We spent Election Night reflecting on our allegiance to the Kingdom of Christ and taking communion as a church community, instead of taking political sides. Austin Fischer writes about why this is necessary in our Christian walk.
Our third round of Skeptics Welcome has finished up and it certainly was a good series. Steph Shaft reflects on the reconciliation of faith and doubt in her own life, and how leaning on Christ helped work through the thoughts.
Every year, people in our community do not have the supplies to stay warm in the winter. But Vista wants to help change that. Jonah Fox writes how we, as a church, can help love our community through coats and serving.
We’ve spent the last month going through different Bible stories, but why does the Bible tell stories? Why are we so drawn in by them? Karl Baker looks at why storytelling is so powerful, both in Scripture and in our own lives.
Our series on Culture Making has wrapped up, but what we learned during it should be lived out every day. Steph Shaft writes about what creating culture looks like in our daily lives and how our Vista values plays into it.
With our Next Phase construction underway we thought it would be a great time to give you a deeper dive into a few of the ministry environments that we are most excited to utilize! This month we’ll be taking a look into our new student room.
Our high school students went to Queens, New York City, to serve the residents there and partner with Journey Church Queens. It had an incredible impact on the people there and on our students here. Alec Ramba writes about his experience on the trip!
In June, middle school students traveled up to Arlington for a mission trip, partnering with Mission Arlington. They served in incredible ways, from loving on kids at a VBS to heavy lifting in a warehouse. Chris Lackey shares how the experience impacted both the city and the students themselves.
Preteen Camp is a really unique experience for the counselors in particular. They volunteer a full week to invest in the lives of kids so they can grow deeper in their relationship with Christ. But as a counselor, something always happens – you learn things too. Matt Stephens, first time camp counselor, tells his experience from the week.
At Vista we are committed to being a church that lives out what it means to Love God and Love People both in our city and around the world. One of our longest global partnerships has been with several ministries that work on the northern coast of Honduras. Recently, a team of 17 people from Vista spent time working alongside these partners sharing the love and story of Jesus in various ways.
We believe strongly that serving others is a part of how we worship. Therefore, we contacted the Vista Connections Team to ask about serving. The Connections Coordinator was excited to have us sign up as and offered to meet with us. What we didn’t expect and what was so new to us was to be asked where we felt led to serve, what we felt our spiritual gifts were, and how we thought they could be used best.
This past weekend, Vista Students held the second annual girls' weekend, In[tents] -- a two-day event for 6th through 12th grade girls to build community with one another and learn more about God. We had more than 70 girls attend!!
This week is when we remember and celebrate the cornerstone of our faith - Jesus’s death and resurrection. We remember the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross on Good Friday. We take communion as a way to remember the sacrifice of Jesus, and we also know that communion is intended to be taken by those who have made a decision to follow Jesus. This can cause a bit of an awkward (and confusing!) moment for kids who wonder why they don’t get a mid-service snack like everyone else! So what do you do? How do you explain the purpose of communion to your kid who doesn’t fully understand what it means to follow Jesus yet?
We all want certain things in life for ourselves and for our kids. These wishes tend to become a reality more often than not if we set goals and check on their progress. We make note and give extra time to what we find important.
It was a great weekend at The Way! Overall, 13 churches in the Central Texas area were represented by approximately 700 students as well as college and adult leaders! Sessions were held in the chapel on the UMHB campus. Vista sent 102 students, had 9 host homes, and utilized 22 college leaders. David Marvin was our speaker and spoke on what it means to be a follower of Christ, and Aric Harding led worship.