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Claremont explores move to Oregon

7/13/2017

Claremont explores move to Oregon

In a July 6 letter to the Claremont School of Theology community, and subsequent press releases from Claremont School of Theology (CST) and Willamette University, it was announced the schools have entered preliminary conversations on the possibility of housing Claremont School of Theology, one of 13 United Methodist Seminaries, within the campus of United Methodist-related, Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. In June, Claremont President Jeffery Kuan announced the school was facing ...

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 ...

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  ...

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...

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 ...

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