Volume 47
Issue 11
March 16, 2017
              
Lenten Devotional Guide
Lent is a season of reflection - where many Christians carefully prepare for Easter with spiritual practices and a recommitment to our faith. To guide our spiritual journey, the devotional guide, "The Sanctuary for Lent 2017," by Donald K. McKim, is now available throughout the church. If you would like to reserve multiple copies for a group please contact Ruth Grissom (rgrissom@vhumc.org). 
Feed Just One Child for a Year
Each meal we pack during our community-wide meal packaging event, Rise Against Hunger (formerly known as Stop Hunger Now) costs 29 cents. You can provide a hungry child one nutrient-packed meal for 365 days for $105.85. Our Lenten offering will support our efforts to pack 300,000 meals, so please make your gift today. Don't forget to sign up to volunteer during the April 23-25 event by clicking the link below. There are numerous shifts available, and each one requires about 200 volunteers. It's a fun, easy way to be the hands and feet of Christ.

Sunday Evening Worship

Come worship with us as we sing old hymns and share warm fellowship in the Chapel, starting at 5:00 pm.

  • March 19th - Rick Owen
  • March 26th - Dedric Cowser
Give the Gift of Life
Be part of a lifesaving journey by donating blood! VHUMC and LifeSouth Community Blood Centers are hosting a blood drive this Sunday, March 19, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, in the Fellowship Hall. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Megan Drumm (mdrumm@vhumc.org). We look forward to seeing you there!
Hilltoppers Hilltoppers Meeting Coming Up
Our meeting is next Tuesday, March 21, at 10:30 am, in the Fellowship Hall. Johnny Brock, Gospel singer, 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, March 17. 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.
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).
Easter Egg Hunt
Neighbors and friends, come join us for the VHUMC Easter Egg Hunt! We will gather on Saturday, April 8, at 10:00 am, in Tyson Hall. All toddlers thru 2nd grade are invited to bring a basket and camera to take pictures with the Easter Bunny and of course have fun with each other as we hunt eggs together!
Thank you from Thrive Student Ministries
Our Variety Show Fundraiser was a huge success again this year and we want to thank everyone for their support! The money raised through this event will allow so many students to participate in various mission trips and retreats. We hope all who came enjoyed the food and entertainment and left knowing how important their support is and how much they are appreciated!

If you are interested in giving, you can still do so by one of the following ways:
  • Write a check to VHUMC with "Student Ministry Fundraiser" in the memo line
  • Text the word SERVE to 205-900-3747
Thank you again for your support of our students.
Forty Days-Forty Items
During this time of Lent, how would you like to unburden your life so that you can concentrate on what God has planned for you this Lenten season? One way to do that is to de-clutter your life and get rid of the "stuff" that is constantly weighing you down. Our challenge to you this spring is forty items or more during Lent to clean out and donate to someone in need.

On Saturday, April 8, VHUMC will once again host the Clean Out Challenge. Our first clean out challenge in October was very successful, and many of you have requested that we do it again. Shred-It, Electronic Recycling and others will be in the big church parking lot by Tyson Hall from 9:00 am until noon. Bellhops will help you unload your car so all you have to do is just pull up and donate! In the upcoming weeks, we will give you some suggestions of items to donate to help some of our mission partners.

Forty days-forty items, are you willing to accept the challenge? For questions and information about this challenge contact Rachael Hayes (rhayes@vhumc.org).
Men's Basketball League
VHUMC's Health, Wellness, and Recreation ministry is excited to offer our Men's Basketball League this spring. Games will begin on Monday, April 3 and run through Monday, May 22. The season will include 6 games and an end of season tournament. Games will begin at 6:00 pm each Monday. The cost per team is $400. Contact Megan Drumm (mdrumm@vhumc.org / 769-0139), to register your team. All teams must be registered by Friday, March 24.
Vacation Bible Camp 2017
Calling all heroes! Vacation Bible Camp is on 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 September 1, 2016) through 5th grader online: www.vhumc.org. We are also looking for leaders in our groups, crafts, snacks and other 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 youth helper please contact Anna Watts (awwatts@bellsouth.net). We hope you can join us for the fun!

March Memory Verse
Our 1st-5th graders have a new memory verse for March. It is: "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another." - John 13:34

Kids can recite their verse in the elementary office or sensory room before or after Sunday School for a sweet treat and a chance to win a bike!
Guys Night Out
VHUMC will hold its annual Guys Night Out to watch the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 23, at 6:00 pm, in the Fellowship Hall. The cost is $10/person. We will have Donato's pizza and hot wings, Moe's chips and salsa, as well as popcorn, desserts, and plenty of drinks. Deadline to register is Sunday, March 19. For more information contact Jim Frazier (jfrazier@vhumc.org / 769-0126).
The Shack Movie Discussion
Jim Frazier will be leading a discussion on the new movie The Shack at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, March 29, in the small dining room. Participants are encouraged to bring their own dinner since the kitchen will be closed for spring break. For more information please contact Jim Frazier (jfrazier@vhumc.org / 769-0126).
Men's Prayer Breakfast
VHUMC Men's Ministry will be hosting a Prayer Breakfast on Wednesday, April 12, at 6:45 am, in the Fellowship Hall. Our guest speaker will be Richard Simmons, lll. Richard is the Executive Director of The Center for Executive Leadership, where he teaches men's bible studies, counsels individuals, and oversees a talented group of professional and personal counselors. He is a frequent public speaker and published author. The cost is $5 for breakfast. To make reservations please contact Jim Frazier (jfrazier@vhumc.org / 769-0126).
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!

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!

Gospel Jubilee Singers
This Sunday our Gospel Jubilee Singers will gather in the Chapel at 4:00 pm, before Sunday Evening Worship, to sing some of the great songs of our faith. We hope to see you there!
Ongoing Outreach

It's Time For Bunny Aid
VHUMC will once again team up with Peter Cottontail and his friends at Hands on Birmingham to collect goodies and Easter Baskets for community organizations around Birmingham. Bunny Aid is a project where Hands on Birmingham partners with community organizations to make Easter morning extra special for children. We will be collecting pre-made baskets at VHUMC from March 12-April 2.  If you would rather make a financial contribution for the baskets, please make check to VHUMC earmarked Bunny Aid in the memo line. Financial donations will be accepted until Friday, March 31. Thank you for your continued efforts to make one child's Easter morning extra bright and special.

Food Pantry
The Food Pantry needs:
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Jelly
  • Ziplock bags (sandwich size)
  • Brown plastic grocery bags (preferably doubled)

If you would like to pick up bread at Panera on Monday nights for a month, please email Barbara Porter (bobarb@bellsouth.net). Thank you!

 

Oak Mountain Mission
Oak Mountain Mission is in dire need of furniture. If you have useable furniture that you could donate to be given to a family in need, please call Brenda (685-5757) for a pick-up time. Thank you!

 

Wednesday Night Menu
  • Mar 22 - Salad, Lemon-Pepper Chicken OR Roast Pork Loin, Honey Glazed Carrots, Roasted Potatoes, Pie
  • Mar 29 - Slaw, BBQ Pork OR Chicken, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Texas Toast, Cake 
Worship & Music Focus
8:30 am         Traditional Service
John 19:23-27
"Behold Your Son, Behold Your Mother"
Bill Brunson

9:45 am         Service of Word and Table
John 19:23-27
"Behold Your Son, Behold Your Mother"
Butch Williams

11:00 am         Traditional Service
John 19:23-27
"Behold Your Son, Behold Your Mother"
Bill Brunson

11:00 am         Contemporary Service
John 19:23-27
"Behold Your Son, Behold Your Mother"
Kipp McClurg

5:00 pm         Sunday Evening Worship
Romans 5:1-11
"Avoiding Trouble-less Faith"                     
Rick Owen
Our Time and Resources
 

Donations this past week

January YTD Summary
Donations
Other Income
Auxilary Ministries Net*
Total Income
Actual
$70,812


$4,089,422
$200,780
$14,875
$4,305,077
Targeted
+$ 6,838


-$156,743
-$12,089
-$58,214
-$227,046

(+) 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: 
Pat Bendall
Ginger Peete Bramlett
Margean Brasher
Lynn Brasher
Jami DeMarco
Chris Dibble
David Dixon
Adam Draney
Tim Eddins
George Edwards
Kendra Haddock
Pat Hamilton
Fay Harbin
Fred Hatfield
Pug Kaufman
Hazel McClurg
Mary Morgan
Amanda Murphy
Will Nailen
Paul Noto
Bob Odle
Norma Owen
Mary Owens
Norman Ponder
Irvine Porter
Jim Sanders
Laura Walker

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.