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Bishop Stanovsky announces new leadership for Conference

1/16/2018

Bishop Stanovsky announces new leadership for Conference

Bishop Elaine Stanovsky announces two new leaders have been selected to serve the people and churches of the Oregon-Idaho Conference. Hernandez to serve as Sage District Superintendent Bishop Stanovsky intends to appoint Rev. Karen Hernandez to serve on the Oregon-Idaho cabinet as Sage District Superintendent, effective July 1. In this role she will serve as the “chief missional strategist” of the Sage District, working with pastors and lay leadership of the district to find new ways to ...

New Columbia, Crater Lake District administrative assistants hired

1/4/2018

New Columbia, Crater Lake District administrative assistants hired

Recently two new faces joined the team for the Oregon-Idaho Conference to serve as administrative assistants for the Crater Lake and Columbia Districts. Sara Ross will serve as administrative assistant for the Columbia District, working out of the Portland office with District Superintendent Erin Martin. Sheri Konowitz is working in the Crater Lake office in Eugene with District Superintendent John Tucker. Both come into these new positions with vast experience in administration, event ...

Crater Lake assistant retiring after 17 years

12/13/2017

Crater Lake assistant retiring after 17 years

When Kay Burdick stepped into her position as administrative assistant for the Crater Lake District of the Oregon-Idaho Conference several years ago, she was hoping for a less stressful job. She had been working in a local attorney’s office and she was looking for a new environment. Note that she didn’t say working on behalf of the 43 churches that make up the Crater Lake District was less challenging than her previous job. “It’s a whole different atmosphere working together in this office ...

Bishop Stanovsky to consolidate Episcopal Office

10/20/2016

Bishop Stanovsky to consolidate Episcopal Office

Bishop Elaine Stanovsky has announced that the episcopal office in Portland will close at the end of the calendar year and all the functions supporting the bishop currently occurring out of this office will transfer to the Greater Northwest Area office in Des Moines, Washington. The administrative assistant position in Portland will end at the same time. Other Oregon-Idaho Conference functions will remain in Portland. In 2008 the General Conference instructed each jurisdiction to reduce by one ...

New Federal Laws to Impact Overtime Pay

9/19/2016

New Federal Laws to Impact Overtime Pay

Note: As of late November, an injunction has halted implementation of this change. However IRS changes regarding what type of workers should be classified as "exempt" are still in force and should be reviewed. The Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced its changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) “white collar” overtime exemption rules. The final rule strengthens protection for workers by increasing the standard salary level for qualification for overtime exemption from $455 per ...

Oliveto Elected Bishop

7/15/2016

Oliveto Elected Bishop

By Larry Hygh, California-Nevada Annual Conference The Rev. Dr. Karen P. Oliveto was elected to the episcopacy on the 17th ballot by the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church (UMC). “Today we took a step closer into living into beloved community,” said Oliveto. Since 2008, Oliveto has served as the senior pastor of Glide Memorial UMC in San Francisco. CA. Glide is the Western Jurisdiction’s largest membership congregation, and one of the top 100 largest membership congregations ...

Conference groups adopt statement of full inclusion

6/20/2016

Conference groups adopt statement of full inclusion

At the 2016 Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference, two key groups issued statements regarding their intentions about involving lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgendered, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) persons. Both the Board of Ordained Ministry and the Clergy Session of the conference issued statements indicating that sexual orientation or gender identity would not be a consideration in ordination or participation in ministry. The Board of Ordained Ministry’s open letter clarifies what had been ...

Legislative Assembly preps petitions for Annual Conference

4/14/2016

Legislative Assembly preps petitions for Annual Conference

Rev. Peg Lofsfold opened the 2016 Legislative Assembly by asking the members to contemplate three aspects of Sabbath: Sabbath Rest, Sabbath Rejoicing, and Sabbath Return. She served as the host and coordinator for the assembly as it met at Tigard United Methodist Church on Friday, April 8.   Rev. Jeanne Knepper instructs the assembly Legislative Assembly serves as a sub-committee of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference Session. Rev. Jeanne Knepper, co-legislative coordinator, provided an update ...

Pension Board wrestles with health insurance costs

3/9/2016

Pension Board wrestles with health insurance costs

For the Oregon-Idaho Conference Board of Pensions, providing health insurance for clergy and lay employees is always a struggle of two competing needs. Their goal is to provide the best possible benefits to participants while controlling costs for churches. This is not an easy task in the changing health care environment of the 21st century. They work to balance the demands and requirements of state and federal law, the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits, disciplinary rules, conference...

CCEF Disbands, Distributes Cash Balance of $13,000

1/7/2016
The Conference Clergy Emergency Fund Committee has released this statement about their vote to disband the fund and distribute remaining balances. For more information, contact committee chair Rev. Michael Powell at michaelanni@hotmail.com. The Conference Clergy Emergency Fund, which was established during the depths of the Great Depression, has been a practical expression of collegiality and benevolent ministry during time of need for over 80 years. The operating procedures of the CCEF date ...

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