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United Methodist Church of Vista
490 South Melrose Drive (
Vista, California 92081
(760) 726-0442
Office open Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

♥♥♥ Church office closed Friday, July 3, 2015 ♥♥♥
Church E-mail: UMCVista.org


“As For me and my house we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

Join us this Sunday for worship


Rev. Dr. LeighAnn Shaw Pastor

Rev. Dr. LeighAnn Shaw

July 5, 2015 we will have one worship service at 10:00 am to welcome our new minister, Rev. Dr. Leigh Ann Shaw.  A church luncheon to meet and greet Rev. Dr. Shaw will follow in Fellowship Hall, all are welcome to attend.  Nursery care will be provided at this service.

Rev. Dr. Leigh Ann Shaw comes to us from La Mesa First United Methodist Church, where she has served as Senior Pastor for the past five years. Pastor Shaw received her B.A. from San Diego State and was ordained at the Claremont School of Theology, where she received her Masters of Divinity Degree. Subsequently she earned her doctorate at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Her background also includes serving as an Associate Pastor at both Foothills UMC and Camarillo UMC. In addition, she has also served as Chaplain at Grossmont Hospital.

Dr. Shaw loves the beauty of creation. When she’s not at the church, she might be found listening to all kinds of music, visiting the San Diego Zoo or enjoying her hobby of photography around the county. She is quick to laugh and loves having theological discussions with skeptics, cynics and even contemporary saints.



Bulletins for worship

8:45 am Sunday School – Children – K-5 grades   

8:45 am  Praise Worship / Nursery care provided

8:45 am Sunday School – Youth – Middle School  6-8 grades

8:45 am Sunday School – Youth – High School  9-12 grades

8:45 am Adults – “The Wired Word”

10:30 am Traditional Worship / Nursery care provided

10:30 am Sunday School – Children – K-6+   


Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 9:30 am

We invite children to bring their bikes, trikes, and scooters for the Annual Bike Parade in worship on July 5th. Several supplies will be available for decorating your rides beginning at 9:30 am.

Friday Game Night is on July 10 at 6:30 pm in Fellowship Hall.

VBS with dastes

G-Force Vacation Bible School 2015

At G-Force VBS, kids explore how to put their faith into action. In this mission-focused VBS, kids experience God’s unstoppable love and discover how to fuel up and move in and through life with God. more⇒G-Force Vacation Bible School 2015 

ZENTANGLE! Sunday, July 19th at Noon in Fellowship Hall  – Lead by our own Karen Canfield.   Zentangle is an enjoyable experience in relaxation and creativity.  Karen recently taught several people in a small group setting at Church…now, more of us are intrigued!   Karen will invest her $20 from the “Talents” promotion to purchase supplies.  She will accept a freewill donation for her services.

Zentangle is enjoyed by young and old alike.  It is done sitting at a table, using colored pens and paper.  Creating Zentangle art has been associated with improved eye/hand coordination, problem-solving, relaxation and focus.  It offers a quick way to intentionally redirect your focus and enter a relaxed state almost immediately.

So that we may have enough art supplies and lunch for everyone, please RSVP on a sign-up sheet in the Narthex or the Church office by Wednesday, July 15th.

Seeing God in Opera

July 19 at 4:00 pm

Seeing God in Opera group will be meeting on July 19 at 4:00 pm in Fellowship Hall. We will be viewing the opera “Roberto Devero” by Donasetti. Visitors are welcome!


Sunday Gathering

This feisty group of 15 people has just finished an 8 week study on “Just what is a Methodist?” We explored a brief history that led from Jesus to John Wesley before discussing the “5 Marks of a Methodist” by Steve Harper.  What a great experience!

We will take a break until July 26th when we begin an 8 week course on the “Social Principles” of Methodism.  Be watching for more details.  If you want to be a part of this class, do let the group facilitator, Peggy Watson, know as she will be ordering books soon.

The “Sunday Gathering” is a group of men and women who fellowship together for an hour every Sunday at Noon in the church library.  Because it is lunchtime, some of us bring a sack lunch or snacks to share.  We discuss, learn, laugh and pray together and then choose a topic for the next 8 week session. Are you looking for a place to “get connected” with other church members?  Join us!

Questions? Call Peggy Watson, 760-727-9317, or chat with any of our recent class members: Bob & Carol Graham, Phyllis Buvel, Gary Lamb, Karen Canfield, Marvin & Marlene Philippi, Louise Foster, Jean Cole, Sara Baldwin, Peggy & Dick Muir, Jan Hughes, Shelly Burns, John Haase, Judy Lancaster, and Courtney Muir.


West in Salt Lake City for the week of October 26 – 30, 2015. For more information and to signup, see Sue Humphrey or Patricia Avila. UMCOR-West is the relief arm of the church and during the week we do a variety of jobs that helps support relief efforts. Please join us!

For up coming events check the church calendar. Calendar

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