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A summary report from Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference 2021

7/13/2021

A summary report from Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference 2021

The 53rd session of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference was held online this year, in connection with our other members of the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area – The Alaska Conference and Pacific Northwest Conference, with Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky presiding. While aspects of the Conference were held throughout the month of June – from clergy session to laity sessions and Legislative Assembly – the Oregon-Idaho Conference gathered via Zoom webinar, officially on Monday, June 20, 2021, to ...

Longing for connection? Suttle Lake Family Camp has space July 29-Aug. 1

7/7/2021

Longing for connection? Suttle Lake Family Camp has space July 29-Aug. 1

Physical distancing and days filled with zoom calls and/or virtual school have given way to more and more in person gatherings, but for many something still seems to be missing.  As many businesses reopen and activities resume, there is a common longing among our communities for true connection.  The sacred spaces of our camp and retreat ministry sites are a powerful space to connect with others, the natural world, and God.  Are you and your ...

Bishop Stanovsky to hold commissioning and ordination services across the GNW this summer

6/22/2021

Bishop Stanovsky to hold commissioning and ordination services across the GNW this summer

Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky announces the intention to hold in-person commissioning of provisional elders and deacons and ordination services across the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area this summer. The three services, part of the sacred tradition for ordaining, commissioning, receiving, and recognizing new clergy leaders within The United Methodist Church, will be the first in the area since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each service will welcome candidates who were approved for ...

Bishop Stanovsky preaches to opening GNW Area session

6/21/2021

Bishop Stanovsky preaches to opening GNW Area session

Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky offered this sermon on the opening night of a week of annual conference sessions across the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area. Members of the Alaska, Oregon-Idaho and Pacific Northwest Conferences gathered virtually to hear the message delivered on Sunday, June 20, 2021, at Des Moines, WA United Methodist Church. Watch video.

Valley UMC leaves a legacy of service in Veneta

6/3/2021

Valley UMC leaves a legacy of service in Veneta

Since 1957 Valley United Methodist Church in Veneta, Oregon has been a beacon of light and hope for the community.  The Church was founded to welcome all without judgment for study and to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and reach out to human need.   The Church founded the Fern Ridge Community Dinner to serve a hot meal every Sunday evening to anyone who needs a meal and the Community Warm Shelter to shelter those in need, during an emergency or freezing weather.   Pastor Rev. Deena Wolfe ...

Our Annual Conference Theme & Logo for 2021

5/12/2021

Our Annual Conference Theme & Logo for 2021

This year’s theme for annual conference sessions across the Greater Northwest Area is “Love Never Ends,” a short line from I Corinthians 13 that captures the essence of that beloved text. While this chapter of I Corinthians is familiar to many because of its usage at wedding ceremonies, it speaks more broadly than this practice might suggest. As he writes to a community in conflict, the Apostle Paul casts a vision of love that selflessly seeks the good of others, resists arrogance as it aims to...

Nelson stepping down as Oregon-Idaho lay leader, nominations sought

4/7/2021

Nelson stepping down as Oregon-Idaho lay leader, nominations sought

After serving a quadrennium plus pandemic year, Oregon-Idaho Conference Lay Leader Jan Nelson is stepping down from her post, which will prompt the election of a new lay leader during Annual Conference in June. “I’ve gotten to work with a bunch of really talented, dedicated people,” said Nelson, who was also elected in 2019 as the primary lay delegate to General Conference, which has now been delayed until 2022. Nelson will step down after Annual Conference wraps up at the end of June. She ...

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 ...

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