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BUILDING PROGRESS – COLOR!

OCTOBER 27 2019

Our new Administration and Education building is on schedule for completion by Wednesday 18 December and we are on budget. The building has a roof, including seven heating, ventilation, air conditioning units.  The exterior walls have been wrapped in weather-proof material, insulated and two coats of man-made stucco have been applied.  The overwhelming majority of interior ductwork and interior insulation has been installed and the electrical, plumbing and low voltage wiring is over 90% complete.  As many of you saw with your own eyes during the walking tour on Sunday 27 October – progress is tangible and we are excited.  The Building Committee is very thankful for the encouragement, love, prayers, good will and support from the Congregation helping us make your dreams come true.  The next tour is scheduled for Sunday 24 November – we hope to see you all there.


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Lunch and Learn 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.  We’d love to have you join us.  For further information, please call the church office at 520-825-1985

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Vista to Celebrate All Saints Day

On Sunday, November 3, Vista UMC will celebrate All Saints Day, a day of remembrance for the saints, with the New Testament meaning of all Christian people of every time and place.  We celebrate the communion of saints as we remember those who have gone to the Church Triumphant.  All members and friends are invited to purchase Mums to be placed at the front of the sanctuary in memory of those loved ones who, by their inspiration have helped us on our way.  You are also invited to bring  picture(s) of your loved one(s) to be displayed in the sanctuary.  As in the past, we will honor those congregation members who have passed in the last year with candles on the altar.
 
Sunday, Oct. 27, is the final day to purchase Mums at $10 each.  Order forms will be available in the bulletin.

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Building Progress Making Great Strides!

Photo courtesy of Larry Montebello, Concord General Contracting

Photo courtesy of Larry Montebello, Concord General Contracting

Photo courtesy of Larry Montebello, Concord General Contracting


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Construction Update Photos

September 23, 2019


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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.
 
New members are invited to join the chorus, but must do so by October 18 in order to participate in the Christmas Concert on December 15.   We would be delighted to welcome the memory impaired and caregivers to join us in our joyful venture! We will meet for rehearsals for our Christmas concert every Friday at 10 am, beginning on October 18.  Please call Jane if you wish to join.
 
Jane Stump, Director, The Song of Joy Chorus
(520) 288-6840
 
 

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Grief Support Group

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP 
 
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. If you have questions or wish to join a group, call Pastor Fred at 825-1985 or Gerry Alberts at 825-4642. 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 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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Construction Progress Photos

August 13

August 13

July 26, 2019

August 9


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