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The Collins Foundation grant supports leadership and inclusion

2/2/2016

The Collins Foundation grant supports leadership and inclusion

The connection with The United Methodist Church and The Collins Foundation goes back to the 1950s. That’s when the foundation began providing grants for ministry and programs in the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference. Bishop Grant Hagiya has recently received word that the 2015 grant proposal (for the 2016 budget year) has been accepted and funded.   Building on foundational work from previous years, the 2016 grant will focus on developing strong clergy and lay leadership. Focuses will include ...

Oregon-Idaho Welcomes General Conference Briefing

1/25/2016

Oregon-Idaho Welcomes General Conference Briefing

Volunteers lead hotel tours (Greg Nelson photo) Green vests were everywhere as the Oregon-Idaho Conference welcomed the 2016 Pre-General Conference briefing to Portland, Oregon, January 20-22.  The briefing was an event organized by United Methodist Communications to help communications professionals and delegates prepare for the General Conference that will be held May 10-120. Over 400 attendees heard from a variety of panels about what to expect at General Conference, and got a preview of ...

CCEF Disbands, Distributes Cash Balance of $13,000

1/7/2016
The Conference Clergy Emergency Fund Committee has released this statement about their vote to disband the fund and distribute remaining balances. For more information, contact committee chair Rev. Michael Powell at michaelanni@hotmail.com. The Conference Clergy Emergency Fund, which was established during the depths of the Great Depression, has been a practical expression of collegiality and benevolent ministry during time of need for over 80 years. The operating procedures of the CCEF date ...

Single Board Governance and Local Mission

11/17/2015

Single Board Governance and Local Mission

Rev. David Beckett David Beckett, pastor of Bend Church, has been serving the Bend community for seventeen months now. He shares this reflection of where the journey has gone for the congregation since participating in a consultation process with the annual conference, adopting a new leadership program and focusing on the community:   I was appointed as pastor of Bend United Methodist Church in July of 2014. They had been through the consultation process, had their prescriptions, and had begun...

United Methodists Reach Out

10/2/2015

United Methodists Reach Out

As the city of Roseburg and the surrounding community try to grasp the realities of Thursday’s violent shooting at Umpqua Community College, churches of all faiths are offering support. The Rev. Scott Harkness of the Roseburg United Methodist Church says that so far he has not learned of anyone in the church’s congregation being a victim. But in a small town like Roseburg, many people will be friends or acquaintances of victims and families of victims. “I’ve had offers of help from around the ...

Lay Ministry Training offers skills and perspective

9/23/2015

Lay Ministry Training offers skills and perspective

Forty lay people from across the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area gathered for the first session of the five-part Certified Lay Ministers training course. Introduction to Ministry provided an overview of ministry with information on Wesleyan theology, preaching, administering the local church, and pastoral care. As part of the training, participants prepared a seven to ten minute sermon or message for critique by a small group of other participants. Dale Cockrum interacts with the CLM students....

Repentance as a journey and not a Destination

9/2/2015

Repentance as a journey and not a Destination

by Eva Johnson, Bobbie Edwards, and Louise Darling At the 2015 Oregon Idaho Annual Conference many important and moving individual and collective experiences took place. One of the most moving collective events was the Act of Repentance service that took place Friday afternoon. A script of the service is available to download and is worth reading to remind ourselves of why this “act of repentance” is an essential component of the healing that can only start with historical truth telling.   To ...

Prayer Retreat Builds Leadership Skils

8/25/2015

Prayer Retreat Builds Leadership Skils

A church needs leaders. The first step is for a person to come forward and offer to lead. Another step is to build the skills that make for effective leadership. One way to do that is through the Lay Servant Ministries program. Lay Servant Ministries can provide training for the local church or across the connection. Composed of basic and advanced level training, it covers a variety of leadership areas from preaching to prayer. The summer, an advanced class on prayer was held in a retreat ...

Salem-Keizer Churches Join Forces, Expand Outreach

8/13/2015

Salem-Keizer Churches Join Forces, Expand Outreach

Salem First Church is one of the six churches joining forces. Photo courtesy of the church.   By Mahalia Smith Aug. 11, 2015 | UMNS Six United Methodist churches in the Salem-Keizer area of the Oregon-Idaho Conference of the United Methodist Church plan to invest time and resources into a new, collaborative outreach. Mark Bateman, chair of the United Methodist Ministries of Salem-Keizer, says the ministry is considering many new approaches. “We understand that we need to be finding new ways ...

Portland interns connect church to community

7/1/2015

Portland interns connect church to community

Every summer since 2011, Portland’s First United Methodist Church has been sponsoring two young students from their community as interns in local non-profit organizations. This program, funded by the Greathouse Internship Endowment Fund, was created by the congregation as a thank you to Rev. Lowell Greathouse, their associate pastor for four years. In addition to work experience, the internship is intended to continue the church’s involvement outside the church’s walls. The purpose of the ...

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