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A summary report from Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference 2021

7/13/2021

A summary report from Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference 2021

The 53rd session of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference was held online this year, in connection with our other members of the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area – The Alaska Conference and Pacific Northwest Conference, with Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky presiding. While aspects of the Conference were held throughout the month of June – from clergy session to laity sessions and Legislative Assembly – the Oregon-Idaho Conference gathered via Zoom webinar, officially on Monday, June 20, 2021, to ...

Longing for connection? Suttle Lake Family Camp has space July 29-Aug. 1

7/7/2021

Longing for connection? Suttle Lake Family Camp has space July 29-Aug. 1

Physical distancing and days filled with zoom calls and/or virtual school have given way to more and more in person gatherings, but for many something still seems to be missing.  As many businesses reopen and activities resume, there is a common longing among our communities for true connection.  The sacred spaces of our camp and retreat ministry sites are a powerful space to connect with others, the natural world, and God.  Are you and your ...

Alton L. Collins Retreat Center is open!

7/1/2021

Alton L. Collins Retreat Center is open!

  We are delighted to announce that we will be resuming service this July.  After over a year of silence, we are very much looking forward to having guests and groups come to plan, play, and pray.   The retreat center is located in a forest setting near Eagle Creek Oregon, east of Portland. It includes spacious meeting and dining areas featuring made-from-scratch healthy meals, and a wing of 20 motel-style rooms with balconies. Walking trails wind through the forest and along the creek ...

Bishop Stanovsky to hold commissioning and ordination services across the GNW this summer

6/22/2021

Bishop Stanovsky to hold commissioning and ordination services across the GNW this summer

Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky announces the intention to hold in-person commissioning of provisional elders and deacons and ordination services across the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area this summer. The three services, part of the sacred tradition for ordaining, commissioning, receiving, and recognizing new clergy leaders within The United Methodist Church, will be the first in the area since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each service will welcome candidates who were approved for ...

Bishop Stanovsky preaches to opening GNW Area session

6/21/2021

Bishop Stanovsky preaches to opening GNW Area session

Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky offered this sermon on the opening night of a week of annual conference sessions across the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area. Members of the Alaska, Oregon-Idaho and Pacific Northwest Conferences gathered virtually to hear the message delivered on Sunday, June 20, 2021, at Des Moines, WA United Methodist Church. Watch video.

Camp Latgawa offers multi-generational camps this summer

6/10/2021

Camp Latgawa offers multi-generational camps this summer

Camp Latgawa is nestled in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Southern Oregon, surrounded by magnificent mountains, towering trees and two year-round creeks. This natural environment offers a spirit of healing and calm. You are invited to make the journey to Camp Latgawa and experience the wonder of God in Creation. You can walk the labyrinth, wade in the pool, slide down the natural waterfall (a short walk from camp), sit in the shade, and enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds you....

Pendleton UMC closes after long and faithful history

6/10/2021

Pendleton UMC closes after long and faithful history

  Pendleton United Methodist Church began in 1870 with the first service conducted by circuit rider Rev. H.B. Lane to six people on a sawdust floor in the town’s original courthouse. Later the congregation which now numbered 110 members and 160 children in church school, moved from its second building in order to move away from the brewery that built next door. They built the impressive gothic stone building  which was dedicated in June 1907 with its famed stained glass windows and a modern ...

Valley UMC leaves a legacy of service in Veneta

6/3/2021

Valley UMC leaves a legacy of service in Veneta

Since 1957 Valley United Methodist Church in Veneta, Oregon has been a beacon of light and hope for the community.  The Church was founded to welcome all without judgment for study and to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and reach out to human need.   The Church founded the Fern Ridge Community Dinner to serve a hot meal every Sunday evening to anyone who needs a meal and the Community Warm Shelter to shelter those in need, during an emergency or freezing weather.   Pastor Rev. Deena Wolfe ...

For 25 years Oregon-Idaho deacons have taken their own paths to service

5/27/2021

For 25 years Oregon-Idaho deacons have taken their own paths to service

For Rev. Julia “Jules” Nielsen she sees her gift as a deacon in ministry to be an interpreter of the church language. She said she always knew her leadership qualities would be most effective as a deacon where she could “shake the sandbox” when she sees a need for systemic change. Being a deacon, rather than an elder she said, allows her to “focus on people outside of the church and on the margins.” A deacon in the United Methodist church goes through the same or similar seminary education and ...

Visit a Sacred Treasure of Oregon - Wallowa Lake Camp

5/27/2021

Visit a Sacred Treasure of Oregon - Wallowa Lake Camp

Wallowa Lake United Methodist Camp is located in Northeast Oregon at the base of the majestic Wallowa mountains. It has access via tram or hiking and horseback trails to the famed Eagle Cap Wilderness. Wallowa Lake Camp Director Peggy Lovegren invites individuals, families, and groups to come make memories while relaxing and rejuvenating.   This camp is for all ages. It was designed with both deluxe cabins (with private baths and linens) and more rustic accommodations to include families and ...

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