The Vista

News and Events for Vista Ridge United Methodist Church

October 8, 2015

Pastor Mary Beth's Musings

One of the quietest, most behind-the-scenes ministries at Vista Ridge UMC happens EVERY Sunday morning. Dedicated servants travel to two of the senior adult living communities in our mission field to bring a time of worship to the residents and staff of Vista Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center and Arbor House. Not only do they sing and bring a message, these servants listen, they hold hands, they pray, and they notice these children of God. Many of the residents who come regularly to this worship time were committed members of churches in their younger years and they deeply miss being able to be a part of a worshipping community every week. They know the songs and will often rise up and join in the singing. They know what communion is. They’re hungry for the Word of God.

Over the last six years, life-giving relationships have been built between the residents of these two communities and the servants who spend time with them every week. Some of the servants stepped gingerly into being “helpers” and as their relationship with God has grown deeper, they have stepped out in faith to become messengers—offering a brief devotional during the worship time. This Traveling Ministry is touching lives every week.

This Sunday, we’ll celebrate the Story of this Traveling Ministry and how God is moving through its servants, its recipients and the community they are building together. I know you’ll be blessed by it as well.

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

Glory to God!

Pastor Mary Beth

Meat Donations for CCA Food Pantry

Bring your canned meat donations for the CCA Food Pantry on Sunday and place at the altar before worship. VRUMC is responsible for stocking the canned meat shelves for the CCA angels. All types of canned meat are accepted and delivered by volunteers to CCA on Mondays.

Help Needed for CCA Food Pantry

The VRUMC Pantry Team is in need of volunteers to work a Monday evening each quarter at the pantry. Hours are 6-8 p.m. Volunteers check out customers, bag groceries and restock items on the pantry shelves. Contact Rita Hobson,, for more information.

Fall Festival/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. Sign up to run a game or trunk or treat using the link below.

Young Adults Gathering

Young adults of the church, ages 20s and 30s, will gather on Tuesday, October 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. A pasta dinner will be served. Please RSVP via the link below to record your attendance and indicate if childcare is needed.

All Saints Sunday

Vista Ridge UMC will remember family members who have passed away this year during All Saints Sunday on November 1. Please list loved ones on the back of Sunday's attendance card.

Thank You from the Richards Family

Thank you very much for all of the delicious food brought into our home and for the kindness you have shown to us. We feel very blessed to be part of the church and part of the people here. -- Joan and Frank Richards

Sound and Media Technician Job Opening

Vista Ridge is seeking a self-motivated sound and media technician to manage and oversee all technical aspects for two creative, engaging worship services each week. Submit resume and cover letter for this part-time position to Pastor Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch,, by October 31.

Vista Ridge United Methodist Church

Traditional Worship, 8:30 a.m. Sunday

Blended Worship, 11 a.m. Sunday