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Madras UMC helps community one pair of socks at a time

8/14/2019

Madras UMC helps community one pair of socks at a time

  There are several different ways churches try to be in partnership with their local communities to meet the needs of those in need. In Madras, the United Methodist Church has put on community meals, held a prom for the local LGBTQ+ community and, most recently, handed out 1,000 pairs of socks – no metaphorical strings attached. Rev. Nancy Slabaugh Hart, who came to Madras UMC in 2017, had experience working with the philanthropist sock company Bombas from her previous service as a pastor in ...

Cascadia DS Begins Focus on Racism and White Privilege

8/13/2019

Cascadia DS Begins Focus on Racism and White Privilege

On August 20, 2019 there will be a day of commemoration. It will not be a celebration, but it will be a reminder for us all. On this day the United States will commemorate the 400th year since African slaves first arrived in the territory which became our nation.   Chattel slavery is that system in which people are treated as the chattel (personal property) of the owner and bought and sold as commodities. Because Africans first arrived on American shores as slaves, and the system ensured that ...

Portsmouth Union creates affordable housing guidebook for other churches

8/13/2019

Portsmouth Union creates affordable housing guidebook for other churches

As more and more churches around Portland and in the Oregon-Idaho Conference seek ways to create affordable housing for their communities, a how-to guide has surfaced from two of Portland’s pastors leading the way. Revs. Julia Nielsen and Andy Goebel of Portsmouth Union Church in north Portland have created a process guide for churches to use if they’re considering building affordable housing on church property. Portsmouth Union – formerly University Park UMC and St. Johns Community Church – ...

Day begins work with Oregon-Idaho Conference

8/1/2019

Day begins work with Oregon-Idaho Conference

Already in her work as the Director of Connectional Ministries and Assistant to the Bishop, Laurie Day has learned what “other duties as assigned” really means in her job description. In just her second week in the office, Day found herself putting garbage bags over her legs and wading into a plumbing and sewer situation that temporarily shut down the office. “When you jump in with both feet you never know what you’re going to get into,” Day said with a laugh. “I appreciate the great team of ...

Lay delegate candidates introduce themselves at AC

6/13/2019

Lay delegate candidates introduce themselves at AC

Laity session included hearing from nominees who have already put their name forward as a General Conference 2020 delegate candidates. Voting will begin during plenary sessions and nominations can be taken from the floor. Here are the lay delegate candidates so far: Mark Bateman, Salem FUMC; Estaban Galan, Boise FUMC; Lydia Henry, Gresham FUMC; Jesse Kiboko, Pocatello; Jan Nelson, Salem Morningside UMC; Kylie Nelson, Wesley UMC; Paul Nickell, Portland FUMC; Aaron Pazan, Portsmouth Union; David...

Caldwell named Interim Director of Communications for Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference

6/10/2019

Caldwell named Interim Director of Communications for Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference

Kristen Caldwell has been named the Interim Director of Communications for the United Methodist Church in the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference, beginning July 1. During this time, the Greater Northwest Area will be reviewing its current communications approach and explore how to be more collaborative in developing an area-wide communications strategy.   Caldwell’s writing will be recognizable to people as she has served as the Conference’s Communications Associate for the past 18 months, writing ...

Hope UMC remembered

6/6/2019

Hope UMC remembered

The following profile of the history of Hope United Methodist Church was written by pastor Lura Kidner-Miesen and shared as they celebrated a “history of love” with the closure of their beloved church in Drain, Oregon. It has been edited for presentation here.   In the mid-1800s dedicated Methodist circuit riders covered hundreds of miles on horseback and brought the good news of Jesus Christ to the pioneer families in the Yoncalla and Drain area. They held religious services and worked to serve...

Immigration summit brings people together to discuss justice

5/29/2019

Immigration summit brings people together to discuss justice

Last Christmas, Jennifer Hurtado Daniels’ family saw a news story where a church placed a nativity scene behind a wire fence to highlight Christians’ overwhelming disgrace in the United States’ new immigration enforcement plans. Plans that are separating families at the border. Without skipping a beat, Daniels’ 15-year-old son Theodore quipped that it would be more accurate for the Baby Jesus to be in a separate cage from Mary and Joseph. “That was a great parental moment for me; hearing that ...

Ministry marketplace open for 'business' at Annual Conference

5/22/2019

Ministry marketplace open for 'business' at Annual Conference

Learn about Reconciling Ministries, Peace with Justice or "Go Nuts for Jesus" at the Ministry Marketplace being held during the Annual Conference session in Eugene. The Ministry Marketplace will be located in the convention center lobby of the Hotel Eugene, where the Annual Conference sessions will be held Thursday, June 13 through Saturday morning, June 15. There are more than 20 vendors available to provide participants and visitors with all sorts of interesting information. “The Ministry ...

ERT volunteers needed in Saipan

5/15/2019

ERT volunteers needed in Saipan

It takes more than 20 hours to fly there, but the people of Saipan are in desperate need of trained volunteer emergency responders to help them as they struggle to rebuild after Typhoon Yutu ripped through the area last fall. Larry Johnson, a member of the Oregon-Idaho Conference Emergency Response Team (ERT), recently returned from a two-week work trip there. As a commonwealth of the United States, the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) is looking for volunteer organizations ...

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