The Vista

News and Events for Vista Ridge United Methodist Church

September 16, 2022

Sunday Worship at 8:30 and 11 a.m.

Prophet Margins Worship on Sunday: God Is Not for Sale

We are back to worship times at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sundays as we continue our focus on the Prophet Margins. Please join us and let’s worship together!


Sunday, September 18 | God Is Not for Sale

When we read the stories of the ancient prophets over Israel it’s eerie how similar they sound to the tales and woes of the current world around us. Could the warnings contained in the Book of Amos be pertinent to our current struggles? Amos directs the Israelites toward a glimmer of hope. Does it remain true for us?


Worship Opportunities

Traditional Worship | 8:30 a.m. | Sanctuary

Modern Worship | 11 a.m. | Sanctuary

Livestream | 8:30 and 11 a.m. | Church website or Facebook

The recording of each service is available after the livestream.


Holy Communion | Communion will be offered at 9:30 a.m. between worship services each Sunday unless it is the first Sunday of the month. The table is open to anyone who wants to participate. Communion is held during the worship services on the first Sunday of the month.


Prayer Requests/Lets Connect | Please complete this form to request prayer and to let us know you joined us for online worship and be sure to say hi in the livestream chat.


Miss a Sermon? | The weekly sermons are available on the church website and posted to Facebook if you miss one or want to watch it again.

We have 10 spots still available for our Blood Drive on Sunday. Register using the button below.

Blood Drive Registration

Register to give blood on Sunday, September 18.

State of the Church Community Conversation on September 25
Information Sent September 15 about State of the Church

Use this button to access the letter from Rev. Ashley Anne pertaining to the upcoming State of the Church community conversation set for Sunday, September 25.

State of the Church Community Conversation

Vista Ridge UMC Walking Group Formed to Support CCA

We have a dozen walkers on our Vista Ridge church team who will walk together on Saturday, September 24, at the Hopeful Hearts 5K. Registration is still being accepted for the event that supports Christian Community Action.


To join our church group, register using the button below. The 5K race begins at 8 a.m. Registration includes a T-shirt, goody bag, free food and drinks, and an opportunity to win individual and team prizes. It will be a fun fellowship opportunity to support our community partner!

I Love My Church Workday on October 8
Thank You Thursday for Rockbrook Elementary Staff

Enneagram Retreat a Fun, Informative Way to Learn about Yourself and Others

If you plan to participate in our introductory Enneagram gathering on Saturday, October 15, please register as soon as possible. Several more participants are needed or the event will be canceled.


The retreat, set for 9 a.m.-3 p.m., will be a fun and informative time to learn more about yourself and how to relate to others by using the Enneagram.


Description | The Enneagram identifies nine ways of seeing and experiencing the world and describes with amazing accuracy how we think, feel, and act. It is a fantastic tool that helps us see ourselves clearly but also gives us compassion for other people in our lives. This is an introductory workshop that provides an in-depth exploration of each type. It will help people discern their own number and provide insight into how each number approaches work and relationships.


About the Facilitator | Casey McCollum grew up in North Dallas and now lives in Arlington. He has master’s degrees in theology and social work. He was first introduced to the Enneagram in 2006 and has completed a year-long cohort program with internationally recognized master Enneagram teacher Suzanne Stabile. He has also trained with the highly respected Narrative Enneagram group in California. He consults with businesses, nonprofits, schools, universities, and churches, helping them grow their teams and equipping them to better serve their communities.


Cost | Registration cost includes a light breakfast, a boxed lunch, and training materials. Early bird cost is $50 per person if registered by Friday, September 30. Afterward, the registration cost increases to $60 per person.


Contact | Please email vrumc@vrumc.org with any questions.

Register for Enneagram Retreat

Register by Friday, September 30, for an early bird rate of $50 per person.

Bible Journaling on Sunday Afternoons

Bible Journaling on Sunday Afternoons

Like to doodle or craft? Discover a new way to spend time in scripture through Bible journaling. An adult Bible journaling group is being created to meet on Sunday afternoons in Fellowship Hall. The group will meet from 1-3 p.m. weekly and those interested can join any time their schedule permits. Participants are encouraged to invite a friend.


About Bible Journaling | Bible journaling uses words and art to help express your faith and to grow your relationship with God. The group will learn different techniques and mediums such as colored pencils, crayons, watercolors, acrylic paints, glitter, stamps, stickers, stencils, fabric, scrapbook paper, washi tape, and more. There is no artistic talent needed to participate.


A suggested Bible journaling book is The Illustrated Words of Jesus for Women. Hobby Lobby and Target carry this devotional for about $10. It is also available for purchase through Amazon.


Get Involved | The group is being facilitated by Julia Sykes. Bring your book and come get started in Bible journaling. Email vrumc@vrumc.org with any questions.

Bags to Benches Initiative

Plastic Bags Can Be Recycled into Benches

Want to give your plastic bags a new life? Our church is supporting Keep Lewisville Beautiful through plastic bag recycling. For every 500 pounds of donations (or about 40,500 bags), the company NexTrex will provide a recycled park bench for our Lewisville community.


Get Involved | Simply bring your plastic bags and leave them in the designated bin in the Welcome Center. A list of eligible plastics is listed below. Please leave only those plastics that can be recycled.


Important Note | Plastic bags must be clean, dry, and free of food residue.
Plastics that can be Recycled

Vista Youth News

Vista Youth Sunday School | 9:45 a.m.

Mid High | Portable 4

Senior High | Wesley Hall


Youth Connect | September 18 | 1-3 p.m.
Youth Connect will gather Sunday, September 18, for fun and fellowship. A new series will focus on building and maintaining good friendships. All 6th-12th graders are encouraged to attend and are welcome to bring a friend.

Vista Kids on Sunday Mornings

Vista Kids on Sunday

Bring your children to church on Sunday to explore and learn about God’s love for them. Parents are invited to Connection Time at 10 a.m. in Rooms 108-109.


Sunday Experience | 10 a.m. | Rooms 103-104

Join in the fun on Sunday mornings for a lesson, activities, and games based on our worship series, Prophet Margins. Children’s Sunday School will be about the prophet Elijah and king Horeb. They will be exploring how God can comfort them when they feel sad.


Children’s Chat and Children’s Church | 11 a.m.

All children are invited to 11 a.m. worship, which will include a special time to chat. Afterward, they are invited to join in Children’s Church with Colin for an age-appropriate message and activity. Children’s Church will be focused on how we can give back to those who need it the most. Child pickup is in Room 104.


Childrens Activity Bags | Before the start of worship, be sure to visit the Children’s Worship Corner at the back of the sanctuary and fill a bag with activities for your children.

Connection Time on Sundays

Serve at the CCA Food Pantry

There are still openings to serve at the CCA Food Pantry on Monday, September 26. Anyone interested is encouraged to participate.


Our church works the pantry on the second and fourth Mondays of each month serving as checkers and baggers. Children can help with a parent participant.


Volunteers report to the CCA Food Pantry, 200 S. Mill St. in Lewisville, at 5:45 p.m. and finish by 7:30 p.m. Sign up to serve. Thank you for supporting our community partner!

Snapshot

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

Worship Attendance | 119

Giving | $9,267


2022 GIVING
To Date | $373,651

Vista Ridge United Methodist Church

CHURCH STAFF: Please reach out if we can help in any way.

Rev. Ashley Anne Sipe - ashleyanne@vrumc.org

Bill Burden - bill@vrumc.org

Madi Butler - madi@vrumc.org

Colin Craft - colin@vrumc.org

Carolyn Dennison - carolyn@vrumc.org

Christina Dixon - christina@vrumc.org

Laurie Kunke - laurie@vrumc.org

Hannah Rachal - hannah@vrumc.org


RESOURCES:

United Methodist Church

North Texas Conference of the UMC