Volume 50
Issue 7
February 13, 2020
              
Whale of a Sale
The Whale of a Sale starts next Thursday in the Lighthouse. Please join us and shop our huge selection of toys, baby items, and gently used clothing. Proceeds from the sale support Vestavia Day School, one of the strongest outreach ministries of the church. The sale is open to the public from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Thursday, February 20 and from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm on Friday, February 21 (half-price sale on most items all day). Follow the link below to purchase your early hour tickets!

Student Ministries Missions Fundraiser
We are excited to kick off our annual Student Ministries fundraiser on Sunday, February 23! We will be in Tyson Hall from 6:00-8:00 pm. The evening will include a seated meal, entertainment, silent auction and a live auction. You will want to be there! Tickets are $40 per person or $350 to reserve a table for eight. Please spread the word so we can make this an impactful event for our Student Ministries missions fund! For more information or to help by serving on the committee, please contact Alice Bell Baker ( abbaker@vhumc.org ).

Daddy Daughter Dance
The Daddy Daughter Dance will be Sunday, February 23, from 6:00-8:00 pm in the Lighthouse gym. The cost is $15 per person (additional daughters are $10). This is an event for 4K-5th grade girls and their father, or grandfather, or favorite uncle! If you have any questions, contact Anne Strozier (astrozier@vhumc.org).

Ash Wednesday at VHUMC
Ash Wednesday (February 26) is the official beginning of Lent. On this day of penitence, ashes are placed on our forehead to represent our mortality. They are placed in the sign of the cross to remind us that as Christians we die in Christ and are saved by His amazing grace. We are providing three opportunities for you to embrace the sacred meaning of this holy day and receive the ashes on your forehead to begin your Lenten journey.
  • 6:30 - 9:00 am * Parking Lot Prayers and Ashes * East and West Parking Lots
  • 7:00 - 8:00 am * Imposition of Ashes * Rutland-Memorial Chapel
  • 6:00 - 7:00 pm * Traditional Ash Wednesday Service * Sanctuary*
*Childcare available in the room 224.
Pancake Dinner
Lenten Season is right around the corner. This year, Ash Wednesday is February 26. In VHUMC tradition, we will host our annual Pancake Dinner on Tuesday, February 25, at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Bring your family, friends, Sunday School classes, and small groups to eat pancakes and enjoy jazz music performed by the Vestavia Hills High School Jazz Band and a few more surprises. Dinner is $5 a person and donations will be accepted for our Lenten offering.
An Evening with Ray
For the first time at VHUMC, Ray Buchanan, founder of Rise Against Hunger, will share how he equipped millions to feed the masses. A former Methodist minister, Ray envisioned a world without hunger and recognized that accomplishing a mission required "commitment to something larger than yourself." Over the past three decades, that principle has driven Ray's mission to eradicate world hunger.

Join us on Sunday, March 1, at 6:00 pm, for this free event in Tyson Hall to learn how the Vestavia community is making a difference around the globe. The idea that "ending hunger is more than just feeding people" is the driving force behind Ray's mission, and we are grateful for the opportunity to learn from this servant leader and master storyteller. All ages are welcomed. The event is free, but we will accept a love offering for our annual Rise Against Hunger meal packing event in April.
Girls Just Want To Have Fun
Due to popular request, Party Art is back! Join us on Wednesday, March 11 at 6:00 pm for another fun evening! The cost is still only $35, but this time we will be painting a gorgeous spring picture to add to your home d├ęcor. Our instructors will be there to give us step by step instructions, answer question, and even do some hands-on help if needed. You can register for the class on the church website. The deadline for registration is March 9.

Wednesday Class About the Holy Spirit
Starting on February 19, this new series provides a framework of scripture that teaches us about who the Holy Spirit is and how He works. Come hear stories from some of your peers about how The Holy Spirit is working in our lives individually and collectively as a church. Please join us in room 202 as we hear from Sharon Lovell, Alan Legg, Jill Kimbrough, Julie Harper, Suzanne Scott-Trammell, and more.
Summer Grand Camps
Grand Camps are unique adventures for grandparents and their grandchildren focused on leaving a faith-legacy for the next generations. These camps are filled with activities that grandparents and grandchildren experience together to discover God's Word through life-changing memories.

The first camp is July 5-7, followed by the second on July 8-10. Both camps are identical. Camps will be led by Jim and Rhonda Frazier and hosted at Camp McDowell. Grandchildren must be between 4-9 years old at the time of the camp. The cost is $190/person for the first two in the room. The cost is $90/person for the third and fourth persons in the room. We begin camp at 5:00 pm on the first day and end at 1:00 pm on the third day. For more information please contact Jim Frazier (jfrazier@vhumc.org / 769-0126). Space is limited, so make sure you register online today!

Lenten Study: Eternity is Now in Session
During the Lenten season, our sermon series will be based on John Ortberg's book, Eternity is Now in Session. This is a wonderful series that is perfect for your class, small group, or those who want to follow on their own. The book can be purchased using the link below, as well as copies can be purchased from the front office. If you have any questions, or want to get into a group doing the study, please contact Suzanne Scott-Trammell (sstrammell@vhumc.org).

Hiking to the Cross
Join the VHUMC clergy at McCallum Park (on Rosemary Lane) on Saturday, March 14, at 9:00 am, as we take a leisurely hike together. We will stop periodically to remember each of the 14 stations of the cross (the events that happened to Jesus from the Last Supper until his resurrection on Easter Sunday). Invite your friends as we enjoy a beautiful spring morning. For more information please contact Jim Frazier (jfrazier@vhumc.org / 769-0126).
Upcoming Grief Support Group
All of us experience grief differently. That's why we have a ministry focused on providing loving care and support to those who have are suffering the loss of a loved one. Our next seven-week Grief Support Group will meet beginning on Wednesday, March 4 in room 203. The group will dine together at 5:30 pm, with the sessions beginning around 6:00 pm. Each session lasts about one hour, and meetings typically conclude around 7:00 pm. There is no cost for our Grief Support Group, and part of the joy of our ministry is also in furnishing dinner for all participants.

Although you are not required to attend every meeting, you are encouraged to make as many sessions as possible for the benefit of you and for others in the group who are helped by your attendance and participation. Our goal is to provide a loving environment for participants to learn valuable ways to cope with their grief.

To learn more about this upcoming Grief Support Group, or to register to participate, please contact either Peyton Chandler (pchandler@vhumc.org / 306-3591) or Cathie Amos (cathamos@bellsouth.net / 908-2731).
February Hilltoppers Meeting
Our next meeting is Tuesday, February 18, at 10:30 am in the Fellowship Hall. The Greater Birmingham Humane Society will be the program. We will be collecting pets supplies for our 4-legged friends (foods, bowls, toys, treats, etc.). For information or to make a lunch reservation ($6.00) contact Margaret Flowers (mflowers@vhumc.org / 769-0112) or Harriette Woodring (822-9318) no later than 11:00 am on Friday, February 14. Guests and new members are welcome.
Fun with Food
Here is a pop quiz. What is a small savory dish typically served as an appetizer at the beginning of a meal? You guessed it: hors d'oeuvres also known as our favorite food or how to spoil your dinner in only ten minutes. The problem with hors d'oeuvres is we get intimidated by them. Have we got a solution for you! Join us on Wednesday, April 1, 6:00 pm in Tyson Hall and learn how to create beautiful and tasty hors d'oeuvres from convenience items from the grocery store. The cost is $35.00, and our own Melinda Burnett is wowing us once again. You can register on the church website, but the deadline to register is March 27 and the class size is limited to 35 so don't delay. You would be a "fool" to miss out on this fun event.

Spring Kids' Musical
It's not too late to join us for our spring musical with Music and Arts! Each Wednesday from 3:30-5pm, we meet for music, drama, art, and more. Our final project for the school year will be a musical all about God's greatest creations: you! Join us for only $30. For more info, contact Zoe Wirt (zwirt@vhumc.org).

Nursery Angel Volunteers Needed
On Sunday mornings, during the 9:45 Sunday School hour, our nurseries on the preschool floor get very busy! Please consider being an Angel in our sweet Lambs Toddler class. The commitment is one Sunday a month from 9:45-10:45. You can choose which Sunday will work best for you. Please contact Anne Strozier (astrozier@vhumc.org) for more information. Thank you!
Daily Devotions for 2020
We hope and pray that all our VHUMC family will continue in daily devotional reading and scripture reflection. After going through our January prayer guide together, we hope you will follow Jesus Calling every day starting in February. This daily devotion book that helps draw us closer to God is filled with uniquely inspired treasures from heaven for every day of the year. You can order a copy online and pick it up in the church office, or download the Jesus Calling app on your phone from the app store.

Ongoing Outreach
Oak Mountain Mission
Oak Mountain Mission needs tables, chairs, sofas, and end tables. Pots and pans are always needed as well. No summer clothes, toys, or knick-knacks please.
Wednesday Nights at VHUMC
  
Classes/Programs starting at 6:00 pm
  • Men's Bible Study: January 15 - May 6 | Room 204
  • Women's Small Groups: January 15 - May 6 | Room 206 & 208
  • Disciple Bible - Fast Track: January 15 - May 6 | Room 323 & 203A
  • Holy Spirit at Work: February 19 - May 6 | Room 202
  • Spring Party Art: March 11 | Fellowship Hall
  • SOZO Choir: March 18 | Tyson 
Menus: 
  • February 19 - Pot Roast or Greek Chicken with Artichoke Cream Sauce, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy / Green Beans, Salad / Fruit / Cut Veggies with Dressing. Kids: Chicken Nuggets
  • February 26 - Spaghetti with Meat Sauce or Chicken Alfredo, Green Beans, Salad / Fruit / Cut Veggies with Dressing. Kids: Spaghetti
  • March 4 - Beef Tips or Chicken Pot Pie, Rice or Carrot Souffle, Salad / Fruit / Cut Veggies with Dressing. Kids: Corn Dogs with Chips
  • March 11 - Meatloaf or Baked Ham, Mashed Potatoes / English Peas, Salad / Fruit / Cut Veggies with Dressing. Kids: Pizza 
Worship This Sunday
 
8:30 am Traditional  Service |  Sanctuary
1 Corinthians 12:1-11
"Limitless Opportunity"
Kipp McClurg
 
9:45 am Service of Word and Table |  Sanctuary 
1 Corinthians 12:1-11
"Limitless Opportunity"
Sherry Harris
 
11:00 am Traditional Service |  Sanctuary
1 Corinthians 12:1-11
"Limitless Opportunity"
Sherry Harris

 
11:00 am Contemporary Service |  Tyson Hall 
1 Corinthians 12:1-11
"Limitless Opportunity"
Kipp McClurg
 
5:00 pm  Sunday Evening Worship
I Corinthians 3:9
"You are God's Field, God's Building"
Mike Harper

Attendance for last week: 810
General Fund Fiscal Year 2020
 
 
Donations this past week
 
July - December 2019
Donations
Other Income
Total Income 
Actual
$ 107,185
 
 
$1,856,880
$73,872
$1,930,752
Targeted  
+$22,780 
 
 
-$258,550
+$3,813
-$254,737
 
(+) Better or (-) worse for the church than our target
Care and Support
Congratulations, hospitalizations, and sympathies

Prayer Requests
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