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blog Pastor Mary Beth’s Musings: June 7, 2018 - New Faces New Spaces Every year in early June, United Methodist clergy in North Texas gather for our annual conference, along with lay persons who represent United Methodist churches in North Texas. Angie Christoffersen and I spent Sunday afternoon, Monday and Tuesday at First UMC in Richardson at the 2018 North Texas Annual Conference. I’ve been attending annual conference since Read More
blog Pastor Mary Beth’s Musings: May 31, 2018 - Life-Giving Water “I assure you that everybody who gives even a cup of cold water to these little ones because they are my disciples will certainly be rewarded.” (Matthew 10:42) Temps are forecast for the upper 90s to low 100s for the foreseeable future, so despite what the calendar says, Texans know that SUMMER IS HERE! So for the third consecutive Read More
blog Pastor Mary Beth’s Musings: May 24, 2018 - A Surprising Sermon Perhaps you are one of those who set your alarm and got up early Saturday morning to watch the wedding of Harry Windsor and Meghan Markle, broadcast across the world from Windsor Castle in England. I did not, but later in the day, I happened to be listening to a news broadcast that replayed their wedding vows. Read More
blog Pastor Mary Beth’s Musings: May 17, 2018 - Graduate Recognition Sunday This Sunday, we will celebrate with the Senior Class of 2018 as they graduate from high school. These 11 young adults are remarkable for several different reasons. Several of them have been at VRUMC since they were babies. Almost all of them went through confirmation class together as sixth graders. They represent several different high schools and Read More
blog Pastor Mary Beth’s Musings: May 10, 2018 - Celebrating the Wide Spectrum of Mothering In this week leading up to Mother’s Day on Sunday, I’ve been reminded that it is assumed that the mothers we are celebrating are our “biological” mothers. But oh my, oh my, oh my—there is a wide spectrum of mothering! Writer Amy Young can help us celebrate the wide spectrum of “mothering.” To those Read More
blog Pastor Mary Beth’s Musings: May 3, 2018 - Meaning and Purpose  “Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.” --Victor Frankl Victor Frankl was an Austrian psychiatrist who survived Auschwitz, but saw beloved family members die in the death camps. In his classic memoir and meditation on his experience in Auschwitz, Man’s Search for Meaning, written in 1946, Frankl suggests that meaning and Read More
blog Pastor Mary Beth’s Musings: April 26, 2018 - 26th Church Anniversary Day   Today is April 26—Anniversary Day for Vista Ridge United Methodist Church. On this day, 26 years ago, VRUMC was “chartered,” becoming a self-sustaining church. I was living in Carrollton at the time and remember what this part of southwest Lewisville looked like. It was mostly country—Denton Tap was a two-lane blacktop road. There was no Read More
blog Pastor Mary Beth’s Musings: April 19, 2018 - Confirmation Sunday I love a good party, don’t you?! With just the right mix of people, music, food and memories in the making, a party can give you the sense that all’s right with the world! Maybe that’s the reason I’m so passionate about worship. With just the right mix of people, music, memories and even food (think about Holy Read More
blog Pastor Mary Beth’s Musings: April 12, 2018 - Don’t Be Fearful Fear: 1a an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger 2 : profound reverence and awe especially toward God Pay attention to any news feed and it’s clear. There is plenty to be fearful about: the rising tension between the U.S. and Russia, melting polar ice caps, a new hurricane season on the Read More
blog Pastor Mary Beth’s Musings: March 29, 2018 - Walk with Jesus During Holy Week A few years ago, I was with a few preschoolers and we were talking about Jesus and how much he liked to eat with his friends. I began telling them about a very special dinner that Jesus had with his friends one night during which Jesus talked about how much he loved his friends Read More