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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 ...

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...

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