Let Your Voice Be Heard!


In the OR-ID Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, we have a couple of new ways for lay women and lay men to communicate. In this month’s blog, I’d like to tell you about two.

One new communication avenue is on-line. We have our own Facebook page! Yes, I hear the groans. Don’t worry. There will be no adorable stories about my dog or pictures of breakfast foods. If you use Facebook, check out  United Methodist OR-ID Laity . You are welcome to post items of interest or enrichment!

Our other new communication tool is accomplished face to face! Yes, real people talking TO EACH OTHER! It might sound whacky but the Bishop likes the idea so here goes ---

Laity Roundtable

Twice a year, laity will be welcome to gather with the conference lay leader, district lay  leaders, district lay servant ministry coordinators, lay assigned men and women, and, occasionally, a guest speaker.  The Laity Roundtable will occur in a different district each time and rotate around the conference but all are welcome to attend all events.

Our first Laity Roundtable was held 10/21/13 at Beaverton UMC in the Columbia District. We had about 20 people present, shared ideas and information, and had great snacks (thank-you, Emilie Kroen!). New relationships were formed. I look forward to seeing these folks again!

The next Laity Roundtable will be held in the Crater Lake District. On April 26, 2014, we’ll meet at the Roseburg UMC at 11:00. We’ll have an up-date on our conference commitment to Imagine No Malaria. PLEASE BRING A SACK LUNCH. We’ll have lunch and conversation from 12 to 1. At 1:00, we’ll come back together to up-date each other on local events and chat. We have the place until 3:00, so bring your dreams and ideas! Please RSVP to Mary at marycfoote@yahoo.com. We’d like to have plenty of room.

That’s it for this blog. Two new ways to let your voice be heard! Of course, the telephone, email and the good old US mail continue to be fine options. Whatever method you choose please know, your thoughts, ideas and observations are valued. You are a cherished Sister or Brother. Please, be heard!

Abundant blessings,


Mary Foote
Mary Foote was elected as Conference lay Leader in 2012. She is a mom, wife, and dental hygienist. As a member at the Hillsboro United Methodist Church she is active in many areas, but has a special passion for Hispanic Ministry and the English as a second language program. Contact her at marycfoote@yahoo.com or (503)648-3072.