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Board of Pensions Considers Win-Win Cost Savings Plan for Retiree Health Care

12/14/2011
Over the last year the conference’s Board of Pensions has been looking at how to provide the best possible insurance to retirees, at the best possible cost. What they have been surprised to learn is that changes in the health care options can provide more service choices, and reduce costs for both retirees and the Annual Conference. According to Bill Mullette-Bauer, Conference Director of Stewardship and Finance, “it caught our attention when retires started turning down our insurance option and...

Special Session Supports District Changes

12/7/2011

Special Session Supports District Changes

Balloting has been completed for the special session of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference. In a letter sent on September 28, Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata called the special session, “in order to vote on one question only: Shall there be 4 districts in the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference beginning on July 1, 2012?” Opportunities followed for discussion at clergy gatherings, other conference meetings, and on the conference website. The bishop also answered questions and offer clarification in blog ...

Advertising Reaches Out to Metro District

12/6/2011

Advertising Reaches Out to Metro District

A partnership between the Metro District, United Methodist Communications, and the Oregon-Idaho Conference is offering a new kind of invitation to Christmas. Four weeks of multi-media advertising will offer the chance for those who don’t have church home to explore and learn about The United Methodist Church. The contact points for the advertising will be ads on the outside and inside of MAX trains and on the inside of Tri-Met buses as they travel to district. In addition billboards, digital ...

Bishop Shares Year End Message

12/1/2011

Bishop Shares Year End Message

In a recent letter to pastors of churches in the Oregon-Idaho Conference, Bishop Hoshibata shared both some signs of vitality and hope he is seeing, and his concern for the financial strength of the Annual Conference. While recognizing the financial challenges that local churches face, he asked them to faithfully consider what they can do to close the gap of unpaid contributions to the shared ministry funds that provide for the work of he Annual Conference and the General Church around the ...

A Look At Year-End Finances

11/30/2011

A Look At Year-End Finances

In the last two years the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference has struggled to make expenses and income balance. Conference leaders have worked to keep expenses as low as possible and the position of Director of Connectional Ministries was eliminated. The Conference Council on Finance and Administration crafted a 2011 budget that was nearly $500,000 lower than 2010 in an effort to reduce apportionment pressure on local churches and allow them to focus on ministry in the community. As the end of 2011 ...

Fill Your Cup and Your Soul

11/22/2011

Fill Your Cup and Your Soul

Fill your cup and your soul. That’s the message that greats visitors to the Jubilatte coffee shop in Tigard. Jubilatte is an outgrowth of the popular Tigard Indoor Play Park and Tigard Preschool at Tigard United Methodist Church. Church leaders thought that a coffee shop would be a natural way to provide a gift to the neighborhood. And with so many kids and parents coming and going throughout the week, it was easy to connect. While parents sip coffee and visit, a play area for kids and weekly...

Conference Reaches Settlement with Break-away Church

10/27/2011
The Oregon-Idaho Conference has reached a settlement agreement with the Ontario Community Church in Ontario Oregon. The Community church was formed in May 2010 by members of the Ontario Community United Methodist Congregation. Claiming they were no longer connected to the United Methodist Church, the new church maintained control of the building on SE Third Street in Ontario, Oregon, as well as funds and other assets which had belonged to the United Methodist congregation. After an extended ...

Bishop Calls Special Session

10/26/2011

Bishop Calls Special Session

Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata has called a special session of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference. In a letter mailed to members of the Annual Conference, the bishop states that “This special session will be convened in order to vote on one question only: Shall there be 4 districts in the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference beginning on July 1, 2012?” Attendees at the June 2011 regular session of the Annual Conference heard of the bishop’s plan to adjust the number of districts when he shared it at the ...

Learning From the Past, Living Into The Act of Repentance

10/25/2011
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Is an act of repentance by United Methodists for the treatment of indigenous people a waste of time? That question was posed early on by Bishop Melvin G. Talbert as an advisory group began to plan for a mandated act of “Healing Relationships with Indigenous Persons” at the 2012 General Conference. The denomination’s top-legislative body of nearly 1,000 delegates from around the world will meet in Tampa, Fla., in April. The Act of Repentance is scheduled for April 27. At the ...

Passionate Worship is Theme of Clergy Gathering

10/12/2011

Passionate Worship is Theme of Clergy Gathering

Over 120 Clergy from across the Oregon-Idaho Conference are gathered for three days to take an in depth look at what “Passionate Worship” can mean for their church or ministry. Bishop Robert t. Hoshibata has invited Dr. Marcia McFee to be the presenter and guide as the clergy stop to look at what they can do to connect more people in worship and make the experience at tool in building disciples and fostering church vitality. Over Thursday’s Hawaiian lunch participates were asked how it was ...

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