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Bishop Crosses Threshold in Eugene

1/26/2017

Bishop Crosses Threshold in Eugene

Bishop Elaine Stanovsky spent Saturday, January 21 in Eugene, Oregon learning and connecting with people of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference. This is the fifth of eight Threshold Events she is holding across the Greater Northwest Area. Stanovsky started her day by connecting with students and Wesley Foundation Board members from the University of Oregon. She was able to hear from students about their experiences in college and with the Wesley Foundation as well as express her support for this...

Oregon-Idaho among 27 that pay 100%

1/26/2017

Oregon-Idaho among 27 that pay 100%

Nashville, TN – The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA), working with the 56 annual conferences in the United States, reports that twenty-seven annual conferences have paid 100% of their 2016 apportionments to the seven general Church funds.  This is a slight increase over the previous year during which 26 annual conferences reached this milestone.  The 2016 payout rate of 91.8% is the highest it has been. The 27 annual conferences are: Alaska, Baltimore-Washington, Central ...

Time to Apply for Scholarships

1/25/2017

Time to Apply for Scholarships

Scholarships for higher education -- undergraduate, graduate, and seminary -- are available for members of The United Methodist Church through a variety of channels.  Be sure to check out all those for which you may qualify! There are two general education scholarships available through the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference.  The Undergraduate Leadership Award ($800) is awarded to an undergraduate student in each of the four districts.  The Ethnic Minority Leadership Award ($750) goes to one ethnic...

Hispanic Ministries Makes Statement on Acceptance

1/5/2017
At the November 18-19 meeting of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference’s Hispanic Ministries Council, members created a document that was sent to Bishop Elaine Stanovsky and members of the Oregon-Idaho Cabinet. The statement was written to express the growing concerns that members of the council are seeing in their communities regarding immigration and human rights. The Conference currently has Hispanic Ministry programs in three communities—Wilder, Idaho, where we have a growing congregation; ...

ERTs Respond to North Carolina Floods

11/30/2016

ERTs Respond to North Carolina Floods

The Oregon-Idaho Conference, in partnership with the Pacific Northwest Conference, sent an Early Response Team (ERT) to North Carolina for seven days in early November 2016 to responed to the flooding from Hurricane Matthew. Oregon-Idaho blessed this effort with 3 ERTs on the team, Jerry Iervolino (Lake Oswego), Dave Haueter (Pioneer, Coquille), and Larry Johnson (Mt Home – Sherwood).   Kathy Bryson, the team leader and a member from PNW, said, “Over the course of six days our team of eight ...

Bishop holds first OR-ID Threshold Event

11/13/2016

Bishop holds first OR-ID Threshold Event

Bishop Elaine Stanovsky and her husband, Clint, were warmly welcomed at the bishop’s first “Threshold Event” held in the Oregon-Idaho Conference. This was the second of eight events to be held across the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area. The first was in Anchorage Alaska in October.   Representatives from three districts were there as part of the welcome. Cascadia and Colombia Districts of the Oregon-Idaho Conference and the Vancouver District of the Pacific Northwest Conference were represented...

Oregon-Idaho churches respond to floods

11/9/2016

Oregon-Idaho churches respond to floods

The Oregon-Idaho Conference of the Methodist Church has shown, yet again, that when the need arises, it rises to the need.  In late August of 2016, UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) sent word that it was in serious need of cleanup kits, aka ‘flood buckets’ to restock its supply depots after the recent devastating floods in Texas and Louisiana; little did they know that those very buckets would be needed in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.  And, with a bit of organizational help, ...

Sewing machines hummed at Kit Kamp

11/9/2016

Sewing machines hummed at Kit Kamp

By Dee Poujade Sixteen women from the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference spent a glorious fall weekend at Camp Magruder sewing school bags and layette items for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Depot in Salt Lake City (UMCOR West).  It was the Conference’s second annual “Kit Kamp,” so named because the items made will find their way into some of the Depot’s seven “kits” that are used in disaster relief situations worldwide.   During the Thursday-Sunday event, the sewers made 130 ...

Bishops name 32 commission members

10/26/2016

Bishops name 32 commission members

The United Methodist Council of Bishops announced the membership of the Commission on A Way Forward October 25, 2016. Oregon-Idaho's Rev. Donna Pritchard is on the list as is Bishop Grant Hagiya, formerly bishop of the Greater NW area. The Council of Bishops has announced the 32 United Methodists who will serve on the commission charged with bridging the denomination’s deep divisions on homosexuality and fostering church unity. “After three months of diligent and prayerful discernment, bishops ...

Bishop crosses threshold

10/25/2016

Bishop crosses threshold

span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"; color:#333333"> Bishop Elaine Stanovsky is in the process of getting to know the people, places, history and stories of the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area. She held the first of a series of sessions she is calling,Threshold Events, in Alaska in October.   The name Threshold Events come from her recent pastoral letter where she talked about entering into a new role with new places and new people. Events are planned for all regions...

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