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Your Portal to the World: Now is the time to update your online presence

3/13/2019

Your Portal to the World: Now is the time to update your online presence

I know that in the wake of the outcome of General Conference last month many of you are hurting, wondering, questioning, and that the folks in your churches are doing the same thing. I know that people are leaving or thinking of leaving from both ends of the theological spectrum. A major disruption has occurred, the results will not be fully known for a while. If possible, encourage folks to remain calm and remain with you for now. Don’t promise anything except that things will become clearer as...

You Don't See That Every Day: Surprises at Fall Charge Conferences

11/28/2018

You Don't See That Every Day: Surprises at Fall Charge Conferences

Sunset at Carus UMC - photo by Paula Sadler  -- Paula Sadler, Cascadia District Lay Leader This photograph was taken at sunset as I stood at the entry of Carus United Methodist Church.  We sometimes experience our churches at sunrise for Easter services, but how often are we blessed by being present for a glorious sunset? I was at Carus that evening to attend the joint charge conferences for Carus, Canby, Molalla, and Marquam United Methodist Churches.  The opportunity to see a sunset wasn’t...

Early Response Team from Oregon-Idaho Responds to Hurricane Florence

10/24/2018

Early Response Team from Oregon-Idaho Responds to Hurricane Florence

Larry Johnson at an ERT Fair earlier this year Larry Johnson and Tom Ettelson of Mt Home UMC in Sherwood, Oregon are traveling to North Carolina as part of a United Methodist Early Response Team to help with local recovery after Hurricane Florence, which struck North Carolina on September 14th. Larry is the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference Coordinator of the Early Response Team program.  Both Larry and Tom have been through the Early Response Team Training, which is a collaborative effort of ...

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, ...

The Dalles UMC woman honored for hunger advocacy

5/17/2018

The Dalles UMC woman honored for hunger advocacy

Sharon Thornberry was recognized as by Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon with their Ecumenical Serve Award at a Benefit Dinner and Award Celebration held Wednesday, May 16 at the Benson Hotel. Thornberry is a member of The Dalles First United Methodist Church and works for the Oregon Food Bank as Rural Community Liaison.   The award was presented in recognition of her dedication and leadership to eliminate hunger and its root causes from Oregon’s communities. This has been shown not only in her ...

Claremont explores move to Oregon

7/13/2017

Claremont explores move to Oregon

In a July 6 letter to the Claremont School of Theology community, and subsequent press releases from Claremont School of Theology (CST) and Willamette University, it was announced the schools have entered preliminary conversations on the possibility of housing Claremont School of Theology, one of 13 United Methodist Seminaries, within the campus of United Methodist-related, Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. In June, Claremont President Jeffery Kuan announced the school was facing ...

John Day UMC Participates in Ecumenical Evangelism Effort

5/30/2017
John Day UMC participated in The Spring Round-Up, a multi-denomination worship gathering, held April 6-8, 2017, in John Day, Oregon. This community event was the dream of Pastor Bob Douglas, a recent interim pastor for the local Nazarene Church. He took his idea of an ecumenical gathering right before Holy Week to the greater John Day Ministerial Association in November of 2016 and, as they say, “the rest is history.”   Pastor Jeff Parson of Hamlin, Texas, was called to lead the evening ...

New Hispanic Church Start Part of Open Door Churches of Salem-Keizer

5/30/2017

New Hispanic Church Start Part of Open Door Churches of Salem-Keizer

On the evening of Sunday, May 7th, the Open Door Churches of Salem-Keizer enjoyed a celebration at Las Naciones United Methodist Church (formerly Jason Lee United Methodist Church) to officially open the congregation and the Jason Lee Hispanic Resource Center! The evening was filled with a meaningful service, delicious dinner, and a cultural presentation of folk music and dancing.    Hearing from a vast array of speakers, men and women shared their hearts for this new church and spoke of the ...

Study Leads to Community Resources and Action in Tigard

5/30/2017
The Holy Spirit has been working at Tigard UMC!   In the fall of 2016 Pastor Jeremy Hajdu-Paulen led a book study on America's Original Sin by Jim Wallis.  After the study was over, many people felt that racism, especially systemic racism, is such a problem that Tigard UMC should form a Racial Justice group to study the issue further and find ways to address racism in our community.   One member of the study group voiced interest in hosting a Spanish as a Second Language (SSL) class at the ...

Jason Lee UMC Ends Ministry and Seeds New Ministry

4/11/2017
Jason Lee United Methodist Church, a congregation founded in 1910 in Salem, is ending its ministry this month. A closing service, celebrating its 106 years of service to God and to their community, will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, April 23.   The Reverend Dr. Jon Langenwalter, pastor, explained that declining membership and diminished energy of the remaining members has led to the prayerful decision that the congregation has accomplished its mission and needs to close.  He is  ...

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