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Holy Tamales: Churches' fundraiser aids local farm workers

2/5/2019

Holy Tamales: Churches' fundraiser aids local farm workers

Photos provided by Angie Kiblinger, Hillsboro UMC In the kitchen at Hillsboro United Methodist Church the week before the Super Bowl, things were humming along as volunteer after volunteer worked to make 3,000 tamales to be delivered to two churches in support of one mission: assisting local farmers. The tamale fundraiser is part of the WFWA winter survival campaign. The tamale-making takes a month to pull off with all WFWA members being volunteers, according to coordinator Leecia Anderson. ...

Interfaith advocacy day in Salem March 4

2/5/2019

Interfaith advocacy day in Salem March 4

Together with other faith-based organizations, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon is inviting people of faith to participate in the Interfaith Advocacy Day 2019 on March 4 in Salem. Participants will be able to attend issue briefings and workshops on advocating for compassionate legislation regarding climate justice, criminal justice reform, gun violence prevent, health care, immigration and income inequality. After the workshops, participants will then march to the State Capitol where they will ...

New HR and benefits specialist ready to get to work

2/5/2019

New HR and benefits specialist ready to get to work

Meg Kau really loves working in human resources – just look at the coffee mug sitting on her desk. “I can’t keep calm, I’m in HR” it reads. Dig a little deeper when you talk to the Oregon-Idaho Conference’s newest human resources/benefits specialist and she’ll tell you one of her favorite, nerdy things about working in this field. “I love benefits,” she said. Kau comes to the Oregon-Idaho Conference after years spent as the human resources manager at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, ...

Greathouse to retire as Mission & Ministry Coordinator

1/28/2019

Greathouse to retire as Mission & Ministry Coordinator

Rev. Lowell Greathouse speaks to the 2017 Annual Conference session. (Patrick Scriven photo) Rev. Lowell Greathouse, Mission and Ministry Coordinator for the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference has announced his intention to retire at the end of the conference year, effective June 30, 2019. Greathouse has served in this role full-time since 2015. He has been a member of the cabinet since 2010 and was previously the Columbia District Superintendent.  In his 30-plus years of ministry service,...

UMCOR and disaster response

1/28/2019

UMCOR and disaster response

When disasters strike in the United States or Internationally, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) responds.   But unlike past practice, UMCOR no longer accepts donations designated for specific disasters or location. Instead, all donations for disasters go into two common pools, either for U.S. Disaster Response (Advance # 901670) or International Disaster Response (Advance # 982450) so they can be prioritized within those areas of ministry. This practice creates a fast and ...

Churches across Conference supporting furloughed federal workers

1/23/2019

Churches across Conference supporting furloughed federal workers

When it comes to helping those in need, churches are quick to respond. So, when it came to federal workers being furloughed in several communities – living without a paycheck while the U.S. government remains shut down – churches in the Oregon-Idaho Conference were already set up to help. “It was a really easy yes,” said Rev. Adam Briddell of First United Methodist Church Eugene. Briddell said the church was contacted by the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association about ...

Nominations sought for 2020 General Conference delegates

1/23/2019

Nominations sought for 2020 General Conference delegates

Although the 2019 Special Called General Conference is still a month away, it is time now to start the process for electing our delegation to the 2020 General Conference in Minneapolis (May 5-15, 2020). Delegates and Reserves will be elected during the 2019 Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference session in June.   The nominating procedure is similar for laity and clergy delegates. To self-nominate, simply send an email to the conference secretary, Laura Jaquith Bartlett. Laity and full-member clergy are...

Training opportunity for churches on addressing mentally ill

1/23/2019

Training opportunity for churches on addressing mentally ill

Community resources are often scarce for people facing acute mental illnesses – and more frequently churches are becoming first responders in this crisis.   According to a survey recently conducted by the Oregon-Idaho Conference Abundant Health team, most clergy from the Conference indicated that while the interactions with the mentally ill have increased, but they don’t always know how to respond appropriately.   Pastor Tim Winslea of Montavilla UMC, also a registered nurse, is inviting clergy ...

UMCOR West Depot seeking volunteers for spring, summer 2019

1/23/2019

UMCOR West Depot seeking volunteers for spring, summer 2019

Located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, UMCOR West Office and Depot seeks to be a vital part of the work and vision of the United Methodist Committee on Relief.  As a part of UMCOR’s Relief Supplies division, UMCOR West builds, shelves, and distributes relief supplies to areas in the United States that have been affected by natural disasters.  In 2018, the UMCOR West Depot addressed floods, hurricanes and most notably fires that burned across the western U.S. As a result, the depot is...

I am not a divider, am I?

1/17/2019

I am not a divider, am I?

1995 Medford Mail Tribune Headline I serve a church in Ashland, Oregon. We are on the very southern edge of the Oregon/Idaho border, yet in one incident in our local church life, we were brought into the very center of one of the most important global conversations the greater church has had in the last 50 years—whether or not to ordain and fully include LGBTQIA people in the church.   Rev. Richenda Fairhurst This past All Saints Day, we had a chance to remember two of our most precious ...

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