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Churches across Conference supporting furloughed federal workers

1/23/2019

Churches across Conference supporting furloughed federal workers

When it comes to helping those in need, churches are quick to respond. So, when it came to federal workers being furloughed in several communities – living without a paycheck while the U.S. government remains shut down – churches in the Oregon-Idaho Conference were already set up to help. “It was a really easy yes,” said Rev. Adam Briddell of First United Methodist Church Eugene. Briddell said the church was contacted by the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association about ...

Training opportunity for churches on addressing mentally ill

1/23/2019

Training opportunity for churches on addressing mentally ill

Community resources are often scarce for people facing acute mental illnesses – and more frequently churches are becoming first responders in this crisis.   According to a survey recently conducted by the Oregon-Idaho Conference Abundant Health team, most clergy from the Conference indicated that while the interactions with the mentally ill have increased, but they don’t always know how to respond appropriately.   Pastor Tim Winslea of Montavilla UMC, also a registered nurse, is inviting clergy ...

UMCOR West Depot seeking volunteers for spring, summer 2019

1/23/2019

UMCOR West Depot seeking volunteers for spring, summer 2019

Located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, UMCOR West Office and Depot seeks to be a vital part of the work and vision of the United Methodist Committee on Relief.  As a part of UMCOR’s Relief Supplies division, UMCOR West builds, shelves, and distributes relief supplies to areas in the United States that have been affected by natural disasters.  In 2018, the UMCOR West Depot addressed floods, hurricanes and most notably fires that burned across the western U.S. As a result, the depot is...

Conference scholarships now available

1/15/2019

Conference scholarships now available

 Scholarships for higher education -- undergraduate, graduate, and seminary -- are available for members of The United Methodist Church through a variety of channels. There are many ways to qualify. Applicants for the two scholarships below must intend to be a full-time student and must have been a member of a United Methodist church within the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference (or a baptized participant in a UM campus ministry or other UM ministry setting) for at least one year.  Applications for...

Portland woman believes in Israeli-Palestine human rights observer program

1/15/2019

Portland woman believes in Israeli-Palestine human rights observer program

In 2013 Dee Poujade found herself visiting a village outside of the Palestinian city of Tulkarm listening to a female farmer bemoan her inability to get to her land on the other side of the Palestinian/Israeli wall – unable to earn a living. “Sometimes the soldiers came and let the people with permits cross; sometimes they didn't.  And sometimes, even with a permit, farmers were arbitrarily denied access to their land.  She just wanted me to hear her story - and to share it,” she said. Poujade...

New communications associate joins Camp & Retreat ministry staff

1/8/2019

New communications associate joins Camp & Retreat ministry staff

Tanner Morton grew up spending his summers at Sawtooth Camp in Idaho, so when the opportunity presented itself recently to join the Oregon-Idaho Conference Camp and Retreat Ministries staff as the communications associate, he was thrilled. The 25-year-old Pocatello native has spent the last three summers working as a resource staff member at Camp Magruder on the Oregon Coast while his wife finished working on her degree at Pacific University in Forest Grove. “It’s surreal working with people I...

Early Response Team from Oregon-Idaho Responds to Hurricane Florence

10/24/2018

Early Response Team from Oregon-Idaho Responds to Hurricane Florence

Larry Johnson at an ERT Fair earlier this year Larry Johnson and Tom Ettelson of Mt Home UMC in Sherwood, Oregon are traveling to North Carolina as part of a United Methodist Early Response Team to help with local recovery after Hurricane Florence, which struck North Carolina on September 14th. Larry is the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference Coordinator of the Early Response Team program.  Both Larry and Tom have been through the Early Response Team Training, which is a collaborative effort of ...

Emergency Preparedness ministry available in Oregon-Idaho Conference

10/17/2018

Emergency Preparedness ministry available in Oregon-Idaho Conference

Planning for a disaster or preparing for an emergency might seem like a self-fulfilling prophecy that no one really wants to come true. However, The United Methodist Church through the Oregon-Idaho Conference believes in equipping churches and individuals with the right tools and training to be the hands and feet of Christ in crisis and conflict. This ministry is primarily done through Early Response Teams (ERT), an effort promoted by the United Methodist Committee on Relief to respond to ...

Oregon voters’ guide to include Methodists’ opposition to Measure 105

10/10/2018

Oregon voters’ guide to include Methodists’ opposition to Measure 105

If Oregon voters didn’t know it before, come Oct. 10, all 2.6 million active, registered voters here will know where The United Methodist Church stands on the issue of immigration and creating safe sanctuaries in this state. The Oregon-Idaho Conference of the United Methodist Church successfully gathered 800 signatures – when only 500 were required – in less than 10 days to put a statement of opposition against Oregon Measure 105 into the voters’ guide pamphlet, which will be mailed out to ...

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...

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