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Abundant Health Team recommends missions and ministry giving for Giving Tuesday and beyond.

11/24/2021

Abundant Health Team recommends missions and ministry giving for Giving Tuesday and beyond.

Giving Tuesday is November 30 this year. It began in 2012 in response to Black Friday and Cyber Monday to encourage people everywhere to give generously to non-profits who serve others, improving lives around the world. The Oregon-Idaho Abundant Health Team recommends several giving opportunities within our United Methodist denomination for consideration. At the top of the list this year is the new Advance (#3022671), Love Beyond Borders: The Interfaith Movement to End the Pandemic. It is so ...

You are a Light of the World! Celebrating Advent 2021

11/24/2021

You are a Light of the World! Celebrating Advent 2021

“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to God.” – Matthew 5: 14-16 Join us this Advent season as we journey to the manger by celebrating the laity in the Oregon-Idaho Conference who light up this world! Each day of Advent, beginning this ...

Conference says goodbye to Sally Blanchard

10/26/2021

Conference says goodbye to Sally Blanchard

After nine years serving in various positions to support the mission and ministry of The Oregon-Idaho Conference, Thursday will be Sally Blanchard’s last day working for an organization she said she has always strived to support with enthusiasm and grace. “I’ve really enjoyed meeting some dedicated and inspiring laity and clergy,” Blanchard said. “It’s been a joy to work with those who really care about what goes on in The United Methodist Church.” The primary role of Conference staff is to ...

Honor Alaska Conference Special Sunday this fall

9/16/2021

Honor Alaska Conference Special Sunday this fall

We’re celebrating Alaska Conference Special Sunday this Sunday, September 19th, or you can celebrate on the Sunday of your choosing this fall. Churches across the Greater Northwest Area are encouraged to think about honoring Alaska Special Sunday in ways that mirror what is being done in the Alaska Conference this year. Our focus this year will be on the statement of values agreed on at Alaska Annual Conference to guide the transition into a Mission District:  We acknowledge that the ...

Endowments: What you need to know

9/13/2021

Endowments: What you need to know

Endowments aren’t just for universities and hospitals. They can be a great way to maintain church buildings and fund ministries. However, endowments don’t merely appear out of thin air. They take work, time, and an understanding of how to manage them. Wondering how best to steward an endowment that already exists? Don’t know if you should pursue establishing an endowment? Want to know more? These workshops are the ticket! Sign-up here. Zoom information will be sent two days before the event. ...

Tips for Self-Care, August 2021

8/5/2021

Tips for Self-Care, August 2021

  By Marilyn Reid, PNW member and member of the GNW Abundant Health Team Self-Care Self-care is something you can practice each day. It can help your personal growth and path to emotional wellness. These activities can be as simple as taking a walk or eating your favorite food for lunch. As much as you want to practice self-care, sometimes it can feel overwhelming. Maybe the activities you’ve been doing to help yourself feel tired or boring. The good news is that there are many ...

Sabbath is essential to well-being

7/21/2021

Sabbath is essential to well-being

  Remember the Sabbath day and treat it as holy. Six days you may work and do all your tasks, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. Do not do any work on it—not you, your sons or daughters, your male or female servants, your animals, or the immigrant who is living with you. Because the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and everything that is in them in six days, but rested on the seventh day. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. – Exodus ...

Sage District hires new Twin Falls-based administrative assistant

7/20/2021

Sage District hires new Twin Falls-based administrative assistant

Etha Carruthers might be new in her position as the Oregon-Idaho Conference Sage District Administrative Assistant, but her name will likely not be new to those living in, and serving, churches in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon as she has been heavily involved in the local United Methodist Church scene for years. A lifelong United Methodist with origins in the legacy Yellowstone Conference (Montana) of the UMC, Carruthers has called Twin Falls, Idaho, home for 30 years and for the last ...

A summary report from Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference 2021

7/13/2021

A summary report from Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference 2021

The 53rd session of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference was held online this year, in connection with our other members of the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area – The Alaska Conference and Pacific Northwest Conference, with Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky presiding. While aspects of the Conference were held throughout the month of June – from clergy session to laity sessions and Legislative Assembly – the Oregon-Idaho Conference gathered via Zoom webinar, officially on Monday, June 20, 2021, to ...

Longing for connection? Suttle Lake Family Camp has space July 29-Aug. 1

7/7/2021

Longing for connection? Suttle Lake Family Camp has space July 29-Aug. 1

Physical distancing and days filled with zoom calls and/or virtual school have given way to more and more in person gatherings, but for many something still seems to be missing.  As many businesses reopen and activities resume, there is a common longing among our communities for true connection.  The sacred spaces of our camp and retreat ministry sites are a powerful space to connect with others, the natural world, and God.  Are you and your ...

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