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Abundant Health offering Virtual Health Fair through Feb. 10

1/14/2022

Abundant Health offering Virtual Health Fair through Feb. 10

Together, Abundant Health teams across the Greater Northwest Area are offering a five-week Virtual Health Fair for anyone interested. The one-hour classes will focus on holy health, Tai Chi, meditation, and prayer as methods of improving overall health. The classes will begin on Thursday, Jan. 13 and run through February 10, 2022. Classes start at 5 p.m. Alaska Time, 6 p.m. PDT and 7 p.m. MST with guest presenters in each of the areas. Register for the classes here. If you have any questions, ...

Apply now for Oregon-Idaho Conference higher education scholarships

12/21/2021

Apply now for Oregon-Idaho Conference higher education scholarships

There are two general education scholarships available through the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference and applications for the 2022-2023 academic year are open now. Oregon-Idaho Conference Undergraduate Leadership Award ($800) A scholarship is awarded to one undergraduate student from each of the four districts of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference, a total of four $800 scholarships, annually. Applicants are evaluated primarily on their leadership or potential leadership skills. Financial need is ...

Board of Ordained Ministry approves $500 spiritual direction grants

12/21/2021

Board of Ordained Ministry approves $500 spiritual direction grants

The Oregon-Idaho Conference Board of Ordained Ministry has approved a new Spiritual Direction grant that will allow persons to apply for a $500 grant from the Ministerial Education Fund (MEF) toward that goal. At the Board of Ordained Ministry’s last meeting, members approved providing the grant for spiritual direction to persons serving in local church ministries. This includes certified lay persons, licensed local pastors, commissioned clergy, deacons and elders. Receiving a grant will not ...

Churches can apply for OHA grants to address public health needs in Oregon

12/21/2021

Churches can apply for OHA grants to address public health needs in Oregon

 The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has released a request for grant applications from community and faith-based organizations that are partnering – or are willing to partner with – marginalized communities within Oregon to help the OHA reach its strategic goal to eliminate health inequities by 2030. Specifically, OHA names the need for community-based and faith-based organizations who will work with: communities of color, tribal communities, disability communities, immigrant and refugee ...

Oregon-Idaho Conference creates BIPOC Benefit Support Fund to assist ministry leaders, settings

12/15/2021

Oregon-Idaho Conference creates BIPOC Benefit Support Fund to assist ministry leaders, settings

The Oregon-Idaho Conference is continuing its commitment to dismantle racism and create beloved community through a new fund designated for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) serving its churches as well as BIPOC ministry settings. The Board of Pensions has approved setting aside portions of the investment earnings from its pension reserve fund and health insurance reserve fund to create the BIPOC Benefit Support Fund, which certain churches and ministries can apply for to cover the ...

Abundant Health Team recommends missions and ministry giving for Giving Tuesday and beyond.

11/24/2021

Abundant Health Team recommends missions and ministry giving for Giving Tuesday and beyond.

Giving Tuesday is November 30 this year. It began in 2012 in response to Black Friday and Cyber Monday to encourage people everywhere to give generously to non-profits who serve others, improving lives around the world. The Oregon-Idaho Abundant Health Team recommends several giving opportunities within our United Methodist denomination for consideration. At the top of the list this year is the new Advance (#3022671), Love Beyond Borders: The Interfaith Movement to End the Pandemic. It is so ...

You are a Light of the World! Celebrating Advent 2021

11/24/2021

You are a Light of the World! Celebrating Advent 2021

“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to God.” – Matthew 5: 14-16 Join us this Advent season as we journey to the manger by celebrating the laity in the Oregon-Idaho Conference who light up this world! Each day of Advent, beginning this ...

Conference says goodbye to Sally Blanchard

10/26/2021

Conference says goodbye to Sally Blanchard

After nine years serving in various positions to support the mission and ministry of The Oregon-Idaho Conference, Thursday will be Sally Blanchard’s last day working for an organization she said she has always strived to support with enthusiasm and grace. “I’ve really enjoyed meeting some dedicated and inspiring laity and clergy,” Blanchard said. “It’s been a joy to work with those who really care about what goes on in The United Methodist Church.” The primary role of Conference staff is to ...

Honor Alaska Conference Special Sunday this fall

9/16/2021

Honor Alaska Conference Special Sunday this fall

We’re celebrating Alaska Conference Special Sunday this Sunday, September 19th, or you can celebrate on the Sunday of your choosing this fall. Churches across the Greater Northwest Area are encouraged to think about honoring Alaska Special Sunday in ways that mirror what is being done in the Alaska Conference this year. Our focus this year will be on the statement of values agreed on at Alaska Annual Conference to guide the transition into a Mission District:  We acknowledge that the ...

Endowments: What you need to know

9/13/2021

Endowments: What you need to know

Endowments aren’t just for universities and hospitals. They can be a great way to maintain church buildings and fund ministries. However, endowments don’t merely appear out of thin air. They take work, time, and an understanding of how to manage them. Wondering how best to steward an endowment that already exists? Don’t know if you should pursue establishing an endowment? Want to know more? These workshops are the ticket! Sign-up here. Zoom information will be sent two days before the event. ...

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