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Oregon-Idaho missionaries see border crisis up close

5/8/2019

Oregon-Idaho missionaries see border crisis up close

There’s nothing quite as heartbreaking as stumbling across a grave of a young migrant infant in the desert. But that’s what Oregon-Idaho Conference missionaries and volunteers Evelyn Erbele, Teri Erbele and Louise Kienzle got to see when they took an up-close tour of the U.S./Mexico border in early April near Nogales, Ariz., and Mexico. “You just can’t describe it. There is nothingness, but this heat and wind and then you come across a grave,” Evelyn Erbele said. “And you realize you’re in ...

Pastors participate in Hood to Coast relay

5/8/2019

Pastors participate in Hood to Coast relay

Sometimes, when pastors get together, it’s not to preach, or even talk about preaching. Four clergy from the Columbia District and one of their spouses competed in the Hood to Coast Pacific City Race over the weekend and found themselves energized – when not exhausted – by the 78-mile experience. Revs. Erin Martin, Josh Kingsley, Eric Conklin, and Ric Shewell, along with Martin’s spouse Charlie Collier, all stepped up to run two legs of the race on Saturday. Their team name: “May the 4th be ...

By grace, Englewood UMC leaves behind rich legacy

5/1/2019

By grace, Englewood UMC leaves behind rich legacy

When Isolde Knaap was just 7 years old, she recalls the graciousness of Englewood United Methodist Church in Salem forever changing her family’s future. Through the World Council of Churches, Englewood came to adopt her Dutch family, who emigrated from Holland after leaving Indonesia post World War II. “They took it upon themselves to take care of these people they didn’t even know,” Knaap said. It was this kind of amazing grace that kept Englewood UMC serving its surrounding community within...

Idaho native to fill DCM position

4/24/2019

Idaho native to fill DCM position

Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky has announced the selection of Laurie Day as new Director of Connectional Ministries and Assistant to the Bishop for the Oregon-Idaho Conference.   Day will be known to many in the Oregon-Idaho Conference. She grew up in Caldwell, Idaho and the Caldwell United Methodist Church, was a camper, counselor and staff member at Sawtooth Camp, and attended Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.   Currently, she serves as the Director of Community and Congregational Engagement...

Covenant UMC leaves Reedsport better after years of service

4/23/2019

Covenant UMC leaves Reedsport better after years of service

For more than 150 years the people of Covenant United Methodist Church in Reedsport have understood what it means to survive and thrive. According to longtime member Leo Naapi, Methodist Missionary Jason Lee made his first trip to the mouth of the Umpqua River and this patch of land touching the southeast corner of Oregon in 1838 and it wasn’t easy. “Jason Lee must have really liked the scenery,” said Naapi, who helped gather the church history. “He had to have a rowboat to get to the mouth of ...

Nelson to retire as Oregon-Idaho Communications Director

4/16/2019

Nelson to retire as Oregon-Idaho Communications Director

After 11 years as Director of Communications for the Oregon-Idaho United Methodist Conference, Greg Nelson has announced his intention to retire July 11. Nelson came to this post with the Conference after having spent 25 years serving with Chemeketa Community College and the Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library System. But he has dedicated his life to serving the Oregon-Idaho Conference as a volunteer, then a staff member, in numerous capacities. “It was a chance to connect what I was ...

OR-ID Board of Ordained Ministry: Our Resistance to Discriminatory Restrictions from General Conference

4/4/2019

OR-ID Board of Ordained Ministry: Our Resistance to Discriminatory Restrictions from General Conference

We the, Oregon-Idaho Board of Ordained Ministry, believe that in light of the decisions of the 2019 General Conference this is a crucial time to declare how we operate in our work with those called by God into ordained ministry. Because we have been a Reconciling Conference since 1996, because we have seen the gifts and graces for ministry in LGBTQ persons and have seen these same gifts too often denied, and because we hope to help lead change in our denomination’s policy regarding LGBTQ ...

Rupert food pantry offers community meals; second chances

4/3/2019

Rupert food pantry offers community meals; second chances

For nearly two years, Edwina “Wendy” Kent came to the Open Hearts Food Pantry at Rupert United Methodist Church to keep her own pantry stocked and her stomach full. Having called this small town in Idaho’s Magic Valley home for nearly 14 years, Kent found herself needing more support in September when she found herself in a little bit of trouble with the law. Little did she know the Rupert Food Pantry would be her saving grace. “I liked the people at the church, and I like to see the families ...

Agencies affiliated with UMC begin responding to GC2019 fallout

3/13/2019

Agencies affiliated with UMC begin responding to GC2019 fallout

Before and after the votes were tallied at the Special General Conference of The United Methodist Church in St. Louis, agencies and organizations affiliated with the church were quick to share their opinion and desire to distance themselves from the damage they think the Traditional Plan will inflict on the future of United Methodism, while others are still pondering. “My heart grieves for my Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) siblings who experienced ...

IV team expands to keep church transformation going

2/27/2019

IV team expands to keep church transformation going

Written in dry erase marker on the window of Leroy Barber’s office of innovation and vitality at the Oregon-Idaho Conference Center is the phrase: “Innovation happens at the intersection of difference.” It’s a heady charge – getting United Methodists in the Oregon-Idaho Conference and beyond to consider a church that doesn’t just revolve around traditional worship spaces. This is why, after one year in his position with the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area, Barber has added a team of ...

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