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Make A Difference Day 2018 FAQs

Make A Difference Day 2018 FAQ’s Upcoming Event “Make a Difference Sunday” June 24, 2018

The Congregation is invited to participate in our Cable Grant Process this Sunday downstairs in Fellowship Hall between services and after second service.

 

FAQ’s (Frequently asked Questions)

 

Q: I am unfamiliar with this process or I am new to this Church what can I expect when I go downstairs on Sunday?

A: The Church has received grant requests from organizations, local, national and international, to support their good works. These requests have been reviewed to ensure that they are complete, they are a 501C3 organization and that their purpose does not conflict with our Book of Discipline.

 

Q: I am being asked to indicate that I support funding for these organizations. How would I determine that?

A: There will be two copies of each grant request available for review. There will be a separate sheet where you can sign your name indicating that you support the projects goals and you want it to move forward through the grant process. If you do not support a project then you do not sign that corresponding sheet. 

 

Q: I keep hearing the words “VETTING and SHEPHERDING what do these terms mean?

A: We ask that at least one person per request do additional research into these projects. The local group can be contacted, visited and then the individual doing this research completes a review based upon that visit and their impressions. National and International groups can be contacted by phone, and or email. Most organizations have websites that can be visited as well. This is a very important part of the process since we don’t just want to stroke a check but we want to build relationships with these organizations.

 

Q: How do I indicate that I would be willing to be a SHEPHERD or VET a project?

A; Each attendee will receive two “Stars”. We ask that you place a star next to your name indicating that you would be willing to take on that responsibility. A project can have more than one shepherd and you will be paired up to work together.

 

Q: Will instructions be provided if I choose to be a Shephard for a project?

A: Yes, we have set aside the date of Sunday, July 8th at 10:15 (between services) in the Chapel. If you are unable to attend that meeting other arrangements can/will be made.

 

Q: What happens if no one chooses to Vet/Shephard a grant request?

A: The request goes no further. A letter is sent to the organization letting them know that they will not be funded.

 

Q: Who do I contact if I have more questions?

A: Suzanne McMurchie  or Beth Hallock


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Our M.A.P. in preparation for Charge Conference

Our M.A.P. (Ministry Action Plan) in preparation for Charge Conference 
 

We will meet at Charge Conference on JUNE 27that 7pm to Affirm our Ministry Action Plan. 

Next Steps: The goals and plans outlined here will be returned to the Church Council, and all our ministry teams and committees as we strive to live God’s call in our world. 

Future staffing, budgeting and facility use and needs will be prioritized based on our goals as outlined in our Ministry Action Plan. 
 
Follow this link to find the here.
 
Survey Monkey Questionnaire here.

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Mid-Year Check-in

Mid-Year Check-in Pastor’s Ponderings – June 2018
 
We are mid-way through the year and what have we accomplished? We’ve given grant funding to 22
community organizations, we’ve worked on our ministry action plan (MAP), we’ve fed people, taught children, shepherded three confirmands, offered seven different discipleship classes or support groups, shared in 43 worship services, offered three musical concert events… All since January 1, 2018. That’s a lot… and there is much more! The list could go on and on describing how this church family is offering Christ’s love to one another, our neighbors and our world every day!!
 
Pastor Frank and I will be attending Annual Conference this June at the University of the Redlands. This
may be the last year we go to Redlands for this event. There is a plan to move the California Pacific Annual Conference to San Diego in 2019! (I’m really excited and think this is a great idea!) Our Bishop, Rev. Grant Hagiya, is working with a conference leadership group to reduce our conference budget and expand the conference support of local churches. He has also been a part of the conversation our denomination is having about how to move forward as people who have regionally divided beliefs about human sexuality.
 
The conversation will continue during a Special General Conference in 2019 as we seek to be people who
are faithful to Jesus Christ and transform the world in love. In addition, there were some recent changes to our denomination’s constitution and at least one amendment change will likely bounce-back to all the Annual Conferences for discussion and maybe a new vote.
 
As I look into the rest of the year, I’m so excited to continue working on ministry with you! We will hold
a special All Church Charge Conference on June 27th at 7 p.m. to review and vote on the Ministry Action Plan as an entire congregation. Everyone is welcome to come! The District Superintendent, Rev. John Farley, will join us for this special time of honoring our past by looking into our future, as we name and affirm the work that God has called us to! I don’t know yet how you want to reorganize and use the building and land that we occupy. I don’t yet know how the budget will shape up or how the numbers will work out. But I do know you are passionate and driven to care for one another and this community and the world! I KNOW God is calling you forward and despite the suspicion some have for Christianity and Church, we are reaching new people every week.
 
I continue to be honored to be the senior pastor in charge at UMC Vista and have great joy about the ministry we are doing! Thank you for your faithful work and kindness as we grow together!
 
 
Pastor Leigh Ann

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You Are Invited
to a Very Special Luncheon
Celebrating UMC of Vista’s
2020 Outreach
Grant Partnerships
Saturday, February 22,
12:00 p.m.
This is your opportunity
to get to know the
organizations
we are partnering
with through our
outreach grant program
and find out how we can
deepen our partnership
with our time,
energy, and prayers.
The lunch will feature
some great BBQ,
entertainment
(our own Praise Band)
and an introduction
to the work of the
22 agencies we have pledged
to support in 2020.
Please RSVP to the Church Office.
We hope to see you there!
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Mark your calendar:
Jan. 14    6 p.m.   Building Committee
Jan. 15    7 p.m.   Church Council
Jan. 19                  UMW Sunday
Jan. 21    7 p.m.   Trustees
Jan. 22    2 p.m.   Grief Support
                6 p.m.    Reconciling Ministries
                7 p.m.    Finance
Jan. 24    6 p.m.   Around the World in
                              80 Minutes

 

 

 
 
 

The Education/Discipleship program is collaborating with Breeze Hill Elementary to start a reading buddy program.  Program to launch in January.  If you feel the call to do this, you can contact Margene Haase at m.haase46@icloud.com

Family Game Night, February 14
Join us for Family Game Night, Friday, February 14, 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. For questions or for more information, please see Margene or John Haase.