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UMW Fall Supper

The Vista United Methodist Women will host a chili soup supper in the sanctuary on Friday, October 4.  Everyone is invited to come and enjoy your choice of red or white chili.  Tickets are $10 and are available on the patio following the Sunday services.  This is one of the annual fund-raising events that Vista UMW hold to support needs around the world.

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Vista Joy of Song Chorus

The Vista Song of Joy Mini-Chorus consists of three groups: the memory impaired, caregivers and support singers. Each group brings not only singing but other skills and virtues as well. The memory impaired have a much needed and rare ability to love that can be described as beautifully and readily available. Their exquisite long term memory, stimulated by music is remarkable. The caregivers’ unconditional love is a constant source of inspiration and serves as a model for the rest of us. The support singers’ commitment to the project is unwavering. They never ” call in sick”, but are always faithful. Underlying all of this is a common belief that God has called us to this project. The result of the gathering of the people of God of similar faith, varied talents and virtues with a common mission, is a Christian community of Joy.
 
The next meeting of the Song of Joy Chorus is on Friday, Sept. 6 at 10:30 am in the patio room. We would be delighted to welcome the memory impaired and caregivers to join us in our joyful venture! We will continue recruiting for the month of September and then start rehearsals for our Christmas concert.
 
Jane Stump, Director, The Song of Joy Chorus
 
 

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90 + Celebration

Vista will celebrate those who are (or will become this year) 90 years old or older!  Join us on September 15 following our worship service to meet these fine ‘youngsters’ and enjoy the festivities.  Following is an article written by one of our members with her insights on being 90 or older.
 
“Several years ago, I began to dread the future…my own mortality…and the “time I could have left”. Until then, I had mistakenly associated deep yearnings and ambitions with the energy and idealism of youth, certainly not 90 year olds. Last year, as I talked to Vista honorees of the 90th Plus Birthday, I was touched by the fact that we all have joys, hopes, fears and longings that never go away no matter how old we get, and so my attitude on aging began to change….towards a positive level and all things possible.
I’ve learned from them that age is just a state of mind. I assumed the “elderly” eventually lose their vibrancy and thirst for life. That couldn’t be further from the truth. They still laugh like crazy, fall in love like mad and pursue happiness fiercely. Their story is worth being heard.
Please come and join the joyous 90th plus birthday celebration on Sunday, September 15th, immediately after church. “                                 Robin Conner

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FREE Caregiving Workshop

Real people, real stories, real support
 
Free Caregiving Workshop
 
FHAN, Faith Health Alliance North sponsors a free annual workshop addressing issues of health and aging. This year’s gathering focuses on the caregiver. It will be held on October 16th, 2019 from 1 pm to 3:30 pm at Vista De La Montana United Methodist Church, 3001 E Miravista Ln, Catalina, AZ. Registration begins at 12:30pm. Caregiving can be challenging, demanding and unrelenting, but for the right person, with the proper support system, it can also be a rewarding experience.
Caregiving roles take on countless shapes and forms. They assist older adults, the ill, disabled friends, and family members. Caregivers help every day in small and big tasks, handling daily activities, such as bathing, managing medications or preparing meals.
While some people with disabilities and older adults receive care from paid professional caregivers, most family caregivers providing intensive levels of care for a loved one do not get consistent help from family and friends. Perhaps the best way to know what you can expect as a family caregiver is to talk to other caregivers who have been through the experience as they share their collective wisdom of what has worked for them and what has not. The workshop offers an opportunity to listen as other caregivers share their stories. There will be an opportunity to learn about community resources available and for you to find the support you need as a caregiver. Register by calling 928-351-7545 or email at FHANworkshops@gmail.com.
 

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New Grief Support Group

NEW GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP BEGINS SEPT 5
 
Many people who are grieving wonder if they would benefit from joining a support group. Each individual grieves in his/her own way but many have found that learning about grief and what to expect and discovering that others have the same feelings they do helps them gain insight into their own grief and learn ways of coping. Most people find that besides receiving support, giving support to others benefits them as they go through their own grief journeys. The group will be lead by Pastor Fred and Gerry Alberts and will begin Thursday, September 5th at 10:30 in the Patio Room. The sessions will be 1 1/2 hours and will run 8 – 10 weeks. If you have questions or wish to register, call Pastor Fred at 825-1985 or Gerry Alberts at 825-4642. You are welcome to attend even if you have not registered. Non Vista people are welcome.

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Adult Christian Ed Classes

New Adult Christian Education Classes
 
We are proud to announce that the next class in our series will be an eight week study of the New Testament Book of Acts. The course will be taught by Reverend Alan Campbell and will begin on Wednesday September 11 through October 30th at 10:00. Please sign up by texting Donna Boring at 703 980 0750 or emailing her at dlboring@ comcast.net.
The Adult Sunday School class will begin the study of the book The Clash of Kingdoms starting in August following the Sunday service in the patio room. For more information check with Linda Whittington.
 

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Vista Song of Joy Chorus

CHOIR FOR THE MEMORY IMPAIRED SEEKS SINGERS
 
There are 70 choirs for the memory impaired all over the world. Vista de la Montana Methodist Church,3002 E. Miravista Lane, Tucson, Arizona near Catalina, will be number 71!
Hoping to clarify misperceptions on the part of our culture regarding those whose short term memory is compromised, the church has created the : Vista Song of Joy Choir. The choir will consist of fifteen memory impaired and their spouses or other caregivers and members of the chorus team. The group will meet for two hours one afternoon a week for a period of eight weeks. The first part will be a social time with snacks. Following, the choir will practice “long time” favorites such as: “ I’ll Be Seeing You”. “You Belong to Me”, and “Down By the Old Mill Stream”. At the end of the 8 week session, the chorus will present a gala community concert.
There is no charge for the program.
It is becoming well known that although short term memory is quite limited for some, long term memory Is remarkably intact. Music is a very effective stimulant of long term memory and offers comfort, joy and pleasure. The chorus gives the memory impaired a chance to be competent again, to bring joy to others through song, as well as feel happiness at being and working in a chorus with others.
The caregivers are often tired, isolated, depressed and feel very alone. Participation in the chorus gives them an opportunity to be with people who care, learn about the non-pharmaceutical therapy of music, and is an antidote to loneliness.
We are in the process of recruiting the memory impaired and their spouses or caregivers. Singing skills or talent is not required. Please contact: Dr. Jane Stump, Director, Vista Song of Joy Chorus, at: janebarrstump1@netzero.net or 520-288-6840 for questions or to sign up.
 

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Vista Sun Wheel

The Vista Sun Wheel
(a medicine wheel).
The Vista Medicine Wheel was constructed on our church property to honor the ancient people nearby who also built just such an observatory. Theirs was larger and more complex, tracking rising stars as well as the equinox and solstice.
The Vista Sun Circle is 63 feet/19.2 meters in diameter thus 197.8 feet/ 60.2 meters circumference. The circular edge and central cairn are made of broken limestone, 4 to 12 inch random. The bed is decomposed ½ inch granite with fines, standard landscape material for southern Arizona. The center post is marked by a sandstone block about 30inch/75cm tall. That post is nearly buried due to recent addition to the mass of the cairn.
The solstices and equinox are indicated very well. This site has irregular horizons (mountains) and this is compensated for by the 6 U shaped viewing stations. Note, this will make most sunrise “late” and most sunset “early”. Our truest level view and most accurate sunset time is during sunset, winter solstice. We work with what we are given! Amen.
Suggested visiting times: 1 hour before sunrise to 1 hour after sunset and all daylight hours. If the office is open check in as a courtesy.
Sturdy shoes are best to walk the gravel path. In warm weather wear a hat, bring water and watch for desert denizens! The toughest creatures I have seen in the time of construction were several horned toads and one gecko. These are a blessing from nature, live closest to the earth and see all. Please remain in the graveled area, do not go into the brush. Church policy does not allow overnight tenting/camping/RV parking on church property. Thank you for your consideration.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Photo Credit: James Bleess
 

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Lunch With Pastor Fred

Do you have questions about Vista Church? About becoming a Methodist? Even if you are a member of another church, you can join us as Affiliate or Associate Member here at Vista and keep your home church membership! Join us for lunch following the service. Eat and meet with Pastor Fred and other members of Vista Church who will share their love of Vista. Our next luncheon will be on October 13.  We’d love to have you join us.

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