The Vista

News and Events for Vista Ridge United Methodist Church

September 11, 2020

Outdoor Worship on Sunday at 8:45 a.m.

We’re excited that we can join together for an outdoor worship service at 8:45 a.m. Sunday, September 13, on the west side of the church parking lot. The service will be a mix of traditional and contemporary music, along with Holy Communion and a message from Pastor Clay.

Arrive in time to be seated by the 8:45 a.m. start time. Please take the time to read the “What to Expect” sheet (posted below) so you are prepared for Sunday. It contains several details, including bring your own lawn chair, wear a face mask, and sit in a marked spot in the parking lot so you can keep a safe distance from others. We ask that you sit only with those in your household and you can use more than one spot if you have several people in your family. Dress comfortably and for added safety, attendees are asked to keep their face masks on throughout the worship service.

The service will last about 45 minutes so those who are active in small groups that morning, including children’s Sunday school, can take part in their online gatherings. The restrooms will be used for emergencies only, so please keep that in mind before you leave home.

If you have a known exposure to COVID-19, are in quarantine, or have any symptoms of being sick, we ask that you watch the worship service online. The worship service, including Pastor Clay’s sermon, will be available via YouTube on Sunday morning.

The weather forecast looks great for Sunday!

Online worship will be available on YouTube for those not able to attend Outdoor Worship. Details below.

Holy Communion on Facebook Live Sunday

For those who want to join their church family in Holy Communion, but cannot attend Outdoor Worship on Sunday, please gather your elements at home and watch Facebook Live. The church plans to air the communion portion of the worship service beginning at 8:45 a.m.

Use the following links to the church website for at-home communion instructions and the liturgy.

The entire Outdoor Worship service will not air on Facebook Live due to technology issues. Staff is working on implementing a streaming service for future worship services. Our online worship service will continue to be available on YouTube.

Online Worship: Shift Expectations of Our Culture

The fall season normally provides a fresh start and a regular routine. For the past six months, though, we have been forced to alter just about everything in our lives. We now must willingly shift from what was to what can be, while keeping our focus on the God we know and trust. This shift begins with shifting our expectations.

Sunday, September 13 | Week 2 | Shift Expectations of Our Culture

Our culture feels so divided right now and many of the institutions we’ve clung to seem strained. Setting the correct expectations of our culture reminds us to be active in its healing while not putting all of our hope in it.

Join us Sunday, September 13, for online worship available at any time Sunday or throughout the week using the button below. The worship service will include traditional and contemporary music, scripture, prayer, children’s message, and sermon by Pastor Clay. Be sure to register your attendance so we know you’re watching!

Worship with Us Any Time on Sunday

Use this link for the YouTube worship service playlist any time Sunday or later in the week.

Register Your Attendance

Use this short form to let us know you worshipped with us. It also has space for prayer requests.

VRUMC Bingo! Let’s Play and Live into Our Mission

Are you playing VRUMC Bingo? We hope so! It’s not too late to start! Throughout the month of September, the congregation is invited to use the VRUMC Bingo card and live into our mission by checking off 10 boxes (or more!). Our Vista Kids can complete their own card too!

The VRUMC Bingo cards and details on how to complete each item can be found on the church website.

For each completed card returned, a generous donor will give $20 to a community partner of your choice. Drop your completed card off at the church or email completed card (or photo of card) to by Thursday, October 1.

This will be a great way to learn about everything going on at the church while helping to raise money for Rockbrook Elementary, The Salvation Army, and Christian Community Action Food Pantry.

Bring any donated items in support of our community partners to Outdoor Worship on Sunday! Details below.

New Group Starting: Parenting in a Pandemic

Join a group of parents who are working through how best to parent, teach, love, and support their families and their own faith during this interesting time we find ourselves in!

All parents with children, preschool through high school, are invited to join Parenting in a Pandemic, a virtual gathering at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 16.

It will be an informal time at the end of the day to talk through a devotional, share real-life parenting tips and advice, and keep each other supported through our presence and our prayers. Come and go as you need, or stay on for as long as you’d like—this will be parent-only time!

Wednesday, September 16 | 8:30 p.m.


Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 819 9206 1923, passcode: vrumc

Racism and Immigration Discussion Wednesday with Guest Jim Wilson

Racism is not just a black and white issue. Racism often extends to people from other countries. As we stand united against racism, it helps to have a more accurate understanding of immigration and many of the issues facing those seeking asylum.

During our United Against Racism virtual gathering on Wednesday, September 16, we will be joined by Jim Wilson who will share stories of our neighbors fleeing their countries, and give us an inside look at what’s really happening at the border. He will help explain why much of what we think we know about “immigrants” may not be correct.

Jim is a professional musician, consultant, and passionate advocate for Latin American immigrants. After spending many years working directly in Latin America, he recently spent two weeks volunteering at the Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, where he met and served hundreds of arriving immigrants. He continues to work directly with immigrant families, those both in the United States and those awaiting hearings in Mexico, and volunteers as a translator for Project Corazón. He is a member of Christ UMC in Plano and helped them start a partnership with the Methodist Mission in Honduras.

To prepare for the Zoom meeting, Jim recommends watching a 10-minute video to get a sense of what’s going on with gangs in Honduras, whose threats and activities are driving almost all of the immigration here from that country. Please note when preparing to watch the video that there is a disclaimer that it contains graphic content.

Wednesday, September 16 | 7 p.m.


Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 873 7482 5071, passcode: vrumc

New Small Group Study: God’s Messy Family

The Vista Forum Sunday School class will begin a new series based on the book God’s Messy Family at 10 a.m. Sundays and invites anyone interested to join in the virtual meeting. The class will watch the short videos and discuss the Bible characters presented by author Jacob Armstrong.

Drama. Drama. Drama. Your family may be the stuff of a hit reality TV show, but into every family a little…or a lot… of drama must sometimes fall. That’s the way we humans have been from the very beginning. Take a look at the lives of Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob, and Esau in Jacob Armstrong’s newest book, God’s Messy Family. As you meet these “messy” families in the stories in Genesis, you’ll recognize a pattern to their lives: they are called, they mess up, and God continues to redeem them. Sound familiar? Find out how your “messy” family fits into God’s family and how you are part of God’s plan for the world.

Sundays Beginning September 13 | 10 a.m.


Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 846 2154 1212, passcode: vrumc

Bible App Study Focus on Choosing to Crave God

As we continue our Shift Expectations worship series, join Pastor Clay and others for the Bible app study, Draw Nigh to God.

Anyone interested can use the link to join in the week-long devotional, which begins Monday, September 14. Reading the devotional and scripture takes only a few minutes a day and can be done on your own schedule. There also are opportunities within the study to write and share your thoughts with other participants.

Vance K. Jackson leads readers in this timely message. Choose to draw close to Christ. Choose to crave God. Choose to desire more of Christ in every season of life. Choose to surrender to His Way of doing things in every area of your life. Choose to pattern your life after His Word as you read this timely message.

Neck Gaiters Delivered to Rockbrook Elementary

Thanks to the awesome sewing skills of several church members, more than 250 neck gaiters were delivered to Rockbrook Elementary for students attending in-person school. Rockbrook staff said that they know their Bears will appreciate them and are thankful for the church wanting to keep their students safe and happy!

Our appreciation to the following ladies for a job well done: Kay Allen, Martha Chiles, Bobbie Collier, Carolyn Dennison, Martha Giles, Barbara Schmidtke, Della Swaim, and Sandra Alhfinger, who coordinated the project.

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