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Sunnyside Community House brimming with new opportunities

10/17/2019

Sunnyside Community House brimming with new opportunities

Sunnyside Community House in southeast Portland is teeming with community-minded ministries and even more outreach and worship opportunities, thanks to a partnership between the Greater Northwest Area Innovation Vitality (IV) team and The Groves Church PDX. The Groves Church PDX moved in this summer and will be one of the primary tenants and manager of the Sunnyside Community House, which formed after Sunnyside Centenary United Methodist Church closed. “We were definitely interested in a ...

Christ UMC hoping to build senior affordable housing

10/3/2019

Christ UMC hoping to build senior affordable housing

Sometimes a church goes out looking for a mission project and the project chooses them. That’s been the case for Christ UMC Cedar Mill on the west edge of Portland, where the congregation has been actively engaged in conversations about how to best use church property to better help the community it serves – and that happens to be affordable housing for senior citizens. While researching options on affordable housing, Rev. Ric Shewell said the congregation learned the property they own ...

Disaster preparedness and response workshops offered during Mission 200 celebrations

8/21/2019

Disaster preparedness and response workshops offered during Mission 200 celebrations

When disasters happen, local churches can provide early response to help their communities. They can do this best if they have prepared in advance. This basic understanding that disaster response is local, forms the foundations for UMCOR’s (United Methodist Committee on Relief) disaster preparedness and response efforts. So how can individuals and churches be prepared to serve their communities with compassion in times of need? There will be two workshops presented at the Crossing Boundaries: ...

Madras UMC helps community one pair of socks at a time

8/14/2019

Madras UMC helps community one pair of socks at a time

  There are several different ways churches try to be in partnership with their local communities to meet the needs of those in need. In Madras, the United Methodist Church has put on community meals, held a prom for the local LGBTQ+ community and, most recently, handed out 1,000 pairs of socks – no metaphorical strings attached. Rev. Nancy Slabaugh Hart, who came to Madras UMC in 2017, had experience working with the philanthropist sock company Bombas from her previous service as a pastor in ...

Portsmouth Union creates affordable housing guidebook for other churches

8/13/2019

Portsmouth Union creates affordable housing guidebook for other churches

As more and more churches around Portland and in the Oregon-Idaho Conference seek ways to create affordable housing for their communities, a how-to guide has surfaced from two of Portland’s pastors leading the way. Revs. Julia Nielsen and Andy Goebel of Portsmouth Union Church in north Portland have created a process guide for churches to use if they’re considering building affordable housing on church property. Portsmouth Union – formerly University Park UMC and St. Johns Community Church – ...

Day begins work with Oregon-Idaho Conference

8/1/2019

Day begins work with Oregon-Idaho Conference

Already in her work as the Director of Connectional Ministries and Assistant to the Bishop, Laurie Day has learned what “other duties as assigned” really means in her job description. In just her second week in the office, Day found herself putting garbage bags over her legs and wading into a plumbing and sewer situation that temporarily shut down the office. “When you jump in with both feet you never know what you’re going to get into,” Day said with a laugh. “I appreciate the great team of ...

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. ...

Immigration summit brings people together to discuss justice

5/29/2019

Immigration summit brings people together to discuss justice

Last Christmas, Jennifer Hurtado Daniels’ family saw a news story where a church placed a nativity scene behind a wire fence to highlight Christians’ overwhelming disgrace in the United States’ new immigration enforcement plans. Plans that are separating families at the border. Without skipping a beat, Daniels’ 15-year-old son Theodore quipped that it would be more accurate for the Baby Jesus to be in a separate cage from Mary and Joseph. “That was a great parental moment for me; hearing that ...

Ministry marketplace open for 'business' at Annual Conference

5/22/2019

Ministry marketplace open for 'business' at Annual Conference

Learn about Reconciling Ministries, Peace with Justice or "Go Nuts for Jesus" at the Ministry Marketplace being held during the Annual Conference session in Eugene. The Ministry Marketplace will be located in the convention center lobby of the Hotel Eugene, where the Annual Conference sessions will be held Thursday, June 13 through Saturday morning, June 15. There are more than 20 vendors available to provide participants and visitors with all sorts of interesting information. “The Ministry ...

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 ...

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