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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...

Representation important at Legislative Assembly

4/24/2019

Representation important at Legislative Assembly

Saturday, April 27, the Annual Conference’s 31-member Legislative Assembly will gather to spend the day taking a ‘first pass” at legislation proposed for the 2019 Annual Conference Session. LINKS: Assembly Membership List Legislation submitted to AC More on the Assembly event The AC home page Selected by a formula which comes from Conference rules, the assembly is representative of the full Annual Conference membership that will meet in Eugene, OR, in June. Diversity is important with ...

Covenant UMC leaves Reedsport better after years of service

4/23/2019

Covenant UMC leaves Reedsport better after years of service

For more than 150 years the people of Covenant United Methodist Church in Reedsport have understood what it means to survive and thrive. According to longtime member Leo Naapi, Methodist Missionary Jason Lee made his first trip to the mouth of the Umpqua River and this patch of land touching the southeast corner of Oregon in 1838 and it wasn’t easy. “Jason Lee must have really liked the scenery,” said Naapi, who helped gather the church history. “He had to have a rowboat to get to the mouth of ...

Nelson to retire as Oregon-Idaho Communications Director

4/16/2019

Nelson to retire as Oregon-Idaho Communications Director

After 11 years as Director of Communications for the Oregon-Idaho United Methodist Conference, Greg Nelson has announced his intention to retire July 11. Nelson came to this post with the Conference after having spent 25 years serving with Chemeketa Community College and the Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library System. But he has dedicated his life to serving the Oregon-Idaho Conference as a volunteer, then a staff member, in numerous capacities. “It was a chance to connect what I was ...

Tigard teen deemed 'Hunger Hero' for service to Bethlehem House of Bread

4/15/2019

Tigard teen deemed 'Hunger Hero' for service to Bethlehem House of Bread

Elena Villarreal is an award-winning hunger hero at just 14 years old. But why wouldn’t she be after all the work she’s put into helping Bethlehem House of Bread, a United Methodist Ministry sponsored by the Tigard United Methodist Church. Bethlehem House of Bread started in 2013 in what was once Metzger UMC southwest of Portland. Elena has been volunteering her time at the food pantry and community center since she was in 5th grade as part of her Girl Scouts volunteerism. She’s working on ...

OR-ID Board of Ordained Ministry: Our Resistance to Discriminatory Restrictions from General Conference

4/4/2019

OR-ID Board of Ordained Ministry: Our Resistance to Discriminatory Restrictions from General Conference

We the, Oregon-Idaho Board of Ordained Ministry, believe that in light of the decisions of the 2019 General Conference this is a crucial time to declare how we operate in our work with those called by God into ordained ministry. Because we have been a Reconciling Conference since 1996, because we have seen the gifts and graces for ministry in LGBTQ persons and have seen these same gifts too often denied, and because we hope to help lead change in our denomination’s policy regarding LGBTQ ...

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