Volume 46
Issue 41
October 13, 2016
              
Fall Festival
Join us this Sunday, October 16, from 4:00-6:00 pm for another amazing evening filled with family entertainment, food trucks, and fun with the entire community. This year we welcome Eugene's Hot Chicken, Greg's Hot Dogs, iCantina, and Steel City Pops. The parking lot will be filled with train rides, games, inflatables, pony rides, and live music. Admission is free, but we are also collecting school supplies for one of our partner ministries. Please consider a donation as you join this amazing event in the heart of this community. Invite your friends and neighbors to join us as well!
Stewardship Super Tasks - Week 1
Step One - get 2 boxes - label one box "Recycle" and one box "Donate"  (Oct. 22 nd we will have our "Clean Out Day" with recycle and donation opportunities at the church.)

Step Two - get a small jar, box, or basket - label it "Let's Help!"   Think about 1 or 2 ministries at the church that you want to bless.  How much money can you put in your jar, box, or basket this month from choosing not to spend on "wants"?

Get Going!
  • The First Drawer - Pick one drawer and clean it out. Don't just move things around - throw away, recycle, or donate.
  • The Fridge - Clean out your refrigerator. Toss the out-of-date food and condiments.
  • The Freezer - Clean out your freezer. Toss the things you know you will never eat.
  • The Pantry - Clean out all of the items from you pantry that you will not eat - bring to the church food pantry.
  • Lend a hand - Choose a ministry in need of volunteers and give a few hours of your time this month. Pray for those involved and those who will benefit from the service or assistance.
Super Tasks - Name 3 areas in your home that need to be cleaned our, de-cluttered, and reorganized? Post this list where you can see it every day.
Clean Out Challenge
Life is a balancing act, and the more stuff we have in our lives the more that can get in the way. This year, as part of our stewardship campaign, we want you to focus on removing the clutter from your life. To help make this step possible we are organizing the best companies and organizations to help take the "stuff" off your hands. On Saturday, October 22, we will have vendors set up in the large parking lot to take electronics, building materials, household items, clothing, and documents needing to be shredded. So, over the next few weeks begin to find the things that clutter your life and set them aside as we make more room for God's abundance. There is no cost to drop things off and we will give you a receipt for you to deduct items of value. For a full list of vendors and items you can drop off visit www.vhumc.org.
Defying Gravity
Finding the Spiritual momentum to live above the gravity of our world is no easy task. In the Contemporary Service, we will consider our stewardship by utilizing the book Defying Gravity, by Tom Berlin each Sunday in October at 11:00 am, in Tyson Hall. Come consider ways to break from the never-ending financial orbit to which so many in our culture are tethered.
Join Us for Sunday Evening Worship
There will be NO Sunday Evening Worship this week as we celebrate with our church family at the Fall Festival. Come join us on October 23rd when Bill Brunson will lead our worship!
Balanced Parenting In a Wobbly World
We are once again honored to have Dr. Dale Wisely leading us for three weeks starting this Sunday from 10:00 -10:40 am, in Tyson Hall. This will allow any Sunday School classes joining the discussion to meet first for 15 minutes, or join up at the Coffee Shop.

Dr. Wisely is a Psychologist and Director of Student Services for Mountain Brook High School. He is a person of faith and understands the real-life dilemmas of parents in our community.

  • 10/16 - There is Nothing Wrong with the Teenage Brain
  • 10/23 - Teens, Underage Drinking, and Drugs: What Parents Can Do
  • 10/30 - The Digital World and Your Child
Creating Positive Life Change Series
Come join us for a wonderful evening with Sheri Ferguson about Spiritual and Mental Changes that Work on October 20. Sheri is an ordained United Methodist minister, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 40 years' experience. Most recently, Sheri spent 11 years as Executive Director of United Counseling, a United Methodist agency. Through her years of ministry and counseling, she has seen the value of having tools to address our spiritual, emotional, and mental health. She is grateful for all she's learned from clients and in life, and looks forward to sharing the lessons she has learned. 
Hilltoppers Hilltoppers Meeting
Our next meeting is next Tuesday, October 18, at 10:30 am, in the Fellowship Hall. The Gospel Jubilee Singers will be performing for us. For information or to make a lunch reservation ($6.00) contact Frances Cook (822-2013) or Margaret Flowers (mflowers@vhumc.org / 769-0112) no later than 11:00 am on Friday, October 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.
Want to Join VHUMC?
VHUMC will hold an "informal joining service" on Sunday, October 30, at 12:15 pm, in the Chapel immediately following our worship services. We would love to officially welcome more of our congregation into our membership. Please contact Suzanne Scott-Trammell (sstrammell@vhumc.org / 769-0136) to discuss this opportunity. VHUMC, a wonderful place to call home, where neighbors become family.
Thank You, Lisa
If you have ever had any interaction with our Youth Group, then you know Lisa Lovell. Lisa has been a faithful church member for almost 25 years and during most of those she was a volunteer with our Youth. Lisa joined the Youth Staff as their Administrator two and a half years ago and has worked hard to keep the ministry running smoothly and steadily! Lisa will be re-entering the volunteer world on the youth floor so she can focus on relational ministries and on being a Mom. So, our youth department is looking for a part-time youth administrator to help with events, attendance, forms, and other administrative items. We would love to find someone with administrative skills who can work 20 hours a week. Most of the work time will be during the day with occasional nights or weekend responsibilities. Interested parties should send a resume to Emily Boles (eboles@vhumc.org). 
Serving in September
September was not just about football in Vestavia Hills. It was also about serving others at VHUMC. Our members have such servants' hearts and passion and it really shows each month in missions. That passion was especially strong in September. Our congregation had "hands and feet" in so many areas that we don't have room to list them all. Here are some of the ways you helped:
  • 200  -  Christmas Shoeboxes completed
  • 170  -  Flood Buckets completed
  • 150  -  Families served through our Food Pantry each week
  • 120  -  People served at Hope Lodge
  • 75+  -  Served at Church of the Reconciler
  • 70  -  Women were served dinner at First Light and 36 were served in temporary housing
  • 65+  -  People served at Children's Harbor
  • 45+  -  VHUMC members served with Helping Hands in the Hills
  • 7  -  Children tutored for reading from Hemphill Elementary school (at Urban Kids)
  • 4  -  Car placements in September
  • 4  -  Tables filled at Oak Mountain Missions Fundraiser
  • $13K+  -  Donations to help flood victims
Thank you for your continued willingness to help and serve others not only in the month of September, but always!
5-Minute Missions
Join us for our next 5-Minute Missions on Sunday, October 23, during the coffee hour in the Fellowship Hall. We will pack assorted mission bags for Church of the Reconciler, Family Promise, and New Life United Methodist Church in Anniston. This is a great time to come together as a family, small group, Sunday school class, or just yourself and help make a difference in the lives of others in just five minutes.
Art Classes
The Conservatory of the Arts is starting its second session of children's Art Classes. Currently, we have space available in our Thursday homeschool class and the afternoon class that meets from 4:15-5:15. Please visit our website for more details and to sign up.

Private Music Lessons
The Conservatory of the Arts currently has open spots available for private lessons in Piano, Flute, Trumpet, Cello, Drumset, and Violin. If your child is planning to try out for All State competitions, we can help them get ready for their auditions! Lessons are available both during the day and the evening for adults and children.

October Memory Verse
Our 1st - 5th graders have a new memory verse for October. It is: "Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long." ~Psalm 25:5

Children can recite the verse in the elementary office before or after Sunday School for a sweet treat and a chance to win a bike at the end of the school year!
Passion Conference 2017
The Passion Conference is around the corner and we could not be more excited about the ability to take 40 high school seniors and college students to Atlanta for this amazing three days of worship. The conference is January 2-4 and the cost is $275. The deadline for registration is November 1. This year we will be staying at the Westin Peachtree Plaza - within walking distance to the Georgia Dome. The Passion speakers are unforgettable and this year we will be breaking out into community groups where our kids will be in small group worship with others from all over the U.S. You don't want to miss this experience, but we have limited space, so register soon.

Middle School Retreat
Come join us November 18-19 as we go to Camp Lee in Anniston to worship, eat, chill out and enjoy some of the camp activities like the ropes course and zip line. The retreat is open to all current 6th-8th graders. The cost is $130 and the deadline for registration is November 1. We will meet at the church on Friday at 4:00 pm and will return on Saturday around 10:00 pm. To register please click on the link below.

Second Annual Choral Iron Bowl
You won't want to miss this! The University of Alabama Singers and the Auburn University Singers are going to have a sing-off at VHUMC. Last year's performance was fantastic and talked about well beyond the event. Come see who wins the preliminary to the real Iron Bowl. The choirs will square off on Sunday, October 23, at 6:30 pm, in the Sanctuary. Make sure to wear your team colors! The winning side raises the most money for our music ministry intern program.
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.
  • 10/19 - The Blind Side
  • 10/26 - Frozen
  • 11/2 - Shawshank Redemption
  • 11/9 - The Wizard of OZ
  • 11/16 - Captain America: Civil War
  • 11/30 - A Christmas Story
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).
Mae Mae's Hugs Coming in October
Mae Mae's Hugs collects and distributes new and gently worn coats to our ministry partners across the state. If you are cleaning out or have coats that are the wrong size, please consider cleaning them and bringing them to the church for this ministry. Or, if you are purchasing new coats please consider purchasing an extra coat for this effort.

During October you can place coats in the large, bright, purple covered boxes around the church. Coats of all sizes are needed for children and youth. You can also make a financial donation by writing a check to the church with "Mae Mae's Hugs" on the memo line. It's our hope that through this ministry, the children in Jefferson County and across the state, can receive winter coats to keep them warm, as if receiving a warm, loving hug from Mae Mae and VHUMC. If you have any questions, please contact Anne Strozier (astrozier@vhumc.org / 769-0127).
Upward Basketball and Cheerleading
Upward Basketball and Cheerleading registration is open! The cost is $95 through October 18 and $105 after. K5-4th grade play on Saturdays, and 5th-8th grade play on Friday nights. Practices begin the week of November 14 and games begin Friday, December 2. Games and practices are held at VHUMC in the Lighthouse gym. Sign up by clicking the link below.

Magical Marketplace is Coming Your Way
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. 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.
Outreach Corner

Food Pantry
Food Pantry still needs plastic grocery bags (preferably doubled), jelly, pancake mix, and syrup. We are able to get spaghetti noodles from the food bank, but always need spaghetti sauce. Thanks to our new volunteers for Wednesday food distributions! We appreciate everyone and their support of our Food Pantry. 

Oak Mountain Missions
Oak Mountain Missions will have a truck here at the church for donations on Saturday, October 22, from 9:00 until 12:00. Let's all start cleaning out and be ready for collection day. Children's clothing and adult clothing XXL and larger are needed. No summer clothing at this time. Linens, kitchen items, new or like-new toys, and furniture are needed. No mattresses. Only useable items please.
Wednesday Night Menu
  • Oct. 19 - Salad, Orecchiette w/ Bolognese Sauce OR Chicken Alfredo, Sautéed Veggies, Cobbler. Kids: Chicken Nuggets, Mac & Cheese.
  • Oct. 26 - Salad, Chicken Parmesan OR Country Fried steak, Egg Noodles, Broccoli Amandine, Bread, Cherry Trifle. Kids: Chicken Nuggets, Mac & Cheese.
  • Nov. 2 - Salad, Chili OR White Chili w/ Shrimp, Baked Potato, Crackers, Ice Cream Bar. Kids: Chicken Nuggets, Mac & Cheese.
Worship & Music Focus
8:30 am         Traditional Service
"It's Time to Break Free"
Luke 15:11-32
Bill Brunson

9:45 am         Service of Word and Table
"Welcome Home!"
Luke 15:11-32
Ruth Grissom

11:00 am         Traditional Service
"It's Time to Break Free"
Luke 15:11-32
Bill Brunson

11:00 am         Contemporary Service
"Lay Me Down"
Luke 15:11-31
Kipp McClurg

5:00 pm         NO Sunday Evening Worship
(Fall Festival)
Our Time and Resources
 

Donations this past week

August YTD Summary
Donations
Other Income
Auxilary Ministries Net*
Total Income
Actual
$40,005


$2,176,694
$144,709
($30,479)
$2,290,924
Targeted
-$13,995


-$59,979
+$8,449
+$80,864
+$29,334

(+) 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
Virginia Crawford
Chris Dibble
David Dixon
Angie Elias
Kendra Haddock
Charlotte Hamilton
Donald Hamilton
Fay Harbin
Larry Hill
Tommy Holmes
Mary Morgan
Paul Noto
Mary Owens
Bill Phillips
Jonah Pruitt
Jim Sanders
Diane Sausen
Sandra Sims
Stan Sims
Dr. Charles Smith
Annette Smith
Suzanne Stalnaker
Holly Tenison
Wallace Williams

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.