News & Events

Vista to Celebrate All Saints Day

On Sunday, November 3, Vista UMC celebrated 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.  Members and friends purchased Mums that were placed at the front of the sanctuary in memory of those loved ones who, by their inspiration have helped us on our way.  Many also brought  picture(s) of loved ones that were displayed in the sanctuary.


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


Construction Update Photos

September 23, 2019


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


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.


Adult Christian Ed Classes

Adult Christian Education Classes
UPDATED 12.08.21
Sunday        9:00 AM     St. Matthew Room – Adult Sunday School Class
Sunday      11:15 AM     St. Matthew Room – Adult Sunday School Class
Thursday   10:00 AM     Zoom – Women’s Lectionary Bible Study
Thursday     1:30 PM     St. Matthew Room – Up From the Ashes Bible Study
**Masks are optional. 
We are excited to learn and worship together AGAIN!

Adult Education Opportunities

 The Adult Christian Education Committee is offering the following classes.  Sign up is easy.  Just email, text or call Donna Boring to ask questions and sign up. 


Christianity’s Family Tree – What Other Christians Believe and Why

Wednesday 10:00 AM-11:00 AM     Elizabeth Room     Rev. Jim Lubach     Jan 12 – Mar 2, 2022

Pastor Lubach is back by popular demand with another fascinating class on Christianity.  The book is available for $9.99 at Cokesbury or $10.69 at Amazon and will make an excellent pre-Lenten study.  The book itself is described as follows:  “Adam Hamilton presents a welcoming, inspiring vision of eight Christian denominations and faith traditions. Comparing the Christian family to our own extended families, he contends that each denomination has a unique, valuable perspective to offer on the Christian faith.”


Protestant Prayer Beads

Thursday February 17th 1:00 PM-4:00 PM     St. Luke Room     Nancy Yob

When the Israelites felt lost and afraid, God gave them a prayer tool of knotted fringe.  The fringe helped them stay focused on God.  Have you ever felt lost or does your mind wander during prayer?  Prayer Beads can help. Join leader, Nancy Yob, to explore the history of the beads, and create your own unique set.  We will look at ways to use the beads to enrich our prayer time and strengthen our connection with God. There is a $5.00 class fee to cover supplies.


Before Church Sunday School Class

Sunday 9:00-9:40 AM    St Matthew Room

Later this Fall Mel and Dottie McIntyre will offer a new before church Sunday morning class using the Wired Word curriculum which applies Biblical principles to current events.  Mid-week you will be emailed the lesson including- In the News, Confronting the News With Scripture and Hope with Discussion Questions.  Check out the for more information and a sample lesson.  They have a few people already signed up but there is plenty of room for you.  Please let Donna know if you are interested.  Class opening date TBA (sometime in November).


Sunday School Classes for Adults

After Church Sunday School Class     Sunday 11:15 AM – 12:45 PM     St Matthew Room

The After Church Sunday School Class led by Linda Whittington has a long history of successful discussion and fellowship together in a combination in person and on zoom membership.  Their class includes prayer, a video study with discussion following and fellowship.   The current video study is on forgiveness. They provide a welcoming atmosphere for everyone and especially enjoy including new members.  To join, please contact Donna Boring.  For questions, please contact Linda Whittington.


Lectionary Bible Study for Women

Thursday 10:00-11:00 AM     Zoom and Elizabeth Room

This class has been in weekly session for 2 years.  It uses the Upper Room Lectionary study entitled Disciplines, A Book of Daily Devotions.  The class includes daily Bible and devotional readings which are discussed during the class.  


Up From the Ashes Bible Studies

Thursday 1:30 PM     St John Room

Led by Lay Leader Jim Bleess, this Bible Study has been meeting since May and follows this pattern.  Class members take turns reading aloud the Bible passages for the week, then have time for questions and a brief discussion period.  They are currently starting the Gospel Luke.  At the completion of these two books of the Bible, the class votes on the next book to read.  The class has an open enrollment policy and welcomes new members.  If you would like to join, contact Donna Boring.  If you have questions, contact Jim Bleess.



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


Construction Progress Photos

August 13

August 13

July 26, 2019

August 9


Vista Church – San Manuel

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


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