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Abundant Health ministry continues to expand across Conference

5/15/2019

Abundant Health ministry continues to expand across Conference

In its first year with an official staff person, the Oregon-Idaho Conference’s Abundant Health ministry has made a great deal of progress in getting people and churches connected to the concept of mental, physical and spiritual health – but more work lies ahead. More than 40 churches across the Conference have signed on as participants in the initiative, according to Abundant Health Coordinator Marshall Wattman-Turner. “Our goal is to create a network of United Methodist members and ...

Special offerings held throughout Annual Conference

5/15/2019

Special offerings held throughout Annual Conference

Annual Conference is enriched by the special worship services held throughout the gathering to honor our churches, offer remembrance to the deceased, celebrate the ordination and commissioning of new faith leaders and move us forward into a new year of ministry. Three of the four worship services will be held at Eugene First United Methodist Church, located not far from the Hotel Eugene where the Conference will be held. There will be shuttle buses available at the hotel. The church is located ...

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 ...

Tigard teen deemed 'Hunger Hero' for service to Bethlehem House of Bread

4/15/2019

Tigard teen deemed 'Hunger Hero' for service to Bethlehem House of Bread

Elena Villarreal is an award-winning hunger hero at just 14 years old. But why wouldn’t she be after all the work she’s put into helping Bethlehem House of Bread, a United Methodist Ministry sponsored by the Tigard United Methodist Church. Bethlehem House of Bread started in 2013 in what was once Metzger UMC southwest of Portland. Elena has been volunteering her time at the food pantry and community center since she was in 5th grade as part of her Girl Scouts volunteerism. She’s working on ...

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 ...

Holy Tamales: Churches' fundraiser aids local farm workers

2/5/2019

Holy Tamales: Churches' fundraiser aids local farm workers

Photos provided by Angie Kiblinger, Hillsboro UMC In the kitchen at Hillsboro United Methodist Church the week before the Super Bowl, things were humming along as volunteer after volunteer worked to make 3,000 tamales to be delivered to two churches in support of one mission: assisting local farmers. The tamale fundraiser is part of the WFWA winter survival campaign. The tamale-making takes a month to pull off with all WFWA members being volunteers, according to coordinator Leecia Anderson. ...

Interfaith advocacy day in Salem March 4

2/5/2019

Interfaith advocacy day in Salem March 4

Together with other faith-based organizations, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon is inviting people of faith to participate in the Interfaith Advocacy Day 2019 on March 4 in Salem. Participants will be able to attend issue briefings and workshops on advocating for compassionate legislation regarding climate justice, criminal justice reform, gun violence prevent, health care, immigration and income inequality. After the workshops, participants will then march to the State Capitol where they will ...

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...

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