Vestavia Hills Living

2018

Official magazine published by the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce for the City of Vestavia Hills which details the quality of life, education, shopping and lifestyle of Vestavia Hills.

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V E S T A V I A H I L L S U N I T E D M E T H O D I S T C H U R C H Another longtime pillar of the community, Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church (VHUMC) held its first worship service on October 19, 1952. "The reason our church exists is because a member of our community, Marshall Burgin, decided that his community, Vestavia Hills, needed to be developed around the church and Christian values," says Bill Brunson, senior pastor. "Because he was a Methodist, he felt that Vestavia Hills needed a Methodist Church. So, from our very beginning, Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church has understood that we are called to be connected to our community and work to impact our community for Christ. We always say "yes" to invitations to partner with our community and seek out opportunities to help make Vestavia Hills a wonderful place to live." Through the years, VHUMC has hosted Chamber events, partnered with Leadership Vestavia Hills to host Help the Hills substance abuse events, supported the History of Vestavia Hills Video Projects, and sent teams to support Helping Hands in the Hills annual community service project. The church serves as a Partner in Educa- tion with most of the schools in the Vestavia Hills system and is a polling place for local, county, state, and national elections. It hosts the Youth Leadership Program each summer and partners with Vestavia Hills High School to build a Habitat for Humanity house together each year. In addition to sharing its facilities and resources with others across the community, VHUMC "exists to provide a community where everyone can experience a Christ-Cen- tered Life of Purpose," Brunson says. "That is why we provide a wide range of opportunities for people of all ages, socioeconomic levels, stages of life, and races and nationalities to encounter Christ, and to allow their lives to be transformed by His love." VHUMC staff and members work tirelessly to show that love to others locally and around the world. In 2017, the church collected 1,800 coats for Mae Mae's Hugs; packed 300,024 meals to send to Haiti; served 150 families weekly from its food pantry; placed or repaired 38 cars for people needing transportation to get to a job; visited 1,690 individuals in hospitals or retirement homes; hosted 1,656 children in dance, sports, summer camp, and music and arts programs; provided 1,328 cans to community food banks by Vacation Bible Camp children; and sent more than 172 children in grades six through 12 on week-long mission trips. In addition to traditional and contemporary worship services each week, VHUMC also offers a monthly worship service, Sacred Connections, for people who face memory and mobility challenges. The church provides fidget mats for Alzheimer's and dementia patients in the community and sensory bags for those with sensory needs, including headphones and materials to be able to participate in worship or other activities. "This is a congregation that is constantly looking for ways to be a blessing to others both near and far," Brunson says. "We believe we have been blessed to be a blessing to others." T R I N I T Y P R E S B Y T E R I A N C H U R C H Trinity Presbyterian Church is another local church that has responded to the tremendous population growth in the Vestavia Hills area. Trinity moved into the Cahaba Heights area of Vestavia Hills in 2009, and "has really sought to embrace the Vestavia Hills community," says Pastor Rich Lusk. "We really appreciate the work of the mayor, police force, firemen, and other civic servants. We make prayer for Vestavia's leadership a regular part of our ministry." Trinity leaders and members are involved in a variety of 44 v e s tav i a h i l l s l i v i n g 2 0 1 8

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