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Portland FUMC makes, donates 10,000 masks to front-line workers

1/13/2021

Portland FUMC makes, donates 10,000 masks to front-line workers

by Sally Blanchard More than 10,000 masks were made by members of Portland First UMC for front-line workers during the pandemic. Floral prints, polka dots, cat prints, flannel, and fabric with sequins were all put to use by the sewists at Portland First United Methodist Church. Beginning in late March and continuing through October, Sonja Connor and other church members sewed 10,000 cloth masks for the frontline workers of Portland and other areas.  “It felt good to do something to ...

Childhood connection leads to help for wildfire survivors in southern Oregon

12/17/2020

Childhood connection leads to help for wildfire survivors in southern Oregon

Barry Braden listening to Merry Harris tell the story of the blanket and quilts. Photo supplied by Merry Harris. by Sally Blanchard It all started with a Zoom call to her hometown church. A member of a church in Medford, Oregon re-connected via Zoom last summer with a church she attended during her formative years in a small town in Wisconsin. The people she chatted with at her childhood church came to care about her and when they heard about the devastating wildfires in September, they ...

A Reimagined Thanksgiving Meal in Wilsonville

11/24/2020

A Reimagined Thanksgiving Meal in Wilsonville

Volunteers work at Wilsonville UMC to prepare more than 300 turkey dinners for the community for Thanksgiving, instead of hosting an in-person dinner. (Photo by Hannah Toth) by Sally Blanchard Wilsonville United Methodist Church is well-known in the community for serving their annual Thanksgiving dinner to all-comers. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the church couldn’t do it. But the congregation knew there was still a need, and they reimagined a way forward. An idea came from members ...

“Called to Love One Another” video available for group discussions

11/15/2020
The “Called to Love One Another” video project of the Oregon-Idaho Conference LGBTQ+ Advocacy Coordinator in cooperation with the Collins Foundation is available now for group discussions. LGBTQ+ Advocacy Coordinator Rev. Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell is making the video available to churches who wish to watch the 24-minute video and host discussion groups. This can be done through online Zoom chats or other gathering settings that follow the Greater NW Area’s “Reimagining Life Together” COVID-19 ...

Volunteers needed to assist flood survivors in the Blue Mountains of Oregon and Washington

11/12/2020

Volunteers needed to assist flood survivors in the Blue Mountains of Oregon and Washington

By Sally Blanchard November 12, 2020 Some of the damage done to homes in Pendleton, Oregon, from the flooding in February 2020     Louise Kienzle, Oregon-Idaho Conference United Methodist Volunteers in Mission coordinator, is working to help survivors of the floods in the Pendleton, Oregon, and Walla Walla, Wash., areas.  She is serving as the co-coordinator of volunteers and hopes to build a base for long-term recovery. But right now, Kienzle is calling for volunteers from both the ...

Butterfly and pollinator garden brings new life, hope to Madras UMC

10/29/2020

Butterfly and pollinator garden brings new life, hope to Madras UMC

by Sally Blanchard Pastor Nancy Slabaugh Hart’s congregation has long been concerned with how they can walk gently on the Earth and make careful use of their land. When Deschutes County Land Trust contacted Hart to ask if Madras United Methodist Church would be interested in planting a garden with native plants to support wildlife, especially Monarch butterflies, the church decided it would be a positive project to do in a year where so many negative things seem to keep happening in our ...

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 ...

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