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Starting & Sustaining Community Gardens for Success

1/4/2023

Starting & Sustaining Community Gardens for Success

  The Greater Northwest Area Abundant Health ministries is hosting a presentation on community gardens on Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 6 to 7 p.m. PST (5 p.m. Alaska, 7 p.m. MST). The featured speaker will be Tom Kroen from Tualatin United Methodist Church in Oregon. Tom serves as a team leader for the Community Garden located at Tualatin United Methodist Church which contains both plots for individual families and a large garden that provides fresh produce to the local food pantry. Tom will share ...

Aloha UMC provides Christmas trees for community

12/21/2022

Aloha UMC provides Christmas trees for community

This time of year, Keren Rodriguez is likely to show up for all sorts of appointments with Christmas trees in the back of her car. She’s not trying to carry off that authentic Christmas-tree-smelling air freshener, she’s simply busy helping her congregation at Aloha United Methodist Church provide Christmas cheer to families in need. “I really value the way our faith community shows up,” Rodriguez said. This is Aloha UMC’s second year of giving away Christmas trees thanks to a congregant who ...

Annual Conference Actions: MFSA reflects on "We Are UMC"

12/13/2022

Annual Conference Actions: MFSA reflects on

Submitted by Greg Nelson with the Oregon-Idaho chapter of the Methodist Federation for Social Action Each year at the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference Session, among the budgets, appointments, reports, and celebrations are conference legislative items. Many of these actions and standing resolutions are intended to help us live out the values of The United Methodist Church as it exists in the Oregon-Idaho context. This article is one in a series to highlight legislative items related to social ...

Virtual Youth Worker Event: Connectional Dreaming

12/7/2022

Virtual Youth Worker Event: Connectional Dreaming

Youth workers - staff and volunteer - in the Oregon-Idaho annual conference will be gathering on Zoom (link below) on Wednesday, January 18 to make connections and discuss hopes for the future. The group will explore and share the needs and opportunities of youth and youth workers across the connection.   During the 2022 Annual Conference where $12,000 was budget to go towards youth ministries and the ever-emerging world allows for greater opportunities for youth ministries to collaboratively ...

John Shaw joins Conference communications staff

11/30/2022

John Shaw joins Conference communications staff

With a degree in film, media studies and communications, John Shaw brings a wealth of experience to the position of multi-media communications specialist at the Oregon-Idaho Conference of The United Methodist Church. Shaw will serve in this position part-time, under the guidance of communications manager Kristen Caldwell. This is the position Caldwell held prior to her promotion as the communications manager in 2019. His primary responsibility will be to help tell the stories of the people ...

Silverton UMC gives Community Transition Program a new home

11/29/2022

Silverton UMC gives Community Transition Program a new home

When Rachel Ayers, the lead teacher of the Silverton Community Transition Program, needed a new home for the program, she knew that Silverton United Methodist Church would be the perfect fit.  “I am often moved to tears by this partnership,” said Ayers. The Silverton Adult Life Skills Transition Program serves special needs adults ages 18 to 21 in the surrounding community, teaching them important life skills like cooking, budgeting, and how to live and work in the community. The program helps ...

Bridgeforth brings experience, collaborative mindset into new role as bishop of the GNW Area

11/14/2022

Bridgeforth brings experience, collaborative mindset into new role as bishop of the GNW Area

Growing up in rural Alabama, it was Bishop Cedrick Bridgeforth’s grandparents who made sure he got to church – even on the days he didn’t want to be there. But it was in the church, Lakeview United Methodist and Oakville Baptist churches that he found purpose – even on the hard days. After serving in the U.S. Air Force and earning a bachelor’s degree in religion from Samford University and a master of divinity degree from Claremont School of Theology, he has found the joy, purpose and calling ...

OR-ID Abundant Health Team recommends missions and ministry giving for Giving Tuesday

11/3/2022

OR-ID Abundant Health Team recommends missions and ministry giving for Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is November 29 this year. Giving Tuesday, often described as a global day of giving or a global generosity movement, is held each year on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. It provides an opportunity for caring people to make an special donation to worthy non-profits as an expression of gratitude and generosity. The Oregon-Idaho Abundant Health Team recommends a number of giving opportunities within our United Methodist denomination for consideration on Giving Tuesday and for ...

Let’s Walk Together: A Recipe for a Healthy Centered Life

10/26/2022

Let’s Walk Together: A Recipe for a Healthy Centered Life

The Greater Northwest Episcopal Area Abundant Health Ministries "Let’s Walk Together: A Recipe for a Healthy Centered Life" Learn strategies on how you can make and keep ‘health’ an important part of your life.  Tuesday, November 15, 2022 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. PST (5:00 p.m. Alaska/7:00 p.m. MST) Presented by Rev. David Thompson Pastor of United Methodist Church of Roseburg, Roseburg, Oregon   David’s goals for the presentation are: Provide benchmarks for progress Helpful ways to move forward Ways...

Reduce gun violence in Oregon by voting for Ballot Measure 114

10/20/2022

Reduce gun violence in Oregon by voting for Ballot Measure 114

The Oregon-Idaho Chapter of the Methodist Federation for Social Action encourages everyone to vote for Ballot Measure 114 in the November Election. The key elements of Measure 114 are: Measure 114 will help reduce gun violence in Oregon by requiring a permit to purchase a gun, hands-on safety training, fingerprints and a positive background check. Currently, if a background check is delayed, a person is allowed to purchase a gun without a background check. Measure 114 will also ban future ...

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