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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 ...

It is to say goodbye, and to sincerely thank you for being in ministry with me

7/18/2016

It is to say goodbye, and to sincerely thank you for being in ministry with me

By Bishop Grant Hagiya Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Without a doubt, this is the hardest letter that I have had to write as your Bishop of the Greater Northwest Area. As you have heard by now, the Western Jurisdiction Committee on Episcopacy has assigned me to the Los Angeles Area, and I will be starting there on September 1, 2016. I have to be honest, this news caught me completely by surprise, and I have been reeling from it ever since. Although United Methodist bishops are subject to ...

Oliveto Elected Bishop

7/15/2016

Oliveto Elected Bishop

By Larry Hygh, California-Nevada Annual Conference The Rev. Dr. Karen P. Oliveto was elected to the episcopacy on the 17th ballot by the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church (UMC). “Today we took a step closer into living into beloved community,” said Oliveto. Since 2008, Oliveto has served as the senior pastor of Glide Memorial UMC in San Francisco. CA. Glide is the Western Jurisdiction’s largest membership congregation, and one of the top 100 largest membership congregations ...

2014 Western Jurisdictional Camp Network Gathering

3/28/2014
United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries has seven foundations that lay the groundwork for all they do. These range from providing intentional places apart to encounter God, to developing Christian leaders, and inspiring guests toward love and justice.  (View all Seven Foundations.)  These foundations were evident as over 75 camp leaders from around the West from Southern California to Colorado and Alaska, gathered at Camp Magruder in Rockaway Beach, Oregon from March 10-13, 2014. Camp ...

Mission Insite offers Demographic Tools for Churches

3/6/2014

Mission Insite offers Demographic Tools for Churches

As congregational leaders we are called into the mission of the United Methodist Church - Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. One of the primary responsibilities of congregational leaders is to help their congregation answer three fundamental questions that the mission inspires: What do we mean by the term disciple? How do the disciples we are nurturing transform the world? and, who are the people we have been sent to nurture into the life of discipleship? The...

Staffing Provides New Coordination for Washington County Hispanic Ministries

12/12/2012

Staffing Provides New Coordination for Washington County Hispanic Ministries

A newly hired community deveolper for United Methodist ministries in Washington County, Oregon will help raise awareness and increase cooperation between the various ministries. Currently, there is a cluster of community-based Hispanic ministries throughout Washington County that are supported by the United Methodist Church. These projects vary from ESL classes to food pantries and a community dinner. They are not coordinated in a systemic manner to promote outreach, but represent the interest...

Hagiya to Serve New Episcopal Area in West

7/20/2012

Hagiya to Serve New Episcopal Area in West

Bishop Grant J. Hagiya has been assigned to preside over the Oregon-Idaho Conference The Western Jurisdiction has ratified the assignments of its Committee on Episcopacy for five episcopal areas. Following action of the 2008 General Conference, the jurisdiction has restructured its episcopal areas so that a new Greater Northwest Episcopal Area, with episcopal residence in Normandy Park, Washington, will provide leadership for the Alaska United Methodist Conference, Pacific Northwest Annual ...

Advertising Reaches Out to Metro District

12/6/2011

Advertising Reaches Out to Metro District

A partnership between the Metro District, United Methodist Communications, and the Oregon-Idaho Conference is offering a new kind of invitation to Christmas. Four weeks of multi-media advertising will offer the chance for those who don’t have church home to explore and learn about The United Methodist Church. The contact points for the advertising will be ads on the outside and inside of MAX trains and on the inside of Tri-Met buses as they travel to district. In addition billboards, digital ...

Fill Your Cup and Your Soul

11/22/2011

Fill Your Cup and Your Soul

Fill your cup and your soul. That’s the message that greats visitors to the Jubilatte coffee shop in Tigard. Jubilatte is an outgrowth of the popular Tigard Indoor Play Park and Tigard Preschool at Tigard United Methodist Church. Church leaders thought that a coffee shop would be a natural way to provide a gift to the neighborhood. And with so many kids and parents coming and going throughout the week, it was easy to connect. While parents sip coffee and visit, a play area for kids and weekly...

La Roca Fellowship Joins Montavilla Church

8/30/2011
It started in flames. The church building shared by Iglesia La Roca was destroyed in a night time fire in April 2010. The new faith community lost everything: sound equipment, band instruments, books, Sunday School supplies. The following afternoon, La Roca’s pastor, Juan Camacena, stopped in at Montavilla UMC in east Portland. Would there be room for the young community to worship there for a month or two, just until they could get reorganized? La Roca was welcomed by a unanimous vote of the ...

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