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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 ...

Oregon-Idaho Conference Laity Address 2020

9/14/2020

Oregon-Idaho Conference Laity Address 2020

Normally, members of the Oregon-Idaho Conference would hear the laity address from Conference Lay Leader Jan Nelson on the floor of the Annual Conference session. However, due to an essentials-only Annual Conference, her address is being posted here for all to view. Click on the image to begin the video message.  

Wallowa UMC closes after 144 years of faithful ministry

9/1/2020

Wallowa UMC closes after 144 years of faithful ministry

  When Peggy Gentle and her family arrived in Wallowa, Oregon, in 1960 from California, it was a pretty easy decision to start attending Wallowa United Methodist Church. “I was Episcopalian, but the church was 20 miles away and I have five children,” said Gentle, who is now 97. “We lived two blocks from the (UMC) church. I marched all five of them down there.” Through thick – and thin – Gentle raised her children and helped raise other children as a Sunday school teacher for more than 30 years ...

West Salem congregation’s legacy is a community center

8/27/2020

West Salem congregation’s legacy is a community center

by Sally Blanchard After 110 years West Salem UMC congregation has closed, but volunteers continue serving the community through the church building. The congregation was organized in 1910, conducting services in a one room schoolhouse and community center. In 1921 Mrs. Joseph T. Hunt donated two lots that were later sold for the lots where the church is now located. Rev. Alexander Hawthorne was pastor of the church between 1921 and 1923 and headed the drive for building funds. Construction ...

It really was a happy place!

8/25/2020

It really was a happy place!

Nyssa UMC in Nyssa, Oregon by Sally Blanchard The last in-person worship service at Nyssa United Methodist Church in Nyssa, Oregon, was held in early March. The pastor and lay member say the hardest part of closing the church has been no chance to have a concluding celebration while under the COVID-19 in-person worship closure. Lay member Sheila Turner has part of the congregation for 20 years. “It’s been really tough because it got to the point where there were five people going to the church...

‘Our Hispanic Latinx community is in survival mode’

8/22/2020

‘Our Hispanic Latinx community is in survival mode’

  For the Hispanic and Latinx migrant communities working the fields and farms of the Willamette Valley to the southern border of Oregon and north through the landscape of central Washington, there has never been a safety net for them or their families. First COVID-19 came along, and the economy crashed. Then wildfires forced them to evacuate their homes if not destroying them completely. This has all happened while living with uncertainty and fear as governmental policies and ...

Oregon-Idaho Conference appointments for 2020

8/14/2020

Oregon-Idaho Conference appointments for 2020

  Appointments for the OREGON-IDAHO ANNUAL CONFERENCE effective July 1, 2020 Elaine Stanovsky, Presiding Bishop The Greater Northwest Area, The United Methodist Church   CONFERENCE RELATIONSHIP CODES:   AM--Associate Member DC--Deaconess DM--Diaconal Minister DR--Retired Diaconal Minister FD--Deacon in Full Connection FE--Elder in Full Connection FL--Full-time Local Pastor LM--Certified Lay Minister OA--Associate Member, Other Conference OE--Elder Member of Other Annual Conference or Other ...

Pastor in La Grande challenges other churches to give to Grocery Gift Cards effort

5/21/2020

Pastor in La Grande challenges other churches to give to Grocery Gift Cards effort

By Sally Blanchard In La Grande 100 percent of the school district children receive free or reduced lunch. That meant when school closed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the school district became the food lifeline for these families. As word went out that partners were needed to provide funds, La Grande United Methodist Church requested $1,000 through the Grocery Gifts Cards for Families program. That $1,000 was quickly matched through church funds. The local UMC challenged other ...

The Dalles UMC triples gift card goal with support of partners

5/21/2020

The Dalles UMC triples gift card goal with support of partners

By Sally Blanchard Volunteers pack food bags at The Dalles UMC in Oregon. The Dalles UMC is across the street from the high school and organized a successful food backpack program since 2012. They provided up to 165 bags per week of supplemental food for students on the school lunch program in partnership with the Oregon Food Bank food pantry and volunteers from other churches. When the churches had to close their doors in March and most of the volunteers had to stay at home, they came...

Plans for LGBTQ+ inclusive senior housing at Christ UMC in Portland moving forward

5/14/2020

Plans for LGBTQ+ inclusive senior housing at Christ UMC in Portland moving forward

Christ United Methodist Church Cedar Mill is moving forward with plans for a 53-unit affordable housing complex on its property that is explicitly LGBTQ friendly. For two years, the church council there has been studying and exploring the possible uses for two lots east of the church building. There is a critical need in Portland, specifically in the Beaverton area where CUMC is located, for affordable housing for senior citizens. Pastor Ric Shewell said the church is now working with SAGE, an ...

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