A Word from Pastor Clay | October 30, 2019

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Why do you believe what you believe? Who taught you to love like Jesus? My guess is that each one of us can point to a person, a group of people, and a church community (if not several!) that have shaped us into the people we are today. This Sunday, we will honor the saints that have gone before … More

A Word from Pastor Clay | October 8, 2019

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Listening Tour Summary and Top Priorities

At the end of the Listening Tour, my head and heart were full of the hopes and dreams this congregation has shared with me. As I’ve spent even more time at VRUMC, I feel extremely blessed to be a part of such a great congregation. If you haven’t had a chance, I invite you … More

A Word from Pastor Clay | September 3, 2019

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Light Years Away

1.5 Miles = 10 Light Years

For the past four school years, I’ve volunteered on a weekly basis at Hedrick Elementary. To be honest with you, if I were a teacher, I would not teach elementary school. It would be my last choice of all the schools. God bless elementary school teachers, but I just know that … More

A Word from Pastor Clay | August 20, 2019

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I hope to not read a review for a mattress or a washing machine for a long time! Within the past year, we’ve had to purchase both. When I make a purchase for something with a larger price tag or something that will last a while, I read a significant amount of reviews. That being said, I’m pretty happy … More

A Word from Pastor Clay | August 12, 2019

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As the start of school approaches, it’s tempting to put all the focus on our own kids. Let’s be honest, they certainly won’t complain. With new clothes, new lunch boxes, and a focus on their new classes and schedules, our kids quickly begin to think the school year is all about them.

But what might happen if we each … More