Volume 46
Issue 44
November 3, 2016
              
Get Your Flu Shot
VHUMC and Walgreens are excited to be offering flu shots this Sunday, November 6, from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm, in the Fellowship Hall. Insurance is accepted and will be filed on your behalf. Please bring your insurance card with you. Private payment for the shot is also accepted for $32.99. Please contact Megan Drumm (mdrumm@vhumc.org) with questions or to obtain the flu shot form early. We look forward to seeing you there!
VHUMC Blood Drive
Be part of a lifesaving journey by donating blood. VHUMC and the American Red Cross are hosting a blood drive this Sunday, November 6, from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, in the Fellowship Hall. To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code "VHUMC". For more information or questions contact Megan Drumm (mdrumm@vhumc.org). We look forward to seeing you there!
Join Us for Sunday Evening Worship
We'll remember and celebrate the lives of those saints that have impacted all of us as Butch Williams preaches this Sunday on "NOT the Final Word!" from Luke 20:27-38. Also, mark your calendars for a special evening with Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett on November 20th!
vds A Big Month at the Day School
October was a busy and fun-filled month at Vestavia Day School. Our four and five-year-old students took their first field trip to Old Baker Farm and learned about the pumpkin patch and the animals there! It was a great day and everyone had fun. We also had a school-wide Spirit Week, October 17-21. Each day had a fun theme like "Wacky Wednesday", "Pajama Day", and "Superhero/Character Day." The week was topped off by a visit from VHFD and the fire engines on Friday. We finished the month with our Costume Parade through the church on Halloween. See the video on our website. It is always so fun to see all the children in their costumes! Thank you for your continued support of our ministry. We can be reached by phone at 769-0128 and by email through our website, www.vestaviadayschool.org.
Help Us Help You
VHUMC is looking at our spiritual development options across the church so we need your input on classes and program offerings to help "everyone experience a Christ-centered life of purpose". Please take a couple of minutes to answer these few questions so we can plan according to your needs.

Hope for the Holidays
If you have experienced a loss of a loved one and are dreading the upcoming holidays, we invite you to attend these free events. You will learn practical ways to find hope for and cope with life's celebrations - not just from Thanksgiving through New Year's, but for all those special days throughout the year that touch our hearts. A light meal will be served. Click the link for more information. To register, call 870-8667.
  • Saturday, November 5, 9:00 am - noon; Riverchase UMC; Keynote Speaker, Sherry Williams White of New Leaf Resources
  • Saturday, November 12, 9:00 am - noon; VHUMC; Steve Sweatt, LPC/LMFT
  • Saturday, November 19, 4:00 - 7:00 pm; Bethel Baptist Church, Pratt City, AL; Steve Sweatt, LPC/LMFT

Come Share A Bear
All children are asked to bring a new teddy bear for our Fall Mission Project. Please bring the new teddy bear to the 8:30 or 11:00 worship service on November 20. Our teddy bears will be blessed by our ministers before they are donated to children at Children's Harbor and the YMCA. If you have any questions, contact Anne Strozier (astrozier@vhumc.org).
Stay in Shape this Holiday Season
Stay in shape during the holiday season by joining Ali Sanders' personal training classes. Ali offers both group and individual training sessions. Group personal training sessions are offered Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at 5:15 am and Monday-Friday at 1:00 pm. The total cost for four weeks is $110 for two sessions/week or $150 for three sessions/week. New to the program? Your first session is free! Space is limited to 10 people per session. Individual personal training sessions are offered Monday-Friday and times are subject to availability. All training sessions are offered in the Lighthouse Fitness Center at VHUMC. Contact Megan Drumm (mdrumm@vhumc.org) to sign up or for more details.
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!
Finding God in the Movies 
Jim Frazier will be leading a 6-week study on Christian themes and Biblical truths that we can find in secular movies. The class will meet at 6:00 pm on Wednesday nights in room 203A.
  • 11/9 - The Wizard of OZ
  • 11/16 - Captain America: Civil War
  • 11/30 - A Christmas Story
Sunday Morning Options
Every Sunday morning, we are offering new adult education opportunities during the Sunday School hour (9:45-10:45). Each class will be held in the Tyson Hall.
  • 11/13 - Coping with Mental Health Challenges and Addictions in Families
  • 11/20 - The Real Story of the Pilgrims
  • 11/27-12/18 - Who is Baby Jesus
  • 12/25 - No Sunday School
Coping with Mental Health Challenges and Addictions in Families
Every family eventually faces a mental health or addiction challenge and most families are totally unprepared. The holidays increase stresses that can create a crisis point. We are offering a special session at two different times to help you prepare to help friends and family when that moment comes. Rev. Monica Harbarger (Director of United Counseling), Monica Carroll (attorney and church member who deals with mental health cases), and Rev. Kipp McClurg will look at how to recognize and point family members to help, and how to get legal help if all else fails. Join them on Sunday, November 13, at 9:45 am, in Tyson Hall, or on Wednesday evening, November 16, at 6:00 pm, in room 206.
Who is Baby Jesus?
Each year we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the infant of Mary. But who is Jesus and what does his birth really mean? Using the Disciple Bible curriculum, the pastoral staff will try to answer that question in a new series taught both on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings. Join us Wednesdays at 6:00 pm, in room 202, on 11/9, 11/16, and 11/30; or on Sundays at 10:00 am, in Tyson Hall, on 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, and 12/18 to learn about our God incarnate in Jesus Christ.
Magical Marketplace is Coming
Get a head start on your holiday shopping at our 18th Annual Magical Marketplace on Friday, November 18, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Shop for art, jewelry, baked goods, stationery, clothing, baby gifts, holiday goodies, and much more from over 80 vendors. Many of your favorite vendors will be joining us and we will also welcome 17 new vendors! Boxed lunches are available for $7. Proceeds from the sale this year will benefit the Mitchell's Place Scholarship Fund.

Once again, we will feature a wonderful bake sale and we would love to include your specialty items. If you are able to help us out by baking cakes, cookies, pies, or any other specialty goody, we would love to benefit from your skills. Baked items can be dropped off anytime Thursday, November 17, in the front office.
Youth Madrigal Dinner
Don't miss our feasting and hilarity, our music and our revelry at our 2nd VHUMC Madrigal Dinner. Our New Life Singers (youth choir) will be in full costume and full of clever comedy as we visit a 16th century castle for food, fun, and frolicking. Tickets will go on sale soon. Please mark your calendars for Sunday, November 27. For more information please contact Quint Harris (qharris@vhumc.org / 769-0114).
Youth Veteran's Day Mission
Join us for our annual youth Veterans Day mission event on Friday, November 11 from 10:00-1:00! We will pack 500 lunches as a youth group in the Fellowship Hall before dividing into High School and Middle School groups to deliver the lunches around Birmingham.

Middle School students will share lunches with those in the neighborhood around Highlands UMC and be back to VHUMC by 1:00 pm. High School students will deliver lunches to The Church of the Reconciler and will then have the opportunity of taking a tour of their church to learn more about the ministries they offer to the community.

We need adult volunteers to help make this happen! We need help packing lunches, driving vans, and walking with the youth to pass out the lunches. If you are interested in helping, please email Emily Boles (eboles@vhumc.org).
November Memory Verse
Our 1st - 5th graders have a new memory verse for November. It is, "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long" - Psalm 23:6. They can recite the verse before or after Sunday School in the sensory room (next door to the elementary office) for a sweet treat and a chance to win a bike at the end of the school year!
Men's Hiking Ministry Planning Meeting
The VHUMC Men's Hiking ministry will be having a planning meeting on Monday November 14 at 6:30 pm in room 201 (Small Dining room) to plan the details for our Rocky Mountain National Park hike next September. We will also be looking at dates for shorter hikes and day hikes throughout the year. For more information please contact Jim Frazier (jfrazier@vhumc.org / 769-0126).
Outreach Corner

Food Pantry
Think Thanksgiving when you shop this month (yams, cranberry sauce, pie filling, etc.). Please buy a little extra for our 500 families and help with their Thanksgiving meal. Thank you!

Oak Mountain Missions
Oak Mountain Mission needs pots and pans. Please use the three bins around the church. They still need useable furniture that you can sit on, or eat on, or put your clothes into. Call Brenda (685-5757) at OMM for a pick-up. Thank you.
Wednesday Night Menu
  • Nov. 9 - Salad, Country Fried Steak OR Baked Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, English Peas, Biscuit, Cobbler. Kids: Chicken Nuggets, Mac & Cheese.
  • Nov. 16 - Salad, Chicken Pot Pie OR Tamale Pie, Broccoli, Roll, Chocolate Cake. Kids: Chicken Nuggets, Mac & Cheese.
  • Nov. 23 - No Dinner - Thanksgiving  
Worship & Music Focus
8:30 am         Traditional Service
"A Blessed Life "
Ephesians 1:11-23
Bill Brunson

9:45 am         Service of Word and Table
"Beyond This Age"
Luke 20:27-38
Butch Williams

11:00 am         Traditional Service
"A Blessed Life"
Ephesians 1:11-23
Bill Brunson

11:00 am         Contemporary Service
"Called to be Saints"
Romans 1:7
Kipp McClurg

5:00 pm         Sunday Evening Worship
"Not the Final Word"
Luke 20:27-38
Butch Williams
Our Time and Resources
 

Donations this past week

September YTD Summary
Donations
Other Income
Auxilary Ministries Net*
Total Income
Actual
$129,315


$2,429,868
$156,625
($48,913)
$2,537,680
Targeted
+$75,314


-$62,544
+$10,446
-$13,907
-$66,005

(+) 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: 
Gussie Arnett
Margean Brasher
Chris Dibble
David Dixon
Angie Elias
Kendra Haddock
Fay Harbin
Larry Hill
Jane Johnson
Elenor Jones
Pug Kaufman
Mary Morgan
Mary Morman
Paul Noto
Mary Owens
Bill Phillips
Jim Sanders
Diane Sausen
Sandra Sims
Stan Sims
Dr. Charles Smith
Annette Smith
Suzanne Stalnaker
Betty Thompson
Joy Wagner

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.