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Camp Magruder Welcomes Young Adults This Spring

1/20/2023

Camp Magruder Welcomes Young Adults This Spring

Waking up at Camp Magruder, in Rockaway Beach, Oregon, you may start your morning on a beach walk with Pacific Ocean waves lapping at your feet. You may watch morning fog rise off the lake. You might sit down to a warm drink and talk with a friend in the Dining Hall. Being surrounded by nature and friendship in this way can be a sacred experience, and we see it amongst nearly 10,000 guests yearly.    Our hope for every guest is to feel more awake, more connected to life, to feel a bit healed. ...

Come spend time at gorgeous Wallowa Lake Camp

1/20/2023

Come spend time at gorgeous Wallowa Lake Camp

Located in northeast Oregon on more than 60 acres in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, just outside the charming town of Joseph, Wallowa Lake Camp was designed for adults and families along with youth and children. We offer a variety of accommodations (deluxe round cabins, cute older cabins, nice rustic rooms, and RV spots) - something for everyone. One of the ways we practice Camp and Retreat Ministries’ mission of creating sacred spaces of Christian hospitality is with something that is important to ...

A Lenten Meditation

1/18/2023

A Lenten Meditation

The Greater Northwest Episcopal Area Abundant Health Ministries A Lenten Meditation Presented by Rev. Linda Quanstrom Wednesday, February 15, 2023 6 – 7:15 p.m. PST (5 p.m. Alaska/7 p.m. MST) Though retired, Rev. Quanstrom currently serves Cornelius UMC. She has spent more than 20 years as a pastor, and where she introduced her congregations to the ancient prayer and meditation practices such as Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina and The Examine. She organized covenant groups where the ...

Newman UMC Fills the Pews Hosting Grants Pass MLK Celebration

1/17/2023

Newman UMC Fills the Pews Hosting Grants Pass MLK Celebration

Newman United Methodist Church in Grants Pass, Oregon, was honored to host the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. Newman, in partnership with Rogue Community College, Bethany Presbyterian Church, and St. Luke's Episcopal Church has been partnering to bring conversations about racial justice, systemic oppression, and inclusion to the forefront in Grants Pass. This was the first in-person MLK celebration since January of 2020. This year's event featured Dr. Geneva Craig and Mary ...

Annual Conference Actions: Peace in the Holy Lands

1/10/2023

Annual Conference Actions: Peace in the Holy Lands

By Karen Nelson retired OR-ID Conference elder Each year at the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference Session, among the budgets, appointments, reports, and celebrations are conference legislation items. Many of these actions and standing resolutions are intended to live out the values of The United Methodist Church as it exists in the Oregon-Idaho context. This article is one in a series to highlight legislative items related to social justice and values. As we walked through the seasons of Advent, ...

Starting & Sustaining Community Gardens for Success

1/4/2023

Starting & Sustaining Community Gardens for Success

  The Greater Northwest Area Abundant Health ministries is hosting a presentation on community gardens on Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 6 to 7 p.m. PST (5 p.m. Alaska, 7 p.m. MST). The featured speaker will be Tom Kroen from Tualatin United Methodist Church in Oregon. Tom serves as a team leader for the Community Garden located at Tualatin United Methodist Church which contains both plots for individual families and a large garden that provides fresh produce to the local food pantry. Tom will share ...

Aloha UMC provides Christmas trees for community

12/21/2022

Aloha UMC provides Christmas trees for community

This time of year, Keren Rodriguez is likely to show up for all sorts of appointments with Christmas trees in the back of her car. She’s not trying to carry off that authentic Christmas-tree-smelling air freshener, she’s simply busy helping her congregation at Aloha United Methodist Church provide Christmas cheer to families in need. “I really value the way our faith community shows up,” Rodriguez said. This is Aloha UMC’s second year of giving away Christmas trees thanks to a congregant who ...

Annual Conference Actions: MFSA reflects on "We Are UMC"

12/13/2022

Annual Conference Actions: MFSA reflects on

Submitted by Greg Nelson with the Oregon-Idaho chapter of the Methodist Federation for Social Action Each year at the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference Session, among the budgets, appointments, reports, and celebrations are conference legislative items. Many of these actions and standing resolutions are intended to help us live out the values of The United Methodist Church as it exists in the Oregon-Idaho context. This article is one in a series to highlight legislative items related to social ...

Virtual Youth Worker Event: Connectional Dreaming

12/7/2022

Virtual Youth Worker Event: Connectional Dreaming

Youth workers - staff and volunteer - in the Oregon-Idaho annual conference will be gathering on Zoom (link below) on Wednesday, January 18 to make connections and discuss hopes for the future. The group will explore and share the needs and opportunities of youth and youth workers across the connection.   During the 2022 Annual Conference where $12,000 was budget to go towards youth ministries and the ever-emerging world allows for greater opportunities for youth ministries to collaboratively ...

John Shaw joins Conference communications staff

11/30/2022

John Shaw joins Conference communications staff

With a degree in film, media studies and communications, John Shaw brings a wealth of experience to the position of multi-media communications specialist at the Oregon-Idaho Conference of The United Methodist Church. Shaw will serve in this position part-time, under the guidance of communications manager Kristen Caldwell. This is the position Caldwell held prior to her promotion as the communications manager in 2019. His primary responsibility will be to help tell the stories of the people ...

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