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ERT volunteers needed in Saipan

5/15/2019

ERT volunteers needed in Saipan

It takes more than 20 hours to fly there, but the people of Saipan are in desperate need of trained volunteer emergency responders to help them as they struggle to rebuild after Typhoon Yutu ripped through the area last fall. Larry Johnson, a member of the Oregon-Idaho Conference Emergency Response Team (ERT), recently returned from a two-week work trip there. As a commonwealth of the United States, the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) is looking for volunteer organizations ...

Special offerings held throughout Annual Conference

5/15/2019

Special offerings held throughout Annual Conference

Annual Conference is enriched by the special worship services held throughout the gathering to honor our churches, offer remembrance to the deceased, celebrate the ordination and commissioning of new faith leaders and move us forward into a new year of ministry. Three of the four worship services will be held at Eugene First United Methodist Church, located not far from the Hotel Eugene where the Conference will be held. There will be shuttle buses available at the hotel. The church is located ...

Assembly reviews some petitions — waits on others

5/8/2019

Assembly reviews some petitions — waits on others

Assembly members vote on a petition as Legislative Co-Coordinator Adam Briddell (left) looks on. The Legislative Assembly met April 27 in Lake Oswego, OR to prepare for the Annual Conference Session by reviewing petitions submitted to the Annual Conference. In an unusual move, the assembly chose to postpone action on four items. Action requests AR-6 and AR-7, along with standing resolutions SR-6 and SR-7 all dealt with the issue of LGBTQ inclusion and how the conference might move ...

Claremont School of Theology signs affiliation agreement with Willamette University in Salem

5/8/2019

Claremont School of Theology signs affiliation agreement with Willamette University in Salem

CLAREMONT, CA— It is with pleasure and excitement that we announce that the Boards of Trustees at both Willamette University and Claremont School of Theology have jointly approved an affiliation agreement, the next and critical step towards a shared future. This formal affiliation agreement brings together two institutions that share a common mission to educate students and prepare them for lives that contribute to and transform their communities. Willamette seeks to be the Northwest’s premier...

Oregon-Idaho missionaries see border crisis up close

5/8/2019

Oregon-Idaho missionaries see border crisis up close

There’s nothing quite as heartbreaking as stumbling across a grave of a young migrant infant in the desert. But that’s what Oregon-Idaho Conference missionaries and volunteers Evelyn Erbele, Teri Erbele and Louise Kienzle got to see when they took an up-close tour of the U.S./Mexico border in early April near Nogales, Ariz., and Mexico. “You just can’t describe it. There is nothingness, but this heat and wind and then you come across a grave,” Evelyn Erbele said. “And you realize you’re in ...

Pastors participate in Hood to Coast relay

5/8/2019

Pastors participate in Hood to Coast relay

Sometimes, when pastors get together, it’s not to preach, or even talk about preaching. Four clergy from the Columbia District and one of their spouses competed in the Hood to Coast Pacific City Race over the weekend and found themselves energized – when not exhausted – by the 78-mile experience. Revs. Erin Martin, Josh Kingsley, Eric Conklin, and Ric Shewell, along with Martin’s spouse Charlie Collier, all stepped up to run two legs of the race on Saturday. Their team name: “May the 4th be ...

Safe Sanctuaries training available at Annual Conference

5/8/2019

Safe Sanctuaries training available at Annual Conference

Sponsored by the Safe Sanctuaries team, a half-day training is open to everyone attending Annual Conference and others interested in learning more about safe sanctuaries and abuse prevention. The training will be held Wednesday, June 12, from 9 am to noon at the Wesley Community Center on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene. This training is an opportunity for individuals and churches to: Learn more about how Safe Sanctuaries is an important and integral part of your church’s ministry ...

By grace, Englewood UMC leaves behind rich legacy

5/1/2019

By grace, Englewood UMC leaves behind rich legacy

When Isolde Knaap was just 7 years old, she recalls the graciousness of Englewood United Methodist Church in Salem forever changing her family’s future. Through the World Council of Churches, Englewood came to adopt her Dutch family, who emigrated from Holland after leaving Indonesia post World War II. “They took it upon themselves to take care of these people they didn’t even know,” Knaap said. It was this kind of amazing grace that kept Englewood UMC serving its surrounding community within...

Conference statement on sale of Woodlawn UMC property

5/1/2019

Conference statement on sale of Woodlawn UMC property

Statement Regarding Sale of the Former Woodlawn United Methodist Church The Oregon-Idaho Conference of The United Methodist Church has received questions about the planned sale of our church building at 1425 NE Dekum St. From 1967 to 2016 this was the site of the Woodlawn United Methodist Church. It has also been the site of Albina Head Start and other non-profit tenants. In 2017 and 2018 the conference explored the possibility of starting new United Methodist ministries at the location. While ...

Idaho native to fill DCM position

4/24/2019

Idaho native to fill DCM position

Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky has announced the selection of Laurie Day as new Director of Connectional Ministries and Assistant to the Bishop for the Oregon-Idaho Conference.   Day will be known to many in the Oregon-Idaho Conference. She grew up in Caldwell, Idaho and the Caldwell United Methodist Church, was a camper, counselor and staff member at Sawtooth Camp, and attended Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.   Currently, she serves as the Director of Community and Congregational Engagement...

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