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 ...

Plans for LGBTQ+ inclusive senior housing at Christ UMC in Portland moving forward

Plans for LGBTQ+ inclusive senior housing at Christ UMC in Portland moving forward

Christ United Methodist Church Cedar Mill is moving forward with plans for a 53-unit affordable housing complex on its property that is explicitly LGBTQ friendly. For two years, the church council there has been studying and exploring the possible uses for two lots east of the church building. There is a critical need in Portland, specifically in the Beaverton area where CUMC is located, for affordable housing for senior citizens. Pastor Ric Shewell said the church is now working with SAGE, an ...

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