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Report from the 54th session of the Oregon-Idaho Conference

7/15/2022

Report from the 54th session of the Oregon-Idaho Conference

The 54th session of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference happened in a hybrid setting, as part of the Greater Northwest Area Episcopal gathering, June 19-25, 2022, with Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky presiding from both Des Moines United Methodist Church in Washington and Portland First United Methodist Church in Oregon throughout the week. The theme for the Conference “Called to Be: Alert, Faithful, Brave & Love” was based off scripture from 1 Corinthians 16: 13-14 and guided many of the reports and...

Conference hires new interim treasurer/benefits officer

6/29/2022

Conference hires new interim treasurer/benefits officer

At last week’s Annual Conference, clergy and lay members approved the hiring of Candace Clarke as the Oregon-Idaho Conference Interim Treasurer and Benefits Officer. Clarke has been serving alongside current treasurer and benefits officer, Rev. Dan Wilson-Fey since June 1. Wilson-Fey is retiring effective July 1. “The Oregon-Idaho Conference mission and vision are an especially solid fit for me,” Clarke said. Clarke comes to the Oregon-Idaho Conference with a deep background in fiscal ...

Conference hires new staff accountant

4/26/2022

Conference hires new staff accountant

Though Sara Goetze may be new to the Oregon-Idaho Conference office as the staff accountant, she is by no means new to the Oregon-Idaho Conference. As a 9-year-old, Goetze became a PK (preacher’s kid) when her mom married her stepfather, now retired, Rev. Gary Powell. Growing up in Portland and then Eugene, Goetze was a longtime participant and volunteer at Camp Magruder. “The church has always been a big part of my life and I just wanted to expand my skills,” said Goetze of her application ...

Helping our Tongan siblings: An appeal from Lents Tongan Fellowship

3/30/2022

Helping our Tongan siblings: An appeal from Lents Tongan Fellowship

To Whom It May Concern: My name is Rev. Fungalei Taufoou, and I am the pastor of the Lents’ Tongan Fellowship of the United Methodist Church. I am writing to you on behalf of our church families’ concerns for the people in Tonga who have suffered from the volcanic eruptions of January 14, 2022. A consequent tsunami wiped out several islands and destroyed many people’s homes, boats, farms, and produce. The ash from the volcanic eruption was and I believe is still causing breathing difficulties ...

Wilson-Fey to retire as Oregon-Idaho Treasurer/Benefits officer

1/20/2022

Wilson-Fey to retire as Oregon-Idaho Treasurer/Benefits officer

For the last six years of a 30-plus year career as an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church, Rev. Dan Wilson-Fey has been ministering to the people of the Oregon-Idaho Conference as a steward of their financial resources. On June 30, 2022, Wilson-Fey will retire as the Oregon-Idaho Conference Treasurer and Benefits Officer – a slight turn in the path he started on 40 years ago toward a career in medicine. “I feel like I’m called to turn my attention to my family and projects around the...

Conference says goodbye to Sally Blanchard

10/26/2021

Conference says goodbye to Sally Blanchard

After nine years serving in various positions to support the mission and ministry of The Oregon-Idaho Conference, Thursday will be Sally Blanchard’s last day working for an organization she said she has always strived to support with enthusiasm and grace. “I’ve really enjoyed meeting some dedicated and inspiring laity and clergy,” Blanchard said. “It’s been a joy to work with those who really care about what goes on in The United Methodist Church.” The primary role of Conference staff is to ...

Tips for Self-Care, August 2021

8/5/2021

Tips for Self-Care, August 2021

  By Marilyn Reid, PNW member and member of the GNW Abundant Health Team Self-Care Self-care is something you can practice each day. It can help your personal growth and path to emotional wellness. These activities can be as simple as taking a walk or eating your favorite food for lunch. As much as you want to practice self-care, sometimes it can feel overwhelming. Maybe the activities you’ve been doing to help yourself feel tired or boring. The good news is that there are many ...

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 ...

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