Volume 46
Issue 35
September 1, 2016
              
Bingo Blessings and Beyond
Thank you VHUMC for your continued support of our mission projects. For weeks we collected prizes for the Children's Harbor bingo closet and ended our collection with a fun night of Bingo with our entire VHUMC Children's Harbor team. Even after the night was over, the prizes continued to come in. Your generosity was amazing! Children's Harbor has helped so many, and we at VHUMC feel blessed to be a part of this wonderful ministry. Please see below how one of our own members was touched by Children's Harbor.

On various occasions I have had the opportunity to volunteer at Children's Harbor through VHUMC. I always looked forward to this event and enjoyed my time spent there. It was not until our daughter, Emme, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in June of 2015, that Children's Harbor would have a new meaning to our family. During the eight days she was in the hospital and the weeks following, Children's Harbor was an incredible blessing to our family!

The one resource that was the most important to me was the hairstylist, Cleresea. Having a daughter who had just undergone two brain surgeries I was horrified to wash her hair. We took Emme to see Cleresea and she was so kind and patient. She took extra special care of her. She washed her hair, cut it to accommodate her stitches, plates and staples and gave Emme a new confidence of her appearance. She taught us how to wash her hair, where to be gentle, how to dry it, etc. This very simple task gave us a much needed confidence! Not only were they able to help Emme, but our entire family including our other children.

Children's Harbor works really hard to include the entire family and not just focus on the patient. There are too many events/resources they provide to families to list them all, but I encourage you to visit their website and spend some time at Children's Harbor to learn more about this incredible facility and how you can get involved. On behalf our family I want to say thank to our church and to each of you for continued support of Children's Harbor.

 -The Nichols family
Help Needed for Louisiana and Mississippi
Your response to the flooding in Louisiana and Mississippi has been amazing! $10,219 has been given through VHUMC for this need and many of you have brought in supplies or volunteered your time to help. Thank you.

Currently all UMCOR warehouses throughout the country (including the United Methodist Disaster Response Warehouse in Decatur) are running low on cleaning buckets because all available kits have been shipped to Louisiana. Our help is needed to replenish these much-needed supplies! Please visit the link to find out how you can help and see the list of cleaning bucket items. All items or completed buckets can be delivered to the Missions office.

Combined Elementary Sunday School
Elementary Sunday School classes will be combined by grade levels on Sunday, September 4. Classes will meet in the following locations:
  • 1st - Bartholomew
  • 2nd - John
  • 3rd - Peter
  • 4th - Thomas
  • 5th - Simon
Joint Sunday School Class
Join us in Tyson Hall this Sunday (Labor Day weekend), as Suzanne Scott-Trammell leads us in a lesson entitled "Yes You Can! Living out Philippians 4:13". We will review ways God is always faithful and willing to empower us to live a life of significance using the gifts with which we've been entrusted.
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!
Join Us for Sunday Evening Worship
Come as you are this Labor Day weekend and join us in the Chapel at 5:00 pm for wonderful singing and a joyful time of worship, as Butch Williams preaches on "Did He Mean Us?" from Luke 14:25-33. Also, make plans to worship with us on September 11 as we are led by Mickey Morgan.
Adult Education Opportunities
Our church exists to provide a community where everyone can experience a Christ-centered life of purpose. We want to encourage every member, along with many friends and guests, to share in opportunities for biblical study and spiritual growth here at Vestavia Hills. These studies serve as a resource for connecting the church's members and guests with small group opportunities within the church. Click on the link to find your next group or class!

New Worship Opportunities

VHUMC continues to seek new ways to help people worship God. Last year we began Sacred Connections. Beginning September 8, we will add three other worship opportunities that will also meet on Thursday's at 10:30 am:

  • 1st Thursday - Harvest Prayer Service in the Chapel - A time to lift up the needs of our community and our world.
  • 2nd Thursday - Special Blessings Service in the Chapel - A time for families who deal with Special Needs.
  • 3rd Thursday - Vineyard Prayer Service in the Chapel - A time to center on the needs of our church family and our church ministries.
  • 4th Thursday - Sacred Connections Service in Tyson Hall - A time of worship for those who are affected by memory loss.
Adult Sunday School Leaders Meeting
Please join us on Wednesday, September 7, from 5-6 pm, in room 206 to discuss new initiatives coming for our adult classes. Some leaders attended the meeting on August 31, so this is for those who couldn't make that one. There are new tools and resources we would like to share. Plus, we want to know how we can best support you in ministry and outreach among your classes. Thanks for all you do!
3rd Grade Bible Sunday
Thank you to all who attended our 11:00 traditional worship service last Sunday when we presented Bibles to 48 of our 3rd graders. What an honor! We pray that these children use their Bibles to help guide them throughout their lives. 
Youth Choir Car Wash
Come support our youth choir. The New Life Singers Youth Choir has been invited to perform in New York City in May 2017. The choir will be raising money by hosting a car wash on Sunday, September 11, beginning at 9:00 am and running into the afternoon. Contact Quint Harris (qharris@vhumc.org) or Charlie Rose (charlierose1974@gmail.com) with any questions.
September Memory Verse
Each school year our 1st-5th graders have the opportunity to memorize a new Bible verse each month. Our September memory verse is: "With the Lord on my side I do not fear. What can mortals do to me?" -Psalm 118:6. 1st-5th graders can recite the verse in the elementary office before or after Sunday School for a sweet treat and a chance to win a grand prize at the end of the school year!
Opportunities to Serve in Contemporary Service
If you attend the 11:00 Contemporary Worship Service and can assist on a ministry team, please contact Suzanne Scott-Trammell (sstrammell@vhumc.org / 769-0136). She can discuss various commitments required on the teams: ushers, refreshments, sound/technology, and/or praise band. Worship is at its best in community - we are stronger with input, insights, and relationships among each of us.
Exercise Classes for Those 50+
VHUMC Boomers & Beyond have two stretching classes that are geared to those over 50. Fuel 1 is led by Barbara Lee on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 8:15 am. This class uses chairs and no floor work. Fuel 2 is led by Jim Frazier on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 11:00 am. This class is for the more active and includes floor work. There is no charge for either class. For more information please contact Jim Frazier (jfrazier@vhumc.org / 769-0126).
Every Girl Fitness
Join the women of VHUMC and Vestavia Hills for fitness, fun, and fellowship! Our Health, Wellness, and Recreation ministry is excited to bring Every Girl Fitness to VHUMC. Every Girl Fitness is a mobile group exercise program for women of varying exercise levels and abilities. Women ages 13 and older are welcome to join the weekly workouts. Classes have just started on Mondays and Wednesdays, but it is not too late to join. Class times are 9:15-10:15 am and 6:00-7:00 pm in room 245 in the Lighthouse. The cost is $60 for two classes/week during the four-week session. Childcare is available upon request. Register at http://everygirlfitness.com/classes and be sure to select the VHUMC class offerings. For questions, childcare reservations, or additional details, contact Megan Drumm (mdrumm@vhumc.org). We look forward to seeing you there!

Group Personal Training Sessions with Ali
Have you ever wanted a personal trainer but couldn't afford one? Now you can have the benefits of a trainer, pay less per session, and be motivated by your group to train hard! Ali Sanders, who has a degree in Exercise Science from Auburn University and is an ACE certified Personal Trainer with over 15 years of experience, is offering group personal training sessions in the Lighthouse gym. Six 45-minute sessions are offered each week: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 5:15 am and Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at 1:00 pm. Sign up for two sessions a week for $110/month or three sessions a week for $150/month. Each session runs for four weeks. Space is limited to 10 people per session. Don't miss out on this great exercise opportunity! Register by using the link below. Contact Megan Drumm (mdrumm@vhumc.org) with questions.

Lace Up Your Running Shoes
Interested in running but not sure how to get started? Looking for a group to train with because you are tired of running alone? Want to run a race but aren't sure where to start? Whatever your motivation might be, let VHUMC help you achieve your goals. Our Health, Wellness, and Recreation Ministry is putting together a group of experienced and inexperienced runners to begin running and training together. Runners from any pace and ability level are welcome to join.

We have just begun our training runs, but it is not too late to join us. The group meets to run Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at 5:30 am for shorter training runs, and Saturday mornings at 6:00 am for longer training runs. Running routes will change weekly depending on group preference and needs. The ultimate goal of the group will be to train and run, or race, the Magic City 5K and Half Marathon on Sunday, November 20. Additional 5K and 10K race options are available.

So, lace up your running shoes and join us for running, racing, fellowship, and more! Contact Megan Drumm to sign-up (mdrumm@vhumc.org / 769-0139). We look forward to seeing you on the running trail! 
Theatre Class for Middle/High School Students
The Conservatory of the Arts is offering an Acting Techniques class beginning September 12. This 12-week class is open to students in grades 7-12 and will be taught by Martha Summey who just got back from taking some of her students to the Fringe Festival in Scotland! She is multi-talented and can help your student be prepared to reach their potential in future productions at school, local productions, and for our own productions at VHUMC. Register ASAP before the class fills.

COA Photography Class
From Snapshots to Photography class is now open for registration through the Conservatory of the Arts. Taught by Virginia Jones, this is a five-week photography class will be on Mondays at 5:00 pm beginning September 12 for middle school students through adults who are interested in improving the quality of their pictures. Sign up now using the link.

Outreach Corner

Food Pantry
Food Pantry needs pancake mix, syrup and jelly. We are still purchasing from our farmers' market each week and getting donated items from Sprouts, Panera Bread and Publix. We have now purchased 200,000 pounds of food from the Community Food Bank so all monetary donations are really appreciated. Thank you for your continued support!

Oak Mountain Mission
Oak Mountain Mission needs kitchen tables and chairs, and useable sofas and chairs. For furniture pick-up please call 685-5757. They also need like-new hand towels that can be put into the church bins. The mission serves families who have had floods, fires, or lost homes due to domestic violence or other reasons. All items are given to the families to help them start over. Thank you.

Events by our Missions Partners

Oak Mountain Mission
Oak Mountain Mission will have its annual fundraiser luncheon on Tuesday, September 13, at The Club. Please mark your calendars if you are interested in attending. We are collecting items for the Silent Auction, which may be put in the collection bins. Contact Barbara Porter (444-9793) for questions or reservations. Thank you!
Wednesday Night Menu
  • Sept. 7 - Salad, BBQ Pork OR Baked Chicken, Baked Beans, Ice Cream
  • Sept. 14 - Beef Tips OR Grilled Chicken, Egg Noodles, Carrot SoufflĂ©, Cake
  • Sept. 21 - Salad, Meat Loaf OR Baked Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, English Peas, Biscuit, Cake
Worship & Music Focus
8:30 am         Traditional Service
" What did He say? "
Luke 14:25-33
Butch Williams

9:45 am         Service of Word and Table
"How Expensive is Discipleship?" 
Luke 14:25-33
Tyler Hopkins

11:00 am         Traditional Service
" What did He say? "
Luke 14:25-33
Butch Williams

11:00 am         Contemporary Service
"How Expensive is Discipleship?" 
Luke 14:25-33
Tyler Hopkins

5:00 pm         Sunday Evening Worship
"Did He mean us?"
Luke 14:25-33
Butch Williams
Our Time and Resources
 

Donations this past week

July YTD Summary
Donations
Other Income
Auxilary Ministries Net*
Total Income
Actual
30,256


$1,992,679
$131,438
($41,031)
$2,083,086
Targeted
-32,993


+$8,998
+$5,098
+$63,274
+$77,370

(+) 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: 
Bob Baskerville
John Bottcher
Loro Cleary
Lucy Coe
Lauren Colley
Gloria Cooke
Chris Dibble
David Dixon
Louise Goggans
Wayne Gower
Kendra Haddock
Don Hamilton
Bragg & Micah Knott
Kathryn Landen
Cathy Messer
Mary Morgan
Amanda Murphy
Paul Noto
Bill Phillips
Sandra Sims
Stan Sims
Claude Small
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.