouldn't let go

If I told you my story

You would hear love that never gave up

If I told you my story

You would hear life but it wasn't mine

(from My Story, lyrics by Mike Weaver and Jason Ingram)

We all have a story to tell. As Jesus Followers, we are people of The Story, The Story of Salvation by faith through Jesus Christ. The writer of the Gospel of Mark tells that story through an intense, fast-moving tale of Jesus’ time on earth. This Sunday, as we continue our series, The Radical Sayings of Jesus, we’ll look at a moment that is a major shift in the story as Jesus turns his face toward Jerusalem and begins to talk about what it really looks like to be a Jesus Follower. It’s a moment when Jesus invites everyone who is listening to enter into God’s story, to make God’s story our story.

We all have a story to tell and lately I’ve been hearing some beautiful stories of how the people of VRUMC #giveradically. We’ll take time in worship this Sunday for those stories to be shared. If you know you want to tell your story and have a photo of what you did, please email me,, so we can show your picture as you share your story this Sunday.

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

Glory to God!

Pastor Mary Beth

Communion Offering for Ecuador Earthquake Recovery

Our communion offering on Sunday will support United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to provide earthquake victims in Ecuador with food and water. Each family food kit contains a one-month supply of items that include rice, pasta, beans, cornmeal, tuna, powdered milk, and other basics. The April 16 disaster killed more than 650 people, injured a further 16,600, and displaced more than 29,000 from their homes. Place your offering at the altar during communion. Indicate UMCOR in the memo line of any check donations. Make electronic donations at

Family Choir for Graduation Sunday/Choir Social on May 11

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. Rehearsals are from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. The choir will begin working on the special song, Praise His Holy Name, at 7:45 p.m. May 11.

Choir Social on May 11

The VRUMC Chancel Choir will have its monthly social on May 11. Come join in the singing, food and fellowship!

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Vista Tots Parent Gathering

Parents and their Vista Tots (ages 4 and younger) are invited to gather at 9:45 a.m. Sunday, May 15, for Donuts and Coffee on the Playground. Enjoy a special time visiting with Children’s Ministry Staff and other parents with young tots.

Appreciation Car Wash on May 15

The youth will provide complimentary car washes on Sunday, May 15, in appreciation of the congregation’s support of Team 316 for their mission trip to Virginia Beach. Leave your vehicle to be washed before worship. They will be available from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Graduation Recognition Sunday

Please notify the church office if you have a high school or college graduate this spring so he/she can be recognized during worship on Sunday, May 29. A current photo and baby photo are needed for the high school students. Please email by Sunday, May 15.

Volunteer Training for Refugee Assistance

Those wanting to work with Refugee Services of Texas are invited to volunteer training from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at the church. Volunteers will be trained on shopping for housing items, airport pick up and mentoring refugees. Please RSVP to

Canned Meat Goal Met for Church Anniversary

Thanks to your generosity in celebration of our 24th church anniversary, we were able to deliver 2,421 canned meat items to the CCA Food Pantry! While this was a special goal of 2,400 items for our 24th anniversary, our church supports filling the canned meat shelves year-round. We typically publicize bringing canned meat to church on the second Sunday of each month, but items are accepted in the grocery cart weekly. These donations help feed the 600-plus families in our neighborhoods who depend on the CCA Food Pantry for assistance. This is just one way that Vista Ridge is building life-giving relationships with our community!

Supply Donations for Vacation Bible School

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. Registration for VBS is available in the narthex or online at

Electronic Financial Giving Available

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

Miss a worship service? Listen to past sermons here.

Vista Ridge United Methodist Church

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