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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...

Bishop Stanovsky to consolidate Episcopal Office

10/20/2016

Bishop Stanovsky to consolidate Episcopal Office

Bishop Elaine Stanovsky has announced that the episcopal office in Portland will close at the end of the calendar year and all the functions supporting the bishop currently occurring out of this office will transfer to the Greater Northwest Area office in Des Moines, Washington. The administrative assistant position in Portland will end at the same time. Other Oregon-Idaho Conference functions will remain in Portland. In 2008 the General Conference instructed each jurisdiction to reduce by one ...

100 Disaster Cleaning Buckets for UMCOR

10/6/2016

100 Disaster Cleaning Buckets for UMCOR

Reprinted from the Joseph United Methodist Church Rejoice! Newsletter by Cherie Dearth Last Saturday, we along with our neighbors assembled 100 cleaning buckets for disaster relief for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). It was a slick operation set up like an assembly line. People would take a five gallon bucket, go down the row, and put in all the required supplies. David Cook was at the end of the line to seal the lid of the bucket to be stacked and made ready for transport. ...

Bringing Home the Congo

10/3/2016

Bringing Home the Congo

Earlier this year, Sally Jones of the Clatskanie United Methodist Church looked into the refugee program at the Collister United Methodist Church on behalf of umoi.org. She was amazed at what she learned about the Congolese community that is being supported in Boise, Idaho. Here is her story:   “We are afraid we will break the church!” they said. “Break it?” I asked. “Yes, that is why we are here. We need help. We dance and sing and move when we worship and we are afraid we will break the old ...

New Federal Laws to Impact Overtime Pay

9/19/2016

New Federal Laws to Impact Overtime Pay

Note: As of late November, an injunction has halted implementation of this change. However IRS changes regarding what type of workers should be classified as "exempt" are still in force and should be reviewed. The Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced its changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) “white collar” overtime exemption rules. The final rule strengthens protection for workers by increasing the standard salary level for qualification for overtime exemption from $455 per ...

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