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Local UMVIM members answer call for help in Texas

12/6/2017

Local UMVIM members answer call for help in Texas

When a call came out from the Rio Texas Conference for help with relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on south Texas, Emergency Response Teams (ERT) from the Greater Northwest Area were ready to respond. Specifically, Oregon-Idaho Conference members Larry Johnson, Maggie Skyberg, Brian McKennett and Jerry Iervolino heard the call and joined ERT members from the Pacific Northwest Conference in the Corpus Christie area on Nov. 3. Team members reported numerous small, coastal ...

New staff hired, positions shift at conference center

12/6/2017

New staff hired, positions shift at conference center

The Oregon-Idaho Conference has hired three new staff members recently and re-aligned another position to meet the growing and changing needs of the churches and individuals that make up the conference. David Sneed has been hired as the accounts payable assistant in the finance department, Holly Dolan will serve as the registrar for camping and retreat ministries and Kristen Caldwell is the new communications associate. Sally Blanchard, who has been working for the Oregon-Idaho Conference for ...

Praying Our Way Forward

11/15/2017

Praying Our Way Forward

 In prayer, we can be one in Christ. The people of The United Methodist Church are joining together in prayer. Praying Our Way Forward is an initiative of the Council of Bishops to hold The United Methodist Church in prayer while the work of the Commission on a Way Forward does it's work. The Commission on a Way Forward was proposed by the Council of Bishops and approved by the 2016 General Conference to do a complete examination and possible revision of every paragraph of the Book of ...

Oregon Food Bank names Bethlehem House of Bread 2017 Hunger Hero

11/9/2017

Oregon Food Bank names Bethlehem House of Bread 2017 Hunger Hero

By Sally Blanchard At the October 21 Oregon Food Bank donor event Bethlehem House of Bread (BHOB) in Tigard was named one of the four 2017 Hunger Heroes for their collaborative efforts to advocate on behalf of and with families and individuals who are facing hunger.   Linda Dove, center. Linda Dove, Pastoral Director of BHOB, was on hand to receive the Jerry Tippins Advocacy Award. She explains that in addition to continuing the food pantry, community garden, weekend backpack ...

Claremont explores move to Oregon

7/13/2017

Claremont explores move to Oregon

In a July 6 letter to the Claremont School of Theology community, and subsequent press releases from Claremont School of Theology (CST) and Willamette University, it was announced the schools have entered preliminary conversations on the possibility of housing Claremont School of Theology, one of 13 United Methodist Seminaries, within the campus of United Methodist-related, Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. In June, Claremont President Jeffery Kuan announced the school was facing ...

John Day UMC Participates in Ecumenical Evangelism Effort

5/30/2017
John Day UMC participated in The Spring Round-Up, a multi-denomination worship gathering, held April 6-8, 2017, in John Day, Oregon. This community event was the dream of Pastor Bob Douglas, a recent interim pastor for the local Nazarene Church. He took his idea of an ecumenical gathering right before Holy Week to the greater John Day Ministerial Association in November of 2016 and, as they say, “the rest is history.”   Pastor Jeff Parson of Hamlin, Texas, was called to lead the evening ...

New Hispanic Church Start Part of Open Door Churches of Salem-Keizer

5/30/2017

New Hispanic Church Start Part of Open Door Churches of Salem-Keizer

On the evening of Sunday, May 7th, the Open Door Churches of Salem-Keizer enjoyed a celebration at Las Naciones United Methodist Church (formerly Jason Lee United Methodist Church) to officially open the congregation and the Jason Lee Hispanic Resource Center! The evening was filled with a meaningful service, delicious dinner, and a cultural presentation of folk music and dancing.    Hearing from a vast array of speakers, men and women shared their hearts for this new church and spoke of the ...

Study Leads to Community Resources and Action in Tigard

5/30/2017
The Holy Spirit has been working at Tigard UMC!   In the fall of 2016 Pastor Jeremy Hajdu-Paulen led a book study on America's Original Sin by Jim Wallis.  After the study was over, many people felt that racism, especially systemic racism, is such a problem that Tigard UMC should form a Racial Justice group to study the issue further and find ways to address racism in our community.   One member of the study group voiced interest in hosting a Spanish as a Second Language (SSL) class at the ...

Communications Checklist for Pastoral Transitions

5/15/2017

Communications Checklist for Pastoral Transitions

By Greg Nelson and Patrick Scriven We compiled the following checklist for a recent workshop for pastors who are expecting to transfer into a new appointment this summer. While these are good things to consider as you approach such liminal space, we expect that it’s good to keep many of these items in mind throughout the course of one’s ministry with a local church. Without further ado… To get you started, here is a short list of items you’ll want to consider as you start your ministry to a new ...

Western Jurisdiction Bishops Offer Pastoral Response

5/4/2017
Western Jurisdiction Bishops Offer Pastoral Response to UMC Related to Judicial Council Decision Regarding Bishop Karen Oliveto’s Election  DALLAS, TEXAS, MAY 4, 2017 – The members of the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops of The United Methodist Church today presented a pastoral message to the church during the meeting of the denomination’s Council of Bishops in Dallas, Texas. The message is the bishops’ response to United Methodist Judicial Council Decision 1341. The decision regarded ...

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