What’s Happening

Blessing of the Pets Service ~ October 1 @ 2:00pm
We will be hosting a community-wide Blessing of the Pets.  Pet owners are invited to bring their pets to the church and gather outside under the entrance awning for a service of blessing for our pets.  We ask that you bring your pets on a leash or in a carrier for everyone’s safety.  If you want your pet blessed, but know that they would not be blessed by being in the proximity of other pets, then simply bring a picture of your pet and we will bless your pet in that manner.  A pet blessing service honors the historic feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.

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!
Monday Oct 2
Wednesday Oct 11
Tuesday Oct 17
Monday Oct 23
Wednesday Nov 1
Tuesday Nov 7
Monday Nov 13
Tuesday Nov 21
Wednesday Nov 29
Monday Dec 4
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! The web-site for the series will be up soon with more information. Please visit www.encoreumc.com

United Methodist Women Luncheon ~ Wednesday, October 11
All women are invited to attend our first UMW luncheon of the year. Our Leadership Team Board will be serving salads with all the fixings.  Our Mission U ladies are excited to present a program on Mission U and what they learned from it and a song that you won’t get out of your head.  What a great way to start off the UMW year, re-connect with friends and make some new ones.  Come join us at 11:45am, the more the merrier; and we promise to get you out of there by 2:00pm.  SEE YOU THERE!

Pinoy Van-Port Ministries
We are reaching out to the community through “Snippets”: As traditional Filipino back in the Philippines celebrates All Saints Day every 1st day of November. Pinoy Van-Port will hold a Service of Remembrance of our dead and living saints on Saturday, October 28, 1:00 – 4:00pm and Christmas Salu-Salo and Fellowship December 2, 11:00 – 3:00pm.  All events venue will be at Vancouver First UMC and we’ll keep you posted.  RSVP to Lyn Rush call/text 360-936-9206 or lynariq@gmail.com.  Thank you and everyone is welcome!

Trunk or Treat
Our community event Trunk or Treat is slated for Sunday, October 29, at 2:00pm in and around the church. Being so close to Halloween this year, a larger turnout from the community is expected! Please let the church office know if you plan to decorate a trunk and park outside on that day. Also, we are going to need candy and costumes to distribute to the crowd of youngsters coming by. Please bring your new bags of candy as well as any new and gently-used costumes to Sunday service for collection at the Information Booth, or anytime during business hours to the office. Most importantly, there is a need to form a team to prepare and set up for the event that Sunday, following church service, and to help pass out candy, cook and serve Frito chili pies, and distribute costumes. Without a full complement of volunteers to plan and host the event, the size and scope of our Trunk or Treat remains to be seen. Please contact the church office or Gary Carter (program@vanfumc.org) to sign up for the Trunk or Treat 2017 team!

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 Sunday, October 29, 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
And we are again gearing up for an exciting MAD Christmas event at VanFUMC. This year, the event is set for Sunday, November 26. We are also looking for a team of volunteers to help plan and set up this event and make it the most successful it can be. Invitations for groups to take part will go out soon, and we will begin planning for the event the first of November.

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.

Special Worship Service & Lunch
October 1, World Communion Sunday:  Story Space will be leading a unique worship service for VanFUMC in Jason Lee Hall.  The service will start at the usual time, 10:00am, but will continue to noon with a soup lunch included as part of the worship experience.


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

Pastor Jim & Carol McGinnis will be bringing two new classes to VanFUMC this fall. A Men’s Bible Study; Quite Strength by Tony Dungy and a Women’s Bible Study; Beautiful Mess: Motherhood for Every Moment by Sherry Surratt & Tracey Ester.

Men’s Bible Study begins with weekly classes:
1. Wed September 27:  What Is Your Game Plan?  Finding God in the Midst of Frustrated Plans.
2. Wed October 4:  What is Strength?  Recognizing the Real Strength God Has Given You.
3. Wed October 11:  What is Success?  Defining Yourself Beyond What You Do.
4. Wed October 18:  What is Your Security?  Building a Rock-Solid Foundation.
5. Wed October 25:  What is Your Significance?  Finding Your Importance in Making a Difference.
6. Wed November 29: What is Your Legacy?  Evaluating and Building the Story You’ll Leave Behind.
The men’s class will be given twice on Wednesdays: 10:00am – 11:30am and 5:00pm – 6:30pm in the Bethel Room.


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

Don’t miss this study for all age groups and times of parenthood. There will be daily devotional reading and time during class for conversation and prayers. Learn more about the beautiful mess called being a mom!

The Women’s Bible Study will start on Tuesday, October 3, at 6:30pm in the Conrad Room. Remember, childcare is provided! If you are interested, please sign up at the Information Booth or contact Carol McGinnis or the church office.