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Hunger Crop Walks adapt well during pandemic

2/25/2021

Hunger Crop Walks adapt well during pandemic

Judy Halverson and Debbie Mallis participated in the Boise Crop Walk during the pandemic/Photo provided by Debbie Mallis   Judy Halverson, a member of Hillview United Methodist Church in Boise has coordinated Hunger Crop Walks since 1987. In October of 2020, faced with the COVID-19 pandemic concerns, and realizing the growing strain on food pantries, she needed to reimagine the annual event to be safe for all participants.   What is a Hunger Crop Walk? Church World Service, an ...

Collister UMC’s “Turning Pages” lifts BIPOC voices in Boise

2/18/2021

Collister UMC’s “Turning Pages” lifts BIPOC voices in Boise

Videographers for the Turning Pages project in Boise record Fowzia Adan reading "The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family." Inspired by a Netflix series “Bookmarks” with famous celebrities of color reading books about people of color for children, Rev. Jenny Hirst – with the support of the ministry team at Collister United Methodist Church – set out to do something similar in Boise, Idaho. “It started with just me and my iPhone,” said Hirst, who is also a ...

Webb-Mitchell spends 3 years building LGBTQ+ advocacy in Oregon-Idaho Conference

2/15/2021

Webb-Mitchell spends 3 years building LGBTQ+ advocacy in Oregon-Idaho Conference

For three years, Rev. Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell has been a dedicated, passionate advocate for LGBTQ+ inclusion in the Oregon-Idaho Conference of The United Methodist Church. As funding for his position runs out, February marks his last month on the staff of the Oregon-Idaho Conference. “Brett has expanded our advocacy with LGBTQ+ siblings in the life of the Oregon-Idaho Conference and beyond,” said Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky. “He has led us forward on a path to becoming a more loving, more ...

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 ...

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