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UMVIM Team Supports Learning in Costa Rica

4/20/2011

UMVIM Team Supports Learning in Costa Rica

A United Methodist Volunteer in Mission (UMVIM) Team has recently returned from Costa Rica. Glenn and Donna Waltman of Gresham were part of the team that worked at the Universidad de Biblica Latinamerica, a small United Methodist school. As part of a team of fifteen from Oregon and Washington they contributed to an ongoing project to provide married student housing. A Team from Rose City Park Church in Portland, and another from Louisiana had preceded the group and torn down four old homes. The ...

Leadership Summit tackles church future

4/11/2011
“What is God’s vision for The United Methodist Church?” That question was among several fielded by a panel of three bishops, a young adult leader and agency head at the Leadership Summit on April 6. There was a notable pause after the question as the leaders considered how best to respond on behalf of the Almighty. Finally, Germany’s Bishop Rosemarie Wenner took a crack at it. “We took the words of Matthew 28 as the mission of the church, and that really is God’s wish for all of us: Making ...

General Conference Petition Submissions Begin

4/6/2011
Nashville: Petitions for consideration by the 2012 General Conference may be submitted to the Petitions Secretary beginning April 1 and continuing through September 27, 2011. According to church law, “Any organization, clergy member, or lay member of The United Methodist Church may petition the General Conference … ”. Detailed instructions for submitting a petition are available on the General Conference website at gc2012.umc.org. Petitions must be typed and may be submitted via e-mail to petiti...

Metro District Office --We're on the move again...

4/1/2011
Does this sound like something you heard not so long ago? Well, it's true! After one short year in our new space at the Sunnyside Centenary UMC, we will be moving to the UM Conference Center on SW 18th and Jefferson Street in Portland.   This is one part of the annual conference's cost-saving measures, during these difficult economic times. As a result, in July we will be located on the third floor of the Conference Center. We will pack and move sometime in July, and wil keep you posted on ...

$276,360 awarded in Ethnic Local Church grants

3/31/2011
10 ministries receive financial aid from General Board of Church & Society to strengthen education, advocacy or leadership development for social justice engagement. FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. — Directors of the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) awarded $276,360 in Ethnic Local Church grants at its spring meeting here. The Ethnic Local Church Grants program is to strengthen congregations through education, advocacy or leadership development for social justice engagement. Grants...

WALK TO JERUSALEM!

3/25/2011
  Fremont UMC is Walking To Jerusalem.   January 9th was the kickoff date when the Fremont United Methodist congregation began to collectively walk, run, bike or aerobic exercise the 5,500 miles from Portland, Oregon to Jerusalem, with the goal of reaching our destination by Easter.   Fifty-five organizing packets were distributed with each including weekly cards to keep track of miles and a devotional booklet for spiritual renewal. Devotional booklets were also given to those who are unable to ...

Retired Bend pastor's book explores earlier troubles in Taiwan

3/22/2011
Pastor Milo Thornberry's story of his time in Taiwan was recent the featured in The Bulletin newspaper in Bend. Here's part of the story and you can read the whole thing and see photos by following the link below. Milo Thornberry never intended to tell anyone outside his close circle about his life in Taiwan, let alone share it in a book. The 73-year-old Bend resident, a retired Methodist pastor, said he told only a few people about his past, which is worthy of a spy thriller: smuggling cash to ...

Idaho New Church Start Holds Final Worship

3/3/2011
In a statement from the Church Development Team and Cabinet it was has been announced that ANEW Experience, the new church start in NW Ada County, Idaho had its final worship service on February 27. ANEW Experience was started with funding from the Church Development Team and has operated under a new model of church planting and accountable benchmarks for new church starts. The General Board of Discipleship's Path 1 team has also been a partner alongside the launch team at ANEW Experience and ...

Beaverton Church Launches Hispanic Outreach

2/14/2011
What does Risk Taking Mission look like? In Beaverton it is the church reaching out to the Hispanic community and saying, “We are here. How can we help?” November 23rd marked the launch of the Beaverton Hispanic Resource Center, a ministry of the Beaverton United Methodist Church. The center is coordinated by Juanita Villarreal, and receives support and guidance from an advisory board of church members and funding from the Gilhousen Family Foundation and other donations. Villarreal also received...

<i>Change the World</i> Author to lead Conference Training

2/8/2011

<i>Change the World</i> Author to lead Conference Training

Once again the 2011 Annual Conference Session will include a day of leadership training. Bishop Robert Hoshibata and the Sessions Committee have invited Mike Slaughter, Chief Dreamer and Lead Pastor of Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church in Tipp City, Ohio and author of Change the World: Recovering the Message and Mission of Jesus. Slaughter’s training is an included part of the Annual Conference Session for Clergy and Lay members of the conference. But the training will also be open anyone to ...

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