The Vista

News and Events for Vista Ridge United Methodist Church

September 3, 2015

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Pastor Mary Beth's Musings

Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can. (attributed to John Wesley)

It’s been traditionally attributed to the father of Methodism, John Wesley, but there is no evidence that Wesley ever actually said it. Still, Wesley’s Rule has been a popular saying among United Methodists for decades and serves as a great summary of how to live our lives in response to Wesley’s second General Rule, “Do good.”

This second rule will be the focus of our worship this Sunday as we continue our sermon series, “It’s Just That Simple!” It’s a simple rule and easy to understand. And Wesley was not the first to think of this rule.

What is the essence of life? To serve others and do good. (Aristotle)

Men were brought into existence for the sake of men that they might do one another good. (Cicero)

And then there was Jesus.

“But I say to you that listen, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.” (Luke 6:27-28)

It’s an ancient idea. It’s scriptural. It’s simple and easy to understand. But that does not make it easy to practice. Why? Well, this Sunday, we’ll dig into those obstacles and look for ways to overcome the obstacles. It will be an enlightening and interesting conversation!

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

Glory to God!

Pastor Mary Beth

Communion Offering for UMCOR Disaster Relief

Sunday's communion rail offering will support disaster response by the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). UMCOR responds to natural disasters, as well as disasters of human origin. Through the support of local United Methodist churches and trained disaster response workers, UMCOR provides immediate relief, assistance with cleanup and rebuilding.

Suicide Prevention Week

The following article is by church member Martha Giles, who volunteers with the Touched by Suicide organization that meets at Vista Ridge UMC.

National Suicide Prevention Week is September 7-13 and while most of us will give very little thought to this, we should be mindful that this tragedy can happen to any family. Suicide is preventable and we should learn the signs of suicide ideation so that if we see this in an individual, we should talk to him or her about getting help.

Changes in behavior (going from happy to depressed or anxious), suddenly dressing poorly and being disheveled, being irritable or defiant, cutting on the body (wrists, ankles), talking about going away, being bullied—any of these behaviors may suggest that someone is anxious and depressed, and perhaps suicidal. It’s okay to talk to them about it. You could save a life.

Touched by Suicide of North Texas is a local organization that is launching a video of people who have lost someone to suicide and who want you to know that it is okay to talk to a friend or loved one if you think he or she is suicidal and to get him or her the needed help before it is too late. To watch our message, click here: Let's Talk About It.

Church Work Days This Month

Spend a few hours from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, September 12 or September 19, helping to spruce up the church. There are jobs for all ages and experience levels. Check out the list of projects and sign up in the narthex.

Volunteers Needed for CCA Bread Ministry, Food Pantry

The VRUMC Bread Ministry is in need of a volunteer on Monday and a volunteer on Wednesday to pick up bread at Market Street at 10 a.m. and deliver to the CCA Food Pantry.

There also is a need for volunteers at the Food Pantry from 6-8 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of the month. Volunteers are scheduled once per quarter based on their availability. Contact coordinator Rita Hobson,, if interested.

Vista Ridge United Methodist Church

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