Volume 48
Issue 21
May 24, 2018
              
Upcoming Sermon Series
Beginning June 3, the pastoral staff will be providing "Sermons to Go," an experiment to keep all of us connected as we go about summer's fun. Since many of us will be at the lake, gulf, or ocean, we decided to begin the summer by catching up with Jesus, the Disciples, and Jonah to learn about their stories of the aquatic variety. June will look at four fishing stories and the call that all of us have to "go fishing" for folks who do not know Christ. All of our services will be looking at the same story each week, and there will be a brief video and study available on Facebook and our website for people who may be away that day.
Memorial Day Holiday Changes
  • Our worship service line up will be a little different this Sunday, May 27. We will not have a Contemporary service and invite everyone to attend either the 8:30 or 11:00 am Sanctuary service with Butch Williams preaching, or the 9:45 am service with Sherry Harris preaching. We will be back to our regular line up on Sunday, June 3.
  • We will have a joint Sunday School opportunity to listen to Kay Simmons as she discusses GLOVE (God's Loving Hands ministry) which advocates for domestic violence and homeless women and children. Their goal is to build awareness, educate, and empower women with the strength to escape. We will meet in the Fellowship Hall at 9:45 am. Grab a cup of coffee and snacks and join in the conversation.
  • We will not have Sunday School for preschool children, elementary children or students (6th-12th grade). Nursery and childcare will be available for infants through 5k for each worship service.
  • The church office will be closed and all regular activities will not meet on Monday, May 28, as we observe Memorial Day.
Sunday Evening Worship
"Called Like Isaiah" is our sermon by Butch Williams this Sunday Evening in the Rutland-Memorial Chapel at 5:00 pm. Please note that we'll have not have Sunday Evening Worship on June 3 due to the UMCNA Annual Conference in Huntsville. Make plans to come worship together on June 10, as Sherry Harris preaches!
Vacation Bible Camp
Calling all campers! Vacation Bible Camp is coming up June 11-15 and this year our theme is Rolling River Rampage. We will be experiencing the ride of a lifetime with God! Children grade 4k (by September 1st) through 5th grade are invited to register for this fun filled week of music, exciting science, creative crafts, fun recreation, and memorable Bible stories. Join us as we discover that God is always with them as they ride the rapids of amazing grace!

We are still looking for group leaders for 1st through 3rd grade as well as helpers in elementary crafts. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Jamie Meeks (jmeeks@vhumc.org). If your 6th - 12th grader would like to volunteer as a student helper please contact Kathryn Groat (kgroatmom@gmail.com) before May 25.

VBC Break Room
We can use your help for the VBC break room. Each year during VBC we provide drinks and snacks for the 250+ volunteers and teen helpers. This year we are in need of 2-liter drinks (Diet Coke, Coke, Sprite, Sunkist, Root beer, etc.), chips, crackers and candy. We have a box designated for this in the church office and on the preschool floor. If you would like to donate perishable items (fruit, dips, breakfast casseroles, brownies, muffins, donuts, veggie trays, etc.) we will take those the week of VBC in the Lighthouse kitchen area located on the 2nd floor. Thanks in advance for your help! If you have questions, feel free to contact Kim Harper (615-525-6622).
Fidget Mat Materials Needed
Our Fidget Mat Ministry is growing! We've delivered our first two batches of fidget mats to Mount Royal Towers' Memory Care Unit and they are thrilled with how meaningful these are for their residents!

The simplest things can be used: buckles, buttons, zippers, textured cloth (velcro, corduroy, felt, leather), old keys, pockets from discarded pants, placemats, jeans, cheap plastic children's bracelets or hair bands, other round objects, fur or faux fur, large buttons, and other objects that can be attached like key chains or crosses with a hole on top. We don't need cloth, napkins, and towels at this time.

When you are cleaning out closets, drawers, and other areas of your home, please think of the Fidget Mat Ministry and bring those items to the church office. For more information, please contact Peggy Patton (p_patton@bellsouth.net / 335-5097).
Mel Sparkman Scholarship Recipients
Congratulations to Wynne Watts and James Sweeney, this year's recipients of the Mel Sparkman Memorial Scholarship. Wynne will be attending Auburn University and James will be attending Butler University.
A Panama Mission Update
The VHUMC Panama Mission Team we recently commissioned learned only a few days before its scheduled departure that the Panamanian government had not yet issued the permit for the additional construction the group was to perform at the youth camp. Although there were other activities at the camp the team could have performed, clearly one half of its goal would have been unobtainable. As a result, even though the bags were packed and all was in place for departure, the team determined it was best to postpone its trip until the necessary construction permit is issued. Once the permit is in hand, the trip will be rescheduled so that the current team members can participate. If you had thought about joining the team and a rescheduling of the trip would allow you to consider participating in this mission, please contact Jim Frazier, or Janet or Jarry Taylor.
Urban Kids/WE Learn Summer Partnership
Urban Ministry and VHUMC are partnering together this summer to provide lunches for WE Learn summer field trips. If you are interested in participating with either your SS class, family or small group, please contact Rebecca Wadley (919-9184). She is coordinating the lunches. Click the link for a schedule of the field trips for the summer. The July 13 trip is still being planned, but information will be provided as soon as it is confirmed. Thank you for your help in making Urban Kids summer extra special with lunch and learning opportunities.
Elementary Awards Assembly
The end of the year awards assembly for our 1st-5th graders will be Sunday, June 3, from 9:45-10:45 in the Chapel. We will be recognizing our Sunday School high attendance winners and choosing our memory verse winners. Memory verse winners will receive bungee swings! We will also have games, activities and more prizes. We hope you can join us for the fun!
May Memory Verse
Our 1st - 5th graders learn 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! Children also get to put their name in a basket for a drawing at our End of the Year Awards Assembly. May's memory verse is, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." - Acts 2:38
New Life Singers Homecoming Concert
The New Life Singers begin their spring trip to the gulf coast tomorrow. They return next Wednesday, May 30, and will present a concert at 6:00 pm in the Chapel. Come encourage them and be encouraged by their performance.
Investment Discussion Group
How do new tax laws affect my pension, IRA's, 401K, Mutual Funds, etc.? Where should I have my money invested? Join our weekly Investment Discussion Group of men and women of all ages. The group meets each Thursday, at 9:30 am, in Room 318. There is no selling or buying, just discussion and an opportunity to share ideas and ask questions.
Student Ministries Residency
VHUMC is seeking a Student Ministries Resident to work with the Director and Assistant Director of Student Ministries. This is a full-time role for persons interested in a vocation in student ministry and is a two-year residency with a competitive salary and full benefits. It could lead to a permanent role that could qualify for tuition options in master's level ministry related educational programs. A bachelor's degree (non-specific) is required, and history of interning or volunteering with students is preferred. Interested candidates should contact Emily Boles (Eboles@vhumc.org), Director or Student Ministries.
Let's Be Good Neighbors
It is exciting to see our parking lots fill up on Sunday mornings and people parking on the streets to attend our worship and Sunday School meetings. If you find it necessary to park on the street, please be careful not to park on our neighbors' grass. We appreciate their patience with all the cars and do not want to damage their yards in the process.
Growing Pains: Renovating for Our Future
The Narthex ceiling and the Sanctuary side aisle ceilings have been removed to install new HVAC and electrical connections. You will notice a lot of protective flooring and other changes as we plan to improve the Sanctuary and remove all the old HVAC parts in that area. Pipes for our new Sanctuary area chillers have been installed under our driveway and our 54-year-old boiler has been removed to make room for a new one.

Tyson Hall improvements and our HVAC replacements in the Adult Education Building are still progressing. Until all the new units are connected and working, all mid-week meetings from 6 am to 3 pm are still relocated to other rooms. Be sure and check the room lists as you enter the building.

The Contemporary Service will continue worshiping in the Fellowship Hall (which is well air-conditioned) until Tyson Hall renovations are complete.
Ongoing Outreach
Food Pantry
Food Pantry needs spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, jelly and peanut butter. Thank you for the bags of apples, oranges, carrots, potatoes, etc. We need tote bags to use for distributing these items to our families.

Oak Mountain Mission
Oak Mountain Mission is out of toiletries. Please clean out your bathroom drawers of small toiletry items from hotels, etc. Bags of these may be put into the wooden bins around the church. Thank you.
Worship This Sunday 

8:30 am         Traditional Service
John 3:1-17
"Seeing the Kingdom"
Butch Williams

9:45 am         Service of Word and Table
John 3:1-17
"Nick at Night"
Sherry Harris

11:00 am         Traditional Service
John 3:1-17
"Seeing the Kingdom"
Butch Williams

5:00 pm         Sunday Evening Worship
Isaiah 6:1-8
"Called Like Isaiah"
Butch Williams
Our Time and Resources
 

Donations this past week

July 2017 - April 2018
Donations
Other Income
Total Income
Actual
$41,486


$3,282,380
$104,228
$3,386,608
Targeted  
-$20,934


-$92,564
+$312
-$92,252
 
(+) Better or (-) worse for the church than our target
   Attendance for last Sunday:  784
Care and Support
Congratulations, hospitalizations, and sympathies

Prayer Requests
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