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MFSA spring event looks at law and justice

2/26/2019

MFSA spring event looks at law and justice

Rev. Neal Christie, from the General Board of Church and Society, and Portland Attorney Elden Rosenthal will be the speakers for the Oregon-Idaho Methodist Federation for Social Action’s spring event.   Rule of Law as a Tool of Christian Justice: the intersection of civil law and social principles will be their topic for the gather on Friday evening, March 22.   Rosenthal is a retired Portland attorney who was part of the team from the Southern Poverty Law Center that secured a $12.5 million ...

GC2020 Delegation Nominating Deadline Extended

2/18/2019

GC2020 Delegation Nominating Deadline Extended

Due to the timing of the 2019 Special Called General Conference, the deadline for submitting clergy or laity nominations for the 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences has been extended until March 15. Those who wish to self-nominate simply need to send an email to the conference secretary (laura@umoi.org) before March 15. Clergy and laity are also invited to nominate up to five others; those who receive at least 10 nominations (along with those who self-nominate) will receive an invitation...

New HR and benefits specialist ready to get to work

2/5/2019

New HR and benefits specialist ready to get to work

Meg Kau really loves working in human resources – just look at the coffee mug sitting on her desk. “I can’t keep calm, I’m in HR” it reads. Dig a little deeper when you talk to the Oregon-Idaho Conference’s newest human resources/benefits specialist and she’ll tell you one of her favorite, nerdy things about working in this field. “I love benefits,” she said. Kau comes to the Oregon-Idaho Conference after years spent as the human resources manager at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, ...

Greathouse to retire as Mission & Ministry Coordinator

1/28/2019

Greathouse to retire as Mission & Ministry Coordinator

Rev. Lowell Greathouse speaks to the 2017 Annual Conference session. (Patrick Scriven photo) Rev. Lowell Greathouse, Mission and Ministry Coordinator for the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference has announced his intention to retire at the end of the conference year, effective June 30, 2019. Greathouse has served in this role full-time since 2015. He has been a member of the cabinet since 2010 and was previously the Columbia District Superintendent.  In his 30-plus years of ministry service,...

UMCOR and disaster response

1/28/2019

UMCOR and disaster response

When disasters strike in the United States or Internationally, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) responds.   But unlike past practice, UMCOR no longer accepts donations designated for specific disasters or location. Instead, all donations for disasters go into two common pools, either for U.S. Disaster Response (Advance # 901670) or International Disaster Response (Advance # 982450) so they can be prioritized within those areas of ministry. This practice creates a fast and ...

Nominations sought for 2020 General Conference delegates

1/23/2019

Nominations sought for 2020 General Conference delegates

Although the 2019 Special Called General Conference is still a month away, it is time now to start the process for electing our delegation to the 2020 General Conference in Minneapolis (May 5-15, 2020). Delegates and Reserves will be elected during the 2019 Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference session in June.   The nominating procedure is similar for laity and clergy delegates. To self-nominate, simply send an email to the conference secretary, Laura Jaquith Bartlett. Laity and full-member clergy are...

New Columbia District administrative assistant joins Conference staff

10/2/2018

New Columbia District administrative assistant joins Conference staff

Brandon Rhodes has long been interested in churches reaching outside of the traditional building space to create intentional community. “A lot of religious change is happening. Some people see it as a threat and I see it as a fantastic opportunity,” he said. Rhodes, who holds a master’s degree and doctoral degree in religious and future studies, said he loves the idea of churches transforming unused space into affordable housing or renting old church space out to local nonprofits. He was also...

WJ Mission Cabinet Endorses One Church Plan

9/10/2018

WJ Mission Cabinet Endorses One Church Plan

On September 10 the Western Jurisdiction Mission Cabinet released the following message in support of the One Church Plan for The United Methodist Church. Here is their statement: Grace and peace in the name of Christ to the people called United Methodist of the Western Jurisdiction. We are the Mission Cabinet of the Western Jurisdiction, composed of your bishops, directors of connectional ministries, and leadership team chair. We speak to you out of a deep love for Christ and ...

Hillsboro First UMC brings "Common Good" to kids this summer

8/1/2018

Hillsboro First UMC brings

At Hillsboro First United Methodist Church they decided to do something “good” for a change with vacation bible school and youth in their community this summer. Instead of a week-long, Bible-lead, craft and song fest, church members decided it was time to fill a void in their community and opted to create a four-week “Camp Common Good” this summer. The camp is providing much-needed no cost childcare and learning opportunities to kids in their community – along with a little singing, crafting, ...

Conference adopts budget to continue moving ministries forward

6/28/2018

Conference adopts budget to continue moving ministries forward

During Annual Conference in Boise, members of the Oregon-Idaho Conference voted to increase the budget for 2019 by 3 percent in order to continue supporting existing and new ministries throughout the Conference. The adopted budget for the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference is approximately $7.6 million for the 2019 fiscal year, up from $7.4 million in 2018. While Council on Finance and Administration Chairman Rick Beadnell and Conference Treasurer Dan Wilson-Fey said there were no new sources of ...

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