Volume 48
Issue 35
August 30, 2018
              
Worship Locations This Weekend
We have emerged from our "week without power" with no major issues and very few inconveniences. Thank you for your patience. Now it is time to replace our 54-year-old air conditioning chillers which serve the Sanctuary and Narthex. In this transition, we will not have air conditioning in the Sanctuary this Sunday, September 2. Our services will meet in other areas:
  • 8:30 am - Traditional service will meet in Tyson Hall
  • 9:45 am - Service of Word and Table will meet in the Chapel
  • 11:00 am - We will have a blended service (Traditional and Contemporary) in Tyson Hall
The new chiller should be fully operational for normal services on Sunday, September 9.
Joint Sunday School Option
Please join us this Sunday, September 2, at 9:45 am, in the Fellowship Hall as we hear from Rev. James Woodin (Pastor Woody) from the Upper Sand Mountain United Methodist Parish. Our 6-7th graders served at the thrift store and food pantry there on their mission trip in early June. This parish serves members of their community with financial and personal counseling, food and nutritional products, thrift store supplies, as well as home repairs and construction. Come learn about this UMC mission and how it is allowing mission teams such as ours to become the Hands and Feet of Christ.
Church Closed for Labor Day
The Church office will be closed on Monday, September 3, for the Labor Day holiday.
Back to School Bash
Join us next Wednesday, September 5, at 6:00 pm, in Tyson Hall for our Back to School Bash featuring stunt man and comedian, Max Winfrey! Dinner will be served before the show in the Fellowship Hall at 5:00 pm for $6 per adult and $4 per child (with a $20 maximum for families). The show is completely free and we hope to see you there!
Sherry Harris at Sunday Evening Worship
Come as you are to the Rutland-Memorial Chapel at 5:00 pm, as Sherry Harris leads our worship. Enjoy singing the great old hymns and share in the warm fellowship of this Vespers congregation. Also, mark your calendars for September 9 when Bill Bostick will be leading our worship.
Flood Buckets are On Their Way
VHUMC took the call seriously, and we thank you. After last year's hurricane season, the need for flood buckets earlier in the season was a necessity. This August, VHUMC had three different work times for their members to get involved and serve as the hands and feet of Christ to pack and deliver flood buckets to our UMCOR warehouse in Decatur. Because the need was so great, VHUMC partnered with Trinity UMC, Canterbury UMC, and the conference office during the entire month of August. Because of this partnership, 500 buckets will be delivered to UMCOR. A special thank you to Barbara Porter, John Moss, Mike Harris, our conference office, and our partnering churches who made this project happen.
Mission Mondays
Sometimes the Missions office can get a little crowded with all the items donated, given, collected, or saved for an organization or partnership group. While stepping over toys, diapers, or other collections we try not to lose focus on what we all are accomplishing. The stories, the tears, the requests, the cars, the blankets, the peanut butter sandwiches, all in some way or another will impact someone in the community - and that is what we are called to do as Christians. We are here to make a difference, show Christ's love to everyone, give grace and forgiveness when sometimes it is not deserved, appreciated or even wanted. We almost feel guilty that we get to see God's hands at work in so many ways in everyday acts in the Missions office. We want to share those moments and little miracles with you to show how God is at work in the lives of those around us.

This fall, we hope you will rejoice with us on the Missions Facebook page (Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church Missions and Outreach). We will be posting stories and sharing how God is at work at VHUMC, and how we have witnessed Him and His grace. If you have a story that you would like to share, please email it to Rachael Hayes (rhayes@vhumc.org). We will post on Mondays, so stay tuned for our "Mission Mondays" through stories that will inspire you.
Magic City Nutcracker Auditions
Auditions for our 6th annual production of the Magic City Nutcracker will be Saturday, September 8, at Forma Arts and Wellness. Please go to magicictynutcraker.org for more information.
Elementary Bible Study
We invite 1st-5th graders to join us for our elementary Bible Study, Bible Pathfinders, on Wednesday nights during the school year from 6:00-7:00 pm in rooms 219/221! We will kick off on September 12 and take a journey around the world to learn about Paul's Missionary Journeys, about kids in different countries, and explore what it means to be a missionary for Jesus. We will have lots of fun with music, skits, discussion, games and more! Contact Jamie Meeks (jmeeks@vhumc.org) for more information.
Whale of a Sale Volunteers Needed
Vestavia Day School is one of the strongest outreach ministries of the church and they need our help. The Whale of a Sale, the school's only fundraiser, is coming up and in need of volunteers. This is a great opportunity for you, your friends or your Sunday School group to serve our church and community. Please check your calendars and see if you have a few hours free on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, September 12, 13 or 14. Sign up and enjoy sorting and organizing clothing and toys for the sale. Plus, all volunteers get an early shopping pass at 1:30 pm on Thursday, September 13, before the sale opens to the public! If you don't have time to spare, please also consider donating a treat to the hospitality room! If you are interested in helping, email us (thewhaleofasale@gmail.com) or visit the link below and select a time and day that works for you!

Yard Signs are a Big Hit
Last Sunday, we had 8 families visit VHUMC and 2 of them attributed it to the VHUMC yard sign campaign. If you haven't gotten your sign, there are still some in the church office. Thank you for inviting more people to join our family! Please keep your yard signs up until after Labor Day! Then, if they're in good shape save them (we have more). We'll do another campaign in January 2019!
Welcome New Members
Let's welcome Lauren and Bill Jones to our VHUMC family. They baptized their baby, Ann Howard (7 months) with big sister Mary Boykin (3) watching every step. Please join in a warm VHUMC welcome to these new members of our family.
VHUMC Habitat "Thursday Group"
Members and guests recently came together to celebrate Eric Carlton's 10 years of leadership in VHUMC's Thursday Habitat Group. We are very grateful to Eric for his leadership and commitment to this Group and to Habitat for Humanity. The Thursday Group is made up of volunteers who do construction on Habitat homes each week from September to April. If you would like to join, or just want more information about the group, please contact Cynthia McGough (mcgough.cynthia@gmail.com / 901-0956).
Fidget Mat Materials Needed
Thank you so much for the outpouring of support for the Fidget Ministry in the way of resources! We have now shared 220 activity mats with individuals who suffer from Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and who are on hospice. We have also shared with several hospice groups and retirement homes. The mats are a result of the donated materials and hard-working fidget angels!

If you would like a personalized mat, please gather items that might share something about that person's life story (i.e. Auburn key chain, glove, piece of fabric from a favorite dress, belt, scarf) and that person's name and your contact info.

Please continue to donate placemats and objects that might be sewn on the mats. If you know, or have a loved one, who might benefit from a fidget mat, please contact Peggy Patton (p_patton@bellsouth.net / 982-5997). Many thanks for your support of time, talent, and resources!
Christmas Shoebox Ministry Deadline
Thank you to all the groups and individuals participating in our Christmas Shoebox ministry this year. Remember that shoeboxes have to be in our Missions office no later than noon on Tuesday, September 4, so we can meet the conference office deadline.
Tanzania Mission Trip Deadline Approaching
Don't miss the planning meeting for our 2019 summer mission trip! We will meet on Tuesday, September 5, at Trinity UMC. If you are interested in going on this trip, please contact Rachael Hayes (rhayes@vhumc.org) for more details on how to get involved and information about the meeting.

For those members already signed up to go, please make every effort to attend this meeting as it will be a very important and informative one. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the Soards, our UMC missionaries currently serving in Tanzania.
Wednesday Evening Class on "Boundaries"
Have ever wondered, "Can I set limits and still be a loving person? How do I answer someone who wants my time, love, energy, or money? or Why do I feel guilty when I consider setting boundaries?" If so, then the book "Boundaries" by Dr. Henry Cloud and John Townsend can help you establish the personal property lines that define who you are and who you are not, and influence all areas of your life. Ellery Berryhill, licensed professional counselor, will lead this faith-based study starting September 12, in room 208, at 6:00 pm.
Middle School Retreat
We are so excited to announce a new location for our Middle School Retreat this year! We will be spending the weekend at Timberlake Ministries in Millport, AL. Registration will be September 4 through October 2. Late registration will continue through October 11 with a 10 % late fee with no guarantee of a t-shirt. After October 11, we will only be able to add students to a wait list. No exceptions, so register early! There is a sibling discount of 50% off the registration price! Enter promo code: "siblingdiscount" when registering your students.

We also need chaperones! This is a first come, first serve basis so please let us know asap if you would like to chaperone by emailing Juli Hansen (jhansen@vhumc.org).

Seniors Only 2019
Seniors Only is a monthly meeting for our senior students to help them prepare for college. Seniors will meet in the Student Ministries Cafe on the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm beginning next Tuesday, September 4. The cost is $50 and includes dinner and materials.

Sound System Volunteers
We are looking for sound system volunteers for all of our Sunday services, as well as special services throughout the week. A good sounding service is crucial to making a memorable worship experience. Many weeks we risk having services with no one behind the sound board so we need your help more than ever. With the improvements we are making to all of our worship spaces we want to make sure we are good stewards of our progress and have volunteers we can call on to make our sound systems run well. It is very easy, and does not require any experience whatsoever. If you want to be a part of this wonderful team them please contact Peyton Chandler (pchandler@vhumc.org).
2019 Jesus Trail Hike Informational Meeting
Join Jim Frazier on Sunday, September 23, at 4:00 pm, in room 316 for videos and information about the exciting Jesus Trail Hike coming up April 2-10, 2019. This will be a once in a lifetime trip as you leisurely hike around the Sea of Galilee, spend a day in old Jerusalem, and another day in Bethlehem and the Jordan River. Space is limited. For more information contact Jim Frazier (jfrazier@vhumc.org / 769-0126).

New Life Singers Start-Up
We invite any and all students, grades 6th-12th, to come join us for the New Life Singers start-up. Our first rehearsal is Sunday, September 9, at 4:00 pm. The student choir sings a wide range of music from contemporary praise song arrangements to more formal hymns and spiritual music. It is a wonderful support group of friendly well-rounded students who love to give of their time and talents in service to our church and community. For questions or further information contact Quint Harris (qharris@vhumc.org) or Matthew Wall (mwall@vhumc.org).
Music and Arts
Now that School is back in session, so is the VHUMC Music and Arts program. Music and Arts is for all children K-5th grade and every Wednesday from 2:30-5:00 pm, when Vestavia Schools are in session. Children will have the opportunity to be creative in sessions such as Choir, Hand Bells, Drama, Visual Arts, Drumming, and Orff instruments. We offer transportation from Vestavia East, West, Central, and the Vestavia Day School. We also need several helpers! If you would like to volunteer to be a van driver, a shepherd (lead children between sessions), or if you have any questions about Music and Arts; please contact Matt Wall (mwall@vhumc.org). We hope to see your child with us when we kick off on September 5.

September Memory Verse
Our Elementary Bible Verse memorization program is beginning again! Our 1st - 5th graders will be 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! September's memory verse is: "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." - Hebrews 13:8

At the end of the school year we will give a grand prize to one boy and one girl. We hope that these verses help to guide them throughout their lives. Parents, you should have received an email with more information. If you have any questions please contact Jamie Meeks (jmeeks@vhumc.org).
COA Classes for Fall
Fall is a great time to begin music lessons! Our Conservatory of the Arts is ramping up and we don't want you to miss out! Registration for our fall session has started, so why not use this time to learn a new instrument, take voice lessons, to learn art skills, or to try a theatre class? Visit our new website by clicking the link  below  and register for your lessons today! Check out some of our new opportunities:
  • Showstoppers - We are excited to offer this musical theatre class by Holly Harrington for both boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 15 on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-7:00 pm. The class will run for 15 weeks culminating in a final performance in December. It will focus on promoting performance skills through learning specific songs, dances, and scenes from established musicals. Each class will include elements of singing, dancing, and acting.
  • Photography Class - From Snapshots to Creative Photographs will once again be offered by Virginia Jones on Thursday evenings at 6:00 pm for high school students and adults. Class will begin on Thursday September 6 and run for 5 weeks. The class is designed for amateurs who want to improve their photographs. A basic working knowledge of your digital camera is encouraged.
  • Conducting Class - Individual conducting lessons for someone interested in learning the basic techniques of conducting any ensemble. Intermediate level skills, or advanced skills for specific ensembles. Conducting lessons are offered for persons age 16 and up. Prior musical experiences with ensembles is recommended but not required. 
  • Clay Class - Larry Gibson will once again be returning to teach youth (ages 10 through 18). All students will use their hands and/or a pottery wheel to create both functional and unique clay pieces. Classes begin Monday, September 10 from 4:30-5:30 pm and meet most Mondays through December 3.
  • Art Classes - Regular Art Class - Thursdays from 4:15-5:15 pm for students in Grades 1-3.
  • Advanced Art Class - Tuesdays from 4:15-5:15 pm for students in Grades 3-8.
  • Theatre Class - will run for 12 weeks culminating in a final production in late November. Intended for both boys and girls in 4th grade through high school, this class will help your student become more comfortable and confident while developing skills in acting, stagecraft, public speaking, and improvisation.
  • Musicianship Class - a beginning Theory class for students as well as adults. If you have wanted to learn how to read music or are planning on majoring in Music in college and want to learn more music theory, taking this class will give you an edge in your musical knowledge. There are three levels of classes and we are offering Level 1 this Fall on Sunday afternoons. For adults, no prior music experience is necessary to take the class. For children, they would need at least one year of music lessons to enroll. Classes begin September 9.

Conservatory Transport Volunteers Needed
The Conservatory of the Arts is in need of a few volunteers willing to offer their service in transporting children to and from lessons. Our children's safety is so important and what a blessing it is to assist in the broadening of the human spirit through the Arts. If you are interested in helping out in this ministry please contact Matthew Wall (mwall@vhumc.org). Thank you!
Kindermusik is Back for Fall
Come join our award winning Kindermusik classes here at VHUMC! Kindermusik with Michele and Friends is ranked in the top 5% of music programs in the world by Kindermusik International. We will be offering Sunday afternoon and Monday morning classes this fall for ages birth to 7 years old. Having fun is just the beginning! Our curricula and expert educators provide engaging musical learning experiences during the years most critical to brain development. We are proud to be able to offer classes here and know that you do not want to miss this opportunity for your children. Classes are designed to meet every child right where they are developmentally through music, movement, instrument play, dancing, singing, bonding with a caregiver, story time, intentional touch, and so much more. Classes begin September 16 so don't delay. Open enrollment is available all year if space is available.

Boomer Bible Study
Jim Frazier will be leading Adam Hamilton's video Bible Study: John (The Gospel of Light and Life). We will be meeting in room 147 in the Lighthouse, on Thursday nights, at 6:30 pm, starting September 6. The study will last seven weeks. For more information contact Jim Frazier (jfrazier@vhumc.org / 769-0126).

Brian Davis to Speak at VHUMC Prayer Breakfast
Brian Davis, the director of Public Works for the City of Vestavia and an SEC Football line judge, will be our guest speaker on Wednesday, September 19, at 6:45 am, in the Fellowship Hall. Brian has worked for the city of Vestavia Hills for 17 years. In 2012, he was named the city's public services director. Because he attended the University of Alabama, Brian cannot officiate Crimson Tide games. Men, women, and students are all welcome to attend this special breakfast. The cost is $5. Please RSVP by contacting Jim Frazier (jfrazier@vhumc.org / 769-0126).
Growing Pains: Renovating for Our Future
Work continues for our HVAC and cosmetic upgrades in the Sanctuary and Narthex. This week we will install the new air conditioning chiller for those areas, but it will take another week to make it operational. With no AC, we will relocate our worship services this Sunday (see the article above).

It is exciting to see our new Sanctuary speakers installed and progress made on our new organ screen. The ceiling in the Narthex and our Sanctuary side aisles is almost complete. We hope to have everything complete and cleaned up by mid-October.
Ongoing Outreach
Tutors Needed
It is that time of year when our tutor volunteers are gearing up for a new school year with a whole new group of students ready to learn. If you have a desire to help a young student exceed their potential or love working with young children, then this ministry might be for you. VHUMC partners with two great organizations in the Birmingham community to provide one on one tutoring. If you feel this is where God is calling you to serve, please contact Rachael Hayes (rhayes@vhumc.org) in the Missions office and she will put you in contact with the team leader for the site of your choice.

Food Pantry
The Food Pantry needs spaghetti sauce and Ziploc sandwich bags. We are always in need of the plastic grocery bags, preferably doubled and flat.

We are also trying to help a family that lost their house in a fire to find two queen size beds with mattresses. If you can help contact Barbara Porter (bobarb@bellsouth.net / 444-9793)

Harvest of Hope Luncheon
The twelfth Annual Harvest of Hope Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at The Club. A silent auction will begin at 10:00 am.

Founded in 2001, Oak Mountain Mission Ministries provides food, clothing, furniture, and financial assistance to those in need in the Greater Birmingham area. Individuals are referred to the Mission from domestic violence and homeless shelters, faith support churches, and social service agencies. Everything is given to screened, qualified clients at no charge. This past year, OMM assisted 6,120 families and the needs continue to grow.

To reserve a place at one of our VHUMC tables, please contact Barbara Porter (444-9793 or bobarb@bellsouth.net).

Auction Baskets Needed
Support Family Promise by building a gift basket that will be sold via silent auction or raffle. This would be a great family, Sunday School, or other group project. Suggested basket ideas include Date Night, Movie Night, Wine and Cheese Basket, Beer Basket, Pet Lover's Basket, Golf Basket, Spa Package, Outdoor Package, Tailgating Package, and Dress Up Package. But, you can we as creative as you want. The suggested basket value is $150+. Baskets will be due to our Mission's office by September 14. If you are interested in donating a basket, please contact Rachael Hayes (rhayes@vhumc.org). Thank you in advance for supporting our mission partner, Family Promise.
Wednesday Night Menus
  • September 5 - Salad, Pork Loin OR Poppyseed Chicken Casserole, Wild Rice, Green Beans, Bread Pudding. Kids: Chicken Nuggets, Mac & Cheese
  • September 12 -  Biscuit OR Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Smoked Sausage, Cheese Grits, Orange Slices. Kids: Chicken Nuggets, Mac & Cheese
  • September 19 -  Salad, Tacos OR Grilled Chicken, Black Beans, Mac & Cheese, Brownie. Kids: Pizza
  • September 26 -  Salad, Baked Potato Bar, Soup OR Chili. Kids: Chicken Nuggets
Worship This Sunday 

8:30 am         Traditional Service
Mark 4:35-41
"Peace! Be Still"
Woody Woodin

9:45 am         Service of Word and Table
Luke 14:25-33
"In or Out?"
Sherry Harris

11:00 am         Blended Service
Mark 4:35-41
"Peace Be Still"
Woody Woodin

5:00 pm         Sunday Evening Worship
Luke 14:25-33
"In or Out?"
Sherry Harris
Our Time and Resources
 

Donations this past week

July 2018
Donations
Other Income
Total Income
Actual
$34,848


$217,798
$10,636
$228,434
Targeted  
-$24,194


-$29,069
-$1,041
-$30,110
 
(+) 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: