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Presbyterian and ELCA churches join gift card effort

4/23/2020

Presbyterian and ELCA churches join gift card effort

At a time when people in our communities need support, the Oregon-Idaho Conference of The United Methodist Church is excited to launch Grocery Gift Cards for Families initiative in partnership with the Oregon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Cascades Presbytery. With a $100,000 grant from the Oregon-Idaho Conference of The UMC, $100,000 from the Cascades Presbytery and $25,000 in contribution so far from ELCA churches in the Oregon Synod, the goal is to respond to ...

Reflections from the Border: Report from recent UMVIM trip

4/2/2020

Reflections from the Border: Report from recent UMVIM trip

Written by Louise Kienzle, Oregon-Idaho UMVIM coordinator  Early in March, a team of 15 traveled to Tucson. This team included friends and new friends from Oregon and Tennessee. We spent a very busy 5-days learning about the real issues at the border, both in Tucson and Nogales.   I’ve been home for almost two-weeks now, but visions of what our team saw and words that we heard still resonate.   One meeting early in the week was with Rocio, a woman from Bolivia who spent 2 years and 1-month in ...

Clarkes-Mulino remembers Rev. Truby with unique tribute

3/19/2020

Clarkes-Mulino remembers Rev. Truby with unique tribute

When news that Clarkes-Mulino UMC’s Rev. Tom Truby passed away this week after a prolonged illness, church members knew exactly what to do – even though it means they can’t gather in person right now to honor the life and legacy of Rev. Truby. Due to COVID-19 concerns about large group gatherings, the church knows its impossible to hold a memorial service in the space right now. But it’s not impossible to honor Truby, who served Clarkes-Mulino since 2007 and continued to do so this last year as...

Hillsboro UMC community trading post becomes necessity for community

3/19/2020

Hillsboro UMC community trading post becomes necessity for community

For several years now, the Hillsboro United Methodist Church has operated a Community Trading Post in their building.  Stocking non-perishable food, hygiene items, blankets and clothing for men, women and children, the space operates on a take what you need, share what you can basis.  As the COVID-19 guidelines started, they realized they could no longer safely process clothing, so that part of the operation was temporarily suspended.  Next, as worship was canceled and moved online and group ...

Madras UMC uses drive-in food pantry to continue serving community in crisis

3/19/2020

Madras UMC uses drive-in food pantry to continue serving community in crisis

For years, Madras United Methodist Church has housed a community food pantry to serve low-income families in their community and for years, it has been well-used. But coronavirus concerns meant the normally bustling lobby outside of the pantry sat nearly vacant and volunteers were worried, knowing people depend on the food pantry for supplemental assistance. In just one week, volunteers -- not just from Madras UMC but Catholics and Baptists in the community – turned their normal “grocery store...

Play’s the Thing: When Was The Last Time, You Made Room In Your Life For Play?

2/27/2020

Play’s the Thing: When Was The Last Time, You Made Room In Your Life For Play?

In the world of “grown-ups,” play can seem frivolous, immature, and a waste of time. Many may still hear echoes of dire warnings from childhood: “What will people think if they see you . . .” And yet, when you see children playing – soaring on a swing or gliding down a slide – don’t you long for those carefree days?   Life as a grownup can be overwhelming, particularly for clergy, who may be cast in the role of a super-hero.  Some may feel compelled do it ALL -- whether it takes 40, 60, or 80 ...

OR-ID Holy Land Task Force 'horrified' by Trump peace plan

2/19/2020

OR-ID Holy Land Task Force 'horrified' by Trump peace plan

The members of the OR/ID Holy Land Task Force were horrified by the announcement of the “Deal of the Century/Peace Plan” recently announced by the Trump and Netanyahu administrations. We know that many share in our dismay.  Some have commented on the timing of the announcement – midstream in Trump’s impeachment trial and preceding Netanyahu’s third attempt to retain his position as Israel’s prime minister in the face of recently filed corruption charges.  Others are struck by the incongruity of ...

Conference assisting with eastern Oregon flood relief

2/12/2020

Conference assisting with eastern Oregon flood relief

Larry Johnson headed out the door on Wednesday of the Oregon-Idaho Conference Center in order to get to Pendleton, Oregon, by the late afternoon to assist with flood relief. “This would be the first time I know of, that we’ve responded in Oregon,” said Johnson, who is the Conference’s Emergency Response Teams coordinator. He plans to be in Pendleton for a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) gathering on Thursday to aid those who had to evacuate their homes due to flooding or suffered ...

Portsmouth Union earns $2.35 million for affordable housing project

2/12/2020

Portsmouth Union earns $2.35 million for affordable housing project

What started more than five years ago as a ministry to the local neighborhood is finally taking root on the grounds of Portsmouth Union Church in north Portland. The church, a combined United Methodist and Disciples of Christ Church, is the recipient of a $2.35 million grant from Oregon Housing and Community Services to build an affordable housing apartment complex on its grounds. “I can’t even begin to describe how excited we are,” said Rev. Julia Nielsen. Portsmouth Union Church is one of ...

Roseburg pastor, wife donate 200 pounds of turkey celebrating weight loss

1/30/2020

Roseburg pastor, wife donate 200 pounds of turkey celebrating weight loss

For Rev. Dave Thompson and his wife, Kim, the journey to better health has been a long and winding road full of milestones to honor along the way, most recently with the purchase of 200 pounds of turkey. The 200 pounds of turkey, purchased for the local food bank in Roseburg, Oregon, where they serve First United Methodist Church, honored the combined 200 pounds of weight the couple has lost in the last year-and-a-half. “Our journey began with a simple prayer. For too long we had focused on ...

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