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#Giving Tuesday November 28, 2017

10/30/2017

#Giving Tuesday November 28, 2017

The season of giving is nearly upon us and that means it’s almost time for UMC #GivingTuesday. On Nov. 28, you will have the opportunity to once again “Connect Your Passion with God’s Mission” to address the needs in the world today. To help you get involved and spread the message of generosity, the General Board of Global Ministries has created a host of #GivingTuesday resources. You will find the answers to frequently asked questions, tips for using social media and creative ways to foster ...

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 ...

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, ...

UMC #GivingTuesday is Dec. 2, 2014

9/25/2014

UMC #GivingTuesday is Dec. 2, 2014

Learn About Oregon-Idaho Missionaries   Learn what you can do to promote #GivingTuesday. As you may remember, in 2013 on UMC #GivingTuesday, United Methodists collectively raised a record $6.5 million on line. Through The Advance, 11,000 individuals and churches in 34 countries gave more than 16,300 gifts to mission and ministries they believe in. It was a wonderful sign of commitment and extravagant generosity, maximizing the impact of thousands of United Methodists coming together on one ...

A shocking number of mosquitoes!

9/24/2014

A shocking number of mosquitoes!

On the first Sunday of Lent, the congregation got quite a shock. Twin Falls First United Methodist Church’s sanctuary was blanketed in colorful pipe cleaner mosquitoes. Mosquitoes adorned a net strung all the way around the front of the church. Mosquitoes hung from the balcony above their pews. Mosquitoes lurked everywhere in their fellowship hall and on bulletin boards. A giant mosquito even perched on the window of their secretary’s office.   Leaders explained that, for every $10 raised ...

11 churches benefit from final hunger grants

8/20/2014

11 churches benefit from final hunger grants

The final round of grants to churches from the Hunger Ministries Task Force will provide $16,250 to 11 churches for hunger elimination ministry.   From October 2008 to July 2014, the task force awarded 64 grants for a total of $105,275. The smallest grant was for $150 while the largest was for $5075.  Of the 64 grants, 47 where awarded to ministries in Oregon for a total of $59,400 and 17 grants, totaling $45,875 went to churches in Idaho. Funds were collected from special offerings and the ...

UMC #GivingTuesday Promises to Multiply Impact

11/1/2013

UMC #GivingTuesday Promises to Multiply Impact

United Methodists are invited to sustain the spirit of Thanksgiving into the Advent season. The denomination’s General Board of Global Ministries announced that for one day only, on December 3, 2013, as part of UMC #GivingTuesday, gifts made online to any project through The Advance will be matched. Marie Kuch, who chairs the communication and development committee of Global Ministries’ board of directors, shared her excitement. “My US context is dominated by a consumer-driven frenzy within ...

Imagine No Malaria - Spreading the Word!

12/5/2012

Imagine No Malaria - Spreading the Word!

While United Methodists around the globe are working to eradicate malaria in Africa, it’s a battle being waged by a diverse set of partners. Imagine No Malaria Advocacy Day brought together leaders from annual conferences across the United States to meet with congressional leaders and ask for their support of United States government funding of malaria treatment and prevention programs.  From the Oregon-Idaho Conference, Rev. Jim Frisbie, Conference Secretary of Global Ministries; Emilie Kroen,...

'I was hungry, and you gave me food'

11/6/2012

'I was hungry, and you gave me food'

Through the giving of nickels, dimes, quarters and dollars the Task Force for the Elimination of Hunger was able to provide nine new and expanded hunger programs grants to grow their outreach to the community. Sadly, other requests were turned away for lack of funds. Connecting with the community is a key aspect of many of the grants. In St. Helens and Eugene backpack programs are connecting with hungry children. In Dallas and Pocatello kitchens are getting updates to support community meal ...

Why UMVIM... <br>United Methodist Volunteers In Mission?

12/23/2011
“UMVIM…….What is it?” We hear this question so often…..and from Methodists! As your Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference UMVIM Coordinators, we are trying hard to provide more information about the many programs available through United Methodist Volunteers in Mission. Our own experience with UMVIM began as Individual Volunteers, serving for a year in Peru as onsite coordinators of the new Peru-Bolivia Border Mission. (Misión Fronteras) We were fortunate to learn first-hand about the process of ...

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