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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 ...

Abundant Health holds workshops on elder care

11/14/2019

Abundant Health holds workshops on elder care

To address the needs of elder care in local churches, the Oregon-Idaho Conference Abundant Health team is offering two upcoming training opportunities with healthcare experts. The first workshop will focus on helping older adults stay safe and healthy “Preventing Falls in the Fall” with Jeanne Brandt, family and community health educator with the Oregon State University Extension Service in Linn and Benton Counties. The workshop will be held Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Spirit of the ...

Mission 200 celebration: Getting to know Abundant Health resources

9/18/2019

Mission 200 celebration: Getting to know Abundant Health resources

 What Matters Most?   Jesus proclaimed: I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10 How can we as United Methodists in Oregon and Idaho continue growing together toward the mission Jesus set out for himself and for us?   Abundant Health is the mission priority of United Methodist Global Ministries for 2017 – 2020.  The global goal is to reach at least one million children with health promoting measures by 2020.   In response to Jesus’ invitation to love our neighbor ...

Celebrations to highlight 200 years of mission, future church work

8/7/2019

Celebrations to highlight 200 years of mission, future church work

The United Methodist Church has been “on a mission” for more than 200 years and plans are underway in the Oregon-Idaho Conference to celebrate and reflect on where the church has been and where it’s headed this fall. In October, people in the Oregon-Idaho Conference will have the opportunity to participate in any one of the three special celebrations and workshops in the area to honor the 200th anniversary of the Global Missions program of The United Methodist Church, the 150th anniversary of ...

What exactly is ZeroTheology?

7/18/2019

What exactly is ZeroTheology?

I have been trapped in the clichéd, superficial, proposition based form of Christian religious life in North America for some time. I have also been familiar with Joseph Heller’s Catch­­­–22 for many years but it was not until a recent reading that I had an insight that provided me with a way out of this propositional, religious trap. The insight was that religious claims, as opposed to scientific or ethical claims, should be expressed only as Catch–22s because these paradoxes do not make ...

Summer interns serving communities across Greater NW

6/26/2019

Summer interns serving communities across Greater NW

This year the Greater NW Area Innovation Vitality team has expanded its summer internship program to different cities throughout the region. Young leaders of color are getting the chance to develop leadership skills while exploring the intersection of faith and social justice in various community settings. This summer, instead of being based in the Portland area, the group will expand to Boise, Salem, Tacoma and Seattle. Read the profiles written by the individuals chosen to be leaders and ...

Conference approves post-GC2019 fallout legislation

6/19/2019

Conference approves post-GC2019 fallout legislation

As the Oregon-Idaho Conference and the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church continue to proclaim they are a “home for all” post-General Conference 2019, there were a few legislative items passed during the annual conference session in Eugene that are reactions and calls for action from churches and leadership in the local Conference. Approved on the Consent agenda was Action Request no. 4, which calls for structural change in the United Methodist Church. Be It Resolved That the...

Conference sending diverse delegation to GC 2020

6/18/2019

Conference sending diverse delegation to GC 2020

The Oregon-Idaho Conference has voted to send a diverse group of clergy and lay delegates to General Conference 2020 in Minneapolis. Head of the delegation will be Rev. Wendy Woodworth, who is an openly lesbian clergywoman serving Salem’s Morningside UMC a part of Open Door Ministries of Salem-Keizer. Back for another turn as lay delegate will be Jan Nelson, an openly lesbian member of Salem Morningside UMC and lay leader for the Conference. Additionally, the Conference selected  Mark Bateman...

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