Volume 46
Issue 37
September 15, 2016
              
Church-Wide Sunday School Assembly
Join us on Sunday, September 18, at 9:45 am, in Tyson Hall for an update on our strategic plan, the ministries of the church, our finances, and thoughts on our future. 
A Special Evening with Brenda Ladun
We are excited to kick off our Creating Positive Life Change series next Thursday, September 22, with Brenda Ladun, a favorite, prime-time ABC news anchor who is a breast cancer survivor. When faced with her personal storm, she inspired countless viewers who watched the nightly news as she underwent her courageous battle. Brenda, who describes herself as "wife, mother, author, news anchor, cancer survivor and believer," will share her story and the positive changes that worked for her. The event starts at 6:30 pm in Tyson Hall and is completely free. Please invite friends and neighbors to this exciting series.

Join us each week as we focus on what it means to truly live a balanced life:
  • 9/22 - A Special Evening with Brenda Ladun
  • 9/29 - Creating Positive Life Changes That Work with wellness advocate, Lydia Cole
  • 10/6 - Serving Up Healthy Nutrition That Works with Sonthe Burge and Charlie Gagne
  • 10/13 - Fitness Changes That Work with Paula Windle, Barbara Lee, & Leigh Karagas
  • 10/20 - Spiritual and Mental Changes That Work with Sheri Ferguson
For more information on each of these evenings please visit www.vhumc.org. We look forward to seeing you there!
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 and join us for a wonderful evening. Butch Williams will be preaching on "Not Strong Enough & Too Ashamed" from Luke 16:1-13. Jim Frazier & Friends will lead our worship time together on September 25.
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
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.
  • September 18 - Church-Wide Sunday School Assembly
  • September 25 - Caring for Families who deal with Autism and Special Needs
  • October 2-9 - Developing a Life of Prayer
  • October 16-30 - Balanced Parenting in a Wobbly World
Bible Pathfinders
Our Bible Study for 1st - 5th graders is up and running! We have music, a memory verse, skits, small group time, and more! Our current focus is How to be a Superhero. We have had lots of fun so far and would love for your child to join us on Wednesday nights from 6:00 - 7:00 in Tyson Hall as our path takes us closer to Jesus.
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!
Upward Basketball and Cheerleading
Upward Basketball and Cheerleading registration is open! The cost is $95 through October 18, $105 after. K5-4th grade play Saturdays, and 5th-8th grade play 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.

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.

The group meets on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at 5:30 am at the Lighthouse for shorter training runs, and Saturday mornings at 6:00 am in the Target parking lot for longer training runs on the Lakeshore running trail. 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! 
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 $7.00. Proceeds from the sale this year will benefit the Mitchell's Place Scholarship Fund.
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.

Let's Be Good Neighbors
It is exciting to see our parking lots fill up on Sunday mornings and people parking on the streets to attend our worship and Sunday School meetings. If you find it necessary to park on the street, please be careful not to park on our neighbors' grass. We appreciate their patience with all the cars and do not want to damage their yards in the process.
Wednesday Night Menu
  • Sept. 21 - Salad, Meat Loaf OR Baked Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, English Peas, Biscuit, Cake. Kids: Chicken Nuggets, Mac & Cheese
  • Sept. 28 - Salad, Chicken Cacciatore OR Baked Flounder, Wild Rice, Baby Lima's, Banana Pudding. Kids: Chicken Nuggets, Mac & Cheese
  • Oct. 5 - Salad, Lemon-Pepper Chicken OR Roast Pork Loin, Honey Glazed Carrots, Roasted Potatoes, Roll, Ice Cream Bar. Kids: Chicken Nuggets, Mac & Cheese
Worship & Music Focus
8:30 am         Traditional Service
" Sometimes You Wish You Were Wrong "
Jer. 8:18-9:1
Bill Brunson

9:45 am         Service of Word and Table
"Let Us Pray"
1 Timothy 2:1-7
Ruth Grissom

11:00 am         Traditional Service
"Sometimes You Wish You Were Wrong"
Jer. 8:18-9:1
Bill Brunson

11:00 am         Contemporary Service
"Betrayal and Forgiveness"
John 21:15-19
Kipp McClurg

5:00 pm         Sunday Evening Worship
"Not Strong Enough & Too Ashamed"
Luke 16:1-13
Butch Williams
Our Time and Resources
 

Donations this past week

July YTD Summary
Donations
Other Income
Auxilary Ministries Net*
Total Income
Actual
94,463


$1,992,679
$131,438
($41,031)
$2,083,086
Targeted
+30,528


+$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
Bill Brasher
Alexandra Carroll
Chris Dibble
David Dixon
Angie Elias
Kendra Haddock
Barbara Ann Harris
Kathryn Landen
Ed Meloy
Eric Messer
Julie Mills
Mary Morgan
Paul Noto
Mary Owen
Bill Phillips
Anne Robinson
Jim Sanders
Stan Sims
Claude Small
Patsy Jones Thomas
Jane Ann Traffanstedt
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.