News & Events

Catalinas Community Chorus

in cooperation with
“An American Songbook”
Sunday, March 24 at 3:00 p.m.
On Sunday, March 24 at 3:00 p.m. you are invited to enjoy “An American Songbook,” presented by the Catalinas Community Chorus, at Vista de la Montaña United Methodist Church.
This program is a light, fun presentation fusing Folk and American Pop music, and guaranteed to set your feet tapping and your heart singing. From “Bridge Over Troubled Water” to “Jeremiah Was A Bullfrog,” these beloved tunes and rhythms will keep you humming and smiling for days to come.
The 50 member all volunteer Catalinas Community Chorus, led by Artistic Director, Bill Bellah, is now in its 13th season. The mission of the chorus includes bringing the beauty and inspiration of excellent choral music to the community through a variety of musical styles, including Broadway, jazz, spirituals, pop, and classical, and their performances are filled with fun, flair, and great enthusiasm.
This promises to be an afternoon of pure enjoyment. You’ll be tapping your toes and humming along. Please come and invite your family and friends to join you. Tickets are $10 for adults, (ages 18 and under free), and are available from any chorus member, online at, at Vista on Sundays, or at the door on concert day. More information at, or


Adult Education Classes

Adult Christian Education Opportunities Sunday morning 11:15 am Patio Room “Promised Land” by Ray Vander Laan.
This five week study helps people know that God guided his people to a specific place and culture (Israel) to improve the world both ancient and modern. Sunday morning in the Sunday School adult class beginning December 30. Call Linda Whittington or come to the class to sign up.
Wednesday morning 10:00 AM in Ed’s Building. January 23 to February 13 “Why? Making Sense of God’s Will”, A Study by Adam Hamilton Have you ever wondered: • Where is God when the innocent suffer? • Where is God when my prayers go unanswered? • Why is God’s will so hard to understand?
Join us for a 4-week study of the Adam Hamilton book “Why? Making Sense of God’s Will”. Hamilton is senior pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. A master at explaining difficult questions of faith in a down-to-earth fashion, he is the author of numerous books. Class will begin Wednesday, Jan 23 and run through Feb 13. We will meet in the Eds Building at 10 a.m. for about 90 minutes. A typical class session will begin and end with prayer, and will include Biblical Foundation, group discussion and activity, and a short DVD presentation. Each participant will be asked to purchase the book at a cost of $10.
Please sign up for the class as soon as possible but no later than Jan 14 so we can order books and get them to you prior to our first session. Call Gail Parson or the church office to sign up for the class.
Further class options for the Spring. More information to follow
Starting February 27 to March 20 Wednesday morning 10:00 AM in Ed’s Building The Life and Teachings of Jesus – Comparing the Gospels An exploration of the Books of Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John. These four books have long served as the foundation of the Christian religion. While much is known about their origins, much is still a mystery. In four sessions, and with the help of our favorite Bibles, we will discuss some of the following questions: a) When were they written, b) why were they written, c) who wrote them, d) how are the similar, and e) how are they different?
Lenten Study. Max Lucado. Study begins March 27-April 17


Vista Church – San Manuel

On January 20, 2019 we are going to be trying a new way of doing church.  Join us at Vista Church San Manuel at 4 pm every Sunday and experience faith, fellowship, food and fun!  There will be Sunday school for the kids, as well as nursery care.  We look forward to seeing you there!  You’ll find us at the Community Presbyterian Church, 801 McNab Pkwy in San Manuel.
Livestreaming over the internet and the ability to record and play back a worship service at any time and any place has given us wide possibilities to get out the message of Jesus Christ. Once the initial investment of equipment has been made, the cost of sending out our worship service for the world to join with us is virtually nil.
We have been Livestreaming our worship services for almost two years and have people joining in worship every Sunday from across the United States. We have had people join us from Australia to Switzerland. There is a regular group of people (between 25 and 50) who join us every Sunday. “We” are Vista de la Montana United Methodist Church of Catalina. Vista Church is much shorter, so I will use that name in the future.
In June of 2017 as I was walking and praying it occurred to me, we could use the Livestreaming of our services to start and support Satellite Fellowships of our church in the smaller communities of Arizona. A “local church” start or the beginning of a Fellowship as it is currently done in our denomination is an enormously expensive proposition. With land, building and personnel, it can easily run a million dollars over a 3-year period. Land, buildings and personnel is not what church is all about! The church is about the message of God’s love revealed to us in Jesus. It’s about groups of people drawn together by this message of love who work to live out that message with each other and their community. Christianity is as much about belonging as believing.
So, Vista Church and a grant is taking care of all the costs of starting Satellite Fellowships. Our intention is not to own any property, but either rent or borrow space. Our intention is to bring together people who would like to help us grow this new way of being the church and worshiping God in the age of the internet.
We will be gathering Sundays at 4pm starting January 20th, at the Community Presbyterian Church at 801 McNab Pkwy in San Manuel. We will be practicing what I call the “4fs”: food, fellowship, fun and faith. I encourage you to watch us online at You can join us live on Sundays or join in previously recorded worship services. Watch for future articles.
Some have asked what is the difference between a “Satellite Fellowship” and a “Local Church” besides the location? The modern phenomena of “Home Churches” opening up “Satellite Churches” is one in which I believe the Home church remains in a closer relationship with the Satellite Fellowship. Rather than starting a fellowship with the intention that the Satellite Fellowship becomes at some point a total separate local church, the two or more worshipping communities share a common ministry and mission only separated by location.
In a Home Church/Satellite Fellowship the members of the Satellite Fellowship are members of the Home Church and vice a versa. The precedence for this in our Denomination, which is United Methodist, is that when you become a member of a Local United Methodist Church you are a “United Methodist”. From that point on when you move from one UM Church to another you simply transfer your letter of membership to the new Church.
We as Methodists are really big on “Belonging and Believing”. We believe that when God calls us into a relationship with Him through Jesus Christ, God calls us into a relationship with other believers to strengthen our belief and join with them in ministry and mission. We believe we can do more together than we can do separately. There is more power in our common ministry and mission than we can exercise as individuals.
These two words, “ministry and mission” are often used interchangeable, but here is where I see the difference. “Ministry” is what the local church does for itself. Examples are: worship, Bible Studies, Sunday School, potlucks and fellowship events etc. Mission is what we do for others outside our local church. Examples of mission for Vista Church is that we support Family First, The Community Food Bank, Impact, and our work in Agua Prieta Mexico with the Fuente de Vida Methodist church along with many others.
A crossover of ministry and mission is our “Prayer Shawl Ministry”. These prayer shawls are crocheted and prayed over by a group of women in our church and then they are consecrated and blessed in our worship services. The “Prayer Shawls” are then distributed to members and friends both within and without the church who are in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation and hospice situations. Several people in the past two years have gone home to God, either wrapped in a prayer shawl, or covered by one and in a real sense covered by our prayers as God accepts them home. You don’t have to be a member to be involved in such a ministry/mission you just need to know how to knit or crochet and like to pray as you work.
I and Vista Church Catalina are looking forward to working in partnership with the people of San Manuel as we begin worship there on Sunday January 20th at 4pm at the Community Presbyterian Church 801 McNab Pkwy in San Manuel.
In Christ,  Rev. Fred C. Baum,  Vista Church


Lunch with the Pastor

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 February 17 following service. Eat and meet with Pastor Fred and other members of Vista Church who will share their love of Vista.


Café Colonia Coffee

Café Colonia beans are purchased directly from the farmers in Southern Mexico, shipped to Agua Prieta to the Colonia Coffee shop where various varieties of coffee beans are roasted, ground, package, labeled and shipped to various churches throughout the Southwest. The sale of Café Colonia helps support the salary of the pastor and church operating expenses. Special orders can be made by phone or email.


Vista Remembrance Garden

Please consider ordering a personalized brick honoring a spouse, child, parent, family, etc.  The bricks are priced at $125, with most all of the money applied to the New Vistas Building Fund.  Complete one of the forms located either in the Narthex or the office, and then deliver it to the church office with your check.


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