Volume 49
Issue 30
July 25 , 2019
              
Upcoming Sermon Series
Most of us live life pulled between expectations of family, lifestyle standards, peer groups, and financial limitations. If one part of life gets out of sorts, we have to decide which other part gets shorted. Join us starting August 11 as we have conversations about the demanding culture we live in, the strain it puts on our lives, and ways to move life away from the anxiety that seems to never end. We don't want you to miss this exciting new series!
Discovery Weekend Needs Your Help
Discovery is an incredible event for our 6th-12th graders that will help them to grow in their faith and become connected to their peers before they head back to school. It takes an army of volunteers to make this event happen and we need your help! This is great opportunity for a Sunday school class, or other groups, to get involved. Click on the links below to see the many ways you can help make this Discovery the best one yet!
  • Adult Break Room (Link)
  • Student Meals and Snacks (Link)
  • Prayer Room (Link)
  • High School Host Home (Link)
  • Middle School Night Leader (Link)
Welcome New Members
Please join us in welcoming three new members to VHUMC:
  • Jackie Wilson joins us from Perdido Key UMC (she was in the congregation when they started the Florabama church). She's a part of our FUEL classes and already involved in other areas. She attends 11:00 traditional worship. We're so glad she has made it official with us!
  • Guy Harrison and Anne Jacobson have been at VHUMC for several years, and have now made their membership official. They attend 11:00 traditional worship and are great additions to our church family.
Please look for their pictures on the slides in Tyson Lobby and the bulletin board outside the church office and welcome them when you see them.
Want a Stronger Marriage/Relationship
Register for the upcoming Marriage/Relationship Night at VHUMC on Friday, August 16, from 5:30-9:00 pm. Childcare is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to register early! Come hear from internationally known speakers and marriage therapists and laugh with comedian Michael Jr. as you learn the fundamentals of a sound relationship, honoring one another, and honoring God. Registration is $20 per couple and includes a boxed dinner for each adult. Spread the word, this is slated to be a fun-filled and inspirational night! For questions or further information, contact Suzanne Scott-Trammell (sstrammell@vhumc.org / 769-0136).

Christmas in July
Christmas in July is back again! We had such great success from last year's event, we decided to bring it back with two options:
  • From July 14 through 29, we will collect new, unwrapped toys for our annual Student Ministries Breakfast in December. Please bring your toys to one of the blue tubs located in the main church office and on the student ministries' floor.
  • It is time to start packing our United Methodist Christmas Shoeboxes. These boxes (not real shoeboxes) are provided by UMCOR for local churches to pack with assorted toys, products, and coloring books that are sent overseas to our missionaries in the fall. They distribute the boxes to children within their communities at Christmas.
We have a list of suggested items, coloring books, and shoeboxes in the missions' office. Stop by to pick up your supplies and start gathering your gifts, flip flops (every box has to have a pair of them), and toys. This year, we hope to pack more boxes than ever. If you, your family, Sunday School class, or small group would like to pack these together, then contact Rachael Hayes (rhayes@vhumc.org / 769-0143) to let her know how many boxes to reserve for you. Filled boxes have to be in the Missions office by Tuesday, September 2.

Let's make a child's Christmas morning even better in another part of the world by spreading a little "Christmas Cheer" here in July.
July Mission Minute
This July, we would like to highlight our mission partners that aid and support the homeless in our area. We work with three different organizations through actions, giving, or both: First Light, Interfaith of the YWCA, and Family Promise of Birmingham. All of these organizations have been partners with VHUMC for a long time. We have several Sunday School classes involved with helping, serving, and volunteering with each group on a monthly basis. You can visit their websites for more information on how you can help with daily needs or support some of their bigger fundraisers.

Family Promise of Birmingham, that we just hosted in June, is having their fundraising event on July 18 at Brookwood Village. If you are interested in being a part of this, would like tickets, or donate an auction item, please contact Rachael Hayes (rhayes@vhumc.org) for more information. You will not want to miss this event!

We also serve the homeless by making PB&J sandwiches each winter when the warming stations open downtown. This group has grown from two volunteers to over fifteen in just a few months. If you are interested in making sandwiches next winter, watch for our social media posts for ways to make an impact with our homeless community.
Promotion Sunday
Promotion Sunday is August 11! Be on the lookout for a postcard from preschool or elementary ministries to let you know which class your child is in for the 2019-2020 school year. We will all meet in our new rooms on August 11. We hope to see you there!
New Fall Disciple Studies
Come join a group of fellow disciples who yearn to learn more about the Bible, finding peace and stability in our busy and frenzied world. The New Testament will be discussed in the fall, where we learn Jesus' way of living a life of love, peace, and meaning. Come join in the joy of the truth bestowed on those of us with eyes to see and ears to hear. Register for the day and time that works best for your schedule. For more information, please contact Suzanne Scott-Trammell (769-0136 / sstrammell@vhumc.org). Classes will start around Labor Day and run for 12 weeks.

Third Grade Bible Registration
It is a tradition at Vestavia Hills United Methodist to give a Bible to our third graders each year. This year our Bible presentation will be during the 11:00 traditional worship service in the sanctuary on September 8.

If you are a member at VHUMC, or feel that VHUMC is your church home, we want to make sure that we have your child listed to receive a Bible. We would also like to personalize each Bible by adding your child's name engraved to the outside cover, but we will only be able to do that if you provide us with the information we need by August 4. Please take a moment to click on the link to let us know what name you would like printed on your child's Bible.
New Evening Fitness Classes
New evening exercise classes  will  be  starting soon in the Lighthouse!
  • YogaFit emphasizes sports science and alignment principles, as well as the ancient traditions of Yoga. Bringing Yoga to everybody in a safe, accessible, and adaptable way, YogaFit allows for a full range of fitness levels, age groups, and health conditions while maintaining the essence of the traditional practice.
  • Ready to experience results you can both see and feel? D1 Training's Boot Camp program will push you to your limits. No matter your skill level or experience, this program is designed for anyone looking to get fit and feel good. All you need to do is show up and bring your dedication -and we'll take it from there.
If you are interested in either class, please contact Alli McGill ( amcgill@vhumc.org).
Bible Bearer, Acolyte and Crucifer Training
We love for the Cross, the Word of God, and the Light of Jesus to be carried into our worship services by our children and students! If your child or student would like to serve as a bible bearer, acolyte, or a crucifer, we invite you to join us on Sunday, August 11, for training in the Sanctuary at the following time:
  • Bible Bearers (1st-2nd graders) - 3:00-3:45 pm
  • Acolytes (3rd-5th graders) - 3:45-4:30 pm
  • Crucifers (6th-12th graders) - 4:30-5:00 pm
We hope that you will encourage your child or student to participate in this special ministry! If you have any questions, please contact Jamie Meeks (jmeeks@vhumc.org).
Bingo Bash
We invite all ages to join us on Wednesday, August 21, from 6:00-7:00 pm in Tyson Hall as we have a fun night of Bingo and prizes benefiting Children's Harbor. We ask that each person please bring a bingo prize to donate to our Children's Harbor mission team.
Do You Shop on Amazon
Did you know that when you shop on Amazon, you can make a portion of your purchase become a gift to VHUMC? It is very easy: log into your Amazon account through smile.amazon.com and then shop as you normally do! The first time, you will need to choose "Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church Foundation." Then, every time you log in this way, Amazon will process a donation to the General Fund of the church. It really is that easy. Please contact John Sweeney (jsweeney@vhumc.org / 769-0101) with any questions you may have.

Livestream Volunteers Needed
Do you have a desire to serve VHUMC and help bring the message of Jesus Christ to those outside of the church walls? We are excited to announce that VHUMC will begin Livestreaming our traditional worship services very soon! We will begin by streaming the 11:00 traditional service, with the 8:30 and 9:45 am services soon to follow. In order for this effort to be made possible, we are very much in need of volunteers to operate the Livestream equipment during Sunday morning worship services. Volunteers will be trained in advance with plenty of learning time before operating the equipment. We hope you will consider volunteering to help VHUMC in this exciting new endeavor to help bring Christ's message to the Vestavia community and beyond! Contact Peyton Chandler (pchandler@vhumc.org) to sign up or ask questions
Verify and Update Your Profile
VHUMC uses a wonderful, robust database to track information about each of our members. It has bank-level security so you have to log on to your profile to see your information and church activity. We invite you to log on to https://vhumc.infellowship.com/ for the following:
  • Update your profile, including your picture. Please be sure we have your cell number.
  • Access our online church directory. Access is only to those who have "opted in" under the privacy settings.
  • See current groups to which you are involved.
  • Sign up for new classes and groups.
  • Check your donation history and schedule online giving.
  • Register for events and see your past registrations.
We appreciate your assistance as we try to update your information and make our communications with you more streamlined and targeted. If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Scott-Trammell (sstrammell@vhumc.org / 769-0136).

Fall Registration for COA
The Conservatory of the Arts is now enrolling students for our fall session which begins the week of August 19. If you do not see a class you are looking for, please email Ellen Bryant (coa@vhumc.org).

Private lessons include: brass instruments, guitar, percussion, piano, stringed instruments, voice, and wind instruments.

Classes include:
  • Regular Art - Thursdays at 4:15 (Students who have finished K - 3rd Grade)
  • Advanced Art - Tuesdays at 4:15 (Students in Grades 3 - 8)
  • Photography - Tuesdays at 6:00 (High School students through adults)
  • Children's Theatre - Thursdays at 3:30 (Ages 8-10 years)
  • Girls Theatre - Mondays at 4:30 (Ages 11-14)
  • Showstoppers - Tuesdays at 5:00 (Ages 8-12) and 6:00 (Ages 13-18)
A Time of Prayer for Back to School
Come to Tyson Hall on Thursday, August 8 (first day of school), to pray for our students and schools. Doors open at 7:30 for coffee, with prayer & program from 8:30-10:00 am. Preschool childcare is available with 48 hours' notice to Anne Strozier (astrozier@vhumc.org). For more information regarding Moms in Prayer, please contact Lee Mathews (AL@MomsInPrayer.org).

Upward Flag Football and Cheer Registration
Upward Flag Football and Cheer registration has begun! This league is for boys and girls K4-4th Grade who want to play flag football or cheer and learn the basics of the sports experienced in a Christ-centered atmosphere. Practices will be once a week on either a Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday evening starting the week of Sept. 2. Games will be on Saturday mornings starting on September 14. The cost is $105 per participant and includes uniforms. The league also offers multi-child family discounts.

You can register online at the link below or in person at the VHUMC Lighthouse. We are looking forward to seeing your family participate with us this fall! For any questions about the league or season, please contact Miles Erbe (merbe@vhumc.org / 769-0134).

True Beauty Be Still
In "Be Still," Lisa explores the pressures, perceptions, and expectations that women face, inspires viewers to let go of the lies that keep them busy doing things, and encourages them to enjoy being at the feet of Jesus.

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.

Ongoing Outreach
Food Pantry
The Food Pantry needs tote bags for vegetables and cloth bags for groceries. We especially need monetary donations for our monthly Community Food Bank purchases (payable to VHUMC marked for Food Pantry). Thank you!

Oak Mountain Mission
Please join us for the annual Harvest of Hope luncheon at The Club on Tuesday, September 10, at 11:30 am with a silent auction at 10:00 am. This is the only fundraiser for the mission each year, so let's help with our donations. The keynote speaker this year is our own Ashley Curry, so we want VHUMC to be well represented. Call Barbara Porter (444-9793) to reserve a seat. Thank you!

Kids Stand for the Homeless 
The 2nd annual Kids Stand for the Homeless is going on now through August 31 to benefit Church of the Reconciler, one of our mission partners. Plan your stands now and sell whatever you want: lemonade, cookies, or even garage sale items. Pair up with friends at church or in your neighborhood, just limit your teams to 10 people each. All money collected needs to be turned in to Church of the Reconciler by check, Paypal, or credit card through their website. Make sure to note "Kids Stand" in the memo or description. The winning family or team will receive an ice cream party at Big Spoon Creamery. Last year our Agape Sunday School class won!
Worship This Sunday

8:30 am Combined  Service |  Tyson Hall
Psalm 35:28
"Songs From the Heart: O For a Thousand Tongues To Sing"
Bill Brunson

9:45 am Service of Word and Table |  Sanctuary
Proverbs 3:5-8
"Songs From the Heart: Be Thou My Vision"
Butch Williams

11:00 am Combined Service |  Tyson Hall
Proverbs 3:5-8
"Songs From the Heart: Be Thou My Vision"
Butch Williams
Attendance for last week: 728
Our Time and Resources
 

Donations this past week

July 2018 - May 2019
Donations
Other Income
Total Income
Actual
$79,104


$3,598,171
$122,464
$3,720,635
Targeted  
+$18,237


-$10,802
-$5,978
-$16,780
 
(+) Better or (-) worse for the church than our target
Care and Support
Congratulations, hospitalizations, and sympathies

Prayer Requests
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