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John Day UMC Participates in Ecumenical Evangelism Effort

5/30/2017
John Day UMC participated in The Spring Round-Up, a multi-denomination worship gathering, held April 6-8, 2017, in John Day, Oregon. This community event was the dream of Pastor Bob Douglas, a recent interim pastor for the local Nazarene Church. He took his idea of an ecumenical gathering right before Holy Week to the greater John Day Ministerial Association in November of 2016 and, as they say, “the rest is history.”   Pastor Jeff Parson of Hamlin, Texas, was called to lead the evening ...

New Hispanic Church Start Part of Open Door Churches of Salem-Keizer

5/30/2017

New Hispanic Church Start Part of Open Door Churches of Salem-Keizer

On the evening of Sunday, May 7th, the Open Door Churches of Salem-Keizer enjoyed a celebration at Las Naciones United Methodist Church (formerly Jason Lee United Methodist Church) to officially open the congregation and the Jason Lee Hispanic Resource Center! The evening was filled with a meaningful service, delicious dinner, and a cultural presentation of folk music and dancing.    Hearing from a vast array of speakers, men and women shared their hearts for this new church and spoke of the ...

Study Leads to Community Resources and Action in Tigard

5/30/2017
The Holy Spirit has been working at Tigard UMC!   In the fall of 2016 Pastor Jeremy Hajdu-Paulen led a book study on America's Original Sin by Jim Wallis.  After the study was over, many people felt that racism, especially systemic racism, is such a problem that Tigard UMC should form a Racial Justice group to study the issue further and find ways to address racism in our community.   One member of the study group voiced interest in hosting a Spanish as a Second Language (SSL) class at the ...

Communications Checklist for Pastoral Transitions

5/15/2017

Communications Checklist for Pastoral Transitions

By Greg Nelson and Patrick Scriven We compiled the following checklist for a recent workshop for pastors who are expecting to transfer into a new appointment this summer. While these are good things to consider as you approach such liminal space, we expect that it’s good to keep many of these items in mind throughout the course of one’s ministry with a local church. Without further ado… To get you started, here is a short list of items you’ll want to consider as you start your ministry to a new ...

Western Jurisdiction Bishops Offer Pastoral Response

5/4/2017
Western Jurisdiction Bishops Offer Pastoral Response to UMC Related to Judicial Council Decision Regarding Bishop Karen Oliveto’s Election  DALLAS, TEXAS, MAY 4, 2017 – The members of the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops of The United Methodist Church today presented a pastoral message to the church during the meeting of the denomination’s Council of Bishops in Dallas, Texas. The message is the bishops’ response to United Methodist Judicial Council Decision 1341. The decision regarded ...

Information sessions give update on health insurance

4/27/2017

Information sessions give update on health insurance

The Oregon-Idaho Board of Pensions, which is responsible for overseeing conference health insurance plans, is moving forward on a revised set of health insurance offerings for clergy and lay employees in the conference. In 2016, they surveyed church leaders and plan participants about levels of service and controlling costs. At the 2016 Annual Conference the board shared a proposal for revising insurance coverage through an option of choices known as HealthFlex Exchange. Insurance costs for the ...

Stanovsky updates area

4/18/2017

Stanovsky updates area

Grace and Peace to you in the name of our Risen Savior, Jesus.   I write to keep you informed of an important matter involving the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church. It is important to keep you apprised of developments in the questions raised over Bishop Karen Oliveto’s election last July.   Just after she was elected by the Western Jurisdiction Conference, the South Central Jurisdiction asked our denomination’s top court, the Judicial Council, to rule on the validity of her ...

Jason Lee UMC Ends Ministry and Seeds New Ministry

4/11/2017
Jason Lee United Methodist Church, a congregation founded in 1910 in Salem, is ending its ministry this month. A closing service, celebrating its 106 years of service to God and to their community, will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, April 23.   The Reverend Dr. Jon Langenwalter, pastor, explained that declining membership and diminished energy of the remaining members has led to the prayerful decision that the congregation has accomplished its mission and needs to close.  He is  ...

Trump policy on DACA brings uncertainty

3/15/2017

Trump policy on DACA brings uncertainty

While concerns about not causing harm to the family of a DACA recipient are being clarified. This story has been removed from the Oregon-Idaho Conference website. The United Methodist Social Principles have this to say about the rights of immigrants We recognize, embrace, and affirm all persons, regardless of country of origin, as members of the family of God. We affirm the right of all persons to equal opportunities for employment, access to housing, health care, education, and freedom from ...

Bishop Oliveto inspires justice event

2/22/2017

Bishop Oliveto inspires justice event

Bishop Karen Oliveto, recently elected bishop of the Western Jurisdiction and presiding bishop of the Mountain Sky Area, was the opening keynote speaker for the Western Methodist Justice Movement (WMJM) conference meeting in Portland, Oregon February 17-20. Bishop Karen Oliveto (Robin Ridenour photos) Oliveto’s keynote inspired the 150 in attendance as she explored the nature of the divide that currently exists in society and in churches. She described one symptom of the divide ...

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