$276,360 awarded in Ethnic Local Church grants

10 ministries receive financial aid from General Board of Church & Society to strengthen education, advocacy or leadership development for social justice engagement. FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. — Directors of the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) awarded $276,360 in Ethnic Local Church grants at its spring meeting here. The Ethnic Local Church Grants program is to strengthen congregations through education, advocacy or leadership development for social justice engagement. Grants...


  Fremont UMC is Walking To Jerusalem.   January 9th was the kickoff date when the Fremont United Methodist congregation began to collectively walk, run, bike or aerobic exercise the 5,500 miles from Portland, Oregon to Jerusalem, with the goal of reaching our destination by Easter.   Fifty-five organizing packets were distributed with each including weekly cards to keep track of miles and a devotional booklet for spiritual renewal. Devotional booklets were also given to those who are unable to ...

Retired Bend pastor's book explores earlier troubles in Taiwan

Pastor Milo Thornberry's story of his time in Taiwan was recent the featured in The Bulletin newspaper in Bend. Here's part of the story and you can read the whole thing and see photos by following the link below. Milo Thornberry never intended to tell anyone outside his close circle about his life in Taiwan, let alone share it in a book. The 73-year-old Bend resident, a retired Methodist pastor, said he told only a few people about his past, which is worthy of a spy thriller: smuggling cash to ...

Idaho New Church Start Holds Final Worship

In a statement from the Church Development Team and Cabinet it was has been announced that ANEW Experience, the new church start in NW Ada County, Idaho had its final worship service on February 27. ANEW Experience was started with funding from the Church Development Team and has operated under a new model of church planting and accountable benchmarks for new church starts. The General Board of Discipleship's Path 1 team has also been a partner alongside the launch team at ANEW Experience and ...

Beaverton Church Launches Hispanic Outreach

What does Risk Taking Mission look like? In Beaverton it is the church reaching out to the Hispanic community and saying, “We are here. How can we help?” November 23rd marked the launch of the Beaverton Hispanic Resource Center, a ministry of the Beaverton United Methodist Church. The center is coordinated by Juanita Villarreal, and receives support and guidance from an advisory board of church members and funding from the Gilhousen Family Foundation and other donations. Villarreal also received...

<i>Change the World</i> Author to lead Conference Training


<i>Change the World</i> Author to lead Conference Training

Once again the 2011 Annual Conference Session will include a day of leadership training. Bishop Robert Hoshibata and the Sessions Committee have invited Mike Slaughter, Chief Dreamer and Lead Pastor of Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church in Tipp City, Ohio and author of Change the World: Recovering the Message and Mission of Jesus. Slaughter’s training is an included part of the Annual Conference Session for Clergy and Lay members of the conference. But the training will also be open anyone to ...

Conolly to Shepherd Cabinet

Bishop Hoshibata has announced that beginning July 1, 2011 Rev. Dr. Katherine “Kate” Conolly will serve as Dean of the Oregon-Idaho Cabinet. In her role as Dean Conolly will guide the work of the five Assistants to the Bishop and support the Bishop while she continues to provide leadership in the Western District. Also serving on the 2011-12 Cabinet will be Rev. Kim Fields, Snake River District; Rev. Lowell Greathouse, Metropolitan District; Rev. Steve Ross, Central District; and Rev. Gwen ...

Imagine No Malaria


Imagine No Malaria

Imagine if we could stamp out malaria . . . if all children had the opportunity to grow to adulthood . . . if we could change millions of lives for generations to come. Imagine No Malaria is an initiative of the people of The United Methodist Church to raise $75 million to eliminate malaria deaths in Africa by 2015. In partnership with our brothers and sisters in Africa, the gifts and resources shared through Imagine No Malaria will empower an entire continent to achieve a sustainable victory ...

New Conference Website Launches

The Oregon-Idaho Conference is launching a new website this month. In order to provide a feature rich site with the information and resouces needed for local churches to build vitality, the conference has contracted with Brick River Technologies of Exiter, New Hampshire to revamp the conference website. The project incorporates more than just the website. The Brick River system also incorporates features for blogging by church leaders, e-mail message distribution, event registration, and a ...

One year later: Blue Mountain flood recovery benefitting from cross-conference disaster response

Flooded home near Kooskooskie, WA. Photo by David Lopez. By Sally Blanchard A year after the worst flood in decades in the Blue Mountain communities of northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington, people are still struggling to recover. Homes await repairs and livestock fences need to be restored. In some neighborhoods boulders, logs and piles of debris remain where the flood waters left them. COVID-19 restrictions have slowed assessments of damage and prevented some teams of volunteers ...

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