The Vista

News and Events for Vista Ridge United Methodist Church

September 24, 2015

Pastor Mary Beth's Musings

“... Tell me a story and I’m hooked. Tell me a story and I’ll never forget it. Tell me a story and I’ll carry it with me wherever I go, like a penny in a pocket, like a friend.” (Shauna Niequest, “Speak,” p. 13)

Yes, there’s something about a good story. Jesus knew it. He was a master storyteller and used the art of storytelling to communicate deep truths about God, humanity, love, and eternity to a culture on the brink. Think of all the times he said, “The kingdom of God is like ... (a father with two sons, a mustard seed, 10 bridesmaids, a man going on a trip).”

Stories surprise us. They reach out and grab us. And sometimes they invite us to look at the world, at others, maybe even our “enemies” in a whole new way. God can touch our lives through story. There are stories to tell here at Vista Ridge UMC of the ways that God is moving through people’s lives and through the work we are doing together and in our neighborhood. We’re going to make intentional space for those stories throughout the month of October, a month of Telling the Story.

Our youth will be leading worship on Sunday, October 4. They’ve already been working hard on music and testimony and preaching and are very excited about Telling the Story. On October 11, we’ll hear stories from the amazing and faithful work of our team that takes worship to Vista Ridge Nursing and Rehab and Arbor House every Sunday morning. October 18 is designated as Children’s Sabbath and our Kids Club is working on dance, skits, music and dance as they prepare to “take over” worship on that day. And our Music Ministry—choir, chimes, praise team—will lead worship on October 25, a Sunday that will be full of the diversity of music offerings at VRUMC.

I can’t wait to hear the stories of God’s movement in these ministries. And I wonder, what story do you have to tell? I’m praying for you. I hope you’re praying for me.

Glory to God!

Pastor Mary Beth

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New Member: Loyal Barber

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New Members: Gabe, Melanie, Logan and Ella Nance

Blood Drive on Sunday

Roll up your sleeves and give! Carter BloodCare will be on-site from 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. Sunday to accept blood donations. Make an appointment to participate through the Carter BloodCare donor portal below, or visit the mobile unit in the parking lot on Sunday.

Last Call for T-shirt Orders

Orders for a new T-shirt—with our church name and mission statement—are being taken through Sunday, September 27. Visit the table in the narthex for an order form and to see the design and size samples. This T-shirt will be worn for special church activities and while representing the church in the community.

Online Church Directory

Add our online church directory to your mobile device. Go to your device's App Store. Search for the Instant Church Directory app. Enter your email address. Then check your email and enter the assigned password into the app. Be sure to refresh the app often, as updates are being made as member information changes.

Fall Festival/Trunk or Treat

Check out the back of Sunday's worship attendance card to participate in the upcoming Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat! Volunteers are needed to host a trunk and treats, run a game, and donate candy, prizes and 2-liter sodas. This year’s Fall Festival is set for 4-6 p.m. Sunday, October 25. The event is an excellent opportunity to invite friends and neighbors to experience Vista Ridge UMC.

Vista Ridge Recognition by CCA

Christian Community Action has recognized Vista Ridge UMC with a Make a Difference Award for excellence in volunteerism. The organization recorded 450 hours of volunteerism from our church, not counting the canned meat items, school supplies, clothing and monetary donations church members provided to CCA.

Vista Kids Family Campout

Join Vista Kids for a weekend of campout fun Friday-Sunday, October 9-11, at Pilot Knoll Park in Highland Village. Registration deadline is Sunday. Cost is $30 per tent for the weekend, which includes smores, fishing bait and campfire activities. A registration form is available in the Welcome Center or register with the link below.

Young Adults Dinner

Young adults of the church, ages 20s and 30s, are invited to a dinner on Tuesday, September 29, hosted by Noah Curran and Claire Cleveland. It will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Please RSVP below by Sunday, September 27, and indicate if childcare is needed.

Flu Shots at the Church

Come get your flu shot at the church. Market Street Pharmacy will be on-site from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, September 29. Cost is $20.

Did You Know?

Zaycon Foods uses our parking lot once a month for customer food pick-ups. In appreciation they donate a box of meat to the church, which we donate to the CCA Food Pantry.

Vista Ridge United Methodist Church

Traditional Worship, 8:30 a.m. Sunday

Blended Worship, 11 a.m. Sunday