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Oregon-Idaho Conference appointments for 2020

8/14/2020

Oregon-Idaho Conference appointments for 2020

  Appointments for the OREGON-IDAHO ANNUAL CONFERENCE effective July 1, 2020 Elaine Stanovsky, Presiding Bishop The Greater Northwest Area, The United Methodist Church   CONFERENCE RELATIONSHIP CODES:   AM--Associate Member DC--Deaconess DM--Diaconal Minister DR--Retired Diaconal Minister FD--Deacon in Full Connection FE--Elder in Full Connection FL--Full-time Local Pastor LM--Certified Lay Minister OA--Associate Member, Other Conference OE--Elder Member of Other Annual Conference or Other ...

Gresham’s garden creates connection point with Latinx community

6/18/2020

Gresham’s garden creates connection point with Latinx community

Volunteers work in the Common Good Garden at Gresham UMC, where a new partnership has emerged between the church and Doulas Latinas to provide nutritional support. by Sally Blanchard A love of working in a garden and a love for people in their community has grown into a beautiful relationship between Gresham United Methodist Church and Latina doulas. Dr. Sandra Hernandes founded Doulas Latinas International in 2013 because she saw the need for Latina women to have emotional and linguistic ...

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 ...

Conference assisting with eastern Oregon flood relief

2/12/2020

Conference assisting with eastern Oregon flood relief

Larry Johnson headed out the door on Wednesday of the Oregon-Idaho Conference Center in order to get to Pendleton, Oregon, by the late afternoon to assist with flood relief. “This would be the first time I know of, that we’ve responded in Oregon,” said Johnson, who is the Conference’s Emergency Response Teams coordinator. He plans to be in Pendleton for a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) gathering on Thursday to aid those who had to evacuate their homes due to flooding or suffered ...

Portsmouth Union earns $2.35 million for affordable housing project

2/12/2020

Portsmouth Union earns $2.35 million for affordable housing project

What started more than five years ago as a ministry to the local neighborhood is finally taking root on the grounds of Portsmouth Union Church in north Portland. The church, a combined United Methodist and Disciples of Christ Church, is the recipient of a $2.35 million grant from Oregon Housing and Community Services to build an affordable housing apartment complex on its grounds. “I can’t even begin to describe how excited we are,” said Rev. Julia Nielsen. Portsmouth Union Church is one of ...

Churches Partner with Clackamas County for Shelter

1/30/2020

Churches Partner with Clackamas County for Shelter

Where do houseless people go when it’s freezing, stormy or flooding? What if they could go to church?   “When we first talked about the possibility of providing shelter at Oak Grove United Methodist, we knew the need existed in our community and that we had enough space in our building to share, but lining up enough volunteers to staff the shelter all night long for much of the winter was too much,” said Pastor Heather Riggs. “Temporary shelter regulations require that someone be awake all ...

Fremont UMC, neighbors answer the question of HOW?

12/12/2019

Fremont UMC, neighbors answer the question of HOW?

How can we help folks who are homeless? The need is so overwhelming. In the interest of taking at least a step in answer to the question, Fremont United Methodist Church in Portland used the online Nextdoor app to invite their Irvington and Alameda neighbors to provide gift bags for folks without housing. HOW (Hand Out Windows) gift bags contained a small flashlight, small pack of wet wipes, socks, hand warmers, TriMet hop pass, and a granola or protein bar. The team packed 100 bags and about...

Letting go of old tradition leads to new connections at Oak Grove UMC

10/30/2019

Letting go of old tradition leads to new connections at Oak Grove UMC

A little more than three years ago the volunteers for Oak Grove United Methodist Church’s summer picnic were tired, the food was getting expensive, and there were only a few community members engaged, so they held what would be their last summer picnic in 2016.   But Rev. Heather Riggs said she and church members weren’t ready to give up on the idea of connecting with the community.   “In an effort to see if we could connect this great idea with our community, I went to the Oak Grove Community ...

Sunnyside Community House brimming with new opportunities

10/17/2019

Sunnyside Community House brimming with new opportunities

Sunnyside Community House in southeast Portland is teeming with community-minded ministries and even more outreach and worship opportunities, thanks to a partnership between the Greater Northwest Area Innovation Vitality (IV) team and The Groves Church PDX. The Groves Church PDX moved in this summer and will be one of the primary tenants and manager of the Sunnyside Community House, which formed after Sunnyside Centenary United Methodist Church closed. “We were definitely interested in a ...

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