Volume 47
Issue 15
April 13, 2017
              
Holy Week at VHUMC
Maundy Thursday - April 13
This service celebrates and remembers the Passover feast that Jesus shared with his disciples. The service will be at 6:00 pm, in the Sanctuary.

Good Friday Worship - April 14
Together we will remember the night Jesus died on the cross, sacrificing himself for us. The service will be at 6:00 pm, in the Sanctuary.

Easter Worship - April 16
  • 6:30 am - Sunrise Service in the McGrimsey Garden Columbarium
  • 8:30, 9:45, 11:00 am - Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary
  • 9:45, 11:00 am - Contemporary Worship in the Tyson Hall
Rise Against Hunger Meal Packing Event
Every night, 66 million elementary-aged children in the developing world go to bed hungry. Our community-wide meal packing event, Rise Against Hunger (formerly known as Stop Hunger Now) can make a tremendous difference. Each meal costs 29 cents, and our Lenten offering will support our goal of packing 300,000 meals April 23-25. Please give as generously as you can, and sign up to volunteer during a shift (or several) by clicking the link. Let's work together to end hunger in our lifetime.

Join Us for Worship After Easter
We hope you will continue to worship with us after our Easter celebration. Our sermon series for the six weeks following Easter will be "What do you believe?" based on the Apostles' Creed. This historic statement of foundational Christian faith gives some powerful answers to this question for Christians and for others seeking faith. Join us for the next six weeks to affirm our faith together and beyond the next six weeks, as we strive to live out what we believe!
VHUMC Welcomes 64 Confirmands
The VHUMC church family is stronger as we received the wonderful gift of 64 confirmands into full membership this past Sunday. Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett, was on hand to baptize nine of those who had not been baptized earlier in their lives and to confirm those who professed their faith in Christ. It was a very special evening with all clergy in attendance and our own New Life Singers youth choir leading in this meaningful time of worship.

As our clergy team led each of our training classes, the candidates for confirmation were strengthened in their faith with team mentors to help them through questions, support them, and have fun as a group in outside activities including a retreat at our beloved Camp Sumatanga. During their 13 weeks together, the confirmands also gave to help support missions. The class collected $439.42 to support ATEAM ministries, which is an organization that helps provide comfort and care to children with cancer.

VHUMC looks forward to the ministry of these youth as they continue to serve in the strength of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
Sunday Evening Worship
There will be no Sunday Evening Worship on Easter Sunday - enjoy the time with your families! Join us on April 23 when Butch Williams will be preaching.
7th & 8th Grade Mission Trip
Registration is now open for our annual 7th and 8th grade mission trip! We will be going back to Livingston, AL June 18-23 to serve families in need through various construction projects. The cost is $325 which includes all meals and a T-shirt! To register, click on the link below.

We also desperately need chaperones to help make this trip possible, and if you are handy with construction, even better, but certainly not a requirement! For more information or if you would like to serve as a chaperone please contact Jeremiah Stone (jstone@vhumc.org).

6th Grade Serve Week
We strive to provide ways for our students to be the hands and feet of Christ. Our Serve Week allows our 6th graders the opportunity to serve in the downtown area at four different mission sites. We will serve at a site each day, June 5-8, from 8:00 am - 1:15 pm (including lunch).
  • Monday: YWCA
  • Tuesday: Church of the Reconciler
  • Wednesday: Urban Ministries
  • Thursday: Pathways
The cost is $25 and includes a t-shirt! Your child will need to bring $10 each day for lunch. We hope this opportunity will allow your student to see the needs of others right in our own back yard. To register, please click the link below. If you are interested in serving as a chaperone or van driver, please contact Jeremiah Stone (jstone@vhumc.org).

Jeremiah Stone to Attend CYMT
We are thrilled to announce that Jeremiah Stone, our Assistant Director of Student Ministries, has been accepted to the Center for Youth Ministry Training (CYMT). CYMT exists to equip youth ministers and churches to develop theologically informed and practically effective youth ministries. He will begin his coursework towards a Master's in Youth Ministries in September of this year, while still working full-time with our students throughout this three-year program. We look forward to all the knowledge he will gain and apply to Thrive Student Ministries and VHUMC as a whole.
Calling All Knitters
Our Prayer Shawl Ministry is in need of those with knitting skills who want to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those in need of our care and support. If you would like to join this wonderful ministry or find out more about it, please contact Harriette Woodring (hwoodringb@bellsouth.net / 706-2943).
Rockin' Rummage Sale
Spread the word and join us for the upcoming Rockin' Rummage Sale on Saturday, April 29, from 7:00 am-12:00 pm, in the church parking lot. This effort goes to support the New Life Singers youth choir in their preparation for their New York City choir tour.

Do you have something we can sell? If so, please contact Quint Harris at qharris@vhumc.org for further instructions. We will try to sell anything! Please donate now.
Vacation Bible Camp
Calling all superheroes! Vacation Bible Camp is scheduled for June 12-16, and this year our theme is Hero Central. We will be learning how we can become truly heroic in God. You can register your 4k (by last September 1st, 2016) through 5th grader online by clicking the link below.

We are looking for 1st and 2nd grade group leaders as well as helpers in crafts, snacks and preschool areas. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Jamie Meeks (jmeeks@vhumc.org) or Anne Strozier (astrozier@vhumc.org). If your 6th-12th grader would like to volunteer as a student helper please contact Anna Watts (awwatts@bellsouth.net) before May 26.

Women In Ministry Spotlight
Our church is full of faithful women serving God each day! Women's ministry would like to start highlighting their efforts and also help others see ways they may become a servant leader themselves. Check out the VHUMC Women's Ministry Facebook page and VHUMCWomen on Instagram. Start following today to see who will be in our Spotlight next. It could be you!
New Grief Support Program
Our Grief Support Committee has organized the first Grief Support Group starting on Wednesday, April 19, at 5:30 pm, in the Grace Class Room (207A, near the Fellowship Hall on the hallway to the Lighthouse). Dinner will be provided each Wednesday before the session begins. The group will meet for six consecutive Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:00 pm and conclude on May 24. If you have questions, contact Cathie Amos (967-7894) or John Amos (908-2731). To register, contact Butch Williams (bwilliams@vhiumc.org / 769-0102) by April 11.
2018 Holy Land Information Meeting
Due to the wonderful response to our first informational meetings, we have decided to have another Holy Land information meeting on Sunday, May 7, at 3:00 pm, in room 316. We can only take 40 people on this trip and we will not be going back to the Holy Land until 2022. We have over 20 people already registered so it won't be long before this trip is full. Jim will also be doing a presentation on the Nile Riverboat Cruise option following the trip. For more information please contact Jim Frazier (769-0126 / jfrazier@vhumc.org).
Steeple 2 Steeple 10K, 5K, and Fun Run
Support the United Methodist Children's Home by lacing up your running shoes and participating in the Steeple 2 Steeple race on Saturday, April 22. The race takes place in Homewood and Mountain Brook and is run between Trinity UMC and Canterbury UMC. Run or walk the 10K, 5K, or Fun Run course and represent VHUMC! Grab a few friends and compete in the 5K team competition. For more information about the race or the team competition contact Megan Drumm (mdrumm@vhumc.org). We look forward to seeing you there!

Trailmixers Leader Needed
Do you have a love of hiking? Are you interested in leading a group of women during hiking expeditions? VHUMC Health, Wellness, and Recreation Ministry is seeking a leader for our Trailmixers women's hiking group. Please contact Megan Drumm (mdrumm@vhumc.org), if you are interested or would like more information.
Get in Shape with Every Girl Fitness
Looking for a great workout or to get in shape? Join Every Girl Fitness on Monday and Wednesday evenings. A new session of classes will begin on April 10 and run through May 19 from 6:00-7:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall and room 245. The cost is $90 for the six-week session. Not sure if Every Girl Fitness is right for you? Come try out a class for free! You will love the class, just take it from two of our EGF participants!

"I was nervous about joining a class like this, but I loved it from Day 1! The class was fun, always different, challenging but not intimidating, and the instructors are the best! This girl who couldn't even run a mile in July has signed up for a half marathon! " - Elizabeth Radford

"I had never exercised at all until I started EGF when I was 49 years old and 25 pounds overweight. Paula and Leigh, the trainers, were so supportive and welcoming of me to their class. I survived the first day and was determined to keep at it. I would recommend EGF to any woman no matter their age or physical ability." Elise Wheeler
Registration Open for Kindermusik Classes
The Conservatory of the Arts is proud to announce that Kindermusik classes will begin this summer at VHUMC. Kindermusik is one of the very best ways to share the wonderful gift of music with young children from infants through age six. These classes are considered pre-instrumental and will have your child ready to start private music lessons by age six. Register now to save your spot for summer classes. There is a June session and a July session. Classes are available both in the morning and late afternoons to accommodate busy schedules of the parents. Click on the link below for more information or to register for these classes!

COA Summer Music Lessons
Summer is a great time to begin music lessons! Don't let your child grow up without being exposed to music in their life! And our instructors love adult students as well! Registration for our summer session begins April 1. Lesson times are flexible during the summer. So why not use this time to learn a new instrument, take voice lessons or continue your current lessons?

April Memory Verse
Our 1st-5th graders have a different memory verse each month. April's verse is: The crowds that went ahead of Him and that followed were shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord!" -Matthew 21:9

Kids can recite their verse before or after Sunday School in either the sensory room or the elementary office for a sweet treat and a chance to win a bike at the end of the school year! Once they learn their verse for the month they can work on the Books of the Bible or the Apostle's Creed for more chances to win!
Hilltoppers Meeting
Our next meeting is Tuesday, April 18, at 10:30 am, in the Fellowship Hall. Karla Stamps will be performing for us. For information or to make a lunch reservation ($6.00) call Frances Cook (822-2013) or Margaret Flowers (mflowers@vhumc.org / 769-0112) no later than 11:00 am on Friday, April 14. Please note the price and, if possible, have correct change or an extra dollar bill.

Vestavia Hilltoppers is a VHUMC-sponsored organization for persons of retirement age, which meets each month for lunch and a program. They also sponsor trips and other activities that are publicized at meetings. Guests and new members are welcome.
Seeking Recreation Assistant
VHUMC is seeking a part-time Recreation Assistant (formerly Lighthouse intern) who will provide support in the day-to-day operation of our Recreation Ministry, including management and oversight of the Lighthouse as well as organization with Upward Sports leagues. To apply for this position send your resume and cover letter to Megan Drumm (mdrumm@vhumc.org).
Memorials and Honorariums
Click on the link below or visit www.vhumc.org to see the memorials and honorariums given last month. Thanks to everyone who has given to help the church in recognition of a loved one.
Ongoing Outreach

Labels and Bags
A special thanks to everyone who placed labels on the Rise Against Hunger bags and to Nancy Dunavant who headed up this project. It was so organized and ran so smoothly! If you still have labels and bags, please return all to the church by Wednesday, April 19. Thank you to everyone who has contributed, volunteered, registered, eaten Chick-Fil-A, or prayed for our 3rd Rise Against Hunger Event.

Another Year with Bunny Aid
Thank you to Buffie Whitt and her team for leading our Bunny Aid effort for Hands-On-Birmingham. We appreciate everyone who contributed items or made a financial donation to this wonderful project. Through your generosity, 75 baskets were placed with children at Glenwood schools.

The Challenge
As Easter is upon us, we hope you were able to accept our challenge of the 40 items for 40 days during Lent. I know several of our mission partners received great items that were needed. Family Promise received two car loads full of luggage that they will be able to distribute to their families as needed. Thank you all for accepting our challenge!

Food Pantry
The Food Pantry needs:
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Jelly
  • Ziplock bags (sandwich size)
  • Brown plastic grocery bags (preferably doubled)
Thanks to our helpers who replaced all of the wheels on our grocery carts. Thanks also to those who helped us get the curb changed to a ramp! For more information email Barbara Porter (bobarb@bellsouth.net).
 
Oak Mountain Mission
Oak Mountain Mission needs kitchen items (cookware, dishes, glasses, etc.). They are in desperate need of sofas, chairs, chests, tables and chairs. There will be a truck at the church for our April 8 event, so please use this opportunity to help families in need. If you need a furniture pick-up, please call 685-5757. No clothing is needed at this time. Thank you!
Wednesday Night Menu
  • April 19 - Salad, Baked Ham OR Roast Chicken, Candied Yams, White Acre Peas, Cobbler. Kids: Chicken Nuggets, Mac & Cheese
  • April 26 - Salad, Turkey a la King, OR Curried Shrimp, Rice Pilaf, Glazed Carrots, Cake. Kids: Chicken Nuggets, Mac & Cheese
  • May 3 - Salad, Orecchiette w/ Bolognese OR Chicken Alfredo, Green Beans, Ice Cream
  • May 10 - Salad, Pork Loin OR Grilled Chicken, Roasted New Potatoes, Carrot SoufflĂ©, Assorted Desserts
  • May 17 - Hamburger OR Hot Dog, French Fries, Baked Beans, Cupcake
Worship & Music Focus
6:30 am         Traditional Service
John 20:1-18
"He Lives, We Live"
Ruth Grissom

8:30 am         Traditional Service
John 20:1-18
"Forever Changed"
Bill Brunson

9:45 am         Service of Word and Table
John 20:1-18
"Forever Changed"
Bill Brunson

9:45 am         Contemporary Service
John 20:1-18
"Repurposing Stones"
Kipp McClurg

11:00 am         Traditional Service
John 20:1-18
"Forever Changed"
Bill Brunson

11:00 am         Contemporary Service
John 20:1-18
"Repurposing Stones"
Kipp McClurg

5:00 pm         Sunday Evening Worship
No Sunday Evening Worship
Our Time and Resources
 

Donations this past week

January - February 2017
Donations
Other Income
Auxilary Ministries Net*
Total Income
Actual
$67,700


$4,383,266
$212,759
$125,654
$4,721,679
Targeted
+$ 9,272


-$118,797
-$12,641
-$17,454
-$148,892

(+) Better or (-) worse for the church than our target
* Includes COA, Summer Days, VDS, and Vestavia Dance
Care and Support
Congratulations, hospitalizations, and sympathies

Prayer Requests
 
Careline: 205-822-9336 
Weekend or After-Hour Health Emergencies: 205-914-3121

Please be in prayer for the following persons: 
Karen Ash
Margean Brasher
Lynn Brasher
Lane Chappell
Danny Collins
Sam Cunningham
Jami DeMarco
Chris Dibble
David Dixon
Tim Eddins
Andrew Edwards
Jerry Farris
Peggy Gordy
Kendra Haddock
Fay Harbin
Fred Hatfield
Billie Meloy
Terry Moore
Dolores Moore
Mary Morgan
Amanda Murphy
Robert Murphy
Will Nailen
Paul Noto
Norma Owen
Mary Owens
Norman Ponder
Helen Ryland
Jim Sanders
Dixie Shows
Cessie Walls
Brian Weedneyer
Jeanette White
Bob Wilson

Requested prayers for service members in combat areas:
  • 1st Lt. Spencer Carroll, US Army, (Kuwait)
In an effort to keep the prayer request list current, names will be listed for two weeks unless we are otherwise notified. VHUMC will not publish the names and/or concerns of persons known to be minors (18 years of age or younger) without the permission of said minor's legal guardian. Thank you.