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Join March Zoom Lenten study on ‘Rediscovering the Spirit: From Political Brokenness to Spiritual Wholeness’

2/11/2021

Join March Zoom Lenten study on ‘Rediscovering the Spirit: From Political Brokenness to Spiritual Wholeness’

We live in turbulent, unsettling times filled with political division and social unrest. How do we come together when things around us are falling apart? What is the best way forward when we are faced with political turmoil, a global pandemic, civil unrest, and spiritual wandering? Rediscovering the Spirit is a three-week Lenten exploration of the critical spiritual principles we need to understand and embrace in order to find our way forward. Through this three-part study, participant will ...

One year later: Blue Mountain flood recovery benefitting from cross-conference disaster response

2/3/2021

One year later: Blue Mountain flood recovery benefitting from cross-conference disaster response

    By Sally Blanchard A year after the worst flood in decades in the Blue Mountain communities of northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington, people are still struggling to recover. Homes await repairs and livestock fences need to be restored. In some neighborhoods boulders, logs and piles of debris remain where the flood waters left them. COVID-19 restrictions have slowed assessments of damage and prevented some teams of volunteers from helping. Flooding from by heavy rainfall ...

Lisa Jean Hoefner receives national UM Camp & Retreat Ministries recognition

1/21/2021

Lisa Jean Hoefner receives national UM Camp & Retreat Ministries recognition

  Lisa Jean Hoefner accepts a UM Camp and Retreat Ministries Legacy Award. Hoefner served as Oregon-Idaho CRM director for 16 years. Rev. Lisa Jean Hoefner, retired Oregon-Idaho Conference Camp & Retreat Ministries director recently received the Legacy of Leadership Award from United Methodist Camp & Retreat Ministries (UMCRM) Association. Hoefner, who now lives in Pennsylvania, served as the Oregon-Idaho Conference CRM Director for 16 years, retiring in 2015. This award honors a ...

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 ...

Houseless youth find support and safety at Eugene UMC

5/26/2020

Houseless youth find support and safety at Eugene UMC

By Sally Blanchard Being a houseless youth is dangerous. For the approximately 500 without stable housing in Eugene/Springfield, it can mean long days with exposure to the streets that come with hunger, drug use, fear of assault and sexual assault.  Some feel the need to carry and sleep with a weapon like a knife or machete to protect themselves. Though young in years, they make adult decisions every day about how to survive. Day shelters around town and the public library used to offer relief...

Beaverton-Westside UMC gets gift cards in migrant workers’ hands

5/7/2020
When it comes to migrant workers in Oregon, financial stability has never been a reality and the COVID-19 crisis has only made things worse for several families served by the Western Farm Workers Association. Merry Goldthorpe, a volunteer with the Western Farm Workers Association and a member of Beaverton-Westside United Methodist Church, has watched as migrant families in the area have struggled even more deeply during this pandemic. A single father who worked as a carpet cleaner in the nearby ...

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 ...

Micro grant makes space for cyclists atop mountain

10/23/2019

Micro grant makes space for cyclists atop mountain

With cyclists coming and going through the hills surrounding Mountain Home United Methodist Church, members there decided to extend a little hospitality this past year. Using the well located on church property, members added a drinking fountain to the edge of their property near the road as a rest stop for cyclists. The church used a $500 micro grant from the Cascadia District Extension Society to pay for the project. “We did it because we’re a rural church on top of the mountain and there ...

Learn tips for social justice and action in Boise Oct. 26

10/17/2019

Learn tips for social justice and action in Boise Oct. 26

Do you want to get involved in projects that help feed low income children in your community? Are you looking for a way to use your  skills to help survivors clean up after a winter storm or hurricane? Does the idea of traveling to Kenya to help people better access medical care excite you? Are you planning a mission trip and need information about insurance and best practice tips? If so, you need to be in Boise on Oct. 26 for the Crossing Boundaries: Celebrating 200 years of Missions event ...

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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