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'Anatomy of Peace' speaker to address Annual Conference

5/30/2018

'Anatomy of Peace' speaker to address Annual Conference

In addition to the business of Annual Conference, members and guests will participate in a discussion on peace when they gather in Boise June 13-16. Rev. Dr. Brian Brown will be a guest speaker during Annual Conference, leading large group discussions based off of the book “Anatomy of Peace” by the Arbinger Institute. “Anatomy of Peace” is recommended reading from the Council of Bishops, Commission on a Way Forward and other groups as the United Methodist Church is poised to vote on the issue ...

After 140 years of faithful service, Weston UMC closes its doors

5/30/2018

After 140 years of faithful service, Weston UMC closes its doors

Today, few would probably bat an eye at a young widow going to work in a local tavern to support her child. But in 1951 Elnora Baker had little education, was new to Weston, Oregon, and in need of a job. Her husband had died during World War II, and although she moved in with her sister, Baker had a seven-year-old son to think about, so she took that job. She tried finding a church home, too, but found a couple of congregations had no interest in a bar maiden worshipping with them. That is, of...

Special offering on Thursday of AC for Kenya

5/30/2018

Special offering on Thursday of AC for Kenya

During Thursday’s commissioning service at Boise First UMC during Annual Conference, a special offering will be taken to support the work the Oregon-Idaho Conference has engaged in with partners in health in Kenya. This offering will go to the Maua Methodist Hospital, where a number of Oregon-Idaho United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) teams have visited in there past. The specific program being supporting through this special offering for Maua is a new program called Surgical Access ...

Author Alex Awad signing books at Annual Conference

5/24/2018

Author Alex Awad signing books at Annual Conference

In addition to his Saturday presentation on, “How Christians Can Respond to the Palestine/Israel Conflict, Rev. Alex Awad will also be signing his most recent book, “Palestinian Memories; the Story of a Palestinian Mother and Her People” on Friday afternoon (June 15) starting at 4:45 p.m. at the Holy Land Task Force Ministry Marketplace table.  Awad, a Palestinian Christian, became a refugee when his family was evicted from the Jerusalem home that had been theirs for generations in the 1948 ...

Conference Peace with Justice funds available -- just ask

5/23/2018

Conference Peace with Justice funds available -- just ask

Claudia Roberts would love for people to ask her for money – Peace with Justice money, that is. As the Peace with Justice coordinator for the Oregon-Idaho Conference, she said she’d like to see more people accessing this important resource when it comes to funding projects in churches and local communities that are working to bring about positive change and social justice. “We’re trying to help people,” Roberts said. “It seems like one of the best-kept secrets not just in Oregon-Idaho, but the...

Ontario FUMC to close its doors, remain a family

5/23/2018

Ontario FUMC to close its doors, remain a family

What would be considered unconventional evangelism techniques today somehow worked in 1963 to get Don and Jo Hicks in the door of Ontario First United Methodist Church. Jo Hicks said the couple was “called on” by Rev. Tom Foster not long after they arrived in Ontario. They were somewhat-surprised by the quick reach of the pastor, until they learned every month he would call the power company to find out who was new in town. “They probably don’t do that anymore,” Hicks said, but they’ve stuck ...

The Dalles UMC woman honored for hunger advocacy

5/17/2018

The Dalles UMC woman honored for hunger advocacy

Sharon Thornberry was recognized as by Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon with their Ecumenical Serve Award at a Benefit Dinner and Award Celebration held Wednesday, May 16 at the Benson Hotel. Thornberry is a member of The Dalles First United Methodist Church and works for the Oregon Food Bank as Rural Community Liaison.   The award was presented in recognition of her dedication and leadership to eliminate hunger and its root causes from Oregon’s communities. This has been shown not only in her ...

Do WHAT on Saturday of Annual Conference? Learn!

5/16/2018

Do WHAT on Saturday of Annual Conference? Learn!

After the business of Annual Conference wraps up there is still more learning to do on Saturday, June 16. Members and guests have the opportunity to participate in a plethora of workshops – everything from participating in the Boise Pride parade to stewardship workshops to gratitude journaling, church culture and more -- part of the Living Hearts, Mind and Spirit activities. “The Saturday Learning Experience opportunities are a vital part of our time together at annual conference, because ...

Many churches already practice 'abundant health' ministry

5/2/2018

Many churches already practice 'abundant health' ministry

Though the term “abundant health” might be new to churches in the Oregon-Idaho Conference, survey results show the work being put into abundant health ministries is well understood. Abundant Health is an initiative of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, working to bring better health to people in every place. The four focus areas are: active living, healthy eating/nutrition, mental health and drug and tobacco prevention. The Oregon-Idaho Conference is taking ...

Greater NW Table Talks bring curiosity, hope to human sexuality discussion

4/18/2018

Greater NW Table Talks bring curiosity, hope to human sexuality discussion

Some came curious. Some came concerned. Some were embarrassed. But they came and sat around tables on Saturday and Sunday in churches in Portland; Lewiston, Idaho; and Anchorage and began to talk. And listen. “I really didn’t know what to expect. It was kind of a last-minute thing that I decided to go along with my wife,” said David Rudawitz. He came on Sunday to Portland First United Methodist Church from Lake Oswego United Methodist Church to participate in the first round of Table Talks ...

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