The Vista

News and Events for Vista Ridge United Methodist Church

November 12, 2015

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Pastor Mary Beth's Musings

A friend shared this Facebook post with me today:

Me to Garrison: Do you know your scripture verse for school yet?

Garrison: Yes. Keep your tongue in your mouth and don't stick it out at people.

Me: You mean, "Keep your tongue from evil?"

Garrison: Yeah, that's it.

I think that’s the best paraphrase I’ve heard of Psalm 34:13: “Keep your tongue from evil and your mouth from speaking lies.” It’s also a good interpretation of James 1:19: “Let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.”

Sometimes we hear that the tongue is the strongest muscle in the body? So small, so powerful. Perhaps it’s because that muscle gets worked out more than ANY OTHER muscle in the body! We constantly use our tongue, but do we use it for evil or for good?

“With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God.” (James 3:8)

We certainly can choose to work at Taming the Tongue and in his letter full of common sense advice for the places "Where the Rubber Hits the Road," James offers some guidance that can be helpful to all of us who want to live as Jesus followers. This Sunday, we’ll dig into the challenge of Taming the Tongue. I hope to see you here!

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

Glory to God!

Pastor Mary Beth

Morgan Moore CCA Food Drive

Vista Ridge UMC is collecting food donations as part of its annual Morgan Moore CCA Food Drive. A shopping list of items most needed this holiday season for the CCA angels is provided below.

Vista Ridge UMC volunteers will be at Albertsons on Main Street in Lewisville from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, November 14, accepting food donations. Donations also can be brought to church on Sunday, November 15. In addition, our children are collecting baby food and the youth are collecting paper towels and toilet paper to benefit the CCA Food Pantry.

Stewardship Update

We have received 69 financial pledges totaling $375,681 to support the VRUMC ministries in 2016. To support our ongoing ministries—and fund our dreams—we need additional commitments. Please consider completing a 2016 Estimate of Giving folder available on Sunday or submit your commitment electronically at Be a part of Telling the Story!

Missionary Visit/Presentation

Vista Ridge UMC will host a special guest on Sunday, November 15. Tsvetan Iliev, mission coordinator for In Mission Together in Bulgaria, will attend worship and will provide an overview of his ministry at 9:45 a.m. in the sanctuary. He also serves as a local pastor at Pleven UMC in Bulgaria. Please welcome Tsvetan to our church on Sunday and learn more about his mission field.

Annual Charge Conference

Vista Ridge UMC will have its Annual Charge Conference in a cluster meeting with other Methodist churches from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, November 15. The meeting will be held at First United Methodist Church in Lewisville. Come represent our church and celebrate the results of our ministry this past year.

What is a Stephen Minister?

People often ask, “What exactly is a Stephen Minister?” One way to put it is that Stephen Ministers are the After People.

Stephen Ministers are there:

. . . after the phone call you hoped you’d never get.

. . . after the divorce papers are served and the bottom falls out of your life.

. . . after the funeral, when everyone has left and the emotions you’ve held at bay come crashing in on you.

. . . after the doctor says, “I’m sorry, but there’s nothing more we can do.”

. . . after the nursing home director shakes your hand and says, “Welcome to your new home.”

. . . after the last child honks the horn, waves, and drives away—and the house suddenly seems empty.

. . . after the gavel goes down, the handcuffs go on, and your loved one is led away.

. . . after the baby arrives, demanding more of you than you ever dreamed possible.

. . . after you find a pink slip with your final paycheck.

. . . after your family and friends have heard your story one too many times, but you still need to talk it out.

Stephen Ministers are the “After People.” They are ready to come alongside you—or your friends, neighbors, coworkers, or relatives—and provide comfort and support for as long after as needed.

If you feel led to be one of these “After People," or you feel a need for one of these “After People," please contact Pastor Mary Beth (, Ed Harrison ( or Martha Giles (

Sisters in Christ Advent Study

Sisters in Christ are inviting women of the church to a special Advent study beginning at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 18, in the Fellowship Hall. They will study the history of favorite Christmas carols, which will be a spiritually enlightening experience for all who attend.

Short-Term Choir Commitment

Like to sing? The VRUMC Choir is welcoming new singers to make a short-term commitment for the upcoming holiday season. Practices are at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in the Rehearsal Room. The choir will sing special holiday music on Sunday, December 13. Come to rehearsal on Wednesday evenings, or contact Brian Hardesty-Crouch,, with your interest.

Evergreen Party Assistance

Vista Ridge UMC will host its annual Christmas Celebration for the Evergreen at Vista Ridge community on Friday, December 4. Appetizers, desserts and volunteers are needed that evening. Sign up on the back of Sunday's worship attendance card.

Hanging of the Greens

Join in the Hanging of the Greens on Sunday, November 22, as we prepare for the Advent season. The church will be decorated beginning at 12:30 p.m. A snack will be available. All are encouraged to participate.

Vista Ridge United Methodist Church

Traditional Worship, 8:30 a.m. Sunday

Blended Worship, 11 a.m. Sunday