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Elgin UMC faithfully completes 130 years of ministry

9/14/2020

Elgin UMC faithfully completes 130 years of ministry

    The history of Elgin United Methodist Church is deeply intertwined with the history of other ecumenical partners establishing their presence in this small northeastern Oregon town toward the end of the 19th century. Whether it was establishing roots in Elgin alongside the Baptists more than 130 years ago, partnering with the Presbyterians for worship for a time or holding a church in the park every summer with other ministerial partners, Elgin UMC left a lasting mark on the community ...

Oregon-Idaho Conference Laity Address 2020

9/14/2020

Oregon-Idaho Conference Laity Address 2020

Normally, members of the Oregon-Idaho Conference would hear the laity address from Conference Lay Leader Jan Nelson on the floor of the Annual Conference session. However, due to an essentials-only Annual Conference, her address is being posted here for all to view. Click on the image to begin the video message.  

Wallowa UMC closes after 144 years of faithful ministry

9/1/2020

Wallowa UMC closes after 144 years of faithful ministry

  When Peggy Gentle and her family arrived in Wallowa, Oregon, in 1960 from California, it was a pretty easy decision to start attending Wallowa United Methodist Church. “I was Episcopalian, but the church was 20 miles away and I have five children,” said Gentle, who is now 97. “We lived two blocks from the (UMC) church. I marched all five of them down there.” Through thick – and thin – Gentle raised her children and helped raise other children as a Sunday school teacher for more than 30 years ...

West Salem congregation’s legacy is a community center

8/27/2020

West Salem congregation’s legacy is a community center

by Sally Blanchard After 110 years West Salem UMC congregation has closed, but volunteers continue serving the community through the church building. The congregation was organized in 1910, conducting services in a one room schoolhouse and community center. In 1921 Mrs. Joseph T. Hunt donated two lots that were later sold for the lots where the church is now located. Rev. Alexander Hawthorne was pastor of the church between 1921 and 1923 and headed the drive for building funds. Construction ...

It really was a happy place!

8/25/2020

It really was a happy place!

Nyssa UMC in Nyssa, Oregon by Sally Blanchard The last in-person worship service at Nyssa United Methodist Church in Nyssa, Oregon, was held in early March. The pastor and lay member say the hardest part of closing the church has been no chance to have a concluding celebration while under the COVID-19 in-person worship closure. Lay member Sheila Turner has part of the congregation for 20 years. “It’s been really tough because it got to the point where there were five people going to the church...

Oregon-Idaho Conference appointments for 2020

8/14/2020

Oregon-Idaho Conference appointments for 2020

  Appointments for the OREGON-IDAHO ANNUAL CONFERENCE effective July 1, 2020 Elaine Stanovsky, Presiding Bishop The Greater Northwest Area, The United Methodist Church   CONFERENCE RELATIONSHIP CODES:   AM--Associate Member DC--Deaconess DM--Diaconal Minister DR--Retired Diaconal Minister FD--Deacon in Full Connection FE--Elder in Full Connection FL--Full-time Local Pastor LM--Certified Lay Minister OA--Associate Member, Other Conference OE--Elder Member of Other Annual Conference or Other ...

Boise church deconsecrates and removes stained glass window depicting Confederate General Robert E. Lee as it repents of racism

8/7/2020

Boise church deconsecrates and removes stained glass window depicting Confederate General Robert E. Lee as it repents of racism

BOISE – Building on their commitment to fight racism, leaders of First United Methodist Church of Boise (Cathedral of the Rockies) deconsecrated a stained-glass window depicting Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Friday before workers will remove it permanently soon.   The service of deconsecration and removal of the window is the latest step taken by members of the United Methodist congregation as they move forward in repenting of racism.   The stained-glass window was installed in the church...

Gresham’s garden creates connection point with Latinx community

6/18/2020

Gresham’s garden creates connection point with Latinx community

Volunteers work in the Common Good Garden at Gresham UMC, where a new partnership has emerged between the church and Doulas Latinas to provide nutritional support. by Sally Blanchard A love of working in a garden and a love for people in their community has grown into a beautiful relationship between Gresham United Methodist Church and Latina doulas. Dr. Sandra Hernandes founded Doulas Latinas International in 2013 because she saw the need for Latina women to have emotional and linguistic ...

Cascadia District Superintendent: Reimagining Life Together or “Where to from Here?”

5/27/2020

Cascadia District Superintendent: Reimagining Life Together or “Where to from Here?”

Therefore, as a prisoner for the Lord, I encourage you to live as people worthy of the call you received from God. Conduct yourselves with all humility, gentleness, and patience. Accept each other with love, and make an effort to preserve the unity of the Spirit with the peace that ties you together. You are one body and one spirit, just as God also called you in one hope. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and [Parent] of all, who is over all, through all, and in all. God ...

Houseless youth find support and safety at Eugene UMC

5/26/2020

Houseless youth find support and safety at Eugene UMC

By Sally Blanchard Being a houseless youth is dangerous. For the approximately 500 without stable housing in Eugene/Springfield, it can mean long days with exposure to the streets that come with hunger, drug use, fear of assault and sexual assault.  Some feel the need to carry and sleep with a weapon like a knife or machete to protect themselves. Though young in years, they make adult decisions every day about how to survive. Day shelters around town and the public library used to offer relief...

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