Annual Conference Discovery

Grant Hagiya


Bishop Hagiya looks ahead to upcoming annual conference sessions, and the strengthening relationships between the conferences of the Greater NW area.

My First Annual Conference

Teri Watanabe


“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” —Matthew 18:20 Our Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference represents a gathering of a bit more than two or three—in fact, “hundreds” might be more accurate. June 11-13 feels like it’s just around the corner as the Salem Convention Center in Salem, Oregon, awaits our 47th session. My first annual conference (AC) experience was in 2013 when the congregation of Valley United Methodist Church in Veneta, Oregon, ...

Annual Conference is months away!

Mary Foote


For some of us, that’s a lifetime away. For others, it’s like a nap on the couch.

How Much is a Life Worth?

Grant Hagiya


The start of a new year gives time to consider different possibilities

Listen, Be, Receive

Grant Hagiya


God is calling us to listen. Are we?

"Falling Through the Ice"

Gwendolyn Drake


Gwen Drake offers a review of "Falling Through the Ice" by J.D. Hiestand.

Laity group holds second meeting

Mary Foote


The focus of the VLP is to enable laity to embrace their call to leadership through the local church. Our mission field is reached through our local churches. This is where we meet our neighbors as the body of Christ.

Christian Opportunism

Joshua Bynum


We are so fortunate to have a conference full of people who empower and enrich each other in Christ’s name. Leaders in our conference urged me to go to the Global Leadership Summit in August. It was my first time at the Summit, and it was better than I imagined. The speakers had so much to say about so many things. Their passion could be felt not only in the way they spoke about their work and ministry settings but in their need to inspire others to do the same. I got a strong feeling that if I ...

Q and A From the Conference Lay Leader Mailbag

Mary Foote


Mary answers a question about how leaders are selected.

It’s a wrap!

Mary Foote


Whew – we made it! Every year there’s a few moments that stay with me long after the final prayer. I’d like to share those moments with you.

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