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Health Insurance Update - Part 2

4/21/2016

Health Insurance Update - Part 2

Frequently Asked Questions Proposed Health Insurance Changes for 2017 Plan Year Editor's note: This is Part 2 of a series of information about upcoming changed to health insurance plans for conference clergy and staff. Part 1 dealt with the process of determining rates for individuals and local churches and ministry settings.   Download a printable version of this document   1.  Why can’t we send clergy and lay staff to the public exchanges to purchase health insurance in the public marketplace?...

Legislative Assembly preps petitions for Annual Conference

4/14/2016

Legislative Assembly preps petitions for Annual Conference

Rev. Peg Lofsfold opened the 2016 Legislative Assembly by asking the members to contemplate three aspects of Sabbath: Sabbath Rest, Sabbath Rejoicing, and Sabbath Return. She served as the host and coordinator for the assembly as it met at Tigard United Methodist Church on Friday, April 8.   Rev. Jeanne Knepper instructs the assembly Legislative Assembly serves as a sub-committee of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference Session. Rev. Jeanne Knepper, co-legislative coordinator, provided an update ...

Finance officer brings wealth of experiences

3/30/2016

Finance officer brings wealth of experiences

Rev. Dan Wilson-Fey When Rev. Dan Wilson-Fey takes over as the new Conference Treasurer and Pension and Health Benefits Officer in June, he will be able to say that he knows the Oregon-Idaho Conference.  He was born in Oregon and grew up in Beaverton, Tigard and Albany. Serving churches in all four conference districts, on the Board of Ordained Ministry, and as an international missionary have given him a wealth of experiences. Wilson-Fey has spent 24 years in service to Oregon and Idaho ...

Pension Board wrestles with health insurance costs

3/9/2016

Pension Board wrestles with health insurance costs

For the Oregon-Idaho Conference Board of Pensions, providing health insurance for clergy and lay employees is always a struggle of two competing needs. Their goal is to provide the best possible benefits to participants while controlling costs for churches. This is not an easy task in the changing health care environment of the 21st century. They work to balance the demands and requirements of state and federal law, the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits, disciplinary rules, conference...

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....

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