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Portland churches join ‘plastics fast’ for Lent

2/27/2019

Portland churches join ‘plastics fast’ for Lent

Some people try giving up chocolate for Lent. Some people try letting go of anger or fears after their foreheads are dotted with Ashes at the beginning of the six-week holy season. But several Portland churches, spurred on by First United Methodist Church, will be attempting to care more for their planet by reducing their use of plastics during the season of Lent. “It’s a theological issue,” said Rev. Josh Kingsley, minister of discipleship from First UMC PDX. “We are in relationship with ...

Wilshire Native American Fellowship Becomes Great Spirit UMC

10/24/2018

Wilshire Native American Fellowship Becomes Great Spirit UMC

When a name no longer fits the identity of a church, it may just have to change. This is what the people now called Great Spirit United Methodist Church, formerly Wilshire Native American Fellowship located at Wilshire United Methodist Church, have discovered and formalized in a naming ceremony during Sunday morning worship on October 7, 2018. While Great Spirit has a new name, it’s still located in the Wilshire neighborhood of northeast Portland. Reverend Allen Buck was appointed to Wilshire ...

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...

Montavilla UMC “paves” way for church outreach in Portland neighborhood

9/12/2018

Montavilla UMC “paves” way for church outreach in Portland neighborhood

Montavilla United Methodist Church has decided to take church to the streets – well, the sidewalks at least – in its Portland neighborhood as a new way of reaching out to the community. The church recently installed 22 12-inch by 12-inch concrete pavers engraved with inspirational quotes that reflect how diversely the church defines Christianity. “We thought, ‘What would it look like to have 22 one-sentence sermons outside of the church?’” said Rev. Tim Winslea. Quotes such as: “Hope will ...

Adamah to offer spiritual community, housing in Portland

7/11/2018

Adamah to offer spiritual community, housing in Portland

A new spiritual community for young adults – along with some much-need affordable housing – is currently under construction in Portland. House Adamah is set to open later this summer, offering housing for five individuals looking for intentional Christian community, in what was once the parsonage for Lincoln Street United Methodist Church. Adam Jenkins, a leader at Gresham United Methodist Church, has been working with the Missional Wisdom Foundation and Lincoln Street UMC to get this project ...

After 140 years of faithful service, Weston UMC closes its doors

5/30/2018

After 140 years of faithful service, Weston UMC closes its doors

Today, few would probably bat an eye at a young widow going to work in a local tavern to support her child. But in 1951 Elnora Baker had little education, was new to Weston, Oregon, and in need of a job. Her husband had died during World War II, and although she moved in with her sister, Baker had a seven-year-old son to think about, so she took that job. She tried finding a church home, too, but found a couple of congregations had no interest in a bar maiden worshipping with them. That is, of...

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