The Vista

News and Events for Vista Ridge United Methodist Church

May 26, 2016

Pastor Mary Beth’s Musings

This Sunday we will celebrate with the Senior Class of 2016 as they prepare to graduate from high school.

Preston Batchler

Zach Begland

Amanda Conrath

Jake Mylar

Emily Tepera

Sidney Weikel

These six young people are a remarkable group who represent six different families. They are talented and hard-working and headed to exciting futures after they graduate in early June.

I want to remind you, however, that these six young women and men are who they are because of you. Every time we baptize anyone, we as a family of faith commit to walk with that infant, child, teen or adult on his or her journey of faith. And that’s what you have been doing with these young people: teaching them in Sunday School, singing VBS songs with them, going camping with them, studying the Bible with them, driving them to Austin, Louisiana, South Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, riding with them on roller coasters at Six Flags, drifting in the wave pool at Hawaiian Falls, listening to them, celebrating with them, crying with them, teaching them to build porches or lay linoleum or hang sheet rock, dancing with them, praying for them. As their pastor and your pastor, I thank you for that. You’ve made a difference in their lives and in our world.

In addition to hearing the Word proclaimed by Emily Tepera this Sunday, a Family Choir will offer the Word through music and a newly formed youth ensemble will share the gift of music. It will be a great day of worship and celebration!

I’m praying for you and for them. I hope you’re praying as well.

Glory to God!

Pastor Mary Beth

Input Wanted for Anniversary Celebration

Please take a couple of minutes to complete a short survey about our last Community Service Day—whether or not you participated—to help us plan our 25th anniversary celebration next spring.
Community Service Day Survey

Please take two minutes to complete this survey!

Remembering Those Who Served

Yellow ribbons will be available in the narthex on Sunday for those who would like to wear one in memory of a loved one or friend who served in the military. We honor all those who have died serving the United States military.

Life-Giving Moments: Rockbrook Elementary

Dear members of VRUMC, Thank you so much for the wonderful Italian lunch and yummy desserts you provided for us. I want to thank you also for making us feel valued and appreciated in the blessed work we all do here at Rockbrook. Can't imagine doing this without your loving support! Much love and appreciation, Becky Pilgrim

A big thanks to everyone who helped build life-giving relationships with Rockbrook Elementary students and staff. This past year we recorded more than 300 hours of in-school assistance from our wonderful volunters. As many of 15 volunteers helped with student mentoring, student reading, cafeteria duty, staff appreciation gifts/cards, treats, prayers, and love. We will kick off another school year with our Back to School Blessing on Sunday, August 21, joined by Rockbrook administration and staff. Watch for more information in early August on how you can take part next school year!

Kids Eat Free Signups

Sign up in the narthex or online to participate in this summer’s Kids Eat Free program, which will run from June 6-August 19 at Chapel Hill Apartments. With CCA assistance, Vista Ridge UMC will deliver lunches and provide children’s activities on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The program helps feed children who may not have lunch during the summer.

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!

Women’s Fellowship Social

Join the women of the church for a fellowship social from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at Karen Packer’s house for flowers and ice cream. Bring an ice cream topping, a dozen real flowers and a vase to build a bouquet to take home and enjoy. This is a fun opportunity to socialize and get to know other women in the church. RSVP to Nikki Lou,

Summer Book Club

Looking for a good summer read? Join in the Summer Book Club! A preview meeting will be held at 9:45 a.m. Sunday, June 14, to choose among three books to read, followed by gatherings at the same time Sunday, July 17, and Sunday, August 14.

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 on Sundays, 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

Traditional Worship, 8:30 a.m. Sunday

Contemporary Worship, 11 a.m. Sunday