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Suttle Lake Camp marks 100 years of ministry in Oregon with Labor Day weekend celebration

8/16/2022

Suttle Lake Camp marks 100 years of ministry in Oregon with Labor Day weekend celebration

This year marks 100 years since outdoor ministry began at Suttle Lake Camp. A Labor Day Weekend event will celebrate the generations of campers and leaders that have passed through the forest 14 miles west of Sisters, Oregon in the Deschutes National Forest. Beginning as an outdoor adventure for Methodist Church of Madras members in 1920, the first of many Epworth League Institutes in 1922 provides a beginning marker for ministry to youth and adults over the century. From that outpost beginning,...

WJ leadership invites AC to consider new episcopacy discernment process

5/16/2022

WJ leadership invites AC to consider new episcopacy discernment process

Dear Annual Conference Members,   We are hopeful that our Western Jurisdictional Conference will meet in November 2022 to elect bishops. We anticipate selecting four individuals to consecrate as bishop who, together with Bishop Oliveto, will lead the West in this next chapter of our life together.   The WJ committee on episcopacy, in collaboration with the jurisdictional leadership team, inter-ethnic coordinating committee, and first elected delegates, are inviting the annual conferences of the ...

Clergy OVERWHELM: A workshop for clergy and lay-persons assigned

2/1/2022

Clergy OVERWHELM: A workshop for clergy and lay-persons assigned

Clergy and lay-persons assigned to the local church: Are you carrying too much in this season? Struggling to balance caring for your community, church, family, and self? Trying to find your way in the new normal? You are not alone and this workshop is for you. Three clergy coaches share simple practices to ease the burden and give time to go deeper and gain support. If you are longing for a deeper transformation, you'll have the opportunity to engage the topic of overwhelm in ongoing coaching....

Wilson-Fey to retire as Oregon-Idaho Treasurer/Benefits officer

1/20/2022

Wilson-Fey to retire as Oregon-Idaho Treasurer/Benefits officer

For the last six years of a 30-plus year career as an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church, Rev. Dan Wilson-Fey has been ministering to the people of the Oregon-Idaho Conference as a steward of their financial resources. On June 30, 2022, Wilson-Fey will retire as the Oregon-Idaho Conference Treasurer and Benefits Officer – a slight turn in the path he started on 40 years ago toward a career in medicine. “I feel like I’m called to turn my attention to my family and projects around the...

Apply now for Oregon-Idaho Conference higher education scholarships

12/21/2021

Apply now for Oregon-Idaho Conference higher education scholarships

There are two general education scholarships available through the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference and applications for the 2022-2023 academic year are open now. Oregon-Idaho Conference Undergraduate Leadership Award ($800) A scholarship is awarded to one undergraduate student from each of the four districts of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference, a total of four $800 scholarships, annually. Applicants are evaluated primarily on their leadership or potential leadership skills. Financial need is ...

Lay Servant Ministries course begins in April

2/26/2021

Lay Servant Ministries course begins in April

“Lay Servant Ministries: Living Our United Methodist Beliefs” will start April 13 and run through May 11 for anyone interested in participating from the Greater Northwest Area. The class will be taught by Rev. Dr. Scott Allen of Kuna UMC in Idaho and Oregon-Idaho Conference Sage District LSM Coordinator Carole Sullivan. The four-week course will be held via Zoom every Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost of participation is simply the purchase of the book “The United Methodist Way, Living ...

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 ...

Personal essay: An inmate's journey to a second chance

2/26/2020

Personal essay: An inmate's journey to a second chance

By KH Deer Ridge Correctional Institution inmate Editor's note: KH has been mentored by Rev. Nancy Slabaugh Hart of Madras UMC. Read more about their work together on the Conference website. His initials are being used because of confidentiality concerns. I grew up in a typical middle-class neighborhood in New Orleans. The houses were nicely kept up; the parents had good careers; and the children could ride their bikes in the neighborhood and feel safe. One block away, were the projects: large ...

Western Jurisdiction youth leaders invited to retreat in Oregon-Idaho Conference

8/28/2019

Western Jurisdiction youth leaders invited to retreat in Oregon-Idaho Conference

More often than not, the young people who walk into their weekly or monthly youth group meetings are carrying a lot on their heart. More often than not, the youth leaders assigned to work with their local youth feel isolated and alone in their work as they try to provide meaningful spiritual development for kids who have higher-than-ever rates of anxiety and depression. With support from other youth leaders, West Portland Pastor Christy Dirren has worked to put together a youth workers retreat...

Registration still open for UMW's summer Mission u

7/10/2019

Registration still open for UMW's summer Mission u

It’s not too late to get signed up for a Mission u event in the Oregon-Idaho Conference this summer.   United Methodist Women have put together the classes and seminars on a wide range of issues in wide-ranging places for participants to learn, grow in their faith and increase fellowship. These classes are not just geared for UMW, either. Men are encouraged to attend.   “In attending Mission u people study difficult issues through faith lenses,” said Becky Warren, president of Oregon-Idaho UMW. ...

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