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Christ UMC hoping to build senior affordable housing

10/3/2019

Christ UMC hoping to build senior affordable housing

Sometimes a church goes out looking for a mission project and the project chooses them. That’s been the case for Christ UMC Cedar Mill on the west edge of Portland, where the congregation has been actively engaged in conversations about how to best use church property to better help the community it serves – and that happens to be affordable housing for senior citizens. While researching options on affordable housing, Rev. Ric Shewell said the congregation learned the property they own ...

Twin Falls UMC sponsors Drag Queen Theology event

10/3/2019

Twin Falls UMC sponsors Drag Queen Theology event

In Twin Falls, there’s a growing pocket of progressives who are working to be more loving and more inclusive and Twin Falls United Methodist Church has been doing its part to support these conversations. Most recently it resulted in a Drag Queen Theology gathering at the local Yellow Brick Café. Local drag queens performed a show while also answering questions in a pub-style question and answer session with Oregon-Idaho Conference LGBTQ+ Advocacy Coordinator, Rev. Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell last ...

Mission 200 celebration: Getting to know Abundant Health resources

9/18/2019

Mission 200 celebration: Getting to know Abundant Health resources

 What Matters Most?   Jesus proclaimed: I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10 How can we as United Methodists in Oregon and Idaho continue growing together toward the mission Jesus set out for himself and for us?   Abundant Health is the mission priority of United Methodist Global Ministries for 2017 – 2020.  The global goal is to reach at least one million children with health promoting measures by 2020.   In response to Jesus’ invitation to love our neighbor ...

The 2019 Conference Journal is available for print on demand

9/12/2019

The 2019 Conference Journal is available for print on demand

Get your hands on a paperback copy of the 2019 Conference Journal by ordering your own print-on-demand copy. The 2019 Journal is available for purchase, at a discounted rate, through Lulu.com (linked here in the text). The Oregon-Idaho Conference journal features details on church structure, legislation, finances, history as well as clergy, laity and institutional directories. Please contact your District Administrative Assistants if you're having any trouble accessing and ordering your copy ...

Special Sunday for Alaska Conference to be Sept. 8 in Oregon-Idaho Conference

9/3/2019

Special Sunday for Alaska Conference to be Sept. 8 in Oregon-Idaho Conference

On or near the 2nd Sunday of September, churches around the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area will have a Special Sunday Offering to Support the Ministries of the Alaska Conference. The Alaska Conference is comprised of 28+ churches and ministries spread across more than 600,000 square miles of the Last Frontier. There are urban, rural, and remote ministry locations, each offering great opportunities for spreading the Good News. These include locations such as: Nome, where the Nome Community ...

Finding God’s grace while pregnant in handcuffs

8/28/2019

Finding God’s grace while pregnant in handcuffs

A year ago, I found myself sitting in a cell inside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Portland with tears of laughter and fear streaming down my face. I was seven-and-a-half months pregnant. I was sitting in a jail cell because I was accidentally swept up in an arrest of peaceful protesters taking part in civil disobedience for the sake of immigrant families. I wasn’t there to protest. I wasn’t there to make waves. I was simply there to take photos and tell the ...

Mission 200: UMVIM—What? Why? How?

8/28/2019

Mission 200: UMVIM—What? Why? How?

  “People appreciated our presence in their community and said over and over again how important that presence is to them. The also recognized that many people in our communities and families had made it possible for us to be there.” “I will go on other mission trips—without question. It was a week where working to help others in need brought me many unexpected gifts.” UMVIM, United Methodist Volunteers in Mission, is a part of the Mission Volunteers program area of the General Board of Global...

WakeUp Beaverton provides back-to-school help for refugees, immigrants

8/28/2019

WakeUp Beaverton provides back-to-school help for refugees, immigrants

In a year since its inception, the WakeUp Beaverton event hosted by First United Methodist Church has more than doubled the number of immigrant and refugee families it serves. As people chatted in Korean, Mandarin, English, Spanish waiting to pick up a backpack for their child or lining up to get food from the church’s monthly free food market or sought information on affordable housing options in Beaverton, local pastor Jefferson Chao took in the chaos with a smile. “I never pictured it to be...

Western Jurisdiction youth leaders invited to retreat in Oregon-Idaho Conference

8/28/2019

Western Jurisdiction youth leaders invited to retreat in Oregon-Idaho Conference

More often than not, the young people who walk into their weekly or monthly youth group meetings are carrying a lot on their heart. More often than not, the youth leaders assigned to work with their local youth feel isolated and alone in their work as they try to provide meaningful spiritual development for kids who have higher-than-ever rates of anxiety and depression. With support from other youth leaders, West Portland Pastor Christy Dirren has worked to put together a youth workers retreat...

Disaster preparedness and response workshops offered during Mission 200 celebrations

8/21/2019

Disaster preparedness and response workshops offered during Mission 200 celebrations

When disasters happen, local churches can provide early response to help their communities. They can do this best if they have prepared in advance. This basic understanding that disaster response is local, forms the foundations for UMCOR’s (United Methodist Committee on Relief) disaster preparedness and response efforts. So how can individuals and churches be prepared to serve their communities with compassion in times of need? There will be two workshops presented at the Crossing Boundaries: ...

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