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Join March Zoom Lenten study on ‘Rediscovering the Spirit: From Political Brokenness to Spiritual Wholeness’

2/11/2021

Join March Zoom Lenten study on ‘Rediscovering the Spirit: From Political Brokenness to Spiritual Wholeness’

We live in turbulent, unsettling times filled with political division and social unrest. How do we come together when things around us are falling apart? What is the best way forward when we are faced with political turmoil, a global pandemic, civil unrest, and spiritual wandering? Rediscovering the Spirit is a three-week Lenten exploration of the critical spiritual principles we need to understand and embrace in order to find our way forward. Through this three-part study, participant will ...

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

2/3/2021

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

    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 from helping. Flooding from by heavy rainfall ...

Lisa Jean Hoefner receives national UM Camp & Retreat Ministries recognition

1/21/2021

Lisa Jean Hoefner receives national UM Camp & Retreat Ministries recognition

  Lisa Jean Hoefner accepts a UM Camp and Retreat Ministries Legacy Award. Hoefner served as Oregon-Idaho CRM director for 16 years. Rev. Lisa Jean Hoefner, retired Oregon-Idaho Conference Camp & Retreat Ministries director recently received the Legacy of Leadership Award from United Methodist Camp & Retreat Ministries (UMCRM) Association. Hoefner, who now lives in Pennsylvania, served as the Oregon-Idaho Conference CRM Director for 16 years, retiring in 2015. This award honors a ...

Portland FUMC makes, donates 10,000 masks to front-line workers

1/13/2021

Portland FUMC makes, donates 10,000 masks to front-line workers

by Sally Blanchard More than 10,000 masks were made by members of Portland First UMC for front-line workers during the pandemic. Floral prints, polka dots, cat prints, flannel, and fabric with sequins were all put to use by the sewists at Portland First United Methodist Church. Beginning in late March and continuing through October, Sonja Connor and other church members sewed 10,000 cloth masks for the frontline workers of Portland and other areas.  “It felt good to do something to ...

Childhood connection leads to help for wildfire survivors in southern Oregon

12/17/2020

Childhood connection leads to help for wildfire survivors in southern Oregon

Barry Braden listening to Merry Harris tell the story of the blanket and quilts. Photo supplied by Merry Harris. by Sally Blanchard It all started with a Zoom call to her hometown church. A member of a church in Medford, Oregon re-connected via Zoom last summer with a church she attended during her formative years in a small town in Wisconsin. The people she chatted with at her childhood church came to care about her and when they heard about the devastating wildfires in September, they ...

A Reimagined Thanksgiving Meal in Wilsonville

11/24/2020

A Reimagined Thanksgiving Meal in Wilsonville

Volunteers work at Wilsonville UMC to prepare more than 300 turkey dinners for the community for Thanksgiving, instead of hosting an in-person dinner. (Photo by Hannah Toth) by Sally Blanchard Wilsonville United Methodist Church is well-known in the community for serving their annual Thanksgiving dinner to all-comers. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the church couldn’t do it. But the congregation knew there was still a need, and they reimagined a way forward. An idea came from members ...

“Called to Love One Another” video available for group discussions

11/15/2020

“Called to Love One Another” video available for group discussions

The “Called to Love One Another” video project of the Oregon-Idaho Conference LGBTQ+ Advocacy Coordinator in cooperation with the Collins Foundation is available now for group discussions. LGBTQ+ Advocacy Coordinator Rev. Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell is making the video available to churches who wish to watch the 24-minute video and host discussion groups. This can be done through online Zoom chats or other gathering settings that follow the Greater NW Area’s “Reimagining Life Together” COVID-19 ...

Volunteers needed to assist flood survivors in the Blue Mountains of Oregon and Washington

11/12/2020

Volunteers needed to assist flood survivors in the Blue Mountains of Oregon and Washington

By Sally Blanchard November 12, 2020 Some of the damage done to homes in Pendleton, Oregon, from the flooding in February 2020     Louise Kienzle, Oregon-Idaho Conference United Methodist Volunteers in Mission coordinator, is working to help survivors of the floods in the Pendleton, Oregon, and Walla Walla, Wash., areas.  She is serving as the co-coordinator of volunteers and hopes to build a base for long-term recovery. But right now, Kienzle is calling for volunteers from both the ...

Butterfly and pollinator garden brings new life, hope to Madras UMC

10/29/2020

Butterfly and pollinator garden brings new life, hope to Madras UMC

by Sally Blanchard Pastor Nancy Slabaugh Hart’s congregation has long been concerned with how they can walk gently on the Earth and make careful use of their land. When Deschutes County Land Trust contacted Hart to ask if Madras United Methodist Church would be interested in planting a garden with native plants to support wildlife, especially Monarch butterflies, the church decided it would be a positive project to do in a year where so many negative things seem to keep happening in our ...

Elgin UMC faithfully completes 130 years of ministry

9/14/2020

Elgin UMC faithfully completes 130 years of ministry

    The history of Elgin United Methodist Church is deeply intertwined with the history of other ecumenical partners establishing their presence in this small northeastern Oregon town toward the end of the 19th century. Whether it was establishing roots in Elgin alongside the Baptists more than 130 years ago, partnering with the Presbyterians for worship for a time or holding a church in the park every summer with other ministerial partners, Elgin UMC left a lasting mark on the community ...

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