News & Events

Protocol for our house of God (in person)

We are excited to offer in-person worship! Due to the Covid pandemic, at this time, we are limited to 155 in the sanctuary. It is necessary for you to use the signupgenuis reservation system to save your spot.  

Covid Protocols   Effective September 23, 2021

 All hymnals have been removed, and the registration books are not distributed.  Attendance is taken at the registration table.  The water fountains have now been opened

                Hand sanitizer machines have been purchased for all rooms and buildings.  There is a sign on the Hand Sanitizer that indicates no handshaking.  We have dropped for the foreseeable future the “Welcome Time” in which we shook hands and hugged each other.

Sanitizing wipes will be available to be used before and after all building use.  


   Parking will not change however everyone should consider social distancing when exiting their vehicles to enter church. 

     Access into the building will be the right-hand door off of the patio.  The outer door and door in the Narthex into the Sanctuary will be propped open so no one needs to either touch them or clean them.  Divided aisles for one-way entry, but exit can be by any door.

   We strongly encourage reservations online or by phone.  This helps us record everybody’s attendance so that if we find someone has attended who has the virus, we can contact all present and let them know.  If someone arrives without reservations, we currently can accommodate them because we are not near our attendance cap.

    Seating is by socially distanced rows in the back 4 rows and open seating in the front 4 rows.  People as they enter can make their most comfortable choice and find a seat as directed by the ushers.

    Egress from the building will be through whatever door one chooses.  The kitchen may also be used.  Gathering for conversation will be on the Patio.

   We have returned to using bulletins.  The liturgy will be on the screens and by verbal announcement.  Communion elements on Communion Sundays can be received by “sealed communion kits” that include the wafer and a small cup of grape juice, or by intinction.  Servers will be gloved and masked.  

      A locked box will be set up just inside the sanctuary for people to drop their offerings in as they enter or exit. The organ, piano, microphones etc. will be fog sanitized before the service.

Sunday School Spaces:

     Hand sanitizer machines have been purchased and are available for all rooms.  The rooms will be “fog sanitized” after every use.  

Small Group meetings:

     The rooms will be sanitized by fogger before and after each meeting by the custodian.  

     Signs of the 11 common Covid-19 symptoms will be posted in each room.  

On Sunday, please sign in before entering the sanctuary.

We look forward to worshipping with you!

To make a reservation, use the link on the Home page to go directly to
Vista will receive notification of your reservation. If you have any difficulty with the sign up, please call the Vista office at (520) 825-1985.


Easter Services 2021

Vista Church Easter Services:
3001 East Miravista Lane @15000 North Oracle Road
Good Friday service @ 3 pm on April 2nd
Easter Sunday on April 4th @ 7 am for our outside Sunrise Service and @ 10 am for our in- person and live- streamed service.
Please note: Masks and social distancing are required per the CDC guidelines. Reservations are strongly encouraged; sign up on our home page!


All Saints Day

Sunday, November 1
Again this year we want to honor all saints who have gone before us with mums and pictures.  If you would like to purchase a mum, please place $10 in an envelope with the following information:
In Memory of ____________________________________________
Given by _______________________________________________
This must be received in the office no later than Tuesday, October 27 to allow for names to be listed in the bulletin.  
To have a picture displayed in front of the altar, please drop it off at the church office between Monday, 10/19 and Thursday, 10/29.  Please have the picture in frame, and no larger than 9 x 11″.  Be sure to put your name on the back so that we can be sure it is returned to you.  
If you have questions, please contact Gail Parson at or call or text to 520-275-7117.


Song of Joy Chorus

The Song of Joy Chorus, composed of the memory impaired, their caregivers and support singers, is one of seventy such choruses in the world and the only one in Arizona.
The mission of the chorus is to offer non pharmaceutical therapy to early stage and mid-stage
memory impaired by offering eight weeks of once-a-week group singing and socialization sessions. We welcome members of the community to join the chorus. There is no charge.
For further information, please call Dr. Jane Stump, Director at 520-825-1985.


VBS 2020

VBS at HOME with Vista Families

Vista has entered a ‘new’ age!  Vacation Bible School was done at home for the first time!  Our amazing youth and parents were given links to videos, crafts, and games instructions.  This new strategy relied on technology, flexibility, and parental involvement to deliver VBS directly to our family’s homes!  Each day, they opened the link to discover the day’s theme.  Day 1 – Parable of the Sower.  Day 2 – Jesus Walks on Water.   Day 3 – Jesus Chooses His Disciples.

Home deliveries of a bag filled with supplies (sponges, tape, crackers, origami paper, balloons, q-tips, straws, goldfish (the food kind), and lots of other interesting items.   Daily snacks of popsicles, granola bars, fruit snacks, more goldfish and powdered drinks were also provided for each family.  Fun puzzles, coloring sheets and word searches were also included.

We listed our VBS on Facebook and received requests from non-Vista families!   We were able to serve ALL and made this an amazing outreach program also.   Bags were delivered to families in the Tucson area and to three families in the Phoenix area.     From thinking we would not be able to host VBS this year….to a great family and outreach program.  We had 29 families and 64 children participating.  God is good.  All the time.





Words from the Pastor

Day 1

                 In my reading from the Moravian Texts this week I once again read of the last plague on the Egyptians when the angel of death took their first born and “passed over” the Hebrews.  I wondered how scary it would have been to hear the wailing in the night of those who lost loved ones.  And though the promise was there to the Hebrews of being “passed over” and they were doing everything they were told to do (lamb’s blood on the doorposts and lintel) it still must have been a terrifying night.

                It was a long night of waiting—waiting on the Lord.  Today as the Coronavirus spreads throughout the world bringing sickness and death to people and sickening the stock market and economy, we too wait for it to “pass over us” (as we wash our hands, stay home and practice social distance.)  And pass over it will.  But in the meantime, there is a lot of worry out there and even in our own hearts and minds.  So, in faith and trust in God that whatever happens we are his.  Wait on the Lord.  Hear the promise for those who do from Isaiah 40:29-31:

29 He gives power to the faint,
    and strengthens the powerless.
30 Even youths will faint and be weary,
    and the young will fall exhausted;
31 but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
    they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
    they shall walk and not faint.

In Christ’s love and service, Pastor Fred


Catalinas Community Chorus Update

Dear Vista Friends:
The recent coronavirus outbreak has made it prudent for Catalinas Community Chorus to proactively postpone the spring concert scheduled for March 22 at Vista until a future date to be determined.  While we are collectively sad at the decision, we must do what is right for the health and well-being of the chorus and the community we serve.

People who have purchased tickets may exchange them for tickets to a future concert or elect to make an unrecognized donation to the choir’s charitable causes (currently Canyon Del Oro music program and Tucson Girls Chorus). If you have further questions or need additional information, please contact Bill Bellah.  CCC appreciates and thanks all of their supporters at Vista while we anticipate future programs together.



Vista Worship On-Line

In this time of trial for both our nation and nations around the world, Vista UMC will be following the recommendations of the CDC in an effort to fight the Covid-19 virus.  On-site worship services will be temporarily suspended, and regular worship services will be offered online.  Please join us here at on Sundays at 10 am.  Maundy Thursday worship service will be broadcast at 7 pm on April 9, and an Easter service will be broadcast at 10 am April 12. 
Our prayers go out to those who have been afflicted, their families, and all who may yet become ill. May God bless and keep you through these difficult days.  
Prayer requests are welcomed, and can be sent to  Our business office will remain open for those who wish to call, deliver contributions, or have questions.  You may reach us at 825-1985 between 9 and 5, Monday thru Friday.


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