What’s Happening

Take a look at our monthly newsletter, November Messenger for more about VanFUMC!

Story Space ~ Children’s Chapel returns in October!
Join Story Space and Pastor Casey Banks for a 20 minute children’s chapel service for preschool kids (ages 2-6) and their parent/guardian.  Chapel will happen on a rotating schedule, and will always be held in Hidden Chapel from 12:05pm to 12:25pm, between the morning and afternoon sessions of Little Acorn Preschool.  Save the dates; all children are invited!
Tuesday Nov 21
Wednesday Nov 29
Wednesday Dec 6
Tuesday Dec 12

New Concert Series at VanFUMC!
Thomas Rheingans, the new music director, will be launching the Encore Concert Series at First United Methodist Saturday, October 28,  at 7:00pm. This is a concert series you can invite your friends and neighbors to attend. The playbill will feature a wide variety of classical, jazz, praise, ragtime, boogie woogie, and folk styles.  The season will kick off with a production called ‘Round Midnight – a Halloween inspired show that’s full of surprises!  Barn-burning virtuosic piano numbers, classic jazz, torch songs, flashy novelty piano solos, and a few musical numbers about things that go bump in the night!  Please visit www.encoreumc.com for more information!      

Advent Fair & Choir Festival!
Thomas Rheingans brings to us, the Advent Fair and Choir Festival. This is an event where we invite mostly elementary and middle school choirs to perform in the church sanctuary on December 9, from 4:30pm to 7:00pm.  At 7:00, we will have the main festival performance. Each choir that’s performing usually brings a built-in audience of parents and grandparents. We will provide a room or two in the church with Advent Crafts for kids to make after they perform.  We also, will offer some espresso, hot cider type drinks, and desserts for visitors to enjoy. It’s free and open to the public, but we also are happy for people to leave goodwill donations to cover costs. The Advent Fair also offers the church youth a chance to engage with families that are visiting. For festival performance details visit: www.encoreumc.com

Madrigal Feaste & Choir
Story Space is hosting the 1st annual Madrigal Feaste on December 16th & 17th, 6:00-8:00pm in the Jason Lee Hall theater at Vancouver First UMC. This is a
Renaissance-style dinner theater experience that’s fun for the whole family! Come usher in the Christmas season with the King and Queen, enjoy a 4-course meal, laugh with the court jesters, sing carols, and get your picture taken at the medieval photo booth! Proceeds benefit the Story Space drama team and Project Transformation, a local nonprofit that helps children improve their literacy skills. Tickets are $25, reservations are required, and seating is limited. Tickets will be on sale Nov 1st through December 3rd. To purchase tickets, please call 360-553-8058 or email Pastor Casey at casey@storyspacevancouver.org. Tickets may also be purchased in the lobby at VanFUMC on Sunday, November  5th and 12th.

Pinoy Van-Port Ministries
Christmas Salu-Salo and Fellowship December 9, 11:00 – 3:00pm.  All events venue will be at Vancouver FUMC.  RSVP to Lyn Rush call/text 360-936-9206 or lynariq@gmail.com. Thank you and everyone is welcome!

Food Box Program
Our annual food box program will look a little different this fall. The church will begin collecting nonperishable food items and other life necessities on Monday, October 30, and will do so throughout the month of November. And on Sunday, November 19, we will box the food donations by categories and prepare for delivery and pickup by our partner food sharing entities such as the Salvation Army, FISH, Open House Ministries, and Share with other supplies going to those living at the VA Hospital.

MAD Christmas
Our annual MAD Christmas (that stands for Make A Difference) is set for Sunday, November 26, from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Just in time for the start of the Advent season and Christmas shopping, you will be able to sponsor a calf or goat or chickens for a village or family across the globe. You’ll be able to support our Life Center partners such as Pinoy Van-Port and Story Space. Shop for unique gifts from our partners in ministry such as Friends of the Carpenter or Habitat for Humanity. Adopt a child or family in need from our angel tree. The MAD Christmas event at VanFUMC will be a one-stop shop in the spirit of giving this season. And in that spirit, we are looking for a team of volunteers to help plan and set up this event and make it the most successful it can be. Please call the church office or email program@vanfumc.org to sign up to be part, whether you want to volunteer to help make the event happen or have a booth for your ministry or non-profit partner.

Blue Christmas
Blue Christmas, a special service, will take place on Thursday, December 21, in Hidden Chapel at 11:30am, followed by a shared meal in the Conrad Room. Though a joyous time of year for many, for some the season of Christmas can be difficult.

Christmas Eve Services
On Sunday, December 24, we will have our regular worship service at 10:00am. There will be a Candlelight and Kids service at 5:.00pm; at 7:00pm, we will have a Candlelight and Carol’s service.

Trip to the Holy Land

Tim Luke & Scott Hansen are planning to take a trip to the Holy Land some time in early 2019. They will be traveling with Over Seas Adventure Travel, an
excellent company that Tim has travelled with 16 times. This will be a 17 day trip and takes from 10 – 16 travelers. If anyone is interested in joining them, feel free to contact Tim via email tim.luke@comcast.net or call/text 360-459 -8036. You may also catch Tim or Scott at church.

Can’t make it to worship service on Sunday?
If you currently live stream our worship services, each Sunday bulletin will be posted on our website: vanfumc.org  –  chose the “Worship” tab then “Worship Services”, in the last sentence, click on the bulletin link. Even if you don’t live stream, but miss a service, you won’t miss what is happening here at VanFUMC.


Fall into service at VanFUMC

Seekers Class
Sundays at 9:00am
Hesseltine Hall

Leaven Groups
Monday Night Leaven Group
Mondays at 6:30pm – Conrad Room

Irish Leaven Group
Tuesdays at 9:30am – Conrad Room

New Christian Education Classes

Men’s Bible Study
Facilitated by Rev. Jim McGinnis
Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy

Women’s Bible Study
Facilitated by Carol McGinnis
Beautiful Mess: Motherhood for Every Moment
by Sherry Surratt & Tracey Eyster

Faith Conversations
Facilitated by Rev. Jim McGinnis
Sundays at 9:00am – Downstairs Lobby

Close Encounters
Facilitated By Pastor Jon
Sundays at 9:00am – Bethel Room
This class takes a closer look at the scripture that Pastor Jon is using that Sunday.  Using the spiritual practice of Lectio Divina, participants will contemplate what God’s Spirit is seeking to tell them through the scripture text.  This is a drop-in class and no homework is assigned.  Bring your coffee and join in the conversation.