The Vista

News and Events for Vista Ridge United Methodist Church

January 14, 2016

Pastor Mary Beth's Musings

“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” — C. S. Lewis

In the face of the pain and suffering in our world, we cry out, “Why?! Why do good people have to go through such horrific experiences? Why does God allow such things to happen?”

This is often the question that arises after we answer “yes!” to the question that we addressed last Sunday, “Is There Really a God?” Okay, if there is a God, then why? Why does God allow pain and suffering? And so, we will address the question this Sunday as part of our 7 Big Questions sermon series.

It’s a very difficult questions that has plagued theologians since theologians have been talking about God. And to give you a foretaste of what we’ll think about, I want to be sure to say this: What I know is that God does not CAUSE pain or suffering. But God promises to be with us in the midst of suffering. And God has the power to bring good and hope out of even the worst of suffering.

God goes before us. God is with us. God is good. All the time. I’m praying for you. I hope you’re praying for me.

Glory to God!

Pastor Mary Beth

Please take a minute to pick up your 2015 giving statement in the Welcome Center on Sunday. It saves on postage, which adds up to about $150!

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Welcome New Members: Nebi and Sindy Belayneh, Eliana

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Baptism: Riley Stambaugh

Acolyte Training/Chuck E. Cheese’s Party on January 31

Calling all kids in grades 1st through 5th! A short training will be held at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, January 31, for those wanting to serve as an acolyte during 11 a.m. worship. Afterward, a party will be held at Chuck E. Cheese’s from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Please RSVP to Julie Weems,, so an accurate count can be provided for the party.

7 Big Questions Small Group

Want to delve deeper into the 7 Big Questions sermon series? Plan to meet at 9:45 a.m. beginning Sunday, January 17, to seek credible answers to challenging spiritual questions about God, faith, religion and the Bible. Those interested will gather in the Rehearsal Room.

Intro to Love and Logic Parenting Class

Vista Ridge UMC will host a class, Intro to Love and Logic Parenting, from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, January 20, at Rockbrook Elementary School. The class is free and open to the public. Please share this information with friends and neighbors! Contact Bill Burden,, to help provide refreshments.

Donation Needs for Tornado Victims

The United Methodist Church continues to support North Texas residents affected by the recent tornadoes. Following is a list of needs from the tornado relief centers in Garland and Rowlett. Bring any donations to church by Tuesday, January 19, for delivery to First United Methodist Church of Garland.

Cleaning Supplies
all-purpose cleaner, bleach, cleaning gloves, dish soap, dryer sheets, fabric softener, laundry detergent, reusable wipes, sponges, storage bins

hoes, rakes, shovels, storage bins

Food and Serving Supplies
non-perishable food (no canned goods) such as cereal, flour, jelly, peanut butter, sugar,
paper bowls, paper cups, paper plates, plastic utensils

No clothes, please!

Winter Clothing for Salvation Army

Sunday is the last day that the Classic Women are collecting gently used winter items for the clients served by the Salvation Army. These include winter coats, sweaters, sweatshirts/hoodies, hats, gloves and shoes. Our local Salvation Army stocks a clothing room with items for all members of a family—infant to adult. All donated items are then provided free of charge to those in need. Place donations in the collection box in the narthex.

New Electronic Option for Giving

Vista Ridge now offers an electronic option to make financial contributions and donations to the church. There is no charge to use this online giving opportunity. Use the link——and follow the steps with contact information and card number. A button to the link is also available below.

Online Giving Opportunity

A secure and convenient way to make financial commitments and donations to the church.

Chilly Trifecta Sign Ups

Its right around the corner! The 2016 Chilly Trifecta is set for Saturday, February 6. This is a fun, churchwide evening for the entire family! Proceeds support Vacation Bible School. To make this evening possible, there is a need for yummy desserts, participants in the chili cook-off and those who want to showcase their talents. Sign up on the back Sunday’s worship attendance card or use the form below.

Volunteer Needs for Toddler Room

Vista Babies is in need of volunteers to help with ages 2-3 years during the 11 a.m. worship service. To help on a rotational basis, please contact Morgan Hutto,

Sermon Podcasts

Miss a worship service? Listen to past sermons here.

Vista Ridge United Methodist Church

Traditional Worship, 8:30 a.m. Sunday

Blended Worship, 11 a.m. Sunday