Volume 49
Issue 17
April 25 , 2019
              
New Sermon Series
Easter Sunday was so wonderful. Our church was full, our children wore new Easter outfits, the Easter ham was great for lunch, and most of all we celebrated how the resurrected Jesus walked out of a tomb 2,000 years ago. But now, is it is back to business as usual? What if this year is different? Join us for our 5-week "Now What" sermon series and discover how an empty tomb changed the lives of the disciples and how it can change your life right now. We kick off our new sermon series "Now What" this Sunday, April 28. Join us every week for this exciting new series!
Help Pack 300,000 Meals in 3 Days
Join us in a powerful community effort starting this Sunday, April 28, to end hunger! Our community-wide meal packing event, known as Rise Against Hunger, can make a tremendous difference in lives of children that go to bed hungry. Over the course of three days we will have 90-minute time-slots that you or a group can sign up for and help pack nutrient-rich meals. There is something to do for every age! Sign up for a time slot by yourself, with coworkers, or with friends. These meals ain't going to pack themselves!

Thank You for Your Partnership in Ministry
It takes so many members of our community to make our ministries effective each week and it is a privilege and honor to serve with you all! On a day like Easter, it's obvious how many moving parts it takes for our ministries to work - thanks to our ushers, greeters, coffee team, golf cart drivers, flower guild and gardening committee, columbarium team, choir, musicians, teachers/leaders, and all who serve to welcome and engage guests and members into worship and ministry together every week. He is alive and it's great to celebrate this reality every week with each of you!
To Mars and Beyond
We invite 4k (by September 1, 2018) through 5th graders to join us on a voyage to Mars and beyond June 10-14! Vacation Bible Camp goes from 9:00 am to noon each day as we go on a journey through space using music, crafts, games, skits, Bible study, science, and more to explore where God's power can take us.

It takes so many adult volunteers to make this great week happen! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Anne Strozier (astrozier@vhumc.org) or Jamie Meeks (jmeeks@vhumc.org).

Please let the church know if you are not able to pay for VBC. We do not want any child to miss this great experience because of money.

Student Volunteers Needed for VBC
We invite students in 6th-12th grades to volunteer during the week of Vacation Bible Camp. We will be blasting off to Mars and Beyond! It takes so many people to make this exciting week happen, and our students are a huge part of that. VBC will be June 10-14 from 9:00 am to noon each day. If your student is interested in volunteering, please fill out the attached form and email it to Kathryn Groat (kgroatmom@gmail.com), or drop it off in the student ministries office. Forms are due by May 24.

Recognition Sunday in Contemporary Worship
Please join Contemporary Worship on Sunday, May 5, as we recognize all of our Upward Soccer, Vestavia Dance, and Music & Arts children and families, thanking them for developing their God-given talents in these ministries. If you are a part of these groups and want to participate, please contact Suzanne Scott-Trammell (sstrammell@vhumc.org / 769-0136) and she'll reserve a spot for you to sit up front with all your team members. We are blessed to have so many wonderful ministries for our children to grow in their gifts and talents.
Pickleball Essentials Workshop
Would you like to learn how to play Pickleball or improve your game? VHUMC Health, Wellness & Recreation is hosting a Pickleball Essentials Workshop on Monday, May 6, from 1:00-4:00 pm, in the Lighthouse Gym. Nicole Hobson, PPR Certified Professional, and Alli McGill, USAPA Ambassador and PPR Certified Coach, will host a 3-hour workshop to introduce attendees to the game of Pickleball, by teaching skills and drills as well as technique and strategy. Please contact Alli McGill (amcgill@vhumc.org) if you are interested in attending. Space is limited.

VHUMC Prayer Breakfast
Our next prayer breakfast is on Wednesday, May 8, at 6:45 am, in the Fellowship Hall. Our speaker will be Mark Gualano. Mark is a Real Estate Closing Attorney and Title Insurance Agent in Vestavia. He grew up in Mississippi and has lived in the Birmingham area since 1994. After several years in his career, Mark decided to quit his job, put his belongings in storage, and set out to hike the Appalachian Trail.

He started at Springer Mountain in Georgia on March 8, 2008 and finished at Mount Katahdin in Maine 25 weeks later covering a distance of 2,176.2 miles. Mark will be sharing pictures and stories about how this adventure changed his life.

The cost is $5 for breakfast. To make reservations, please contact Jim Frazier (jfrazier@vhumc.org / 769-0126).
Trailmixers Hiking Group
The Trailmixers is a group of women who enjoy fun and fellowship while hiking outdoors. They have been an active group for several years at VHUMC. This fun group is looking for a new leader, someone who would like to coordinate and plan hikes around the area. If you are interested in leading this group, please contact Cynthia McGough (mcgough.cynthia@gmail.com / 901-0956).
Keep Our Eyes on the Master
In this 26-minute video from the 2017 IF:Gathering, Lysa TerKeurst reminds us that we must keep our eyes on the Master. He knows things we don't know. He sees things we can't see. And because of this reality, we must surrender our desires into His hands.

Be sure to register for this free resource! Text rightnow vhumc to 41411 to get your link to create a profile. Then watch 2,000+ Bible studies, talks, kids shows, youth studies, and movies. You can also contact Suzanne Scott-Trammell (sstrammell@vhumc.org) if you have questions.

Send Us Your Drawings
Vestavia Hills UMC will be experimenting with its first "made in-house" sermon series based on a book written by Dr. Kipp McClurg, "The Mysterious Pathways of Joy." The series will run four Sundays, beginning September 8. After editing, the book will be available through Kindle, and possibly in print form. There will also be a 10-minute video for each week hosted by our pastors and church staff as a roundtable discussion, all to be used by Bible Study groups and Sunday School Classes.

There are two ways to help. First, we would love to have artwork by our children or youth for each chapter, following the theme "Mysterious Pathways." Four drawings will be selected for publication. The book will be printed in black and white, but the artwork can be drawn in color. Send any drawings to Kipp McClurg (kmcclurg@vhumc.org) or drop them by the church office. All the submissions with be displayed in September as part of the series.

Second, save the dates for your Sunday School Class or small group. This will be another opportunity for our church to grow together. The pastoral staff is preparing energetically for this exciting new chapter in our church ministry.
Financial Update
We have had some good momentum over the last quarter. Let's keep it up! 
In January, we reported that our giving from July 1 to December 31, 2018 was the lowest in the past eight years and we were $248k behind what we had budgeted for giving at that point. Because of this and not wanting to use long-term debt for daily church activities, we re-budgeted throughout the church reducing most of the ministry spending amounts by 30%.

For the first quarter of this year we have had some of our best giving months and we are now (only) $93k behind our original giving budget amount (that's $155k to the better from last quarter). The bottom line is we are doing better, but still have some ground to make up. Please continue to give so that we may continue to do God's work throughout all our church activities.

Your Finance Committee takes their task to heart and it has been a pleasure to see this group work toward the best interest of our Church and congregation as a whole. We strive to ensure that our funds are used to the best of our ability in a transparent environment to be good stewards of your donations.

In addition to Gary, Natalie, and John, you can contact me at any time if you have questions or concerns about our finances (whocutt@bridgeworthllc.com).

William Hocutt, Finance Committee Chairman
Spiritual Growth Through the Enneagram
Do you know that you are not your personality? Beneath your outer layers of self is an authentic, beautiful being exactly as it came from heaven. Join us in this Basic Introduction to discover this wonderful, real you and draw from the wisdom of the Enneagram, an ancient tool for spiritual growth. Led by Rev. John Adams, Ordained Minister and Professional Coach and member of the Serendipity Sunday School Class at VHUMC, we will meet on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm, April 24 - May 15, in room 202.
Hearing Loop Receivers
Through the generosity of over 100 donors, we now have installed the hearing loop t-coil technology in both the Sanctuary and the Rutland-Memorial Chapel. Everything that runs through our sound system in those two spaces can now be heard through hearing aids and cochlear implants outfitted with this technology. We also have individual receivers (with ear buds or headphones) that can be used in these locations to connect to our sound system. These can be individually purchased (if you desire to have your own receiver) for $100 each. To order, please notify the church office or contact Butch Williams (bwilliams@vhumc.org / 769-0102) for more information.
5th Grade Parent Meeting
It is hard to believe that our 5th graders will soon be moving to Thrive Student Ministries! In order to help their transition go smoothly, we have two important dates for parents of 5th graders:
  • Sunday, April 28 - 5th grade parent meeting from 9:45-10:45 in the Fellowship Hall
  • Sunday, May 5 - Jeremiah Stone, Pastor of Thrive Student Ministries, will visit 5th grade Sunday School and will take the children on a tour of the Student Ministries floor. 5th graders will meet in room 221 (Simon classroom) at 9:45 on the elementary floor.
We look forward to watching how these children continue to use the gifts God has given them as they grow.
Disciple Bible Study
We're planning to continue the strong momentum that was begun this spring with the next phase of Disciple classes in the fall. If you want to continue or if you want to start, please click on the link below to register. It's been a great study and we look forward to growing the number of participants from the initial group of 105!

April Memory Verse
Our 1st - 5th graders are taught a different verse each month, and have the opportunity to recite the verse before or after Sunday School in the elementary office for a sweet treat and chance to win an electric scooter at the end of the school year. We hope that these verses help to guide them throughout their lives. April's memory verse is: "Very truly, I tell you, anyone who hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life." ~John 5:24
Ongoing Outreach
Chainsaw Training for Disaster Relief
Our Baptist colleagues in disaster response have announced three chainsaw training courses that they are offering. Many have asked how they might become certified in chainsaw operation and safety. Your attendance at and successful completion of one of these courses would certainly earn you that certification.

The 2-day training opportunities are scheduled as follows:
  • April 26-27 - DeKalb Baptist Association, Rainsville, AL
  • May 16-17 - Colbert-Lauderdale Baptist Association, Florence, ALFor more information on these programs, and to register for one of them, visit the link below and click on "Course Offerings."

 
Food Pantry
Thanks so much to VHHS for the almost 2,000 cans they donated after their RISE event Friday night! We understand they also raised $250,000 for Comprehensive Cancer research at UAB. Great job! Thanks also to the 20 volunteers that helped unload and sort all of these cans Saturday morning. If your family has filled a bag of groceries during Lent, please take it to one of the three bins around the church (by Tyson, by the office, or in the Lighthouse). Thanks for your generosity.

Oak Mountain Missions
Oak Mountain Missions needs furniture and working appliances, especially microwaves. Please call Brenda (685-5757) for a pick-up. Kitchen items and linens may be put into the bins at church. Thank you.
Wednesday Nights at VHUMC

Classes/Programs
  • Music and Arts Concert: May 8 - Tyson Hall
  • Enneagram: April 24 - May 15 - Room 202
Menus
  • May 1 - Chicken Salad,  Salad or Fruit (Healthy Option: Poppyseed Chicken or Chef's Salad)
  • May 8 - Orecchiette with Bolognese, Marinara, or Alfredo Sauce, French Bread, Salad or Fruit (Healthy Option: Baked Chicken or Chef's Salad)

Worship This Sunday

8:30 am T raditional Service
Acts 5:27-32
"Now What?"
Bill Brunson

9:45 am Service of Word and Table
Acts 5:27-32
"Now What: Believing is Seeing"
Sherry Harris

11:00 am Traditional Service
Acts 5:27-32
"Now What?"
Bill Brunson

11:00 am Contemporary Service
Acts 5:27-40
"Now What: Follow the Spirit"
Kipp McClurg

5:00 pm No Sunday Evening Worship
Attendance for last week: (See Below)
Holy Week:
  • Holy Week Luncheons - 370
  • Maundy Thursday & Good Friday - 378
Easter:
  • Sunrise - 90 
  • 8:30 - 500
  • 9:45 - 734
  • 11:00 - 675
  • Contemporary - 318
  • Nursery - 77
Total 3,142
Our Time and Resources
 

Donations this past week

July 2018 - March 2019
Donations
Other Income
Total Income
Actual
$68,592


$3,037,716
$101,880
$3,139,596
Targeted  
+$10,612


-$89,449
-$3,709
-$93,158
 
(+) Better or (-) worse for the church than our target
Care and Support
Congratulations, hospitalizations, and sympathies

Prayer Requests
Please be in prayer for the following persons: