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It really was a happy place!

8/25/2020

It really was a happy place!

Nyssa UMC in Nyssa, Oregon by Sally Blanchard The last in-person worship service at Nyssa United Methodist Church in Nyssa, Oregon, was held in early March. The pastor and lay member say the hardest part of closing the church has been no chance to have a concluding celebration while under the COVID-19 in-person worship closure. Lay member Sheila Turner has part of the congregation for 20 years. “It’s been really tough because it got to the point where there were five people going to the church...

‘Our Hispanic Latinx community is in survival mode’

8/22/2020

‘Our Hispanic Latinx community is in survival mode’

  For the Hispanic and Latinx migrant communities working the fields and farms of the Willamette Valley to the southern border of Oregon and north through the landscape of central Washington, there has never been a safety net for them or their families. First COVID-19 came along, and the economy crashed. Then wildfires forced them to evacuate their homes if not destroying them completely. This has all happened while living with uncertainty and fear as governmental policies and ...

Oregon-Idaho Conference appointments for 2020

8/14/2020

Oregon-Idaho Conference appointments for 2020

  Appointments for the OREGON-IDAHO ANNUAL CONFERENCE effective July 1, 2020 Elaine Stanovsky, Presiding Bishop The Greater Northwest Area, The United Methodist Church   CONFERENCE RELATIONSHIP CODES:   AM--Associate Member DC--Deaconess DM--Diaconal Minister DR--Retired Diaconal Minister FD--Deacon in Full Connection FE--Elder in Full Connection FL--Full-time Local Pastor LM--Certified Lay Minister OA--Associate Member, Other Conference OE--Elder Member of Other Annual Conference or Other ...

Boise church deconsecrates and removes stained glass window depicting Confederate General Robert E. Lee as it repents of racism

8/7/2020

Boise church deconsecrates and removes stained glass window depicting Confederate General Robert E. Lee as it repents of racism

BOISE – Building on their commitment to fight racism, leaders of First United Methodist Church of Boise (Cathedral of the Rockies) deconsecrated a stained-glass window depicting Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Friday before workers will remove it permanently soon.   The service of deconsecration and removal of the window is the latest step taken by members of the United Methodist congregation as they move forward in repenting of racism.   The stained-glass window was installed in the church...

Gresham’s garden creates connection point with Latinx community

6/18/2020

Gresham’s garden creates connection point with Latinx community

Volunteers work in the Common Good Garden at Gresham UMC, where a new partnership has emerged between the church and Doulas Latinas to provide nutritional support. by Sally Blanchard A love of working in a garden and a love for people in their community has grown into a beautiful relationship between Gresham United Methodist Church and Latina doulas. Dr. Sandra Hernandes founded Doulas Latinas International in 2013 because she saw the need for Latina women to have emotional and linguistic ...

Cascadia District Superintendent: Reimagining Life Together or “Where to from Here?”

5/27/2020

Cascadia District Superintendent: Reimagining Life Together or “Where to from Here?”

Therefore, as a prisoner for the Lord, I encourage you to live as people worthy of the call you received from God. Conduct yourselves with all humility, gentleness, and patience. Accept each other with love, and make an effort to preserve the unity of the Spirit with the peace that ties you together. You are one body and one spirit, just as God also called you in one hope. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and [Parent] of all, who is over all, through all, and in all. God ...

Houseless youth find support and safety at Eugene UMC

5/26/2020

Houseless youth find support and safety at Eugene UMC

By Sally Blanchard Being a houseless youth is dangerous. For the approximately 500 without stable housing in Eugene/Springfield, it can mean long days with exposure to the streets that come with hunger, drug use, fear of assault and sexual assault.  Some feel the need to carry and sleep with a weapon like a knife or machete to protect themselves. Though young in years, they make adult decisions every day about how to survive. Day shelters around town and the public library used to offer relief...

Pastor in La Grande challenges other churches to give to Grocery Gift Cards effort

5/21/2020

Pastor in La Grande challenges other churches to give to Grocery Gift Cards effort

By Sally Blanchard In La Grande 100 percent of the school district children receive free or reduced lunch. That meant when school closed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the school district became the food lifeline for these families. As word went out that partners were needed to provide funds, La Grande United Methodist Church requested $1,000 through the Grocery Gifts Cards for Families program. That $1,000 was quickly matched through church funds. The local UMC challenged other ...

The Dalles UMC triples gift card goal with support of partners

5/21/2020

The Dalles UMC triples gift card goal with support of partners

By Sally Blanchard Volunteers pack food bags at The Dalles UMC in Oregon. The Dalles UMC is across the street from the high school and organized a successful food backpack program since 2012. They provided up to 165 bags per week of supplemental food for students on the school lunch program in partnership with the Oregon Food Bank food pantry and volunteers from other churches. When the churches had to close their doors in March and most of the volunteers had to stay at home, they came...

The Work of the Pause

5/21/2020

The Work of the Pause

…those who had gathered together asked Jesus, "Lord, are you going to restore the kingdom to Israel now?" Jesus replied, "It isn't for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has set by his own authority. Rather, you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." After Jesus said these things, as they were watching, he was lifted up and a cloud took him out of their sight. ...

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