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Generosity workshop about more than paying bills

1/17/2018

Generosity workshop about more than paying bills

Stewardship isn’t about paying the bills. If there’s one thing the Rev. Charles “Chick” Lane and Grace Duddy Pomroy hope pastors and lay leaders take away from their workshop on Feb. 10 in Tigard, it’s that stewardship is more than making sure the lights stay on and the church building stays heated. “I’m convinced paying the bills is not much fun," Lane said. "I think people want to hear what Jesus says about this.” Lane is a retired Lutheran pastor who has been working in the stewardship ...

Bishop Stanovsky announces new leadership for Conference

1/16/2018

Bishop Stanovsky announces new leadership for Conference

Bishop Elaine Stanovsky announces two new leaders have been selected to serve the people and churches of the Oregon-Idaho Conference. Hernandez to serve as Sage District Superintendent Bishop Stanovsky intends to appoint Rev. Karen Hernandez to serve on the Oregon-Idaho cabinet as Sage District Superintendent, effective July 1. In this role she will serve as the “chief missional strategist” of the Sage District, working with pastors and lay leadership of the district to find new ways to ...

Oregon-Idaho Conference youth ministry heads in new direction

1/10/2018

Oregon-Idaho Conference youth ministry heads in new direction

As local churches have changed shape and size over the years – shifting demographics, changing locations, less staff – so has the shape and size of youth ministry in the Oregon-Idaho Conference. As these changes have unfolded, one thing has become increasingly clear: Youth ministry in this Conference cannot be done with a top-down approach. “It’s not that churches don’t care. It’s just that they don’t have the resources,” said Christy Dirren, local pastor at West Portland UMC and new youth ...

New Columbia, Crater Lake District administrative assistants hired

1/4/2018

New Columbia, Crater Lake District administrative assistants hired

Recently two new faces joined the team for the Oregon-Idaho Conference to serve as administrative assistants for the Crater Lake and Columbia Districts. Sara Ross will serve as administrative assistant for the Columbia District, working out of the Portland office with District Superintendent Erin Martin. Sheri Konowitz is working in the Crater Lake office in Eugene with District Superintendent John Tucker. Both come into these new positions with vast experience in administration, event ...

Church, community leaders tackle racism with love in Nehalem Bay

12/21/2017

Church, community leaders tackle racism with love in Nehalem Bay

After a racial slur had been spray-painted across a local skate park and bigoted remarks targeted a mayoral candidate a year ago, one local resident knew something needed to change in the small coastal town of Nehalem, Ore. LaNicia Williams knew a conversation needed to happen, but she needed the help of someone in Nehalem and somewhere to make that happen. That someone ended up being the Rev. Steve Wolff and that somewhere became Nehalem Bay United Methodist Church. “All I did was say, ‘Hey! ...

Greater Northwest area earns $100K grant for shower trailers

12/20/2017

Greater Northwest area earns $100K grant for shower trailers

Finding lodging for Early Response Teams (ERT) and Volunteers in Mission (VIM) teams is always a challenge. The teams frequently find themselves sleeping on cots or air mattresses in a church, a school, or other facility with minimal amenities. The Conference ERT and VIM Coordinators in concert with the team leaders do their best to find lodging that is clean, climate controlled for the season, and provides adequate accommodations necessary to meet safe sanctuary requirements. Fortunately, our ...

Crater Lake assistant retiring after 17 years

12/13/2017

Crater Lake assistant retiring after 17 years

When Kay Burdick stepped into her position as administrative assistant for the Crater Lake District of the Oregon-Idaho Conference several years ago, she was hoping for a less stressful job. She had been working in a local attorney’s office and she was looking for a new environment. Note that she didn’t say working on behalf of the 43 churches that make up the Crater Lake District was less challenging than her previous job. “It’s a whole different atmosphere working together in this office ...

Local UMVIM members answer call for help in Texas

12/6/2017

Local UMVIM members answer call for help in Texas

When a call came out from the Rio Texas Conference for help with relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on south Texas, Emergency Response Teams (ERT) from the Greater Northwest Area were ready to respond. Specifically, Oregon-Idaho Conference members Larry Johnson, Maggie Skyberg, Brian McKennett and Jerry Iervolino heard the call and joined ERT members from the Pacific Northwest Conference in the Corpus Christie area on Nov. 3. Team members reported numerous small, coastal ...

New staff hired, positions shift at conference center

12/6/2017

New staff hired, positions shift at conference center

The Oregon-Idaho Conference has hired three new staff members recently and re-aligned another position to meet the growing and changing needs of the churches and individuals that make up the conference. David Sneed has been hired as the accounts payable assistant in the finance department, Holly Dolan will serve as the registrar for camping and retreat ministries and Kristen Caldwell is the new communications associate. Sally Blanchard, who has been working for the Oregon-Idaho Conference for ...

Praying Our Way Forward

11/15/2017

Praying Our Way Forward

 In prayer, we can be one in Christ. The people of The United Methodist Church are joining together in prayer. Praying Our Way Forward is an initiative of the Council of Bishops to hold The United Methodist Church in prayer while the work of the Commission on a Way Forward does it's work. The Commission on a Way Forward was proposed by the Council of Bishops and approved by the 2016 General Conference to do a complete examination and possible revision of every paragraph of the Book of ...

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