The Vista

News and Events for Vista Ridge United Methodist Church

January 8, 2021

Where Were You When?

Worship on Sunday: Where Were You When?

We will pause our 5 Love Languages worship series on Sunday, January 10, to reflect on the events this past week that have left us astonished, angry, heartbroken, and full of questions. Even though we are not there liturgically, it feels so much like Good Friday. But you and I don’t live as Good Friday people, we live as Easter people. Join Pastor Clay this Sunday for a time of prayer and reflection as we answer the question of where we go from here.


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

11 a.m. | Contemporary Worship | Sanctuary or Livestream


In-Person Worship | Reservation Required

Registration for in-person worship has been extended until the time of the worship service. The same registration link is used each week, with the new worship week added by Tuesday morning. There is limited seating available for each worship service to maintain social distancing.


If you become sick with COVID-19 symptoms, test positive for COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone with symptoms or a confirmed or suspected case, we ask that you watch the livestream.


Livestream Options

Watch the worship livestream at 8:30 or 11 a.m. Sunday through Facebook or the church website. Afterword, the recordings can be watched at any time. Please make sure we know you watched by registering your attendance using the button below.


Website | From the church website, select Livestream under the Worship tab.


Facebook | A Facebook account is not needed to watch. Please like and comment to let us know you’re watching! Have a watch party, and share or tag our posts to generate awareness of our church with others.

Reservation for In-Person Worship

Register for the 8:30 or 11 a.m. in-person worship service until the time of worship.

Worship | Register Your Attendance

Please register your attendance and let us know that you joined us for online or in-person worship.

Recycle Christmas Cards for St. Jude’s Ranch for Children

Our Community Outreach Team is collecting used Christmas cards to recycle and support St. Jude’s Ranch for Children. Drop off Christmas cards at the church through Wednesday, January 13. St. Jude’s children use the fronts of the cards for projects. If you cannot cut off the back of the cards, the full card can be dropped off and a volunteer will process the cards before they are mailed.

The 5 Love Languages for Couples

The 5 Love Languages | Upcoming Classes

Virtual gatherings are being held in conjunction with the 5 Love Languages worship series. Mark your calendar and plan to join us.


5 Love Languages Quiz | Learn your love language by taking this quiz.


The 5 Love Languages for Parents | Wednesday, January 13 and 27 | 8:30-9:30 p.m.

Join Tiffany Harlow as part of the Parenting in a Pandemic gathering to discuss how to use the 5 Love Languages with your children. Parents with children of all ages are invited to participate in this two-session series.


Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81992061923?pwd=ZHZrZEJBemlmUDJpeHFGR0NIbFk0QT09

Meeting ID: 819 9206 1923

Passcode: vrumc


The 5 Love Languages for Couples | Thursday, January 21 | 7-8 p.m.

Join Dianna and Scott King as they help us better understand how to incorporate the 5 Love Languages into our dating life or marriage. Learning to speak the love language of your loved one can be life-giving.


Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAoduqrrDgrH9YHRWbb3RfvyzqRFPWQTFt8

After registering, a confirmation email will be sent containing information about joining the meeting.


The 5 Love Languages for the Workplace | Thursday, January 28 | noon-1 p.m.

Join Hillarye Hightower as she invites us to think about incorporating the 5 Love Languages into the workplace.


Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMtcOmtpj4tGt2xoj3qdNf7onHo4aTLWyYD

After registering, a confirmation email will be sent containing information about joining the meeting.

The 5 Love Languages for the Workplace
Coat and Shoe Drive Celebration

“White Fragility” Virtual Book Study

During the past year, we have all read the headlines and seen the news images featuring race relations in our country. It seems that centuries of prejudices and behaviors that remained barely visible came to the glaring light. As people of faith, we know racial injustice is not part of God’s desire for us, but we’re not sure how to make things right.


One way to begin making things right is to have conversations. We can ask questions about perceptions and listen to others’ points of view. For months, Vista Ridge’s United Against Racism group has met weekly to confront the evil of racism in discussions. We will continue in the New Year with a five-week study of Robin DiAngelo’s 2018 book, White Fragility.


Beginning Wednesday, January 13, participants will meet on Zoom from 7-8 p.m. to discuss about two chapters (approximately 30 pages) of DiAngelo’s book per week. Jackie Lamb and Angie Christoffersen will lead the discussion. Everyone is invited to join in this conversation.


Prior to the first virtual gathering, participants are asked to sign up for the study (link below), secure a copy of the book (preview), and read the introduction and first two chapters. White Fragility is available in ebook and physical copy formats on the sites of most major booksellers, such as Amazon.


Come take part in God’s work to promote social justice in our community.

Congregational Journey Toward Racial Justice

Congregational Journey Toward Racial Justice Orientation on January 26

Racism exists and we as the Body of Christ have the opportunity to stand up against it and create a more just and equitable world for all. Since June, United Against Racism at Vista Ridge UMC has met weekly to learn and to grow so that we can be a part of the solution.


Starting in January, we will partner with the North Texas Conference to join The Congregational Journey Toward Racial Justice. It is a new process created for local churches to create their own unique “journeys” toward racial justice. Through this process, churches will be invited to build their own teams, assess their congregations, and do transformational work within and outside of their walls.


Mark your calendar for an orientation meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 26, to learn about this journey and see how you can get involved. The Zoom link will be provided closer to the meeting date.

Vista Ridge United Methodist Church

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

Pastor Clay Horton - clay@vrumc.org

Daira Avery - daira@vrumc.org

Bill Burden - bill@vrumc.org

Madi Butler - madi@vrumc.org

Carolyn Dennison - carolyn@vrumc.org

Christina Dixon - christina@vrumc.org

Lisa Dominy - lisa@vrumc.org

Laurie Kunke - laurie@vrumc.org

Hannah Rachal - hannah@vrumc.org