Volume 46
Issue 36
September 8, 2016
              
Help with Flood Buckets
After speaking with the UMCOR disaster team in Decatur, they are desperately needing flood buckets now to help our friends in Louisiana. We have decided to put together 200 buckets as soon as we can get the supplies purchased. This will cost about $5,000 so we would love to have your help. Make checks to VHUMC with the notation Flood Buckets, or cash should be put into the envelopes with Flood Bucket on the envelope. Thank you!
A Special Time in Worship
This Sunday, Bishop Bill McAlilly will be preaching in the 8:30 and 11:00 am worship services in our Sanctuary. We remember this month the birthday of our own Bishop Bob Morgan, and Bishop McAlilly will be with us to commemorate that special day.

Bishop Bill McAlilly and his wife, Lynn, reside in the Nashville Area. He serves as the Bishop of the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Emory University, Atlanta, GA; Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare Board, Memphis, TN; and the Board of Trustees of Martin College, Pulaski, TN.

Bishop McAlilly is a native of Mississippi. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion, Millsaps College, Jackson, MS (1978) and a Masters of Divinity, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA (1981). He was ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church in 1979 and ordained elder in 1982. He has served in a wide variety of ministry settings in Georgia and Mississippi: a small membership church, a new congregation, a county seat church, a newly organized congregation, and a large membership congregation. Likewise, he has served in a variety of roles: youth minister, associate minister, and lead pastor.

When Bishop Morgan and Martha served the Mississippi Annual Conference from 1984-1992, Bishop McAlilly was a fairly new ordained elder. Bishop Morgan was a mentor to Bishop McAlilly, supported him throughout his ministry, and was elated to see his election as a Bishop of the church.

We are excited to have Bishop McAlilly with us this week. 
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. 
Youth Choir Car Wash
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. Come support our youth choir. Contact Quint Harris (qharris@vhumc.org) or Charlie Rose (charlierose1974@gmail.com) with any questions.
Series on Creating Positive Life Change
Health is something that is more than just working out or watching what you eat. True health is a delicate balance of body, mind, and spirit. This fall VHUMC will be hosting a free five-week wellness series. It is designed to cover everything from nutrition to the spiritual and mental changes to help us live a healthier life. We will meet every Thursday night from 6:30-7:30 pm in Tyson Hall.
  • 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 classes please visit www.vhumc.org. We look forward to seeing you there!
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.
Join Us for Sunday Evening Worship
Come as you are and join us for a wonderful evening of preaching by our own Mickey Morgan, who will preach "When a Nation is Great!" using the Genesis 2:1-3 text. Butch Williams will preach on September 18 and Jim Frazier & Friends will lead our worship time together on September 25.
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
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!

What's Happening in the Day School
Our school year is off to a great start! We began our new school year on August 15. In addition to welcoming back our returning families, we welcomed 27 new families to the Preschool Program and 12 new families to the After School Program. We are very close to having 100% enrollment in all classes. We have a few openings in our transitional 5K class, but all other classes are full.

We welcomed some new teachers to our team as well, but are still in need of some afternoon staff. If you or anyone you know might be interested, please contact us at 769-0128.

The fall Whale of a Sale is coming up September 15 & 16. Don't miss out on this great children's consignment sale! There are still volunteer opportunities available. Visit www.thewhaleofasale.com for more information. Thank you for your continued support of our ministry.
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.
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.

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.

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! 
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.

Memorials and Honorariums
Click on the link below or visit www.vhumc.org to see the memorials and honorariums given last month. Thanks to everyone who has given to help the church in recognition of a loved one.

Outreach Corner

Record Year for Car Ministry 
The VHUMC Car Ministry has had a record year! Because of your support, we have helped 24 people/families with either a gift of a dependable car or the repair of an existing car. This ministry dramatically changes the lives of people who have been spending hours walking, riding buses, begging rides, missing appointments, losing jobs because they can't get to work, or missing school when no ride is available. Many of our recipients have reported that a reliable car has led to a full-time job, badly needed health benefits, and new participation in school and church events. Each person/family leaves our church feeling thankful, hopeful, blessed, and loved with the wonderful pride that comes with having transportation.

This is only possible through your generous donations. We would like you to consider donating a car that you are no longer using. Or, perhaps you are looking for a great ministry that will use 100% of your monetary donation to truly help change a life. How about your "end of year" giving, would you consider giving now? We currently have 25 people waiting for our help with a car. If you would like any information about joining us or helping in any way, please call any team member or the missions office ( missions@vhumc.org / 769-0143).

Food Pantry
Food Pantry appreciates everyone who helped pay for items from the Farmer's Market during the summer. We now need to ask you for apples, oranges, carrots, and other fresh fruits and vegetables that our families enjoy so much. It is best to bring them to church Monday thru Wednesday morning. Thank you!

Oak Mountain Mission
We have 47 people in our group going to the annual fundraising luncheon at The Club next Tuesday.  Please remember to come at 10:00 for our silent auction. Thank you to those who have donated items for the auction!
Wednesday Night Menu
  • 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
  • Sept. 28 - Salad, Chicken Cacciatore OR Baked Flounder, Wild Rice, Baby Lima's, Banana Pudding, Kids: Baked Chicken  
Worship & Music Focus
8:30 am         Traditional Service
"Bound for Greater Things "
John 14:8-12
Bishop Bill McAlilly 

9:45 am         Service of Word and Table
"Too Lost to be Found" 
Luke 15:1-10
Butch Williams

11:00 am         Traditional Service
"Bound for Greater Things "
John 14:8-12
Bishop Bill McAlilly 

11:00 am         Contemporary Service
" Triumph from Tragedy 
1 Cor. 15:19-23
Kipp McClurg

5:00 pm         Sunday Evening Worship
" When a Nation is Great! "
Genesis 2:1-3
Mickey Morgan
Our Time and Resources
 

Donations this past week

July YTD Summary
Donations
Other Income
Auxilary Ministries Net*
Total Income
Actual
45,830


$1,992,679
$131,438
($41,031)
$2,083,086
Targeted
-18,105


+$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
Gloria Cooke
Chris Dibble
David Dixon
Louise Goggans
Wayne Gower
Kendra Haddock
Don Hamilton
Barbara Ann Harris
Bragg & Micah Knott
Kathryn Landen
Ed Meloy
Cathy Messer
Mary Morgan
Paul Noto
Bill Phillips
Anne Robinson
Jim Sanders
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.