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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...

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...

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 ...

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....

Portland interns connect church to community

7/1/2015

Portland interns connect church to community

Every summer since 2011, Portland’s First United Methodist Church has been sponsoring two young students from their community as interns in local non-profit organizations. This program, funded by the Greathouse Internship Endowment Fund, was created by the congregation as a thank you to Rev. Lowell Greathouse, their associate pastor for four years. In addition to work experience, the internship is intended to continue the church’s involvement outside the church’s walls. The purpose of the ...

What is a Lay Servant?

4/13/2015

What is a Lay Servant?

A Lay Servant is, first of all, a lay person – a lay person who feels a calling to be a leader in their home congregation and sometimes in the wider church community. A Lay Servant is trained in leadership skills through classes offered at different times and places throughout the conference. Everyone who wishes to explore becoming a Lay Servant must take the Basic Lay Servant Class to begin.  After that, he or she may choose from many different advanced classes to continue that training. ...

Rev. Erin Martin to Lead Columbia District

1/26/2015

Rev. Erin Martin to Lead Columbia District

Bishop Grant Hagiya has announced his intention to appoint the Rev. Erin Martin to the position of District Superintendent for the Columbia District.   Martin currently serves as the Pastor at Wesley United Methodist Church in Eugene, Oregon. She came to Wesley first for one year as a Christian Education Director and then as Pastor since 2009, when she transferred her membership from the North Carolina Conference.   Martin’s appointment will be effective July 1, 2015, but she has already started...

Order of Elders at Alton Collins Retreat Center, October 2014

10/23/2014

Order of Elders at Alton Collins Retreat Center, October 2014

 By Rev. Brian Shimer, on behalf of the Order of Elders The Order of Elders Gathering at Alton Collins in October was a refreshing gift for the Elders in this Annual Conference as it invited us to take steps into deeper relationships.  Led by Co-Chairs of the Order Rev. Todd Bartlett and Rev. Dr. Kate Conolly, the midweek gathering began after a great Alton Collins’ dinner, with viewing a TED talk called “The Power of Vulnerability” by Brené Brown. After this both Kate and Todd modeled their ...

Camping executive announces retirement

10/1/2014

Camping executive announces retirement

Rev. Lisa Jean Hoefner, Executive Director of Camp and Retreat Ministries for Oregon-Idaho, announced her resignation to the Camp and Retreat Board, effective April 30, 2015. Hoefner began work in the Oregon-Idaho Conference in 1998, as the Director of Suttle Lake Camp.  A year later she became the Executive Director for Camp and Retreat Ministries.  Prior to this she served as Conference Director of Camp and Retreat Ministries in the Wyoming Conference (now divided between the Upper New York ...

Walking with Palestinian Christians

8/12/2014
Dee Poujade chairs the Oregon-Idaho Conference's Holy Lands Task Force In early August, Betty Cobb-Colgan (Holy Land Task Force/Portland First UMC) and I were privileged to participate in a unique conference for United Methodists.  “Walking with Palestinian Christians For Holy Justice and Peace” was the result of a collaboration with the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) and the Ginghamsburg Church, a Methodist “mega-church” that I believe is the largest in our denomination (or at least...

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