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OR-ID Holy Land Task Force 'horrified' by Trump peace plan

2/19/2020

OR-ID Holy Land Task Force 'horrified' by Trump peace plan

The members of the OR/ID Holy Land Task Force were horrified by the announcement of the “Deal of the Century/Peace Plan” recently announced by the Trump and Netanyahu administrations. We know that many share in our dismay.  Some have commented on the timing of the announcement – midstream in Trump’s impeachment trial and preceding Netanyahu’s third attempt to retain his position as Israel’s prime minister in the face of recently filed corruption charges.  Others are struck by the incongruity of ...

Conference assisting with eastern Oregon flood relief

2/12/2020

Conference assisting with eastern Oregon flood relief

Larry Johnson headed out the door on Wednesday of the Oregon-Idaho Conference Center in order to get to Pendleton, Oregon, by the late afternoon to assist with flood relief. “This would be the first time I know of, that we’ve responded in Oregon,” said Johnson, who is the Conference’s Emergency Response Teams coordinator. He plans to be in Pendleton for a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) gathering on Thursday to aid those who had to evacuate their homes due to flooding or suffered ...

Portsmouth Union earns $2.35 million for affordable housing project

2/12/2020

Portsmouth Union earns $2.35 million for affordable housing project

What started more than five years ago as a ministry to the local neighborhood is finally taking root on the grounds of Portsmouth Union Church in north Portland. The church, a combined United Methodist and Disciples of Christ Church, is the recipient of a $2.35 million grant from Oregon Housing and Community Services to build an affordable housing apartment complex on its grounds. “I can’t even begin to describe how excited we are,” said Rev. Julia Nielsen. Portsmouth Union Church is one of ...

Churches Partner with Clackamas County for Shelter

1/30/2020

Churches Partner with Clackamas County for Shelter

Where do houseless people go when it’s freezing, stormy or flooding? What if they could go to church?   “When we first talked about the possibility of providing shelter at Oak Grove United Methodist, we knew the need existed in our community and that we had enough space in our building to share, but lining up enough volunteers to staff the shelter all night long for much of the winter was too much,” said Pastor Heather Riggs. “Temporary shelter regulations require that someone be awake all ...

Roseburg pastor, wife donate 200 pounds of turkey celebrating weight loss

1/30/2020

Roseburg pastor, wife donate 200 pounds of turkey celebrating weight loss

For Rev. Dave Thompson and his wife, Kim, the journey to better health has been a long and winding road full of milestones to honor along the way, most recently with the purchase of 200 pounds of turkey. The 200 pounds of turkey, purchased for the local food bank in Roseburg, Oregon, where they serve First United Methodist Church, honored the combined 200 pounds of weight the couple has lost in the last year-and-a-half. “Our journey began with a simple prayer. For too long we had focused on ...

Rose City Park UMC seeks community through new gospel chorus

1/9/2020

Rose City Park UMC seeks community through new gospel chorus

As we enter into a new decade, Kita Montgomery hopes to bring the Rose City Park community together through the Rose City Gospel Chorus. She envisions this group as offering their talents to the local community by performing in a wide range of places from festivals to nursing homes. In Montgomery’s estimation, community singing allows for a blending and bonding that builds up solidarity and morale among those participating. “Our community needs to bond more than before. We’re not as socially ...

Fremont UMC, neighbors answer the question of HOW?

12/12/2019

Fremont UMC, neighbors answer the question of HOW?

How can we help folks who are homeless? The need is so overwhelming. In the interest of taking at least a step in answer to the question, Fremont United Methodist Church in Portland used the online Nextdoor app to invite their Irvington and Alameda neighbors to provide gift bags for folks without housing. HOW (Hand Out Windows) gift bags contained a small flashlight, small pack of wet wipes, socks, hand warmers, TriMet hop pass, and a granola or protein bar. The team packed 100 bags and about...

Reflections from El Salvador: Newman UMC pastor embarks on important journey

11/20/2019

Reflections from El Salvador: Newman UMC pastor embarks on important journey

As her son quietly strummed on his guitar in the background, Candelaria García shared about the admiration she had for the four church women, US Catholic Missioners, who were killed in 1980. Just outside doors of the tin-roofed chapel, which was erected on the outskirts of Santiago Nonualco, a poor rural community in El Salvador, four US Catholic missioners were killed after having unimaginable things done to them. I say unimaginable, but that’s not really true. I was one of 18 United ...

Abundant Health holds workshops on elder care

11/14/2019

Abundant Health holds workshops on elder care

To address the needs of elder care in local churches, the Oregon-Idaho Conference Abundant Health team is offering two upcoming training opportunities with healthcare experts. The first workshop will focus on helping older adults stay safe and healthy “Preventing Falls in the Fall” with Jeanne Brandt, family and community health educator with the Oregon State University Extension Service in Linn and Benton Counties. The workshop will be held Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Spirit of the ...

Letting go of old tradition leads to new connections at Oak Grove UMC

10/30/2019

Letting go of old tradition leads to new connections at Oak Grove UMC

A little more than three years ago the volunteers for Oak Grove United Methodist Church’s summer picnic were tired, the food was getting expensive, and there were only a few community members engaged, so they held what would be their last summer picnic in 2016.   But Rev. Heather Riggs said she and church members weren’t ready to give up on the idea of connecting with the community.   “In an effort to see if we could connect this great idea with our community, I went to the Oak Grove Community ...

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